Nick Smith – Pioneers

British artist Nick Smith has a unique process. A former interior designer of 11 years, he was used to working with swatches, those thousands of colour variations each with their own name that you find in expensive design books or even as paint charts in your local DIY store.  Back in 2011, a friend challenged him to make an artwork from them. He accepted and hasn’t looked back since and that’s only half the story.

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Leila Alaoui – Rite of Passage

In 2016, celebrated French-Moroccan photographer Leila Alaoui was on assignment in Burkina Faso investigating women’s rights in the country on behalf of Amnesty International and UN Women. She had the misfortune to be sitting in a parked car outside the Cappuccino café in the capital Ouagadougou when the café was attacked by Al-Qaeda gunmen. She was seriously wounded and died three days later. She was 33.

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The Grand Tour – Claire Partington, Emily Allchurch, James B Webster, Matt Smith

In the 18th and 19th centuries, it became something of a rite of passage for upper class Europeans, mostly from Britain, to embark on the Grand Tour taking in cities such as Paris, Rome, Venice and Florence in order to learn about Classical and Renaissance art and architecture. They’d accumulate works and souvenirs as they did so. Four artists have given a contemporary spin on this phenomenon in Grand Tour at London’s James Freeman Galley.

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Considering Art Podcast – Alexandra Lethbridge, conceptual artist, photographer

In our latest podcast episode, British conceptual artist Alexandra Lethbridge talks about how she uses photography, appropriated imagery, installation and video to examine such themes as deception, illusion, misinformation and the way we process and use information in our world of all-consuming visual culture.

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Considering Art Podcast – Jasmine Pradissitto, artist and scientist

In our latest podcast episode, Dr Jasmine Pradissitto talks about how her training in Quantum Physics has helped her develop as a visual artist, how the discovery of a certain polymer has enabled her to make art and help the environment at the same time, and how artists can offer imagination to aid scientists in their efforts to secure the future for humanity.

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Considering Art Podcast – Olivia Kemp, top drawer

In our latest podcast episode, Olivia Kemp talks about her large-scale pen and ink drawings of magical landscapes and interiors full of personal and art historical details. She tells how art has inspired her since childhood, why she prefers pen and ink to paint, her love of the playful in her work and how a residency at the Prado Museum in Madrid five years ago spawned her current solo exhibition in London.

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