Art

Trafalgar Square’s Fourth Plinth should honour our past struggles
Opinion

Trafalgar Square’s Fourth Plinth should honour our past struggles

John Bird has seen a few historical, iconic events in Trafalgar Square, and wonders whether The Fourth Plinth should reflect them

Giorgio Morandi: an Italian artist of understated brilliance
Opinion

Giorgio Morandi: an Italian artist of understated brilliance

What is it about Giorgio Morandi’s paintings that draws me in? To the untrained eye they may look dull, but, for me they shine with a rare brilliance that I first fell in love with almost 60 years ago

Harry Styles’s jumpsuits and the Jubilee: It’s the cultural moments of the year
best of the year

Harry Styles’s jumpsuits and the Jubilee: It’s the cultural moments of the year

Our celebrity friends pick the best of culture in 2022.

Why The Crown stars have unveiled a giant sculpture of a homeless person
Homelessness

Why The Crown stars have unveiled a giant sculpture of a homeless person

Prizes announced for Big Issue Christmas Kids Cover Competition
Competition

Prizes announced for Big Issue Christmas Kids Cover Competition

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Cézanne left me jaded, but I still dream of owning one of his works
Opinion

Cézanne left me jaded, but I still dream of owning one of his works

Just Be Nice! Real Hackney Dave rallies UK artists for essential message
Art special

Just Be Nice! Real Hackney Dave rallies UK artists for essential message

The witch is a post-#MeToo icon of defiance, solidarity and creativity
Culture

The witch is a post-#MeToo icon of defiance, solidarity and creativity

How graffiti artist Opake overcame addiction and homelessness and is now changing lives
Art

How graffiti artist Opake overcame addiction and homelessness and is now changing lives

Homeless people get creative with self-portraits for new photo exhibition
Homelessness

Homeless people get creative with self-portraits for new photo exhibition

This evaporating pavement art is highlighting how heatwaves are a threat to rough sleepers
UK HEATWAVE

This evaporating pavement art is highlighting how heatwaves are a threat to rough sleepers

This Is The Modern World: New exhibition showcases Paul Weller from The Jam to The Style Council
Music

This Is The Modern World: New exhibition showcases Paul Weller from The Jam to The Style Council

Walter Sickert – an artist of controversy and complexity
John Bird

Walter Sickert – an artist of controversy and complexity

Exclusive: Government has spent £1.5m on art for official buildings since start of pandemic
Politics

Exclusive: Government has spent £1.5m on art for official buildings since start of pandemic

This week’s Big TV picks: Art That Made Us, Hacks, Slow Horses and The Andy Warhol Diaries
TV

This week’s Big TV picks: Art That Made Us, Hacks, Slow Horses and The Andy Warhol Diaries

Our most beautiful art treasures hide a multitude of sins
John Bird

Our most beautiful art treasures hide a multitude of sins

Abstract beauty to light up an increasingly ugly world
Opinion

Abstract beauty to light up an increasingly ugly world

Meet the winner of The Big Issue Kids Christmas Cover Competition 2021!
Kids Cover

Meet the winner of The Big Issue Kids Christmas Cover Competition 2021!

Art must not be the only way our children enjoy the natural world
John Bird

Art must not be the only way our children enjoy the natural world

Photos taken by homeless photographers show London like you’ve never seen it before
News

Photos taken by homeless photographers show London like you’ve never seen it before

Artist community pays tribute to late Big Issue seller with memorial on his old patch
Housing

Artist community pays tribute to late Big Issue seller with memorial on his old patch

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Big Issue vendor Dave Martin is showing off his art work in a London exhibition
News

Big Issue vendor Dave Martin is showing off his art work in a London exhibition

I can’t fight the big fights without a fix of beauty
Opinion

I can’t fight the big fights without a fix of beauty

Timothy Spall: LS Lowry and the impact industrial landscapes had on my life
Culture

Timothy Spall: LS Lowry and the impact industrial landscapes had on my life

John Bird: Art for art’s sake. And for everyone
Opinion

John Bird: Art for art’s sake. And for everyone