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Friday Five



1. Damien Hirst art works stolen from London gallery

Two signed works by artist Damien Hirst have been stolen from a Notting Hill gallery.

Police believe the thieves specifically targeted the two works, from the artist’s famous ‘spot paintings’ collection, which are valued at £33, 000.

Detective Sergeant John Lightfoot, from Kensington and Chelsea borough police, said:

“The items would have been visible in the back of a car and we are appealing for any witnesses or anyone with information to please come forward.”

The theft comes a month after figures revealed art theft generates more that £300m a year in the UK, second only to criminal proceeds from drug crime.


2. Art of Building shortlist revealed

The Chartered Institute of Building has this week revealed the shortlist for the prestigious Art of Building competition.

The competition celebrates inspiring photography of architecture and the winner will be decided by public vote.

Voting closes on 9 January 2014 and the result will be announced on 5 February 2014.

Vote for your favourite

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3. US Senate ignores calls to change firearm law in line with 3D printing technology

On Monday the US Senate extended the bill banning firearms that can pass undetected through metal detectors, ignoring calls to amend the bill to cover loopholes in the law created by the 3-D printed plastic gun.

The ease of downloading and printing a gun has had many concerned that current laws should be amended to accommodate advances in technology.  However, the Senate stopped short of amending the bill choosing instead to extend it in its current form.

Opposing the ban, Democratic senator Chris Murphy, told Reuters:

“This isn’t science fiction anymore…someone can make a gun in their basement.”

However, the US gun industry claimed an amendment would be a constitutional infringement and could interfere with the legal production of firearms.


4. Online auction raises over $10, 000 for victims of Typhoon Haiyan

A group of artists from New York’s Lodge Gallery have raised over $10, 000 for victims of the recent Typhoon in the Phillipines.

A statement from the group said:

“We gather in an act of collective creative generosity, donating artworks to auction toward much needed assistance to the Philippines. The UN estimates 13 million Filipinos have been affected by Typhoon Haiyan, and 3 million are left homeless; the people are in dire need of clean water, food, shelter, medical attention, and long term massive infrastructure rebuilding. We are rallying together a group of compassionate artists to raise money for this humanitarian crisis, with an art auction that will celebrate the power of the creative spirit in times of adversity.”

 Visit the gallery’s website


5. Turkish sisters win third Jameel Prize

Turkish fashion label, Dice Kayek, has won the third biannual award for contemporary art and design inspired by Islamic tradition.

Sisters Ece and Ayse Ege with their award winning work – Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Sisters Ece and Ayse Ege with their award winning work – Victoria and Albert Museum, London

The fashion label, set up by sisters Ece and Ayse Ege in 1992, topped the list of ten finalists with their collection of three garments called ‘Istanbul Contrast’ inspired by Ottoman design, Istanbul’s mosques and Byzantine mosaics.

Work from Dice Kayek and the other finalists will be on display at the Victoria and Albert museum until 21 January.

Take a look at more work from Dice Kayek and the other finalists

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