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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.
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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.
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    Caroline Walker

    Caroline Walker

    Talk Art is back for SEASON 13!!!! Woohooo!!!
    We meet leading artist Caroline Walker.
    Walker’s paintings reveal the diverse social, cultural and economic experiences of women living in contemporary society. Drawing on her own photographic source material, Walker provides a unique window into the everyday lives of women. 
    Blurring the boundary between objectivity and lived experience, Walker highlights often overlooked jobs performed by women and the psychologically charged spaces they inhabit. Walker explains: “The subject of my paintings in its broadest sense is women’s experience, whether that is the imagined interior life of a glimpsed shop worker, a closely observed portrayal of my mother working in the family home, or women I’ve had the privilege of spending time with in their place of work. From the anonymous to the highly personal, what links all these subjects is an investigation of an experience which is specifically female.”
    Caroline Walker was born in 1982 in Dunfermline, Scotland. She lives and works in London.
    Blurring the boundary between objectivity and lived experience, the artist highlights often overlooked jobs performed by women and the psychologically charged spaces they inhabit.
    Previously encompassing locations such as Los Angeles, Palm Springs and the UK, Walker’s scenes hint at the complexity of her subjects’ lives whilst completely avoiding narrative resolution. Recent works have seen Walker cast her eye to her immediate surroundings in East London, reflecting on her wider community and the significance of encounters with anonymous individuals who are nevertheless integral to our daily existence. Often exploring the notion of ‘women’s work’, the artist captures specific spaces such as pharmacies, tailors, beauty salons, laboratories, bathhouses and modernist apartments.
    Walker presented a new body of large-scale paintings at the historic Fitzrovia Chapel in February 2022. The works were created following her residency at University College Hospital's maternity wing, during which the artist shadowed female midwives, nurses, doctors and cleaners. Sketches from the series were displayed by UCLH Arts at Street Gallery, London and the project was accompanied by an illustrated catalogue.Examples will also be included as part of a two-person presentation with Laura Knight at Nottingham Castle in March 2022.
    KM21, The Hague hosted ‘Windows’, a significant solo exhibition of the artist’s work in August 2021. An expansive show of Walker’s preparatory studies and large-scale paintings titled ‘Women’s Work’ opened in May 2021 at Midlands Art Centre (MAC), Birmingham, UK. She features in the Hayward Gallery touring exhibition ‘British Art Show 9’ in 2022. Walker’s first solo show at Stephen Friedman Gallery, London will take place in April 2022, focussing on the artist’s sister-in-law Lisa and her experience of motherhood. 
    Walker obtained an MA in painting from Royal College of Art, London in 2009 and a BA (Hons) from Glasgow School of Art in 2004. Walker is also represented by GRIMM, Amsterdam / New York and Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh.

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    • 1 hr 24 min
    Hew Locke

    Hew Locke

    Talk Art series 13 continues!!! We meet British sculptor and contemporary visual artist Hew Locke. The artist shares the inspiration behind his decades of work and reflects on the process of making his new and exciting large-scale installation 2022 Tate Britain Commission, The Procession.
    A procession is part and parcel of the cycle of life; people gather and move together to celebrate, worship, protest, mourn, escape or even to better themselves. This is the heart of this ambitious new project. The Procession invites visitors to ‘reflect on the cycles of history, and the ebb and flow of cultures, people and finance and power.’ Tate Britain’s founder was art lover and sugar refining magnate Henry Tate. In the installation Locke says he ‘makes links with the historical after-effects of the sugar business, almost drawing out of the walls of the building,’ also revisiting his artistic journey so far, including for example work with statues, share certificates, cardboard, rising sea levels, Carnival and the military.
    Throughout, visitors will see figures who travel through space and time. Here, they carry historical and cultural baggage, from evidence of global financial and violent colonial control embellished on their clothes and banners, alongside powerful images of some of the disappearing colonial architecture of Locke’s childhood in Guyana.
    The installation takes inspiration from real events and histories but overall, the figures invite us to walk alongside them, into an enlarged vision of an imagined future.
    "What I try to do in my work is mix ideas of attraction and ideas of discomfort – colourful and attractive, but strangely, scarily surreal at the same time." Hew Locke.
    Locke was born in Edinburgh, UK, in 1959; lived from 1966 to 1980 in Georgetown, Guyana; and is currently based in London.  He obtained a B.A. Fine Art in Falmouth (1988) and an M.A. Sculpture at the Royal College of Art, London (1994). In 2000 he won both a Paul Hamlyn Award and an East International Award.
    His work is represented in many collections including those of the The Government Art Collection, The Pérez Art Museum Miami, The Tate Gallery, The Arts Council of England, The National Trust, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, The Brooklyn Museum, New York, 21c, The New Art Gallery Walsall, The Victoria & Albert Museum, The Imperial War Museum, The British Museum and The Henry Moore Institute, Leeds.
    Follow @HewDJLocke on Instagram and visit his official website: http://www.hewlocke.net/
    Visit his galleries PPOW Gallery in New York and Hales Gallery in London. Learn more about his new installation at Tate, it's free to visit until 22nd January 2023: https://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-britain/hew-locke

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    • 1 hr 12 min
    Tracey Emin CBE

    Tracey Emin CBE

    Talk Art season 13 continues with an art icon!!! We meet leading artist Tracey Emin to discuss her return to her hometown of Margate, her new art school, her current solo exhibition in the town's Carl Freedman Gallery as well as a further new solo show in Edinburgh at Jupiter Artland.
    'A Journey To Death' is a comprehensive solo exhibition of new prints, large-scale monotypes and bronze sculptures. The show runs until 19th June 2022 and has been widely critically acclaimed. Free entry, and we strongly recommend visiting Margate for this extraordinary exhibition of new works.
    Tracey Emin’s first Scottish show since 2008, 'I Lay Here For You' opens on 28th May and runs until 2nd October. It offers an intimate encounter with love and hope set against the domestic architecture and informal woodland of Jupiter Artland. Imbued with connotations of both warmth and vulnerability, resonating with Tracey Emin’s belief of the ‘personal as political’ the exhibition will feature brand new work by the artist reflecting on the possibility of love after hardship.
    Tracey Emin’s participation in Jupiter Artland’s 2022 season begins with the unveiling I Lay Here For You, a six metre bronze sited personally by the artist in an old-growth beech grove. Larger than life, powerful and at ease, the sculpture presents a radically different view of woman’s place in nature, as well as creating a dialogue with the new work presented by the artist across Jupiter’s indoor gallery spaces.
    Tracey Emin, CBE, RA is a British artist known for her autobiographical and confessional artwork. Emin represented Great Britain at the 52nd Venice Biennale in 2007 and was appointed Professor of Drawing at the Royal Academy of Arts, London in 2011. She was awarded the honour of Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for her contributions to the visual arts in 2012. Tracey Emin’s art is one of disclosure, using her life events as inspiration for works ranging from painting, drawing, video and installation, to photography, needlework and sculpture.
    Emin reveals her hopes, humiliations, failures and successes in candid and, at times, excoriating work that is frequently both tragic and humorous. In 2020, a major solo exhibition entitled The Loneliness of the Soul, opened at the Royal Academy of Arts, London. The exhibition then toured to the new Munch Museum, Oslo in Summer 2021 to critical acclaim. This summer, Emin will unveil her largest artwork to date, The Mother, a permanent public commission for Oslo’s Museum Island. I Lay Here for You at Jupiter Artland will be Tracey Emin’s first solo exhibition in Scotland since her 2008 major retrospective at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in Edinburgh.
    Tracey Emin was born in 1963 in London. She currently lives and works between London, the South of France, and Margate, UK.
    Visit: www.carlfreedman.com and www.jupiterartland.org
    Follow on Instagram: @TraceyEminStudio, @CarlFreedmanGallery, @JupiterArtland
    Thanks for listening!!!

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    • 1 hr 26 min
    Jenna Gribbon

    Jenna Gribbon

    Talk Art RETURNS for Season 12!! Yes, TWELVE!!! Thanks for listening. We've recorded over 160 episodes so far and yet this new season still feels like the best yet!!!!
    For the first episode, we meet American artist Jenna Gribbon at her solo exhibition titled 'Light Holding', her first show for Massimo De Carlo gallery. Her paintings question the feelings and implications of seeing and being seen through their exploration of performative, constructed and real intimacy. We discuss Agnes Varda, Manet, queerness, painting, intimate portraits, Mary Cassatt, Athens (Georgia), Mackenzie Scott (Torres) and much more!
    Jenna's London solo exhibition 'Light Holding' is now open at Massimo De Carlo on South Audley Street, and runs until 26th February 2022. Free entry!
    Jenna Gribbon’s paintings draw from memory, art history, and contemporary life. Her syncretic canvases draw on several centuries of painting: figures disporting themselves in a sylvan setting recall Fragonard’s fêtes galantes; an interiors swiftly brushed-on walls evoke the cursory backgrounds of Mary Cassatt; gently distorted architectural features summon the laissez-faire depictions of Karen Kilimnik. Sampling freely from various representational techniques and movements, Jenna Gribbon’s paint handling swerves from the virtuosic to the intentionally slapdash; fast, impressionistic strokes often about minutely illustrated details, highlighting the artist’s interest in collapsing numerous pictorial strategies into a single canvas. Jenna Gribbon was recently featured on the cover of Purple Magazine. She has been included in exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw; Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville; and the Kurpfalzicches Museum, Heidelberg, and at the Frick Museum (upcoming).
    Jenna Gribbon (b.1978, Knoxville, Tennessee) lives and works in Brooklyn, New York, US. Special thanks to Francesca, Lara at Massimo De Carlo gallery. Follow @JennaGribbon on Instagram and her galleries @MassimoDeCarloGallery and @FredericksAndFreiser Visit: https://www.massimodecarlo.com/ and https://www.fredericksfreisergallery.com/
    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 

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    • 1 hr 16 min
    Zoé Whitley, Aaron Cezar, Kim McAleese (Turner Prize Judges special episode)

    Zoé Whitley, Aaron Cezar, Kim McAleese (Turner Prize Judges special episode)

    Season 12 continues with another exclusive! We meet The Turner Prize Judges 2021!!! We rewind to discover the behind-the-scenes experiences of each judge; the highs and lows of organising the world famous art prize during a global pandemic. The members of the 2021 Turner Prize jury were:
    • Zoé Whitley, Director, Chisenhale Gallery
    • Aaron Cezar, Director, Delfina Foundation
    • Kim McAleese, Programme Director, Grand Union
    • Russell Tovey, Actor, Talk Art
    The Turner Prize is awarded annually to an artist born, living or working in Britain, for an outstanding exhibition or public presentation of their work anywhere in the world in the previous year. Every other year the Turner Prize is staged outside of London, with the 2021 edition being presented in Coventry as part of the UK City of Culture 2021.
    The Prize’s four shortlisted artists exhibited alongside local, national, and international artists as part of Coventry Biennial 2021. This is the first time a Turner Prize jury has selected a shortlist consisting entirely of artist collectives. All the nominees work closely and continuously with communities across the breadth of the UK to inspire social change through art. The collaborative practices selected for this year’s shortlist also reflect the solidarity and community demonstrated in response to the pandemic.
    The shortlisted artists were:
    • Array Collective (winners) @ArrayStudios
    • Black Obsidian Sound System @BlackObsidian_Soundsystem
    • Cooking Sections @CookingSections
    • Gentle/Radical @GentleRadical
    • Project Art Works @ProjectArtWorks
    Learn more about the artists here: https://www.theherbert.org/whats_on/1560/turner_prize_2021
    and https://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/herbert-art-gallery-and-museum/exhibition/turner-prize-2021
    Follow this week's guests: @Zoe.Whitley, @Kim_McAleese, @TheAaronCezar
    Follow the galleries: @the_Herbert_Cov, @Tate
    Follow Talk Art: @TalkArt

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    • 1 hr 18 min
    Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran

    Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran

    New Talk Art!!! We meet artist Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran on the eve of his new solo show in Mumbai, India titled The Mud and The Rainbow.
    Encountering the sculptures of Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran is, at first, bewildering and unsettling, so multifarious and polymorphous are his references. Yet there is a logic to these works, a reasoning which draws the artist to his conclusions, such that we might use the term Syllogisms to understand his plastic experiments. Ramesh is quick to site the synthesis of Hindu, Buddhist and Christian iconographies, which are the inheritance of his Sri Lankan ancestry, to be found in his work, but one can just as quickly recognize affinities with animist African deities, Meso-American idols, and Polynesian effigies. Ramesh claims contradictory identities for his figures: guardians, warriors, goddesses, demons, jokers, and monsters. These multi-headed, multi-limbed, multi-orificed beings fuse elements culled from every possible living creature, both ambulatory and stationary, to perform the contradictory functions of welcoming in and frightening away simultaneously.
    Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran is a Sri-Lankan born contemporary artist who explores global histories and languages of figurative representation. He has specific interests in South Asian forms and imagery as well as politics relating to idolatry, the monument, gender, race and religiosity. While he is best known for his irreverent approach to ceramic media, his material vernacular is broad. He has worked imaginatively with sculptural materials including bronze, concrete, neon, LED and fibreglass, as well as conventional painting and printmaking materials and techniques.
    His signature neo-expressionist and polychromatic work has been presented in museums, festivals, multi-art centres and the public domain. This has included significant presentations at the National Gallery of Australia, The Art Gallery of New South Wales, The Dhaka Art Summit, Art Basel Hong Kong and Dark Mofo festival. His first major permanent public artwork was recently installed at the entrance of the new HOTA gallery.
    Recently, The Art Gallery of New South Wales acquired his monumental work ‘Avatar Towers’. This is an installation of 70 ceramic and bronze figures originally presented in the gallery’s historic vestibule. His work is held in various other public collections including the National Gallery of Australia, the Art Gallery of South Australia, The Art Gallery of Western Australia, The Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, The Ian Potter Museum of Art and the Shepparton Art Museum.
    Ramesh is represented by Sullivan + Strumpf, Sydney + Singapore and Jhaveri Contemporary, Mumbai. His new solo show is available to view online:
    Follow Ramesh on Instagram: @Rams_Deep69 and his gallery @JhaveriContemporary

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    • 1 hr 20 min

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