Government Art Collection Podcasts



Welcome to the UK Government Art Collection podcast series


  • A Meeting of Cultures

    12/02/2020 Duração: 32min

    The fourth episode follows the journey of the Government Art Collection artworks from the moment of the attack in 2011 to their return to London for conservation and then back again to Tehran where they were re-installed in February 2019. It features discussions with Alejandra Echenique de Hopton (FCO); Rob Macaire, Her Majesty's Ambassador to Iran; and Andrew Parrat, Head of Collection Care (GAC).

  • A Meeting of Cultures

    12/02/2020 Duração: 27min

    The third episode recounts the dramatic attack on the British Embassy in Tehran in 2011, when a number of works of art from the Government Collection were damaged. It features an interview with Sir Dominick Chilcott, Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Ankara and former British Ambassador to Tehran in 2011.

  • A Meeting of Cultures

    12/02/2020 Duração: 26min

    This episode centres on the 19th century, covering the appointment of the first permanent British Ambassador to Tehran, Sir Gore Ouseley; the history of the British Embassy building in Tehran; the portraits of Fath Ali Shah, 2nd Qajar ruler (1772- 1834); and the European tour of Naser al Din Shah (1831-1896). It features a discussion with Dr Moya Carey, Curator of Islamic Collections at the Chester Beatty Library in Dublin, and Mark Bertram CBE RIBA, author of ‘Room for Diplomacy, Britain’s Diplomatic Buildings Overseas 1800-2000’.

  • A Meeting of Cultures

    12/02/2020 Duração: 28min

    This episode focuses on the early modern period exploring the history of the Safavid dynasty (1501-1722); rituals and banquets at the court of Shah Abbas I (1571-1629); the architecture of Isfahan and English travellers to Isfahan. It features a discussion with Dr Sussan Babaie, Andrew W. Mellon Reader in the Arts of Iran and Islam, Courtauld Institute of Art, and Dr Jan Loop, Professor in Early Modern History at the University of Kent.

  • Liliane Lijn

    07/05/2014 Duração: 30min

    In an audio interview with Liliane Lijn, which took place in her north London studio in 2013, the leading international artist gives us an insight into her unique career. Lijn hung out with Surrealists and Beat poets in Paris in the 1960s where she applied Letraset to cylinders and cones and attached them to revolving turntables to create kinetic texts called Poem Machines. From these early beginnings Lijn has gone on to pursue the exploration of light and energy with scientific dedication. In the 1980s she worked on a number of gigantic, plumed and beaded kinetic sculptures that referenced the feminine. In the last couple of decades she has produced a new series of rotating cones known as koans, stemming from her interest in Zen Buddhism where a koan is a puzzle, or type of riddle used for meditation. Lijn’s whirring mainly off-white koans have a snaking neon line running through them in subtle contrast to the object’s opaque surface that mark elliptical planes on, in and through the sculpture itself. Lijn

  • Natalie Dower

    11/02/2010 Duração: 21min

    In this audio interview, which took place on 21 October 2009 in Natalie Dower’s London studio, the artist discusses how her work has developed over a long career.