National Gallery, London
Starts October 2006
The exhibition of work by the painter Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velázquez (1559-1660) is set to be one of the events of 2006.
This is the first major exhibition to show works tracing his career, which became a major influence on both realist and impressionist painters.
Making History — Art and Documentary in Britain from 1929
3 February until 23 April
This exhibition will explore the impact of documentary practice on British art and artists through the 20th century.
Although the focus is on fine art, film and photography, the exhibition also covers television documentary and docudrama, poetry and literature, sociology and social anthropology.
The year 2006 is the 100th anniversary of the death of Henrik Ibsen.
The second most performed playwright in the world after Shakespeare, Ibsen scandalised the Victorian world.
Rather than producing plays emphasising moral virtues, he wrote realistic plays commenting on social issues.
Performances of all his major plays will be touring this year.
Marxism and Children’s Literature Conference
Writer, broadcaster and Socialist Worker regular Michael Rosen is helping to organise a conference on Marxism and Children’s Literature in late March.
Anyone interested in going to the conference, or giving a paper, should contact Michael. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org