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Tracey Emin supports Children in Hunger.

Tracey Emin's latest masterpiece
Tracey Emin's latest masterpiece

Artist Tracey Emin has painted a self-portrait using the sleeve to the 1985 Phil Collins album No Jacket Required as a template, and all for Children in Hunger. The portrait will be part of an exhibition to raise £50,000 for the development charity, which supports children living in poverty in north-east Brazil.

"I woke up one morning to receive a parcel in the post - a Phil Collins LP," says Emin. "I had a great amount of pleasure in creatively defacing it, and I couldn't think of a more fun way to help children."

Actor Joanna Lumley, Conservative Party leader David Cameron and television chef Gordon Ramsay are among the other celebrities who have contributed self-portraits using Collins's album cover.

The De-face Value exhibition is part of the London Design Festival and will be open at the Piazza in Covent Garden, London, from 15 to 18 September. The portraits will be auctioned on 20 September.

- Piers Morgan, the broadcaster and journalist, and Ioan Gruffudd, the actor, have offered their own pearls of wisdom in support of Advice Week, the annual campaign run by Citizens Advice. The theme for the week is Advice Changes Lives. The aim is to show that people's lives can change through the advice they receive. "I told my parents I wanted to quit while I was studying acting," says Gruffudd. "My father told me to persevere until I had completed my training and, if I still wanted to quit acting, I could do it then." Morgan offers some advice of his own. "Never try to work with a hangover, and remember that one day you're the cock of the walk, the next you're a feather duster," he says.

The Duchess of Cornwall visited the new garden at Helen House children's hospice in Oxford in August. She officially opened the 25th garden to be created by the Greenfingers Appeal, a charity set up to improve the gardens of children's hospices.

Dr Scott Miller, the resident vet on ITV's This Morning, completed the Michelob Ultra London Triathlon last month to raise money for the Dogs Trust. Miller ran, swam and cycled the course in two hours, 26 minutes and eight seconds, and has raised more than £1,000.

Miss England is to launch the National Deaf Children's Society's Happy Monday appeal on 10 September. The appeal asks London businesses to pay £3 to sign up, for which they will receive party packs featuring jokes from comedians such as Bill Bailey and Harry Enfield. "Having a party in the office is the perfect way to start the week," says Miss England, otherwise known as Georgia Horsley, who is also deaf in one ear.

Grayson Perry, the Turner Prize-winning artist, helped to judge and produce an exhibition of works of art by the inmates of prisons and secure hospitals for the Koestler Trust. The exhibition is called Insider Art and is on show at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London until 9 September.

Arthur Koestler, the writer and one-time prisoner of Franco's forces during the Spanish Civil War, founded the trust in 1962 to encourage and promote art and literature among prisoners. The charity is based in the former governor's house next to Wormwood Scrubs prison in west London. Perry was one of four experts invited to sift through 3,500 entries for the exhibition, which were eventually whittled down to 200 pieces.

"I found it remarkable that such a tiny section of our population could produce such a lot of art, much of it showing real intuitive talent," says Perry, who bought a piece from the exhibition. "I was bowled over by the expressiveness and plain weirdness.


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