Talk Art

Talk Art

Actor Russell Tovey and gallerist Robert Diament host Talk Art, a podcast dedicated to the world of art featuring exclusive interviews with leading artists, curators & gallerists, and even occasionally their talented friends from other industries like acting, music and journalism. Listen in to explore the magic of art and why it connects us all in such fantastic ways. Follow the official Instagram @TalkArt for images of artworks discussed in each episode and to follow Russell and Robert's latest art adventures. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.


October 19, 2018 39 mins
Welcome to Talk Art! Actor Russell Tovey and gallerist Robert Diament discuss how they first became friends a decade ago, plus more recent adventures at Frieze Art Fair, the Turner Prize, South London Gallery and other exhibition highlights in London, as well as Robert's gallery relocating to the seaside town of Margate, Kent.

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Russell & Robert talk with leading artist Sir Michael Craig-Martin CBE exploring 50 years of art-making. From his early 1960s work as a conceptual artist culminating in the seminal ‘An Oak Tree’ (1973) through to more recent decades as an internationally-renowned painter, sculptor and printmaker as well as his influential role as a teacher to two generations of Young British Artists at Goldsmiths.

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November 23, 2018 60 mins
Russell & Robert talk with leading actor Pedro Pascal, star of Narcos, Game of Thrones and forthcoming Star Wars 'The Mandalorian'. They discuss his favourite artist, a classic painting on display at Museum of Modern Art that offered Pedro comfort when he moved to New York in the mid 1990s, as well as his more recent art experiences at Tate Modern and Frieze Art Fair whilst filming in London for his latest movie Wonder Woman 19...

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December 27, 2018 53 mins
We celebrate the holidays with two dear friends, the actresses Sarah Hadland and Laura Aikman (both stars of The Job Lot comedy sitcom with Russell). Topics include Olafur Eliasson’s melting ice installation highlighting climate change, Yayoi Kusama’s infinity mirrored room, the paintings of LS Lowry, Beryl Cook, Picasso and Ed Ruscha. Plus we discover which guest once pole danced for Madonna! Happy Christmas everyone. We will retu...

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March 7, 2019 50 mins
Robert & Russell chat with leading British art critic and author Louisa Buck, columnist for the Art Newspaper and a judge of the Turner Prize in 2005. They explore how the art world has evolved since the 1980s and 90s, discover which artwork Grayson Perry made as a commission to commemorate the birth of Louisa's daughter as well as revealing the best, and very worst, interviews she's conducted. Happy International Women's Day!

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March 14, 2019 60 mins
Robert & Russell meet legendary artist and ‘poet of the everyday’ Martin Creed (and his dog Jimmy). Find out why this Turner Prize winner doesn’t read reviews of his own work, who his favourite comedians are and how music has informed his art. We delve deep into Creed’s creative output spanning more than 30 years. From a giant kinetic sculpture with the word MOTHERS lit up in neon, a live performance where athletes run through ...

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March 21, 2019 46 mins
Robert & Russell meet gallerist Sadie Coles, one of the world’s most respected and successful art dealers. Discover why she set up her gallery in London after managing Jeff Koons’ studio in New York in the mid 1990s; how she first discovered the work of Sarah Lucas and John Currin; the skill of representing new artists on the primary market and the importance of taking a longterm view. We discuss feminism and equality in the wo...

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March 28, 2019 67 mins
Robert & Russell meet Tracey Emin CBE, one of the world’s most respected, successful and controversial artists. During an hour-long private tour of her current solo exhibition ‘A Fortnight of Tears’, we explore her mother’s recent death, grief, everlasting love, the supernatural, insomnia and abortion. Tracey reveals that nature is one of her biggest influences and how working in a small South of France studio enabled the artis...

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April 4, 2019 56 mins
Russell & Robert chat to leading conceptual artist Ryan Gander OBE. We explore artist persona, designing a kitchen sink, family ties, the soul of objects and why his art has been so commercially successful in Japan. Ryan reveals how a limited edition Rolex watch transformed into an artwork, why he worked with glow-in-the-dark concrete, the importance of empathy and why we should all ‘let the world take a turn'. For images ...

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April 11, 2019 37 mins
Russell & Robert get the high-speed train to Margate to meet Victoria Pomery OBE, Director of Turner Contemporary. We explore her journey to plan, build & open the museum designed by architect Sir David Chipperfield, which has had over 3 million visitors since 2011 becoming an attraction of national and international importance. We discuss swimming in the sea before work, the incredible light in this seaside town, how art c...

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April 18, 2019 58 mins
Robert & Russell meet leading artist Gavin Turk. They discuss tailored suits, artist persona, veganism and a lifetime interest in the surreal form of an egg. We explore Turk's iconic early works including four antiqued mirror cubes in 'Robert Morris Untitled 1965-72' (1990) and the iconic 'Cave' (1991) an ‘historical blue plaque’ to commemorate work done by the artist during his time at the Royal College of Art, as we...

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April 25, 2019 67 mins
Robert & Russell meet David Shrigley OBE, one of the UK’s most loved and respected artists whose hilarious and disturbing doodles, sculptures and anecdotes depict the world as an absurd place. We discuss wide-ranging topics such as worms, tattoos, Dada, taxidermy, making art books and being nominated for the Turner Prize. Whilst further exploring art as therapy, living in Brighton, songwriting, drawing dogs and what it’s like t...

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May 2, 2019 61 mins
Russell & Robert meet Zadie XA, a Korean-Canadian artist with a strong focus on 'making', combining and exploring her own identity through film and performance, textiles and painting. We discover more about her technicolour universe including an upcoming performance at the Venice Biennale 2019, a mutual love of dogs (especially Rocky), shamanism, hip hop and performative style, the Yin/Yang symbol, ‘crits’ at art school and wha...

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May 9, 2019 61 mins
Russell & Robert meet leading actor Luke Evans, star of Beauty and the Beast, The Hobbit, Girl on the Train and Dracula Untold. We discuss collecting art while he's filming in different locations around the world, his friendship with iconic artist duo Gilbert & George, learning to draw in charcoal for his leading role in The Alienist and fond memories of growing up in Aberbargoed, in the south of Wales. We fi...

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May 16, 2019 59 mins

Robert & Russell meet British sculptor Phyllida Barlow CBE at the Royal Academy of Arts for an hour-long private tour of her current solo exhibition 'cul-de-sac'. World-renowned for using materials such as plaster, cardboard, scrim and cement, which turn the conventions of traditional sculpture on its head. We discuss her best-known works including the Tate Britain Commission 2014, and her installation for the 2017 Venice Bienn...

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May 23, 2019 64 mins
Welcome to the final episode of Season 1! Robert & Russell meet leading actress, writer & director Zawe Ashton, author of new book 'Character Breakdown' and who initially came to prominence as Vod in Channel 4's Fresh Meat. We discuss Zawe's recent leading film role in art-world satire Velvet Buzzsaw (in which she starred alongside Renee Russo & Jake Gyllenhaal). We learn about artworks that Zawe has connected with over...

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June 6, 2019 72 mins
Talk Art returns! To kick off Season 2, Russell & Robert meet Zoe Bedeaux, the multi-disciplinary artist, poet, super-stylist and creative shapeshifter. We discuss harlequins, Picasso, Irving Penn and Louise Nevelson. Whilst learning about Zoe's collaborations with iconic image makers Judy Blame, Ray Petri and more recently leading photographers Juergen Teller and Tim Walker. You can view Zoe's film work 'From The Mouth of Babe...

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June 13, 2019 36 mins
Robert & Russell meet British artist John Stezaker. World-renowned for his collages, we discover how he chooses his source material - typically old film stills, vintage postcards, or Hollywood headshots. In a world saturated by images, Stezaker's manipulations create space both physically and metaphorically for alternative interpretations, for exploring the seams and fissures of the visual world.

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June 20, 2019 62 mins
Robert & Russell meet legendary painter, musician and poet Billy Childish. We discuss white suits, Dada, a Kurt Schwitters-inspired tattoo, punk rock, Van Gogh and why he got expelled from studying at Saint Martins in 1980. We find out about his friendship with Peter Doig, relationship with Tracey Emin, his breakthrough exhibitions with curator Matthew Higgs at not-for-profit art space White Columns (New York) & the ICA (Lo...

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June 27, 2019 52 mins
Robert & Russell meet broadcasting legend Janet Street-Porter CBE at her home in East London. We discuss reading & self improvement, comic strip art, her godmother who was a big influence in her teenage years, French cinema & the films of Jean Cocteau, her favourite composers including JS Bach and Philip Glass as well as a memorable Gustav Metzger performance that she saw whilst studying at the Architectural Association...

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