Voices Call of the wild: An international conference in London next month will address elephant poaching

This year's charity appeal has raised more than £300,000 for our partner charity, Space for Giants, exceeding last year's total of around £250,000. We are within sight of breaking the record for a charity appeal by this newspaper – £356,000. So more donations would be appreciated.

David Tennant and Gregory Doran join forces again for this lucid and gripping account of Richard II

David Tennant: When stars become salesmen they also become cheap

The actor is brilliant as  Richard II, but why does he choose to  appear in a television advert?

Photography book review: Youssef Nabil, with text by Hans Ulrich Obrist and Marina Abramovic

Youssef Nabil’s work oscillates between a personal photographic journal and portraits featuring internationally renowned film stars, directors, popular musicians, artists, architects, and choreographers.

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Wanted: witty, pithy definition of one of life's great questions

Alice Jones' Arts Diary

Rate your shag: It's good to see student sex is as bad as ever

Why would any self-respecting person want to go on a website and detail their sexual conquests? 

Tracey Emin collects her CBE last week

Tracey Emin performs a spectacular hat-trick

There used to be a habit, among ladies who didn’t wear hats very often, of putting the said number too far back on their heads. Wedding parties could be recognised by the number of coloured acrylic wide brims teetering backwards.

What is it about neon on a gallery wall that gets us so switched on?

For transcendence with an on-and-off switch, there's nothing like neon.

But is it art? Lucie-Smith with mass-produced objects in the style of Hirst

Get your own Hirst for just £1.86!

An exhibition uses readymade objects to question the excesses of the contemporary art market

Observations: Chess is the name of the game in a new London show

Chess has featured, famously, in the work  of artists for centuries.

Peake form: the artist in his studio

In The Studio: Eddie Peake, artist

'My strategy was simple. I never said no to anything'

Patrick Brill (better known as Bob and Roberta Smith):
I will be selling slogans advocating art to the Government, things like 'Art Makes Children Powerful'. I wrote a letter to Michael Gove, the Education Secretary, telling him what he was doing to art in schools was quite wrong. So many people wrote to him, I thought I would take slogans to sell at the fair

Arty bargains from famous car boots

Forget highbrow galleries, auction houses and polite wine-sipping private views, today Britain's leading artists will be flogging their wares from their car boots.

Kissing policemen by Banksy

Turner, Bacon, Freud, Constable? No, Britain is Banksy country

A thousand artists were asked to name the work best expressing national identity. Their choice was surprising

Gillian Wearing's '2 into 1' (1997)

A YBA who's still causing a big sensation

The Whitechapel Gallery in east London is holding the first major retrospective of Gillian Wearing. Adrian Hamilton is moved by her deeply affecting films and photographs

At risk: The Portland Vase, which Wedgwood considered his finest work

Last-ditch effort to save Wedgwood collection for nation

A leading ceramics hoard, destined for sale to fill a pensions gap, may be rescued

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US ambassador hits out at stodgy British food
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Second-holiest site in Islam attracts millions of pilgrims each year
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'I like Orwell's writing as much as the next talented mediocrity'

Will Self takes aim at Orwell's rules for writing plain English
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Meet Afghanistan's middle-class paint-ballers

Toy guns proving a popular diversion in a country flooded with the real thing
Al Pacino wows Venice

Al Pacino wows Venice

Ham among the brilliance as actor premieres two films at festival
Neil Lawson Baker interview: ‘I’ve gained so much from art. It’s only right to give something back’.

Neil Lawson Baker interview

‘I’ve gained so much from art. It’s only right to give something back’.
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The other Mugabe who is lining up for the Zimbabwean presidency

Wife of President Robert Mugabe appears to have her sights set on succeeding her husband
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She's done pretty well, for a boffin without a beard

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Get well soon, Joan Rivers

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