Each issue looks forward to what’s happening in the coming months around the UK and beyond, and comments on the events and issues of the day. It includes in-depth features, interviews, conversations, previews, book reviews, news and opinion, by writers, critics, commentators and experts in the field, alongside details of every work of art that Art Fund has helped museums and galleries to acquire over the past quarter.
Eyes on the Prize – The Turner Prize has abolished its age limit, The Baltic Artists’ Award places an emphasis on mentors and exposure rather than money – and winners are even choosing to share their spoils. What is going on in the world of contemporary art prizes, asks Martin Coomer.
Meet the Collectors – Robert Chipperfield In the first of a new series of profiles, Anna McNay uncovers the story of an amateur art collector, whose taste was not always the most discerning but whose legacy, in establishing Southampton City Art Gallery and its magnificent collection, included a bequest that came with a shrewd stipulation.
On the Trail of Tove Jansson – She will always be celebrated as the creator of the Moomins, but there was a lot more to Tove Jansson, as a show at Dulwich Picture Gallery will reveal. Helen Sumpter travels to Finland to follow in the artist’s footsteps.
Art and Opera – As the V&A and the Royal Opera House open a major exhibition focusing on the development of opera over 400 years, Erica Jeal explores how artists have long interacted with the art form, and Sally O’Reilly reveals how she wrote a libretto.
The Materiality of Faith – Focusing on historical objects and images from all over the world, rather than scriptures and texts, two new exhibitions explore the role of religious belief through time. Jill Cook tells the story of the British Museum’s ‘Living with the Gods’, through six key objects, while Jaś Elsner and Stefanie Lenk introduce ‘Imagining the Divine’ at the Ashmolean.