Travel Me casa, su casa: the breakfast room

A creative, globe-trotting couple have put their stamp on a pair of 1920s buildings in Barrio Italia. By Sorrel Moseley-Williams

Bath and North East Somerset Council issues plea to banner thieves

A council is appealing for the return of 21 banners that were stolen in Bath when the Olympic flame passed through the city.

Olympic news you may have missed...

The Stoke City manager, Tony Pulis, has been given the honour of carrying the Olympic torch. The 54-year-old will carry the flame as it passes through Stoke-on-Trent on Thursday. He is the only top-flight football manager to be given this chance.

In pictures: Static - layered art from London's East End

The idea that visual art is only what can be spread flat across a canvas is one that has long since been abandoned. With sculpture and large-scale installations, the 2D print has become not so much outdated, but rather had to give up its monopoly over the art world and make way for more innovative uses of space.

Thea Sharrock

Observations: New show was five years waiting in the wings

The artist Keith Holmes paints actors, directors – even a show's technical crew – during rehearsals and backstage in the West End.

Luke Blackall: I'm all for pies, pop-ups and "squatter" restaurants

Man About Town: M. Manze's has the type of retro look that owners today spend millions trying to achieve

Early sketch by Andy Warhol goes on display

A recently-discovered sketch by Andy Warhol is to go on public display for the first time.

Roy Lichtenstein's 'Drowning Girl' from 1963

Tate will give big shows to Lowry and Lichtenstein

The Tate Modern is to stage the first major exhibition devoted to Roy Lichtenstein next year.

London Pictures, a new exhibition by artists Gilbert and George, presents a starkly different image of London from the one promoted to visitors for the Olympics

An even bigger splash by Gilbert and George

Over the past six years, artists Gilbert and George have pinched 3,712 lurid headline posters from their local newsagent. The result, London Pictures, is an exhibition that presents a starkly different image of London from the one promoted to visitors for the Olympics.

Exhibition about Lewis Carroll’s strange little girl

Alice just keeps on growing: The rich legacy of Lewis Carroll's strange little girl

She has spawned art, films, music and merchandise and now a new exhibition

Preview: Home of Metal and Mark Titchner

An exhibition inspired by heavy metal music will be on display in the Midlands next week.

Preview: Annual exhibition of Scottish art

An annual celebration of the contemporary Scottish art scene will be on display this summer.

Culture under the microscope: A new art exhibition features cells, proteins and living tissue

Does this biological art belong in a gallery – or back in the lab?

Nam June Paik: First video artist in retrospect

A major retrospective of the man widely considered to be the world’s first video artist opens at Tate Liverpool this week.

Future Beauty - 30 years of Japanese fashion

The first European exhibition to comprehensively survey avante-garde Japanese fashion from the 1980s to now opens at the Barbican Art Gallery next week.

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