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Derelict Southsea ballroom transformed by art project – BBC News

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A derelict ballroom disused for 40 years has been transformed by an immersive art project.

The ballroom at the Queen’s Hotel in Southsea, Portsmouth, was in disrepair when it was identified by street artist My Dog Sighs for an exhibition.

The artist, who goes only by his first name Paul, said the aim was to show how beauty can be created out of lost and forgotten spaces.

He funded the art installation through crowdfunding and remortgaging his home.

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My Dog Sighs has become well known for a series of characters and realistic eye murals that have appeared on buildings in the Hampshire seaside resort and around the world.

“I stumbled across this incredible empty building and as soon as I stepped in I realised it was the opportunity of a lifetime, an empty building no-one has been into for 40 years was just the fantastic place to build my own world,” he said.

He said the project, which took 18 months to complete, included a series of sculptures of ghost-like beings that he called the Quiet Little Voices.

An exhibition will open at the site between 16 July and 1 August.

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Sustainability, green energy, and world class visual art all meet in new art gallery building – Terrace Standard – Terrace Standard

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A new building that will connect sustainable energy and world class visual art has just been announced and is set to open in 2027.

Made public by minister of Canadian heritage Pablo Rodriguez and long-standing MP Hedy Fry, the centre will receive $29 million in funding through the federal government and Infrastructure Canada.

As well as being apart of the Vancouver art gallery, the building will also be the first passive house art gallery in North America.

Passive house is an ultra-low energy performance standard within buildings and will further the gallery’s vision of creating safe and inclusive spaces, while meeting Canada’s efficiency standards in the goal of net-zero.

The building itself will showcase a variety of artists local to Canada and from around the world. It will also have a multi-purpose Indigenous community house, public art spaces, a theatre, and initiatives for marginalized groups.

For Fry, this new building will play an important role in supporting the groups that need it most.

“Cultural spaces and institutions like the Vancouver Art Gallery play an important role in supporting vibrant and inclusive communities. They connect the past with the present through exhibits that inform and inspire, they safeguard priceless artefacts and works of art, and they promote the talent of our Canadian artists and creators.”

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Restitution: Africa’s Stolen Art – Plunder – Al Jazeera English

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The story of the large-scale plunder of African art and artefacts under European colonialism.

In the 19th and 20th centuries, European powers colonised the African continent and plundered its cultural artefacts on a massive scale.

Pieces of great local significance were pillaged by invading soldiers, seized by the colonial authorities, or taken by Christian missionaries.

The Europeans then put these works on display in their museums, in ethnographic exhibitions labelled “Negro Art”.

The works inspired artists like Pablo Picasso to produce some of the most innovative art of the 20th century.

This is episode 1 of a 3-part series.

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Sustainability, green energy, and world class visual art all meet in new art gallery building – Nelson Star

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A new building that will connect sustainable energy and world class visual art has just been announced and is set to open in 2027.

Made public by minister of Canadian heritage Pablo Rodriguez and long-standing MP Hedy Fry, the centre will receive $29 million in funding through the federal government and Infrastructure Canada.

As well as being apart of the Vancouver art gallery, the building will also be the first passive house art gallery in North America.

Passive house is an ultra-low energy performance standard within buildings and will further the gallery’s vision of creating safe and inclusive spaces, while meeting Canada’s efficiency standards in the goal of net-zero.

The building itself will showcase a variety of artists local to Canada and from around the world. It will also have a multi-purpose Indigenous community house, public art spaces, a theatre, and initiatives for marginalized groups.

For Fry, this new building will play an important role in supporting the groups that need it most.

“Cultural spaces and institutions like the Vancouver Art Gallery play an important role in supporting vibrant and inclusive communities. They connect the past with the present through exhibits that inform and inspire, they safeguard priceless artefacts and works of art, and they promote the talent of our Canadian artists and creators.”

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