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German artist Kathrin Böhm has gathered photographs of Londoners hop-picking in Kent

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Andy Goldsworthy lives in Penpont, a small village in the glorious rolling countryside 40 minutes from Dumfries in Scotland. He moved there in 1986 because it was cheap, living first in a small flat until he and his family – he has four children – moved into this house that was designed with much of his work literally embedded in the walls.

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American Impressionism: An exhibition shows how Monet and Degas influenced a generation of artists

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Exile Josef Koudelka travelled across Europe to photograph its Romani people

A year after Russian tanks ploughed into Prague in August 1968, Josef Koudelka found himself exiled in London. His photographs of the Soviet-led invasion had been published around the world, and a return to his homeland was considered a risk, reprisals for his work being a very real threat.

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Gillian Orr traces the movement from Stoker to Kate Bush and asks why we're so drawn to the dark side

Matthew Dalziel & Louise Scullion, artists: 'We wanted to say something about the economical way birds live'

The duo's work is showing in two galleries concurrently as part of Generation Scotland and includes a piece based on their close observation of birds at Fowlsheugh, the second-biggest colony of sea birds in Scotland

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