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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

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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.

    Larry Achiampong

    Larry Achiampong

    New Talk Art!!! Russell & Robert meet leading artist Larry Achiampong (b. 1984, UK). Larry Achiampong's solo and collaborative projects employ imagery, aural and visual archives, live performance and sound to explore ideas surrounding class, cross-cultural and post-digital identity.


    With works that examine his communal and personal heritage – in particular, the intersection between pop culture and the postcolonial position, Achiampong crate-digs the vaults of history. These investigations examine constructions of ‘the self’ by splicing the audible and visual materials of personal and interpersonal archives, offering multiple perspectives that reveal entrenched socio-political contradictions in contemporary society.


    Achiampong has exhibited, performed and presented projects within the UK and abroad including Tate Britain/Modern, London; The Institute For Creative Arts, Cape Town; The British Film Institute, London; David Roberts Art Foundation, London; Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen; Bokoor African Popular Music Archives Foundation, Accra; Logan Center Exhibitions, Chicago; Prospect New Orleans, New Orleans; Diaspora Pavilion – 57th Venice Biennale, Venice; and Somerset House, London. Achiampong’s recent residencies include Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle; Praksis, Oslo; The British Library/Sound & Music, London; Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge; and Primary, Nottingham and Somerset House Studios (London).


    Achiampong is a Jarman Award nominated artist (2018) and completed a BA in Mixed Media Fine Art at University of Westminster in 2005 and an MA in Sculpture at The Slade School of Fine Art in 2008. In 2020 Achiampong was awarded the Stanley Picker fellow and in 2019 received the Paul Hamlyn Artist award in recognition for his practice. He lives and works in Essex, and has been a tutor on the Photography MA programme at Royal College of Art since 2016. Achiampong currently serves on the Board of Trustees at Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts) facilitating art policies in the UK and internationally and also holds a place on the board of trustees for Elephant Trust and is represented by C Ø P P E R F I E L D.
     
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    • 1 hr 22 min
    Charlie Porter

    Charlie Porter

    Russell & Robert chat to leading writer Charlie Porter from his home in East London to discuss his new book What Artists Wear.


    Most of us live our lives in our clothes without realizing their power. But in the hands of artists, garments reveal themselves. They are pure tools of expression, storytelling, resistance and creativity: canvases on which to show who we really are. In What Artists Wear, style luminary Charlie Porter takes us on an invigorating, eye-opening journey through the iconic outfits worn by artists, in the studio, on stage, at work, at home and at play. From Yves Klein's spotless tailoring to the kaleidoscopic costumes of Yayoi Kusama and Cindy Sherman; from Andy Warhol's signature denim to Charlotte Prodger's casualwear, Porter's roving eye picks out the magical, revealing details in the clothes he encounters, weaving together a new way of understanding artists, and of dressing ourselves. Part love letter, part guide to chic, and featuring generous photographic spreads, What Artists Wear is both a manual and a manifesto, a radical, gleeful, inspiration to see the world anew-and find greater pleasure and possibility in the clothes we all wear.


    Charlie Porter is a writer, fashion critic, art curator and lecturer in Fashion at the University of Westminster. He has contributed to titles such as Financial Times, Guardian, New York Times, GQ, Luncheon, i-D and Fantastic Man, and has been described as one of the most influential fashion journalists of his time. He was a juror for the Turner Prize in 2019, and lives in London. Follow @TheCharliePorter on Instagram. His book is available from Artwords in East London and The Margate Bookshop, Kent and all good stores!


    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 22 min
    Rachel Feinstein

    Rachel Feinstein

    Season 10 continues with another INSPIRING guest!! Russell & Robert meet leading artist RACHEL FEINSTEIN from her studio in New York to discuss three decades of her artwork in sculpture, painting, drawing, performance and video.


    In this 1 hour 30 minutes special episode, we discuss Rachel’s vivid childhood memories growing up in Miami, her early sculptures (including jewellery moulded from intimate parts of her body) and the influence of mentors such as Kiki Smith, Ursula von Rydingsvard, and Judy Pfaff. We explore the legacy and timeless relevance of fairytales and the way her work encompasses the richness and complexity of a woman’s lifetime and the strong connection between her drawings and sculptures.


    In richly detailed sculptures and multipart installations, Rachel Feinstein investigates and challenges the concept of luxury as expressed in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Europe, in the context of contemporary parallels. By synthesizing visual and societal opposites such as romance and pornography, elegance and kitsch, and the marvellous and the banal, she explores issues of taste and desire.


    We strongly recommend buying Rachel Feinstein's major monograph, published by Rizzoli (Click here to order). Look back at Rachel Feinstein's recent museum exhibition 'Maiden, Mother, Crone' by visiting The Jewish Museum's website (click here) and learn more at her gallery Gagosian's dedicated page. Follow @RachelFeinsteinStudio and @Gagosian on Instagram.


    We are SO excited to be back for series 10!! We decided to start it sooner because so many of you have been messaging us and we didn't want to leave you without new episodes!!! We will be with you for the rest of the summer and beyond!!! Also, don't forget to catch up on over 130 one-hour earlier episodes from the Talk Art podcast Seasons 1-9, our treasured archive of creative thinking.


    TALK ART BOOK is OUT NOW! Visit Waterstone's or The Margate Bookshop to buy our brand new book in the UK or Amazon or Bookshop.org in USA & Canada. Full list of links in our Linktree: https://linktr.ee/TalkArt


    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 29 min
    Oliver Hemsley

    Oliver Hemsley

    For our second episode of all-new Season TEN, Russell & Robert meet artist OLIVER HEMSLEY from his studio in Suffolk!!! Warning: this episode features very strong language!


    We explore the joys of being a dog parent, his adoration for gay creative heroes Alan Bennett, David Hockney and Keith Haring, studying at St Martins and his early passion for drawing. We discuss the unprovoked attack in which he was stabbed after a night out dancing at the Joiner’s Arms, his resulting paralysis and the long journey to relearning how to draw and making art. We learn about the charity Art Against Knives he helped to found, starting with an exhibition organised by Oliver’s friends and fellow Central Saint Martins’ students to raise money and awareness a year after he was attacked. The event gained support from some of the biggest names in art and fashion with work donated by Antony Gormley, Tracey Emin, Wolfgang Tillmans and Banksy amongst others. We discover his long friendship with Gilbert & George, who collect his work and are his biggest fans, his admiration for Barbara Hepworth’s hospital drawings and the works of Lubaina Himid, Paul Rego, Tracey Emin and Francis Bacon …AND SO MUCH MORE!!!!


    Follow @OliverHemsley on Instagram! Visit Oliver's official website at www.oliverhemsley.co.uk Learn more about the Art Against Knives charity at their website: www.artagainstknives.com


    We are SO excited to be back for series 10!! We decided to start it sooner because so many of you have been messaging us and we didn't want to leave you without new episodes!!! We will be with you for the rest of the summer and beyond!!! Also, don't forget to catch up on over 130 one-hour earlier episodes from the Talk Art podcast Seasons 1-9, our treasured archive of creative thinking.


    TALK ART BOOK is OUT NOW! Visit Waterstone's or The Margate Bookshop to buy our brand new book in the UK or Amazon or Bookshop.org in USA & Canada. Full list of links in our Linktree: https://linktr.ee/TalkArt


    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 41 min
    Olivia Laing (Live at Hay Festival)

    Olivia Laing (Live at Hay Festival)

    TALK ART SEASON TEN!!!!! We're back... and what a WONDERFUL guest we have to kick start this new series!!! Russell & Robert meet Olivia Laing, acclaimed writer and critic!!!!! Recorded live from the Hay Festival 2021 with R&R on stage in Hay on Wye, Wales and Olivia on satellite link-up from her home in London.


    We discuss Olivia's extraordinary book Funny Weather. In this remarkable, inspiring collection of essays, Olivia Laing makes a brilliant case for why art matters, especially in the turbulent political weather of the 21st century. Funny Weather brings together a career’s worth of Laing’s writing about art and culture, examining its role in our political and emotional lives. She profiles Jean-Michel Basquiat and Georgia O’Keefe, interviews Hilary Mantel and Ali Smith, writes love letters to David Bowie and Freddie Mercury, and explores loneliness and technology, women and alcohol, sex and the body. 
    With characteristic originality and compassion, she celebrates art as a force of resistance and repair, an antidote to a frightening political time.We’re often told art can’t change anything. Laing argues that it can. It changes how we see the world. It makes plain inequalities and it offers fertile new ways of living.


    Follow @OliviaLanguage on Instagram! Visit Olivia's official website at https://www.OliviaLaing.com/ and buy her many books from The Margate Bookshop! Please support your local bookshop. BIG THANKS to the team at Hay Festival, learn more about their genius festival at https://www.HayFestival.org/


    We are SO excited to be back for series 10!! We decided to start it sooner because so many of you have been messaging us and we didn't want to leave you without new episodes!!! We will be with you for the rest of the summer and beyond!!! Also, don't forget to catch up on over 130 one-hour earlier episodes from the Talk Art podcast Seasons 1-9, our treasured archive of creative thinking.


    TALK ART BOOK is OUT NOW! Visit Waterstone's or The Margate Bookshop to buy our brand new book in the UK or Amazon or Bookshop.org in USA & Canada. Full list of links in our Linktree: https://linktr.ee/TalkArt


    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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    • 49 min
    Joe Lycett

    Joe Lycett

    It's the Talk Art SEASON 9 FINALE!!??!! And what a GENIUS guest we have for you!!! We meet artist, comedian and all-round national treasure JOE LYCETT, aka Hugo Boss, aka Mummy!!!


    We discuss his love of making art, Grayson’s Art Club, Birmingham, Alan Sugar, his friendship with fellow artist/comedian Harry Hill and unnecessary words for describing garden produce! We learn about his artistic parents - mother Helen who encouraged and shares Joe’s passion for painting and his father who creates lino prints and illustrations, we explore Joe's interest in graphic design and how he began to create sculptures. We introduce Joe to Stella Vine’s work whilst discovering his favourite artists including Mr Bingo, Foka Wolf, David Shrigley and his god daughter who is fast becoming a great artist and poet!!! We hear of his joy making limited edition prints and his customer service skills posting them out to his loving public!!!


    Follow @JoeLycett on Instagram! Visit Joe's official website including his limited edition prints shop https://joelycett.com/ and find out how to get tickets for his 2022 UK tour 'MORE MORE MORE'!


    Thanks for listening to Season 9!!! We are taking a few weeks break but will return for Season 10 this Summer. We've already been recordings some fascinating new episodes for YOU!!! In the meantime, be sure to catch up on over 130 one-hour episodes from the Talk Art podcast, our treasured archive of creative thinking.


    TALK ART BOOK is OUT NOW! Visit Waterstone's or The Margate Bookshop to buy our brand new book in the UK or Amazon or Bookshop.org in USA & Canada. Full list of links in our Linktree: https://linktr.ee/TalkArt


    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 11 min

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