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The Power of the Sea at the RWA casts a line from Turner to Lanyon and beyond

The sea is the theme for a major exhibition of maritime masterpieces that begins with Turner and Constable and ends with Kurt Jackson and Maggie Hambling.

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Giant hive of hundreds of books is honeypot for visitors on Bristol Libraries' birthday

Robotic artists Rusty Squid's installation, created for Bristol Libraries' 400th birthday, has had its stay extended after attracting thousands of visitors to the city's Central Library.

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Playable City calls for context in Bristol as 2014 competition opens

Having made postboxes talk in Bristol last year, the £30,000 award returns with an open call for digital designers to create an interactive playground for the public.

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The best art exhibitions to see in the South West during 2014

What are the top art shows in the South West in 2014? Take a look at this Culture24 guide to get the inside track on an impressive 2014 in the region.

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Scale new heights and Go Aloft the ss Great Britain in 2014

Vistors to the ss Great Britain in 2014 will have a rare opportunity to see the former passenger ship and Bristol from 27 metres above the ship's deck.

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Danceroom Spectroscopy Festival debuts in Bristol after Olympics and Barbican shows

A 21-metre, 360-degree visual projection will bring nanoscale atomic physics to the dancey public during a three-day festival at Brunel's Old Station later this month.

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Bristol public exchange thousands of text messages with lamp posts and postboxes

A digital project allowing the public to swap thoughts and advice with familiar objects around Bristol has resulted in more than 25,000 text messages being exchanged.

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The Culture24/7: Top history exhibitions for September 2013 in our heritage round-up

Heritage Open Days, the opening of the Ashmolean's new museum in a Cotswold village and the opening season at the Library of Birmingham catch the eye this month.

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Swiss theme and Bowie influencers for 19th Encounters film festival in Bristol

Returning to Bristol for six days, Encounters features installations, live music and a strand based around the stereotype of the Swiss psyche.

Shepherd on Exford to Oare Road, 1954

Bristol and Somerset: Vanishing Lives at the Royal West of England Academy

Reece Winstone's photos reveal the changing face of Bristol and Somerset in an exhibition produced by his son at the Royal West of England Academy.

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Making Light of It – Herschel explores art and Science of Light in Eighteenth Century

Taking astronomer William Herschel's indirect path to discovering infrared as a starting point, a new show in Bath looks at lighting fashions in townhouses 200 years ago.

A National Trust team position Bellini's The Madonna and Child with John the Baptist above the fireplace in the Anteroom of Tyntesfield.

Important Bellini painting returns to Tyntesfield

An important 15th century painting by Bellini has been returned to Tyntesfield in North Somerset, where it had previously been kept for more than 110 years.

Bristol International Balloon Fiesta

35th Bristol International Balloon Fiesta takes off this August

Europe's largest hot air balloon event will see more than 150 balloons and aerial display teams take to the air at Ashton Court this month.

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Return from the Underworld: The Orpheus Mosaic back at Bristol Museum and Art Gallery

Found during the construction of the Great Western Railway in 1837, a Roman mosaic is about to go on public display for only the second time in 150 years.

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Street talk in Bristol as Hello Lamp Post wins Playable City Award

Wanderers of the streets of Bristol will be able to swap tittle-tattle and secrets with postboxes and other knowledgeable objects as part of a summer project.

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