AMBIT are now intending to broadcast more regularly again, partnering with Soho Radio NYC & Soho Radio Culture for a regular monthly show.

Watch this space.

In the meantime, some art podcasts past:

Milly Peck x Emma Cousin

This series of podcasts was started by Emma Cousin in March 2020 in order to keep artists connected during lockdown. Cousin discusses how the virus has impacted different artists and their work. Ambit is pleased to share this chat between Emma Cousin (from Ambit 229) and Milly Peck (from Ambit 240).

“Milly Peck and I talk about being back in the studio after what felt to her like an interminable long weekend. We talk about crazy paving and marking time by making paths with rubble. We talk about graphic gaps and borders around things and hating soil and ski gloves. We talk about drawing. Milly discussed the drawings she’s been making as an opportunity to explore things she wouldn’t in sculpture. We talk about playing with shadows and not still life. We talk about how Milly works site specifically and how she relies on using the memory as stand in for looking too much. We talk about her process of cutting things away, off cuts and graphic shapes and touch on how she uses paint, which came in handy when her mum spilled wine on her work! We talk about fake food, going through the motions and beveled edges. We think about the objects and motifs that appear often in her work – things with volumes that can contract and expand. We mention function, the genius of Alan Ayckborn and stage sets. We talk about the visual mind map on Milly’s studio wall joining the dots between Edward Hopper, Mantegna and comics. We end on dogs keeping you normal and being good on your own.” – Emma Cousin.

This episode was recorded on 1 June 2020. With thanks to Emma Cousin and Milly Peck for letting us share it. 


Emma Cousin x Luke Burton

Ambit is pleased to share this chat between Emma Cousin (from Ambit 229) and Luke Burton (from Ambit 234).

“In this Episode, Luke Burton and I discuss his residency in Cambridge at Girton College and the realities of true isolation. We talk about his circling of painting in work that involves a cartoon-like shorthand that withstands a lot of manipulation such as stretching, warping and flattening. We revisit his recent show at Picnic Gallery in Peckham, which was constantly opening and closing and showed stacks of sports equipment in graphic totems to the closing down high street and seem now in memory to preempt the closure of so many shops and the cancellation of all sport. We discuss Pandemic poetry, miniatures, problems of display and drawing and the ornamental, ending with thoughts on the decorative and snooker (Ronnie O’Sullivan.)” – Emma Cousin.

This episode was recorded on 21 April 2020.


Chats in lockdown: artists talking. Emma Cousin talks to Katherine Bradford

Ambit is pleased to share this chat between Emma Cousin (from Ambit 229) and Katherine Bradford (from Ambit 225).

“Katherine Bradford and I talk about where she is in Maine, which is where we met, and hear about her arrival there from New York (this is the last day of her 14 day Quarantine.) We talk about what Katherine is making, from the kitchen table and about the ideas of dry mediums, white paper and stubborn images! We discuss communities, talking about the residency where we met, Skowhegan, and reflect on our relative experiences of it. Katherine talks about how she wanted an artist’s life and how she painted herself into it, both literally and in dialogue with her many peers. Katherine says “I don’t fool around”, and we explore this talking through her process, her interactions with her ‘sick paintings’ and her pace and we think on the ignored paintings and her editor, her gallery Canada. We talk about the themes in her last painting show in London (Campoli Presti) and her distinctive heads. We touch on her show at Adams and Ollman Gallery in Portland, which can be accessed remotely via her son who filmed a video. We end with her ‘dead brushes’ and simple pleasures.” – Emma Cousin

This episode was recorded on 23 April 2020. With thanks to Emma Cousin and Katherine Bradford for letting us share it. 


Art Fictions – Jillian Knipe x Grant Foster

ART FICTIONS · Grant Foster and ‘The Atrocity Exhibition’

Art Fictions is a podcast which explores the art of stories and stories of art. Artists are invited to join a discussion with artist and writer, Jillian Knipe, about their artwork through the lens of a piece of fiction selected by them.

Ambit are delighted to host an exclusive long-form edit with Grant Foster. He selects and discusses ‘The Atrocity Exhibition’ by JG Ballard, first published by Jonathan Cape UK, 1970. Both artist and writer embrace in equal measure the freedom, fear and disappointment that results from the individual being a fragmented composition, vulnerable to manipulation and capable of dynamic reconfiguration. In hope and despair, Grant points out that there is the possibility that ‘true form’ can be found ‘beneath the lie; beneath the sludge’.

Jillian and Grant discuss works from his exhibitions at TintypeLychee One and Transition Galleries, as well as the ideas, concerns and formal observations which shape his paintings.

Ambit has chosen to host this podcast because of the magazine’s association with J.G. Ballard who was a contributor and editor of the magazine over many years. You can read our history in the about page, browse past issues and even read a short story by Ballard in Ambit 96 (1984) called The Secret Autobiography of J.G. B******

See images of Grant Foster’s work in our online exclusive here.

Listen to other Art Fiction podcasts here.

(Mixed Tapes is an introductory series to Art Fictions recorded in lockdown with variations in audio quality.)


Episode One — Sarah Howe

Back in 2015, we thought we’d manage to produce regular podcasts. We achieved 2. Here they are!

Featuring poet Sarah Howe. Her first book ‘Loop of Jade’ was published earlier this year. Twitter: @luckyflowerhowe

In our second podcast we spoke with World Fantasy Award winning novelist Lavie Tidhar.


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