There is a wealth of Art programming to be found not just across the schedules but also on broadcasters’ on-demand services and websites. Some of the material, such as that offered on the BBC Bitesize site is specifically aimed at schools, curriculum related and searchable by key-stage. Here, though, is a round-up of some material that might be more useful for further and higher education:
National Gallery: A Film by Frederick Wiseman BBC4, 3 May 8pm
This inspiring and highly critically acclaimed film captures an average day in the National Gallery, from caputring visitors’ reactions to the art on display to decisions made by the institution’s executives in a board meeting.
The High Art of the Low Countries BBC iPlayer
In this 3 part series first broadcast on 15 April, Andrew Graham-Dixon explores how history has influenced the area’s art, architecture and culture.
Barbara Hepworth BBC iPlayer
This film examines how Cornish landscapes have influenced Barbara Hepworth’s work, made in 1961
Open Country: Landscape Art in Northumberland BBC Radio 4 7 May 3pm
Talks to Khosro Adibo, creator of site-specific environmental sculptures and land art pieces.
Turner Prize at 30 All 4
All 5 episodes of this series first broadcast in 2014 and showcasing past years and winners such as Damien Hirst and Grayson Perry, still available from All 4, Channel 4’s newly designed on-demand service.
Signposts to other resources:
www.bbc.co.uk/arts/yourpaintings – A comprehensive BBC website in partnership with the PCF (Public Catalogue Foundation) providing searchable information on artists, paintings and galleries.
www.bbc.co.uk/arts/yourpaintings/about/schools – educational resources including on how paintings can be used in the classroom