British Art Talks

The British Art Talks podcast is a new audio series from 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.


Lucy Skaer: Leaving the House

Artist Lucy Skaer speaks in situ about leaving her family home as the sold signs go up outside. She charts the influence of the house on her and on the work she has made over the years from parts of the building, and looks more generally at how artists find their narrative in the world.

The Medicinal Garden

This episode brings together Clare Hickman, Claire Preston and Carole Rawcliffe, scholars whose diverse researches shed new light on the physic, botanical and medicinal garden from the medieval to the eighteenth century.

“Things in their natural surroundings”?: Marketing the British Country House as Home

Kate Retford considers the development of the idea of the country house as ‘family home’ (whether actual, past or imagined) as an ideal setting for works of art through the twentieth century.

Exploring London's Art Scene in the 1960s

Lisa Tickner and Mark Hallett talk about the remarkable array of artists, curators, galleries, art-schools, films, publications and documentaries that emerged in 1960s London.

Hard Times and the Late Victorian Art

Alex Potts investigates representations of migrancy and insecure labour in the Victorian age.

The English Carthusians and the art of abstinence

Julian Luxford considers the art and architectural dimensions of Carthusian life with particular reference to the ten foundations of the order’s English Province.

“What will survive of us is love”: Memory and Emotion in Late-Medieval England

Jessica Barker explores ‘expressivity’ in late-medieval sculpture.

William Etty and the Classical Body

This episode is a discussion between Classicist Mary Beard and art historian Cora Gilroy-Ware, author of The Classical Body in Romantic Britain. It hones in on Etty’s 1837 The Sirens and Ulysses.