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Art Surgery: Anxiety

As the 'anxiety economy' grows and we spend more money on stress-relieving products and services, Elizabeth Alker and Nikesh Shukla ask how artists can help ease our worries.

Can the arts help solve today’s burning issues? Perhaps not entirely, but there’s no harm in trying.

As the UK’s “anxiety economy” continues to grow and we spend more money on supposed stress-relieving services and products – from meditation apps and scented candles to comfort blankets and aromatherapy pendants – Art Surgery asks if we can find the answers we’re looking for within the arts.

Music journalist Elizabeth Alker and writer Nikesh Shukla hear from musicians, poets, illustrators and visual artists in a bid to combat personal and societal anxiety.

Artists featured include Erland Cooper, Ellis O’Connor, Nikita Gill, Luke Sital-Singh and Laura Callaghan.

Presenters: Elizabeth Alker and Nikesh Shukla
Producer: Maddie Hickish

A Wisebuddah production for BBC Radio 4

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28 minutes

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Mon 10 Jun 2019 23:00