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Jacqueline Wilson, Marion Deuchars and friends help launch creative, messy Big Draw

See pictures from a boisterous opening to this year's festival at the V&A Museum of Childhood, launching a month of fun to inspire drawing across 20 countries.

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Portishead's Geoff Barrow drives camper van to pitch-black Scottish forest for "really cool adventure"

The Galloway Forest Dark Sky Park was turned into a music festival over the weekend, including an appearance from the Portishead founder and a paranormal investigator.

Artist's Statement: Michelle Bartleet-Greavey on swapping the rat race for sheepskin skills

One of more than 300 artists taking part in open studios across Wales, Michelle Bartleet-Greavey is the artist behind the Baa Stool - a spot of luxury made in wool.

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JCB digs deep for "hugely important" Wedgwood Collection as appeal passes £2.3 million

The construction equipment giant's £100,000 pledge has been matched by a private trust, with Art Fund organisers reporting £1.1 million in donations from the public.

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"Memory holds the truth": Olga Sviblova on Burning News: Recent Art from Russia at the Hayward Gallery

The Director of Moscow's Multimedia Art Museum says the new exhibition of six young Russian artists, at the Hayward Gallery's Project Space, rewards "a bit of time".

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Tolkien's hellish lair and the industrial Black Country: Art gallery opens The Making of Mordor

Olafur Eliasson, who once took the sun to Tate Modern, is among the artists offering hellish visions of Tolkien's Mordor at Wolverhampton Art Gallery, as Kirstie Brewer discovers.

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Artist Sam Belinfante curates show about listening at BALTIC Project Space

The new Hayward Touring Exhibition, featuring work by Janet Cardiff, Laure Provost and Haroon Mirza, opens at BALTIC 39 in Newcastle.

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Nile Rodgers and Rob da Bank celebrate Guinness World Record-breaking disco ball

See pictures of the enormous disco ball which broke a world record at this year's Bestival - complete with 2,500 mirrored tiles.

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Artist's Statement: Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard on Nick Cave's Museum of Important Shit

An old piece of gum stuck to a piano by Nina Simone sparked the museum accompanying Nick Cave's 20,000 Days on Earth, say the co-directors of the film.

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Artist's Statement: Tom Metcalfe on a London Design Festival showcase at Christie's

The producer of Objects Sandbox, an exhibition of brand new products within an Internet of Things, on working with archaeologists, ethnomusicologists and more.

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Beyond the Border: Four Scottish photographers on art and Scotland's independence

Sophie Gerrard, Colin McPherson, Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert and Stephen McLaren, whose photography exhibition is at Impressions Gallery in Bradford, talk all things Scotland.

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Nick Cave film stars Kylie Minogue and Ray Winstone as Tyneside Cinema gallery opens

An award-winner for Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard, 20,000 Days on Earth will form part of the opening programme for new film-art space The Gallery in Newcastle.

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Arches Political Party to throw artist-led bash on night of Scottish independence vote

Insisting that their night is non-partisan, Glasgow's Arches will unite VJs, artists, actors, performers and Irn Bru after the polling booths close.

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Artes Mundi 6 opts for social engagement not sensation at National Museum Cardiff

A look ahead to the political and international art prize and exhibition, which this year occupies three venues in Cardiff.

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National Portrait Gallery researchers reveal 'airbrushed' Elizabeth I in X-ray of portrait

The NPG's new Tudor portraits exhibition reveals how X-rays of a portrait of Elizabeth I show how the Queen's portrait was overpainted and prettified in the eighteenth century.

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