One of the biggest piles denotes the number of refugees in the world, defined by the UNHCR as those who have crossed borders. Stan's Cafe would have liked to have made a pile representing the world's internally displaced people i.e. those who have not crossed a border. But as associate artist Jack Trow explained, "at 65 million people it was too much rice for the load limit of the Inner Temple Hall". A chilling thought.
When world-renowned Swiss sculptor, Not Vital (pronounced Veetahl) was 15-years-old, he asked his father, a timber merchant, to cut down a number of trees to isolate one tree in particular. He then stood behind it and moved to remain in its shadow throughout the rest of the day with his father photographing him every 15 minutes to document the work.
It's Catlin Art Prize time again - the annual exhibition of the shortlisted candidates from the Art Catlin Guide featuring the most exciting new art graduates in the UK. Eight finalists this year have been given space at the Londonewcastle Project Space in London in which to develop themes explored during their art school years.
For the past three weeks, the 28-year-old sculptor has turned London's William Benington Gallery into her own studio with all the accoutrements required for creating high-spec ceramic sculptures - bags of industrial raw materials, assorted moulds, tools and equipment. And with lots of slushy material around, it's a very messy business.
Entitled #BedfordVoices, for the next month, billboards dotted around various locations in the town centre will proclaim the ideals of various charities and community groups in the form of hard-hitting political cartoons. The idea is to provoke thought and discussion about the issues raised by organisations that seldom get heard.