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Ewan Michael Riley, screen grab of promotional video created for MP Ben Bradley
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MP’s request for free ‘slick and engaging’ film prompts video editor’s unflattering ‘promo’ in response

In Brief: news briefing featuring national and international stories including: Artists sign open letter protesting dismissal of director Catherine de Zegher from the Museum of Fine Arts in Ghent; report says ‘outdated recruitment practices’ are holding back diversity in the arts; buyer of destroyed Banksy artwork to go through with purchase.

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Darren Cullen, Mini Daily Mail. Photo: via Darren Cullen's Kickstarter (
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Artist’s Daily Mail parody is a crowdfunding success; Turner Contemporary endorses plans for on-site hostel

In Brief: news briefing featuring national and international stories including: Canadian artist writes open letter in response to censorship of transgender themed work; celebrity secret postcard art sale for Dulwich school; Statue of suffragette Emily Davison unveiled in Morpeth; Tate Modern appoints new senior curator for photographic art.

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'Hope to Nope' exhibition at Design Museum, London, installation view showing work by Keep It Complex and other exhibitors including Company Drinks, Photo: Company Drinks; Courtesy: Keep It Complex and Company Drinks
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Seen but not heard: artist activism and the ‘Hope to Nope’ exhibition

The recent ‘Hope to Nope’ exhibition at The Design Museum ended in controversy earlier this month when artists and designers removed their work in protest at the museum hosting a private hire event by an arms manufacturer. One of those activist groups to remove their work was the artist-run organisation Keep It Complex, who share here what they learned from the experience.

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Victoria Sin, Cthulhu Through the Looking Glass, film still. Courtesy: the artist
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Now Showing #259: The week’s top exhibitions

This week’s selection of recommended shows includes: ‘Drag: Self-portraits and Body Politics’, at the Hayward Gallery, London; a group show in Edinburgh of works made in protest at Pussy Riot’s 2012 imprisonment in Russia; and Elisabeth Frink sculptures at Abbott Hall Art Gallery in Kendal.

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The March of the Artists, 2018.
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Artists + Instagram: The March of the Artists

The March of the Artists is a joint project by John-Paul Brown, Eve Robertson and Lauren Sagar. On 29 July 2018 they set off walking the 250 miles of river-ways and canals between Manchester and London, a planned 28-day trip avidly documented on Instagram.

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Trump Visits Utica

Utica has not had a presidential visit since 1952, making Trump’s visit today an exceptionally unique occasion and I am in slight disbelief, as I get ready to protest alongside Utica’s relatively small population. He is to host a fundraiser […]

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A Q&A with… Simone Rowat, Forensic Architecture

Nominated for the 2018 Turner Prize and a recent recipient of the European Culture Foundation’s Princess Margriet Award for Culture, the London-based independent research agency Forensic Architecture is making political and cultural waves with its evidence-based work. Chris Sharratt talks to artist and filmmaker Simone Rowat, one of the group’s 15 team members.

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