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Empty buildings in the village of Bushmills have been covered with artworks to make them look more appealing
In addition to his own poetry, Mr. Heaney, who died on Friday, was acclaimed for his translations, including his version of “Beowulf.”
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Whether it’s the view from your bedroom window, a scene from your journey to work or your lunch – share your artworks of, or inspired by, the things you do and see everydayHannah Freeman
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President also announces appointment of conductor Claudio Abbado and scientists Elena Cattaneo and Carlo RubbiaRenzo Piano, the award-winning architect who gave London the Shard and Paris the Pompidou centre, has been granted one of his country’s highest honours, being named a senator for life by the Italian president.Giorgio Napolitano said the 75-year-old was among four distinguished Italians whose achievements in the cultural and scientific fields would allow them to contribute to the nation’s parliament “in absolute independence of any party political considerations”.Claudio Abbado, the world-renownedconductor who made his debut at La Scala in Milan before becoming chief conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic and the London Symphony Orchestra, also received the honour. The other nominees – Elena Cattaneo, 50, and Carlo Rubbia, 79 – are both scientists. Cattaneo, whose relative youth was noted by Napolitano, who is 88, is a leading stem cell researcher, while Rubbia is a particle physicist, inventor and joint-winner of the Nobel prize for physics in 1984.As stipulated under the Italian constitution, the four will have voting rights in the upper house of parliament, along with Mario Monti, the former technocrat prime minister, and former president Carlo Azeglio Ciampi.Ahead of the decision, there had been speculation that Napolitano could seek to pour oil on the troubled waters of Italian politics by naming as senator for life Gianni Letta, longtime henchman of Silvio Berlusconi and uncle of prime minister Enrico Letta. But the president appeared keen to avoid politicising the move.Daniela Santanché, a vocal centre-right MP, went a step further. “[I am] deeply sorry for the one person who should have been named a senator for life and has not been – that is, Silvio Berlusconi. …
Mr. Heaney, a widely celebrated Irish poet who won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1995, is recognized as one of the major poets of the 20th century.
Northern Ireland whiskey town fights downturn by investing in art for abandoned buildings in hope of drawing touristsOne of the homes of Irish whiskey is fighting an economic downturn by investing in art projects to brighten up derelict shops and houses, an approach it says is boosting tourist numbers.Bushmills, best known as the town where the whiskey of the same name was distilled for the first time 400 years ago, has taken the practice to an extent that the village is becoming recognisable for the artwork and graphics that brighten up its high street.Around a dozen derelict buildings have been given a facelift, including one that has been painted as an old-style cobblers with a worker in a flatcap mending shoes. Up the road is bakery stacked with bread and cakes, a barbers and a bookmakers.Windows and doors have been painted onto empty houses, complete with people observing passersby outside. Elsewhere, Farmyard animals have been painted emerging from shop doors.”Being a tourist village, there was quite a lot of emphasis put on trying to bring about an uplift and see if it could be the catalyst for further economic development in the town,” said Aidan McPeake, the director of the local council’s environmental services.”That seems to be the case now. The village has been very popular this year. It’s been very successful.”Two of the shops brightened up with art over the past year are no longer vacant, he said.The Northern Ireland government has spent £2m to tackle dereliction over the past two years.But the Brighter Bushmills project was set up by locals last year and supported by the local council, which is among the least well-funded in Northern Ireland.They raised £30,000 pounds, some of which was donated by the distillery, and a second phase, developed with the help of government funds, was completed in March this year.”Obviously locals would much rather see the properties filled and in use all the time but this is definitely the next best option,” McPeake said.Northern IrelandRegenerationCommunitiesArttheguardian.com © 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. …
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A million Syrian children have now been forced to flee their homes – like three-year-old KhaledThis month Syria recorded yet another desperate statistic: UN aid agencies reported its millionth child refugee since the current conflict began. Most of these children are under 11. The UN warns that 10 million Syrians, or half the country’s population, will need aid by the end of the year.Lebanon is currently home to the highest number of Syrian refugees, and around 300,000 of them are children. More than 2,000 children have crossed the border entirely alone, having become separated from their families.Three-year-old Khaled, and his 70-year-old grandfather, Abu Said, left their home this year after two missiles struck their neighbourhood in quick succession. Taking just a handful of clothes and a few pillows, they boarded a crowded bus to Beirut. …
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Former lab animal Brent triumphs in a chimpanzee art contest in US, with prize money going towards his home sanctuaryA painting by a 37-year-old chimpanzee has won $10,000 (£6,450) for a Chimp Haven sanctuary in north-west Louisiana.The primate, who uses his tongue to apply colour instead of a brush, received the most votes in the chimpanzee art contest organised by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). Five other sanctuaries competed, using paintings created during “enrichment sessions”, but Brent’s delicate smears of blue, violet, yellow and turquoise triumphed before the judge.Renowned primatologist and conservationist Jane Goodhall picked her favourite piece from the selection of entries, which were voted for by 27,000 online participants. Runners-up included the former performance monkey Patti, who painted with urgent swipes of primary colours; Jamie, who escaped from a lifetime of biomedical research to create an abstract image in violet and pink; and former lab monkey Cheetah, whose burst of hot reds and yellows earned him second place.”All of the art was beautiful and unique – just like chimpanzees,” said Goodall. “It was difficult to choose. It’s so important that the public support all of these sanctuaries in their mission to provide exceptional care to chimpanzees, and other primates, who have suffered through so much.”Cathy Willis Spraetz, Chimp Haven’s president and CEO, helped Brent, a retired laboratory animal, to create his winning painting. …
Brent, a 37-year-old chimpanzee from a sanctuary in Louisiana, won the online vote for a work in which he applied paints with his tongue.
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Change in inner-city areas such as Peckham has been fuelled by the ‘cultural creatives’ but it is art itself that offers hope of resistanceBold Tendencies is the art space and cocktail bar standing imperiously on top of a Peckham multi-storey car park. It is charged with so much architectural symbolism it’s almost funny: a sky-high contemporary gallery in one of London’s poorest districts, packed each evening with painfully well-dressed young white people supping Campari bitters, who gaze down upon the streets of pound shops, mobile phone stalls and cheap clothes stores below.The Evening Standard loves it, naturally. A recent piece extolling “Peckhamania” was filled with picture after picture of white “creatives” making art or tucking into artisan street food, with Bold Tendencies held up as the “epicentre of new Peckham”. Not one black or brown person was featured, despite Peckham being one of the most ethnically diverse areas in Britain. At last, the paper seemed to be saying, we can finally welcome Peckham into our white supremacist fantasyland of a city and we’ve got art to thank for it.For those opposed to the so-called “regeneration” of Peckham – and of London generally – Bold Tendencies has unsurprisingly turned into something of a whipping boy. …
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Enigmatic portraits by the master musician come to London, while the Houses of Parliament look forward to a makeover and students wonder how to survive without natural lightExhibition of the weekWilliam KentridgeThis powerful South African artist has brought many heritages of modern art kicking and screaming into the 21st century, from German expressionism to the political art of Picasso. He is renowed as a film-maker but forceful graphic ability is at the heart of his creativity. This Hayward touring exhibition shows 60 prints by Kentridge that exemplify his work in this craft, from small sheets to monumental images.University Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 until 11 OctoberOther exhibitions this weekBob DylanPoetic portraits that make words viscerally real prove Dylan is serious about his art. National Portrait Gallery, London WC2H until 5 JanuarySix Degrees ForwardSix artists who have recently graduated – Louise Bradley, Benjamin Else, Oliver Knowles, Julia Soboleva, Andreea Stan and Matt Wardell – exhibit together. Solent Showcase, Southampton SO14 until 3rd OctoberBosco SodiHeavy new works of heaped graphite by this splash-it-all-over Mexican painter. …
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Politicians have realised that they get more bang for their buck if they spend money on libraries rather than museum and gallery projectsLibrary campaigners, among whom I count myself, need not be too full of doom and gloom. While cuts and closures are affecting library services, it is also true that the past decade has seen a reinvention of the public library in the UK and across the world. Next week, the new Library of Birmingham opens at a cost of £186m, becoming the largest public library in Europe. It expects to attract 10,000 visitors a day. Glasgow’s magnificent Mitchell library, which previously held the record as the largest public reference library in Europe, was recently refurbished to tremendous effect. …
Ms. Benjamin found fame after she left South Africa. She lived in exile in Manhattan for many years and raised money to fight apartheid.
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“The Last Christeros” follows a band of 1930s rebels through the Mexican wilderness as they struggle with loneliness and fatigue.
“Wampler’s Ascent” documents how a man with cerebral palsy and the use of just one arm scaled El Capitan, the world’s biggest rock face.
“The Lifeguard” centers on a young woman whose New York life goes off the tracks, so she moves back home to take up her old summer job.
“Dark Tourist” focuses on a fateful trip by a security guard (Michael Cudlitz) whose twisted hobby is visiting scenes of serial killings.
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Lee Isaac Chung’s “Abigail Harm,” starring Amanda Plummer, tracks the lonely lulls and strange eruptions of a lonely, isolated woman.
Liz and Ann Hampton Callaway return with their sister show, “Sibling Revelry,” at 54 Below.
In “Getaway,” a former professional racecar driver’s wife is kidnapped, and he is warned that he will never see her again unless he steals a vehicle and follows instructions.
The White Box gallery in Lower Manhattan displays a series of late-in-life paintings by Hyman Bloom, a popular midcentury artist, that feature Jewish leaders with Torahs.
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