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Grimsby-born artist wins award for breastfeeding mother portrait

A portrait of a woman breastfeeding her baby by a Grimsby-born artist has won this year's BP Portrait Award.

Benjamin Sullivan, 40, was awarded first prize for Breech!, which depicts his wife Virginia nursing their eight-month-old daughter, Edith.

Mother breastfeeding baby daughter
Benjamin Sullivan

The judges said they were struck by the tenderness and intimacy of the oil painting, which showed the depth of the maternal bond, reminiscent of Madonna and Child portraits.

Sullivan receives a £30,000 prize and a commission worth £5,000 at the National Portrait Gallery in London.

Justice art exhibition thought to be first of its kind

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

An art exhibition, opening in Plymouth Combined Courts in Armada Way, is thought to be the first of its kind in a UK courthouse.

Ann Chester King

Organised by HHJ Paul Darlow, the resident judge, and HHJ Miranda Robertshaw, the designated family judge for Devon, it opens on 19 June, displaying work from painter Ann Chester King and seven students from Plymouth College of Art’s BA (Hons) Painting, Drawing & Printmaking degree.

Created for the Justice Project
Cherie McMillan

The judges said: “All of us who work in the court service sees this exhibition as our chance to show the importance the criminal, family, civil and tribunal courts play in the Plymouth community.

"We hope as many people as possible will come to see the art on display. The enthusiasm with which the artists have embraced the project is truly humbling.”

Restorers battle to fix thousands of pieces after last year's quake.

More than 4,000 earthquake-damaged artefacts are being brought back to life in central Italy.