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From quiet contemplation to a hands-on creative outlet, art and artists have much to offer in challenging times. The NGV design store has created a reading list for arts lovers searching for books to enjoy at home.

Fully Coherent Plan, David Shrigley – Turner Prize-nominated artist David Shrigley offers a plan for a better society.

Song Spirals, Gay’wu Group of Womenwomen’s songlines and songspirals from Yolngu country in far north Australia.

Hilma af Klint, Tracey Bashkoff – pioneering abstract artist Hilma af Klint’s legacy, following instructions by the artist to hide more than 1000 artworks from the world until 20 years after her death, when the world would be ready for them.

What is Painting?, Julian Bell – artist Julian Bell explores painting, from art history to modern art and digital imagery.

Tate Watercolour Manual – Lessons from the Great Masters, Tony SmibertJoyce H Townsend – master the art of watercolour painting at home under the tuition of an artist and an art conservator.