BBC Arts Below are links to various programmes from BBC Arts, some are quite short, only a few minutes, some are much longer, full opera , plays or ballets.  We hope regularly update this, please keep checking back for new programmes. This page could be slow loading depending on your Internet connection, please wait for it to load. Newer items are at the top but there are some great programmes lower down. Land of Our Fathers Encore Live performance An emotive dark comedy, set in 1979, about the mining industry in South Wales. Set in a collapsed coal mine in May 1979, hit play Land of Our Fathers brings to the fore the tragic stories of the mining industry in South Wales. In partnership with The Space, BBC Arts has made the complete work available to watch online. Land of Our Fathers is the debut play by Chris Urch, a graduate of the Royal Court’s Young Writers Programme. Director Paul Robinson and set designer Signe Beckmann create a cramped, coal-drenched environment in which six trapped miners share dark secrets, desperate humour and fear of death. The cast in rehearsal Click here to see the whole play. A BBC Arts article on a Mapplethorpe, the photographer, exhibition for what would have been his 70th birthday. Mapplethorpe is still controversial, but his pictures, particularly of his nudes and his orchids, are just so perfect. Click here to read the article. 'What is a human being?' Sculptor Antony Gormley figures it out From the Angel of the North to his cast iron figures gazing out to sea near Liverpool, Antony Gormley has a lifelong obsession with the human form and its many representations. In his latest work, Fit, the sculptor has transformed the South Galleries of White Cube Bermondsey into a labyrinth of 15 chambers in order to explore how we measure ourselves against the scale of our built environment. WILLIAM COOK talked to the prolific Gormley about his desire to reflect humanity in his artwork as he prepared to open the exhibition. Click here to read about it. Of Angels and Dirt: Stanley Spencer's village people With canvases focusing on the tranquillity of rural life, along with highly sexualised nudes, and Bible scenes imagined in a sleepy English village, the works of Stanley Spencer mark him out as one of Britain's most distinctive and unusual artists. Spending his life in his beloved Cookham on the banks of the River Thames, Spencer's problematic and colourful private life informed his highly personal art. With Of Angels and Dirt, a major new exhibition of his work at the Hepworth Wakefield, WILLIAM COOK pays a visit to appraise the singular vision of a remarkable artist. Click here to read the article
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