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After a decade-long credit bender, Ireland needs all the help it can get with its financial hangover. But can a graffiti artist and a songwriter put a smile back on Dublin's face?

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The unusually creative street art that adorns the walls of the Argentinian capital is a big attraction for tourists. Matt Fox-Tucker puts us in the picture

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A work attributed to the British graffiti artist Banksy has caused a dispute in the elegant seaside city of San Sebastian – but not, as is often the case with his work, because the authorities were irked by the defaced wall. The problem this time was that other graffiti artists were so jealous of Banksy's artwork that they tried to destroy it.

Ben Eine takes English street art out of short trousers

The Moniker International Art Fair opens in London this week. Scheduled to coincide with Frieze, Moniker offers an alternative platform for less mainstream artists to showcase their work – something which Ben Eine, graffiti writer and best pal of Banksy, thinks is a clear move toward taking street art out of short trousers and into adulthood.

Steve Lazarides: Tunnel visions

The man who made Banksy a household name has created a nether world in the subterranean maze beneath Waterloo station. Alice Jones takes a first look

Simpsons' new beginning has Banksy's name written all over it

When the clouds above Springfield parted as always on Sunday night, American fans sitting down to another episode of The Simpsons got their first inkling that all was not as it should be: a black crow, carrying what appeared to be a dead rat, flapping across the screen with a mad glint in its eyes.

Urban myths: Has street art sold out?

As a new show dedicated to graffiti, stencils and spray paint opens, Matilda Battersby asks if such anarchic work really belongs in a gallery

Album: Graffiti, 6 Colours, N W Free Music

Graffiti 6 is the vocalist Jamie Scott and producer Tommy D, a new soul duo from London whose assured debut album sparkles with invention and throbs with emotion.

DVD: Exit Through the Gift Shop, For retail & rental (Revolver)

Ostensibly a making-of documentary about clothing store owner Thierry Guetta's film about the rise of street art, culminating in his friendship with the graffiti artist Banksy, this has more levels than a multi-storey car park.

Graffiti man has jail term raised in Singapore

A Swiss man asked a Singapore judge yesterday to reduce his five-month jail term for graffiti, but instead got two months added to his sentence.

Sarah Sands: Why street art knocks spots off a bust of Churchill

One of David Cameron's natural advantages is a wife who understands non-essential shopping. Samantha Cameron's mother, Annabel Astor, packages taste to insecure Londoners through her home furnishing company OKA. Samantha designs for Smythson, which brilliantly worked out that what Sloanes love best in stationery is bright colours and jokes.

Subway firm sorry for graffiti lapse in Singapore

Singapore's subway operator has apologised after two Europeans allegedly broke into a depot and spray-painted graffiti on a train, a stunt that staff mistook as an advertisement for two days.

Banksy makes his mark across America

His inimitable stencil graffiti has been spotted on urban landmarks, street corners, housing estates and municipal buildings across the world, from the Palestinian territories to Los Angeles, Australia and his home town of Bristol.

Thieves use street sign to break into art gallery and seize prints by Banksy

Police are searching for a man and woman who smashed their way into an art gallery in London and stole prints by the street artist Banksy worth more than £16,000.

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