Arts & Culture
The National Portrait Gallery has announced the shortlist for this year’s Taylor Wessing Prize, including a bunch of lockdown portraits.
Oxford and Cambridge universities are returning 213 looted Benin bronzes to Nigeria - one of the largest repatriation cases in the country to date.
On that note… Interesting read from the Sunday Times on why the Elgin Marbles might finally be returning to Greece after a mere two centuries of ‘discussions’.
For every £1 fetched by a male artist’s work, one by a woman gets just 10p. The Guardian talks to the founder of Recalculating Art to examine why.
The Roundhouse has opened applications for a new workspace pilot programme for freelancers aged 18-30. Plus if you get picked it’s just £25 for 13 weeks. Bargain.
Imperial College London students are protesting about a new Antony Gormley sculpture which they say looks like… well… I’ll let you be the judge.
A Korb + Associates Architects-designed tower in Milwaukee has just become the world’s tallest timber building. Wood you believe it.
Sam Jacob Studio has added a pretty cool glass-tube entrance to the V&A Museum. Smashing.
Dezeen looks at ten futuristic cities being built around the world, six supertall skyscrapers set for the US, and a partridge in a pear tree.
Theatre & Dance
19 venues across the UK are teaming up to look for the next generation of musicals.
A theatre in Skegness is hoping for planning permission to transform into one of the UK’s first Scandinavian-style ’culture houses’.
Director Sam Mendes’ first audio drama series with Audible will be three Charles Dickens stories. I have great expectations for this one.
Press, Books & Libraries
The Financial Times and the Metro are the only UK papers to report year-on-year growth in readers compared to June last year.
The shortlist for the Gordon Burn Prize for ‘bold and innovative’ fiction and non-fiction ranges from jazz icons to a rogue psychotherapist.
Exhibitions and Events
Edinburgh Festival, the biggest arts festival in the world, has kicked off in, would you believe it, Edinburgh.
Artist Ai Weiwei is to curate a show of works created by incarcerated people at the Southbank Centre from October.
The free, family-friendly, community-powered Thamesmead Festival is coming up on 20th August. Nice excuse to experience the joy of A/C on the Lizzy Line, too.
Jameela Jamil and James Acaster are among the new names added to the London Podcast Festival in September. Don’t you have a podcast, Ed? And you were’n… Never mind.