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"Pay for it and shut up": Ikon Gallery to auction works by "greatest hits" artists

Former Turner Prize nominee George Shaw has been singing the praises of Ikon Gallery, in Birmingham, ahead of an exhibition and auction featuring works by dozens of leading artists.

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Vanley Burke: "The whole idea of black history is fraught with problems"

The artist known as the grandfather of black British photography will have his flat moved into Ikon Gallery if an Art Fund initiative raises £17,000. Here he tells us about his life and work.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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