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New York non-profit to set up affordable studio space in disused army base

Plus: Dame Helen Ghosh to leave National Trust | Auschwitz museum to pursue charges against student who stole objects for art project | Pompidou ‘close to signing deal’ on Shanghai outpost | and Wellington bust found in Thames

19 July 2017

Our daily round-up of news from the art world

New York non-profit to set up affordable studio space in Brooklyn | Brooklyn based non-profit ArtBuild is to set up affordable studio spaces in a former military supply base owned by the city of New York, reports the Art Newspaper. The initiative will see the Brooklyn Army Terminal transformed into spaces for around 50 tenants, ranging in size from 250 sq ft to 4,000 sq ft. The city itself has invested some $115m towards renovating the premises.

Dame Helen Ghosh to leave National Trust | Dame Helen Ghosh is to leave her post as director general of the National Trust to take up a post as master of Balliol College, Oxford, it was announced yesterday. She will remain in place until March, as the organisation begins its search for a replacement. The Times (£) quotes an ‘insider’ as stating there will be ‘no change of direction’ following Dame Helen’s departure.

Auschwitz museum to pursue charges against student who stole objects for art project | An Israeli art student has admitted to stealing objects from the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial for an art project, reports Yedioth Ahronoth. Rotem Bides, a student at Jerusalem’s Beit Berl college who is herself a descendent of Holocaust survivors, said she visited the site several times and removed objects without permission. The museum says it plans to press charges.

Pompidou ‘close to signing deal’ on Shanghai outpost | Paris’s Centre Pompidou is to seal a deal on opening a satellite branch in Shanghai’s Xuhui district, reports the Guardian. The museum says that it has signed a protocol with China’s publicly-owned West Bund Group, aimed at a renewable five- year deal to stage exhibitions from 2019. If all goes to plan, the outpost will be completed by the end of 2018.

Wellington bust found in Thames | A bronze bust depicting the Duke of Wellington by Carlo Marochetti has been found in the mud by the banks of the river Thames. According to the Times (£), police believe the bust may have been dumped after a burglary, and left to linger for years.

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