The Victoria & Albert (V&A) Museum has been named the Museum of the Year 2016 after a period that saw it attract record numbers of visitors.
The judges said the London-based museum had “indisputably” become one of the best in the world.
The V&A was announced as the winner by the Duchess of Cambridge at a ceremony at the Natural History Museum.
The 100,000 prize is the world’s biggest museum prize and the largest single arts prize in the UK.
The V&A was picked from five finalists. The others on the shortlist were:
- Arnolfini, Bristol
- Bethlem Museum of the Mind, London
- Jupiter Artland, West Lothian
- York Art Gallery, Yorkshire
“The V&A experience is an unforgettable one,” said Stephen Deuchar, Art Fund director and chairman of the judges.
“Its recent exhibitions from Alexander McQueen to The Fabric of India, and the opening of its new Europe 1600-1815 galleries, were all exceptional accomplishments – at once entertaining and challenging, rooted in contemporary scholarship, and designed to reach and affect the lives of a large and diverse national audience.
“It was already one of the best-loved museums in the country: This year it has indisputably become one of the best museums in the world.”
Among the 370 guests at the ceremony were artists Antony Gormley, Grayson Perry, Michael Craig-Martin, Cornelia Parker, Mat Collishaw, Gavin Turk, Yinka Shonibare and Jonathan Yeo, as well as Culture Minister Ed Vaizey.
The Art Fund awards its museum of the year prize to an establishment which has “shown exceptional imagination, innovation and achievement”.
In 2015, the V&A enjoyed a record-breaking year for the establishment, pulling in 3.9 million visitors, and 14.5 million visitors online.
This success has been largely due to a major gallery restoration project and sell-out exhibitions such as Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty, in celebration of the innovative designer who died in 2010, which attracted a record-breaking 493,043 visitors from 87 countries.
Its 2013 hit David Bowie Is retrospective, which embarked on a global tour after its London run, notched up its millionth visitor in Paris in May.
Other highlights have included a major show of Indian textiles and a worldwide touring programme for the V&A’s Museum of Childhood.
The judges for Museum of the Year 2016 were: Gus Casely-Hayford, curator and art historian; Will Gompertz, BBC arts editor; Ludmilla Jordanova, professor of history and visual culture, Durham University; Cornelia Parker, artist; and Stephen Deuchar (chair).
Last year the prize was awarded to the Whitworth in Manchester.
Lincoln Red Imps have won the Gibraltar Premier Division for 14 years on the trot, play just off Winston Churchill Avenue and boast a fiery Uruguayan manager
Lincoln Red Imps may sound like an ice hockey team from the east Midlands but they are the dominant force in Gibraltar football, having won the Gibraltar Premier Division for the past 14 years.
Celtics conquerors in the first leg of their Champions League qualifier on Tuesday night are a club of mostly part-timers, many of whom had to do a full days work before going out to play Brendan Rodgers side.
The Red Imps grew out of a youth side linked to the Gibraltar police in the mid-1970s and rose to the top flight by 1984. Since then they have dominated the 10-club Premier Division, lifting 22 titles in the next three decades. They have also won the treble of the League, the Rock Cup and the Senior Cup seven times.
Like the rest of the territorys teams, the Red Imps play at the 5,000-capacity Victoria Stadium, located close to Gibraltar airport just off Winston Churchill Avenue. Thanks to the artificial pitch, this is also the venue of the annual Gibraltar Music Festival this years line-up on the first weekend of September includes Bryan Ferry, Stereophonics, Ne-Yo, Jess Glynne, Travis, All Saints and … Europe. The MCC also played there in 1993 against the Gibraltar cricket side.
With Gibraltar earning full membership of Uefa in 2013, Lincoln had the honour of being its first representative in the Champions League the following year. They lost 6-3 on aggregate to the Faroe Islands side HB in the first qualifying round but in 2015 knocked out Andorras representatives Estadi Comunal dAndorra la Vella with a 2-1 away win and the military policeman Lee Casciaro, who scored the winner against Celtic, getting one of their goals. In the second round they were beaten by the Danish champions FC Midtjylland but only 3-0 on aggregate.
Red Imps players form the backbone of the Gibraltar side which took part in qualifying for this years European Championship, losing all 10 of their games and conceding 56 goals but getting their first goal in a competitive match in a 6-1 defeat by Scotland at Hampden Park in March 2015 Casciaro again. The Enfield-born defender and club captain, Roy Chipolina, is also the Gibraltar captain as well as being a customs officer.
The man who masterminded Lincolns humiliation of Celtic is the fiery former Uruguay international Julio Ribas, who is best known for two spells in charge of Pearol. During the first he led the Montevideo side to a national title in 1999 but it was overshadowed a year later when he was jailed for eight days for his part in an on-field brawl involving players and coaching staff at the end of a derby against Nacional. Ribas later became Oman coach – but was sacked after three games.
The performer included the controversial hashtag in a tweet to promote her Orlando charity single that shes since taken down
Jennifer Lopez deleted on a tweet on Tuesday that contained the hashtag #AllLivesMatter.
The tweet also included the hashtag #LoveMaketheWorldGoRound, the title of her Orlando benefit song co-sung by Tony winner Lin-Manuel Miranda of Hamilton fame, as well as a photograph of the pair performing the track on Good Morning America.
The phrase #AllLivesMatter has been used as a counterargument to #BlackLivesMatter, though the latter phrase was inspired by the fact that the disproportionate numbers of black people killed by police in the US suggests black lives are less valued. #AllLivesMatter has been used by a range of people including those who profess themselves opponents of Americas new civil rights movement.
Twitter users were quick to call out Lopez for including the phrase in the post, probably prompting the quick removal of the tweet.
According to Page Six, the outlet that first reported the news, Lopez has yet to comment on the development.
As Refinery29 points out, this doesnt mark the first time Lopez has used the controversial hashtag. In a photograph posted on Instagram on 11 July, again to promote the single, she included it in the caption.
The Cults singer, Ian Astbury, recently uttered the same phrase while performing at the RBC Bluesfest in Ottawa on 9 July, and on Tuesday apologized.
Astbury tweeted from the Cults account: I sincerely and deeply apologize to everyone I offended by using the phrase all lives matter I fully support #blacklivesmatter and wished to show my solidarity. So disheartened to know that I have offended people of color. Thank you for enlightening me that this phrase is offensive.
Annual San Fermn festival has seen four rapes, one attempted rape and 10 cases of sexual abuse reported over last six days
Pamplonas annual bull-running festival has again been marred by a series of alleged sexual assaults, with four rapes, one attempted rape and 10 cases of sexual abuse reported over the last six days.
Organisers of the San Fermn festival, in which hundreds of people race bulls through Pamplonas cobbled streets, have stepped up their campaign to combat sexual violence since 2008, when a young nurse was strangled and beaten to death.
This years festival, which began on 6 July, has already seen 15 people arrested over allegations of sexual assault. Among them are five men including a recent graduate of the Guardia Civil police force who were detained in connection with the alleged rape of a woman on Thursday night. The incident is thought to have been filmed on a mobile phone.
On Monday night, womens rights activists and other protesters crowded into the Plaza del Castillo, where one of the rapes is alleged to have taken place, to demonstrate against the attacks. It came four days after thousands of people staged a similar protest.
Pamplonas city councillor for public safety, Aritz Romeo, insisted the council was working to tackle the violence and had made it easier for women to report assaults. He suggested that the rise in attacks could be the result of increased reporting.
I dont think whats happening in Pamplona is different from whats happening in other cities at festival time, its just that weve opened up the channels of communication and there are 3,400 police officers [deployed] to catch attackers, he told El Pas.
In a statement, the council said it supported Mondays protest, adding that it was working to eliminate sexist attacks and to improve safety for women wherever they are.
It also called on residents and visitors to play their part in addressing the problem.
We urge those who are attacked to keep reporting it, we encourage other citizens to maintain an active approach to this kind of assault and to help report it, and we reject and condemn the attacks and stress that Pamplona will not tolerate sexist assaults, it said.
Last year, the mayor of Pamplona, Jose Asirn, said the sexual attacks had become a black stain on San Fermn.
July 13, 2016, will mark one year since the death of Sandra Bland. Three days after she was pulled over for forgetting a turn signal, and subsequently arrested after a confrontation ensued, Bland was found hanged in a Texas county jail cell. Those who knew Bland vehemently denied she would have taken her own life, calling the prospect “unfathomable.” The same month of Bland’s death, four more black women died behind bars Kindra Chapman, Raynette Turner, Joyce Curnell and Ralkina Jones.
On the first anniversary of Bland’s death, a classical music tribute called “Sing Her Name” will commemorate black women impacted by racial injustice, as well as the Black Lives Matter organizers and activists working to expose and end systematic racial oppression. The concert, organized by clarinetist and music teacher Eun Lee and presented by “The Dream Unfinished: An Activist Orchestra,” features a program of music by all-female composers like Florence Price, Margaret Bonds and Ethel Smyth.
The concert is under the artistic direction of James Blachly and Grammy-winning conductor John McLaughlin Williams, and features soloists including baritone Dashon Burton, vocalist Helga Davis, soprano Marlissa Hudson, and pianist Michelle Cann. The performance will also feature Courtney Bryan’s song “Yet Unheard,” featuring poetry by Sharan Strange in memory of Sandra Bland.
This is the second concert Lee has organized around a civil rights issue. In 2015, she helped make “The Dream Unfinished: A Symphonic Benefit for Civil Rights” happen, a response to the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. While grieving the loss of these two individuals, and questioning the world in which lives are too easily stolen because of the color of one’s skin, Lee said she wanted to help.
“It just hit me,” Lee explained to The New York Times, “that, as much as we were seeing a response from rap musicians and folk musicians and now more and more pop musicians, there was no such response from the classical music community.”
Classical music and activism aren’t often witnessed cooperating in a single space, though there are exceptions. The classical music scene can easily be described as traditional, or worse, elitist. The community at large is historically very white, and so the genre might seem untethered to current events or politics, largely because it has the privilege to be able to do so. Lee’s concert is out to change that.
Her 2015 show featured music by Leonard Bernstein and William Grant Still, and speeches by activists including Eric Garner’s daughter Erica. “Music is used as a source to gather people,” “The Dream Unfinished” clarinetist Patricia Billings explained in a video promoting the production. “To invite them to a safe environment to express their true thoughts and feelings about issues. I hope to use my art to create that environment, so we can have those tough discussions about civil rights.”
Sadly, Lee’s homage is as relevant now as ever, coming off a devastating week of violence and loss as issues of police brutality and prejudice within the justice system continue to demand our attention and action. Last week, Alton Sterling was shot and killed by police officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, for no other reason than legally selling CDs, becoming the 135th black person killed by police in 2016. Just one day later, Philando Castile was shot dead in his car by an officer in Falcon Heights, Minnesota, after being pulled over by police, becoming number 136.
Although under the darkest of circumstances, “Sing Her Name” presents an opportunity for coming together, mourning and fighting for change.
With three weeks to go until the opening ceremony, Rio de Janeiro is desperate for an uplift and fearful of what will happen when the athletes leave
As dusk falls over Copacabana beach, Ubira Santos, a 63-year-old sand sculptor, relaxes with a few friends on deckchairs in front of one of his distinctive creations.
A handful of extraordinarily callipygian sand-women lie prone, as if sunning their backs, beneath a gnome-sized statue of Christ the Redeemer, with one reaching up to embrace his feet.
Back in 2013, during the popes visit to Rio de Janeiro, when millions of Catholics gathered on the beach, Santos covered up their outsize bottoms, out of respect, he says. For the Olympics next month, he is planning to add a boxer and a couple of wrestlers to the sculpture, but he has no plans to abandon his sand goddesses.
Theyre the stars of the show, he says. Santos is looking forward to the Games and the hope of earning more money from the tourists who typically drop a couple of reais in an upturned plastic bottle in return for a photo, but his expectations are tempered by the reality of life in the Olympic city. Things are pretty bad here in Brazil at the moment, he says. Im just hoping for a lot of tourists, and that things improve.
That sentiment is widely shared. Crisis-hit Brazil desperately needs an Olympic lift. After two shockingly awful years of economic decline and political turmoil, it is close to a depression in more ways than one.
The happy-go-lucky, funny, sunny stereotype of Cariocas as Rios residents are known was always more marketing ploy than reality. But even the veneer of a joyful city has been challenged by a flood of gloomy news.
Since Brazil was knocked out of the World Cup it hosted in 2014 with a dire 1-7 semi-final defeat to Germany, the national mood has gone from bad to worse. The economy has declined or stagnated in eight of the past 10 quarters. With GDP having shrunk by close to a tenth the steepest decline since the 1930s the recession is virtually a depression. Once challenging Britain and France for fifth place in world output rankings, Brazil is now in danger of slipping out of the top 10, having fallen behind India and Italy.
The Chicago rapper, who released his third free mixtape on Thursday, has pursued a singular artistic vision outside the usual structures a record label
When Chance the Rappers Acid Rap was released in 2013, there were no streaming services battling for exclusive rights to the record. First week sales, not streams, still defined whether a record was a hit or a flop, and the line between a mixtape and studio album was clearly defined.
Between then and Thursday night, when the Chicago artists follow-up and third mixtape Coloring Book, was released, the music industry has mutated again, yet Chance has has maintained the same integrity, fuelled both by the hip-hop community and his own artistic vision.
The new tape has solid hip-hop foundations while showcasing Chances growth as an artist and activist over the past three years. Featuring contributions by mainstream icons like Kanye West and Justin Bieber to cult hip-hop heroes, new and old, like Young Thug, Lil Yachty, Jay Electronica and T-Pain, Coloring Book melds genres to widescreen effect. Jazz melodies and gospel motifs also shine through prominently on tracks like How Great and both takes on Blessings.
After Acid Rap was a success, most expected Chance would sign a record deal, then put out a studio album fans would have to pay for. Instead, the rapper born Chancelor Bennett, collaborated with fellow Chicago musician Donnie Trumpet for a year of inspired releases leading up to the surprise release of album Surf, credited to Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment, in 2015. At the time, the string of releases including Wonderful Everyday, his cover of the theme from Arthur perplexed many hip-hop fans thirsty for solo tracks closer to Acid Rap.
All the while Chance continued touring. The 2013 Social Experiment tour led into a 2014 college campus tour, then last years Family Matters tour. The rappers strong fanbase continued to fund his career without a record label, opening up time to mold a passion project in Surf and serve his Chicago community.
After a year of promoting #SaveChicago to combat the citys rising violence, Chance received Chicagos Outstanding Youth of the Year Award. He responded by headlining social efforts including an open mic night series and Warmest Winter project a charity providing over 1,000 sleeping bags that turn into coats for Chicago homeless.
Meanwhile however, hip-hop fans desire for a Chance III intensified. As the internet continues to transform the music business, record companies response to a dive in record sales has been a frenzied battle for exposure on streaming sites. However, neither of Chances mixtapes, 10 Day and Acid Rap, are on Spotify or rival streaming appls. Coloring Book is on Apple Music exclusively for two weeks, but was available briefly for free download on Datpiff.com, the classic hip-hop authority in free mixtapes and home to Acid Rap. It has since been taken down.
The feeling that Coloring Book is a mixtape by a hip-hop fan, for hip-hop fans is even further cemented as Chance still personally posted the release on Reddits popular HipHopHeads forum late on release night with the simple message enjoy. By working outside the system, Chance has managed to stay closely in touch with his city, his community and his musical and lyrical inspirations.
The monetization of Chances music has not been through paid streaming subscriptions and album rollouts, but through devoted touring. In an age of hectic exclusive rights battles between services like Apple Music, Tidal and Spotify, fans have shown their willingness to support and share free releases like Acid Rap and Coloring Book. The fanbase has even initiated a petition, backed by the artist himself, urging the National Academy of Recording and Sciences to allow free albums to be considered for Grammy recognition.
Chances independent success between his trio or quartet, including Surf of free project releases has outlined a path for artists to thrive as independents, away from the hectic streaming battles and hype surrounding first week sales that only seem to benefit established artists without the same level of creative control.
It is hard to pin down exactly Chance the Rappers next move will be, an unpredictability that has become part of the rappers charm. Whether persuing a new tour, activist project or mixtape, the rapper Chance has shown a way to triumph outside the system.
For the first time in more than a year and a half, the Capcom Pro Tour heads to Australia this weekend.
Battle Arena Melbourne 8 marks the first time that the Land Down Under will host a Pro Tour event since Shadowloo Showdown V in August 2014. The Australian Street Fighter tournament scene is a bit different now than it was during the tour’s last visit. The nation’s “big three” of tournaments is down to a “big two” after the recent demise of the Shadowloo Showdown series, which means that Battle Arena Melbourne and August’s OzHadou Nationals are even more important to the local scene. Almost anybody who’s anybody among Australian players will be looking to make a name for themselves this weekend.
More than 160 of Australia’s best players will be in the Melbourne field, more than twice the number that turned out for last year’s non-Pro Tour edition. They’ll be joined by four Asian stars who are also among the world’s best players; Singapore’s Ho Kun Xian and Japanese stars Momochi Yusuke, Haitani Tatsuya, and Hayashi “Mago” Kenryo.
Here are three of the biggest storylines to watch when the action kicks off on the New Game Plus Twitch channel on Friday night at 8pm ET/5pm PT.
Will Somniac be the Wizard of Aus?
The four Asian visitors will be heavily favored to sweep the top four places in Melbourne. This is partly due to their immense talent, but also due to a perceived lack of talent among the local players. Fairly or not, Australia is not known as a Street Fighter hotbed.
Xavier “Somniac” Nardella could be the best chance to change that perception. Somniac won the Ultra Street Fighter IV tournament at last year’s event and made an impressive run to a top-eight finish at the Last Chance Qualifier for last year’s Asia Finals. He enters the weekend ranked 12th in Street Fighter V‘s online rankings, best among both Australians and M. Bison players. A first-place finish will be tough to achieve, but Somniac just might have the skill to make it happen.
Is Momochi back to his dominant ways?
From late-2014 through the middle of last year, Momochi Yusuke was a consensus pick for the world’s best Ultra Street Fighter IV player. He won Capcom Cup 2014 and Evo 2015, the two most prestigious events of that span. Even with a disappointing 17th-place finish at Capcom Cup 2015, he ended the Ultra era No. 1 in the world in Shoryuken.com’s player rankings. Momochi has yet to reach those heights in Street Fighter V. He failed to reach the top 16 of either of this season’s first two Premier events, Final Round and NorCal Regionals, but he has recently shown signs that he might be able to return to dominance.
He recorded a win over Justin Wong, currently #2 in the Pro Tour global standings, on his way to a top-eight finish at Red Bull Kumite. More recently, he turned in a dominant performance at the Street Fighter V Crash semifinals with consecutive wins over Evo champions Xian, Ai “Fuudo” Keita, and current consensus #1 player Lee “Infiltration” Seon-Woo. His Crash performance was in a single-game format, but he still looked the part of a player who could take down anyone and everyone. If he continues to play that way in Melbourne, he just might leave Australia with another title in hand.
Can Haitani finally get a win?
Haitani is the only one of the four big-name visiting players who failed to qualify for Capcom Cup last year. It wasn’t for a lack of trying though, as he traveled to many events at the end of last year in hopes of making the cut. Despite his second-place finish at Brazil Game Showwhere he lost the Capcom Cup berth to Keoma Pacheco in the grand finalhe wasn’t able to muster enough points to earn a trip to San Francisco.
Haitani has put himself in a far better position to qualify this time around. He entered only one Pro Tour event before Evo last year. Thanks to new sponsorship deals with YouDeal and Majestic, Battle Arena Melbourne will be Haitani’s fourth Pro Tour event in 2016, and he has finished in the top eight of each of the previous three. But the Pro Tour format puts a heavy emphasis on winning, and Haitani has yet to finish better than fourth on the tour this year. This weekend could be his best opportunity to earn a victory and jump-start his push to Capcom Cup.