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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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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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Stuart Semple, The world's most glittery glitter. Image: courtesy Stuart Semple
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In Brief: other news this week

A weekly briefing featuring national and international art news, including: Anish Kapoor banned from using world’s most glittery glitter, the second ACE diversity report, and Gdansk community mural cut up and put on sale by British art dealer.

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Architect’s model of the Beirut Museum of Art. Photo: BeMA
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In Brief: other news this week

A weekly briefing featuring national and international art news, including: artist Tania announces bid for Cuban presidency, Anicka Yi wins 2016 Hugo Boss Prize, and divided reception for Doris Salcedo’s memorial in Bogotá.

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Open School East's new location in Margate
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In Brief: other news this week

A weekly briefing featuring national and international art news, including: Last art history A-level axed, London’s free art school moves to Margate, and exhibition on slavery causes uproar in Paris.

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John Akomfrah, Peripeteia, 2012. © Smoking Dogs Films; Courtesy Lisson Gallery
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In Brief: other news this week

A weekly briefing featuring national and international art news, including: Contemporary Art Society acquires artworks for Mima at Frieze, and Arts Council England announces budgets for 2018-22.

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