Arts podcasts we’ve escaped to in 2021

After another big year of ups and downs, we can find refuge and entertainment in arts podcasts from 2021.
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If 2020 was the first year of staying home, 2021 has seen us practise that reality. So, what have we been listening to in our rooms this year? And which art figures are dipping their toes into the podcast world for the first time?

From #MeToo to NFTs and the increasing stealth of AI in our lives, these recently launched podcasts reflect the current zeitgeist.

The Great Women Artists. This one was launched in 2019, so it’s had a few years to earn its stripes (and it has). Hosted by UK curator and art historian Katy Hessel, The Great Women Artists is in its sixth season of inviting women artists, or experts on them, for 45-minute in-depth conversations. Hessel brings a pacey energy to the talks, and each episode offers a wonderland of facts on some of these sadly neglected figures in the historical canon.

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ArtsHub's Arts Feature Writer Jo Pickup is based in Perth. An arts writer and manager, she has worked as a journalist and broadcaster for media such as the ABC, RTRFM and The West Australian newspaper, contributing media content and commentary on art, culture and design. She has also worked for arts organisations such as Fremantle Arts Centre, STRUT dance, and the Aboriginal Arts Centre Hub of WA, as well as being a sessional arts lecturer at The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA).