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In this episode we revisit Paula Rego’s work to talk about the body, reproductive justice and abortion rights.Listen to Polyester Zine’s editor in chief, Ione Gamble and curator, writer and researcher, Maggie Matić talk to artists Polly Nor and
Black women always emerge as pioneers throughout history. From art, to science, to activism and sport, Black women are a force. We live in a world where Black women are expected to be strong. They are expected to be support systems for others,
Comedy as an art form can be traced all the way back to ancient Greece. From toilet humour and sarcasm, to irony and wordplay, artists continue to use comedy within their work today. In this episode, comedian Charlie George explores how artists
What role does a persona play in the lives we lead and the art we make? We speak to artists, performers and DJs who use a form of persona in their work. Experimenting with our persona can be a way to learn about ourselves and the world. But do
What is love? is one of the most searched questions online. In this episode, author, journalist and ‘the funniest guy on Instagram’, Raven Smith explores how the various experiences of love have been expressed through art. Art that shows romanc
Why are some stories easier to forget than others? We speak to artists who are using their work to uncover the people who have been hidden from view. Led by artists, poets and activists, we explore how art can be used to address the erasure of
This episode explores how the culture of hip hop has collided with art forms such as painting, installation art, photography and film. We follow its beginnings as an artistic and socio-political movement in the Bronx in the early 70s to its man
Discover what it takes to make it in the arts. Inspired by generations of artists who have taken on commercial work to fund their passion projects, we take a practical look at the realities of earning a living as a young creative today. We expl
In this episode we explore the role of chance and accident in the creative process. Hear artists, musicians and choreographers discuss what it means to 'go with the flow'.The podcast features Frank Bowling, an artist who has spent 60 years impr
How long do you usually spend looking at art?In this episode we explore what happens when we allow ourselves time to really get to know an artwork.Hear a psychologist and former monk discuss how the act of looking slowly at objects affects the
Is there a link between mental health and creativity? Do artists have to ‘suffer for their art’?In this episode, we challenge the myth of the 'tortured artist'. Hear artists, curators and health professionals discuss the role creativity can pla
How can our past inspire us to create? We explore the role of memory in art.Pierre Bonnard relied on memory to create his paintings. This podcast asks how can our senses provoke memories and how can our past inspire us? We hear from contemporar
What does it mean to belong? Artists, writers and poets explore the human stories behind art and belonging.In this episode, we explore what it means to belong. How can art make us feel part of something, how can it help us to connect with ourse
What does it mean to fail, and how can it lead to success? We hear the human stories behind art and failure. In this episode we ask what it means to fail and explore how the risk of failure can inspire us. Artist Lubaina Himid says ‘you can’t s
How do art and protest meet? We explore acts of defiance with artists, poets and activists.In this episode we look at how art can be an act of protest. How can art be used to question ideas relating to recognition, representation and equality?
What can happen when we allow ourselves to dream? We explore the link between art and dreaming.In this episode we look at how art can encourage us to dream, and ask what is possible when we do. Hear artists, thinkers and a dancer and choreograp
What does time mean to different people? How do we experience the passing seconds?Hear some of the team behind artist Christian Marclay's The Clock discuss the making of the 24-hour film piece. Plus poet Rachel Long, a new mother, a night owl,
In 1932 Pablo Picasso experienced a remarkable burst of creativity. But where does such inspiration come from? Artists, musicians and writers unravel some of the myths around creativity, and show how we can unlock our own powers of invention an
Discover the confidence and creativity needed to undress in the name of art.From artist’s muse to school art class, professional life models explore their role in the creative process. Freyia Lilian, Valentina Rock, Sue Tilley and Morimda Tasse
St Ives is a place known for its pottery, boats, beaches and beatniks. For over a century it has attracted artists who have new ways of looking at the world. Even David Bowie was a fan. Join Emma Gannon to find out what brought these like-minde
Does moving to a new city encourage creativity? Can an outsider’s perspective help us see things in new ways?From Claude Monet’s oil paintings to Zineb Sedira’s installations and Zabou’s street art, generations of French artists have been influ
Journey through London's West End. Discover the bars and members clubs which took artists such as Francis Bacon, from breakfast to bed.Soho is a place of culture and self-indulgence. Discover its diverse and forgotten artistic history with writ
Known as a group who 'lived in squares … and loved in triangles’, the Bloomsbury Group were rule breakers. Bonnie travels London exploring the lives of these twentieth century artists, including Duncan Grant, Vanessa Bell and Virginia Woolf. He
From Monet's obsession with British fog, to Turner's romantic depictions of the river, the Thames has inspired many artists for years. Hear Dolly talk with curators, historians and cartoonists about how artists have changed the way we see the r
In the late 1980s British art entered what was quickly recognised as a new and excitingly distinctive phase, the era of what became known as the YBAs – the Young British Artists. Join journalist and broadcaster Grace Dent as she takes a look at
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