Six makers shortlisted for Carter Preston Prize exhibition 2018 Elizabeth Ashdown, Tom Collison, Tessa Eastman, Joanna Hejmej, Irina Razumovskaya and Tara Squibb have been shortlisted for the second edition of the biennial Carter Preston Prize. The competition is open to UK-based artist designer makers in their first five years of graduating or completing their training. All shortlisted works must have been made in the last two years.

Taking place from 4 August to 22 September, the £1,000 prize winner will be announced at the 3 August opening, while a further People’s Prize will be awarded on the closing day of the show.

Initiated in the memory of potter Julia Carter Preston, the exhibition takes place at the Bluecoat Display Centre where she exhibited regularly. Carter Preston was artist-in-residence at Hope University in the years preceding her death in 2012 and the prize is a partnership with the Liverpool Hope Carter Preston Foundation.

National Portrait Gallery awarded £5m for new public wing The National Portrait Gallery’s East Wing is to be restored and redeveloped into a new public wing that will house the NPG’s collection and provide further retail and refreshment facilities. Currently used as offices, a £5m grant from the Garfield Weston Foundation will allow the historic wing, which faces St Martin-in-the-Fields, to be returned to its original function as a public exhibition space.

The gallery, which has appointed Jamie Fobert Architects to lead the building’s development, has now secured £21.6m of its £35.5m target. NPG hopes to raise the full amount by March 2019 in order to complete the project by 2022.

Petition calls for Anna Coliva to be reinstated as director of Italian museum An online petition is calling for Coliva’s immediate reinstatement following her six month suspension, without pay, as the director of Rome’s Galleria Borghese. She is due to stand trial on charges of ‘absenteeism and defrauding the public purse’ – according to evidence reviewed in court, an investigation in 2014 showed she was absent from the museum for 41 hours over 12 days, with Coliva allegedly frequently punching in to work before leaving to visit the gym.

The petition reads: “We ask the Italian minister of culture and the department to reconsider these allegations, and to wait for outcome of the criminal trial, instigated anonymously, against the director who has in the past twelve years raised funds of over 12 million euros, amongst many other monetary and non-monetary achievements made on behalf of the Italian community.”

Theatre critic Lyn Gardner dropped from the Guardian The renowned theatre critic is having her reviews and features completely cut from the Guardian after 23 years at the newspaper. Gardner, whose contract finishes on 1 June, said of the move: “I’m very sad. I’ve enjoyed having the Guardian as a platform over the years, it’s allowed me to plough a particular furrow where I have been able to investigate what theatre might be and where it might happen and that’s been immensely rewarding.”

Spencer Tunick plans mass nude photo on Melbourne street New York-based artist will photograph thousands of naked people on the city’s Chapel Street as part of the Provocaré arts festival. It marks a return to Melbourne, where Tunick previously performed another mass nude shoot on the Princes Bridge in 2001. In 2010 he also photographed people in another Australian city, in that instance on the steps of the Sydney Opera House. More recently, Tunick was commissioned by Ferens Art Gallery to create a work for Hull’s UK City of Culture. 3,200 people stripped off and were painted blue before posing for photos in different locations that reflected the city’s maritime history.

Rockefeller collection goes on auction at Christie’s Following the death in 2017 aged 101 of David Rockefeller, grandson of Standard Oil industrialist John D Rockerfeller, nearly every item from his and his wife’s vast collection is to be auctioned, with proceeds going to numerous charities including the Museum of Modern Art. The sale, which began on 8 May and continues to 10 May, is at Christie’s New York and includes works by Picasso, Monet, Hopper and Miro, alongside furniture, jewellery and porcelain. It has been slated to be the biggest estate sale in US history.

Art disputes to get own international arbitration tribunal The Court of Arbitration for Art will launch in the Hague on 7 June and aims to provide an alternative to judge and jury-led courts, with arbitrations heard by experts in law and art who have been approved by the Netherlands Arbitration Institute. Experts in authenticity, fraud, copyright, stolen art and contract disputes will be appointed by and responsible to the court, rather than to either of the disputing parties.

Anne Hidalgo proposes Paris become a refuge for art and antiquities at risk Works of heritage currently at risk of destruction in conflict zones could find a temporary home in Paris’ secure flood-proof storage spaces. The Mayor of Paris is working with the Geneva-based International Alliance for the protection of Heritage in Conflict Zones on this plan, which could see several hundred square metres of the city authority’s finance and banking storage facilities reserved for international treasures under threat.

1. Tom Collison, Tension Compression, 2017, length 180 x width 80 x height 80cm approx, recycled toy stuffing, Japanese linen rope, found wood and carved dowel. Photo: Suzie Howell; Courtesy: Bluecoat Display Centre and the artist
2. Spencer Tunick, Sea of Hull, commissioned by Ferens Art Gallery. Copyright: Ferens Art Gallery, Hull Museums

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