Philippe Parreno, artist: 'I had to write rather than draw to understand something'

Philippe Parreno lives and works in Paris in the 11th arrondissement, close to the Place du Republique. He located here four years ago because "we got a cheap place".

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Virginia Woolf by Vanessa Bell c.1912
Virginia Woolf by Vanessa Bell c.1912

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Toby Ziegler, sculptor: 'There is a dialogue between the sculpture and the painting'

Artist Toby Ziegler's studio overlooks the large Victorian cemetery in Willesden, north London. I tease him about his quiet neighbours and he admits it can be bizarre seeing a burial nearby. The light today is flooding in through the many-paned windows and there is a flurry of activity as the finishing touches are put on work soon to leave the studio.

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I never got to play as a child All my spare time was spent working on my family's smallholding. It was a life of drudgery, really, planting vegetables, digging, mucking out the pigs; perhaps that's why I left for art school and became an artist – to work on stuff that had no [practical] use to it.

Portfolio: Dougie Wallace's Stags, Hens & Bunnies: A Blackpool Story

It started with a naked man attached to a lamppost with cling film. On a day out in Blackpool, photographer Dougie Wallace stumbled upon the victim, who had been stitched up on his stag do, so he whipped out his camera.

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