Rarely seen Hepburn photos on show

Audrey Hepburn was a Hollywood legend, a style icon and in her later years an ambassador for UNICEF.

Her two sons have lent rarely seen photographs of Audrey Hepburn, from their personal collection, for a new exhibition.

It opens this week at London's National Portrait Gallery, and explores the life and career of the celebrated star.

Her younger son, Luca Dotti took the BBC's Arts Editor, Will Gompertz, on a tour of his personal favourites.

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Slides and sky-high rides at Hayward gallery

For some, it is not enough to go and see an art exhibition - it is much more rewarding to become part of it.

The latest show by the artist Carsten Holler allows visitors to interact with large, moving sculptures.

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New Laureate urges children to draw

One of the UK's best known writers and illustrators has been named as the ninth children's laureate.

Chris Riddell, whose works include the Goth Girl series, takes over from Malorie Blackman for the next two years.

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Can culture save cities?

Hull will be hosting the Turner Prize in 2017 - a double celebration for a city still jubilant after being awarded City of Culture status for the same year.

Like other places which have fallen on economic hard times, Hull is looking for a way out. Can culture can save it?

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Is this the new face of the £20 note?

The Bank of England has announced it is going to have a new face on its £20 note.

Out goes economist Adam Smith and in comes a famous, dead, British visual artist.

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'Radical' Barenboim piano unveiled

Daniel Barenboim, one of the world's most distinguished conductors and pianists, has unveiled a new type of grand piano.

He says it is "radically different" to the standard concert grand as it is built with straight, parallel strings that produce a superior sound.

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The complex world of art sales

Auctioneer Jussi Pylkkanen calls for final bids on Pablo Picasso's Women of Algiers
Auctioneer Jussi Pylkkanen calls for final bids on Pablo Picasso's Women of Algiers

So Picasso's Women of Algiers (version O) has been sold for a record-breaking sum - going for $160m (£102.6m) at Christie's in New York.

Other than the high price, the transaction appeared fairly straight-forward. There's a seller, an (anonymous) buyer and an auctioneer to conduct proceedings.

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What on earth is a dramaturg?

It is a word you might never have heard of, and a job you might never have known existed.

But dramaturgs are all the rage backstage in theatres, and even more traditional venues like the Royal Opera House.

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Trying to shine at Venice

Helen Sear
Helen Sear of Wales is exhibiting large-scale video installations and stills photography

So far Sarah Lucas has received all the attention, her giant phallic sculptures overshadowing the exhibitions presented by her fellow Brits. Which is fair enough, she is in the main British Pavilion, after all. But now she's had her moment in the Venetian sun, it's time to shine a light on the work of her compatriots.

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Review: Sarah Lucas at the Venice Biennale

Work of artist Sarah Lucas for the 56 Venice Biennale 2015
The work exhibited by Sarah Lucas includes several plaster sculptures cast from the lower torso of the artist and her female friends

The Venice Biennale reflects the best and worst of us.

On the one hand, there are the most amazing examples of what the human imagination can achieve. You are surrounded by great beauty and great art.

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