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Party of the Week: The fine art of Turner revelry

Like it or loathe it, the Turner Prize is regarded as the sexiest art award of the year. So it's hardly surprising that the reception party in the glorious Duveen Galleries in Tate Britain saw showbiz glitterati and the art world's high priests and priestesses collide and confer.

Artist who owes it all to Felix the Cat wins Turner Prize

Animals, it seems, are the key to success. Last time round, a man in a bear suit walked off with Britain's premier art prize. This year, the Turner Prize, announced last night, was awarded to a man who took inspiration from Felix the Cat.

Michael Glover: Brainy stuff – but can't we have some beauty?

It has been a dismal year for the Turner Prize – and all that can be said for Mark Leckey's piece is that it is the least uninteresting of the lot. In part, this is because it has a kind of bizarre energy.

Whatever happened to the Turner Prize?

Critics have panned the shortlist for the award that once epitomised the best of British contemporary art and say it's had its day. Andrew Johnson reports

Smashing pumpkins: Sophisticated Hallowe'en lanterns

The rough approximation of Worzel Gummidge no longer cuts it. Susie Rushton gets carving

Observations: Who's the most greatest young British talent? You decide...

The Independent has teamed up with Vice magazine, Volvo and Yahoo! for Creative 30, a search for the UK's most promising young creatives. Hundreds of nominations were received from individuals, friends, colleagues and industry gurus alike. The shortlist of 30 has been announced, and now it's over to you to choose your favourite before 16 November.

Outside the Box: Turner prize is consolation for finishing runner-up to Sir Alex

Most football fans could name Sir Alex Ferguson as the longest-serving manager at a current English League club, but how many would know the second-longest?

Turner Prize 2008, Tate Britain, London

A really smashing afternoon tea and a walk around the workshop are the outstanding images this year

The Last Word: All is lost when even the Toon Army won't report for duty

Back in August 1982, when Kevin Keegan had his first coming as a would-be saviour at St James' Park, on that occasion as a permed striker, Newcastle United staged a grand unveiling at the Gosforth Park Hotel. Russell Cushing, the club's long-serving secretary, stepped up to the microphone and boldly proclaimed: "We've got Kevin and we're in heaven." Quick as a flash, Bob Cass, the veteran North-east football writer, retorted: "It's a good job you didn't sign Ritchie Pitt then."

A mannequin on a toilet and dry porridge – it's the Turner Prize

The Turner Prize, the annual award for artists that never ceases to raise furious debate on what constitutes art and what should be dismissed as nonsense, yesterday proved it was not about to change the habit of a lifetime.

The Creed of Martin's silence

The Turner Prize-winning artist Martin Creed has used both sound and movement in his art (as you read this, athletes are still dashing past visitors in Tate Britain for Work No.850) so it was only a matter of time before he set up his own band. Playing at this weekend's Gold festival in London's Shoreditch, the three-piece will perform a 20-minute "minimalist punk" set.

Serota gets a job for life at the Tate – but how come No 10 wasn't told?

Sir Nicholas Serota, the formidable and contentious director of the Tate galleries whose contract was about to expire, has been made a "permanent employee" to stand at the helm of the galleries indefinitely, The Independent has learnt.

Yinka Shonibare: The battle of Trafalgar

His ship in a bottle will be sharing the fourth plinth in London's most famous square with Antony Gormley's soapbox. But who is Yinka Shonibare? Hannah Duguid meets him

The 5-minute Interview: Cornelia Parker, Artist

'I have to defend art; with music people don't worry about meaning'

Tate snaps up Chapmans' 'Family Collection'

When Charles Saatchi first saw Jake and Dinos Chapman's sculpture of pseudo-African totems and masks bearing McDonald's logos, he hailed the work as a standard-bearer of "what great art should be" – and bought it for a reported £1m.

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