Bold plans for new Tate Modern unveiled

The brand new extension to Tate Modern on Bankside will open to the public on 17 June 2016. Consisting of ten storeys, the new Switch building will add 60% more display space to the existing gallery. The opening will be accompanied by a complete rehang of the collection displays, 75% of which will have been acquired since 2000. Speaking at a press conference today, Francis Morris, the Director of Tate Modern, said that it will feature “more international [artists], more new media and importantly more women.”

The nation’s youngest will be among the first to see the new development. 3,000 school children from across Britain have been invited to a special preview on Thursday 16 June 2016. On Saturday 18th June, a 500-strong choir from across London will perform a specially commissioned choral work by Peter Liversidge, kicking off a celebratory three weeks of live art from artists such as Tania Bruguera, Tino Seghal and Amalia Pica. Continue reading

Replicas of the Palmyra arch to be made for London and New York

It has been a terrible year for the destruction of cultural heritage in the Middle East. By September, the United Nations confirmed that militant group Islamic State (Isis) had razed two ancient temples, the Temple of Bel and the Baal Shamin temple, in the Syrian city of Palmyra.

As 2015 draws to a close, the Institute for Digital Archaeology (IDA) has announced exciting plans which offer a glimmer of hope in the wake of the devastation. The IDA is to erect a replica of the entrance to the Temple of Bel, one of the few surviving parts of the 2,000 year old structure, in New York and London in April 2016. Continue reading