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Joe Jones
Artist Ai Weiwei has accused Lego of "censorship and discrimination" after the company refused to let him to use its bricks in a new exhibition.
They turned down a bulk order for bricks that were to be used in a new artwork about political dissidents as part of an exhibition in Melbourne, Australia.
The refusal prompted an outcry on social media, with many offering their own Lego blocks to complete his installation, some using the hashtag #legosforweiwei.
As offers to donate blocks began to pour in, Ai tweeted to The Guardian: “Yes, I will find a way to accept”.
Ai used Lego last year to create portraits of 175 dissident figures who had been jailed or exiled, from Nelson Mandela to Edward Snowden, on the site of the former Alcatraz prison near San Francisco.
The Chinese artist said the company told the museum its bricks could not be used for artworks containing "any political, religious, racist, obscene or defaming statements".

Referring to The Lego Movie's slogan "everything is awesome", Ai wrote on Twitter: "Lego will tell us what to do, or not to do. That is awesome!
"Lego is giving us the definition of what is 'political', and all the big corporations are telling us what to love or hate. That is awesome."
In an Instagram post, he added: "Lego's refusal to sell its product to the artist is an act of censorship and discrimination."
Lego spokesman Roar Rude Trangbaek would not comment directly on the case but said that, as a principle, Lego "respects any individual's right to free, creative expression", albeit adding that the company had a long-standing policy not to directly sell to anyone if it knew that its bricks would be used to make a political statement.
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Joe Jones
A new photo series has been launched to challenge perceptions of mental health issues among people of colour.
Dozens of people have been contributing to activist Dior Vargas's People of Colour and Mental Illness Photo Project, submitting photos of themselves holding signs describing how they are living with mental illness. 
“This is not something to be ashamed about," Ms Vargas writes on her website.
"We need to confront and end the stigma. This is a NOT a white person's disease. This is a reality for so many people in our community.”
Writing in the Huffington Post, Ms Vargas says: “I know it's not a simple task. It's going to take time to change the norms, but we need to get started now.
"We have to acknowledge that people experience mental illnesses differently so we can find a solution, otherwise the solution will be centered on the needs of white people which has been the case all along.”



To view more photos, visit http://diorvargas.com/poc-mental-illness/
Joe Jones
A new gallery dedicated to showcasing British street art, including works from Banksy, could soon set up shop in Liverpool’s Baltic Triangle area.
The city council’s planning committee is being asked to approve a project to transform a building into space for work from a number of street artists.
The Berry House Building represents the second phase of the larger Gallery+ development on Norfolk Street.
The scheme by Liverpool-based North Point Global will also feature 25 apartments, commercial space and workshop space for start-up creative businesses.
Banksy art to be featured includes the Liverpool Rat, which previously adorned the exterior of the White Horse pub on Berry Street, as well as Liverpool Bi-Plane, which was painted on the side of a Rumford Street building.
Never Liked the Beatles, from the former Community College catering school building, will also be featured, as well as Secured, which was rescued from a skip.
The gallery at Berry House is the brainchild of Peter McInnes, an art collector and chairman of North Point. 
He said: “We’re delighted to be gathering together and restoring all of Banksy’s Liverpool works.
“Banksy gave them to Liverpool and we’re bringing them back and putting them somewhere where they can be enjoyed by the people of the city.
“The Baltic seems to be the ideal place to exhibit this collection, but also establish a street art gallery which will be as much about supporting young artists and creating a space for them to develop their talent and reputation."
Work on the Gallery+ development’s first phase is already underway. If planning consent is granted, North Point hopes to start work on phase two in early 2016, with completion scheduled for 2017.
Joe Jones
Canadian amateur photographer Don Gutoski has been named Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015 by a panel of international judges at an awards ceremony held at London’s Natural History Museum. 
He won the award for his image A Tale of Two Foxes, featuring a red fox grasping the body of an arctic fox in its jaws, a haunting scene of the struggle for life in the sub-arctic climes of Cape Churchill, Canada.
Beating more than 42,000 entries submitted from across 96 countries, Don’s image will take centre stage at the 51st Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, opening at the Natural History Museum on 16 October.

After its London premiere, the exhibition embarks on a UK and international tour, to inspire millions of people across the world to appreciate and conserve the natural world.
Red foxes don’t actively hunt Arctic foxes, but where the ranges of two predators overlap, there can be conflict. The snow-covered tundra provided the backdrop for the moment that the red fox paused with the smaller fox in its mouth in a grim pose.
Don said: “The Churchill guides had heard that the two species will occasionally fight, but no one we talked to had ever seen this behaviour.
“I first noticed the red fox hunting and interacting with some prey and on closer approach realised that prey was a white Arctic fox. By the time I got close enough to capture the event, the fight was over and the victor was feeding. 
“I took a number of pictures of the event, until the red fox had eaten its fill, and picked up the remains to find a hiding spot for a later meal.”
Fourteen-year-old Ondrej Pelanek from the Czech Republic, meanwhile, won the Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015 title for his image Fighting Ruffs.

On their traditional lek ground – an area of tundra on Norway’s Varanger Peninsula – territorial male ruffs in full breeding plumage show off their ruffs to each other, proclaiming ownership of their courtship areas.
“Far away behind the polar circle we observed fighting ruffs,” said Ondrej. “I took this photograph at midnight when my father was sleeping. I was too excited, so stayed awake.”
The two images were selected from 18 individual category winners, depicting nature at its finest, from displays of extraordinary animal behaviour to sublime landscapes.
The competition, owned by London’s Natural History Museum, is judged by an international panel of industry-recognised professionals. 
Images, submitted by both professional and amateur photographers, are selected for their creativity, artistry and technical complexity.
The 2016 Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition is open for entries between December 2015 and February 2016. Visit www.nhm.ac.uk for further information.

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