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Drawing in the Dark

Close your eyes, take a breath, and join artist Stephanie Smith in this sound exploration of visual art without visuals. You are invited to our audio easel, to draw in the dark.

Close your eyes, take a breath, and join artist Stephanie Smith as she invites you to draw in the dark.

An artist based in Sunderland, Stephanie has spent the past eight years developing a new artistic process, which she’s called 'skin-mapping'.

Her participants close their eyes and put charcoal to canvas, to really feel the tactile sensations in their faces & bodies. Stephanie guides artists and beginners alike through her practice.

These paintings, these scratchings onto thick paper, are interlaced with the stories, backgrounds and memories of the contributors; following the speed, the rhythm, the stresses and compresses on the canvas.

Featuring the voices of Olivia Glover, Mariam Khattab, Stephen Banks, Rafal Marzec, Anna Debska, Laura Hind and Barrie West.

Producer: Jay Sykes
A Soundscape Production for BBC Radio 4

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28 minutes

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