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'People are my medium' - artist calls for volunteers to go nude for art

The search is on for one thousand people to get naked in public in Hull. World renowned photographer Spencer Tunick has chosen the city for his latest nude art installation.

His artwork has been staged worldwide, from Sydney to Mexico City. Now he wants to paint people blue and green for the piece called 'Sea of Hull' in July.

It's difficult to get up for one of my works really at sunrise, but once you're there you realise "I'm going to go through with it" and the end result will be an artwork that not only will hang in a gallery or museum, but also hang in their homes. I need people's help you know. People are my medium.

– Spencer Tunick, Artist


Hard as nails portrait of former Leeds Utd star

They say an artist has to suffer for his work. Leeds-born artist Marcus Levine has had more than a share of injuries as he creates portraits of the rich and famous, works of art which have been snapped up across the globe.

It's because Marcus, who trained at the former Jacob Kramer Art College in with fellow local Damian Hirst, creates his works using a simple hammer and nails.

Today he is presenting hard as nails ex-Leeds United player turned actor Vinnie Jones with a self-portrait made with a stack of nails.

Marcus, who attended school at Fulneck in Pudsey, created the work at his studio in Bingley. The 80cm x 60cm portrait took two weeks to make.

Schoolchildren transform tree into work of art

A group of schoolchildren from Sheffield have created a decorative bench from a tree which had to be chopped down because it was damaging pavements. The pupils at Anns Grove Primary School teamed up with chainsaw sculptor Lorraine Botterill to transform the trunk. It was part of Sheffield's Big Boulder Music and Arts Festival. The bench now sits in Heeley Park, where the festival took place, as a lasting memento of the tree and for local people to admire and enjoy.


Major new Henry Moore exhibition at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Henry Moore, Large Two Forms, 1966–69. Photo © Jonty Wilde. Reproduced by permission of The Henry Moore Foundation.

The Yorkshire Sculpture Park is to host a major exhibition of work by Henry Moore. More than 120 works will be on display exploring the artist's relationship with the land.

Henry Moore was born into a mining family in Castleford and was a founding patron of the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. He was committed to showing his work in the open air, in particular at among the rolling hills of the Yorkshire Sculpture Park's former Deer Park.

Leeds businessman wants his fake painting back

A businessman from Leeds fears a painting be bought for £100,000 may be burnt because it's a fake.

Martin Lang bought what he thought was an original picture by the Russian born artist Marc Chagall.When it was tested though and sent to the Chagall Committee in Paris they said under French law it should be burned.

But Mr Lang says, fake or not, he wants his picture back.

Chris Kiddey reports.

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