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New York's Fearless Girl, Lawrence Brownlee, Cornelia Parker, Daljit Nagra

The controversy over the Fearless Girl statue in New York; official election artist Cornelia Parker; Daljit Nagra on Helen Dumore; Lawrence Brownlee plays Charlie Parker.

Fearless Girl, a 130cm bronze statue of a young girl in New York's financial district, is at the centre of a fierce debate about public art, corporate power, and feminism. New York-based arts journalist David D'Arcy reports from the city.

Now that the results are in, the official artist of the 2017 general election, Cornelia Parker RA, discusses documenting the 10-week campaign and the finished artwork she'll be creating for the parliamentary art collection.

The leading American tenor Lawrence Brownlee talks about singing as fast and sweepingly as a jazz sax solo, and delivering jive talk in grand classical style, in the European premiere of the opera Charlie Parker's Yardbird.

Radio 4's Poet in Residence, Daljit Nagra, discusses the work of poet and novelist Helen Dunmore, who died on Monday, and responds to Hold Out Your Arms, her final poem written just two weeks ago.

Presenter Nikki Bedi
Producer Jerome Weatherald.

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30 minutes


  • Cornelia Parker

    Duration: 05:53

  • New York's Fearless Girl

    Duration: 06:42

  • Daljit Nagra

    Duration: 05:36

  • Lawrence Brownlee

    Duration: 09:02

Cornelia Parker

Cornelia Parker

Cornelia Parker's Election artwork is unveiled in September 2017. 

There is also a solo exhibition of her work at the Frith Street Gallery, London until 21 June 2017.


Image: Cornelia Parker

Image credit: Courtesy of the artist and The Frith Street Gallery, London. Photo: Lily McMillan

New York's Fearless Girl

New York's Fearless Girl

Main image above: The Fearless Girl and Charging Bull statues in Bowling Green, New York.

Image credit: Getty Images


Image to the right: David D'Arcy with Fearless Girl

Image credit: David D'Arcy



Lawrence Brownlee

Lawrence Brownlee

Lawrence Brownlee plays Charlie Parker in  Charlie Parker's Yardbird at the Hackney Empire, London until 17 June 2017.


Image: Nikki Bedi with Lawrence Brownlee

Daljit Nagra

Daljit Nagra

British Museum,  Dalljit Nagra's latest collection of poems, is out now in hardback.


Image: Daljit Nagra

Image credit: Hayley Madden for The Poetry Society


Role Contributor
Interviewed Guest David D'Arcy
Interviewed Guest Cornelia Parker
Interviewed Guest Lawrence Brownlee
Interviewed Guest Daljit Nagra
Presenter Nikki Bedi
Producer Jerome Weatherald


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