Banksy’s Spy Booth is feared destroyed as house goes under cover Photos show tarpaulins and rubble at Cheltenham site of street artist’s work which satirised government surveillance.

Tate boss Sir Nicholas Serota would be welcomed as Arts Council chief A source at the Department for Culture, Media & Sport, which is in charge of the recruitment process for the new ACE chair to replace Peter Bazalgette, said: “Nothing has been confirmed but I would be very surprised if Sir Nicholas does not take the job.”

Italian officials work to secure cultural heritage sites in wake of earthquake that killed dozens Italy’s art and antiquities police force are looking over a number of cultural heritage sites throughout the Marche, Umbria, and Lazio regions.

Ukraine calls for boycott of Moscow museum exhibiting works by Crimean artist Ukraine’s culture ministry has urged international institutions to boycott Moscow’s State Tretyakov Gallery, claiming that it is exhibiting works that were illegally exported from Crimea.

Ai Weiwei blames ‘sluggish’ German mentality for Chris Dercon controversy The Berlin-based Chinese artist expresses support for the former Tate Modern director’s new role at Berlin’s experimental Volksbühne theatre.

Chicago judge rules Peter Doig ‘absolutely did not paint’ disputed work The ruling brings the value of the painting at the centre of the long-running case back to nil.

Islamic extremist pleads guilty to destroying Timbuktu mausoleums in landmark trial Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi is first to be charged with war crimes over cultural destruction at International Criminal Court.

Italian government will give every 18-year-old over $500 to spend on cultural activities The money can be spent on books, theatre, concerts, exhibitions, and museums, but not on the purchase of recorded music.

Steve McQueen named winner of 2016 British Film Institute Fellowship The Turner Prize-winning artist and Academy Award-winning filmmaker will now be an honorary BFI member.

1. Banksy, Hewlett Road, Cheltenham. Photo: Brian Robert Marshall. Creative Commons
2. Painting by Peter Doig or Peter Doige, Peyote, 1976. Courtesy Peter Bartlow Gallery

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