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20 Best British Art Podcasts of 2021

Are you wanting to learn more about british art? Well you’ve come to the right place. This is a curated list of the best british art podcasts of 2021.

We have selected these podcasts for a variety of reasons, but they are all well worth a listen. We tried to select a variety of podcasts across the spectrum from hosts with a wide breadth of experience.

Best British Art Podcasts 2021

With thanks to ListenNotes, Crunchbase, SemRush and Ahrefs for providing the data to create and rank these podcasts.

British Art Talks

  • Publisher: Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art
  • Total Episodes: 13

British Art Talks is the audio series of the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art. It features new research and aims to enhance and expand knowledge of British art and architecture. The PMC is an educational charity that champions new ways of understanding British art history and culture. We publish, teach and carry out research, both at the Centre in London and through our online platforms. Our archives, library and lively events programme are open to researchers, students and the public. The Centre was founded in 1970 by the art collector and philanthropist Paul Mellon. It is part of Yale University and a partner to the Yale Center for British Art.

Electronically Yours with Martyn Ware

  • Publisher: Martyn Ware
  • Total Episodes: 32

Heaven 17, British Electric Foundation and Illustrious Company’s Martyn Ware talks to the famous artists from the worlds of music, art, film, comedy, TV and creativity that he’s encountered during his 40 year career. These interviews are rare and precious gems, featuring a raw and sometimes irreverent take on life and the things that make life worth living, Diving deep into the biographical ocean, these podcasts are an unmissable insight into a series of fascinating lives… Production and occasional musical interludes by Charles Stooke Engineer – Charles Stooke, Artwork – Malcolm Garrett.

The Film Look Podcast

  • Publisher: @TheFilmLook
  • Total Episodes: 122

3 British Filmmakers try to learn from the pros by breaking down the elements that go into making a film. A light-hearted educational filmmaking podcast hosted by Richard Scott, Robert Carr, and Kristian Foreman. Each week they take it in turns to choose a film and dissect its filmmaking properties; delving into writing, directing, cinematography, art direction, special/visual effects, editing, sound design, and soundtrack. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/the-film-look/support

Sculpting Lives

  • Publisher: Jo Baring and Sarah Turner
  • Total Episodes: 6

Dame Barbara Hepworth, Dame Elisabeth Frink, Kim Lim, Phyllida Barlow, and Rana Begum – some of the most globally well-known British artists are women sculptors. Conversely, the profession and practice of sculpture was seen by many throughout the 20th century (and before) to be very much a man’s world. Often using heavy and hard materials, sculpture was not typically viewed as suitable for women artists. This podcast series explores the lives and careers of these five women who worked (and are still working) against these preconceptions, forging successful careers and contributing in ground-breaking ways to the histories of sculpture and art. Each 45-minute episode takes a woman sculptor as its subject, exploring the art works, networks, connections and relationships of these artists. Every programme is recorded in places that are significant for these women – their studios, as well as galleries and public places where their work is on display – and includes new interviews with curators, friends, family and the artists themselves, creating intimate soundscapes of their private and public worlds Sculpting Lives is written and presented by Jo Baring (Director of the Ingram Collection of Modern British & Contemporary Art) and Sarah Turner (Deputy Director for Research at the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art in London). The pair bring their shared expertise and infectious enthusiasm for sculpture to this series, with each episode taking the form of an informal and lively conversation between Jo, Sarah and their interviewees. Written and hosted by Jo Baring and Sarah Turner Produced by Clare Lynch Research by Isabelle Mooney Music by Pauline Oliveros, [Silence](https://freemusicarchive.org/music/PaulineOliveros/EASYNOTEASYFestivalOct72010/Oliveros2010-10-071) (10.8.2010)_ Visual identity by Vanessa Fowler-Kendall This podcast has been made possible through support from The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art We are also extremely grateful to ArtUK and National Life Stories: Artists’ Lives (British Library)

In Conversation With Paul Weller

  • Publisher: Polydor Records
  • Total Episodes: 4

Join British music icon Paul Weller with journalist, author and GQ editor Dylan Jones as they embark on a wide-ranging, intimate conversation exploring Paul’s extraordinary career, personal life and much more. Across 3 episodes the pair will delve into the legendary musician’s thoughts on art, politics and fashion, his time with The Jam and The Style Council, plus his hugely successful solo work – including critically acclaimed new album On Sunset – in one of his most candid interviews to date.Produced by Tayo Popoola for Furious Styles Productions

Hey Kids, Comics!

  • Publisher: Two True Freaks!
  • Total Episodes: 565

Hey Kids, Comics! is a semi-regular Internet Radio Show in which your hosts, Father and Son Andrew & Micheal Leyland, will pick an issue, story arc, creator or character from the myriad of comics available to talk about and dissect. It can be old or new, a major publisher or an indie, Superhero or Vertigo, heck, a TV show or novel – the sky’s the limit as long as the Father & Son duo can find something to argure about. What makes us different from all the other comics podcasts? Glad you asked. We are 2 British people looking at an almost exclusively American art form with love, affection and with just a dollop of irreverance.  New episodes appear ONLY on TWO TRUE FREAKS.com 

Learn English with the British Council and Premier League

  • Publisher: Jack Radford & Rich Moon
  • Total Episodes: 635

The Premier Skills English podcast is a part of a project from the British Council and Premier League for people who are learning English and love football. If you want to know more visit the website https://britishcouncil.org/premierskillsenglish, or get in touch at [email protected]

Young Ben Franklin

  • Publisher: Gen-Z Media
  • Total Episodes: 13

Before he was Benjamin Franklin, inventor and statesman, he was just Ben, a boy in Colonial Boston with an adventurous spirit, a curious mind…and a penchant for getting into trouble. Meet our most endearing founding father at fourteen; a charming rebel years away from discovering the ageless sayings and brilliant inventions that made him famous. When Ben and his friends stumble upon a mysterious letter leading to a legendary treasure, he’ll have to use his wits and bravery to outsmart the cruel British governor of Massachusetts. Produced by Gen-Z Media in partnership with PRX. For more great Gen-Z shows visit http://bestrobotever.com

Goblet Of Wine: A Drunken British Harry Potter Podcast

  • Publisher: Harry Potter
  • Total Episodes: 77

Two British lifelong Harry Potter fans Hannah and Charlie re-read their favourite childhood book chapter by chapter with added alcohol and cynicism in fortnightly episodes! The perfect podcast for HP fans who want to revisit the story through an adult lens (AKA, NSFW), and with the added bonus of British accents, Hannah and Charlie lovingly tear apart the books pointing out plot holes, anti-feminist moments, transphobia, fat phobia, and most of all…dick jokes. A unique combination of intelligent literary criticism one minute, and drunken chaos the next, join us on our reminiscent journey.

Rebel Entrepreneur with Alan Donegan

  • Publisher: The Unstuck Network
  • Total Episodes: 57

To be an entrepreneur you have to be a little bit of a Rebel. You have to do things differently, you have to take risks other people aren’t willing to take and you need to be brave enough to take action. For years Alan Donegan has battled against the traditional plan that the world has for us: When Alan went for help from the British Government to start a business. They told him to write a business plan; get a load of debt and did more to put him off starting than they did to help. Alan spent the next 12 years of his life thinking, studying, learning about business and searching for a better way to start-up without debt. This search enabled him to create his own successful training business and then to take those skills and launch PopUp Business School which now operates in 5 different countries around the world and helps thousands of people a year to build businesses without debt. The belief that it takes money to make money traps people around the world from ever taking control of their future and making their own money. This is the belief that he wants to fundamentally destroy with this podcast and empower you to get going debt free! What is the purpose of this podcast? “This is an effort to put out into the world the support I wish I had when I was starting my business. I want to do what I felt the British Government was never able to do and that is to help people start-up without debt and make money doing something they love. If you need help with your business, motivation, inspiration and energy then this podcast is for you. Join The Rebellion” -Alan Donegan

British Scandal

  • Publisher: Wondery
  • Total Episodes: 5

In a country obsessed with gossip, the great and the good fear one thing more than any other – scandal.British scandals change the course of history. They bring down governments, overthrow the rich and cause the mighty to fall. Some are about sex, others about money. In the end, they’re all about power. But often at the heart of a scandal, there are ordinary human stories, stories of those caught up in the swirl of outrage. Who was really to blame for what happened? Why did they do it? And when all is said and done, did anything really change?   From the creators of Business Wars, American Scandal and Even The Rich, comes British Scandal. We tell the stories of the murkier side of the British elite, from Phone Hacking to Saville to Profumo who show us the reality of power, the price of pride and the failings of the great and good. Because sometimes the truth doesn’t set everyone free…

The British Museum Membercast

  • Publisher: British Museum
  • Total Episodes: 52

Comedian, podcaster and super-fan Iszi Lawrence (The Z List Dead List) presents snippets from the exclusive programme of Members’ lectures at the British Museum, artfully woven together with interviews and musings. The Membercast is a monthly podcast made available to ‘all studious and curious persons’, but we will definitely encourage you to become a Member if you aren’t already! Interested in becoming a Member? You can find out more at britishmuseum.org/membership. Direct your questions about Membership to [email protected] Talk to us about the podcast on Twitter @britishmuseum using the hashtag #membercast or use the email address above. Find out more about Iszi Lawrence and The Z List Dead List at iszi.com or follow her on Twitter @iszi_lawrence

Britflicks.com Podcast

  • Publisher: Stuart Wright
  • Total Episodes: 512

Irish actor Johnny Vivash: “Had an absolute blast chatting to the gent of gents that is Stuart Wright, a total GOLD standard podcast & a fantastic human bean! 🌟🎞🎧🎤❤️ Loved every minute! :)” Screenwriter STUART WRIGHT is the host of Britflicks.com’s podcast. It regularly features: 1) British film makers 2) Supporters of the British film industry 3) Horror filmmakers/horror film lovers from around the world. 4) “5 Great British Horror Films” podcast series… where horror film lovers get to wax lyrical about their 5 favourite British horror movies.

Best Science Medicine Podcast – BS without the BS

  • Publisher: Dr James McCormack and Dr Michael Allan
  • Total Episodes: 130

The Best Science (BS) Medicine Podcast is a weekly presentation where practitioners can get evidence-based drug therapy content that is practical, entertaining and promotes healthy scepticism. In essence, we are the Medication Mythbusters. We present information that is useful and relevant to physicians, pharmacists, nurses, physician assistants and other health professionals, and that can easily be incorporated into day-to-day practice. The podcast is presented by Dr. James McCormack, Professor in the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of British Columbia and Dr Michael Allan, Associate Professor in the Department of Family Practice at the University of Alberta. For more about us and to get the show notes for each episode, visit our website at www.bsmedicine.com or www.medicationmythbusters.com

Great British Quilter Podcast

  • Publisher: Sarah Ashford
  • Total Episodes: 16

As a modern quilter and founder of the Great British Quilter Challenge on Instagram, Sarah Ashford has spent the last 3 years galvanising and championing British quilters and the quilting industry. In this series, Sarah speaks to British quilt designers, fabric companies and shop owners, to share behind the scenes stories and to discuss what it means to be a part of the British quilting community today. Guests also share their top tips for quilting and social media, which we know you’re going to love.

Bootleg Magic with Alya Mooro & Nasri Atallah

  • Publisher: Nasri Atallah & Alya Mooro
  • Total Episodes: 6

Each week, two British-Arab creatives check in with each other and a rotating cast of multicultural friends from the world of writing, filmmaking, music, art and more. Bootleg Magic is like catching up with your friends, and discussing mental health, pandemics, love, relationships and all the other stuff that makes up our daily life. The podcast wraps up with a roundup of the pop culture from around the world that you need in your life to help you deal with it all.

When Life Gives You Parkinson’s

  • Publisher: Curiouscast
  • Total Episodes: 93

When Life Gives You Parkinson’s is an honest, funny, and engaging podcast chronicling host Larry Gifford’s personal journey with Parkinson’s disease. Gifford, his wife Rebecca, and their son Henry live in Vancouver, British Columbia. Gifford has worked in radio for nearly 30 years. In August 2017 he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s at the age of 45. Now in its second season, When Life Gives You Parkinson’s is a first-hand account of what it is like to live with PD for Gifford, his family, and other members of the worldwide Parkinson’s community. Answering probing questions from co-host Niki Reitmayer and letting listeners eavesdrop in on intimate chats with his wife, Gifford uses humour to diffuse heavy content and give the podcast a hopeful tone. He gives voice to Parkinson’s experts and advocates from around the world and together they openly tackle tough topics. The authentic, frank conversations along with compelling storytelling is what makes this podcast interesting, informative, and enlightening. Special thank you to our partners. Presenting partner is Parkinson Canada, content and promotional partner Spotlight YOPD, and The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research Parkinson’s IQ + You.

Speak English With A British Accent

  • Publisher: Alison Pitman
  • Total Episodes: 37

Short weekly roundup of the British Accent Training posts from Learning British Accent.com. Hosted by Alison Pitman.Designed to improve your British Accent speaking voice by listening and repeating each of the short sections within the podcast. Practice your pronunciation by listening to vocab, news articles, fairytale recordings and nursery rhymes narrated by RP British Accent Voiceover Artist Alison Pitman.

Iain Abernethy – The Practical Application Of Karate

  • Publisher: Iain Abernethy
  • Total Episodes: 121

Iain Abernethy has been involved in the martial arts since childhood. Iain holds the rank of 6th Dan with the British Combat Association (one of the world’s leading groups for close-quarter combat, self-protection and practical martial arts) and 6th Dan with Karate England (the official governing body for Karate in England). Iain’s popular monthly podcasts cover all aspects of practical martial arts and realistic self-protection.

Stance Podcast

  • Publisher: Stance Podcast
  • Total Episodes: 54

Stance is an independent award-winning arts, culture and current affairs podcast run by New York based journalist and curator Chrystal Genesis. An episode is released on the 1st of every month. Guests so far include musicians Four Tet, Jamila Woods, Róisín Murphy, Amber Mark, Caribou, Kaytranada, Jessie Ware, Tricky and Nao, authors Yaa Gyasi, Sayaka Murata, Elif Shafak & Valeria Luiselli, lawyer and campaigner Gina Miller, politician Bobi Wine, poets Fatimah Asghar, John Cooper Clarke & Kae Tempest, actor Riz Ahmed, Me Too founder Tarana Burke, playwrights Inua Ellams & Natasha Gordon, writer and activist Janet Mock, choreographers Akram Khan, Deborah Colker and Hofesh Shechter, fashion designer Duro Olowu and visual artists Shirin Neshat, Larry Achiampong, The Singh Twins & Juliana Huxtable. Topics covered include Is This for Real?, Black in the Time of Corona, Manchesters LGBTQ+ Story, On Beauty, The Class Ceiling in the Arts, Modern Mumbai, Sex, The Female Prison Experience, Revolutionary Mothering, Demystifying Yoga and Donald Glover’s Atlanta. Stance loves to explore and has visited locations including Mumbai in India, Colombo in Sri Lanka, Bergen in Norway, Paris in France and New York, LA & Philadelphia in the US in search of original stories and fresh perspectives. Stance was awarded Bronze for Best Current Affairs at The British Podcast Awards 2020. Stance won Best Arts & Culture Show and Rising Star in the Mixcloud Online Radio Awards 2018, nominated for Best Arts and Culture and Best Current Affairs as part of the British Podcast Awards 2019, included in The Observer and The Times annual Best Podcasts list, and has been Podcast of the Week in publications including The FT, Grazia, The Guardian and The Independent. Join the conversation @stancepodcast @chrystalgenesis on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Don’t forget to subscribe and review! StancePodcast.com Stance is produced by Chrystal Genesis, Rachel Porter, Farrell Mahon, Joël Duncan & Carmela DiClemente. Music by Rikette Genesis and Stance branding by Edward Vince

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