Entertainment & Arts

David Hockney lands South Bank award nomination

Artist David Hockney stands by his oil painting "Bigger Trees Near Warter"
Image caption The Hockney exhibition closes on 9 April

David Hockney's current Royal Academy exhibition is among the nominations for this year's South Bank awards.

His exhibition, A Bigger Picture, is up against Grayson Perry's The Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman at the British Museum in the visual art category.

Architect David Chipperfield is also in the running for his design of the Hepworth art gallery in Wakefield.

The pop music shortlist is an exclusively female affair, made up of Adele, PJ Harvey and Kate Bush.

They are recognised for their latest albums - 21, Let England Shake and 50 Words for Snow respectively.

Lord Melvyn Bragg will host the awards ceremony, previously affiliated to ITV's axed arts programme The South Bank Show.

It will take place at the Dorchester hotel in London, and will be broadcast on the Sky Arts digital channel at 2100 BST.

"Although this is a celebration of British arts by British artists, we have a world class list of nominees," said Lord Bragg.

The Hockney exhibition, which ends on Easter Monday, has extended hours for its final week, with the gallery open until midnight between Monday and Thursday this week and until 2200 BST on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Image caption Call the Midwife star Jessica Laine is nominated breakthrough award

The Royal Shakespeare Company's musical production of Roald Dahl's Matilda is nominated for best theatre production, alongside the National Theatre's One Man and Two Guvnors and the Royal Court's Constellations.

In the TV drama category, two Channel 4 productions are nominated - This is England '88 and Top Boy.

Joe Cornish's debut Attack The Block will go up against Lynne Ramsay's adaptation of Lionel Shriver's novel We Need To Talk About Kevin and critically-acclaimed documentary Senna in the film category.

Channel 4's Fresh Meat, BBC 4's Olympic mockumentary Twenty Twelve and BBC Two's Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle are up for best comedy.

Author Andrew Miller's historical novel Pure is up for best literature, alongside Claire Tomalin's Charles Dickens: A Life and Jeanette Winterson's Why Be Happy When You Can Be Normal?

Other categories include dance, opera and classical music.

Breakthrough award nominees include Booker nominee Stephen Kelman, soprano Sophie Bevan and Call the Midwife star, Jessica Raine.

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