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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America’s love affair with Impressionism in new documentary The Artist’s Garden: American Impressionism

From Exhibition on Screen, the creators of Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse, comes a new film exploring how the relationship between art and gardening blossomed across the pond.

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New photography competition launched to tackle traditional outdated image of engineering

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has launched a new photography competition and is looking for entries from across Devon in a bid to challenge misconceptions of engineering and to demonstrate the ingenuity, breadth and vibrancy of the profession.

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Arts in Rural Gloucestershire’s ‘Our Secret Forest’ project wins National Lottery support!

Gloucestershire charity Arts in Rural Gloucestershire (AIR in G) has received £25,800 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an exciting project called ‘Our Secret Forest’. Working in partnership with the Dean Heritage Centre young people from local schools and AIR in G’s youth theatre will explore memories of people who grew up in the Forest of Dean during World War II.

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Exeter’s Castle Fine Art opens pop-up space to rise from flames

Following last year’s devastating fire in Exeter, Castle Fine Art gallery is rising again with a pop-up gallery on Roman Walk. Set to open its doors to the public once more, this Saturday (March 11) is full of anticipation and excitement as the return of Castle Fine Art to the city draws nearer.

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Immense drama and subtle changes: Weather Photographer of the Year 2017 competition launches

The Royal Meteorological Society (RMetS) and The Royal Photographic Society (RPS) has launched their second joint photography competition to award Weather Photographer of the Year 2017 and Young Weather Photographer of the Year 2017.

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Watch out for a wolf in a sheep’s coat plus precise felt wildlife in 45 Southside’s Creatures 2017 exhibition

At one time or another we have all had our hearts touched by furry or feathered friends. And so have those talented artists connected to Plymouth 45 Southside Gallery in the city’s Barbican.

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“Every time I see a fellow artist reciting a poem on stage, I get inspired.” Poet Prankur Chaturvedi takes on our Q&A

Prankur Chaturvedi is a writer and poet living in Bombay. He has been performing for about a year now at different venues including Tuning Fork, The Hive, Pitaara-The Art Box, Of10. He has also collaborated with Chaayos for his solo show “Poetic Pleasure” wherein he recites his poems in a form of conversation between two people. Here he takes on our Q&A

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Plymouth Festival of Words promises a celebration of literary talent

A Star Wars actor, a Booker Prize nominee, and the acclaimed director of one of the 1980s’ iconic black comedies will be among the lead figures appearing at the inaugural Plymouth Festival of Words.

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Mesmerising gala concert at Peninsula Arts Contemporary Music Festival 2017

Hopefully I wasn’t the only one present not quite sure what to expect from a Concerto for Beatboxer. But knowing that the work was co-written by Eduardo Reck Miranda, Professor in Computer Music at Plymouth University, the musical credentials should be well assured.

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‘The artist is the barometer of civilisation’: Composer Andrew Wilson takes on our Q&A challenge

Composer Andrew Wilson get in touch with some responses to our artists’ Q&A. In the past year Andrew’s music has been performed all over the world, including at the Royal Albert Hall, London.

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