Art in Print

Elizabeth I Armada portrait saved for the nation

Once owned by Sir Francis Drake, Elizabeth I Armada portrait has been saved for the nation after £10 million was raised to prevent it from being sold abroad. 


Contributors include 8,000 members of the public (£1.5m), the Heritage Lottery Fund (£7.4m), the Linbury Trust, the Garfield Weston Foundation and the Headley Trust. The work of art is brought into public ownership for the first time in 425-year history.


The Art Fund hailed the “extraordinary level of support from the public” which made the appeal “one of the most successful ever campaigns for a work of art”. 


Via The Telegraph 


Protests over BP’s new arts sponsorship deals

Campaigners have pledged to intensify protests as BP has announced a five-year £7.5m renewal of arts sponsorship with major institutions, namely the British Museum, the National Portrait Gallery, the Royal Opera House and the Royal Shakespeare Company.


The company’s sponsorship of the arts has proved controversial, with campaigners staging numerous protests, objecting to the cultural promotion of an oil company. It was announced earlier this year that longstanding deals with Tate and Edinburgh international festival would not be renewed. 


Via The Guardian 


The Museum of London plans to go underground 

Plans have been unveiled for the new Museum of London which will see its vast collection put on show in a series of underground chambers beneath the streets of Smithfield.


A blueprint for the redevelopment of a group of buildings in West Smithfield, including the disused general market and fish market, has been developed by architects Stanton Williams and Asif Khan, who won the competition to design the museum’s new home.


Via The Evening Standard