Art in Print

Flint Castle sculpture 'insulting' to Wales as it represents 'subjugation' of the country, critics claim



The project of a sculpture in front of Flint Castle in Wales, sparked controversy as the design – an iron ring- reminds of Edward I’s campaign to crush Wales’s independence. The design was chosen by a panel from the Welsh government, following a year-long competition for artwork design celebrating Wales’ Year of Legends. Opponents including singer Cerys Matthews, said that the Iron Ring was a reminder of the chain of castle built across Wales in order to subjugate it. In response, a spokesperson for Cadw, the Welsh heritage body advocated that the sculpture could provide a unique opportunity to grow the local economy and increase the number of visitors in Flint.
Via: The Telegraph


Evening Standard Daily Cartoon: Watch how our cartoonist Christian Adams creates his work



Evening Standard readers can now look at behind-the-scenes footage to see how their cartoonist Christian Adams creates his takes on the day’s event on his Instagram account. Viewers will be able to see rough sketches or short films of Christian Adams at work. He said that this Instagram account would reveal his everyday routine and how he work. For him, the continued popularity of cartoons is not surprising as they are visually engaging and easy to understand.
Via: Evening Standard


Gay bars and tarot cards: Liverpool show celebrates LGBT art



Liverpool’s Walker art gallery is opening a new exhibition on the 28th of June, as part of others cultural activities marking the 50th anniversary of the Sexual Offences Act which in 1967 partially decriminalised homosexuality in England and Wales. The exhibition Coming Out: Sexuality, Gender & Identity will feature a video artwork of 170 empty gay bars in 13 UK cities by artists Hannah Quinlan and Rosie Hastings. Those social spaces, which represent safe places for the gay community, are threatened by gentrification, rising rents or changing habits. More than a 100 contemporary artworks will be displayed at the Liverpool gallery,  all  from the Arts Council Collection and the Walker’s own collection.
Via: The Guardian