Portrait Of The Artist

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01Ayanna Witter-johnson20180305

Starting out in an artistic profession is hard enough - it's a precarious business - you can expect rejection letters and knockbacks, and to be working all night to hit deadlines. But taking the next step in your career can be even more challenging.

In this new series we spend time with young artists who are becoming recognised in their professions, as they look to take their career to the next level.

In this edition, we join musician Ayanna-Witter Johnson as she writes a new song, and talks about her creative life. Her music straddles the classical and urban worlds, drawing on different traditions and fusing them. As she writes she reflects on her life as performer, songwriter, 'cellist and singer. She considers what success might be, and explains what keeps her working in an industry in which it can be so difficult to make a living.

We join her in London, with family, and in search of inspiration. Through being with her as she writes, we get a unique insight into her creative process.

Photograph of Ayanna Witter-Johnson by Bumi Thomas

Producer: Melvin Rickarby.

01Ayanna Witter-Johnson20180305

Musician Ayanna-Witter Johnson talks about her creative life, as she writes a new song.

Series following young artists who are becoming recognised in their professions.

01Ayanna Witter-Johnson20180305

Musician Ayanna-Witter Johnson talks about her creative life, as she writes a new song.

Series following young artists who are becoming recognised in their professions.

Starting out in an artistic profession is hard enough - it's a precarious business - you can expect rejection letters and knockbacks, and to be working all night to hit deadlines. But taking the next step in your career can be even more challenging.

In this new series we spend time with young artists who are becoming recognised in their professions, as they look to take their career to the next level.

In this edition, we join musician Ayanna-Witter Johnson as she writes a new song, and talks about her creative life. Her music straddles the classical and urban worlds, drawing on different traditions and fusing them. As she writes she reflects on her life as performer, songwriter, 'cellist and singer. She considers what success might be, and explains what keeps her working in an industry in which it can be so difficult to make a living.

We join her in London, with family, and in search of inspiration. Through being with her as she writes, we get a unique insight into her creative process.

Photograph of Ayanna Witter-Johnson by Bumi Thomas

Producer: Melvin Rickarby.

0101Ben Norris20180219

26-year-old writer, actor and poet Ben Norris talks about his creative process.

Starting out in an artistic profession is hard enough - it's a precarious business - you can expect rejection letters and knockbacks, and to be working all night to hit deadlines. But taking the next step in your career can be even more challenging.

In this new series we spend time with young artists who are becoming recognised in their professions, as they look to take their career to the next level.

In this edition, we join 26 year old writer, actor and poet Ben Norris as he embarks on making a piece of theatre about long-distance running. While he seeks inspiration he talks about how he creates his work and the insecurity of being a millennial artist.

Producer: Ellie Richold.

0102Amy Gear20180226

29-year-old artist Amy Gear talks about her creative life living and working on Shetland.

Amy Gear graduated with an MA from the Royal College of Art, but after two years in London, she was adamant she wanted to return to live and work on her native Shetland. The landscape, language and Norse legends inform her identity as an artist but the realities of trying to make a living in a remote part of the world mean she has to take a collaborative approach to her work, and be adaptable. That means running art projects in schools and care homes while she tries to set up a studio space for herself and other artists. "It's not the most romantic thing to say, but being an artist now is about being a project manager and being able to do a budget".

Producer: Maggie Ayre.

Amy Gear graduated with an MA from the Royal College of Art, but after two years in London, she was adamant she wanted to return to live and work on her native Shetland. The landscape, language and Norse legends inform her identity as an artist but the realities of trying to make a living in a remote part of the world mean she has to take a collaborative approach to her work, and be adaptable. That means running art projects in schools and care homes while she tries to set up a studio space for herself and other artists. "It's not the most romantic thing to say, but being an artist now is about being a project manager and being able to do a budget".

Producer: Maggie Ayre.