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A bit of Fry and Perry launches £6m Royal Academy upgrade

The Royal Academy of Arts is seeking to bring in younger visitors and "repay our friends" with a multimillion-pound refurbishment of facilities for its members – the first step in a wider overhaul of the entire site in London's West End.

A bit of Stephen Fry and Grayson Perry launches £6m Royal Academy upgrade

The Royal Academy of Arts is seeking to bring in younger visitors and "repay our friends" with a multimillion-pound refurbishment of facilities for its members – the first step in a wider overhaul of the entire site in London's West End.

Clifford Richards' limited-edition print, A Mad Tea-Party, unites some of Britain's best-loved cultural characters - from Grayson Perry to Heston Blumenthal. £175, vandashop.com

Kate Bush scoops South Bank award

Reclusive singer Kate Bush pipped Adele to a prestigious prize after her latest album was recognised at the South Bank Sky Arts Awards.

Ready To Wear: These hats are so lovely they could quite turn your head

The season is almost upon us and all those interested in hats – and there's no better time of year to celebrate their flamboyancy, of course – might like to pay a visit to the genteel city of Bath for inspiration.

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Howard Jacobson: When the rouge an artist wears is deceptive

Reader, I'm in love. Smitten. Usual signs – cold sweats, inexplicable exhilaration, inability to sleep. It's art I'm talking about. Art smote me.

The Pain of Desire - picture preview

The Pain of Desire, an exhibition of new work by British fashion photographer and artist Wendy Bevan opens at the Cob gallery tomorrow.

Good works: leading British artists sell sketches for charity

One of the best-kept secrets on the art world calendar is the biannual fundraiser at the Drawing Room, a gallery in a Victorian warehouse on a side street in London's Bethnal Green.

Artisans who turn ideas into art: Who pickled Damien Hirst's shark and painted Ai Weiwei's seeds?

An army of workers are responsible for creating some of the world's best known artworks, says Michael Petry

£87m Cultural Olympiad will be a one-woman show, says boss

Ruth Mackenzie, the director of the Cultural Olympiad, a series of arts events accompanying next summer's Games, has defiantly hit out at its critics, refusing to make the programme any more transparent.

Grayson Perry joins the Royal Academy

Grayson Perry received a Royal Academician's medal in the category of Printmaking at the Royal Academy of Arts in London yesterday. Perry, 50, who often appears as "Claire", his female alter-ego, is known for his urns decorated with images of sex and child abuse. The potter joins Tracey Emin and Anish Kapoor at the institution which is regarded by many as "the artists' union".

Pretension à porter: Can fashion be art?

The Royal Academy thinks so, but its latest show leaves Adrian Hamilton unconvinced. For a more stylish take, head to the Barbican, he says
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