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

One of the most influential American artists Mike Kelley is about to be featured at the Tate

Mike Kelley: The most important American artist you've never heard of

He is one of the most influential American artists of the past 30 years but is almost unknown in the UK.

Peak of perfection: Derbyshire offers excellent walking

Countyfile: Derbyshire - Put your best foot forward in the Peak District

The curious custom of "well dressing" is on display today in Eyam, Holymoorside, Foolow and Wormhill (0845 833 0970; visitpeakdistrict.com/see-and-do; donations welcome). This ancient art of decorating springs and wells with fresh and dried natural materials, such as flowers, berries and leaves, is thought to date back to the Celts and takes place only in Derbyshire and around its borders. Decorations are displayed until the first week of September.

Cultural Life: Yinka Shonibare, artist

The artist talks us through his cultural favourites

History brought to life: Housesteads Roman fort

Countyfile: Northumberland - Follow the historic trails of the Vikings and Romans

It's the last chance to see a Viking battle at Lindisfarne Priory today (01289 389200; www.english-heritage.org.uk; admission £6.50). "The Vikings Return: Viking Raiders" will aim to recreate the atmosphere of AD793 when Lindisfarne was the scene of the first assaults on the north-east coast of England by these marauders. Rather less combative entertainment is also on offer at this specially reconstructed Viking encampment. See the armour they wore and weapons they used, and there's also a replica of a Viking longship to admire.

Tom Sutcliffe: When there are a few too many stereotypes on the streets of London

I visited New York and found, to my great delight, that the city really did feature large chimneys funnelling steam out of the pavement.

Witnesses describe shock at seeing Tate Modern death fall

Witnesses have described their horror at seeing a man plunge to his death at the Tate Modern.

'Anarchic' new Turbine Hall exhibit shows people power in action

They look like a zombie army, shuffling in sequence up the Tate Modern ramp. A girl approaches from the pack and says conspiratorially: “Recently I have taken control of my life by learning to say ‘no’”. Then the walkers suddenly break out into a sprint, forcing startled museum visitors to duck out of their path or be flattened.

Telling Tales in Tate Modern's Turbine Hall

Visitors to London's Tate Modern gallery this Summer may find themselves holding a conversation with a complete stranger in a cavernous hall as part of a piece of art.

Portraits show Olympians' 'spirit of greatness'

The National Portrait Gallery has unveiled its largest commission to date, the culmination of three years’ work, dedicated to the “spirit of greatness” of those involved in the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Emin: Torch role a 'surreal dream'

Artist Tracey Emin could not hide her delight as she carried the Olympic flame through her home town and said she had been overwhelmed by one of the more surreal experiences of her life.

New exhibition stresses Shakespeare's relevancy to today

Anyone wondering whether Shakespeare's plays are relevant today could do worse than visiting a new exhibition at London's British Museum dedicated to the "Bard", and, more importantly, the world in which he lived.

Catherine the Great's influence felt at new Edinburgh art show

Empress Catherine the Great demonstrates her powerful and enduring cultural influence over Russia in a new art exhibit at Scotland's National Museum that opened today.

Young people invited to showcase art for Cultural Olympiad

Young artists can showcase their works commission free as part of a Cultural Olympiad project.

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