Arts and Entertainment Anna's Barlows 'I'll Give You Everything' - one of her amazing ice-cream ceramic sculptures

These hand-crafted gluttonous goodies are not for human consumption

Ilana Halperin: The world as a game of stones

The noted American sculptor Ilana Halperin, who is based in Glasgow, dates her love of rocks back to a childhood spent "scrambling all over them" in Riverside Park in her native New York.

Paa Joe stands beside one of his fantasy coffins in the shape of a lion

Fantasy coffins: Meet the man who puts the 'fun' into funereal

Fancy laying your head down one last time in a Coca-Cola bottle? Or an aeroplane? You name it you can be buried in it, says Paul Bignell

Simon Price on Beyoncé: Spare us the feminist encore, Mrs Carter

Beyoncé’s booty-shaking self-assertion often veers into self-entitlement – thank goodness, then, for Birmingham’s stripped-down soul sensation …

Empty vessel: Ellen Gallagher’s Bird in Hand 2006 features a figure, Pegleg, who mutates into a pirate

Charles Darwent on Ellen Gallagher: AxME - The dog ate my homework, Miss Gallagher

Why does this highly-rated American artist ask so much of us before we even look at her work?

The 14 Guest by Jonty Hurwitz at The Savoy
SNAP 2013, Aldeburgh Festival, Suffolk, (snapaldeburgh.co.uk) 8 to 30 June

My phallic response to Britten's centenary

I'll be showing four large-ish concrete sculptures, all phallic, at SNAP at the Aldeburgh Festival next week. A glorification of the male creative principle, and the importance of having a muse. Artists including myself have been invited to respond to Benjamin Britten's life and work. This year is the composer's centenary. When Britten and Peter Pears started the festival in Suffolk in 1948, they intended it to be a celebration of music and the visual arts. Since then, the music side has continued to grow in stature into a truly international and excellent event, with the visual arts side of things getting a bit side-lined – or at any rate, not making much noise. In part, this could be due to the lack of available exhibition space at Snape Maltings.

Campaigners have claimed the fibreglass bird is 'totally inappropriate' for the fourth plinth

Controversy and a cock-up on Trafalgar Square's Fourth Plinth

Positioning a blue cockerel next to Admiral Lord Nelson in London landmark seen as ‘inappropriate’

The Longship (Roskilde 6). The largest Viking ship ever discovered. The 37 metres long warship was built in southern Norway around 1025, and deliberately sunk in Denmark in the mid-11th century.

British Museum to display largest Viking ship ever discovered following £135m building revamp

Senior figures at the British Museum will next year realise a dream when they display the largest Viking ship ever discovered as part of a major new blockbuster exhibition.

On the move: Calder’s mobiles have slender elements but suggest a bigger space

Charles Darwent on Alexander Calder: The man who put the 'post' into modern

The art world grew smaller the day Calder first popped his sculptures in the post

Simon Calder: Edinburgh – where the geology and geometry are magic

The man who pays his way

John M Armleder, Convallaria Majalis (triptych), 2003, Mixed media on canvas, 240 x 180 cm

Art review: Quicksand John Armleder, The Dairy Art Centre, London

This week a new art centre opens in north London in the premises of a former dairy in Bloomsbury. Two collectors of contemporary art, Frank Cohen, a home-improvements' millionaire from Manchester, and Nicolai Frahm, a Dane based in London, have brought it into being. Free to enter and not-for-profit, it will operate as a kind of kunsthalle for shows of emerging and established artists.

Sebastian Conran

Interiors insider: Sebastian Conran

The eldest son of Sir Terence Conran, Sebastian Conran runs his own design studio in Barons Court, London. He has recently launched Universal Expert collection of homewares, available from www.johnlewis.com. He talks to Annie Deakin about his mentors, common design mistakes and his dream project.

Face value: Saloua Raouda Choucair's 'The Screw' (1975-7)

Saloua Raouda Choucair: Age cannot wither the Tate's new sensation

At 97, the artist Saloua Raouda Choucair has a major show at last

Artist at work: Inside the workshop of Ron Mueck, creator of eerily lifelike sculptures

Mueck is as renowned for shunning publicity as he is for his uncannily lifelike sculptures. So when photographer Gautier Deblonde gained unprecedented access to his studio, the resulting documentary was bound to be an eye-opener...

In The Studio: Matt Calderwood, artist

'I love colour, but it is amazing what you can do with black and white'

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

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The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

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Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
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Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee