Sketches - Stories Of Art And People

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20191205

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.

Come Together20191219

Writer Anna Freeman presents stories of coming together to make art. A patchwork blanket in Birmingham brings together the migration journeys of refugee women around the city. A collective of homeless singers and performers come together to turn the story of La Bohème on its head. And musician Spencer Flay talks about his need to separate himself from others in order to write his songs - by climbing up into the cabin of a crane. Spencer was discovered by the BBC after he uploaded his music to BBC Radio Bristol’s Upload programme – a show where anyone can upload the music, poetry or fiction they are creating. Find out more at bbc.co.uk/upload

Produced by Mair Bosworth and Becky Ripley.

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.

Come Together20191219

Writer Anna Freeman presents stories of coming together to make art. A patchwork blanket in Birmingham brings together the migration journeys of refugee women around the city. A collective of homeless singers and performers come together to turn the story of La Bohème on its head. And musician Spencer Flay talks about his need to separate himself from others in order to write his songs - by climbing up into the cabin of a crane.

Produced by Mair Bosworth and Becky Ripley.

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.

Not Forgotten20191205

Writer Anna Freeman presents true stories about the art of remembering. Featuring Nudrat Afza, a self-taught photographer documenting the dwindling congregation of Bradford's last synagogue. And Arek Hersh, a Polish holocaust survivor, whose visit to a secondary school in the Lake District inspired an incredible art project involving six million buttons, one for each person in the Holocaust.

Produced by Mair Bosworth and Becky Ripley

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.

Not Forgotten20191205

Writer Anna Freeman presents true stories about the art of remembering. Featuring Nudrat Afza, a self-taught photographer documenting the dwindling congregation of Bradford's last synagogue. And Arek Hersh, a Polish holocaust survivor, whose visit to a secondary school in the Lake District inspired an incredible art project involving six million buttons, one for each person in the Holocaust.

Produced by Mair Bosworth and Becky Ripley

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.

On the Road20191212

The writer Anna Freeman presents a showcase of true stories about the meaning of art in people's lives. This week, how it feels to travel, how it feels to return home, and the art that comes out of the journeys we take. First up, a sweaty cycle-touring Shakespeare troop look back on their tour and then to look forward... into the unfamiliar face of "normal life". Then Anna tells a story of how travel feeds her writing - and how writing feeds her travel. And finally we meet Gemma Paintin and James Stenhouse, who toured 28,000 km across Europe recording love songs in their van, which doubles as their home and mobile recording studio. What have they learned about Europe, and about love, from this listening odyssey?

Produced by Mair Bosworth and Becky Ripley

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.

On The Road20191212

The writer Anna Freeman presents a showcase of true stories about the meaning of art in people's lives. This week, how it feels to travel, how it feels to return home, and the art that comes out of the journeys we take. First up, a sweaty cycle-touring Shakespeare troop look back on their tour and then to look forward... into the unfamiliar face of "normal life". Then Anna tells a story of how travel feeds her writing - and how writing feeds her travel. And finally we meet Gemma Paintin and James Stenhouse, who toured 28,000 km across Europe recording love songs in their van, which doubles as their home and mobile recording studio. What have they learned about Europe, and about love, from this listening odyssey?

Produced by Mair Bosworth and Becky Ripley

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.

01Escapes20180830

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

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

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

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

01Portraits20180906

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

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

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

0101Escapes2018083020181209 (R4)

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.

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.

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

Each week, the writer Anna Freeman presents a showcase of stories of art and people around Britain. In episode one, Anna and the Sketches producers hear stories of escapes...

As a child, Mark Knight fell in love with a painting. He first saw it on a school trip and then came back to visit as often as he could. He would escape from the reality of his childhood into this huge painting, teeming with characters, spending hours with it at a time. Until one day, he came to the museum, and it was gone. Fifty years later, now living on the other side of the world, he set out to track the painting down that meant so much to him.

Bradley Warwick speaks through a computer system which he controls with his eyes. Music is his lifeblood; his bedroom walls are lined with AC/DC posters and gig pictures. Thanks to a computerised instrument called the Clarion, he has been able to perform as part of a youth orchestra.

Icy Sedgwick grew up in the hills around Newcastle, and she never understood why fantasy and imagination should be confined to childhood. She grew up, and she took it with her. She tells us the story of her average day in the grind of being an office manager as her imagination runs wild, and her fantasy fiction comes to life as she escapes into fantastic worlds invented from the things she sees every day.

Six years ago, Leesa Harker was a single Mum to two tiny children in Belfast, with no car, no money, and no idea how to get herself out. As her youngest daughter refused to eat her dinner, Leesa opened her laptop and saw a post from a friend declaring she was looking forward to a date with 50 shades that night. 50 shades really irritated Leesa. It was too dark, and she hated its representation of women. In that moment, she wrote her own filthy spoof of fifty shades... and that was the beginning. Within months Leesa had gone from never having seen a play, to being a published author and playwright. "There are 26 letters in the alphabet... and what you can do with those 26 letters, I just love it."

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

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

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

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…

Producers: Mair Bosworth, BECSketches - Stories Of Art And People

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

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

0102Portraits2018090620181216 (R4)

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.

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.

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

0103Landscapes20180913

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

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

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

0103 LASTLandscapes2018091320190105 (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

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

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

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.

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

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.

0201Inside 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.

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

0202Turning 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

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

0203 LASTThe 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.