Quarantine Culture: #1 Podcasts

Quarantine Culture: #1 Podcasts

At NERAM we want to make sure that while our community is being responsible by staying home that they are still connected to art, culture and entertainment. So we are bringing you a new series called Quarantine Culture that points you in the direction of art related content that you can access from home.

For our first Quarantine Culture post we asked local artist and podcast enthusiast, Leah Bullen to tell us about her favourite art podcasts. Podcasts are perfect to listen to as you go for your daily walk, work in your studio or are creating a solo space in a household now occupied by partners and kids who are also working from home (thank you noise cancelling headphones!).

So where to start? Here are Leah’s top five art podcast suggestions (including some episodes you may want to start with).

99% Invisible

99% Invisible is about all the thought that goes into the things we don’t think about — the unnoticed architecture and design that shape our world. With over 400 million downloads, 99% Invisible is one of the most popular podcasts on iTunes and is available on RadioPublic, via RSS and through other apps.

Episodes to get you started:

Talking with Painters

The podcast where Australian painters talk with Maria Stoljar about their life and art. The podcast is full of the personal stories of the painters of Australia  – not only as to how they live and work as artists but how they became an artist in the first place and what they’re working on now.

You can also find Talking With Painters on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Last Seen

With first-ever interviews, unprecedented access, and more than a year of investigative reporting, Last Seen takes you into the biggest unsolved art heist in history. The heist of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is something like the holy grail of art crime. This podcast looks at why not a single artwork has been recovered….

Go to wbur.org/lastseen to listen to all episodes, learn about the missing artworks and dig deeper into our reporting on the Gardner Museum heist.

The Forum

BBC podcast that invites you to discover world history, culture and ideas with today’s leading experts. Check out their latest episode on Artemisia Gentileschi, the Italian Baroque artist who’s became a hero for modern-day feminists.

The Great Women Artists Podcasts 

Created off the back of @thegreatwomenartists Instagram, this podcast is all about celebrating women artists. Presented by art historian and curator, Katy Hessel, this podcast interviews artists on their career, or curators, writers, or general art lovers, on the female artist who means the most to them.

Go to the-great-women-artists to listen via Apple Podcasts


Leah Bullen is an Australian artist. She completed her Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours) and a Doctor of Philosophy Creative Arts from the School of Art & Design at the Australian National University. Recently, she has been a selected finalist in the Muswellbrook Art Prize  (2020), MEGALO International Print Prize (2020),  Splash: McClelland Watercolour Prize (2018), the Wynne Prize (2016), the Fremantle Arts Centre Print Award(2015, 2016, 2018), and the Hazelhurst Art on Paper Award (2015, 2017, 2019). In 2016, she was the winner of the Trustees’ Watercolour Prize as part of the Wynne Prize at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. She currently lives and works in northern New South Wales.