Deadline for applications: Monday 25 September, 9am
Art UK is a dynamic arts charity with a national and global reach. The charity’s mission is to open up art in public collections for enjoyment, learning and research. We do this through digitising artworks, telling the stories behind the art and creating exciting opportunities for public interaction with art both online and offline. Art UK Sculpture is a national project using digital and physical engagement to transform the way people access and learn about sculpture. Supported by a National Lottery grant, this highly ambitious initiative will digitise 170,000 sculptures from inside public collections and outdoors in the nation’s parks, streets and squares and display them on the Art UK website.
Art UK is seeking a Coordinator to catalogue sculpture in collections across Northern Ireland during the Delivery Phase of the Art UK Sculpture project. Coordinator duties include liaising with the specified collections participating in the Art UK Sculpture project in Northern Ireland, communicating the importance of the sculpture project and the work of Art UK to all collections, collecting sculpture data from the participating collections, and organising photography, in liaison with a Photographer and collection staff.
The Coordinator will work from home. This is a part-time temporary post for 2 years; 2 days a week / 0.4 FTE. Salary: £24,000 p.a. (pro rata). For more information and a full job description, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
A new fine art, drawing and sculpture fair is due to open in Paris in November, filling the gap left by the Paris Tableau fair which folded two years ago. More than 30 international galleries—including Didier Aaron of Paris and Galerie de Jonckheere of Geneva—will participate in the Fine Arts Paris fair held at the Palais Brongniart (8-12 November).
Officials at the Salon du Dessin, Paris’s longstanding drawings fair which launched in 1991, are behind the new initiative. “Diversity and quality are the hallmarks of this new fair, whether in media, periods, subjects on view, but also budgets because museum quality works exhibited by major galleries can be shown alongside “discoveries” by young dealers presented at lower prices,” according to a statement.
Paris Tableau, which was also held at the Palais Brongniart, was founded in 2011 by a consortium of mainly Paris-based dealers. These included Galerie Eric Coatalem and Galerie Canesso who said at the time that no art fair catered specifically for the Old Masters market. Galerie Canesso is among the participants in Fine Arts Paris.
Paris Tableau closed its doors in November 2015, and merged with La Biennale Paris, formerly the Biennale des Antiquaires, which is held every September at the Grand Palais. Last year, 16 dealers from Paris Tableau took part in La Biennale Paris.
The Syndicat National des Antiquaires (SNA, the French association of antiques dealers) founded the Biennale in 1962. Asked about the latest developments, SNA president Mathias Ary Jan, tells The Art Newspaper that “La Biennale Paris is an international level fair held in a prestigious institution, the Grand Palais, with many specialties: furniture, decorative arts, contemporary and Modern Art etc. You can’t compare such different events.” He also points to the appointment of the Qatari prince, Sheikh Hamad Bin Abdullah Al Thani, to the fair’s honorary committee.
Jill Newhouse Gallery in New York, which specialises in 19th- and 20th-century US and European works on paper, is taking part in Fine Arts Paris. “I believe this fair is a reboot of Paris Tableau but that it will have a broader outlook,” Newhouse says. “I have always sold well in Paris and to European collections so when this opportunity arose, I jumped!”
Iranian star artist Patviz Tanavoli has spoken out against animal cruelty. Photo: http://payvand.com
The killing of Cecil, a well-known protected lion, on July 1 in Zimbabwe at the hands of the American dentist and hunter Walter Palmer, has provoked an international backlash that has even reached the art world.
The latest art world figure to speak up against hunting and cruelty towards animals has been Parviz Tanavoli, one of Iran’s best-known artists.
The 78-year-old sculptor, who has used the lion motif in his sculptures throughout his career, has dedicated his latest creation to Cecil.
Lions are a central motif in Parviz Tanavoli’s oeuvre. Photo: Steven Senne via AP Photo
“The cruel killing of the Zimbabwean lion known as Cecil broke by heart,” Tanavoli told AFP. “In memory of him I will be dedicating one of my latest lions to him in order to keep his memory alive and to help stop cruelty to animals.”
The sculptor, who works primarily in bronze, is part of the Saghakhaneh movement, which focuses on elements of Iranian culture. Tanavoli says he was devastated when lions became extinct in Iran over 50 years ago.
US dentist and big game hunter Walter Palmer reportedly paid $55,000 to kill Cecil the lion. Photo: Bryan Orford / YouTube via The Week
Meanwhile, Zimbabwean authorities have called for Palmer to be extradited to face poaching charges. The hunter went into hiding after he received a slew of death threats and animal rights activists picketed his dental clinic in Minnesota.