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Featuring top British artist Paul Mellia

2 hours
First broadcast:
Friday 15 October 2010

Claudia meets the artist Paul Mellia, who's one of the world's fastest selling artists in today's contemporary art scene, renowned for his distinctive 3-D interpretations of celebrated icons. Paul is also one of a select few artists in the world licensed by Marvel Comics to reproduce their super hero characters Spiderman and the Incredible Hulk, as well as Catwoman and The Joker. These along with many other characters represent some of Paul's most popular recreations. While his prints are more affordable, original works of art and proofs of Paul's work are known to fetch five and six figure sums.

Also featuring Illuminating York, an outdoor lighting festival using modern lighting and projection technologies to celebrate the city's unique architecture and history. York Minster's facade will be lit up by night - the first use of the Minster as a canvas for a true "son et lumiere".

All-female comedy troupe Lady Garden preview the Manchester Comedy Festival.

Jan Pienkowski joins Claudia to tell of his rich and fascinating stories from his years in children's illustration.
Jan Pienkowski has won the Greenaway Medal twice - for his illustration of Joan Aiken's The Kingdom Under the Sea, and for Haunted House. He is widely known for illustrating the Meg and Mog stories.

Michael Billington reviews theatre and Chris McCormack tells us about what's happening in the world of art.

And we go backstage at the English National Ballet to salute some of the unsung heroes who ensure it remains one of this country's premier dance companies.

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  • Icons With Attitude – Paul Mellia

    This UK exhibition at St Pauls Gallery Birmingham features the entire collection of works from the celebrated artist of pop realism Paul Mellia.

    For more information on Paul and his exhibition click on the following link.

    Icons With Attitude
  • Manchester Comedy Festival

    The Manchester Comedy Festival returns for its tenth year between 18–31 October 2010 with a host of established names such as Jimmy Carr, Rhod Gilbert, Frankie Boyle, Jim Jefferies and Edinburgh Comedy Award 2010 winner Russell Kane, as well as the hottest new talent around such as Tom Wrigglesworth, Idiots of Ants, Shappi Khorsandi and Lady Garden in the annual celebration of comedy talent from around the UK.

    Manchester Comedy Festival
  • Lady Garden

    For more information on this all-female comedy sketch troupe and details of their forthcoming gigs click on the following link.

    Lady Garden
  • Michael Billington's Theatre Choices: Antony and Cleopatra

    Kim Cattrall forsakes Sex and the City to return to her Liverpool birthplace to play Shakespeare's Cleopatra opposite Jeffery Kissoon's Antony. Janet Suzman, a famous Cleopatra herself in the 1970s, directs this production.

    Antony and Cleopatra is at the Liverpool Playhouse until 13 November.

    Antony and Cleopatra
  • Hamlet

    Rory Kinnear's Hamlet comes hot on the heels of John Simm's in Sheffield. It's a modern-dress Hamlet in a Nicholas Hytner production that treats Elsinore as a surveillance state where the Prince's every move is closely monitored.

    Hamlet is at the National Theatre’s Olivier in London until the spring of 2011.

  • The Country Girl

    This is a 1950 Broadway play by Clifford Odets about an alcoholic actor desperately trying to make a big comeback. Martin Shaw plays the actor with Jenny Seagrove as his wife and Mark Letheren as the young director who regards her as a backstage intruder.

    The Country Girl is at the Apollo Theatre in London until 26 February.

    The Country Girl
  • Flashdance the Musical

    This was a popular hit as a movie back in 1983 with Jennifer Beals as the 19-year-old Alex who's a welder by day and a flashdancer by night, and who dreams of getting into a dance academy. As well as old hits such as I Love Rock and Roll, the stage version has 14 new songs and is choreographed by Arlene Phillips.

    Flashdance the Musical is at London’s Shaftesbury Theatre until 26 February 2011.

    Flashdance the Musical
  • Illuminating York

    The Illuminating York Festival is an outdoor lighting festival using modern lighting and projection technologies to celebrate the city’s unique architecture and history.

    Taking place between 27-30 October, the festival creates specially commissioned digital artworks on many of the city’s historic buildings, including York Minster where ‘Rose’; a spectacular work featuring music, poetry and imagery will light up the South Transept of York’s most iconic landmark.

    Below are photographs from previous Illuminating York festivals.

    Illuminating York
  • Illuminating York

    Illuminating York

    Walls of Light was a piece from last year's festival by Gaia Nova - it's projected onto the Multangular Tower in Museum Gardens York.

  • Illuminating York

    Illuminating York

    A close-up of York Minster's Rose window.

  • Illuminating York

    Illuminating York

    Ross Ashton's 2008 piece Accendo - it was projected onto St Mary's Abbey in Museum Gardens York.

  • Illuminating York

    Illuminating York

    The artist's impression of the artwork on the Rose window and South Transept of York Minster.

  • Chris McCormack's Art Choices: Frieze Art Fair

    Frieze Art Fair taking place in a giant white tent in London's Regents Park has been running since 2003 and has become a popular event in the international art calendar. The Fair features over 150 contemporary art galleries and includes specially commissioned artists’ projects, a prestigious talks programme as well as an artist-led education schedule.

    The Frieze Art Fair is at London’s Regents Park until Sunday.

    Frieze Art Fair
  • Magic Show

    In another London Park is an exhibition that draws parallels between art and magic in Magic Show, at the Pump House Gallery. Curated by writer Sally O’Reilly and artist and magician Jonathan Allen, the show brings together artworks that deal with trickery and sleight of hand, which cleverly reveal the limits of belief, and how we all really secretly desire to be seduced and persuaded that magic does exist.

    Magic Show is at Pump House Gallery in Battersea Park London until 19 December.

    Magic Show
  • John Cage: Every Day is a Good Day

    This is the first major retrospective in the UK of the visual art of the American composer and artist John Cage (1912-1992). There are over one hundred works in the show including drawings, watercolours and prints.

    The John Cage exhibition Every Day is a Good Day continues at Kettle's Yard gallery in Cambridge until 14 November.

    John Cage: Every Day is a Good Day
  • Robert Mapplethorpe

    Robert Mapplethorpe was one of the most significant photographers of the 20th Century and this exhibition features over 60 of Mapplethorpe's most defining photographs from the 1970s and 1980s, including iconic images of Andy Warhol and Patti Smith - as well as a selection of Mapplethorpe's sculpture never before shown in a UK public gallery.

    Robert Mapplethorpe continues at Eastbourne's Towner Art Gallery until 21 November.

    Robert Mapplethorpe



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