This is The Art Life

What if art were less about goals and more about living? The Art Life is a podcast and emerging philosophy exploring what it means to be an artist.

Each episode questions what art has to do with life: from nature to notebooks, from happiness to home renovations.

Your hosts are actress Grace Gordon and essayist Xandra Robinson-Burns. They share stories of how art weaves meaning into all that we do. ‘Being an artist’ can be a job, but also an identity, a lifestyle, and a reminder to spend time away from screens.

In conversation, The Art Life redefines ‘art’ as expansive, inclusive, and grounding.

This show is for everyone because everyone can be an artist. Tune in for art chats and interviews. We hope you’re inspired to adopt an art life of your own.

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Xandra Robinson-Burns

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Writer & Protagonist of Heroine Training

A Bostonian based in Edinburgh, Xandra is a TEDx speaker, and her personal development programmes have been featured in The Guardian and the San Francisco Chronicle. She writes about creativity, simplicity, and character.

You can follow her work on Instagram and Patreon.

Grace Gordon

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Actress, activist, and art model.

Grace Gordon is a full time actress, activist, and art model.

Known for playing the ‘vivacious bad girl with a heart of gold’ in a wide array of LGBTQ, fantasy, and horror films, all of Grace’s work is dedicated to fostering community and healing through art and storytelling.

You can learn more about her at, or follow her work on Patreon and Instagram.

Recent Episodes

Jul 03, 2020

Crafting a Business with Erika Lyremark

Xandra talks to sales and marketing expert Erika Lyremark (she/her) about bringing your art into your business. They discuss the value of understanding your own magic, what to do when you have too many ideas, creative packaging, and prioritising FUN!

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Jun 19, 2020

Art & Healing

Artists are healers. Grace and Xandra discuss healing ourselves and the world through art.

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Jun 03, 2020

Anti-Racism in Your Art Life

In this week’s mini episode, Xandra and Grace provide an information session on how to take anti-racist action in your art life. From diversifying your art consumption to hiring sensitivity readers, there are so many ways to help. Just a reminder: listening to this episode is not activism. This episode is a map, but you have to take the journey yourself.

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May 29, 2020

Grace Quantock's Art Life

Grace Quantock (she/her) is a psychotherapeutic counsellor, writer, and storyteller. With Xandra, she discusses creating ways forward every day, marginalia, and therapeutic does of poetry. Grace recommends finding friends in bibliographies.

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May 15, 2020

Anjelika Washington's Art Life

Grace interviews actress Anjelika Washington (‘Tall Girl’, DC’s ‘Stargirl’). They discuss navigating an acting career with integrity, leaps of faith, and macaroni and cheese. We make history when we stand together.

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Xandra Robinson-Burns and Junie Burns are sisters who love good stories. After every trip to the movies, Junie asks ‘What’s your favorite part?’ and hours of intense discussion ensue.

They’re obsessed with character development, on screen, and in our own lives. Tune in for talk on female-centric and feel-good films and tv. There is wisdom and something to learn in everything we watch for fun.

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Read by Xandra

Xandra Robinson-Burns reads you her Heroine Training essays. She writes about being the heroine of your own story. For $12 Heroine Training Patrons.