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Have a question about something you've seen on CBC Arts: Exhibitionists?

Get a peek at a new series of videos that we've been calling "Art 101." That and more in this week's newsletter.

Get a peek at a new series of videos that we've been calling 'Art 101'

Class is (almost) in session... (CBC Arts)

Hello! You're reading the CBC Arts newsletter, and if you like what you see, stick around! Sign up here, and every Sunday we'll send you a fresh email packed with art, culture and a metric truckload of eye candy, hand-picked by our small and mighty team. Here's what we've been talking about this week.

Hi, art lovers!

Remember that idea we put out there last month, the one about getting a Q&A going between us? (Here's the email we're talking about so you don't have to go rummaging through your inbox.)

What do you want to know about art?

Yeah, you!

We're still collecting reader questions, so keep the emails coming, and soon we'll start rolling out the answers.

The reason we're bringing it up again is because the whole team has been on a bit of an "edutainment" bent lately, and this week our producers started taping a fun little series of videos that'll debut soon on CBC Arts: Exhibitionists...

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What's that GIF? It's your first sneak peek at something we're weirdly excited about — videos we've been calling "Art 101 with Professor Lise" around the office.

OK, technically she's not a "professor." She's "CBC Arts producer" Lise Hosein — and that classroom is actually a bunch of bookshelves somewhere in the basement of CBC Toronto.

But still! She's one of the most knowledgeable minds here in the office, and if our little unit had the power of a degree-granting institution, she might as well be the chair of the art history department. 

It's basically a quick explainer video. As for topics, "Art 101" will usually address something that's mentioned during the episode. So before you start Wikipedia-ing anything, Lise will appear to break it down in encyclopedic detail.

Really, all you need to know is that it's going to be awesome.

And if YOU have a question about something you've seen on the show — something that doesn't get covered in "Art 101" — this is the perfect way to reach us. Hit reply and send us an email, and you could read the answer right here in the newsletter.

Now, here are three doses of eye candy, just because that's what we do here.


Remember our short doc about The Miniature Kitchen in Calgary? That guy has got to meet Leah Yao, the creator of these "Mini Memento Mori." Imagine what she could do with his leftovers!

(What's a memento mori? Funny you should ask, 'cause that's actually going to be covered on one of our "Art 101" segments...stay tuned!)


That's paper?! Cut it out! Get a closer look at these incredibly intricate patterns made by Australian artist Gunjan Aylawadi.

(Photo: Krystal Ramirez/

Holy crap, that's also paper?! Discover the incredible, piñata-inspired art of Justin Favela...because the history of piñatas is another "Art 101" topic. (For real.)

You've got to see this

(Warner Music)

Which artists should get a return flight to the moon? - Because Yusaku Maezawa is planning to send artists on SpaceX's first ever trip around the moon, we asked Canadian curators who they'd recruit for the ultimate artist residency. Sorry, Lance Bass — you're not on the list.

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Get ready for your heart to burst, this father-daughter art collaboration is the sweetest thing ever - Having a kid changes everything. Yeah, yeah, parents say that all the time. But in Linsey Levendall's case, becoming a dad was about more than learning to love (and change diapers). Our filmmakers travelled to Melfort, Sask. to meet this artistic family. You've got to watch him at work with his young daughter Talulah, and hear how being a dad transformed the way he makes art.

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She's a legendary choreographer, so why did Crystal Pite stop dancing? - This week's episode of In the Making follows award-winning choreographer Crystal Pite as she prepares to say goodbye to Betroffenheit, a groundbreaking production that brought her career to new heights. There's a sneak peek at the link — or watch the full episode (or the entire 8-episode doc series) here.

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The Sisters Project (@the.sisters.project) - You know that phrase "be the change you want to see in the world"? Alia Youssef knows what we're talking about. The Ryerson student is behind a photography series called The Sisters Project that's out to change the way Muslim women are represented in media, and so far, she's travelled to 12 Canadian cities interviewing and photographing everyday women whose complex (and, frankly, inspiring) lives challenge stereotypes. Read more about the project, and see selections at Toronto's Ryerson Image Centre to Oct. 14.

Got story ideas? Typo catches? Suggestions for the "Art 101" syllabus?

We're always around. Hit us up over email, and we'll do our best to get back to you.

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Until next week! 



Leah Collins

Senior Writer

Since 2015, Leah Collins has been senior writer at CBC Arts, covering Canadian visual art and digital culture in addition to producing CBC Arts’ weekly newsletter (Hi, Art!), which was nominated for a Digital Publishing Award in 2021. A graduate of Toronto Metropolitan University's journalism school (formerly Ryerson), Leah covered music and celebrity for Postmedia before arriving at CBC.


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