An art practice that engages with chance and coincidence and seeks to explore the deep beauties of the universe at work? Sounds tricky - so to turn that into Big Art takes enormous dedication to the most intricate processes at every stage of production - not to mention taking molten bronze well outside the safety zone.
Combining cutting-edge animation and 3D techniques, this series brings alive masterpieces of classic art and presents each work within a visual time-scale of the period and place they were created. The works and artists are put into sociological and political context with stunning visual effects, finally offering a modern and engaging approach to art criticism, beyond the cliched "expert in front of a work of art".
Not Quite Art series 2 is an insightful and humorous journey through an increasingly fragmented cultural landscape - where the internet and communications have given us a set of cultural choices and influences unimaginable even a decade ago. How do we collect, archive and categorise a fragmented, diverse and exploding digital culture? In DIY Museums Marcus Westbury visits a Pop Culture convention and works his way through an army of Star Wars characters and anime geeks to find some artists producing original and evocative Australian culture.
Danny Eastwood is an influential and groundbreaking Australian Indigenous artist who has been working in the Blacktown community for over 30 years. At 68 years old he has retired three times - but unable to say no, Eastwood finds himself continuing at a tireless pace teaching art classes throughout his community.
Hosted by passionate photographer Andrew Guensberg (Australian Idol), Photo Finish is a unique series where, each week, three amateur photographers compete head-to-head in themed photographic challenges.
Iceland, one of the most northern countries in the world...only 25 miles from the arctic circle is the most active volcanic area on the planet with the largest waterfall and glacier in Europe. Here Rogers has been invited to Akureyri, one of the twenty largest cities in Iceland located at the end of the largest fjord in Iceland, to create a series of earth artworks to preserve their ancient Celtic/Viking mythology.
Nicky Philipps, a portrait artist renowned for her pictures of the royal family, has asked the Fake or Fortune team to investigate a painting believed it to be by celebrated impressionist Pierre Auguste Renoir.
The Pacific Coast of the United States and Canada has a rich tradition in architectural modernism. Adapting and interpreting its defining principles to make connections with the landscape and adopt a natural way of living, communing between the inside and outside of homes. Architects, designers, residents, critics and commentators line up to give their insights into the history of the Modernist movement in North America, showing its best examples as well as some of the more quirky and individual buildings which have come from this rich, if often misunderstood, and frequently unloved tradition.
Leonardo da Vinci is considered by many to be one of the greatest artists who ever lived. Yet his reputation rests on only a handful of pictures - including the world's most famous painting, the Mona Lisa. Fiona Bruce attempts to uncover the story of this enigmatic genius.
Six hundred years ago, one painting in northern Europe was prized above all others. The painting was huge and overwhelming - the Descent from the Cross. The painter was a Flemish master, Rogier Van Der Weyden.
Continuing this spectacular three-part series, this week we move on from Italy to continue our lesson in Baroque, as UK art critic Waldemar Januszczak takes us on a tour of the best examples of Baroque to be found, and tells the best stories behind those works.
In the final part of this three-part series Waldemar Januszczak explores the English Baroque. From the Queen's House at Greenwich in London, through Britain's first important painter - William Dobson to the magnetism of Van Dyck.
Margaret Olley: A Life In Paint is an intimate one-hour documentary about one of Australia's best-loved painters. A well-known figure from the time she was painted by William Dobell in 1948, Olley's celebrity status tended to overshadow her life as a painter. This film puts Margaret OIley the painter on centre stage. Many believe her last works - those painted in the 18 months leading up to her death on 26 July 2011 - were amongst her finest.
Champion pavement artists Jenny McCracken and Anton Pulvirenti travel to Italy to represent Australia and compete against street painters from around the globe in the most prestigious yet challenging pavement art competition in the world, Incontro Nazionale dei Madonnari.
UK Journalist Fiona Bruce teams up with art expert Philip Mould to investigate mysteries behind paintings. Hanging in one of the most prestigious and respected art institutes in London is a picture Philip has heard of, which may hold the key to unlocking the story of the most audacious forger of all time. A man who dared to fake the work of Old Masters and made millions from his deception, until he was caught in 1945: Han Van Meegeren.
In this spectacular three-part series, the viewer gets to explore the Baroque tradition in many of its key locations. Starting in Italy and following the spread of the wildfire across Europe and beyond, UK art critic Waldemar Januszczak takes us on a tour of the best examples of Baroque to be found, and tells the best stories behind those works.
Journalist Fiona Bruce teams up with art expert Philip Mould to investigate mysteries behind paintings. It is a world of subterfuge and intrigue as they grapple with complex battles often unseen beneath the apparently genteel art establishment. Their sleuthing takes them from New York to Cairo and Cape Town as they unpick clues behind stolen and contested works of art, and unmask the work of a master forger along the way.
Stairway To Heaven is the story of an ancient and sublime work of sacred art, whose loss not only shook the art world, but triggered the shocking realisation that traditional Islamic knowledge and skills have all but vanished.
Nigel and Michelle help Ithar save her shoes from the bin by getting inspiration from a shoe tattooist. Find out how to make Prank Puke, a Crazy Creature Money Box and some Juggling Balls. We check in with the 'Totally Famous' Vivienne Westwood and we check out how to do something out-of-this-world with tin cans!
Take a behind-the-scenes journey into the intriguing work of one of Australia's most important living artists, Janet Laurence. Eight years in the making, this film follows Janet as she produces major installation artworks that have become part of our cities' landscapes.
Featuring Ken Unsworth, one of Australia's most prolific and fascinating artists. He is 76 years old and continues to work with relentless passion, emotion and wit in installation, performance and sculpture.
Michelle and Nigel help Jordan find a storage solution from his old packaging, taking inspiration from an artist who makes amazing collages from recycling. Find out how to make Fake Snot to prank your friends, incredible Crisp Packet Fashion and a Plastic Bottle Skittle Game. We check in with the 'Totally Famous' Salvador Dali and we check out how to make a creature out of cardboard!
Lismore Regional Art Gallery commissioned artist Lucille Martin to design a work in fabric, and involve the local embroidery guild in the creation of the work. This is the story of their efforts from design to completion.
Monumental Vision In Bolivia tells the story of one man's vision to create a series of monumental outdoor sculptural works around the globe that will connect indigenous peoples to their ancient past through the construction of a set of symbolic geoglyphs. Australian artist Andrew Rogers has a goal to create 13 monumental and spectacular forms in some of the most remote locations on earth.
Michelle and Nigel help Ben and Tobin with their zombie movie-making, taking inspiration from a top make-up artist. Find out how to make a Gross Gift to prank your friends, a bookend out of wrapping paper and a gift bag out of newspaper. We check in with the 'Totally Famous' Damien Hirst and we check out how to make a fantastic picture in the sand!
Nigel and Michelle help Abi find a use for her piles of plastic bags, getting inspiration from an artist who makes fabulous fashion out of old carriers. Find out how to make a Jumping Spider to prank your friends, a Nodding Dog out of crisp tubes, and a Lollipop Stick Easel. We check in with the 'Totally Famous' Bridget Riley and we check out how to breathe new life into an old skate park.
Totally Rubbish is a fresh, exciting art show where our presenters Michelle Ackerley and Nigel Clarke turn useless rubbish into amazing, useful stuff... The program focuses on recycling, upcycling and repurposing and each episode is packed full of original and cool ideas. In the first episode, Michelle and Nigel help Omar find a solution for his sweet wrappers, taking inspiration from an artist who uses them in her work. Find out how to make a Splat Attack to prank your friends, a cool bag out of plastic bags and a CD Hovercraft Balloon. We check in with the 'Totally Famous' Andy Warhol and we check out how to make music in a junkyard!
A journey of great physical distances and lasting bonds, this film explores the soul of creativity and inspiration in two cultures half a world apart and now bonded in art. Two master carvers, one descended from the Salish Indian tribe on Canada's west coast and the other from the Sepik River in Papua New Guinea visit each other's community to learn and share their thriving culture.
In episode 2 Edmund Capon charts how in the 20th century two world wars influenced the struggle for modern art to gain acceptance in Australia. He climbs the Harbour Bridge to tell the story of how a small band of artists, some of them women like Grace Cossington Smith, were drawn to modern art inspired by mass production and industrial design. The building of the Sydney Harbour Bridge was a pivotal moment, as was the popularity of photography.
The Art of Australia is a stunning three-part landmark series on how art and artists helped to shape Australia's national identity. Edmund Capon, former Art Gallery of New South Wales director, uncovers the story of how art and artists played their part in this country's cultural and historical development.
In this closing episode, suspicions are aroused when Philip and his researcher spot a rogue picture for sale in a South African auction house. It exudes all the classic scents of being a 'sleeper', an important picture that has been miscatalogued and offered for a very low price.
In the early years of the 20th century, spinster sisters Gwendoline and Margaret Davies spent much of their vast fortune buying the cream of European art as a gift to the people of Wales. When Gwendoline died in 1951 all the paintings in her collection were bequeathed to the National Museum of Wales. Amongst the works most proudly displayed were many by J.M.W.Turner, perhaps the nation's best loved artist. These paintings were the pinnacle of the sisters' collection, carefully selected and greatly valued. Yet within months of this extraordinary act of generosity, the authenticity of the paintings was thrown into doubt by art world experts who branded them fakes.