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The Week’s Muse: 5 July

5 July 2014

A round-up of recent news and comment from the Muse Room

Arts Council Funding: winners and losers

The William Morris Gallery in London is one of the new additions to the Arts Council England's National Portfolio 2015–18Earlier this week, Arts Council England announced its funding plans for the next three years, sharing out over £340 million among 670 of the country’s arts organisations.

Celebrating Scotland’s cultural independence…

(2014), Karla Black.A nationwide celebration of Scottish contemporary art launched recently, with a major exhibition at the Scottish National Gallery and many more across the country as part of the GENERATION series.

Youth and Experience: supporting art scholarship

The Palazzo Cini in Venice.In his latest Editor’s Letter, Thomas Marks discusses the importance of supporting young academics and writers across the globe, and introduces the Lund Humphries Emerging Art Writers Competition…

Abstract Feminism: recognising the women behind abstract art

Bridget Riley, Movement in Squares, 1962. Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London © Bridget Riley 2013. All rights reserved, courtesy Karsten Schubert, London As the position of women in art history is brought back into the public eye, Catherine Spencer takes a look at the nuanced ways in which contemporary female artists have developed and redefined abstraction.


John Moores Painting Prize Shortlist

PV Windows and Floorboards © Rose WylieFive artists have been shortlisted for the prestigious John Moores Painting Prize, a key fixture in the Liverpool Biennial. The eventual winner will be awarded £25,000.

Andrew Lord’s art in the Tate collection

Coffee service and tray. Impressionist set (1978), Andrew Lord. Presented by the artist in honour of Pauline Karpidas 2013. Image courtesy of Gladstone Gallery © Andrew LordWherever he works, Andrew Lord’s organic-looking ceramic work remains rooted in British soil. Lisa Zeiger discusses the significance of Tate’s recent decision to purchase five items for their collection.