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Not content with being Time's Person of the Year and scoring a Rolling Stone cover, Pope Francis has now achieved superhero status, at least in the eyes of graffiti artist Maupal.

Graffiti gets the star treatment in Bristol

Miguel Cullen reviews the biggest graffiti event in recent history

Suu Kyi gets the Shepard Fairey treatment

The American street artist Shepard Fairey, whose Hope poster of Barack Obama proved one of the most enduring images of the 2008 US presidential election, has completed a similarly styled poster to mark the launch of a film about Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Thirsty, Pleasance Courtyard

Six months ago The Paper Birds set up a "drunken hotline" and asked the public to submit their drinking tales as material for a show.

Letter from the editor: A vicious downward spiral

Today, there will be some extremely nerve-jangled households.

Kid Acne: Kill your darlings - picture preview

Sheffield is currently celebrating home grown graffiti artist Kid Acne with his debut solo show at the Millennium Gallery in the heart of the city.

Hip-hop moments that shook the world

From Kool Herc spinning in the Bronx to Jay-Z blinging in the mud, Matilda Egere-Cooper counts down the flash points that turned hip-hop from a marginalised inner-city culture into a global phenomenon

Postman convicted of racism for scrawling 'Jock' on Murray posters

A postman who derided the tennis star Andy Murray as a "useless Jock" in graffiti scrawled on posters in a staff toilet has been convicted of racial abuse. Darren Swain described himself as the "Scarlet Pimpernel of the Post Office" as he defaced posters at a Royal Mail sorting office in Coventry, boasting: "You'll never catch me."

The Week In Radio: Whipped up by Banksy the bard's lovely cones

Poetry. That's what the Poetry Society specialises in. Stanzas and similes – not sniping and scandal. Though you could be forgiven for forgetting that, what with the epic in-fighting, domino tumble of resignations and massacre of trustees that led the Arts Council to withhold its funding from the organisation last week. Anyway, Radio 4 offered a salutary reminder of the society's century-old values this week with the first of its quarterly Poetry Workshops. Presented by Ruth Padel – a figure well versed in controversy following the Oxford Professor of Poetry debacle in 2009 – the programme promised to "go behind the scenes of a poem", visiting regional poetry groups and offering advice to budding writers.

The Street Art Show - picture preview

An exhibition of street art curated by Jean-David Malat opens at the Opera Gallery in London from tomorrow.

Banksy paired with emerging street artist for new show

Banksy has been paired with an emerging urban artist working under the moniker War Boutique for an exhibition which opens on Thursday.

Scott-land, By Stuart Kelly

A giant no more, but still big on Fraggle Rock

The gloves are off: Graffiti legend King Robbo has resurfaced to settle a score with Banksy

After meeting the man hailed as Banksy's nemesis I reckon the elusive artist is much braver (or more reckless) than I'd taken him for. Said nemesis is the Eighties graffiti legend who calls himself King Robbo. A towering giant at 6ft 8in, he's as solid as an oak tree, with his face obscured by a dark hood when we first meet. If I were Banksy I'd be quaking in my boots. And I certainly wouldn't want to upset him. Which makes the artistic spat played out between these two on London's streets, the biggest public display of artistic rivalry since Matisse and Picasso, all the more audacious.

Banksy exhibit 'inspires criminals', police insist

They called it "art in the streets" and that is exactly what they got. The Museum of Contemporary Art (Moca) in Los Angeles finds itself at loggerheads with the city's police force, amid allegations that its latest blockbuster exhibition has led to a spike in spray can-fuelled vandalism.

Our World Now 4, By Reuters

Since visual surveys of the past year have fallen from fashion, this stunning annual record has come to fulfil an important role.

Banksy’s piece of vandalism gets... vandalised

During a short, sharp working visit to Southern California, the world’s most famous street artist found time to use one of his stencil kits a daub a humourous message to the side of a derelict oil tank.

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