31 épisodes

I love the arts, from artists and designers to academics and dealers, I hope to share some of this passion with every episode. Each episode I speak to guests who have had direct experience working in the creative industries. From actors and DJ's, to artists, auctioneers and professors, art affects us all in different ways. Each guest brings their own lived experiences and views to our discussions, opening up their world for us to gaze in; there is something for everyone! I hope offer an approachable and enjoyable view into the creative industries via these casual discussions with the people who are living it. If you are thinking about going into the arts, or are just curious about how things work, hopefully you can find the inspiration and answers you need here. By having these conversations it demystifies the aura around the arts and offers genuine insights, often with hilarious stories and helpful lessons thrown in. Hosted by The Rafiki Gallery. Enjoy!

Curating Conversation Leo Sartain

    • Arts visuels

I love the arts, from artists and designers to academics and dealers, I hope to share some of this passion with every episode. Each episode I speak to guests who have had direct experience working in the creative industries. From actors and DJ's, to artists, auctioneers and professors, art affects us all in different ways. Each guest brings their own lived experiences and views to our discussions, opening up their world for us to gaze in; there is something for everyone! I hope offer an approachable and enjoyable view into the creative industries via these casual discussions with the people who are living it. If you are thinking about going into the arts, or are just curious about how things work, hopefully you can find the inspiration and answers you need here. By having these conversations it demystifies the aura around the arts and offers genuine insights, often with hilarious stories and helpful lessons thrown in. Hosted by The Rafiki Gallery. Enjoy!

    Jacob Littlejohn

    Jacob Littlejohn

    This week's episode see's Leo in conversation with contemporary Scottish artist Jacob Littlejohn.
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    Jacob Littlejohn is an Edinburgh based artist. He graduated from Glasgow School of art in 2018 and since then has undertaken a residency at Leith School of Art. His work revolves around the realm of human behaviour. Tackling isolation, separation and how individuals adapt to their environments, while recognising and honouring the melancholy and the poetics found in each individual day. His process evolves round a profound interest in the interpretation of literature, exploring media, techniques, composition and colour.
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    Jacob's fascination with art came while at school, and what followed was a series of set backs and failures that only spurred him on. Facing rejection from Art School multiple times, led him to change direction and work on his practice, eventually landing a place at Glasgow and later graduating with first class honours.
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    During our chat, we discussed his entry into art, how his practice has developed into the abstracted forms he now creates. ( Let me tell you now, it wasn't a straight forward journey). We touch on what is important to him, his surrounding community, his art practice and his desire to look deeper into the work he creates.

    Thank you so much to Jacob for coming on the podcast.
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    You can find Jacob on Instagram
    @jacobalittlejohn
    and his website

    Find all images discussed @Curatingconversation
    and The Rafiki Gallery @the_rafiki_gallery

    If you enjoy the podcast and would like to support, you can do so via Ko-Fi, which allows you to virtually donate the equivalent price to a cup of coffee with which to support the podcast and help me in producing more episodes and hosting interesting guests!
    Thank you so much.
    https://ko-fi.com/curatingconversation 

    • 56 min
    Memories and Visions live discussion with Georgina Saunders

    Memories and Visions live discussion with Georgina Saunders

    At the opening of The Rafiki Gallery’s latest exhibition ‘Memories & Visions’ (9 - 22 July 2021), guest host and London based writer Georgina Saunders, holds a discussion with exhibiting artists Rowan Rosie and David Ian Brown, with insight from gallery director Leo Sartain. 
     
    In this episode we start by exploring how the exhibition came to fruition as part of an unconventional gallery residency at the Upright Gallery in Edinburgh, and take a look at the many ways in which the concept of memories and visions applies to each artist’s practice. Later in the episode we dive into the processes and inspirations behind the work and begin to uncover the similarities and differences they share. Both working as abstract artists who experiment with colour, layering and textures, we draw out key influences of place and emotive connections, which filter into the viewer's experience and compliment each other within this intimate gallery space. 
    Thank you so much to Georgina for hosting and to Rowan and David for coming on the podcast.
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    You can find Georgina, Rowan and David on Instagram
    @georginamaysaunders
    @rowanrosiestudio
    @davidiainbrown

    Find all images discussed @Curatingconversation
    and The Rafiki Gallery @the_rafiki_gallery

    If you enjoy the podcast and would like to support, you can do so via Ko-Fi, which allows you to virtually donate the equivalent price to a cup of coffee with which to support the podcast and help me in producing more episodes and hosting interesting guests!
    Thank you so much.
    https://ko-fi.com/curatingconversation
     

    • 45 min
    Adam Dix

    Adam Dix

    This week's episode see's Leo in conversation with contemporary British artist Adam Dix.
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    Adam Dix is a London based painter, who's work evolves around our collective relationship with technology, communication and ritual. He graduated from Wimbledon School of Art's MA programme in 2009
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    Adam grew up with a father who was a painter and jazz musician and a mother who works in TV. This combination meant he was exposed to both creative and technological stimuli from a young age. Rather than going straight into Fine Art, Adam instead chose to become an illustrator before finally deciding to give in to his desires and attend art school to explore his artistic talents.
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    Forever interested in by tech and sci-fi, Adam's favourite books and films often fall into these categories, in turn inspiring his artistic output. Influenced by how society's methods of communication have adapted as times have changed, there are often scenes of rituals and vestiges of forgotten monuments of communication in his paintings. His painterly process is long and laborious, with layers and glazes added to built up his soft, hazy images.
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    During our chat, we discussed Adam's introduction to the world of television and technology, his route to becoming an artist, how Paolozzi inspired him to persevere and how his work relates to the world we live in. His art seems ahead of its time, yet is made up of images inspired by an imagined past and invented future.
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    Thank you so much to Adam for coming on the podcast.
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    You can find Adam on Instagram
    @adammdix
    and his website

    Find all images discussed @Curatingconversation
    and The Rafiki Gallery @the_rafiki_gallery

    If you enjoy the podcast and would like to support, you can do so via Ko-Fi, which allows you to virtually donate the equivalent price to a cup of coffee with which to support the podcast and help me in producing more episodes and hosting interesting guests!
    Thank you so much.
    https://ko-fi.com/curatingconversation 

    • 55 min
    Anna Choutova & Flora Bradwell, Bad Art

    Anna Choutova & Flora Bradwell, Bad Art

    This week's episode see's Leo in conversation with the fabulous duo Anna Choutova and Flora Bradwell, the team behind Bad Art Presents.
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    Anna Choutova is a visual artist and curator working and studying in London. She is currently studying for an MFA in Painting at Slade School of Fine Art, after graduating with a First Class Honours with a BA in Painting from Brighton University in 2015
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    Flora Bradwell is an artist and curator whose playful, generously grotesque practice encompasses painting, sculpture, installation, performance and moving image. Flora has exhibited internationally and collaborated in curating site responsive projects, performance events and exhibitions across the UK.
    She undertook a BA in Fine Art painting at  City & Guilds of London Art School, from 2007 - 2009 and is currently undertaking a further MFA in Fine Art at Slade School of Art.
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    Bad Art is a curatorial project founded in 2016 by Anna, with Flora latterly joining as co-director. With an aim to challenge the contemporary art world through transgressive exhibitions that offer a different way of interacting with art.  Their shows are a reaction & protest against the hushed silence, white-walled gallery experience. 
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    During our chat, we discussed the backgrounds to each of their artistic practices, along with how the two crossed paths and their friendship developed. Topics discussed include the role of text in art spaces, the importance of understanding why artists create and their joint desires to create spaces that remove the stale air from art. I dubbed the project a 'multi-sensory, art fuelled wonderland of fantasma'.
    We even got a glimpse into their new Berlin project, 'Hot Air', which will be happening later in 2021.
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    Thank you so much to Anna and Flora for coming on the podcast.
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    You can find Anna and Flora on Instagram
    @Annachoutova1
    @florabradwellart
    and Bad Art
    @Badartpresents

    Find all images discussed @Curatingconversation
    and The Rafiki Gallery @the_rafiki_gallery

    If you enjoy the podcast and would like to support, you can do so via Ko-Fi, which allows you to virtually donate the equivalent price to a cup of coffee with which to support the podcast and help me in producing more episodes and hosting interesting guests!
    Thank you so much.
    https://ko-fi.com/curatingconversation 

    • 1h 1m
    Aubrey Higgin

    Aubrey Higgin

    This week's episode see's Leo in conversation with artist and collector Aubrey Higgin
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    Aubrey Higgin is an artist and collector based between London and the West Midlands. He completed his BA studies in Art and History of Art at The University of Reading, graduating in 2017.
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    Aubrey was first introduced to art from his Grandmother, who would routinely sit him down to paint with watercolours alongside her. It seems this early foray into art stuck with him as he pursued art throughout school and on to University. Aubrey's journey hasn't been smooth sailing, illness struck while at University and he was left bedbound for over a year. Art took on a healing and restorative role for him, something that imbues his paintings with a joy and life-affirming positivity that is wonderful to behold.
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    Forever fascinated by nature, Aubrey's work often depicts waterlilies and waves. Far from his watercolour beginnings, his work is now completed in hugely thick strokes of impasto oil paint, with his work regularly being inches thick. His most recent body of work has been pressing into a more abstract corner, fuelled by his desire to distil the landscape onto the canvas.
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    During our chat, we discussed Aubrey's artistic practice, from drawing cats for dates in the playground to being influenced by Gerhard Richter and showing work in multiple galleries nationwide. We also got onto Aubrey's role as a collector, mulling over the important role collectors play in the fabric of the arts and even which artists he thinks you should be collecting too!
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    Thank you so much to Aubrey for coming on the podcast.
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    You can find Aubrey on Instagram
    @aubreyhiggin_art


    Find all images discussed @Curatingconversation
    and The Rafiki Gallery @the_rafiki_gallery

    If you enjoy the podcast and would like to support, you can do so via Ko-Fi, which allows you to virtually donate the equivalent price to a cup of coffee with which to support the podcast and help me in producing more episodes and hosting interesting guests!
    Thank you so much.
    https://ko-fi.com/curatingconversation 

    • 1h
    Caroline Gormley, Made In Paisley

    Caroline Gormley, Made In Paisley

    This week's episode see's Leo in conversation with artist and arts facilitator Caroline Gormley
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    Caroline Gormley is a Scottish artist, based in Paisley. She studied art at Glasgow Kelvin College, obtaining a 1st class degree, before starting up Made In Paisley alongside artist Alexander Guy.
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    Caroline's route into art was not a direct one, having been a carer from the age of 12 she has spent most of her life looking after others and only at the age of 40 did she decide to apply for art school. Her journey since then has been one of positivity and community, sparked by her meeting Alexander Guy.
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    Made In Paisley is an arts studio that offers art classes to children and adults. Through learning how to handle paint, it offers the opportunity for many people to encounter creativity, form a community and take a break from the stress of the outside world. Paisley is known for its industrial heritage as much as for the textile production of the same name, but within this is a beating heart of creativity that can be seen alive and well within Caroline and Alexander's community.
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    During our chat, we discussed Caroline's early years and how she eventually followed the artistic calling that was always there.  We talked about the hardships and pains of painting, alongside the joy and freedom it can bring. Within all this we considered the motives behind her own personal artistic style and the importance of being true to oneself.
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    Thank you so much to Caroline for coming on the podcast.
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    You can find Caroline and Made in Paisley on Instagram at
    @caroline_gormley
    and @made_in_paisley


    Find all images discussed @Curatingconversation
    and The Rafiki Gallery @the_rafiki_gallery

    If you enjoy the podcast and would like to support, you can do so via Ko-Fi, which allows you to virtually donate the equivalent price to a cup of coffee with which to support the podcast and help me in producing more episodes and hosting interesting guests!
    Thank you so much.
    https://ko-fi.com/curatingconversation 

    • 52 min