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A podcast brought to you by the global publisher of beautiful books on art, photography, design, fashion and more.

    Podcast: How to slay your creative demons and have fun doing it

    Podcast: How to slay your creative demons and have fun doing it

    Writers, artists, designers, musicians, filmmakers and more – creatives of all stripes know the perils of creative demons. Whether it’s self-doubt, fear of failure or procrastination, the challenges can seem insurmountable. In this episode, Richard Holman, author of 'Creative Demons and How to Slay Them', shares unexpected antidotes and practical tips to help unleash your creativity, including surprising techniques from the likes of Michelangelo, Margaret Atwood, Maggi Hambling and more.

    • 36 min
    Versace Catwalk with Tim Blanks

    Versace Catwalk with Tim Blanks

    In this episode, Central Saint Martins student Ayo Ojo sits down with ‘Versace Catwalk’ author Tim Blanks, offering an inside look at the world of Versace – from the house’s opulent collections to its most iconic moments, and the brand’s celebrity fans.

    • 24 min
    The Kingdoms at the Centre of the Earth: From The Sister Who Ate Her Brothers by Jen Campbell

    The Kingdoms at the Centre of the Earth: From The Sister Who Ate Her Brothers by Jen Campbell

    In 'The Sister Who Ate Her Brothers', Jen Campbell’s collection of terrifying stories, fourteen of the most gruesome fairy tales from around the world are re-told for contemporary readers and restored to their original, grisly versions.

    Here, Jen reads 'The Kingdoms at the Centre of the Earth', just one of the delightfully grim tales from the book.

    • 8 min
    Sex work’s enthralling hidden history

    Sex work’s enthralling hidden history

    In this unmissable episode, writer Eliza Apperly speaks to Harlots, Whores & Hackabouts author Dr. Kate Lister, exploring the complex and compelling history of sex work from medieval London to the Moulin Rouge, ancient Greece to Edo Japan, and right up to the present day.

    In this wide-ranging and insightful conversation, Kate sheds light on the ‘pleasure quarters’ of Renaissance Italy, the wealthy courtesans of ancient Rome, and how royal mistress Nell Gwynne became one of England’s most powerful women.

    Giving long-overdue recognition to the truths of sex work, Kate explores historical and contemporary attempts to regulate the sale of sex, and spotlights landmark moments of revolt by sex workers, including the occupation of a Lyon church in 1975 – widely considered the birth of the sex workers’ rights movement.

    • 31 min
    What should an art museum be?

    What should an art museum be?

    In this unmissable episode, ‘The Art Museum in Modern Times’ author Charles Saumarez Smith takes us inside the world’s leading galleries, exploring the ‘Disneyfication’ of the art museum, how architecture influences art, the uniquely contemporary role of the museum café, and why COVID might have lasting impacts on curatorial creativity.

    As Former Director of the National Portrait Gallery and National Gallery, Charles Saumarez Smith is well-versed in the making of a museum. Here, he traces a profound evolution over the last several decades in how we experience art and what we think an art museum should be. Once acting as ‘public schoolrooms’ that prioritised education and linear display, art museums have undergone radical shifts in recent decades, making ‘a switch from coherence to exploration’.

    From more commercialised Western galleries like the Tate Modern, MoMa and the Guggenheim, to the Japanese museums centering reflection and serenity, Saumarez Smith explores key questions about these extraordinary spaces. How does the architecture of a museum shape its visitors’ experience of art? Can a building ever distract from the collection that it houses? And how will museums emerge from their current existential crisis?



    This episode was produced and presented by Eliza Apperly and edited by Benjamin Nash.

    • 28 min
    Abstract Art: A Global History: 'Not your grandfather’s history of art'

    Abstract Art: A Global History: 'Not your grandfather’s history of art'

    In this unforgettable episode, writer Eliza Apperly joins in conversation with Pepe Karmel, art history professor and author of ‘Abstract Art: A Global History’, and Kyla McDonald, curator and art historian. Together they embark on a myth-exploding mission through the history of abstraction.

    Abstract art, Pepe argues, did not unfold as a neat sequence of ‘isms’, as art history textbooks might have us suppose. The truth, he explains, is bolder, messier, and has much more to do with the real-life experiences of artists. This truer history also includes the work of artists who, because of gender and racial bias, have been traditionally overlooked, undervalued and othered. 'Abstract Art: A Global History' shines a light on some of the extraordinary women artists and artists of colour who are finally getting their due.

    This episode was produced and presented by Eliza Apperly and edited by Benjamin Nash.

    • 22 min

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