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Winter sun sets on historic seaside castle ruin

A low winter sun turns the beach at the North Bay, Scarborough, into polished steel, as a well wrapped-up child makes her way across the sand between waves in late November.

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Claire Walton and her dad Richard who transform rubbish and discarded items into high end furniture, accessories and art at pop up shop Posh Tat in Headingley, Leeds. Picture: Tony Johnson

Posh tat: Turning junk into furniture

Working in partnership for the last few years, Richard and Claire Walton transform rubbish and discarded items into high-end furniture, accessories and art. Oil drums from Zimbabwe and metal from local scrap yards, cut and moulded into 10ft high garden sculptures; petrol cans from Indonesia cleaned, wired and fashioned into table lamps; and discarded scaffolding boards crafted into cool loft-style shelving units are just a few of their eclectic recycled wares.

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Art of the modern world

Art of the modern world

At the Barnsley Civic this month the work of two artists with Yorkshire connections is on display in a show looking at aspects of contemporary life.

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ARTWORK: Amelia Crouchs Spectral Evidence, 2016. PIC: Jules Lister

The art of community in Leeds

As Leeds contemporary art space The Tetley celebrates its third birthday this week, Yvette Huddleston speaks to creative director Bryony Bond.

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Angela Harding
 at the door of her garden studio in Wing , Rutland

R is for roadkill: A wildlife alphabet

Roadkill makes most of us squirm with horror, so it’s comforting to know that some of the animals and birds have served a higher purpose than feast for carrion.

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A lone stag relaxes in the grounds of Harewood, near Leeds.

A monarch and master of all that he surveys

IF you happen to be travelling from Leeds to Harrogate on the Number 36 bus, it’s always worth clambering up to the top deck if you can. The views open up once you’re out of the city and on a good day you get enticing glimpses of the Dales in the distance.

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Dr Kevin Grady, head of Leeds Civic Trust, who steps down from the role after 29 years next week.  (Tony Johnson)

Dr Kevin Grady - Leeds Civic Trust boss on how the city has changed

After almost 30 years at the helm of Leeds Civic Trust Dr Kevin Grady is stepping down. He tells Chris Bond about how the city has changed during that time and the challenges it still faces.

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The art of community

The art of community

As Leeds contemporary art space The Tetley prepares to celebrate its third birthday, Yvette Huddleston speaks to its creative director Bryony Bond.

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GENEROUS: Sculpture and works by Helen Marten who won  The Hepworth Prize for Sculpture at The Hepworth Wakefield. Picture Tony Johnson

Arts View

So, 2016 continues to distinguish itself as possibly one of the worst twelve-month periods in recent memory.

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Final touches are put to the exhibition by Sir Peter Blake at the White Cloth Gallery in Leeds.

I liked the Beach Boys better, says Sgt Pepper artist Sir Peter Blake on eve of Leeds exhibition

THOUGH he is most well known for designing the cover of The Beatles’ album Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, pop art pioneer Sir Peter Blake admitted he prefers rival musicians The Beach Boys.

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Amy setting off, August 11, 1930 from Croydon Airport on a flight to her home city of Hull. This was to be the start of a three month publicity tour of the country

Darling of the cockpit: The real Amy Johnson

There are a few iconic images of Hull-born aviator Amy Johnson. Most of them picture her next to a plane having just set off or having just returned from another record-breaking flight. Nines times out of 1o, she’s dressed for the part in jumpsuit and flying goggles. A new photographic collection, Amy Johnson: A Life in Pictures, is a little different.

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Printmaker Michael Atkin in his studio. Picture: Tony Bartholomew

Etched with love: Definitive A-Z of Scarborough

The Williams Blake and Morris were masters of the art. Édouard Manet and David Hockney produced their own highly sought-after versions. Yet the very nature of artists’ books means that they’re not widely known as an art form – they’re essentially rarefied private pieces, small editions of labour-intensive books in which every element is produced by hand and which usually end up in private collections, galleries or museums.

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David Hockney's "Woldgate Woods, 24, 25 and 26 October, 2006" is displayed at Sotheby's, in New York.

Hockney’s picture of a Roman road in Yorkshire nets a record £9.4m

IT IS one of Yorkshire’s most striking and least-known vistas. Yet few would have put a price of nearly £10m on a painting of it.

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Picture by Tony Johnson

Sculpture queen

Barbara Hepworth’s epic sculptures have undergone a major restoration at Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Chris Bond reports.

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Various work by Helen Marten, winner of the first ever Hepworth Prize for Sculpture. From left Guild of Pharmacists, 2014; Part offering (ghost alias), 2014; Bluebutter Idles, 2014.

First ever Hepworth Prize for Sculpture winner shocks nominees by vowing to share £30,000 prize

Some award winners thank their parents. Others pay a nod to God. In an unexpectedly altruistic move, when Helen Marten was announced as the winner of the first Hepworth Prize for Sculpture she vowed to share the £30,000 award with the three other shortlisted artists.

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Work on display at The Hepworth Wakefield by Helen Marten, one of the artists short-listed for the Hepworth Prize for Sculpture. (PA).

Simon Wallis: Region can still carve reputation for art excellence

For more than a century Yorkshire has played a central role in creating and shaping the history of British art. In particular, it has enabled the remarkable development of sculpture in this country.

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PIC: James Hardisty

Casting a line in search of a fishy supper on Yorkshire’s east coast

IT may be autumn but on a sparkling, if chilly, day like this as ribbons of white cloud drift across the blue sky, like a painter’s brush on his canvas, it’s easy to see why fishermen, like the two seen here keeping a watchful eye on their lines, are drawn to the Yorkshire Coast.

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Will Gompertz is hosting the event in Wakefield this week. (BBC/Jeff Overs).

Will Gompertz and the Great British art revival

Will Gompertz is hosting The Hepworth Prize for Sculpture in Wakefield this week. The BBC’s Arts Editor tells Chris Bond why he believes the arts are alive and well in Britain.

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On the Sheffield street art trail - work by Rocket01.  Picture: Scott Merrylees

Why walls have ears in Sheffield (and noses and mouths...)

Turn a corner and Sir David Attenborough beams benignly down at you. Turn another corner and Sir Patrick Moore, bow-tied and monocled, eyeballs you beadily. Turn yet another and big-bearded Charles Darwin tries to ignore the road-digger parked in front of him. All three portraits, by a Sheffield artist called Rocket01, adorn buildings on the city’s Street Art Walk, which I’m following. Within a few hours, however, two of the three murals will have been vandalised with graffiti. Street art is by its very nature vulnerable.

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Creative invention

Creative invention

The life and work of 19th century photography pioneer William Fox Talbot is explored in an exhibition opening at the National Media Museum this month.

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