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Nature as artistic inspiration - live from Epping Forest, Loch Lomond and Helen's Bay

Arts news, interviews and reviews. Tracy Chevalier, Brian Irvine and Kenneth Steven on how the British landscape has inspired so many artists as well as work of their own.

We explore the natural landscape as artistic inspiration from three locations around the country. Writer Tracy Chevalier and artist Gayle Chong Kwan join John Wilson in Epping Forest to discuss why forests and trees have sparked ideas for them, composer Brian Irvine and broadcaster Marie-Louise Muir consider the art made about the sea and coastline from Helen's Bay, County Down and poet Kenneth Steven and critic Hannah McGill explore lochs, mountains and islands as a theme from the shore of Loch Lomond.

Tonight's programme is the launch of Front Row's Inspire season. We'll be finding out what artistic inspiration is - how do you define that moment when an idea strikes, and where artists find it - the natural world, their dreams, their muse, their Gods. But most importantly, we want to inspire you at home, by speaking to creativity experts and finding out the best tips and tricks to spark your own ideas. The season runs throughout the summer and concludes in September.

Presenter: John Wilson
Producer: Hannah Robins.

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30 minutes

Nature as inspiration

Main image above : Nature as Inspiration by Tania Conrad

Tracy Chevalier

Tracy Chevalier
Image: Tracy Chavalier.  Copyright: Jonathan Driori 
Her book At the Edge of the Orchard is available now.

Gayle Chong Kwan

Gayle Chong Kwan

Gayle Chong Kwan's work from The People's Forest: Process and Participation is on show  at The View visitor centre, Epping Forest, from 10 November 2018 to January 2019.

Image: Intimate Trees from The People's Forest by Gayle Chong Kwan

Image credit: Andy Stagg, 2018



Role Contributor
Presenter John Wilson
Interviewed Guest Tracy Chevalier
Interviewed Guest Gayle Chong Kwan
Interviewed Guest Brian Irvine
Interviewed Guest Marie-Louise Muir
Interviewed Guest Kenneth Steven
Interviewed Guest Hannah McGill
Producer Hannah Robins


  • Wed 1 Aug 2018 19:15

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