Jilly Sutton sculpts poet laureate Andrew Motion
Designer Paul Smith allowed himself to be painted by unknown artist James Lloyd.
Charlotte Mullins examines a genetic sculpture based on the DNA of John Sulston, head of the Human Genome Project, by controversial British artist Marc Quinn.
Charlotte Mullins recalls how war artist John Keane's group portrait commissioned to celebrate the Good Friday Agreement finished up as a giant portrait of Mo Mowlam.
Charlotte Mullins recalls how 1960s pop art legend Allen Jones underwent an abrupt change in artistic direction and reveals a lesser known side of prima ballerina Darcey Bussell.