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Images of school life by pupils aged eight to 15 are on show outside the Canon Photography Gallery, Victoria and Albert Museum, London SW7 until June 14. These prize-winning images from The TESSCRAN National Schools Photography Competition are also displayed on the SCRAN website at (SCRAN is a Millennium Commission-funded history resource base).

Fresh Air 2001, an exhibition of innovative sculptures by around 80 students, will form part of the Quenington Sculpture Show being held at The Old Rectory, Quenington, Gloucestershire, June 16-July 7. The Trust offers bursaries to students for materials. Tel: 01285 750358.

Children will be encouraged to make art in school and at home, see art in galleries and their local environment, make art displays and meet artists and find out about their work on National Children's Art Day, July 5. More than 200 events will be run ingalleries and museums for children, teachers and parents. Artworks, PO Box 105, Rochester, Kent ME2 4BE. Tel: 0870 2412762. E-mail: Japan 2001, a year-long nationwide celebration of the culture and lifestyle of Japan, is well under way. Hundreds of events are being held in major venues such as the British Museum, The Lowry, Salford and the National Museums of Scotland as well as your local community, school and workplace. Tel: 020 7499 9644. Web:

Pick your favourite soundtrack and a painting and see how different tracks influence your view of the work at The Art of Noise: having fun with music and art, an exhibition at the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester University, July 6-September 2. Related events include a family open day, July 7, and a percussion workshop, July 25 and August 22. Tel: 0161 275 7450. (See page 10)

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