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The auctioning of DNA-inspired sculptures created by world-renowned artists and designers have raised more than £250,000 for research into serious diseases.
A total of 21 sculptures, designed by the likes of Ai Weiwei, Zaha Hadid, Benjamin Shine and Jane Morgan, were sold as part of Cancer Research UK’s campaign to raise money for the Francis Crick Institute.
The two pieces by Ai Weiwei were bought for a total of £62,000 at leading auction house Christie’s on Wednesday night.
Installed across London over the summer as part of the Cancer Research UK’s “What’s in your DNA?” art trail, the sculptures appeared at some of the city’s most iconic locations such as Trafalgar Square, Parliament Square and St Paul’s Cathedral.
Andrew Pisker, chairman of Cancer Research UK’s double helix art installation, said: “We’re absolutely thrilled to have raised £250,000 at the Christie’s live auction. 
“We are fundraising, not just for an incredible building, but for humanity – the Crick will deliver research into the diseases that pose the greatest threat to all humanity and it will have global impact.”
Eleven other sculptures were auctioned on the night from Cancer Research UK’s DNA Trail.
Another nine sculptures, as well as other donated items – including a ‘portrait’ of Francis Crick’s DNA – are being auctioned online by Christie’s, with bidding closing on 13 October. 
The money raised by the auction will go towards the £100m that Cancer Research UK has pledged to raise to fund the construction of the Crick, a world-leading centre of biomedical research and innovation due to open in 2016.
When it opens, the centre will see more than a thousand scientists coming together under one roof to accelerate the rate of progress in tackling the major diseases, such as cancer, facing the global population. 
It is a collaboration between six of the world’s leading medical research organisations: Cancer Research UK, the Medical Research, the Wellcome Trust, Imperial College London, King’s College London and University College London.
Francis Crick was one of the people to discover the DNA double helix, alongside James Watson and Maurice Wilkins, and based on the work of Rosalind Franklin.  It is thought to be one of the most significant discoveries in modern science and has transformed our understanding of the human body and disease.  
To bid in the online auction, please visit: www.christies.com/DNA, or for more information about Cancer Research UK’s campaign to raise money for the Francis Crick Institute, visit www.cruk.org/crick
Joe Jones
The London Tattoo Convention 2015 returned for its 11th installment this year and featured more than 400 of the world’s best tattoo artists.
When it first launched more than a decade ago, the three-day fair attracted about 3,500 visitors. Now, the number exceeds 20,000.
The convention took place in a massive 26 halls at the Tobacco Dock in Wapping between the 25th and 27th September, and also featured live music and tattoo competitions.
Here are some images from the event.

 

 

 

 

Credit to The Guardian, London 24 and The Malay Mail for the images.
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Joe Jones
People around the world have observed a rare celestial event, as a lunar eclipse coincided with a so-called "supermoon".
A supermoon occurs when the Moon is in the closest part of its orbit to Earth, meaning it appears larger in the sky.
The eclipse - which made the Moon appear red - was visible in North America, South America, West Africa and Western Europe.
This phenomenon was last observed in 1982 and will not be back before 2033 – this fact, combined with the sheer beauty of the spectacle, made millions grab their cameras and snap away at the sky.
Here are just a few photos taken around the world...

 

 

 

 

Credit to the BBC and Londonist for the images.
Did you capture any photos of the supermoon? Why not come and share them on Poetry & Art!, discuss the event and join the conversation.
Joe Jones
Children's author and comedian David Walliams joined forces with Education Secretary Nicky Morgan to try to make English pupils the most literate in Europe within the next five years.
They visited a London primary school to urge all those involved in education, including parents, to encourage children to read more.
International surveys show that nine and 10-year-olds in England are currently ranked sixth in Europe - though the best readers in England are already the best readers in Europe.
Today in a speech during a visit to Charles Dickens Primary School in Southwark, Mr Walliams said: “I have a huge passion for reading. When you become a children’s author it comes with some responsibility as well, because you want to encourage as many children to read as possible.

“And you realise there’s lots of children who might not have access to books, or perhaps in their family environment it’s not a household that has books, so they don’t have access to them.
"Books can change the way you think and feel about something. As long as they’re reading and enjoying books, because it’s going to help them so much in later life if they have a good level of literacy."
Ms Morgan called on leading publishers to give secondary schools access to classic novels by great English authors such as Jane Austen, Charles Dickens or Emily Bronte at low cost, making sure every young person can discover and enjoy these classic works.
The ambition set out today represents the next phase of a literacy campaign launched in August, which includes the creation of least 200 new book clubs across the country and a shared ambition to see every eight-year-old enrolled at their local library.
Mr Walliams began writing children’s books in 2008, and by the end of 2014 had sold over four million of these and has been described as "the fastest growing children's author in the UK", with his literary style compared to that of Roald Dahl.
How strongly do you feel about getting our young children reading? Can the government meet the above goals? And what do you make of David Walliams putting his name to the scheme? Visit the Poetry & Art! Forum and join the conversation!

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