22 episodes

A fortnightly arts review podcast with an accessible approach. Art lovers and keen exhibition goers, we aim to open up fresh conversations on London's current art shows. Usually over a glass of wine... We're basically a book group, but we discuss art exhibitions instead of books. Hosts: Laura Lennard, Caz Murray and Vikki KosmalskaSpecial thanks to Nat Witts for our awesome jingle; and to Jonny Lennard, our brilliant Editor.

The Artcast The Artcast

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    • 4.7 • 32 Ratings

A fortnightly arts review podcast with an accessible approach. Art lovers and keen exhibition goers, we aim to open up fresh conversations on London's current art shows. Usually over a glass of wine... We're basically a book group, but we discuss art exhibitions instead of books. Hosts: Laura Lennard, Caz Murray and Vikki KosmalskaSpecial thanks to Nat Witts for our awesome jingle; and to Jonny Lennard, our brilliant Editor.

    Episode 2: Steve McQueen at the Tate Modern

    Episode 2: Steve McQueen at the Tate Modern

    Episode 2: Steve McQueen at the Tate Modern discussed by Caz Murray, Vikki Kosmalska and Laura Lennard

    Join us discussing the major Tate retrospective of the artist and film director Steve McQueen.
    The only person ever to win an Oscar and a Turner Prize, McQueen is a prolific video artist and film director. This exhibition focuses on his video art work from 1999 to the present day. 
    Join Vikki, Caz and Laura to hear this week’s review and if you like what you hear please rate, review and subscribe!
    If you want to email us, we would love to hear from you: helloartcast@gmail.com And you can follow us on instagram: @theartcast 
    Our wonderful editor Jonny Lennard has also launched his own podcast The Old Boys Book Club. It's not about art, but we highly recommend you give it a listen. Available on all major podcast platforms and you can find them on insta here: @theoldboysbookclub.  
    Last, but not least - thank you to the incredible Nat Witts for our jazzy jingle and Jonny for his amazing editing.

    • 41 min
    Episode 1: Radical Figures at The Whitechapel Gallery

    Episode 1: Radical Figures at The Whitechapel Gallery

    Episode 1: Radical Figures at The Whitechapel Gallery, discussed by Laura Lennard, Caz Murray and Vikki Kosmalska

    The Whitechapel Gallery is looking to overturn art criticism’s 1980s declaration that ‘painting is dead’.


    The gallery has presented a case for painting’s ‘radical’ relevance within the contemporary art canon, showcasing the work of 10 painters of varied nationalities and styles to make their point.


    But did our intrepid reviewers, Caz and Vikki, buy either painting’s relevance or it’s radicalism?


    The exhibition got us questioning: what does it truly mean to be radical? What can painting as a medium bring the contemporary viewer that other mediums of art cannot? Is it even appropriate to suggest painting is dead in the first place?


    In other news we share a cautionary tale about getting too close to artworks (largely for Vikki’s benefit) and keen readers will have already clocked that the Artcast team is a trio once more.


    Join Vikki, Caz and Laura to hear this week’s review and if you like what you hear please rate, review and subscribe!




    If you want to email us, we would love to hear from you: helloartcast@gmail.com And you can follow us on instagram: @theartcast Our wonderful editor Jonny Lennard has also launched his own podcast The Old Boys Book Club. It's not about art, but we highly recommend you give it a listen. Available on all major podcast platforms and you can find them on insta here: @theoldboysbookclub.  Last but not least - thank you to the incredible Nat Witts for our jazzy jingle and Jonny for his amazing editing. 

    • 38 min
    Episode 4: Dora Maar at the Tate Modern

    Episode 4: Dora Maar at the Tate Modern

    Episode 4: Dora Maar at the Tate Modern discussed by Vikki Kosmalska and Caz Murray. 

    For our final episode of series 4 we delve into the world of photographer, painter and poet Dora Maar. History has remembered Maar primarily for being the muse and lover of Picasso and the full breath of her artistic output has only been recognised since her death in 1997. 

    This exhibition is re-writing her back into the artistic canon, shining a light on her innovative and varied photographic practice, her influential role in the Surrealist movement and how she collaborated (and influenced) her better know peers. 

    For Art News, we cover the recent decision to award The Turner Prize to 4 artists. Wider opinion on this is mixed and we discuss what means in the current climate and implications for The Turner Prize in future. 

    Thank you so much to everyone who has tuned in this season (and this year!) If you like what you hear please rate, review and subscribe. 

    If you want to email us, we would love to hear from you: helloartcast@gmail.com

    And you can follow us on instagram: @theartcast

    Our wonderful editor Jonny Lennard has also launched his own podcast The Old Boys Book Club. It's not about art, but we highly recommend you give it a listen. Available on all major podcast platforms and you can find them on insta here: @theoldboysbookclub. 

    Last but not least - thank you to the incredible Nat Witts for our jazzy jingle and Jonny for his amazing editing. 

    Merry Christmas from The Artcast and see you in the New Year (and new decade) for more chats about art!

    • 40 min
    Episode 3: Lucian Freud, The Self Portraits at The Royal Academy

    Episode 3: Lucian Freud, The Self Portraits at The Royal Academy

    Episode 3: Lucian Freud: The Self Portraits at The Royal Academy discussed by Vikki Kosmalska and Caz Murray
    We head back to the Royal Academy to take on Lucian Freud. Renowned the world over for his figurative paintings, his distinctive painting style and his ability to render human skin, this exhibition takes a different tack and explores his artistic development through self portraits he created throughout his career. 
    Safe to say our reactions to this exhibition weren’t what we were expecting. We discuss how accessible this exhibition is, whether we would recommended it and what we discovered (or didn’t) about Freud along the way. 
    For Art News, we cover a story about the Italian Ministry of Culture who have got themselves in some hot water by not doing their homework and leasing a 13th Century Monastery to some rather unsavory tenants. 
    Thank you so much for listening, if you like was you hear, please rate, review and subscribe!
    The Artcast love getting a bit of correspondence, so if you have any feedback or want to ask a question for the “Ask the Artcast’ feature, get in touch at helloartcast@gmail.com. 
    DM of follow us on Instagram: @theartcast
    Thank you, as always, to the incredible Nat Witts for our jingle, and to the brilliant Jonny Lennard for our editing (and for our question this week). 

    • 36 min
    Episode 2: Bridget Riley at the Hayward Gallery

    Episode 2: Bridget Riley at the Hayward Gallery

    Episode 2: Bridget Riley at The Hayward Gallery discussed by Vikki Kosmalska and Caz Murray on until the 26th of January. 
    This episode we take on Op Art heavy weight Bridget Riley, best known for her meticulous geometric paintings where things are not what they seem. This exhibition somewhat divided opinion in team Artcast - are her paintings simply optical illusions that hurt your eyes or is there a deeper meaning in her work? Listen to us debate our different reactions and don't worry, unlike the current political climate we are in, we keep it civil! 
    For Art News, we cover the recent announcement about the extensive refurbishment of The National Portrait Gallery and the potential impact of it’s upcoming 3 year closure.   
    Thank you so much for listening, if you like what you hear, please rate, review and subscribe!
    The Artcast love getting a bit of correspondence, so if you have any feedback or want to ask a question for the “Ask the Artcast’ feature, get in touch as helloartcast@gmail.com. 
    DM of follow us on Instagram: @theartcast
    Thank you, as always, to the incredible Nat Witts for our jingle, and to the brilliant Jonny Lennard for our editing. 

    • 38 min
    Episode 1: Antony Gormley at the Royal Academy of Arts

    Episode 1: Antony Gormley at the Royal Academy of Arts

    Episode 1: Antony Gormley at The Royal Academy of Arts discussed by Vikki Kosmalska and Caz Murray.

    The Artcast has returned for another series and we are excited to be taking you through our top picks of exhibitions this Autumn season - we’ve got some treats in store for you! 


    First up is the internationally renowned sculptor Antony Gormley currently on at the Royal Academy. This exhibition features instillations created especially for the space, his early work and a glimpse into his sketch books. Exploring the human form, human existence and bringing us back to basics (in a good way) this exhibition did not disappoint and gave us a lot to ponder. 


    For Art News, we cover recommendations from researchers on what pose we should be striking on our insta feeds and also how the ever impending Brexit is affecting the art world.  


    Thank you so much for listening, if you like was you hear, please rate review and subscribe!


    The Artcast love getting a bit of correspondence, so if you have any feedback or want to ask a question for the “Ask the Artcast’ feature, get in touch as helloartcast@gmail.com. 


    DM of follow us on Instagram: @theartcast


    Thank you, as always, to the incredible Nat Witts for our jingle, and to the brilliant Jonny Lennard for our editing. 

    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
32 Ratings

32 Ratings

PandN100_ ,

Keeps me cultured

Love this podcast. Makes me feel informed and cultured but not too heavy duty!

themaybepile ,

Unpretentious and engaging

Articulate, fun review show, subscribed!

clc_2018 ,

Such a brilliant podcast

Love this podcast! Really enjoyed the discussion which is lively, chatty and interesting but at the same time gave me a lot to think about. It’s inspired me to get out to more exhibitions.

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