ARTISTIC MINDS: A Genesis Foundation Podcast
By Genesis Foundation
To mark its 20th anniversary in 2021, the Genesis Foundation launched ARTISTIC MINDS, an arts podcast with twenty episodes featuring leading figures in the world of arts and culture, including theatre, visual art and classical music. Each episode in the arts podcast provides thought-provoking insights and meaningful discussions on key issues of our time. ARTISTIC MINDS is presented and produced by broadcaster James Jolly.
Stephanie Bain with Iman Qureshi, Amy Ng, and Sami Ibrahim on the craft of writing for bigger stages
Stephanie Bain, Literary Manager at the Almeida Theatre, talks to Iman Qureshi, Amy Ng, and Sami Ibrahim about their writing practices, how they developed as playwrights throughout and beyond lockdown, and the process of writing stories for big stages. The three playwrights, who were part of the inaugural cohort for the 'Genesis Almeida New Playwrights, Big Plays Programme', discuss a play they developed within the programme, and reflect on the creation of new work in the post-pandemic theatre industry.
June 23, 2022
Jim Fortune and Marc Tritschler on developing a musical, from scoring and workshops to the stage
Jim Fortune, songwriter and composer, and Marc Tritschler, Creative Director of Music at the National Theatre, delve into how they developed the music of Hex, the National Theatre’s latest musical based on the Sleeping Beauty folk tale, which Jim began developing within the Genesis Music Theatre Programme. The pair break down all the components that go into developing a new musical, highlight key songs from Hex, exploring the evolution from motif to song, and discuss the additional challenges that arise from music theatre development in a pandemic. This episode features musical interludes from the Hex soundtrack.
May 25, 2022
George Turvey and Samuel Bailey on the vital role of mentoring
George Turvey, Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Papatango Theatre Company and winner of the 2022 Genesis Foundation Prize, and Playwright Samuel Bailey discuss the impact of both formal and informal mentors, as well as the mentoring aspect of their own multi-faceted relationship that stemmed from producing Samuel’s play Shook through the Papatango New Writing Prize. The pair also look ahead at their next collaboration, as part of the Papatango Theatre’s new scheme, the Playwright-Player Commission, which is supported by George’s Genesis Foundation Prize fund.
February 03, 2022
George Prochnik and Guy Stagg on biographical writing
As part of a 3-part series featuring participants in the inaugural Genesis Jewish Book Week Emerging Writers’ Programme, George Prochnik, author of New York Times "Editor's Choice” and Wingate Prize short-listed Stranger in a Strange Land: Searching for Gershom Scholem and Jerusalem and Guy Stagg, author of Edward Stanford Travel Memoir of the Year 2019 The Crossway, explore biographical writing and how one can use it not only as a lens into the subject or period, but also into oneself. They particularly focus on Guy’s second book in development, Triptych, which is a group biography, focusing on Austrian philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein, French philosopher Simone Weil and Welsh poet and painter David Jones.
December 14, 2021
Tracy Chevalier and Dr Karen Skinazi on delving into the past through fiction
Acclaimed novelist Tracy Chevalier, best known for her second novel Girl with a Pearl Earring, which was later adapted into a film starring Scarlett Johansson and Colin Firth, and Dr Karen Skinazi, Senior Lecturer and the Director of Liberal Arts at the University of Bristol, are participants in the inaugural Genesis Jewish Book Week Emerging Writers' Programme, which champions and supports selected emerging writers in the UK through mentorship and bursaries. The pair discuss their mentor/mentee relationship and how it supports Karen as she writes her latest novel, Ness. They also share why they enjoy writing about the past and the challenges it can bring.
November 23, 2021
Jennifer Tang and Abdul Shayek on earning from your art unapologetically
Jennifer Tang, Associate Director & Genesis Fellow at the Young Vic, and Abdul Shayek, Artistic Director/Joint CEO of Tara Theatre & member of the Genesis Kickstart Fund Advisory Council, discuss all things money-related. They particularly focus on freelance artists, how they determine what their work is worth and how society’s view of theatre and art impacts artists’ finances.
July 06, 2021
Jamie Njoku-Goodwin and Ed Vaizey on reviving Britain’s cultural sector
Jamie Njoku-Goodwin, Chief Executive of UK Music and member of the Genesis Kickstart Fund Advisory Council, and Ed Vaizey (Lord Vaizey of Didcot), member of the House of Lords, look ahead to a post-Covid cultural sector. They discuss how we can move from the support phase to the recovery phase, the need for protection of freelancers in the arts and why the arts will power both the economic and social recovery of the UK.
May 12, 2021
Farooq Chaudhry and Viviana Durante on finding your artistic voice in the world of dance and embracing risk
Leading UK dance figures Farooq Chaudhry (co-founder & Producer of Akram Khan Company and member of the Genesis Kickstart Fund Advisory Council) and Viviana Durante (Artistic Director of the English National Ballet School) discuss the importance of always remaining a student, the wonders of cross-genre collaboration in dance, and the need to embrace risk when creating a piece of work.
March 03, 2021
Rufus Norris and Nina Steiger on the need for more UK music theatre and developing new work at the National Theatre
The National Theatre's Head of Play Development Nina Steiger and Artistic Director Rufus Norris, who is also a member of the Genesis Kickstart Fund Advisory Council, join for a lively discussion about this febrile time for theatre. Together, they discuss the crisis the sector is facing and how new work development and programming at the National Theatre is directly affected. They look at the future, at the need to refresh the canon and demistify the process of developing new work, with a focus on music theatre.
January 05, 2021
Young professionals special: Harry Christophers with Genesis Sixteen alumni Sarah Latto, James Way and Jamie Wright on using innovation to rise to the challenges of Covid-19 as conductors and singers
Ahead of next year's 10th anniversary for Genesis Sixteen, our young artists scheme for 18-23 year olds in collaboration with The Sixteen, The Sixteen's conductor Harry Christophers speaks to former participants about their evolution from young artist to professional, the digital renovation of the classical music industry, and using digital technology to pioneer new forms of performance and collaboration, like Wright's renowned Stay at Home Choir.
December 03, 2020
Sir Simon Rattle and The Lord Mayor of the City of London on overcoming Covid-19 in the creative sector and cultivating a diverse generation of artistic talent
As part of a series of cultural events to celebrate arts and culture in the City of London, hosted by the Lord Mayor of the City of London Alderman William Russell and the Genesis Foundation and chaired by James Jolly, Sir Simon Rattle and the Lord Mayor came together for a cultural conversation. They discussed the impact of Covid-19 on the classical music industry, the resilience and proactivity of the London Symphony Orchestra and Berlin Philharmonic, and how the LSO's East London Academy is nurturing a new generation of artistic talent that looks more like London.
October 20, 2020
David Lan and Roger Robinson on the trials and tribulations of writing and diversifying theatre
Playwright, producer and writer David Lan launched the Genesis Directors' Network, Future Directors Award and Fellowship while he was Artistic Director of the Young Vic. He speaks to poet and educator Roger Robinson whose collection of poems, A Portable Paradise won the both TS Eliot Poetry Prize in 2019, they speak about a sense of place, positive action and whether or not it is possible to transcend one's own experience of the world.
July 16, 2020
Rupert Goold and James Graham on the importance of theatre and what it takes to write "big plays"
The seventh podcast in the series features a conversation between Rupert Goold, Artistic director of the Almeida Theatre, and James Graham, playwright. For this second episode recorded mid-lockdown, the pair ask the timely question: "What does it do, a play?" They discuss the importance of theatre as an artform, and the need for artists to be supported in order to write big plays. The Genesis Podcast Series is being produced in the run-up to the Genesis Foundation’s 20th anniversary, and consists of conversations between artists and thought leaders presented by broadcaster James Jolly.
June 11, 2020
Kwame Kwei-Armah and Sir David Adjaye on reinvention, revolution and homecoming mid-lockdown
The sixth podcast in the series features a conversation between Kwame Kwei-Armah, Artistic director of the Young Vic Theatre, and Sir David Adjaye, architect. For this first episode recorded mid-lockdown, the pair discuss the importance of reinvention to build the art of tomorrow, the idea of homecoming and of knowing where you come from to know where to go next. The Genesis Podcast Series is being produced in the run-up to the Genesis Foundation’s 20th anniversary, and consists of conversations between artists and thought leaders presented by broadcaster James Jolly.
May 11, 2020
Rebecca Salter and Barry Smale on building-up one's resilience as an artist and how to navigate rejection
The fifth podcast in the series features a conversation between Rebecca Salter, President of the Royal Academy of Arts, and Barry Smale, psychotherapist, trauma specialist and lecturer. Focusing on resilience, the pair discuss the programme Salter is starting at the Royal Academy with her Genesis Prize award. The Genesis Podcast Series is being produced in the run-up to the Genesis Foundation’s 20th anniversary, and consists of conversations between artists and thought leaders presented by broadcaster James Jolly.
March 25, 2020
Alexander Armstrong and Harry Christophers on the benefits of singing and the future of choral music
One of the musicians who has been supported by the Genesis Foundation is the conductor Harry Christophers, whose choir The Sixteen he founded in 1977 and which he has built into one of the UK’s finest choirs performing and recording music commissioned by the Genesis Foundation. In this Genesis Foundation podcast, Harry was joined by the actor, broadcaster and singer Alexander Armstrong, and they discovered they were both choristers in their youth. They go on to discuss the benefits and joys of singing choral music, especially from a young age, and the necessity to nurture the next generation of choral singers and composers. The Genesis Podcast Series is being produced in the run-up to the Genesis Foundation’s 20th anniversary, and consists of conversations between artists and thought leaders presented by broadcaster James Jolly.
January 29, 2020
Grayson Perry and Hadrian Garrard on why it is important that artistic creation is rooted in community and affordable art
In this Genesis 20 podcast the artist Grayson Perry is in conversation with Hadrian Garrard, who received the Genesis Foundation’s Genesis Prize in 2016 for his work as Director of Create London, the award-winning organisation that roots artists in their communities, drawing a sustainable model for artistic creation and funding within local groups. Grayson Perry is working with the architectural practice APPARATA on an affordable housing scheme with integrated studios for artists in Barking in East London, a scheme being driven by Create London, of which Perry is an associate. For more information on the Genesis Foundation, click here.
December 11, 2019
Sir James MacMillan and Cardinal Vincent Nichols on the Holy Spirit and MacMillan's Fifth Symphony
Sir James MacMillan and Cardinal Vincent Nichols discuss the Holy Spirit and MacMillan's Fifth Symphony. Presented by James Jolly. For more information on Sir James MacMillan's work with the Genesis Foundation, click here. www.genesisfoundation.org.uk
July 29, 2019
John Studzinski CBE and Jan Dalley on the ethics of philanthropy and nurturing artistic leadership
John Studzinski, Founder and Chairman of the Genesis Foundation and Jan Dalley, Arts Editor of the Financial Times discuss philanthropy. https://genesisfoundation.org.uk/
July 29, 2019