News Nigella Lawson attending the trial of her former personal assistants last year.

Police have confirmed they will take no further action against the TV cook

Visual Arts: The Katz whiskers?

A relative unknown on this side of the Atlantic, the American artist Alex Katz will reach a wider public with a new exhibition this week

Action Man lives, thanks to photo-technology

It is perhaps every small boy's fantasy to be a soldier - the only dilemma being who gets to play the hero, and who the enemy. The artist Paul Smith has got around this by using photo-technology - and becoming not just the hero and villain, but also whole platoons of infantrymen.

Royal Academy's `Sensation' proves to be a shockingly good crowd- puller

The Royal Academy's `Sensation' exhibition of young British artists which prompted protests and resignations was hailed yesterday as one of the most successful shows it has ever held. Louise Jury explains why it proved such a crowd-puller.

Cries and Whispers: Always on the offensive - as long as it doesn't mean Diana

As if the revival of the heinous "Candle in the Wind" weren't enough, the reverberations from the death of Diana still rumble around the pop world. Primal Scream and 2K (aka KLF) both postponed the gigs they'd scheduled for the week after the tragedy. Kylie Minogue swapped the original title of her new album, Impossible Princess, for the feeble alternative, Kylie Minogue. Denim delayed a single called "Summer Smash", and Del Amitri shelved the release of "Medicine", whose lyrics contain a fleeting mention of a "wreckage".

DANCE: Darling, it's the best dressed place to be

Contemporary dance and couture are such an obvious pairing, it's odd they haven't hitched up before. Clash of creative egos may be the reason. Models invariably mooch down the catwalk in a manner suggesting that a modicum of creative thought has gone into it, but that's a far cry from giving an art-dance choreographer with an established name the chance to doodle his or her own signature all over the clothes. It also takes an unusual leap of faith to ask dancers - who do not normally have the physiognomy of giraffes - to wear them. But this was precisely the idea behind Cut & Thrust, a one-off dance-cum-fashion show held at the Saatchi Gallery last week in order to raise funds for the revamping of The Place.

Heseltine's not going, Archer's not going... so who is?

The Conservatives are not dead, they are just sleeping, Tony Blair told Labour delegates in Brighton. Kim Sengupta and Anthony Bevins ask whether next week's Tory conference of reawakening will be more like a wake.

Visual Arts: Time to put a little gloss on the presentation

The recipient of the 1997 Jerwood Prize was announced last night. And the winner is... Gary Hume, card-carrying YBA and former Turner Prize nominee. So, asks Andrew Lambirth, has the last bastion of traditional British painting finally surrendered to the all-conquering Saatchi tendency?

Royal Academy warned of acting as a dealer for Saatchi

On the eve of a major exhibition of works from the celebrated modern art collection of the advertising guru Charles Saatchi, the Royal Academy has been accused of naivety in allowing itself to showcase the paintings of a man who treats art as a business commodity.

Arts: The new establishment

Next month, the Royal Academy is showing Charles Saatchi's vast collection of work by young British artists. It's a key moment - the point at which the avant-garde becomes the mainstream. Here, a celebrated chronicler of the Saatchi generation explains its significance, while over the next five pages we profile its 20 leading lights

Art lovers savaged by a mutated sheep

Dead animals stitched together for Saatchi exhibition

The art of tradition

There will be no dead animals or close-up videos of bodily orifices in the final-year show for post-graduates at Britain's oldest surviving training school for artists when the exhibition opens today. But students at the Royal Academy Schools in Piccadilly, central London - known as a bastion of tradition - are more than happy to face comparison with their trendier rivals the Royal College of Art or Goldsmiths'.

Megalomedia buys CFC

Megalomedia, Lord Saatchi's media and recruitment services company, has formed Europe's largest special effects group by spending pounds 8.6m on Computer Film Holdings, one of the leading providers of digital effects to the international film industry.

Business Comment: Go-it alone Cordiant rediscovers an old truth

How Lord Saatchi must be smiling to himself - that is if he has time to in between trips to Conservative Party Central Office, where he is advising the Prime Minister on election strategy and advertising. With its demerger announcement yesterday, Cordiant, Maurice Saatchi's former company, has all but run up the white flag, in effect admitting that it is unequal to the task of regrouping and reinventing itself after the traumas of the last five years.

Exhibitions: Lady, you cannot be for real

Duane Hanson's famous sculptures of ordinary people turn out to be surprisingly moving when you see them in the flesh

Wobbly Tories recall creative guru

Election Countdown: Paul McCann on how Charles Saatchi is now writing the slogan for a new poster
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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

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The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee