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Framed - the fight to defend Candy Udwin

26 May 2015
National Gallery bosses want union rep Candy Udwin out of the picture... That’s why every trade unionist should join the fight for her job

Protesters storm the Barbican

19 May 2015
A group of protesters, including cleaners from the Barbican arts centre, stormed into the central London venue demanding the London Living Wage (LLW) last Saturday.

Anger after National Gallery bosses sack PCS union rep Candy Udwin

19 May 2015
Bosses at the National Gallery in central London have sacked leading PCS union activist Candy Udwin. This is a major attack on a high-profile trade unionist and a serious assault on union rights.

E17 arts trail

19 May 2015
The E17 Arts Trail is a chance for artists and designers in Waltham Forest to show their work.

Workers rally in solidarity with victimised PCS union rep Candy Udwin

05 May 2015
Some 50 National Gallery strikers and supporters held a rally in solidarity with victimised union rep Candy Udwin today, Tuesday. The rally was held to support Candy on the first day of her disciplinary hearing.

Detroit '67—‘Motown was always about more than just love songs’

28 April 2015
Music journalist Stuart Cosgrove talks about his book Detroit ’67, the first of a trilogy exploring US soul music’s links to radical struggles against racism

Creating monsters - the murder of Zahid Mubarek

28 April 2015
A new film We Are Monster explores the build up to a notorious racist murder in Feltham Young Offenders’ Institution in 2000. The filmmakers and the uncle of the murder victim talk to Simon Basketter

Don't let the National Gallery become a bosses' playground

28 April 2015
The National Gallery provides free access to art for all. But its millionaire trustees want to privatise staff and cater to the rich—and workers are fighting back, writes Annette Mackin

Holiday strikes called against privatisation at National Gallery

16 December 2014
Workers at London’s National Gallery are set to strike over Christmas as bosses press ahead with privatisation plans.

Anarchy and Beauty: William Morris's revolutionary politics and art on show

25 November 2014
William Morris is best known as a prolific poet and artist. But his socialist politics are also on display throughout this National Portrait Gallery exhibition.

Kazimir Malevich and the pioneering art that fell victim to counter-revolution

22 July 2014
The Tate’s Malevich exhibition combines a history of the Russian Revolution with a rare opportunity to see some truly great art, says Peter Robinson

Making Colour exhibition offers a fresh perspective on history of art

08 July 2014
Making colour begins with a quote from the impressionist painter Renoir.  He said, “Without paints in tubes there would have been no Cezanne, no Monet, no Sisley or Pissarro, nothing of what journalists call impressionism.”

Kenneth Clark: Looking for Civilisation - There’s more to culture than our insecure rulers can see

17 June 2014
A new exhibition at the Tate Britain revisits influential critic Kenneth Clark. Annette Mackin argues we should reject his attempt to keep art in the establishment’s hands

Matisse’s colours shone in the century’s darkest hour

29 April 2014
Illness turned Henri Matisse from painter to pioneer of collage. His cut-outs come alive in a landmark exhibition at Tate Modern, says Peter Robinson

Under the Skin is a chance to see a hypnotic and lonely Glasgow through alien eyes

18 March 2014
Under The Skin combines trippy effects, ordinary non-actors and an out of place superstar to make rare and powerful cinema, says Sally Campbell

Ruin Lust exhibition at Tate Britain - What is it about ruins that haunts us?

18 March 2014
Devastation is all the rage these days, with zombie-ridden post-apocalyptic fantasies and lush photographs of urban decay doing a roaring trade in their respective niches. This exhibition traces this modern fascination back through postwar modernism and cities bombed in the Blitz to a 19th century trend for “Ruin Lust”.

Campaign launched for new film—Thirty years on still the enemy within

19 November 2013
A campaign has been launched to support a film uncovering the hidden story of miners and their families during the Great Miners Strike of 1984–85.

Artists and the Mexican Revolution

09 July 2013
The Mexican Revolution in 1910 sparked an explosion of artistic creativity, writes Alex Smith

I am nobody's Nigger

25 June 2013
These poems are personal and beautiful. Some are painful to read—including Atta’s experience of racism and homophobia. 

Marc Chagall's colourful visions of revolution and folklore

25 June 2013
Chagall’s paintings powerfully combine new and traditional artistic techniques, as Tate Liverpool’s new exhibition shows

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