Banksy’s ‘Balloon Girl,’ used in Syria campaign, voted UK’s favorite artwork

This file photo taken on May 23, 2016 shows a woman takes picture on May 23, 2016, of a piece entitled “Girl with ballon, red” by England-based graffiti artist Banksy in Rome’s Palazzo Cipolla. (AFP)
Updated 27 July 2017

Banksy’s ‘Balloon Girl,’ used in Syria campaign, voted UK’s favorite artwork

LONDON: A graffiti work of a girl losing a heart-shaped balloon by notorious artist Banksy, repurposed in 2014 in support for the #WithSyria campaign, is Britain’s favorite artwork, according to a poll out Wednesday.
The “Balloon Girl” stencil painting, which appeared on the side of shop in east London in 2012, topped the shortlist of best British artworks, as voted on by 2,000 people.
The artwork was removed and sold in 2014 for around £500,000 ($651,000).

John Constable’s 1821 pastoral landscape “The Hay Wain” came in second, with Jack Vettriano’s 1992 painting “The Singing Butler” coming in third.

JMW Turner’s 1839 “The Fighting Temeraire,” which depicts a boat being tugged along the Thames, came fourth in the poll, conducted for Samsung TV, while Antony Gormley’s 1998 sculpture “The Angel Of The North,” which looms over a major road to the south of Newcastle, was voted fifth.
Three album covers were in the top 20, including Peter Blake’s cover for The Beatles’ “Sgt Pepper,” Hipgnosis and George Hardie’s work for Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” and Jamie Reid’s “Never Mind the Bollocks” Sex Pistols sleeve.


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.