WARMING HEARTS WITH BILLY CONNOLLY
In December 2020, the much-loved comedian, actor and musician starred in the ITV documentary Billy Connolly: It’s Been a Pleasure , in which he revealed how his Born On A Rainy Day collection has given him “a new lease of life”. The long-running series of idiosyncratic sketches first launched in 2012 and featured prominently in the show, which filmed Billy at his home in the Florida Keys. Billy told cameras: “I managed to get pictures together and people like them, which surprises me and amazes and delights me. It’s a lovely thing to do with yourself.”
Stealing the show: OUR ARTISTS ON SCREEN
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If, like us, you’ve been binge-watching your favourite boxsets during lockdown, you may have caught a few of our artists’ creations appearing on UK television screens. From Billy Connolly’s ITV documentary to Robert Oxley’s cameo on Channel 4’s Grand Designs , our artists are showing why their art is a must-see.
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Our new artist Alfie Bowen is also no stranger to the camera! Along with appearing in the news for his photography and campaigns to raise awareness for wildlife and autism, he also recently was the focus of a new documentary on the WaterBear network, An Eye For Detail . Exploring the young photographer’s astonishing career and offering a unique insight into his creative process, the touching documentary can be viewed for free on the WaterBear website.
ROBERT OXLEY’S WILDLIFE ART MAKES A SCENE
Robert Oxley’s lion-themed artwork took centre stage in a January 2021 episode of Grand Designs . Creating a statement feature against the exposed brickwork of Nathan and Amye’s colossal chimney breast, the piece showed that wildlife art can be mixed with industrial elements. Robert told us: “It’s so fantastic that my art was on Channel 4, especially as it’s in someone’s home – so it means a lot to them, and this means a lot to me. I even went out and bought a new television! “It’s great to have this recognition, and hopefully it will lead to more exciting things. I was just hoping the presenter [Kevin McCloud] wouldn’t ‘diss’ it – he’s always got a sarcastic comment about everything!”
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