18 episodes

Ever been called a “Starving Artist"? Ever been told to get a “real job”? Ever wondered what goes on behind the doors of an art studio or inside an artist's kitchen? Every fortnight, join artists Claire Lefebvre and Zoltan Fecso as they bring leading creative professionals to their table to chew on the myth of the Starving Artist. @what_artists_eat
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What Artists Eat What Artists Eat

    • Arts
    • 5.0 • 7 Ratings

Ever been called a “Starving Artist"? Ever been told to get a “real job”? Ever wondered what goes on behind the doors of an art studio or inside an artist's kitchen? Every fortnight, join artists Claire Lefebvre and Zoltan Fecso as they bring leading creative professionals to their table to chew on the myth of the Starving Artist. @what_artists_eat
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    Artist Charlotte Alldis on blue pasta, purple pancakes and the playful art of deep nourishment

    Artist Charlotte Alldis on blue pasta, purple pancakes and the playful art of deep nourishment

    In the vast tapestry of human experience, there are those who traverse the realms of imagination with paintbrushes in hand, and others who concoct culinary masterpieces with a dash of creativity and a pinch of tenderness. Yet, nestled within this intricate mosaic lies the story of Charlotte Alldis—a multifaceted creator, a fierce lover, and a loyal protector of those in her orbit. Meet the artist, maker, storyteller, and mum to Buster the bulldog, whose life's journey has been as colorful and captivating as the worlds she paints.
    Childhood, for Charlotte, was a self made kaleidoscope of wonder and whimsy. Art wasn't the initial muse; instead, it was the enchanting realm of storytelling that captured her imagination. Raised by parents who were educators deeply immersed in the realms of play, writing, and literature, she was steeped in a culture of creativity from an early age.
    The focus wasn’t fine art—it was playfulness, experimentation, and joy. As a child, Charlotte transformed mundane meals into fantastical feasts, crafting blue pancakes, purple pasta, and dyed vegetables with unabashed delight. Cooking wasn't about following recipes; it was about embracing the magic of the moment and relishing in the act of creation.
    You can find Charlotte's recipe on our website!
    Find us @whatartistseat on Instagram and our website www.whatartistseat.com.au
    Support What Artists Eat on Patreon!
    Links to Charlotte's work and anything else we chatted about:

    https://www.charlottealldis.com/https://www.instagram.com/charlottealldis

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    • 56 min
    Smells Like Community Spirit - musician Tim Shiel on transparency and connection

    Smells Like Community Spirit - musician Tim Shiel on transparency and connection

    For Tim Shiel, music isn't just a career—it's a personal practice, a means of self-expression, and a conduit for connection. He eschews the notion of the tortured artist, finding inspiration not in pain, but in abundance and community.
    Tim is a musician, producer and broadcaster, hosting Arvos on Double J & Something More on triple j.
    As Tim continues to navigate the ever-shifting landscapes of parenthood and music, one thing remains constant: his unwavering dedication to his craft and his commitment to fostering a supportive and inclusive community for fellow artists.
    In a world that often prioritizes profit over passion, Tim stands as a beacon of authenticity and inspiration, reminding us that the true essence of art lies not in its commercial value, but in its ability to move and connect us on a deeper level.
    You can find Tim's Egg n Beans recipe on our website!
    Find us @whatartistseat on Instagram and our website www.whatartistseat.com.au
    Support What Artists Eat on Patreon!
    Links to Tim's work and anything else we chatted about:

    https://www.timshiel.com/https://www.timshiel.com/spirit-levelhttps://timshiel.bandcamp.com/ Tim’s Substack ‘Shiel Feels’Everything else ‘Tim Shiel’ hereAlways in Tim’s pantry is his special ingredient Shichi-mi tōgarashi  
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    • 52 min
    Artist Libby Haines on the enduring power of still life painting and the art of beginning again

    Artist Libby Haines on the enduring power of still life painting and the art of beginning again

    If you love art and food, you probably know Libby Haines’ work. Her juicy textural still life paintings sell out in seconds on Instagram.

    Libby is an artist who knows the magic of those really good meals that stay with you for years. For her, painting and cooking are deeply intertwined – both are expressions of creativity, nourishment, and self-expression.
    Going back, Libby’s childhood memories are saturated with the vibrant colours and textures of her grandparent’s vegetable garden and the comforting chaos of the family kitchen. These early experiences laid the foundation for a lifelong journey of artistic expression, culinary exploration, and a deep appreciation for the beauty and intensity found in everyday life.
    You can find Libby's Pumpkin Ricotta Sage Orichette recipe on our website!
    Find us @whatartistseat on Instagram and our website www.whatartistseat.com.au
    Support What Artists Eat on Patreon!
    Links to Libby's work and anything else we chatted about:

    www.libbyhaines.com@libbyhainesartThe 100 Years War on Palestine- Rashid KhalidiJustice for Some by Noura ErakatDoppleganger Naomi KleinMe and White Supremacy Layla SaadArtist Marion AbrahamOndo Korean restaurant Melbourne CBDBooks Libby’s loving: The Neapolitan series by Elena FerranteFree printable download from Libby’s website to print and share widely
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    • 54 min
    Composer Peter Corrigan believes a kitchen is an orchestra, with sizzling as percussion

    Composer Peter Corrigan believes a kitchen is an orchestra, with sizzling as percussion

    When Peter Corrigan heard John Williams' score for ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone ‘ as a kid, he was never the same again. Hearing that piece changed him forever and set him on course to become a composer.
    Pete is a composer for film and media, as well as being an accomplished pianist. When we get to the pointy end of things, Pete is tender and practical about the idea of the Starving Artist. He believes that being an artist is a "lifetime journey and not something we have to sacrifice everything for in one moment." He encourages artists to think of their art as a “life long pursuit”.
    You can find Pete's 'Aloo Gobi Pie' recipe on our website!
    Find us @whatartistseat on Instagram and our website www.whatartistseat.com.au
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    Links to Pete's work and anything else we chatted about:

    https://soundcloud.com/pete-corrigan https://www.instagram.com/petercorriganmusic/John Williams, composerChef Lagenda, Flemington
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    • 44 min
    Artist Gemma Leslie believes in food for everyone and that possums don't belong in the kitchen

    Artist Gemma Leslie believes in food for everyone and that possums don't belong in the kitchen

    Welcome artist Gemma Leslie, founder of Food for Everyone. Food for Everyone invites chefs and artists to collaborate on recipe posters. From each poster purchased they donate the equivalent of 10 meals to food charities. 
    To Date they’ve donated $150,000 which equals roughly 750,000 meals.
    On Food For Everyone, you can find recipes from Nigella Lawson, Jessica Nguyen, Hetty McKinnon and Andrew McConnell, beautifully accompanied by artworks from artists like Libby Haines, Allie Webb and Gemma herself.
    We talk to Gemma about family recipes, what constitutes ‘real’ art, and the power of community. 
    You can find Gemma's Tuscan Ricotta Gnudi recipe on our website!
    Find us @whatartistseat on Instagram and our website www.whatartistseat.com.au
    Links to Gemma's work and anything else we chatted about:
    - https://foodforeveryone.com.au/
    - https://www.gemleslie.com/
    - https://evi-o.art/
    - https://www.instagram.com/rosheen_/?hl=en
    - https://www.somethingsiliketocook.com.au/
    - https://foodforeveryone.com.au/blogs/news/suzanne-corbett
    - https://www.instagram.com/juliaostro/?hl=en
    - https://www.instagram.com/ellies.table/?hl=en
    - https://www.nigella.com/
    - https://www.pastagrannies.com/

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    • 1 hr 5 min
    When jeweller Olivia Cummings (Cleopatra’s Bling) offers you cheese on a cracker, it might actually be butter

    When jeweller Olivia Cummings (Cleopatra’s Bling) offers you cheese on a cracker, it might actually be butter

    Our interview begins with a burping poodle and ends with the beautiful Turkish phrase “health to your hands” which really sums up the essence of Olivia Cummings, founder and jewellery maker behind Cleopatra’s Bling. She will take you on a poetic journey to explore the mythology behind Greek amulets, and then ground you with tales of the logistics behind making her dog Alfonso’s birthday cake. This suits us just fine.
    Yes, Olivia is a jeweller, but she’s also devoted to food. For her, food is a connector and a nourishing, fortifying force. She finds meaning and satisfaction in the act of cooking for the people she loves and in the act of sharing food around a table. She favours simplicity in the kitchen for herself day by day, but will go all out when it comes to others.
    We end our chat with laughs about a kitchen disaster story that she’s still not over, and Olivia’s admission that she’s “a sicko with butter” - she has been known to give people a cracker with so much butter on it that they’ve assumed it was cheese.
    You can find Olivia's Flourless Cacao & Orange Cake recipe on our website!
    Find us @whatartistseat on Instagram and our website www.whatartistseat.com.au
    Links to Olivia's work and anything else we chatted about:

    Cleopatra’s Bling websiteCleopatra’s Bling InstagramCleopatra’s Bling podcastCleopatra’s Bling Collingwood Store Ramen documentaryHanefi Yeter artist website
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    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

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7 Ratings

Wennie6 ,

Really entertaining

I have just stumbled across What Artists Eat and loved it! It was the episode with Charlotte Alldis which was fun as well as bringing up some issues that a lot of us artists seem to have in common. Your interviewing manner is kind and it’s like you’re having a conversation with a friend. Well done!

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