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Is British art a British fantasy? - The Great British Art Debate

 Does the art of the past say anything about the world of today? Should the British public have a say in what goes into museums? These are among the many questions at the heart of The Great British Art Debate, a four- year programme intended to stimulate debate about the impact of British art on the public's perception of Britishness. A Constable of the Suffolk countryside, a Richard Billingham of the Black Country, a John Martin landscape: how do these and the thousands of works from our national collections impact on the public's perception of Britishness?

 

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Legendary African art

A new exhibition at the British Museum will tell the story of a legendary African city.

Ife (pronounced ee-feh) will be explored through some of the most refined and beautiful sculptures ever to be found in Africa. Ife is today regarded as the spiritual heartland of the Yoruba people living in Nigeria, the Republic of Benin and their many descendants around the world. The exhibition will feature nearly 100 superb pieces of Ife sculpture and have been drawn almost entirely from the magnificent collections of the National Commission for Museums and Monuments, Nigeria. The British Museum is planning a series of Africa-related events, activities and displays to coincide with the 50th anniversary of African Independence celebrations in 2010.
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RSC launches Shakespeare toolkit for teachers

A new guide will enable more children to study Shakespeare by acting out the plays rather than merely reading them. The Toolkit underpins the Royal Shakespeare Company's Stand up for Shakespeare philosophy, which calls on all school children to experience Shakespeare live, start Shakespeare earlier and learn about Shakespeare through active teaching methods which get them on their feet.

Aimed at both Primary and Secondary Schools, the RSC Shakespeare Toolkit for Teachers launch coincides with a London schools tour of the RSC’s new Young People’s Shakespeare production of Hamlet, directed by Tarell Alvin McCraney and the publication of an independent report by the University of Warwick. The report shows that the RSC’s way of working with schools can lead to increased engagement by lower-achieving pupils, improved behaviour, especially amongst boys, and increased achievement for pupils of all abilities.

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PCUK - The Portsmouth Connection

The Portsmouth Connection was a photographic competition held by Noir et Blanc Magazine and Gunwharf Quays which closed on the 15th December, 2009. The brief asked Hampshire’s photographers to sum up Portsmouth’s unique character in a single black and white image. The organisers were both delighted and daunted by the volume of entries. 

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artrepublic Street Art Competition Reveal

On Tues 19th Jan, established street artists Inkie, Pure Evil, Ben Eine & Static will travel to artrepublic Brighton and judge the entries for the artrepublic Street Art Competition – which benefits Street Smart (the UK charity which supports the homeless) Local charity Off the Fence benefits from this and actively encouraged homeless people to participate.

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A Tasty January: Free Foodie Event at Brixton Village

Brixton Village (aka Granville Arcade) in south London is currently hosting a big empty shops project - and this Saturday you're invited down for a day of pop-up restaurants, free food tastings and more.

Kicking off at 11am with an under-11s cake designing competition, there will be cook-offs, locally-produced freebies and two brand new restaurant openings.

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Cathedral building in Carlisle

From mid-day on the 11th January through until the 17th visitors to Carlisle’s Cathedral will find a new addition to the surrounding architecture a temporary art installation created by local artist Caroline Dalton.

A Spire is an exaggerated architectural model; seemingly indicating a certain concept of future or newness, but equally the piece sets out to emulate the real world by echoing the Cathedral architecture.

A Spire was specifically created to be sited here within the city's cathedral; for by definition Cathedral denotes the seat of authority or governance historically - one functioning at the very centre of community affairs: and by this token such a location marks the ‘common understanding’ of what is believed to constitute ‘city’-
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Jake & Dinos Chapman in Hastings

The early career of Jake and Dinos Chapman gets a retrospective at Hastings Museum and Art Gallery.

The complete portfolio of etchings from the ‘Gigantic Fun’ series and some of their early animal sculptures are included in the exhibition.

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Beatles to Bowie

Beatles to Bowie explores the leading pop music personalities who helped create 'Swinging London' in the 1960s.

Over 150 photographs, together with a range of memorabilia, illustrate how photography, music and performance made these popstars the leading icons of their time.

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Richard Wright wins the Turner Prize 2009

The Turner Prize 2009 has been awarded to Richard Wright, it was announced at Tate Britain this evening. The £25,000 prize was presented by Carol Ann Duffy.

This year's prize fund is £40,000 with £25,000 going to the winner and £5,000 each for the other shortlisted artists Enrico David, Roger Hiorns and Lucy Skaer.