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In the Studio

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Do you have what seems like an impossible dream? Maybe it’s to complete a marathon, swim with dolphins or win the lotto. Or, maybe, it’s to bring the world’s first public opera theatre back to life? Well the latter is the "impossible dream" of
For nearly five years, In The Studio has been at the forefront of the creative process - with extraordinary access to big names and exciting talent working in the creative industries around the world. Our reporters are right there as works are
For nearly five years, In The Studio has been at the forefront of the creative process, with extraordinary access to big names and exciting talent working in the creative industries around the world. Our reporters are right there as works are b
To say that balafon player Balla Kouyaté was born into a musical family is an understatement. His family line goes back 800 years to Balla Faséké, the first of an unbroken line of djelis in the Kouyaté clan. Djelis are the oral historians, musi
We follow the internationally celebrated choreographer Sir Matthew Bourne as he reimagines his popular work Nutcracker! for Autumn 2021. Taking Tchaikovsky’s ballet and in a set heavily influenced by the lavish Hollywood musicals of the 1930s,
Rankin has been described as one of the UK’s greatest photographers. Perhaps best known for his striking, playful and intimate portraits, he has photographed the likes of Britney Spears, David Bowie and Queen Elizabeth II. His work appearing in
In The Studio enters the dazzling world of American visual artist Devan Shimoyama as he makes a brand new installation for the recently re-opened Arts and Industries Building at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC. Reporter Kristin Vermilya
World renowned British-Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare has art work exhibited across the globe, but for this project, he’ll be swapping international museum spaces and his trademark, brightly coloured wax batik fabric for a wild, rural landscap
The fashion label Hanifa was launched in 2012 - Anifa Mvuemba's dream of a label that featured ready-to-wear clothes for women sizes 0-20, finally came true. And now she's preparing for her debut runway show in Washington, DC, and is designing
Internationally-acclaimed textile artist, Billie Zangewa calls her work “daily feminism”. Crafted in silk with thousands of tiny hand sewn stitches, her creations explore the themes of feminine strength and the power of family. As part of the B
Working as DRIFT, Dutch art duo Lonneke Gordijn and Ralph Nauta make spectacular immersive installations. For this September's Design Miami fair in Basel, they are presenting their biggest and most complex Shylight project to date. Seeing Shyli
The Mexican artist Abraham Cruzvillegas creates beautiful, thought-provoking sculptures using items that other people have thrown away - from old plastic crates and driftwood to childrens’ toys and birdcages. Anything can be transformed into hi
Los Angeles-based artist Sandy Rodriguez grew up on the California-Mexico border, descended from three generations of Mexican painters. For In The Studio, reporter Laura Hubber follows Sandy as she creates large-scale map paintings, which tell
Dan Meis has developed a reputation for out-of-the-box, innovative thinking while creating projects that redefine their respective building types. This include a “transformable” venue in Japan that mechanically changes from arena to stadium. He
Meet Little Amal, a 3.5 metre-tall puppet of a young nine-year-old refugee girl, created to represent all displaced children. She is travelling over 8000km, from Turkey, through Europe, ending in the UK. The Walk is an unique and ambitious trav
George Condo, whose work blends pop culture with art history and regularly sells for millions of dollars, is breaking out of his home, his canvases and the style of painting he is best known for. Now he is exploring a new phase and In the Studi
Australian director, writer and designer, Cameron Menzies, flew into Belfast from Australia in the midst of the pandemic to start his new tenure as Artistic Director and relaunch Northern Ireland Opera. Puccini's La Boheme is one of the most fa
With the autumn fashion season in full swing, we meet the Norwegian designer who’s creating new collections and a gown for this year's Met Gala in New York. Peter Dundas is renowned for his catwalk couture and for dressing some of the world’s m
The makers of James Bond's car are entering new territory. Aston Martin, the British manufacturer usually associated with 007's sports car, are launching their first family motor - an SUV. In The Studio has gained exclusive access to the design
A bowler hatted, gas mask-wearing figure descends in a diving bell into an apocalyptic landscape of nightmarish creatures. Flames and searchlights puncture the darkness as the ‘Assassin’ begins his wordless quest in a shattered world. Welcome t
With new leadership in full swing at Williams Racing, model and racing driver Jodie Kidd gets exclusive access to explore the factory of the once-great British F1 team. Nestled in the Oxfordshire countryside, the Williams Racing factory is a hu
As the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games begin, we meet the composer who’s creating music for Para Equestrian dressage competitors, Natasha Baker and Laurentia Tan. Tom Hunt specialises in composing original music for one of the most exciting parts
We hear from Tareq Abu Kwaik, known by his stage name El Far3i - songwriter and producer.
Dick Pope, the Oscar-nominated cinemtatographer of Mr. Turner and The Illusionist, visits master paint-maker Michael Harding at his colour mill in Cwmbran, Wales. Michael takes Dick on a drive to his local stables to collect a special ingredien
All Melody is the latest work and tour by contemporary composer and pianist, Nils Frahm. This programme reveals the creative, emotional and physical processes involved when new material is combined with vast stage shows for an international sch
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