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What Do Artists Do All Day? 

This documentary offers a snapshot of the life of artist and writer John Byrne as he completes a large mural for the dome of the King's Theatre in Edinburgh. The film follows Byrne from the... See full summary »




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Series cast summary:
Norman Ackroyd Norman Ackroyd ...  Himself 1 episode, 2013
John Byrne John Byrne ...  Himself 1 episode, 2013
Polly Morgan ...  Herself 1 episode, 2013
Cornelia Parker Cornelia Parker ...  Herself 1 episode, 2013
Jack Vettriano Jack Vettriano ...  Himself 1 episode, 2013
Peter Jackson ...  Himself 1 episode, 2018
Jabez Olssen Jabez Olssen ...  Himself 1 episode, 2018
Antony Gormley Antony Gormley ...  Himself - Sculptor 1 episode, 2014
Frank Quitely Frank Quitely 1 episode, 2014
Albert Watson Albert Watson ...  Himself 1 episode, 2014
Yinka Shonibare Yinka Shonibare 1 episode, 2015
Frank Bowling Frank Bowling ...  Himself 1 episode, 2019
Brenda Emmanus Brenda Emmanus ...  Herself Presenter 1 episode, 2019


This documentary offers a snapshot of the life of artist and writer John Byrne as he completes a large mural for the dome of the King's Theatre in Edinburgh. The film follows Byrne from the intimacy of his Edinburgh home and studio - with a wealth of anecdotes and memories - to the theatre, where he oversees the completion of his latest work. Born and brought up in Paisley, John Byrne now lives in Edinburgh; the cameras follow him as he cycles and walks its streets, meeting people and reflecting on the buzz of the festival city Written by BBC

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19 March 2013 (UK) See more »

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Finestripe Productions See more »
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16:9 HD
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If you enjoy art it can be worth the watch
24 October 2015 | by ericnottellingSee all my reviews

I looked at this out of curiosity and saw there was not one review, which frankly was an utter shame. So after watching like 14 episodes I decided to write one.

Let me start off by saying the episodes are definitely like art itself. Not every episode is for every person. Having said that, if you are interested in art, there are some episodes here you will definitely find interesting, it is simply finding the right one for you. They cover art in many different aspects. From Painting to sculpture to dance, etc.... This leaves a wide interpretation of art and different aspects of it. The episodes are small pictures into the artists works, views and days. You get a feel for how they come up with their work, how much they put into their work, and the meaning of their work. Needless to say, depending on how you feel about their work and medium will lead to what you think of the episode. You can leave with either a notion that the artist is a quack or that they truly are making some sort of point. The show really leaves it to the artists to sell their work and views to you, they don't do it themselves. They simply are there to listen and view. I would recommend looking at their profiles or on the bbc to get an idea for what you are getting into. The episodes are very well shot, they are spaced out well with a mix of day life, thoughts, and work. You are not simply flooded with theory but get a more rounded aspect of the artist. From understanding their up bringing to their personal lives and how they have effected them. You get a sense of the business of art and how that is related to the production of art. You may find that an artists day isn't exactly what you may think. This show is worth the watch. I enjoyed probably 1/2 the episodes which is more than I can say for most shows. What I do like about every episode is that you are left to contemplate what the artists have stated. It tires to prove no points, but simply leave you with a different way of looking at works.

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