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National Motorcycle Museum offers £20,000 reward after thieves smash trophy cabinets

The Solihull museum is appealing for information after thieves stole trophies and replicas and caused "substantial damage" during a late night break-in.

Colour photo of a Middle Eastern woman with a portrait of her martyred son

Photography from the Middle East surprises at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

Timely show, True to Life?, brings together some 14 contemporary artists who challenge preconceptions about the turbulent Middle East region.

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Birmingham's Supersonic Festival returns with KLF founder Bill Drummond and more

Returning to the Custard Factory, where the festival began with the likes of LCD Soundsystem in 2003, Birmingham's Supersonic has a typically eclectic line-up of art and music.

Photorealist painting of a view across Trafalgar Square, London

Getting realism: Ben Johnson talks about a controversial painting show in Birmingham

On the occasion of a landmark show at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, photorealist painter Johnson discusses his oft-dismissed genre with Mark Sheerin.

Painting of a buddha figure floating on a blue background with a host of mystical details

Tim Johnson brings together punk energy with aboriginal spirituality at Ikon

Birmingham gallery charts remarkable journey from Sydney punk scene to Pupunya settlement by esoteric Australian artist.

Colour photo of a number of sculpted busts of Margaret Thatcher

Culture24/7: seven top art exhibitions around the UK for December 2013

Lots happening in Liverpool and London this month as we present you with seven more opportunities to see art in the face of Christmas shopping.

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Birmingham's Ikon Gallery to celebrate 50 years with major exhibition programme

Fifty years after starting out in the city's Bullring, organisers at Ikon have invited some of their former gallery-fillers back as part of their 2014 exhibition programme.

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Hurvin Anderson's stunning paintings take over Birmingham's IKON gallery

IKON devotes its entire gallery space to a major retrospective of works by painter Hurvin Anderson. Mark Sheerin gets lost in some beautiful canvasses.

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Dinos Chapman to take Luftbobler to Birmingham ahead of All Tomorrow's Parties

The artist says his audio-visual work is "a constantly evolving thing" as he prepares for an appearance at Bring to Light, a three-day festival in Birmingham this October.

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From frozen gas pipes to Harold Wilson: The history of the Library of Birmingham

The £189 million Library of Birmingham may be taking all the headlines, but it's actually the city's fourth central library. We take a look at 150 years of culture.

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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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Cake, critics and Rizzle Kicks: The Library of Birmingham gets set for grand opening

Francine Houben's dream of a "people's palace" will become reality when Birmingham's £189 million library opens to the public. We take a look at the reaction so far and what to expect from the......

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Traditionalists look away: Gillian Wearing unveils subjects for Birmingham Family sculpture

Ikon Gallery and the former YBA have found subjects for a £100,000 bronze sculpture in Centenary Square in England's second city.

Gillian Wearing, Family Monument (2007)

Gillian Wearing and Ikon Gallery search for A Real Birmingham Family at The Mailbox

A three-year search for A Real Birmingham Family is nearing a conclusion, with the four shortlisted families featuring in a new exhibition in the BBC Birmingham Public Space.

Colour photo of a performance troupe in red before a newbuild library

4 Squares Weekender to provide warm welcome for new library in Birmingham

A citywide festival will offer spectacle and participatory opportunities for potential visitors to Birmingham's newly built library and theatre annexe.

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