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Pietro Lorenzetti, Christ between Saints Paul and Peter (c.1320), installation view, Ferens Art Gallery, Hull
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Saints preserve us: Ferens Art Gallery and why culture should be funded as an asset, not a burden

Ferens Art Gallery in Hull has reopened after a £5.2 million refurbishment largely funded by Hull City Council. But while the local authority should be commended for its commitment to culture, Sheila McGregor argues that the blame for council cuts in towns and cities across the UK needs to be forcefully directed at Westminster politicians rather than hapless local representatives.

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Jenni Lomax. Photo: Hugo Glendinning
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A Q&A with… Jenni Lomax, outgoing director of Camden Arts Centre

Jenni Lomax announced late last year that she is stepping down from her role at Camden Arts Centre, a position she has held for 26 years. Fisun Güner talks to the much admired director about working with artists, the importance of education in the gallery’s programme, and what she will do next.

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Turnpike Centre, Leigh, home to the Turnpike Gallery. Photo: Natalie Bradbury
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New era for Turnpike Gallery, Leigh: “Art and culture are a catalyst for the town”

Built in 1971 and all but abandoned by the cash-strapped local council in 2013, Turnpike Gallery in the former mining town of Leigh near Wigan, is entering a new stage in its history with the creation of a community interest company to run its programme. Natalie Bradbury speaks to arts manager Helen Stalker as the gallery relaunches with the Jerwood Drawing Prize touring exhibition.

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Mia Frostner and Rosalie Schweiker, You Brexit You Fix It, 2016
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Artists respond to Brexit: “It’s important to make a stand, to be direct”

With scrutiny of the government’s Brexit plans intensifying as Theresa May’s end of March deadline for triggering Article 50 to leave the EU gets nearer, artists are responding to the uncertain climate in a variety of ways. Pippa Koszerek, who as an artist is herself involved in Brexit-related events, takes a look at some forthcoming projects.

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Image of George Caleb Bingham’s 1855 painting Verdict of the People, via https://www.change.org/p/saint-louis-art-museum-we-object-to-the-inauguration-loan-of-verdict-of-the-people-and-request-its-cancellation
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In Brief: other news this week

A weekly briefing featuring national and international art news, including: Richard Deacon wins sculpture prize, Berlin gallerist Barbara Weiss dies aged 56, petitioners demand Saint Louis Museum halts loan of painting for Trump inauguration.

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Roger Hiorns. Photo: courtesy the artist
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A Q&A with… Roger Hiorns, artist with youth and beauty on his mind

Best known for Seizure, his 2008 Artangel commission for which he covered the interior of a South London flat with copper sulphate, Roger Hiorns’ current show at Ikon Gallery sees him back in his home city, where he also hopes to soon bury a decommissioned Boeing 737. Fisun Güner talks to the artist.

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