A German artist has sparked an extraordinary 'gold rush' on the Kent coast. Hundreds of people with buckets, spades and metal detectors have descended on the beach at Folkestone Harbour to search for buried bullion.
Berlin-based artist Michael Sailstorfer has hidden 30 bars of pure gold under the sand as part of a public art festival. A few fortune-hunters have struck gold. But 20-plus of the ingots are still there for the taking.
David Johns explains, talking to treasure-seekers and the project organiser Claire Doherty.
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There was a time when Russian art was just propaganda - stirring posters of party leaders and Communist workers - but not any more. A unique exhibition is on display in Sussex, showing the enormous variety of work by Russian painters.
Malcolm Shaw talked to Mamonova Baker, Russian art collector and Russell Baker, Director, Baker Mamonova Gallery.
A painting smuggled out of Russia by its aristocratic owner during the Bolshevik Revolution is going under the hammer in Canterbury.
Its owner rolled up the canvas when they fled Crimea to Constantinople over ninety years ago. The man then passed it onto his grandson.
An important landscape painting is to go under the hammer today - after lying hidden for sixty years. "Potato Patch Rostrevor" by Sir Stanley Spencer was bought for one hundred and seventy pounds. Today it's expected to fetch around three hundred thousand pounds at auction in Dorchester.
A student at the University of Kent has attached himself to a life-size puppet skeleton for two weeks, wearing it everywhere he goes, day and night. Peter John-Morton says the work, called Ridley, "gives a dead object the chance to experience the phenomenon of life".
David Johns has his story, talking to puppet man Peter John-Morton, stage manager Lizzie Watkins, and Peter's girlfriend Lucy Western.
A student at the University of Kent has attached himself to a life-size puppet skeleton for two weeks, wearing it everywhere he goes, day and night.
Peter John-Morton says the work, called Ridley, "gives a dead object the chance to experience the phenomenon of life".
David Johns went to meet him - and his girlfriend, Lucy Western.
An art exhibition with a difference has opened in north Kent not in a gallery, but beneath the ancient timbers of Chatham's Historic Dockyard.
The works exhibited owe much to the light and life of Chatham's watery past. As Jenny Line reports it's a history stretching back to centuries past - and for one artist at least, a very personal perspective.
Jenny speaks to Alex Patterson of the Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust, and exhibitors Sheilagh Dyson and Jack McDonagh.
East Kent's newest cultural venture has been launched - the Updown Art Gallery in Ramsgate. The gallery is in a converted Victorian house and it will show modern art from Britain and America.
The first exhibition is from Sir Peter Blake, the Kent-born pioneer of British pop art. The interviews are gallery director Kate Smith and Laura Sandys, MP for South Thanet.