Arts News in Brief – April 5th, 2017

Image source: The Guardian Bathing by Duncan Grant, 1911. Photograph: Matt Dunham/AP

#freethefeed Campaign

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A giant inflatable breast was installed on a Shoreditch building in London for a pop-up campaign by Mother London for Mother’s Day. Flyers were posted all over the east London district offering insight into the pop-up’s event. The project aimed to spread a social message regarding the social stigmas and taboos surrounding breast-feeding.

The inflatable breast was inserted to spark conversation about motherhood, with the innovators of Mother London explaining in a blogpost:

“It’s hard to believe that in 2017, UK mothers still feel watched and judged when feeding in public, by bottle or breast. This was our mother day’s project. A celebration of every woman’s right to decide how and where they feed their children without feeling guilty or embarrassed about their parenting choices.”   

First Queer Art Show at Tate Britain

Self-portrait by Laura Knight, 1913. Photograph: Dinendra Haria/Rex/Shutterstock

The Tate gallery will open its first major exhibition dedicated to queer British art on April 5th and will run until October 1st. From Simeon Solomon to David Hockney, explorations of sexuality, same-sex and homoerotic desire are featured as some of the themes of the show.

2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Sexual Offences Act, the year which decriminalised private homosexual acts between men aged over 21 in England and Wales. In response to this anniversary, a rainbow flag will fly over the Tate gallery throughout the duration of the exhibition.

“The exhibition takes 1861 as its starting point, the year that the death penalty for sodomy was abolished; and 1967 as its end point – a decade represented by artworks that were far less inhibited and covert than previous ones,” Mark Brown writes in The Guardian. 

Political Cartoons Inspired by Shakespeare

The Royal Shakespeare Company’s (RSC) exhibition Draw New Mischief, curated by David Francis Taylor, associate professor of English at the University of Warwick, features a selection of cartoon works inspired by Shakespeare and contemporary politics.

The exhibition will run until 15 September at the Royal Shakespeare theatre, in Stratford-upon-Avon. Some of the political leaders satirised in the hilarious and witty cartoon pieces include Barrack Obama, Donald Trump, David Cameron and George Osborne.

Image source: The Guardian
Peter Schrank shows Obama as Hamlet. Holding the skull of Syria and scratching his head in puzzlement, unsure of the US’s involvement in the Syrian conflict.
Image source: The Guardian
President Trump as Brutus by Steve Bell with a slaughtered Statue of Liberty, on Capitol Hill in Washington DC.
Image source: The Guardian
Steve Bell imagines David Cameron as Shakespeare’s Henry V and George Osborne as his standard bearer. The 2015 Conservative party election manifesto pledged budget cuts amounting to £30bn.





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