Photographers' Gallery, Carlos Fuentes, The War of the Sexes, Brighton Festival

The Photographer's Gallery re-launches itself in London this weekend after relocating to new premises and a multi-million pound overhaul. The exhibition venue will include a digital wall to feature new commissions from artists, as the Gallery attempts to embrace photography's digital revolution of the last decade. Director Brett Rogers explains the ambition behind the project; Eamonn McCabe and Amanda Hopkinson discuss the Gallery's position in the future of photography.

Carlos Fuentes, one of Mexico's greatest writers, died on Tuesday. A leading figure in the 1960s Latin American literature boom, he achieved international renown with The Death of Artemio Cruz, in which he describes a post-revolutionary Mexico that had largely fallen short of the revolution's lofty ideals. Professor Steven Boldy, an expert on his work and close friend, explains why he was so significant in the Spanish-speaking world and beyond.

Why isn't there yet greater harmony and equality between the sexes? Paul Seabright, the author of "The War of the Sexes", and historian Joanna Bourke debate whether the answer lies in our remote evolutionary past.

This year's Brighton Festival is curated by Vanessa Redgrave. She says she wants the work on display to explore the potential for art to make positive changes in the world. But is there a trade-off in art between making a direct political point and maintaining aesthetic integrity? New Generation Thinkers Shahidha Bari and Lucy Powell went to Brighton to see 'The Rest Is Silence', an immersive interpretation of Hamlet , and Redgrave's own contribution to the Festival, a staging of 'A World I Loved', autobiography of a Lebanese woman who lived through the tumultuous 20th Century in the Middle East.

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