Podcast #35: Jeff Clark

“Being an artist is just doing it. You can’t question whether or not someone is an artist if they’re making something.”

Jeff Clark is the co-owner of the Art of Protest Gallery, an urban contemporary art gallery based in Little Stonegate. Formerly a photography teacher, and a practicing photographer when he gets the time, we discuss the work Jeff is drawn to both as an artist himself and as a curator.

We also chat about what a digital revolution means for our town centres, its effect on retail and social spaces, the need for story behind any good work or product, and the need to create social happenings in our city.

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Podcast #34: Heather Niven

Heather Niven is an artist and musician, and the head of Science City York, an organisation tasked with supporting the science, digital and creative sectors in the city and stimulating their growth.

We discuss the projects Science City are running and the wider problems facing York and its future, we dive into Heather’s personal work and discuss the themes different artists are drawn to, as well as how to stay on top of multiple projects and make the most of your time.

Listen to Bone Orchids on YouTube.

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Podcast #33: Lauren Roberts

Lauren Roberts (@LaLaLaLauren911) is a tattoo artist specialising in watercolour tattooing. She has developed a distinct abstract painted style, building up her portfolio and reputation as an incredible artist. In 2017 she opened a studio of her own, Adara, with business partner Josh Dixon, which has just completed its first successful year.

In this episode we discuss how you develop a style and advance your career, including the natural instinct to want to take on new challenges, we chat about working backwards to reverse engineer what it is you want in life, and we remind ourselves not to overthink things and get worked up about the small details.

Lauren on Facebook | Instagram

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Podcast #32: Katie Greenbrown

Katie Greenbrown is a writer and poet, she writes copy, scripts, spoken word, fiction, experimental films and long letters to friends.

She’s part of York’s ever growing spoken word scene, runs PechKucha on behalf of Artsbarge, and is creating experimental work with Northern Electric – A York Collective.

In this episode we discuss their upcoming WW1 centenary memorial project, taking place in in Rowntrees park, how where you live affects the themes you choose to explore in your work, how art can change your perception on history and heritage, and the all important question of why humans have the drive to create.

Poems by Katie:

Rust | Post Modern Love Story

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Podcast #31: Artist Development

This week’s episode is a bit different, it’s a follow on from my interview with Tom Higham (@tomhigham), creative director of York Mediale.

Tom he turns the tables on me and asks me for my thoughts on the creative scene in York, and we discuss various ways the city can better provide artist development to the local community.

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Podcast #30: Rose Drew

Rose Drew (@rosebonecrone) is a poet, anthropologist, book publisher and events manager. Along with her partner Alan she runs Stairwell Books, and has co-hosted York Spoken Word Poetry & Prose Open Mic since January 2006.

In this episode we cover the creative process of bringing a poem to life, how to prepare for public speaking, we touch on politics and soaring house prices as Rose reads a poem about Grenfell Tower, as well as the importance of the arts in developing self-confidence.

 

The Poetry Show podcast – http://www.poetry.show

Stairwell Books – http://www.stairwellbooks.co.uk/

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Podcast #29: Tom Higham

Tom Higham (@tomhigham) is a creative director and producer who works with artists, developers, designers, arts organisations and policy makers all over the world to produce ambitious artworks and creative projects.

He is currently creative director of York Mediale, a brand new biennial arts festival which will bring world premiere commissions from leading artists to the city.

In this episode we discuss how Tom approached building the festival from the ground up, his advice to aspiring artists and producers, and about the challenges facing York and its future.

https://tomhigham.net

Festival discount code to follow, keep an eye out on social media.

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