The 2015 Turner Prize is the least egotistical I've seen

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Image caption The Turner Prize shortlist includes a design collective who have helped breathe new life into a rundown Liverpool housing estate.

I don't know why, but the Turner Prize always feels fresher when it's not in London. If last year's edition at Tate Britain was a low point, the 2015 version at Tramway in Glasgow is a high the prize hasn't reached for a long time.

To be clear, we're a million miles away from the shock-n-gawp of the YBA years, or the inward looking, art-history obsessed efforts of more recent incarnations.

This is the least egotistical, knowing, in-jokey Turner Prize I've seen.

All four exhibits - three by women, the other by a design collective - are intelligent investigations and observations about the shortcomings and overlooked elements of our everyday lives.

Bonnie Camplin's installation (above) is an adaptation of her The Military Industrial Complex (2014).

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It's not art without you

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Image caption A visitor looks at paintings of John F Kennedy and Nikita Khrushchev at the press launch of The EY Exhibition: The World Goes Pop at the Tate Modern

Once upon a time, going to an art museum was a straightforward affair. There were paintings and sculptures to look at, learn about and consider - maybe over a coffee in the institution's café. And then you went home. Nice and simple.

Not any more.

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Is right about the future?

Part-time musician, part-time entrepreneur, part-time tech investor: has many strings to his bow.

I paid a visit to his LA studio to talk about his plans to change our lives.

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Inside billionaire Eli Broad's new museum

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The Broad Museum (pronounced Brode) in downtown LA is the newest, shiniest, whitest museum in the world. It is box-fresh, ultra modern, and not yet a week old. It's gleaming exterior, into which biomorphic shapes have been cut in regular intervals, is whiter than white - blindingly so, with LA's incessant sun bouncing off its walls and the metallic skin of Frank Gehry's abutting Disney Concert Hall adding significant wattage to the dazzling effect.

An architectural dimmer-switch comes on when you go inside - where a curving, cavernous foyer is painted from top to toe in a cool mid-grey. It is but a respite. An escalator takes you straight up to the third floor (an homage to Tate Modern, perhaps?) where shiny bright walls provide a clinical backdrop to shiny bright contemporary art.

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Ai Weiwei: a changed man

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Image caption Home Secretary Theresa May ordered officials to issue Ai Weiwei with a full six-month UK visa in July, reversing a decision not to grant him the travel document.

There's a lot of Ai Weiwei merchandise on sale in the Royal Academy shop. If you're feeling flush there's a small marble limited edition sculpture for £14,000. Alternatively - at the austerity end of things - there's a small wooden Ai Weiwei figure at £6.

It has a slogan written on its base, which says, 'Everything is Art, Everything is Politics'. It is an emphatic Ai Weiwei statement that is emphatically true of his work where the two are not just inseparable but co-dependent.

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The artists who destroyed their own work

Robert Rauschenberg in 1966
Image caption Robert Rauschenberg, pictured in 1966, destroyed an artwork by Willem de Kooning

Douglas Gordon has used an axe to attack the wall of a theatre where he staged a new play to scathing reviews - but he is not the first artist to set about his own work.

There are countless instances of artists destroying their own work. If Louise Bourgeois disliked a small sculpture she'd been working on, she would simply shove it off the end of her kitchen table and watch it smash to smithereens.

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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.

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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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