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Making Art Interesting for All

Tune in to brand new podcast Artsing About to discover why alumnae Georgie Turner and Sophie Doyle, both Class of 2017, want to bring art to the masses and make it fun, interesting, and informative.

“We both started our art history journey in the sixth form at LEH under the brilliant tutelage of Ms. Lindsay, who ignited our love of the subject,” says Georgie. “In our first episode, I returned to notes made in my A Level class with her. Sophie and I often reflect on Ms. Lindsay’s teaching style and how she was able to reach this harmonious blend of study and fun. On a personal level, she gave me a huge amount of confidence in the subject which incentivised my choice to pursue it for further education.”

While Sophie went on to train at Guildhall School of Music and Drama as an actor, Georgie attended St Andrews University to study Art History. She graduated this year with First-Class Honours and a First-Class Grade in her dissertation. Sophie is now an actor and writer and also works an Office Assistant at a company called Meminioc, and Georgie works at Twickenham Film Studios as a Coordinator (post production). Despite their different paths and shift away from history of art, their passion for the subject remains.

Georgie explains: “People often say to me ‘I really love art, but I don’t know anything about it and wouldn’t know where to start looking’. To me, this is such a shame. Visual media is one of the most basic forms of communication. So much art was made in the first instance because people couldn’t read. Most of us can draw before we can write. Moreover, lots of the big British art museums are free!

“Yet this mis-informed idea that art is fundamentally for a select few prevails… Sophie and I want to change this. We want to want to dispel the myth that the art world is for a select few and make it available to everyone.  At the moment, there are virtually no mainstream forms of media that are trying to do this. We want everyone to be able to enjoy art (or at least the juicy stories that seem to go hand in hand with it). This is what our podcast Artsing About hopes to do.”

There are currently seven episodes of their fun and engaging podcast available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and all major Podcast Streamers. They feature an eclectic and erudite mix of famous and lesser known artists including the works of Manet, Lowry, Michelangelo, Sickbert and The Beatles cover art work for their Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album.

Why not take a listen to pick up some fascinating insights? You could also be in with a chance to win a custom print by Georgie and a personalised item of jewellery by Sophie. Check out their cool competition on their Instagram account Artsing_About_Podcast. The competition closes on 5th October. New episodes of Artsing About are released on Wednesdays.

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