Art News – weekly round-up

  • 3 October 2014

Wedgwood success, a hoard is unearthed and the Turner Prize shortlist is announced – we round up the top art stories of the week.

Three Wedgwood teapots, 1785–1955 © Phil Sayer

Three Wedgwood teapots, 1785–1955


© Phil Sayer

Wedgwood Collection saved

The Art Fund announced that its appeal to save the Wedgwood Collection – one of the most important industrial archives in the world – has been a success, thanks to the generosity of thousands of individuals, several businesses and a number of grant-making foundations. A total of £15.75m was raised, the final £2.74m through a public appeal that met its target just a month after launch. Director Stephen Deuchar revealed that it was 'the fastest fundraising campaign in the Art Fund’s 111-year history' and credited 'national passion for Wedgwood'.

Turner prize shortlist announced

As the 30th annual shortlist is revealed, video art dominates at the Tate Britain exhibition, featuring artists Tris Vonna-Michell, Ciara Phillips, Duncan Campbell and James Richards. Richard Dorment is pleasantly surprised, whereas the Independent calls the selection 'frustratingly timid'.

Hoard unearthed

An amateur metal detectorist has unearthed one of the largest hoards of Roman coins ever found in Britain. Laurence Egerton, 51, made the discovery as he explored land near Seaton, in East Devon. Dubbed Seaton Down Hoard, the collection of 22,000 copper-alloy coins is thought to have been buried by a private individual or soldier for safe-keeping, but was never recovered.

Theatrical work cancelled amid racist claims

The Barbican has cancelled its controversial art show Exhibit B following a protest outside the arts centre. Directed by white South African director Brett Bailey, the Independent states that the installation, which featured black actors in chains recreating ‘human zoos’, has been called racist by protestors who marched in opposition to the show.

And finally…

The Prop Store, a company that specialises in selling movie props and costumes, is having it’s first in-person auction at Vue cinema in the Westfield shopping centre. According to the Guardian items include a Back to the Future 2 hover board; Miniature spaceships from the Star Wars series and a James Bond costume worn by Roger Moore.