Banksy claims new Brexit wall art in UK’s Dover

A section of an artwork attributed to street artist Banksy, depicting a workman chipping away at one of the 12 stars on the flag of the European Union, is seen on a wall in the ferry port of Dover, Britain May 7, 2017. (Reuters)
Updated 08 May 2017

Banksy claims new Brexit wall art in UK’s Dover

DUBAI: Famed British street artist Banksy has claimed, in his own shadowy way, a new wall mural in Dover, the ferry port that connects England with Calais in France.
The politically-charged street art has taken on Brexit with a mural of a workman chipping away one of the 12 gold stars on the flag of the European Union.
Banksy, whose identity is a closely guarded secret, posted pictures of the work, which appeared overnight, on his official Instagram feed on Sunday, the day of the French presidential election.

Dover, England.

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His representative also confirmed it was by Banksy.
Dover has loomed large in the British press’ coverage of Brexit, with The Sun newspaper, which campaigned for “leave,” projected the message “Dover & out” on the cliffs on March 24, the day that British Prime Minister Theresa May triggered the start of Britain’s exit from the EU.
In March, the artist unveiled the Walled Off Hotel in Bethlehem, a guesthouse that stands close to Israel’s towering security barrier in the occupied West Bank and which is full of political graffiti and art installations.
(With Reuters)


ICESCO announces prizes in Remote Culture initiative 

Updated 02 April 2020

ICESCO announces prizes in Remote Culture initiative 

  • Remote Culture is part of the “ICESCO Digital Home” initiative launched to support member states' efforts in fighting COVID-19

RIYADH: The Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ICESCO) has announced the creation of three awards for students in three cultural areas as part of its Remote Culture initiative.

The first prize is $6,000, the second is $4,000 and the third is $2,000, in addition to certificates of appreciation, in the fields of short story writing and painting, the organization said.

National committees in member states will communicate with educational institutions to invite students to take part in competitions, and will select three works of each category to be sent to ICESCO by the end of June 2020.

The organization then will form a specialized international jury to choose the best three works in each branch.

The initiative is part of the “ICESCO Digital Home” initiative launched to support member states' efforts in combating the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and to find alternative solutions to ensure the sustainability of its educational, scientific and cultural work.

The new ICESCO initiative includes remote training and capacity-building for heritage frameworks, where the organization will be preparing and broadcasting a series of videos through its website as of April 15.

The videos include training programs in physical and intangible heritage, and documentation of cultural heritage using artificial intelligence techniques and risk-, crisis- and disaster-management in heritage sites and museums.

They will also introduce techniques for registering heritage sites on the lists of Islamic world heritage and world heritage, rehabilitating endangered crafts, promoting the general principles of managing museums in the Islamic world and protecting underwater cultural heritage.

The initiative also offers an invitation for remote reading to take advantage of ICESCO's digital libraries and other sites available.