National Gallery of Victoria reaps reward from Daniel Andrews' $1.4bn cultural precinct splurge. The Victorian government will fund the construction of Australia’s largest gallery of contemporary art and design
Costa book awards: Susanna Clarke nominated for second novel after 16-year wait. Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell author picked for Piranesi, alongside Denise Mina, Julian Barnes and the late Eavan Boland, in prizes for ‘enjoyable’ books
Beatles biography One Two Three Four wins Baillie Gifford prizeCraig Brown wins prestigious award for nonfiction with book that judges say ‘has reinvented the art of biography’
Seth Meyers rips Sidney Powell, 'the craziest addition to the Trump Cinematic Universe'Hosts dig into Sidney Powell, a fringe figure fired by the Trump legal team for conspiracy theories too outrageous even for Fox News
How photography-as-art came 'under siege': Bill Henson and Tracey Moffatt on the closure of the ACP. The Australian Centre for Photography once hosted Australia’s elite cohort of photographers. It can no longer afford to remain open
The Comeback: the farce with James Corden, Catherine Tate and Stephen Fry on board. Comedy duo The Pin have livened up lockdown with their Zoom send-ups. Now their end-of-the-pier stage debut is being hailed as ‘the cure for theatre’. Is that why so many stars are lining up to get involved?
All doom and boom: what’s the heaviest music ever made?From Swans to Sunn O))), heavy music isn’t just about volume – it’s about atmosphere, intent and bowel-rupturing physicality * Modern Toss on heavy music
News and How to Use It by Alan Rusbridger review – an insider's appeal to scepticsThe former Guardian editor’s insights into journalism and how it must regain the public’s trust are perceptive and reflect a chaotic and messy business
Enlightened: Laura Dern’s best role was smart, brave and ahead of its timeThe series was cancelled in 2013 but its biggest crime was being born too soon. Now streaming in Australia, here’s hoping it gets the audience it deserves
Hottest front-room seats: the best theatre and dance to watch online. From live-streams of new plays to classics from the archive, here are some of the top shows online now or coming soon – this page is updated regularly
He Who Must Not Be Named: why is Trump unnamed in so many books?‘The dictator’, ‘this man’, ‘the president’ – over the last four years, authors have gone out of their way to avoid Trump’s name. But why?
WWE’s the Undertaker: ‘The human body isn’t made to take what we do to it’. After 34 years – and numerous injuries – the 6ft 10in star finally retired from wrestling yesterday. But will he come back from the dead yet again?
Poem of the week: Blowing Smoke by Nii Ayikwei Parkes. A reflective love poem captures an expanding range of intimate associations
OED says 2020 has too many potential words of the year to name just one. Instead, the dictionary says ‘a year that has left us speechless’ is best reflected by expanding its annual selection to a whole list
Dearly by Margaret Atwood review – the experience of a lifetimeDedicated to her partner, Atwood’s first poetry collection in more than 10 years is wry and entertaining
Walking With Ghosts by Gabriel Byrne review – an elegy for IrelandThe celebrated actor brings his youth in Dublin to vivid life in a tender account of how failing as a priest and a plumber led him to Hollywood
Victoria's performing arts win $20m funding as Melbourne readies for reopening. Melbourne festival and MTC will be big winners from state’s share of $75m federal package
'A conduit for healing': Perth’s $400m Boola Bardip is a museum for the post-truth era. The new museum invites ‘difficult conversations’ about history and culture, with perspectives from 70-plus Aboriginal language groups
Judi Dench and Ian McKellen head cast for Zoom show in aid of UK theatre workersMaggie Smith and Derek Jacobi also among those who will take part in comedy fundraiser * Coronavirus – latest updates * See all our coronavirus coverage
In brief: Lost Cat; Lake of Urine; LEL – reviewMary Gaitskill’s missing pet prompts an essay on love; an absurdist adventure from Guillermo Stitch; and Lucasta Miller’s biography of Letitia Landon, the ‘female Byron’
God 99 by Hassan Blasim review – brutal take on refugee traumaThis overwhelming novel by ‘Iraq’s Irvine Welsh’ captures the alienation of people exiled by conflict
Arts world dismayed at fate of London home of Rimbaud and Verlaine. Georgian house where infamous French poets lodged was to become an arts centre – but its owner has had a change of heart
MSG Sphere: D-day looms in Trump donor’s fight for giant London venue. Residents fear state-of-the-art ‘glowing blob’ to rival O2 will blight the area