Thursday, August 15, 2019

Shoreditch celebrates its Shakespeare links with two-day festival

One needs to hunt very hard to spot the traces of the Shoreditch that William Shakespeare would have known. Still clinging on to...

Abandoned sketch discovered under landmark Leonardo da Vinci work

An “abandoned composition” by Leonardo da Vinci has been discovered underneath one of his most discussed paintings, which will take centre stage at...

'The religion of the north is work' – how Joe Scarborough immortalised Sheffield

‘I don’t consider myself a great ‘artist’, but an entertainer,” says Joe Scarborough. “After all, I make things that people could do quite...

Garry Winogrand's America in color – in pictures

The photographer’s rarely seen color photographs are on show at the Brooklyn Museum, showing his distinctive view of everyday life in America. On...

'I love staring at one spot for six hours!' Life models on the secrets...

The first time Dominic Blake took his clothes off in front of an art class was, as you might imagine, a daunting experience....

Photo of young man on Belfast estate up for Taylor Wessing prize

A young man looking out pensively across a Belfast housing estate, a holidaying family with a bulging roof rack, and a portrait of...

Mona Lisa fans decry brief encounter with their idol in Paris

The queue snakes along the Louvre’s corridors, up the steps and escalators and outside to the famous glass pyramid. Most of those waiting...

Design Can aims to disrupt UK's "privileged" design industry

The UK design industry "isn't representative of the society it serves" say the founders of Design Can, a new tool aimed at increasing...

Ruby slippers and Retrotopia: LensCulture winners – in pictures

The LensCulture art photography awards recognise visionary photographers who are pushing the boundaries of the medium through experimentation. Here’s our pick of the...

SomeOne rebrands the House of Commons for the digital age

Design agency SomeOne has updated the visual identity of the UK's House of Commons to make it perform better across different platforms including...

Rain Room offers art lovers – and Instagrammers – the perfect storm

Along Fitzroy Street in St Kilda, the palm trees bend in winds of 60km/h. The sky is white, the temperature a brisk 8C...

Alder Brisco creates "attic of warm wooden curiosities" as office for recruitment agency

A Victorian goods elevator and wooden clock tower both feature in the office of London recruitment agency Represent, designed by Alder Brisco in an...

Peaches on her post-human sex toy art show: 'It's disturbing – but a lot...

Best known for her vagina bodysuits and sexually charged lyrics, Peaches seems an unlikely art-world darling. But in 2007, the French artist Sophie...

Canal boat painting – in pictures

Phil Speight is one of the most experienced and influential canal boat painters in the country. He has earned an enviable reputation not...

A world of walls: the brutish power of man-made barriers

The southern border wall, as it is euphemistically known, between the United States and Mexico has come to represent much more than a...

Alexandra Palace Theatre restoration makes a feature of decades of decay

Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios has refurbished the long-abandoned east wing and theatre at Alexandra Palace in London, leaving its original surfaces visible in...

Dóra Maurer review – the gentle art of subversion

There is a film in this survey of the Hungarian artist Dóra Maurer that beguiles beyond all reasonable explanation. It consists of nothing...

The big picture: a suited man on Brighton beach

On a beach in Brighton some time in the mid-70s, Paddy Summerfield sat and waited. He had spotted a man around 50 metres...

Abandoned pianos in derelict buildings – in pictures

Ever since Romain Thiery stumbled upon an abandoned piano in a castle in 2009, the French photographer – a pianist himself – has...

Playwright Ifeoma Fafunwa: ‘It was permission, all of a sudden, to speak’

Ifeoma Fafunwa is a playwright and director. She was born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria, and at 17 moved to the US where...

Helter skelter installed in Norwich Cathedral so visitors can admire its architecture up close

Norwich Cathedral in England has hired a helter skelter so visitors can get a better view of its ornamented roof before sliding down.The...

Fake anti-Brexit banknotes added to British Museum collection

They won’t buy you much, but two anti-Brexit fake banknotes claiming to be from the “Bank of Brexit lies” and declaring themselves to...

Roger Kelly obituary

My father, Roger Kelly, who has died aged 72 of cancer, was an environmental architect, passionate about demonstrating how buildings can be designed...

Hirst's bronze giants run riot while Saatchi goes raving – the week in art

Exhibition of the week Dóra MaurerThis Hungarian artist mixes formal beauty with dissident chaos in an impressive range of works from rigorous film and...

Yorkshire's steely antidote to London-centric art – Platform 2019 review

A snapshot of the conversations I have with Londoners about art beyond the boundaries of their city would include such statements as: “I...

Tintagel Castle Bridge in Cornwall has a gap where it meets in the middle

Architecture studio William Matthews Associates and engineers Ney & Partners have built a bridge in Cornwall from two 30-metre cantilevered spans that don't...

‘Astounding’ 19th-century print portfolio goes under the hammer

It includes a harrowing portrait of despair by Edvard Munch; a laundry girl shuffling down a Paris street by Pierre Bonnard; and people...

Buy a classic Guardian photograph: Margate beach, 1972

Photograph: Ken Saunders/The Guardian Apart from the subtle shifts in fashion – the knee-length dresses and black-framed glasses that feel very...

Madge Gill’s untitled work: a kaleidoscopic inner world

Pattern recognition … East End outsider artist Madge Gill (1882–1961) covered everything from postcards to 10-metre-long calico rolls with densely wrought, kaleidoscopic chequerboard...

Natsiaa 2019: Djambawa Marawili wins for bark painting 'written in my soul and in...

The artist, activist and leader of the Madarrpa clan, Djambawa Marawili AM, has taken home the prestigious National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander...