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A renowned sculptor and architect, both from Britain, were among the five artists to receive the prestigious Praemium Imperiale award, dubbed the “Japanese Nobel,” which comes with a cheque for £100,000.

Minor British Institutions: The Royal College of Art

In everything that could be described as art, from sculpture to fashion and vehicle design, the Royal College of Art has someone to teach it and something to say about it.

Leading artists unite to oppose cuts to arts funding

Some of the country's most respected artists including David Hockney, Damien Hirst and Tracey Emin yesterday lent their weight to a campaign urging the Culture Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, not to destroy the "long term" achievements of their industry by reducing arts funding.

Last of the summer whines: Unpicking the myth of the rural idyll

City-dwellers love the idea of escaping to the countryside in August. They reckon without traffic, crime and plagues of insects, says Christopher Hirst

David Hockney: A man aflame – and long before the smoking ban

Iconic artist, evangelical smoker and avid technophile, the boy from the Broad Acres looks forward to a new season at Glyndebourne. Michael Church meets David Hockney

Diving: Boy wonder is growing up but won't sink without trace

When Tom Daley hits the water in Sheffield's Ponds Forge pool as the star attraction in the Fina World Series diving final next weekend, he will no longer be the precocious boy wonder of British sport but a young man enveloped by all the trappings of superstardom.

David Hockney: Love of life is what really matters

Doctors seem obsessed with the fear of death. Its opposite is the love of life, but sadly no official body seems to know this.

Cultural Life - Will Young

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'The Map of Me: True Tales of Mixed Heritage'; 'The Swimming Pool Library' by Alan Hollinghurst; and tons of short stories for the BBC National Short Story Awards, for which I was a judge last month.

David Hockney: 1960–1968: A Marriage of Styles, Contemporary, Nottingham

When Hockney first made a splash

Great Works: Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy (1970-71)

David Hockney, Tate Collection, London

One Minute With: Philip Kerr

Imagine: David Hockney, BBC1<br>The Conspiracy Files: 7/7, BBC2

After decades in LA David Hockney returns to his roots and goes on a northern landscape-painting frenzy

Observations: Haydn seekers' seventh heaven

That curious neurological condition known as musical synaesthesia, or hearing in colour, is more widespread that you might think. Russian composer Alexander Scriabine didn't so much suffer from it, as revel in it.

David Hockney: Line of beauty

At 71, he still brims with creativity, and even in a recession people will spend big to get their hands on one of his paintings. How does he do it?
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