Niru Ratnam is a gallerist and writer.

Dress circle: visitors to the Tate Gallery in 1957.

How to behave in a commercial gallery, if you’ve never dared set foot in one

They may have intimidated you in the past – but you’ll have to wise up to the ways of commercial galleries if you want to see any art in the UK this month

8 Apr 2021
Niru Ratnam in his new gallery.

‘I was storing crates in my dining room’ – on launching a gallery during lockdown

Setting a brave example wasn’t what Niru Ratnam had in mind when he forged ahead with plans to open his new business during the pandemic

5 Aug 2020
The collective winners of the Turner Prize 2019.

And the winner of this year’s Turner Prize is… the Turner Prize itself

Despite the mutterings of most critics, the decision to award the prize to all four nominees makes a lot of sense – and is good for contemporary art

5 Dec 2019

Don’t want your public sculpture to get copied? Then make better public sculpture

Rachel Whiteread’s ‘House’ would never work as a Chinese knock-off

6 Oct 2015

Developers won’t bring the arts to Vauxhall

Developers’ attempts to introduce art to an area can often be wretched. Will Vauxhall avoid this fate?

24 Jul 2015

Inquiry: The Asian Biennial Boom

It’s easy to be sceptical about the art biennial boom in Asia. But how have the unconventional spaces of such events shaped artists’ practices in the region?

31 Oct 2014

Cork Street Galleries Under Threat: March Apollo

Niru Ratnam asks what the Cork Street development plans mean for London’s historic art trade

5 Mar 2014

Art14: Balancing Acts

Putting together a new fair is a challenge – it needs to have a distinctive direction to it

1 Mar 2014