Abstract pioneer: Gillian Ayres untold story in largest UK exhibition at National Museum Cardiff

A major exhibition at National Museum Cardiff celebrating the work of one of Britain’s most renowned abstract artists, Gillian Ayres. This is the largest exhibition of Ayres’s work ever seen in the UK, opening on Saturday 8 April. It tells the untold story of the influence of Wales on her life and work.

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Artists should be able to express their emotions freely for the sake of democracy, says Prankur Chaturvedi

A video of one of Prankur Chaturvedi’s poems has run into difficulty because in it he highlighted the casual use of the phrase ‘anti-national’ in India – disagreement and criticism by an artist is not being anti-national.

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Major new theatre awards launches to discover the next Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba or Phoebe Waller-Bridge

The Stage, the world’s oldest and best theatre publication, has announced a new awards to recognise the best breakthrough actors and creatives in theatre. Anyone over the age of 16, making their professional theatre debut in the UK, is eligible.

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Exeter student creates UK e-platform for young wildlife photographers

Adorable wildcat kittens, European brown bears and even elusive wolverines are just some of the subjects shared by young photographers from across the UK, thanks to a student at the University of Exeter.

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‘Being you is all the credential you need to be a true artist’: Q&A with artist Timothy Young

Northern Minnesota artist Timothy Young got in touch with some responses to our very special Q&A. It’s uplifting, empowering and positive, but then he does aim to ‘instil a sense of self confidence in others’. Have a read, be inspired and be yourself

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