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Full details on programming announcements:
All new programmes listed have been commissioned by Phil Edgar-Jones,
Director of Sky Arts and Entertainment, and Zai Bennett, Managing
Director of Content, Sky UK and Ireland.
Landmark, a bold and ambitious series for 2021 where
artists and local communities across the UK will join forces in a quest
to create the next great British landmark, in response to the current
debate about the meaning of public monuments, and who or what is
commemorated. Landmark will capture the national mood, giving a diverse
range of British artists the chance to create the public art of the
Landmarks is produced by Primal Media; executive producers are Adam
Wood and Mat Steiner, head of development is Ben Riley. Barbara Lee is
commissioning editor at Sky.
Portrait Artist of the Week, the live-streamed
paint-along version of the channel’s flagship series ‘Portrait Artist of
the Year’, has been confirmed to return to @SkyTV Facebook, as well as
airing on Sky Arts, this Autumn, following its huge success during
lockdown. The first event during lockdown received over 20,000 entries
and was truly international, receiving global submissions from Pakistan
to Ecuador to the UK. Portrait Artist of the Week features celebrity
sitters in their own homes, with main series finalists and winners
taking turns to paint live via Facebook. Artists at home can submit
their final portrait to the judges through social media using the
hashtag #MYPAOTW. At the end of each week judges choose three of their
favourite portraits to feature on the following live programme. The
competition is open to everyone as the judges also picked out their
favourite 3 children’s portraits each week. The pilot series reached
more than 4.6 million people, with previous sitters including Noel
Fielding, Will Young, Booker Prize winning author Bernardine Evaristo,
acclaimed dancer and choreographer Akram Khan and broadcaster and
journalist Clare Balding.
Portrait Artist of the Week and Portrait Artist of the Year are
produced by Storyvault; Executive producers are Danielle Graham, Sam
Richard and Stuart Prebble. Benedetta Pinelli is commissioning editor
Goldie: The Art That Made Me: Renowned visual artist
and musician Goldie goes on a personal and passionate journey into the
world of graffiti and street art, tracing the evolution of the art form
in parallel with his own career. In a story that takes us from New York
via London, Manchester, Wolverhampton, Miami and Lisbon, Goldie meets
the originators and crucial artists from the scene, plus those who
continue to push at the edges of the art form today.
Goldie: The Art the Made Me is produced by Somethin’ Else and
Debonair; the director is Lauren Jacobs; executive producers are Ian
Sharpe and Debby Lee. Barbara Lee is commissioning editor at Sky.
Danny Dyer on Pinter, Taken under his wing following
roles in films like 1997’s Human Traffic, Pinter cast Dyer in several
of his plays, including No Man’s Land and The Homecoming. Now, twelve
years after Pinter’s death, Danny takes a look back at his mentor’s work
and the profound influence he had on his life. The 1x60 is due to air
in autumn 2020.
Danny Dyer on Pinter is produced by BBC Studios; executive producer is Rob Unsworth and producer is Ian Denyer.
Danny Dyer said: “It was an honour to take part in
this documentary as I got to go on this journey down memory lane. My
relationship with Harold is something I will always cherish and I was
very touched by the whole experience. What an incredible complex humble
human being he was. I miss him every day”.
Sky Arts Late, a new late-night, feature-length
monthly arts and culture show, with Tim Marlow hosting alongside a cast
of leading and new voices from across the arts. Featuring original
perspectives, topical debate, critical discussion, and performance, the
first edition of this lively and provocative series will assess the
importance of culture in the nation’s recovery from Covid-19 and how it
is reshaping creativity. Due to air in Autumn 2020.
Sky Arts Late is produced by Cultureshock Media; executive producers
are Debby Lee and Phil Allison. Barbara Lee is commissioning editor at
English National Opera’s Drive & Live, in
partnership with the ENO, Sky Arts will film and broadcast the ENO’s
much-anticipated return to live performance in September with a
drive-in, super-sized, and socially-distanced production of La Bohème at
London’s Alexandra Palace.
English National Opera’s Drive and Live is produced by Somethin Else;
executive producer is Jez Nelson and live director is Marcus Viner.
Benedetta Pinelli is commissioning editor for Sky.
No Masks, in partnership with Theatre Royal
Stratford East and their artistic director Nadia Fall, Sky Arts and
Moonshine Features will present a new work based on the real-life
experiences and testimonies of key workers from East London. Weaved
together with imagined narratives, written by Nadia Fall and Rebecca
Lenkiewicz, No Masks will be a testament to the dedication of key
workers during the COVID crisis as well as an exploration of our shared
hopes and fears. Due to air in autumn 2020.
No Masks is produced by Moonshine Features; executive producers are
Michelle Crowther and Mike Reilly. Barbara Lee is commissioning editor
Life & Rhymes, A celebration of spoken word
hosted by Benjamin Zephaniah, featuring some of the country’s leading
spoken word performers who will be lighting up the mic with their
lyrical creativity. The poets will perform in front of a live, committed
audience of spoken word fans who are key to every performance. Each
week Benjamin will open up the floor to give members of the audience the
opportunity to spontaneously take part in the open mic section of the
A 4x30 series due to air in Autumn 2020. Life & Rhymes is
co-produced by CPL Productions, a Red Arrow Studios company, and
Licklemor Productions; a company owned by Mama Youth Project. Exec
producers are Murray Boland, Danielle Lux, Sharon Ali for CPL
Productions and Bob Clarke for Licklemor Productions. Barbara Lee is
commissioning editor at Sky.
Inside Art, presented by Kate Bryan, is a series
that explores temporary art exhibitions at galleries and cultural venues
in the UK, connecting audiences with art experiences from photography,
painting and sculpture exhibits, to design video and fashion. Inside Art
will look at the curatorial decisions being made at institutions as
well as focusing on the artists themselves. Arts institutions involved
in the series include: Four Corners, Beecroft Gallery, The Hepworth
Wakefield, Walker Art Gallery and Manx Museum. Each episode will TX in
the first two weeks of an exhibition launching.
Inside Art is produced by Unity House; executive producers are
Richard Shaw and Nicola Schofield. Jack Oliver is commissioning editor
Brian Johnson meets Dave Grohl, In an exclusive
special recorded at the Foo Fighters’ LA studio, the AC/DC frontman
hangs out with the (other) nicest man in rock…
Brian Johnson meets Dave Grohl is produced by Somethin’ Else; the
executive producers are Ian Sharpe and Tarquin Gotch. Barbara Lee is
commissioning editor at Sky.
Brian Johnson said: “Dave Grohl's passion for
rock music is infectious, we had a ball reminiscing about the early days
in our different careers. If he ever runs for President, he’d get my
Details on existing Sky Arts programmes
The South Bank Show, a host of the arts’ leading
figures discuss their work, influences and inspirations in a collection
of eye-opening exclusive interviews with Melvyn Bragg. In the next
series, due to TX in November 2020, new interviewees will include Bernardine Evaristo, Benjamin Zephaniah, Gillian Anderson and Simon Armitage.
This brand new series is complemented by The South Bank Show Originals,
featuring famous past episodes with added footage and extra interviews
Landscape Artist of The Year, Eight artists use
paints, pencils, brushes and biros to showcase their artistic flair for
the outdoors in only four hours, all in the hope of impressing judges
Tai Shan Schierenberg, Kate Bryan and Kathleen Soriano.
Tate Britain’s Great Art Walks, Hosted by Gus
Casely-Hayford, Tate Britain’s Great Art Walks is an epic travelogue
through British art in the company of Danny Baker, Simon Callow, Richard
E Grant, Cerys Matthews, Miriam Margolyes and Michael Sheen, as they
each journey to discover the landscapes that inspired their favourite
paintings, chosen from Tate’s national collection.
Treasures of the British Library, A host of famous
faces pick out what they believe are the most important items in the
British Library. Writer Julia Donaldson, comedian Meera Syal, poet
Benjamin Zephaniah and musicians Jamie Cullum and Alison Balsom share
their personal histories and passions as they explore the extraordinary
range of the British Library's treasures.
Urban Myths, Urban Myths, the International Emmy
Award nominated series, fictionalises some of the most peculiar stories
to have ever leaked out of Hollywood, the music industry and the worlds
of art and culture. The latest series, airing in Autumn 2020, features
cast including Steve Pemberton, Robbie Coltrane, Kara Tointon and
The Art of Drumming, This four-part series joins
some of the greatest drummers on the planet as they discuss their
passion for music and the fellow drummers who inspire them. More than
that, these icons do what they do best and play, demonstrating how
iconic beats and solos are created and how they make a unique
contribution to the creation of legendary tracks.
Key Facts and Figures
About Sky Arts:
As the UK’s only dedicated arts channel, Sky Arts exists to bring
more art to more people across the UK. By throwing open the doors to
make the channel free to air, we want to increase access to and
participation in the arts.
Offering something for everyone, whatever their passion, Sky Arts
showcases the best of classical and popular music, theatre, opera, dance
and the visual arts, as well as original drama and comedy.
Audience reach of the channel – Sky Arts currently has an average monthly audience reach of 6.2m, its biggest reach since 2016.
No of hours – Sky Arts broadcast more than 530 hours
of brand-new programming in 2019 and houses more than 2000 hours of
arts-focused shows on demand for Sky customers.
Awards – Multi-award winning programming including
2020 BAFTA TV Craft Award-winning Battle of the Brass Bands, 2018 BAFTA
TV Award-winner Morgana Robinson’s Summer, 2019 RTS Programme Award
winner The Art of Drumming and 2019 Prix Italia winner Why Do We Dance?
The Sky Arts channel has twice won the Specialist Channel of the Year
category at the Broadcast Digital Awards in 2017 and 2018.
Partnerships – Across the years Sky Arts has
partnered with major institutions including the National Theatre, Royal
Academy of Arts, Tate, English National Opera, National Portrait
Gallery, Northern Ballet, National Youth Theatre, British Library,
Glyndebourne, Hay Festival, Cheltenham Literary Festival, Isle of Wight
Festival, Download Festival, The Barbican, BALTIC Centre for
Contemporary Art, Scottish National Portrait Gallery, National Gallery
Talent – Sky Arts has worked with a host of leading
talent including: Antony Gormley, Brian Johnson, Stephen Fry, Akram
Khan, Matthew Bourne, Gus Casely-Hayford, Jonathan Yeo, Tamara Rojo,
Melvyn Bragg, Tony Visconti, Danielle de Niese, Joan Bakewell, Stephen
Mangan, Chris Addison, Isabella Rossellini, Lily Cole, Helena Bonham
Carter, Don Letts, Steve White, Nitin Sawhney, Frank Skinner, Denise
Mina, Ronnie Wood, David Tennant, Emma Thompson, Noel Clarke, Kim
Cattrall, David Threlfall, David Suchet, Sheila Hancock and Noel
Innovation - Sky Arts is committed to innovation and some of our most innovative programmes over the years have included:
- Animal Symphony - a remarkable experiment looking at the
effect music has on animals, culminating in a unique concert
orchestrated by acclaimed composer Nitin Sawhney
- Computer Says Show - a world first, which looked at the effect
of technology on the creative process, by presenting the premiere
of the world’s first ‘computer generated musical’…
- Virtual Reality: Mystery of Creativity - four virtual reality
experiences and a documentary that will see world renowned artists -
Antony Gormley, Jonathan Yeo, Farshid Moussavi and Humphrey Ocean –
experiment with VR as an art form, as part of the 250th
anniversary celebrations of the Royal Academy of Arts
- One & Other – a living artwork by sculptor Antony Gormley,
where 2,400 people occupied the fourth plinth at Trafalgar Square
for 60 minutes each, taking place over 100 days.
- Art 50 – Fifty diverse art projects funded by Sky Arts
examining what it means to be British in a post-Brexit world.
Artworks included a song book created by choirs around the country,
a new poem by Simon Armitage, a new national anthem composed by
Nitin Sawhney, a comic film of different British dogs ‘talking’
about British culture and a play by John Godber featuring a
Brexiteer and a Remainer as they take a tandem bike ride across
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