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.

If you need support with mental health, help and support is available at bbc.co.uk/actionline.

Come Together2019121920220202 (R4)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.

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.

Interior Life2020082420220223 (R4)The writer Anna Freeman presents a showcase of true stories about lives changed by art. This week, stories of people using their homes as a canvas and of the meaning behind the art and objects we surround ourselves with in our domestic space.

We hear stories of an incredible find inside a rental flat after the occupant's death; a teenage taxidermist treating roadkill with care and respect; an expectant mother painting a mural for her new child; and of a photographer documenting people's mantelpieces and the incredible stories behind the objects on display.

Produced by MAIR BOSWORTH and MAGGIE AYRE

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.

Legacy2020081020220209 (R4)The writer Anna Freeman presents a showcase of true stories about lives changed by art. This week, stories of legacy, and of living on through art.

We hear stories of how a neighbour's dying wish changed one couple's life forever; Dawinder Bansal a Wolverhampton artist who recreated her late dad's VHS Bollywood rental shop and the family's living room; and of how one artist took on the task of drawing every item in his grandad's shed.

Produced by MAIR BOSWORTH and MAGGIE AYRE

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.

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.

Lost And Found2020081720220216 (R4)The writer Anna Freeman presents a showcase of true stories about lives changed by art. This week, stories of art lost and found.

We hear stories of a mixtape washed up on a beach, reunited with the woman who made it in the most unlikely way; of a mural at risk of being lost forever; and of a Liverpool FC fan's decorated coat, presumed gone after he left it as a tribute to those who lost their lives in the Hillsborough disaster.

Produced by MAIR BOSWORTH and MAGGIE AYRE

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.

Not Forgotten2019120520220119 (R4)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 Road2019121220220126 (R4)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.