Sketches - Stories Of Art And People

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01Escapes2018083020181209 (R4)

True stories of life-changing encounters with art in all its forms.

Each week, writer Anna Freeman presents a showcase of stories about art and people around Britain. In this first episode, Anna and the Sketches producers find stories about escapes…

Mair talks to Mark Knight about his quest to track down a painting which he fell in love with as a child. Becky meets Bradley Warwick to hear how he plays music through a computer system which he controls with his eyes. And Polly meets two people for whom writing is an escape; the fantasy fiction writer Icy Sedgwick, and Leesa Harker, whose filthy spoof of Fifty Shades of Grey granted her a whole new life.

Producers: Mair Bosworth, Becky Ripley and Polly Weston
Presenter: Anna Freeman

True stories of life-changing encounters with art in all its forms.

Anna Freeman presents a showcase of stories about the meaning of art in people's lives.

01Portraits2018090620181216 (R4)

True stories of life-changing encounters with art in all its forms.

Each week, writer Anna Freeman presents a showcase of stories about art and people around Britain. In this second episode, Anna and the Sketches producers tell stories about portraits.

Becky travels to West Wales to find out why artist Grahame Hurd-Wood is painting a portrait of every single inhabitant of the city of St Davids. Mair meets the seamstress Lydia Higginson who gave away all the clothes she owned and made a whole new wardrobe from scratch. And Polly unfolds the story behind a mysterious piece of street art in Birmingham.

Producers: Mair Bosworth, Becky Ripley and Polly Weston
Presenter: Anna Freeman

True stories of life-changing encounters with art in all its forms.

Anna Freeman presents a showcase of stories about the meaning of art in people's lives.

0103Landscapes2018091320190105 (R4)

True stories of life-changing encounters with art in all its forms.

Each week, writer Anna Freeman presents a showcase of stories about art and people around Britain. In this final episode, Anna and the Sketches producers share stories on landscapes.

Polly talks to photographer Kiara Mohamed about why she is driven to take drone images above her city of Liverpool. Becky goes on a windy walk with writer Vanessa Kisuule, who is starting to question why the words “black” and “urban” often get clumped together as if they are synonymous. And Mair visits Sonia Gill in the Isle of Skye to find out why the children at the local Gaelic-speaking primary school are now into Bollywood dancing.

Producers: Mair Bosworth, Becky Ripley and Polly Weston.
Presenter: Anna Freeman

True stories of life-changing encounters with art in all its forms.

Anna Freeman presents a showcase of stories about the meaning of art in people's lives.

02Inside Out20190627

True stories of life-changing encounters with art in all its forms.

Each week, writer Anna Freeman presents a showcase of stories about the meaning of art in people’s lives. In the first episode of a new series, Anna and the Sketches producers share stories about people stuck inside, all - in different ways - using art to get out.

Polly talks to Lee Cutter, who learnt to draw in jail after a guard left a red pencil in his cell. Anna hears the story of the "agoraphobic traveller”, photographer Jacqui Kenny, who takes breathtaking shots of places she's never been, using Google Streetview. And Mair tells the story of Mary Lattimore, a harpist who became fascinated by Scott Kelly, a NASA astronaut living on the International Space Station for a year, after an accident led to her spending two months with her jaw wired shut.

Presented by Anna Freeman
Produced by Mair Bosworth and Polly Weston

Anna Freeman presents a showcase of stories about the meaning of art in people's lives.

02Inside Out20190627

True stories of life-changing encounters with art in all its forms.

Each week, writer Anna Freeman presents a showcase of stories about art and people around Britain. In the first episode of a new series, Anna and the Sketches producers share stories about people stuck inside, in different ways, using art to get out.

Polly talks to Lee Cutter, who learnt to draw in jail, after a guard left a red pencil in his cell. Anna hears the story of the "agoraphobic traveller”, photographer Jacqui Kenny, who takes breathtaking shots of places she's never been using Google Streetview. Mair tells the story of Mary Lattimore, a harpist who became fascinated by the solitary life of an astronaut living on the International Space Station, after she became confined to her own head by a broken jaw.

Presented by Anna Freeman.
Produced by Mair Bosworth and Polly Weston.

Anna Freeman presents a showcase of stories about the meaning of art in people's lives.

02The Art of Loving20190711

Writer Anna Freeman presents a showcase of stories about the meaning of art in people’s lives. In this episode, two stories of art and love.

In the spring of 1997, Ken and Tina met on Grafton Street in Dublin and bonded right away over a love of juggling. They went on to train in circus skills and set up a company together. Along the way they fell in love and spent years touring the world together as professional and romantic partners - becoming famed for the doubles trapeze act at the heart of their show. Until one day Tina met someone else. Their romantic relationship ended but they decided to continue performing together. We find out what it's like to rely on someone to catch you in midair when you're going through a painful breakup, and how the two performers have managed to forge a friendship and professional partnership that has stood the test of time.

And we meet Gabriel and Mary, a couple whose relationship began as teenagers living at opposite ends of the country, and whose early relationship was conducted through hundreds of letters. Gabriel had sent so many he ran out of envelopes and began to make his own. These hand-made envelopes are like miniature works of art - snapshots of moments. They’re made from anything he could get his hands on - the manuscript of Gabriel’s music project, cuttings from magazines, his college timetable.

Now married with four children, the envelopes are framed on the wall. But, Gabriel and Mary have never looked inside them again. Listen in, as they re-open the letters after more than 20 years.

Presented by Anna Freeman
Produced by Mair Bosworth and Polly Weston

True stories of life-changing encounters with art in all its forms.

Anna Freeman presents a showcase of stories about the meaning of art in people's lives.

02The Art of Loving20190711

Writer Anna Freeman presents a showcase of stories about the meaning of art in people’s lives. In this episode, two stories of art and love.

In the spring of 1997, Ken and Tina met on Grafton Street in Dublin and bonded right away over a love of juggling. They went on to train in circus skills and set up a company together. Along the way they fell in love and spent years touring the world together as professional and romantic partners - becoming famed for the doubles trapeze act at the heart of their show. Until one day Tina met someone else. Their romantic relationship ended but they decided to continue performing together. We find out what it's like to rely on someone to catch you in midair when you're going through a painful breakup, and how the two performers have managed to forge a friendship and professional partnership that has stood the test of time.

And we meet Gabriel and Mary, a couple whose relationship began as teenagers living at opposite ends of the country, and whose early relationship was conducted through hundreds of letters. Gabriel had sent so many he ran out of envelopes and began to make his own. These hand-made envelopes are like miniature works of art - snapshots of moments. They’re made from anything he could get his hands on - the manuscript of Gabriel’s music project, cuttings from magazines, his college timetable.

Now married with four children, the envelopes are framed on the wall. But, Gabriel and Mary have never looked inside them again. Listen in, as they re-open the letters after more than 20 years.

Presented by Anna Freeman
Produced by Mair Bosworth and Polly Weston

True stories of life-changing encounters with art in all its forms.

Anna Freeman presents a showcase of stories about the meaning of art in people's lives.

02Turning Points20190704

Writer Anna Freeman presents a showcase of stories about the meaning of art in people’s lives. In Turning Points, we hear from Stephen Lightbown, who was an active, football-playing teenager when a sledging accident at the age of 16 changed his life forever. From Amara, who fell in love with Van Gogh's painting The Starry Night having never seen a night sky full of stars. And from the residents of a Men's Sheds project in Wales using craft and woodwork to overcome loneliness and isolation.

As part of the introduction, Anna quotes from her poem, Ambition, which was published by Burning Eye Books in 2013.

Presented by Anna Freeman
Produced by Mair Bosworth and Polly Weston

True stories of life-changing encounters with art in all its forms.

Anna Freeman presents a showcase of stories about the meaning of art in people's lives.

02Turning Points20190704

True stories of life-changing encounters with art in all its forms.

Anna Freeman presents a showcase of stories about the meaning of art in people's lives.

Writer Anna Freeman presents a showcase of stories about the meaning of art in people’s lives. In Turning Points, we hear from Stephen Lightbown, who was an active, football-playing teenager when a sledging accident at the age of 16 changed his life forever. From Amara, who fell in love with Van Gogh's painting The Starry Night having never seen a night sky full of stars. And from the residents of a Men's Sheds project in Wales using craft and woodwork to overcome loneliness and isolation.

Presented by Anna Freeman
Produced by Mair Bosworth and Polly Weston