Kasmin, David Hockney and Sheridan Dufferin on a plane.

David Hockney at the Kasmin Gallery

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Chris Stephens

Chris Stephens describes some of the early steps in David Hockney’s career.

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Norman Ackroyd in the studio. © Sandra Lousada. Image not licensed for reuse.

A sense of place: The work of Norman Ackroyd

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Cathy Courtney

Cathy Courtney uncovers the stories and skills that lie behind the etchings and watercolours of Norman Ackroyd.

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Peter Blake and Richard Smith (right), as Royal College of Art students c. 1956, photographed by Robert Buhler.

'Why can't you draw the model like that?' Remembering the life room through Artists' Lives

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Thomas Powell

Thomas Powell tracks the shifts in attitudes to British art education between the 1920s and 1950s.

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Victor Musgrave’s cash book. Tate Archive.

Artists' Lives at the British Library and Tate Archive

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Adrian Glew

Adrian Glew explains the value of combining research in Tate’s Archive with listening to National Life Stories’ Artists’ Lives recordings.

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Kasmin (left), unknown figure, Sheridan Dufferin (right) with Kenneth Noland painting, 1968.

Playing it by ear: Kasmin in the 1960s

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Lisa Tickner

Lisa Tickner assesses the place of National Life Stories Artists’ Lives recordings in the context of art history research.

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Lynn Chadwick at home in Lypiatt Park, Gloucestershire, where his Artists' Lives recording took place.

Opening up to international influences: British art in the 20th century

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Michael Bird

Michael Bird looks at how 20th-century British artists were affected by contact with their counterparts abroad.

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Art and money

Buying, selling, collecting and exhibiting: explore the world of art and money.


Changing ideas about art curation and gallery design.


How do you learn to draw? Discover a multitude of varied responses to the life drawing room at art school.

Pop Art

The impact of advertising and pop culture on British artists in the 1960s.


Hear from a gallery owner and from artists how new materials used in the 1960s made it difficult for sculptors to find exhibiting spaces.

The artist's studio

Experience the artist's studio by listening to stories from behind the scenes.