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Museum staff go on strike

Two days of strike action at museums and galleries across Britain has begun in a long-running row over jobs, pay and pensions.

David Shrigley’s fine line between art and fun nominated for Turner Prize

Some people think David Shrigley’s artwork isn’t serious enough to be, well, taken seriously. Yet the artist, noted for the humour that runs through  his comical line drawings, may have the last laugh after being nominated for the Turner Prize.

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Museum manager suspended over statue to Margaret Thatcher

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Comedy duo admitted to hallowed halls of British Museum

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Kraftwerk

Tate apologises for Kraftwerk ticket debacle

Tate bosses have apologised "unreservedly" for a ticketing disaster this week which left many fans of German electronic group Kraftwerk unable to see the band after the gallery's website could not cope with demand.

Temptresses, decrepit hags and glamorous spell-casters: New Scottish art exhibition to reveal real faces of witchcraft

The dark history of European witchcraft will be explored in an exhibition opening at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art next July.

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Judd Trump criticised his own performance as the world No 1's title defence at the UK Championship in York was halted at the first hurdle by qualifier Mark Joyce last night.

Battle-scarred Viking swords go on sale

The death of distinguished Danish collector EA Christensen has prompted a collection of battle-scarred Viking swords to come up for auction.

In The Studio: Olafur Eliasson, sculptor

'I use my obsession with weather in everything that I do'

Portrait of Winston Churchill 'in crisis' to go on public display

A life-size portrait of Sir Winston Churchill, which he said revealed his soul during one of his darkest hours, is going on public display after years spent hanging on the wall of the home of his late grandson.

A still from Dean's film 'Edwin Parker' (2011) about the artist Cy Twombly

In The Studio: Tacita Dean, artist

'I feel evicted – both from my studio and from my medium'

Visitors admire 'Marsyas' a gigantic sculpture at The Tate Modern gallery in London October 2002, created by sculptor Anish Kapoor.

Unilever pulls sponsorship of Tate Modern's Turbine Hall

Brand conglomerate Unilever is ending its sponsorship of Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall after 12 years and 13 commissions.

Visitors to UK be made more welcome

The Government is considering wholesale changes to the tourist visa regime to capitalise on the Olympics effect which has sparked interest in visiting Britain.

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Witnesses have described their horror at seeing a man plunge to his death at the Tate Modern.

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