Only Artists

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0101Grayson Perry And Naomi Alderman20170405

The Turner Prize winning ceramicist Grayson Perry asks the computer game creator and novelist Naomi Alderman whether computer games can be called art.

Only Artists is a new series which takes its title from the first two sentences of The Story of Art by the renowned art historian E. H. Gombrich: 'There really is no such thing as art. There are only artists.' There is no presenter, just two artists - from different disciplines - discussing creative questions, processes or decisions. It's up to them.

Can computer games be called art?

0102Naomi Alderman And Chi-chi Nwanoku20170412

What's it like to make your art in the moment?

Novelist and writer Naomi Alderman asks classical double-bassist Chi-chi Nwanoku what it's like to create your art live on stage, rather than nicely tucked up with a laptop.

Only Artists is a new series which takes its title from the first two sentences of The Story of Art by the renowned art historian E. H. Gombrich: 'There really is no such thing as art. There are only artists.' There is no presenter, just two artists - from different disciplines - discussing creative questions, processes or decisions. It's up to them.

0103Chi-chi Nwanoku And Yinka Shonibare20170419

Double bass player Chi-chi Nwanoku meets the artist Yinka Shonibare in his studio.

The Only Artists conversation continues, as leading double-bass player Chi-chi Nwanoku meets the artist Yinka Shonibare, to find out how he draws on his own identity in his work.

Producer Alex Mansfield.

0104Yinka Shonibare And David Adjaye20170426

The artist Yinka Shonibare meets international architect Sir David Adjaye.

The artist Yinka Shonibare meets international architect Sir David Adjaye, to consider how architecture can shape the world for the greater public good.

David Adjaye's most notable recent building is the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington DC, which was opened by President Obama in September 2016. Since then, well over a million people have visited. David Adjaye reflects on the creation of a building which had to act both as a monument and a museum, and reveals the important role water played in his thinking, partly influenced by the words of Martin Luther King.

He also discusses how his travels throughout Africa have influenced his ideas about the fundamental role of buildings within specific landscapes and climates, and reflects on how the political power of architecture can establish a civic or national identity, using the long history of Rome as an example.

Producer Clare Walker

With original music by Brian Eno.

Series in which two artists discuss creative questions. The artist Yinka Shonibare meets international architect Sir David Adjaye.

010503/05/201720170503

Series in which two artists discuss creative questions.

The cultural conversation continues: this week the film director and screenwriter Sally El Hosaini meets the writer Iain Sinclair.

As a film-maker Sally records the city at one moment - so what techniques does Iain use to document his surroundings and their changes over decades?

Sally El Hosaini was born in Swansea, the daughter of a Welsh mother and an Egyptian father. Her first feature film, My Brother the Devil, won the best screenplay award from the Writers' Guild of Great Britain and numerous international prizes. Sally herself received the Best Newcomer award at the 2012 London Film Festival. My Brother the Devil charts how two brothers are drawn into gang crime in East London, where Sally has lived for for more than a decade.

The writer Iain Sinclair was born in Cardiff. Since the early 1970s, his work has focused on London and its surrounds. From his home in Hackney, he has almost obsessively walked the city's changing streets, recording details and finding patterns. For his much-acclaimed book London Orbital he followed the route of the M25 motorway on foot. He has said that his next book - The Last London - will be his final word on the capital.

Producer Alex Mansfield

Original music by Brian Eno.

0105Sally El Hosaini And Iain Sinclair20170503
0106Iain Sinclair And Keggie Carew20170510

Writer Iain Sinclair meets artist Keggie Carew to talk about her book Dadland.

Writer Iain Sinclair meets artist Keggie Carew to talk about her book Dadland.

Before turning to writing, Keggie made a career as a conceptual artist, painting, running a studio space and a shop called "theworldthewayiwantit". Her first book, Dadland, won the 2016 Costa Award for Biography. It describes her long and complex investigation into the life of her father Tom, a World War 2 hero who parachuted behind enemy lines into both France and Burma, set against his decline into dementia towards the end of his life.

Original Music by Brian Eno

Produced by Alex Mansfield.

0106 LASTIain Sinclair And Keggie Carew20170510
0201Keggie Carew And Richard Hawley20170621

Artist and biographer Keggie Carew meets producer and singer-songwriter Richard Hawley.

Artist and biographer Keggie Carew travels to Sheffield to meet the producer and Mercury Prize nominated singer-songwriter and guitarist Richard Hawley.

They meet at Yellow Arch Studios, where he has recorded all his albums, and talk about the way in which the city of Sheffield has inspired his work. Keggie and Richard also muse on the subject of time; how his songs often seem to stretch it, why he decided to go slow, and the importance of sharing time with their fathers towards the end of their lives.

Producer Clare Walker.

020220170628

Two artists discuss creative questions.

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020420170712

Two artists discuss creative questions.

Comedian and painter Jim Moir (aka Vic Reeves) meets designer Steven Thomas, whose work includes the lavish interiors for the renowned Biba fashion superstore in London in the early 1970s - acclaimed by one newspaper as 'the most beautiful shop in the world'.

His other clients include Paul McCartney, who commissioned Steven and his design partner Tim Whitmore to create his London headquarters. Steven remembers the freedom he was given to create a retail world unlike any other, and reflects on having the confidence to say yes to creative opportunities - regardless of experience. He also outlines his belief that the pressure of a deadline and some moments of zen-like calm in the midst of a busy office can lead to the best ideas.

Producer Clare Walker
Original music by Brian Eno.

020520170719

Two artists discuss creative questions.

The designer Steven Thomas meets the modern day surrealist Nancy Fouts. Nancy has been an avid collector of everyday objects since she was young - from stuffed birds to crucifixes, false teeth, insects, board games, coins, plastic toys and much more.

In her art, she often brings these objects together in surprising combinations. A stuffed budgie perches on the bar of an electric heater, an opened purse bares its teeth, a rifle is painstakingly covered in hundreds of rose thorns. Each piece is crafted and executed with precision. Nancy's home is meticulously organised - with her work on the walls, her studio in the basement, and countless cupboards full of her collections.

Producer: Clare Walker.

0206 LAST20170726

Two artists discuss creative questions.

The modern surrealist Nancy Fouts meets Rob and Nick Carter - an artist duo who are also husband and wife.

Rob and Nick work with new technology, light and photography. Realising that most gallery goers only spend seconds looking at an artwork, they make us slow down by creating three hour films in which Old Master paintings and drawings are digitally re-imagined: a Sleeping Venus breathes and opens her eyes; a frog slowly decomposes; and the insects round a vase of flowers from the Dutch Golden Age begin to fly and crawl as the blooms flutter in the breeze. Rob and Nick Carter are the only living artists to be shown alongside the Old Masters at the renowned Frick Collection in New York.

Their recent work includes Oak Grove, nine identical full-size tree stumps, cast in bronze. They are based on a drawing from 1600, and created using 3D printing along with bronze casting, to reproduce every detail of the bark and wood. The stumps are currently arranged in a circle in Kensington Gardens, London, where visitors can sit, climb or play on them.

Producer Clare Walker.

03Angus Jackson And Nadine Shah20171206

Theatre and film director Angus Jackson meets singer-songwriter Nadine Shah.

03Jonathan Yeo and William Orbit20171213

Painter Jonathan Yeo meets music producer William Orbit.

The portrait painter Jonathan Yeo meets the music producer William Orbit.

Jonathan Yeo's subjects include David Attenborough, Malala Yousafzai, Grayson Perry and numerous Hollywood stars. He has also been an official General Election artist, and has painted Tony Blair, David Cameron and Charles Kennedy.

Musician and composer William Orbit has won worldwide renown for his work as a music producer, most notably for his recordings with Madonna. Other high-profile collaborations include work with Blur, U2 and Britney Spears, along with albums he has released under his own name. He began by setting up his own studio, with equipment bought from a nearby junk shop.

Series producers Alex Mansfield and Clare Walker.

0301Kerry Andrew And Sarah Hall20171108

Musician and composer Kerry Andrew travels to meet the novelist Sarah Hall.

0302Tom Morris And Miles Chambers20171115

Tom Morris, director of Bristol Old Vic, meets Bristol's poet laureate Miles Chambers.

0303Eimear Mcbride And Viv Albertine20171122

Novelist Eimear McBride meets musician and author Viv Albertine.

0304Rose Wylie And Stewart Lee20171129

Painter Rose Wylie meets comedian Stewart Lee.