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Daily Visual 22.08.15: World Championships in Athletics Day One

The 2015 World Championships in Athletics commenced today in Beijing. The largest sporting event to take place in the Bird’s Nest stadium since the 2008 Summer Olympics, the World Championships will run until next Sunday, 30 August. Getting underway from 7:30 am on Saturday morning, out on the streets of the Chinese capital, the men’s marathon brought the first medalist of the Championships. The…

Daily Visual 20.08.15: Voyager 2 and the Golden Record

On this day in 1977, the Voyager 2 space probe was launched by NASA. It was developed as part of the Voyager program, which saw two identical probes sent to study the outer Solar System and eventually interstellar space. The unmanned crafts – each weighing 721.9 kg at launch, with a power of 420 watts, and communicating by means of…

Daily Visual 12.08.15: The Perseids Reach Their Peak

This week marks the peak of the Perseids, a prolific meteor shower. The Perseids are visible each year from the middle of July until late August, with their activity coming to a climax between 9 August and 14 August. They can be seen across the night sky, but are most visible in the Northern Hemisphere. This year is the first since 2007 in which they…

Daily Visual 10.08.15: Joanna Newsom Announces Divers

Today Joanna Newsom announced Divers, her first record since 2010’s triple-album Have One on Me. Divers will feature arrangements from Newsom alongside Ryan Francesconi, the multi-instrumentalist who played on and arranged much of Have One on Me; Nico Muhly, a classical composer and member of the Icelandic collective Bedroom Community, who has worked previously with Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Antony and…

Daily Visual 06.08.15: Remembering Hiroshima

On this day in 1945, the United States dropped the atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. This was the first use of a nuclear weapon in the history of war; followed only by the bombing of Nagasaki three days later. World War II had effectively come to a close in Europe on 8 May, with the surrender of Nazi Germany….

Daily Visual 01.08.15: York Art Gallery Reopens

After a refurbishment costing £8 million which has taken two and a half years to complete, today York Art Gallery reopened. Since shutting its doors in January 2012, the venue has seen its exhibition space increased by 60%, with the creation of new first-floor galleries, and an expansion into some of the rooms previously occupied by the City Archives. An enlarged café area, operated…

Daily Visual 30.07.15: Ai Weiwei and Facing History

A major Ai Weiwei retrospective will open at the Royal Academy of Arts in London on 19 September. Billed as ‘the first major institutional survey of his work ever held in the UK’ and looking back over two decades of his career, the retrospective – curated with collaboration from the artist – will also feature new works created specifically for the RA’s…

Daily Visual 25.07.15: Anniversary Games 2015

Previously known as the London Grand Prix, since 2013 the athletics meet held in the English capital each July has been dubbed the Anniversary Games: commemorating the 2012 London Olympics, and taking place in the city’s Olympic Stadium. Last year the meet proper had to be switched to Hampden Park, Glasgow, while work continued on the rebuilding of the Olympic Stadium….

Daily Visual 22.07.15: Anthony Caro in Yorkshire

With Barbara Hepworth off visiting at Tate Britain in London, in Yorkshire a two-site exhibition opened this week, providing a thorough retrospective of the work of Anthony Caro. Indoors at the Hepworth Wakefield, Caro’s sculpture will be shown in the context of his career-long engagement with architecture, which became increasingly explicit across his later years. Meanwhile the Yorkshire Sculpture Park will take…