Live & Public Art

From Antony Gormley's Angel of the North to the Fourth Plinth, Live and Public Art has never been more visible. Track this modern phenomenon here with Culture24 news, reviews, event listings, websites and resources drawn from the art and gallery world.

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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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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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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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In Pictures: Martin Creed's Work No. 204: Half the air in a Given Space entertains Bestival 2014

Pictures and a video as the former Turner Prize winner's work, filling a space with distinctly red balloons, intrigues the crowds at the hugely popular festival on the Isle of Wight.

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Largest artwork ever commissioned in the UK highlights climate change on streets of Bristol

Bristol residents are taking to the streets to make a 32-mile long artwork highlighting the need for UK flood defences as a result of climate change.

Basement Jaxx and Charles Darwin inspire 7 Bridges arts regeneration in south London

A party under a bridge at Loughborough Junction, in south London, will launch an explosion-inspired art project and World War I app this weekend.

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Digital artist to make public musicians with Laser Light Synths on side of Brighton church

Seeing everyone as "innately musical" and promising to take care of the harmonies, artist Seb Lee-Delisle will allow the public to trigger a large-scale musical test.

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Indian dance performance to take Mancunians on journey of Ascension to the heavens

See pictures from the Asian dance company who are visiting Manchester with a show based on Dante's ascension from the 14th century Divine Comedy poem.

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Hayward Gallery's Light Show exhibition to dazzle the world on exotic tour

Following its success at the Hayward Gallery in 2013, Light Show will tour to New Zealand, Australia, the United Arab Emirates and Greece, curators have announced.

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Public offered toilet roll and cut-price prints by Chapman Brothers in Jerwood Gallery appeal

With just three days left to raise the £25,000 needed to bring the Chapman Brothers to Hastings, the Jerwood Gallery is calling on the public to help it cross the finish line.

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Unexpected Festival returns to Exeter with First World War Centenary work and circus stars

Back in the city for a second time, Exeter's Unexpected Festival features acclaimed circus group NoFitState and performances at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum.

Troupes and toast modernism as Bestival 2014 prepares to welcome castaway artists

As well as Beck, Outkast, Foals and friends, the colourful Bestival has an impressive visual arts line-up entertaining the crowds at Robin Hill this year.

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Art Party movie hits the road with powerful message for GCSE results day

Art Party, a new film by artist Bob and Roberta Smith and director Tim Newton, will be shown at selected venues across the country on GCSE results day, Thursday August 21.

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Banksy's Grim Reaper removed from Bristol's Thekla ahead of public display in museum

Banksy's macabre painting has been removed from the harbour home of one of Bristol's most popular music venues as part of an agreement with Bristol Museums.

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"I love the idea of art that can be touched": Bristol Biennial plans September surprises

Grass men and fountains transformed into cranberry farms will be part of the Bristol Biennial when it returns for a second time next month, says Artistic Director Hannah Clark.

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