Art

Artist Damien Hirst paints rainbows for charity

In the UK, the sight of rainbows painted by children in the windows of houses has been one main feature of lockdown and the coronavirus crisis.

Award-winning artist Damien Hirst has joined trend to raise money for charity using his butterfly motif.

He has been speaking to the BBC News channel about his latest work.

Damien Hirst on art under lockdown

Art galleries in sheds, garages and spare rooms

Over the last few weeks, garages, shed and spare rooms have been transformed by students at Wrexham Glyndŵr University to display their work in a virtual art gallery.

Artwork has been created by 21 fine art students and displayed across north Wales, for an "anti-show" after their annual degree show was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The university said that the show was thought to be the only exhibition of its kind put together by students studying in the UK.

Lecturer Paul Jones said: “It’s so important for fine art students to have an end-of-year show – it’s something that they really look forward to; it’s the thing that they have been building up to.

“We didn’t want this to fizzle out at the end – we want to keep that momentum up, we wanted to keep them on board.”

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Massive Attack's 3D artwork sale smashes £100K target

Art by Robert Del Naja being viewed by an anonymous couple
Bristol Food Union

A one-off sale of art by Robert Del Naja of Massive Attack in support of the Bristol Food Union has smashed its £100K target.

Del Naja (3D) provided 1,037 prints of his work which had been posted on billboards around the city.

The art sold out in 10 days.

The money raised will be used to supply free meals to Bristol's most vulnerable communities for a further six weeks.

Mr Del Naja thanked "everyone for their generous contribution" adding it "feels good to finally do an honest day's work".

The food union is a collective of restaurants, food businesses and community organisations that came together to ensure that the city of Bristol was fed during the acute stages of the Covid-19 crisis.

Organiser Aine Morris said the union has "increasing concern" about the number of people affected by food poverty and called for a "national food plan" which would "ensure resilient food supply chains" and make use of the food and hospitality sector.

Robert Del Naja of Massive Attack helping prepare food
Bristol Food Union