To take over the converted halls of the Royal Academy of Art you have to be a special kind of artist, one that not only creates astonishing, conversation-making artwork but are famous as individuals in their own right. Ai Weiwei’s fame as an activist has frequently come between the man …

Geoffrey Farmer’s ‘The Surgeon and the Photographer’ opened in the Barbican’s Curve Gallery yesterday. Although I wasn’t familiar with him, a Canadian installation artist born in 1967, the concept of using photographic reproduction to create new artwork intrigued me so I went to take a look. The exhibition features 365 puppets, one created every …