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The four shortlisted entries of the controversial Turner Prize will be on display at London’s Tate Britain gallery from October 3.

The four shortlisted entries of the controversial Turner Prize will be on display at London’s Tate Britain gallery from October 3. This year’s artists are Tomma Abts, Phil Collins, Mark Titchner and Rebecca Warren. The Turner Prize, first awarded in 1984, is awarded to a British artist under the age of 50 for an outstanding exhibition or presentation of work in the preceding year. The judges’ selections generally arouse plenty of lively debate in the art world. The winner is announced in December, and receives a prize of £25,000.

Tate Britain’s autumn programme also includes a major exhibition on the great Tudor court painter Hans Holbein. Holbein in England  (Sept 28 2006- Jan 7th 2007) focuses on the German-born artist’s two London periods: 1526-28 and 1532-43, bringing together some 40 paintings, notably his famous portraits of King Henry VIII and Sir Thomas More. Loans from important collections in Europe and the USA include many pictures being lent for the first time in living memory.
The winning entries of the Shell Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition 2006 will be on display at the Natural History Museum between October 21 2006 and April 29 2007. Over 90 of the best images will be on show, revealing the richness and variety of life on earth. Each picture will be captioned to explain how and why it was taken.
Following an ambitious programme of refurbishment, new period rooms and interpretative galleries are due to open at the Geffrye Museum  in London’s Shoreditch  this November. Four new rooms dated 1630, 1695, 1745 and 1795 will open in the At Home  project to show how domestic life evolved during this period in English history. The   museum is housed in elegant 18th-century surroundings – former almshouses of the Ironmongers’ Company set in peaceful gardens. The museum is open from Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm and is free of charge.


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