Brian Sewell

The Lowry debate: Brian Sewell and Howard Jacobson face off

Known for once referring to artist L.S.Lowry as "a nincompoop", critic Brian Sewell faced up to Manchester-born broadcaster and novelist Howard Jacobson in this year's Lowry debate, which took place at the South Bank Centre in London. In a wide-ranging conversation which took in the life and works of Lowry and his critical reception, the two panellists found much to disagree on over the course of a high-spirited debate.

Whatever happened to the Turner Prize?

Critics have panned the shortlist for the award that once epitomised the best of British contemporary art and say it's had its day. Andrew Johnson reports