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Museum takes part in challenge to spot art fakes.

Byline: RACHEL MAINWARING Reporter rachel.mainwaring@walesonline.co.uk

A TOP secret operation last night saw millions of pounds worth of priceless masterpieces removed from the collections of galleries and museums around the UK - including one from National Museum Cardiff.

And now, after all of them were switched for copies, you've been challenged to discover which one is the fake. The heist has actually been coordinated by Sky Arts, with permission from the galleries, to launch a month-long national art competition for a new TV series called Fake! The Great Masterpiece Challenge.

Only the museum curators, the production team from IWC Media, and presenters Giles Coren and art historian Rose Balston, know which pictures are real and which have been replaced.

And throughout this month, members of the public of all ages and experience are invited to use their detective skills to spot the seven copies hiding in plain sight on the walls of six galleries in Cardiff, Edinburgh, Liverpool, London and Manchester.

The displays will also be available for investigation online, via the competition website at skyartsfake.com Those with a keen eye who manage to correctly identify all seven "fakes" stand the chance to take part in the series finale and the finalists will compete to win a specially-commissioned copy of their very own.

"You don't have to be an art historian to have a go at this," said Phil Edgar-Jones, director of Sky Arts. "All you need is a sense of curiosity and an eye for detail. We wanted to tell the story of British art with a sense of fun and in a way that would encourage us all to take a closer and more critical look at the works of great British artists."

At the National Museum Cardiff, the copy has been made of a "British landscape" amongst masters such as JMW Turner and Richard Wilson.

For those wishing to take a closer look, there will be free guided tours Highlights of Art: A Journey through Landscape every Wednesday and Saturday at 12.30pm.

Visitors can take a look at the representation of landscape throughout the art collection and it will highlight works from artists including Van Gogh, Cezanne, Morisot, LS Lowry and Richard Wilson and JMW Turner.

| To enter the competition, visit skyartsfake.com

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Date:Jul 1, 2016
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