The art of characters, from those we create to the people who inspire them

On this week’s CBC Arts: Exhibitionists, a deep dive into the stories behind some captivating characters.

On this week’s CBC Arts: Exhibitionists, a deep dive into the stories behind some captivating characters

Stream CBC Arts: Exhibitionists S04E03 now!

From Kim Kardashian to James Bond to that one uncle who always takes over Christmas dinner with his conspiracy theories, life, art and reality shows are filled with characters. And in today's episode, we're going to get to know a few of them a little bit better. 

From the ones we create through our art to the real people who inspire them, we are doing a deep dive into the histories, communities and self-exploration behind the creation of some captivating characters. Stream the full episode now and check out below all the individual stories you'll see!

Rhoma Spencer

Mas protest: Rhoma Spencer pays homage to the activist origins of Trinidadian Carnival and shows us how traditional Carnival was born out of resistance. Watch the video.

Meaghan Kennedy

Piñata doppelgangers: Why Meaghan Kennedy is making smashable versions of lovely people. "I make them to destroy them and there's something so delightful about that." Watch the video.


Graffiti is thriving in today's Toronto — but there's more to that story than you might think. Take a trip through Toronto's complicated street art history with iconic graffiti artist Elicser. Watch the video.

Lourdes the Merry Virgin

Librarian by day, Lourdes the Merry Virgin by night: see how drag saved this Edmonton artist in this featured episode of Canada's a Drag. Watch the video.

This week's Exhibitionist in Residence: Anna Firth

Feeling stuck? These cartoon characters can relate. Get sucked into the world of Anna Firth and read our interview with this week's Exhibitionist in Residence.

And introducing Art 101 with Professor Lise

This week we're previewing a new series we'll be debuting online soon: Art 101 with Professor Lise. In this week's clip, Lise takes us through the surprising worldwide history of piñatas.

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