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.

The Life of the Mind: Love, Sorrow and Obsession, New Art Gallery, Walsall

This group show with a rather grandiose title has been curated by a Turner-shortlisted male artist who goes by the name of Bob and Roberta Smith. Smith has been artist-in-residence at the New Art Gallery, Walsall, combing through a remarkable archive of the works and personal effects of Jacob Epstein, which were bequeathed to the city by Epstein's widow in 1973.

Heads Up: Do not abandon me

Tracey, would you give me a hand for a moment?

The artists to watch in 2011

The Catlin Art Guide picks the cream of the art school graduates

Emin's take on Bourgeois works shown in London

It is perhaps the art world's most intriguing collaborations of recent years; drawings begun by the great French artist Louise Bourgeois shortly before she died in May this year, and completed by Britart icon Tracey Emin. Now the collection of 16 works that make up Do Not Abandon Me are coming to London.

Buying art: Cut-price masterpieces

Buying art is normally the preserve of the wealthy, but the London-based Collective lets people around the country put pieces by Turner Prize winners in their homes. Nancy Groves explains

For Sale: Tracey Emin painting, £45

The Royal College of Art's 'secret sale' has some A-lister artwork at bargain prices

All The Fun Of The Frieze

It's the biggest event in the UK art calendar – and one of the busiest weeks on the celebrity social scene too. Alice Jones joins the party circuit for five days of the Frieze Art Fair

The Feral Beast: Evans above: Sayle gets Times obit

Which brave night editor signed off The Times's loving obituary of the journalist and adventurer Murray Sayle on Monday?

Silver spoon successes: The intellectual, affluent and well-connected new generation of Young British Artists

Today's Young British Artists are well-connected, appear in Tatler and are mostly Oxbridge-educated – a far cry from the rough edges of Tracey Emin and Damien Hirst.

Michael Glover: A welcome addition to our modern cultural landscape

Another eye-catching move from Brand Saatchi, you might say. To create, and then to move on. This time, by gifting many artworks from his private collection to the nation, and by throwing in the Saatchi Gallery on the Kings Road to boot, he is undeniably creating an enduring legacy for himself which will be called, when it opens in 2012, The London Museum of Contemporary Art.

Nothing Is Forever, South London Gallery, London

Reviewed by Laura McLean-Ferris

New wave art: Britain's coast revitalised

If you go down to the sea today you're in for a big surprise, as artists like Gavin Turk and Tracey Emin mix with the sand and arcades

Tracey Emin: Craft work

This week, the Royal Academy of Arts presents the first retrospective of Tracey Emin's monoprints. To celebrate, she talks to Arifa Akbar and introduces an exclusive offer

London Calling: Tracey Emin and friends pay tribute to The Clash's 'official war artist'

A host of British artists and musicians have embraced their inner punk to produce a reinterpretation of The Clash’s 1979 London Calling album cover in honour of its designer and the band’s “official war artist” Ray Lowry, who died in 2008.

Tracey Emin describes her time as a homeless teenager

Artist Tracey Emin today described her experiences as a fearful homeless teenager.

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