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Our guide to the very best of the UK's arts events and attractions. We've been busy finding the very best things for you to do, places to visit, and events to attend across the UK in 2012.

  • Dalziel & Scullion. Courtesy of Artes Mundi Artes Mundi Prize Exhibition Arts

    Cardiff's National Museum and Gallery shows work by the contenders for the fourth Artes Mundi Prize. All the artists are emerging figures who have been exhibited at international exhibitions like the Venice & Sao Paulo Biennales and the Yokahama Triennial.  Read more

  • ArtsFest. Courtesy of Birmingham City Council ArtsFest Arts

    The UK's biggest free arts festival, ArtsFest crams concerts, performances, exhibitions and much more into venues throughout Birmingham for one action-packed weekend. With many events taking place outdoors, ArtsFest replicates the spirit of classic summer festivals but is guaranteed mud free!  Read more

  • Arundel Festival, Arundel. Courtesy of Glenda Harkess Arundel Festival Arts

    The annual Arundel Festival features an extensive mix of music, comedy, drama, art and children's activities. Street theatre, art trails and open-house events keep people busy around town, and the fun continues into the evening with concerts and fireworks.  Read more

  • Charleston Festival Aspects Literature Festival Arts

    The Aspects Literature Festival attracts readers and writers from all over Ireland to the North Down Heritage Centre in Bangor. The increasingly popular event features the cream of Irish writing talent and promises to deliver an exhilarating programme.  Read more

  • Autumn Exhibition Arts

    The Royal West of England Academy presents its most popular exhibition of the year. The Autumn Exhibition features over 500 watercolour, oil, paint, print, sculpture, photography and drawing works chosen from 1500 pieces submitted by well-known and little-known artists.  Read more

  • Chinese stamps. Photo Val Meniconzi © Whatsonwhen Autumn Stampex Arts

    If you have a passion for collecting stamps, then the Autumn Stampex event at the Business Design Centre is definitely for you. More than 100 dealers and postal administrations offer all types of philatelic treasures, including first day covers.  Read more

  • National Grid at work. Photo courtesy of the AV Festival AV Festival Arts

    Sunderland, Newcastle and Middlesbrough proudly host the biennial AV Festival, an international electronic arts event featuring visual art, music and moving images. Venues in all three cities present concerts and performances, exhibitions, film screenings, seminars, workshops and other special events.  Read more

  • Books. Photo by Ben Evans, © Whatsonwhen Aye Write! Glasgow's Book Festival Arts

    Aye Write!, Glasgow's Book Festival at beautiful Mitchell Library, is relatively youthful (having only started in 2006), but already rivals its neighbour Edinburgh with an impressive range of international authors. Home-grown talent is also strongly represented with lively debate guaranteed.

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  • BABE Arts

    More than 50 artist bookmakers, dealers and small presses fill Bristol's Arnolfini to show and sell their work. BABE (Bristol Artists Book Event) provides a chance to meet and talk to artists and buy their works of art.  Read more

  • Backbeat at the Duke of York's Theatre Backbeat Arts

    Some 50 years on from the actual events, Iain Softley and Stephen Jeffreys' Backbeat recreates the birth of the Beatles and, specifically, the band's first bassist Stuart Sutcliffe, who fell in love with German photographer Astrid Kirchher. David Levraux directs.

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  • Bank of Scotland Imaginate Festival Bank of Scotland Imaginate Festival Arts

    The Imaginate festival is the largest performing arts festival for children and young people in the UK, with over 75 performances taking place including Paperbelle, Cloud Man and Rumpelstiltskin.   Read more

  • Americans-Natural Theatre; George Wright. Courtesy of Bath Comedy Festival Arts

    Bath is having a laugh this April, with a comedy festival starting on April Fool's Day. The annual festival brings the cream of stand-up comedians, street theatre and mime performers, plays, caricatures and more to venues around the historical city.

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  • Bath Decorative and Antique Fair Arts

    Looking for that special piece of furniture that really ties the room together? Then make your way to Bath Pavilion's Decorative and Antique Fair. With English and continental furniture, decorative accessories, garden items and more, there's plenty to choose from.  Read more

  • Bath Film Festival Arts

    Established in 1991, Bath Film Festival retains the feel of a community-orientated event but with an internationally focused programme. Showing a commitment to promoting the best of contemporary cinema it returns this year with local, national and international film highlights.  Read more

  • Bath Fringe Festival Bath Fringe Festival Arts

    Bath's annual Fringe Festival brings more than 150 different events to this Roman spa town. With a visual arts programme spread across the city, fringe theatre, plenty of live music and comedians galore this is Bath's biggest arts festival.  Read more

  • Bath International Dance Festival Arts

    The Bath International Dance Festival sees top dance stars visit venues across this historic city to teach their graceful moves to all willing students. Leave as an expert in the Modern Jive, street dancing or even Georgian period dancing.  Read more

  • Papa's Pots, Joanna Thompson. Courtesy of Battersea Contemporary Art Fair Battersea Contemporary Art Fair Arts

    Attracting established artists and emerging talent, the Battersea Contemporary Art Fair brings painters, printmakers, photographers and sculptors from across the UK and abroad to sell directly to the public. Prices range from £25 to £2500 at the Battersea Arts Centre.  Read more

  • Bedlam Street Fair Bedlam Street Fair Arts

    A weekend of street arts alongside Bath Fringe Festival. Features both indoor and outdoor events including live music, street performers, street bands and an art fairs from artists internationally and nationally known.   Read more

  • Books, lovely books Belfast Book Fair Arts

    The Belfast Book Fair at Wellington Park Hotel draws more than 35 dealers from around Ireland and the UK. Rummage among thousands of books for antiquarian and second-hand copies, paperbacks, rare collectors' volumes and fine bindings.

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  • Belfast Exposed Arts

    Belfast Exposed is the city's only dedicated contemporary photography gallery. Located in the Cathedral Quarter, its emphasis is on new work and commissions.  Read more

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