Sketches - Stories Of Art And People

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Be Here Now2021081220210816 (R4)Writer Anna Freeman presents a showcase of stories about the meaning of art in people’s lives. This week, stories of making art with what you have, where you are.

Corinne Perry is a bed-bound artist inspired by Frida Kahlo, who also painted from the confines of her bed. Despite the limitations of her circumstance, Corinne experiments with all kinds of artistic endeavour, from photographic self-portraits to embroidered bed-sheets. Then there's Maria Contreras, who experienced a traumatic childhood; she finds comfort through making textile dolls. And Stuart, a brain injury survivor who uses music to help him remember his past and to find joy in the every day.

Produced by Maggie Ayre and Eliza Lomas for BBC Audio in Bristol.

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.

Corinne is a bed-bound artist inspired by Frida Kahlo, who also painted from the confines of her bed. Despite the limitations of her circumstance, Corinne experiments with all kinds of artistic endeavour, from photographic self-portraits to embroidered bed-sheets. Then there's Maria Contreras, who experienced a traumatic childhood; she finds comfort through making textile dolls. And Brook Tate, who discovered joy through a giraffe puppet called Martha.

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Do It Yourself2021072920210802 (R4)Writer Anna Freeman presents a showcase of true stories about the meaning of art in people's lives. This week, stories of people ripping up rule-books and doing it for themselves.

There are violins made from driftwood by Steve Burnett, sculptures from jet engine parts by Phil Starr-Mees and Holly Casio's homemade zines about Bruce Springsteen.

Produced by Maggie Ayre and Eliza Lomas for BBC Audio in Bristol.

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.

There's violins made of driftwood, sculptures from jet engine parts and homemade zines about Bruce Springsteen.

Long Roads2021080520210809 (R4)Writer Anna Freeman presents a showcase of true stories about of people who keep going, along the twisting and turning of long roads, and the art that comes from the journey.

This week, Anna brings stories of the Bristol Bike Bard, Caroline Burrows, who uses the freedom of the open road to inspire her poetry. Whilst Lois Pryce, who found herself housebound recovering from illness, transported herself to faraway lands through the power of imagination. And Clarke Reynolds, whose sight has been deteriorating ever since he was a child, but who harnesses this as inspiration to make curiously visionary art.

Produced by Maggie Ayre and Eliza Lomas, for BBC Audio in Bristol.

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.

Micro Worlds2021072220210726 (R4)Middlesbrough in miniature. The microworlds of arthropods. A minute replica of a student bedroom. How can small creations help with the big things? This week, the writer Anna Freeman hears stories of people and their tiny worlds.

There's Steve Waller, who always wondered exactly what his great uncle saw on his last walk out of Middlesbrough before he died in Battle of the Somme. Then Ros, inspired by a novel and needing to heal a heartbreak, who made her student bedroom in miniature. And Matt Doogue, who found solace lying in the grass with his macro camera, communing with the world of spiders and grasshoppers.

Produced by Maggie Ayre and Eliza Lomas for BBC Audio in Bristol.

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.