Lauren Child: These childish things

As the phenomenally successful Charlie and Lola prepare to celebrate their 10th birthday, their creator is setting her sights on further adventures in design. Susie Mesure meets Lauren Child

Chew Lips - Lip-smackin' electro

The female-fronted London electro-pop trio Chew Lips made a big noise at this year's SXSW festival in the USA. Tigs, their singer, tells Elisa Bray they are 'a show-off and two geeks', and that she is unashamedly the show-off

Jared Leto - Thirty seconds of fame

The path from film star to pop star is a well-trodden and notoriously rocky one. But 30 Seconds to Mars are far more than just an ego massage for Jared Leto – they're a massive million-selling success.

Craftivism, Arnolfini, Bristol

If you long for a dose of revivalist moral rectitude, talk to the hand

The Arts Diary: Portrait of the actress as a young girl

Brooke Shields continues to be a concern for Sir Nicholas Serota, director of Tate Galleries. He says he is still in talks with the Metropolitan Police to resolve matters around the removal of a 1983 depiction of the actress, called 'Spiritual America', which was due to be displayed at Tate Modern as part of its Pop Life exhibition. It was removed the night before the show opened after a warning from Scotland Yard that the naked portrait of the then 10-year old, heavily made-up and damp from having had a bath, could break obscenity laws. Although the work by Richard Prince has been exhibited widely in America, including a recent outing in New York (with no major controversy whatsoever), Serota said that there had been greater sensitivity around such images in the aftermath of the Soham affair, when two young girls were murdered by a school caretaker. He says that the legislation is in the process of being clarified with the police, so that such incidences in the gallery can be avoided in future.

Instant stardom and ...$100,000: Oligarch announces new art prize

Damien Hirst and Jeff Koons are among the people behind a new award for young artists launched by a Ukrainian billionaire. Andrew Johnson reports

Nothing Matters, White Cube, London

Britart's bad boy gets his paints out again, but the results are not exactly Bacon ... more like a dog's breakfast

Sex & Violence, Death & Silence, By Gordon Burn

Portraits of the artist as a hero – and a hustler

Is the skull trend dead or alive?

It's Halloween all year round among top designers, reports Annie Deakin

Terence Blacker: The best of British for the Olympics

Every country which has hosted the Olympics has used it for image purposes. China presented itself as powerful and organised. Australia projected a sunny yet cheerfully competitive nature. The problem so far with the London Olympics has been to decide what exactly our national brand of Britain is.

A day in the life of art's hottest city

As collectors descend on London for the Frieze Art Fair and The New York Times applauds the capital's 'dizzying' array of new exhibitions, Arifa Akbar sets off to see them all in one go

David Lister: Hirst's £250k (gift)

There's no need for me to comment on the quality of Damien Hirst's new paintings at London's Wallace Collection. The art critics have delivered their verdict (see Performance Notes below) and it's a damning one. Anyway, I'm rather more interested in – and worried by – what went on behind the scenes to get this particular show on the road. What worries me is the £250,000 that Hirst gave from his own large pockets to the Wallace Collection.

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English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

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