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Jonathan Yeo, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Designing awards

Portrait painter Jonathan Yeo makes his first sculpture using virtual reality and conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen on the influence of Finland on his life and music.

Portrait painter Jonathan Yeo discusses his ambitious new cutting-edge sculpture, which features in a new exhibition From Life at the Royal Academy, alongside works by Jeremy Deller, Jenny Saville and Gillian Wearing. Yeo's sculpture of his own head was created on a virtual reality headset, challenging the foundry tasked with making it to find a way of 3-D printing the digital work in bronze, never done before.

Artist Anish Kapoor has created a new trophy for next year's Brit Awards. Design journalist Max Fraser assesses the new design and discusses what makes the best award statuette.

On the 100th Anniversary of Finnish Independence, the conductor and composer Esa-Pekka Salonen, whose career is being celebrated by the BBC Symphony Orchestra in a Total Immersion Day at the Barbican, talks about the influence of Finland on his life and music.

Presenter: John Wilson
Producer: Edwina Pitman.

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30 minutes


  • Jonathan Yeo

    Duration: 09:24

  • Lubaina Himid, Turner Prize Winner 2017

    Duration: 03:36

  • Anish Kapoor

    Duration: 04:00

  • Esa-Pekka Salonen

    Duration: 09:25

Jonathan Yeo

Jonathan Yeo

From Life is on at The Royal Academy from the 11th December until 11th March 2018.

Image: Homage to Paolozzi (Self Portrait), 2017, bronze, by Jonathan Yeo

Esa Pekka Salonen

Esa Pekka Salonen

The BBC Symphony Orchestra’s Total Immersion day devoted to the music of Esa-Pekka Salonen takes place this Sunday at the Barbican, and will be broadcast at a later date on Radio 3.

Image: Credit Clive Barda

Lubaina Himid

Lubaina Himid

Lubaina Himid 
Photo credit: Susan Walsh

Lubaina Himid on Front Row 17th January 2017


Role Contributor
Presenter John Wilson
Interviewed Guest Jonathan Yeo
Interviewed Guest Max Fraser
Interviewed Guest Esa-Pekka Salonen




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