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ARTISTIC MINDS: A Genesis Foundation Podcast

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In the lead up to its 20th anniversary in 2021, the Genesis Foundation has launched ARTISTIC MINDS, an arts podcast with twenty episodes featuring leading figures in the world of arts and culture, including theatre, visual art and classical music. Each episode in the arts podcast provides thought-provoking insights and meaningful discussions on key issues of our time. ARTISTIC MINDS is presented and produced by broadcaster James Jolly.

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EPISODE TEN

Using innovation to rise to the challenges of Covid-19 as conductors and singers

Young professionals special: Harry Christophers and Genesis Sixteen alumni Sarah Latto, James Way & Jamie Wright | November 2020

Ahead of next year’s 10th anniversary for Genesis Sixteen, our young artists scheme for 18-23 year olds in collaboration with The Sixteen, The Sixteen’s conductor Harry Christophers speaks to former participants about their evolution from young artist to professional, the digital renovation of the classical music industry, and using digital technology to pioneer new forms of performance and collaboration, like Wright’s renowned Stay at Home Choir.


EPISODE NINE

Overcoming Covid-19 obstacles in the creative sector and cultivating a diverse generation of artistic talent

Sir Simon Rattle and The Lord Mayor of the City of London | October 2020

As part of a series of cultural events to celebrate arts and culture in the City of London, hosted by the Lord Mayor of the City of London Alderman William Russell and the Genesis Foundation and chaired by James Jolly, Sir Simon Rattle and the Lord Mayor came together for a cultural conversation. They discussed the impact of Covid-19 on the classical music industry, the resilience and proactivity of the London Symphony Orchestra and Berlin Philharmonic, and how the LSO’s East London Academy is nurturing a new generation of artistic talent that looks more like London. 


EPISODE EIGHT

The trials and tribulations of writing and diversifying theatre

David Lan and Roger Robinson | July 2020

Playwright, producer and writer David Lan launched the Genesis Directors’ Network, Future Directors Award and Fellowship while he was Artistic Director of the Young Vic. He speaks to poet and educator Roger Robinson whose collection of poems, A Portable Paradise, won the both TS Eliot Poetry Prize in 2019, they speak about a sense of place, positive action and whether or not it is possible to transcend one’s own experience of the world. 


EPISODE SEVEN

The importance of theatre and what it takes to write “big plays”

Rupert Goold and James Graham | June 2020

Artistic Director of the Almeida Theatre Rupert Goold and acclaimed playwright James Graham ask, mid-lockdown, the timely question: “What does it do, a play?” They discuss the importance of theatre as an artform, and what is needed for playwrights to write “big plays”, from politics to intimacy. 


EPISODE SIX

Reinvention, revolution and homecoming mid-lockdown

Kwame Kwei-Armah and Sir David Adjaye | May 2020

Artistic Director of the Young Vic Theatre Kwame Kwei-Armah and international architect Sir David Adjaye discuss, mid-lockdown, the importance of reinvention to build the art of tomorrow, the concept of roots and “homecoming”, and the art of finding out where you come from to know where to go next.


EPISODE FIVE

Building-up one’s resilience as an artist and how to navigate rejection

Rebecca Salter and Barry Smale | March 2020

President of the Royal Academy of Arts Rebecca Salter and psychotherapist, trauma specialist and lecturer Barry Smale discuss the central role played by resilience for artists to thrive, and the programme Salter is starting at the Royal Academy with her Genesis Prize award.


EPISODE FOUR

The benefits of singing and the future of choral music

Alexander Armstrong and Harry Christophers | January 2020

Conductor Harry Christophers and actor, broadcaster and singer Alexander Armstrong discuss the power of choral singing, especially from a young age as they both experienced, and the importance of nurturing the next generation of choral singers and composers.


EPISODE THREE

Why it’s important that artistic creation is rooted in community and creating affordable art

Grayson Perry and Hadrian Garrard | December 2019

Contemporary artist Grayson Perry and Founder and Director of Create London Hadrian Garrard discuss what it means to be an artist in today’s world, and explain the impact that class, housing issues and inequalities have on creativity and the production of art.


EPISODE TWO

The Holy Spirit and MacMillan’s Fifth Symphony

Cardinal Nicholas and Sir James MacMillan | July 2019

Composer Sir James MacMillan and Archbishop of Westminster Cardinal Vincent Nichols discuss the Holy Spirit, MacMillan’s Fifth Symphony and the responsibility behind the artist’s power of creation.


EPISODE ONE  

The ethics of philanthropy and nurturing artistic leadership

John Studzinski CBE and Jan Dalley | July 2019

John Studzinski, Founder and Chairman of the Genesis Foundation and Jan Dalley, Arts Editor of the Financial Times initiate the arts podcast with a discussion on philanthropy and the meaning behind what Studzinski calls the “three Ts: time, treasure and talent”.

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