Rob Sharp

Rob Sharp is a freelance journalist specialising in arts and culture. He was on staff at The Independent from July 2007 to December 2011, first as a features writer, and then as the paper’s arts correspondent. He has written for a wide range of newspapers and magazines. For more information visit his website, www.robsharp.com or email him at rs@robsharp.com.

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The Wallingers that were just too wacky – even for him

New book reveals the avant-garde artist's works that failed to get off drawing board

Create a work of art that's worth £60,000? There's nothing to it

With its black square surrounding a blank canvas, the British minimalist Bob Law's 1969 work Nothing To Be Afraid Of V, expected to sell this month for £60,000, might seem the ultimate case of artistic daylight robbery. Not according to some art critics, who leapt to Law's defence yesterday.

How the amateur Attenboroughs' hobby became a national treasure

Museum to preserve collection of a couple obsessed with world wildlife

Young at art? Not any more, say galleries as school visits drop

Britain's leading galleries are losing hundreds of thousands of child visitors every year, raising concerns about the artistic education of the nation's children.

Where have all the children gone, Britain's galleries wonder

The decline is exacerbated by the fact that four out of 10 secondary schools have cut key artistic subjects

The battle to be the bestselling hardback this Christmas begins

As hundreds of titles hit the shops tomorrow, publishers will be hoping 2011 has a happy ending. Rob Sharp reports

Will Christmas come early for the book trade?

As hundreds of titles hit the shops tomorrow, publishers hope for a happy ending to 2011

Opera House sells off 2,000 costumes

London's Royal Opera House (ROH) is attracting worldwide interest ahead of a fundraising sale of 2,000 costumes this weekend.

From Beatle to ballet: Sir Paul's latest score

Sir Paul McCartney might just have unveiled his first ever ballet score in New York – but yesterday he revealed an embarrassing lack of knowledge about the art form.

Adults read kids' books to escape modern life

From commuters absorbed by the Harry Potter books to the fantasy appeal of JRR Tolkien's The Hobbit, the mystery of why some grown-ups like reading children's books may finally be solved – they are hacked off with modern life.

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