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Actor Russell Tovey and gallerist Robert Diament host Talk Art, a podcast dedicated to the world of art featuring exclusive interviews with leading artists, curators & gallerists, and even occasionally their talented friends from other industries like acting, music and journalism. Listen in to explore the magic of art and why it connects us all in such fantastic ways. Follow the official Instagram @TalkArt for images of artworks discussed in each episode and to follow Russell and Robert's latest art adventures.

Talk Ar‪t‬ Russell Tovey and Robert Diament

    • Visual Arts
    • 4.8 • 31 Ratings

Actor Russell Tovey and gallerist Robert Diament host Talk Art, a podcast dedicated to the world of art featuring exclusive interviews with leading artists, curators & gallerists, and even occasionally their talented friends from other industries like acting, music and journalism. Listen in to explore the magic of art and why it connects us all in such fantastic ways. Follow the official Instagram @TalkArt for images of artworks discussed in each episode and to follow Russell and Robert's latest art adventures.

    Alan Cumming OBE & Christopher Sweeney - Talk Art x Homo Sapiens Podcast Crossover (Part 1)

    Alan Cumming OBE & Christopher Sweeney - Talk Art x Homo Sapiens Podcast Crossover (Part 1)

    PODCAST CROSSOVER!!! Talk Art and Homo Sapiens UNITE!!! A celebration of LGBTQI+ History Month 2021!


    Dear Listeners, something different and EXCLUSIVE for you. We have done a really fun collaboration with the brilliant podcast @HomoSapiens  hosted by legendary actor @AlanCummingSnaps and TV/film director @ChrisSweeney. We’ve created a mash up episode! In this intimate 1 1/2 hour conversation, we discuss the art that inspired us in our teenage years, the story of Alan’s friendship with Madonna, art made during the 1980s AIDS epidemic and the giants of Queer Art like #DavidHockney, #AndyWarhol, #RobertMapplethorpe and #TomOfFinland plus we get all the intel on the next generation of trailblazing Queer artists like #CatherineOpie and #KehindeWiley. Plus, how does a Naan bread fit into #AlanCumming’s art collection??? THANK YOU ALAN & CHRIS! WE LOVE YOU!!


    The episode is split between our two feeds. So catch part 1 on Talk Art’s Podcast feed, and part 2 on the Homo Sapiens' Podcast feed.
    #TalkArtPodcast #HomoSapiensPodcast #LGBTQ #art #queerart


    LINK TO PART 2 at HOMO SAPIENS: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/homo-sapiens/id1257514825
    and https://linktr.ee/HomoSapiensPodcast


    For images of all artworks discussed in this episode visit @TalkArt. Talk Art theme music by Jack Northover @JackNorthoverMusic courtesy of HowlTown.com We've just joined Twitter too @TalkArt. If you've enjoyed this episode PLEASE leave us your feedback and maybe 5 stars if we're worthy in the Apple Podcast store. For all requests, please email talkart@independenttalent.com
     
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    • 43 min
    National Portrait Gallery (LGBTQ+ History Month Special Episode)

    National Portrait Gallery (LGBTQ+ History Month Special Episode)

    To celebrate LGBTQ+ History Month 2021, Russell & Robert select their highlights from the National Portrait Gallery’s collection in London. We discuss David Hockney, Maggi Hambling, Isaac Julien and Howard Hodgkin to discover how artists were able to share their personal stories and passions to give permission to future generations to live freely and be themselves!


    Throughout LGBTQ+ History Month, and beyond, the National Portrait Gallery will be sharing the stories and portraits of those that have helped shape Britain. Stay connected with the Gallery by following them on social media (Instagram & Facebook @NationalPortraitGallery; @NPGLondon on Twitter), and head to the NPG website to explore their vast online Collection - https://bit.ly/3uaBX4D


    Take a closer look at the works discussed in today’s podcast, via the links below.


    Maggi Hambling
    Self-portrait by Maggi Hambling - https://www.npg.org.uk/collections/search/portrait/mw07447
    Maggi Hambling by Liam Woon - https://www.npg.org.uk/collections/search/portrait/mw80867
    Stephen Fry by Maggi Hambling - https://www.npg.org.uk/collections/search/portrait/mw09544
    https://www.npg.org.uk/collections/search/portrait/mw07497
     
    Howard Hodgkin
    Howard Hodgkin by Edward Lucie-Smith https://www.npg.org.uk/collections/search/portrait/mw84467
    (John) Peter Warren Cochrane by Howard Hodgkin- https://www.npg.org.uk/collections/search/portrait/mw127232


    Isaac Julien
    by Robert Taylor NPG x45784; Isaac Julien - Portrait - National Portrait Gallery
    by Sal Idriss NPG x125664; Isaac Julien - Portrait - National Portrait Gallery
    by Horace Ové NPG x126727; Isaac Julien - Portrait - National Portrait Gallery


    David Hockney
    by Bern Schwartz - https://www.npg.org.uk/collections/search/portrait/mw128048
    by Godfrey Argent- https://www.npg.org.uk/collections/search/portrait/mw65944
    by Cecil Beaton - https://www.npg.org.uk/collections/search/portrait/mw65316
    by Cecil Beaton - NPG x40200; David Hockney - Portrait - National Portrait Gallery
    by Francis Goodman - https://www.npg.org.uk/collections/search/portrait/mw243697
    'Self-Portrait with Charlie' (David Hockney; Charles Dare Scheips) by David Hockney - https://www.npg.org.uk/collections/search/portrait/mw129528
    Richard Neville; Jim Anderson; Felix Dennis after David Hockney - https://www.npg.org.uk/collections/search/portrait/mw112443/Richard-Neville-Jim-Anderson-Felix-Dennis?LinkID=mp02210&role=art&rNo=10 
     
    For images of all artworks discussed in this episode visit @TalkArt. Talk Art theme music by Jack Northover @JackNorthoverMusic courtesy of HowlTown.com We've just joined Twitter too @TalkArt. If you've enjoyed this episode PLEASE leave us your feedback and maybe 5 stars if we're worthy in the Apple Podcast store. For all requests, please email talkart@independenttalent.com
     
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    • 45 min
    Lubaina Himid CBE

    Lubaina Himid CBE

    Russell and Robert meet Lubaina Himid CBE, the Turner Prize winning artist and cultural activist. Born in Zanzibar in 1954, Lubaina Himid is a British painter who has dedicated her four-decades-long career to uncovering marginalised and silenced histories, figures, and cultural expressions. She studied Theatre Design at Wimbledon College of Art and went on to receive an MA in Cultural History from the Royal College of Art. Himid currently lives and works in Preston, UK, and is a professor at the University of Central Lancashire. In Autumn 2021, Himid will present a major monographic exhibition at Tate Modern, London and will also have a solo exhibition at Hollybush Gardens gallery in London.


    We discuss her influential career in art as artist but also as a mentor and champion of other artist's work. Initially trained in theatre design, Himid is known for her innovative approaches to painting and to social engagement. She has been pivotal in the UK since the 1980s for her contributions to the British Black arts movement, making space for the expression and recognition of Black experience and women’s creativity. Over the last decade, she has earned international recognition for her figurative paintings, which explore overlooked and invisible aspects of history and of contemporary everyday life. In 2017, she was the winner of the Turner Prize and in 2018 she was bestowed with the honorary title of CBE for her contributions to the arts.


    Current exhibitions include Risquons-Tout, WIELS, Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels. Significant solo exhibitions include Spotlights, Tate Britain, London (2019); The Grab Test, Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem, The Netherlands (2019); Lubaina Himid, CAPC Bordeaux, France (2019); Work From Underneath, New Museum, New York (2019); Gifts to Kings, MRAC Languedoc Roussillon Midi-Pyrénées, Sérignan (2018); Our Kisses are Petals, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead (2018); The Truth Is Never Watertight, Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe (2017); Navigation Charts, Spike Island, Bristol (2017); and Invisible Strategies, Modern Art Oxford (2017).


    Her work is held in various museum and public collections, including Tate; British Council Collection; Arts Council Collection; UK Government Art Collection; Museum Ludwig, Cologne; Victoria & Albert Museum, London; National Museums Liverpool; Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; and Rhode Island School of Design, Providence. A monograph, titled Lubaina Himid: Workshop Manual, was released in 2019 from Koenig Books. This episode was recorded remotely on Wednesday 24th June 2020.


    Special thanks to Lubaina for this enlightening interview, and Lisa Panting & Malin Ståhl of incredible gallery Hollybush Gardens (based in Clerkenwell, London). Follow @LubainaPics and @Hollybush_Gardens on Instagram and their official websites https://lubainahimid.uk/ and https://hollybushgardens.co.uk/


    For images of all artworks discussed in this episode visit @TalkArt. Talk Art theme music by Jack Northover @JackNorthoverMusic courtesy of HowlTown.com We've just joined Twitter too @TalkArt. If you've enjoyed this episode PLEASE leave us your feedback and maybe 5 stars if we're worthy in the Apple Podcast store. For all requests, please email talkart@independenttalent.com
     
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    • 1 hr 24 min
    Robert Stilin

    Robert Stilin

    Talk Art Season 8 continues!!! Robert & Russell meet leading designer Robert Stilin, from his apartment in Soho, New York!! World renowned for his timeless, elegant interior design work and furniture design, Stilin is an avid art collector and serves on the Director’s Council at the Whitney Museum of American Art. He has run his own design firm for over 25 years and has introduced numerous clients to artist's works, galleries and museums, encouraging them to live with and discover the art they love most. His work has been featured in Architectural Digest, Elle Decor, House Beautiful, W, and Hamptons Cottages and Gardens, as well as in design books, including The Big Book of the Hamptons and in 2019, had his first book published titled 'Robert Stilin: Interiors' which we highly recommend!!!


    Stilin is best known for effortlessly combining crisp, clean architecture with custom upholstery, antique and vintage furniture and modern and contemporary art to create casually elegant homes that are warm, comfortable and very livable!! With over 25 years of experience running his own design firm, the New York and Hamptons based designer has built a solid reputation as a highly versatile interior designer whose classically modern work is custom tailored to the needs of each client and project. 


    Stilin was named to Architectural Digest’s Top 100 designers in 2016, 2018, 2019 and 2020. He was also named one of Elle Décor’s top 25 A-List Designer’s in 2010, and each year subsequently. He participated in the 2011 and 2017 Kips Bay Show House and Hampton Designer Show House.


    Follow @RobertStilin on Instagram and visit his official website http://www.RobertStilin.com which includes images of his interiors projects and visit Bookhampton to order his recent book as discussed on this week's episode!


    BIG NEWS!! You can pre-order our debut Talk Art book NOW from Amazon.com and Amazon.ca and Amazon.co.uk - including a Foreword by Jerry Saltz.
    We are SOOOO excited to share our book with you, it has over 120 colour images and 50,000 words of all-new text. It will be released on 13th May 2021 in UK & Europe (published by Octopus Books) and 18th May 2021 in USA & Canada (published by Chronicle Books).


    For images of all artworks discussed in this episode visit @TalkArt. Talk Art theme music by Jack Northover @JackNorthoverMusic courtesy of HowlTown.com We've just joined Twitter too @TalkArt. If you've enjoyed this episode PLEASE leave us your feedback and maybe 5 stars if we're worthy in the Apple Podcast store. For all requests, please email talkart@independenttalent.com
     
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    • 1 hr 12 min
    Robert Andy Coombs

    Robert Andy Coombs

    Talk Art continues!! Russell and Robert meet artist Robert Andy Coombs, all the way from Miami Beach!!! We discuss photography, queerness, disability, sexuality, nudity, beauty and representation!!!


    Coombs was born and raised in Michigan’s upper peninsula in a little town bordering Wisconsin. Being a closeted gay male in a conservative rural environment, Coombs couldn’t wait to leave his small town behind. He received a scholarship to Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids where he studied photography and started living authentically as a gay male. In 2009, during a trampoline training accident, Coombs landed on the back of his neck resulting in a spinal cord injury. After a short year at home, Coombs returned to KCAD in 2010 and completed his BFA in 2013.


    During those years disability and sexuality emerged as a main subject for him. He then went to study at the Yale University School of Art where he continued the exploration of disability and sexuality with a focus on documenting his intimate relationships with friends and lovers. After receiving his MFA in 2020, Coombs relocated to Miami Florida where he continues his photographic practice in the sun.


    Follow @RobertAndyCoombs2 on Instagram, @RobertAndyPhoto on Twitter and visit his awesome website https://www.robertandycoombs.com/ which includes his Amazon wishlist as discussed on this week's episode! Donate if you can! We first discovered Robert's work via Jerry Saltz's article on his work in his regular 'Vulture' column. Read that exact article now (click here).


    BIG NEWS!! You can pre-order our debut Talk Art book NOW from Amazon.com and Amazon.ca and Amazon.co.uk - including a Foreword by Jerry Saltz.
    We are SOOOO excited to share our book with you, it has over 120 colour images and 50,000 words of all-new text. It will be released on 13th May 2021 in UK & Europe (published by Octopus Books) and 18th May 2021 in USA & Canada (published by Chronicle Books).


    For images of all artworks discussed in this episode visit @TalkArt. Talk Art theme music by Jack Northover @JackNorthoverMusic courtesy of HowlTown.com We've just joined Twitter too @TalkArt. If you've enjoyed this episode PLEASE leave us your feedback and maybe 5 stars if we're worthy in the Apple Podcast store. For all requests, please email talkart@independenttalent.com
     
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    • 1 hr 8 min
    Ronan McKenzie and Joy Yamusangie (Recorded at HOME by RM)

    Ronan McKenzie and Joy Yamusangie (Recorded at HOME by RM)

    Russell & Robert meet artists Ronan McKenzie and Joy Yamusangie at new multifunctional creative space HOME, on Hornsey Road, North London. We explore their current joint-exhibition 'WATA, Further Explorations'. Taking root in Mckenzie and Yamusangie’s first formal collaboration, a short film of the same name (produced at the beginning of 2020), 'WATA' weaves together considerations of ancestry, cross cultural connections, music and migration. To watch 'WATA' online during lockdown, and to learn more about this extraordinary new centre for art, please visit: https://www.homebyrm.space/


    Ronan Mckenzie is a London-based photographer, curator, and the publisher of HARD EARS. Her photography focuses on themes that unearth hidden beauty and cultural imagery. Visit Ronan at: https://www.ronanmckenzie.co.uk/


    J Yamusangie is a mixed media artist working across illustration, printmaking, typography, poetry, ceramics, collage and painting, all with a central theme of autobiography. Visit Joy at: https://joyyamusangie.com/


    Born out of the necessity to be seen and heard, HOME presents a considered curation of exhibitions from leading and exciting artists. Their lounge and co-workspace stimulate through a library of literature and arts, setting the scene for our events programme which aims always to connect and inspire. Being a modern hybrid of an art gallery and a community events space, at the heart of HOME is the aim to inspire, share and support. HOME takes ownership over cultivating our community and creating space for us to be, with a library and creative work space to be shared and enjoyed. HOME is one of very few black owned art spaces within London, and one of the only to be artist led, with a leading focus on supporting Black and Indigenous People of Colour. HOME responds directly to the personal and communal need for a more honest and representative space, that cares deeply for the artists we present and the community of people that we welcome in to our space. HOME offers a considered curatorial and events programme which highlights our founding concept; to truly contextualise artists, and continually transform to support the community we are built for.


    Follow @RonanKSM and @JoyYamusangie on Instagram. Visit HOME by RM's official website and follow their Instagram @Home_by_RonanMcKenzie.


    For images of all artworks discussed in this episode visit @TalkArt. Talk Art theme music by Jack Northover @JackNorthoverMusic courtesy of HowlTown.com We've just joined Twitter too @TalkArt. If you've enjoyed this episode PLEASE leave us your feedback and maybe 5 stars if we're worthy in the Apple Podcast store. For all requests, please email talkart@independenttalent.com
     
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    • 1 hr 12 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
31 Ratings

31 Ratings

EllenSim ,

A must for art lovers

This is my favourite podcast. Russell and Robert have opened my eyes to contemporary art. In depth interviews with interesting creative humans. R&R are never short on questions. And they are so positive about the artists they interview! A source of knowledge and inspiration.

Katherine in YYJ ,

Art for everyone

Russell and Rob chat about art with their guest service in a very all-levels , open to every avenue, meandering natural way. One of my new fave podcasts for walking and hiking. It’s inspiring to hear how everyone finds their own creative direction.

DerekF525 ,

What’s Your Favourite Colour?

Started listening to this podcast a couple of months ago, as we all headed into lockdown. It’s now my go to on my daily walks. Informative, funny, irreverent, fascinating, and to be honest the guys and their guests just make me feel good! And I’m learning all kinds of stuff besides! I started back at Season 1, but am now jumping back and forth between old and new. And always look forward to the end of the episode when they ask the guest ‘what’s your favourite colour?’ And ‘if you could do an art heist, what would it be?’ Two pretty simple questions, but oh where they sometimes take us!! Bravo guys.

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