Podcasts by Artists: what can we learn?

22 August 2021
Wendy Love

Wendy Love hosts ‘Where I Belong’, a new series from the Museum of Brisbane. Photo: Wendy Love.

Artists are sometimes considered outsiders, but more often than not, they have jumped into the soup of life with both feet and have a wealth of stories to share about change, family, love and daily life.

Podcasts have expanded and democratised the space for understanding art.

Usually, we hear from curators, critics and only, if you’re lucky, the artist themselves. With the advent of self-publishing, you can listen (and learn) directly from the artist, from tall stories to everyday practicalities like finance and parenting.

Creative people are both like us and exceptional.

For example, Art Guide’s series ‘The Long Run’ is a window into passion and dedication, profiling artists in the game for more than 60 years!

In ‘Where I Belong’ there are rare insights into the voice and opinion of the muse, who also happens to be artist Michael Zavros’ daughter.

Canberrans Chris Endrey and Nick Delatovic debate where art ‘ranks’ in society in their podcast, while Honor Eastly discusses her real-world experience of staying financially afloat and aiming for the big bucks in ‘Starving Artist’.

Read on and get listening to Australia’s most intriguing podcasts on art.

Talking with Painters

Maria Stoljar is a prolific and enthusiastic conversationalist. She’s an art fan and painter herself, so any of her 113 episodes are easy listening to get to know the landscape of contemporary Australian painting. She offers a useful mix of art history, personal stories and ways to think about what you’re seeing.

Rank Ideas

Ranks Ideas podcast.

Rank Ideas

Canberra talent alert! Chris Endrey and Nick Delatovic, as their show’s title suggests, rank ideas from love to e-sports, nudity and, of course, art. The pair have great repartee and dive deep into each issue with a mix of humour and philosophy.

Where I Belong

‘Where I Belong’ is a new series from the Museum of Brisbane hosted by Wendy Love. They have released six finely produced conversations with creatives (author and artists, even former politicians) revealing their personal connection to Brisbane and how this, among other things like family and the constant of change, has influenced their practices.

Art W**k

Fiona Verity and Julie Nicholson are artists who chat with fellow creatives and arts workers. They’re heavy on friendly banter as they navigate the art world, its foibles, interesting people, hierarchy, beauty and, well, its wankery.

Starving Artist

An oldie but a goodie (2017). Artist Honor Eastly and others dissect finances, planning and other sticky questions to get around the ‘starving artist’ myth. She considers how to make a living from social media, negotiate a raise and tax as a private freelancer.

Art Guide

Influenced by the exhibitions and themes trending now, this podcast speaks directly to artists. A new initiative, ‘The Long Run’ connects with artists who have been working for more than 60 years and have a wealth of experience to share.

A World of One’s Own

Artist Tai Snaith talks to women artists about the co-existence or confluence of life as a woman, parent and creative person. It looks at the how and why of making art, and how this fits with the realities of our everyday lives.


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