Bow Down is a podcast about significant women artists from the past, hosted by Jennifer Higgie, editor at large at Frieze.
Women have been expressing themselves since the beginning of time. Yet, ask around and you’ll find that most people struggle to name even one non-male artist from before the 20th century. For each 20-minute episode, Jennifer invites an artist, writer, historian or curator to nominate an artist to whom we should all … well, bow down.
Subscribe to learn more about these radical women, all of whom made – and continue to make – the world a more interesting place.
Lianne La Havas on Frida Kahlo
For this special episode of Bow Down, Jennifer Higgie talks to the brilliant singer and songwriter Lianne La Havas about the influence of art – and in particular, Frida Kahlo – on her life and work.
Dame Magdalene Odundo on Ladi Kwali
The renowned ceramic artist Dame Magdalene Odundo discusses the life and work of the influential Nigerian potter Ladi Kwali, who taught Odundo in the early 1970s and who face adorns the Nigerian 20 Naira bill.
Sally Smart on Bessie Davidson
The artist Sally Smart discusses the life and work of the Australian post-Impressionist artist Bessie Davidson – Smart’s great, great aunt – who migrated to Paris from Adelaide in the early 20th-century.
Duro Oluwo on Emma Amos
The fashion designer and curator Duro Olowu discusses the life and work of the American artist and activist Emma Amos, who was the only woman to join the radical African American art collective, Spiral, which was co-founded by Romare Bearden in 1963.
Alison Goldfrapp on Leonora Carrington
The musician and artist Alison Goldfrapp discusses the life and work of the trailblazing British / Mexican surrealist painter and author, Leonora Carrington, who was born in 1917 in the UK and emigrated to Mexico in the 1940s.
Amalia Pica on Lola Mora
The artist Amalia Pica discusses the life and work of the 19th-century Argentinean neo-classicist sculptor and inventor, Lola Mora, who trained in Rome and created one of the best-known fountains in Buenos Aires.
Fascinating and inspiring
Such a gift of a podcast, I listen to it whilst working and am constantly inspired by the interesting content. Only wish the episodes were a bit longer.
Love the content, the interviewer and the duration - pretty much perfect as a podcast 🙏🏻
Very enjoyable and much in need. Is art education in schools and art colleges catching up too? Intro music is lovely too. I hope there’s many more to come.