"Art Focus, Spoken" is a soulful podcast featuring the voices of emerging artists, for creative listeners and communities across the globe. Amid Covid-19, our podcast series “Creating through Crisis,” shares the unique and inspiring journeys of becoming professional artists. Each episode shares stories of resilience, growth, and honest conversations in together, making sense of this new normal, seeing the silver lining in situations, and creating sparks of inspiration along the way.
Beyond Codes and Aesthetics: Curating Art-Science Collaborations | Art Focus, Spoken.
Delighted to introduce Beyond Codes and Aesthetics, a new podcast series from Art Focus that explores innovative art-science collaborations that engage with society. This series offers an in-depth look from the perspective of artists, curators, and scientists into the realms of art and science and how they come together to create unexpectedly interesting sparks.
For its first-ever episode, we spoke with art historian, curator, and digital communicator, Kimberly Glassman to discuss the fascinating intersections of art and science in exhibitions, digital outreach projects, and art residencies at scientific research institutes. The Montreal born, Oxford based art historian has curated several interdisciplinary exhibitions, founded the Diversifying Academia research residency at Concordia, and the Interrogating Art-Science Relationship conference at University of Oxford. She has worked at the McCord Museum, the Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling, the SBC Gallery of Contemporary Art, the Museum of Jewish Montreal, the Convergence Initiative, and the North Wall Art Centre. Kim obtained her BFA in Art History and Psychology at Concordia University and completed her Master of Studies in History of Art and Visual Culture at the University of Oxford. Working with Pissarro Family Archives at the Ashmolean Museum, Kim has investigated the Post-Impressionist use of Chevreulian colour theory. She will continue to explore this area of research in a PhD at Queen Mary University London.
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Creating Through Crisis with Oliver Pauk | Art Focus, Spoken.
On this episode we spoke with Toronto based artist Oliver Pauk. Oliver's work centres around photographic, sculptural, and video-based elements straddling the boundary between physical and digital art. Oliver's work has been featured in exhibitions such as Volta 12 Basel; Mercer Union; Art Gallery of Ontario; Angell Gallery; Patrick Mikhail Gallery; Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF); Gardiner Museum, etc. Oliver is also the Founder and Co-director of Akin, which started as a shared studio space in Toronto 12 years ago to keep rent prices down and create a sense of community for artists in the city. Today, Akin has 9 locations, serving over 300 artists in Toronto. We speak with Oliver about his journey as an artist and social entrepreneur and what it has been like for an art organisation and artist collective amidst Covid-19.
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Creating Through Crisis with Lillian Liu | Art Focus, Spoken.
A fun and insightful conversation with Vancouver and Europe based creative fine art photographer and pianist Lillian Liu. Lillian shares how she brings immersive stories to life in her photoshoot processes, key skills for nurturing passions into a profession, and merging photography and music to inspire each other. Notable features of her work includes Vogue Taiwan and Marie Claire Taiwan. Lillian has a Masters degree in classical performance from the Royal College of Music in London, and is a full time teacher and collaborator with other artists.
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Creating Through Crisis with Katherine Boxall | Art Focus, Spoken.
A motivational and fun conversation with North Carolina based Canadian artist Katherine Boxall. Katherine shares her journey on how she set priorities to achieve her goals as a full-time artist and leveraged social media for her art practice to develop honest connections after moving to new cities. Katherine received her MFA at San Francisco Art Institute and her BFA from Queen's University with international exchange at the University of New South Wales Art & Design. Katherine has exhibited her work in solo and group exhibitions in Canada, Australia and the United States. She is a recipient of the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation artist grant.
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Creating Through Crisis with Raine Storey | Art Focus, Spoken.
An uplifting conversation of resilience through adversity with London based Canadian Artist, Raine Storey. Raine opens up about her journey in becoming a full-time artist after recovering from emergency open heart surgery. She speaks about overcoming physical and mental health challenges to focus on her passion. Her story and attitude towards life as reflected in her artwork is deeply inspiring.
As the founder of Raine Storey Illustration, Raine's professional art career has taken her all over the world, receiving awards, exhibiting, and selling to private collectors. Raine completed her BFA as a Loran Scholar at Queen’s University. She has completed her WSET level two through Berry Bros & Rudd's wine courses and is a member of the Royal Society of the Arts.
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Creating Through Crisis with Bella Kotak | Art Focus, Spoken.
A fun and honest conversation with UK and US based Fairytale and Fashion Photographer, Bella Kotak on building your brand name, owning your work, social media for artists, and how to make a sustainable career from you passion.
Bella is the founder of The Color Lab and the ambassador for PhaseOne, SmugMug, Canson Paper, and Vanguard. Her work has been featured in exhibitions in New York, London, and Paris. Inspired by fairytales and nature, Bella’s storytelling pictures lift the veil of the overlooked and reminds us that there’s magic in the most ordinary of spaces and beauty in every face.
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