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 writer 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

Xandra writes about daily life, being the heroine of our own stories, and finding wisdom in what we do for fun.

She also hosts What’s Your Favorite Part? and Read by Xandra, and leads Everyday Wonderland.

Xandra lives in Edinburgh, Scotland, and records The Art Life in the morning.

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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.

Grace lives in Los Angeles, California, and records The Art Life at midnight.

To learn more about her, visit her work on Instagram (@gracegordonofficial) and IMDb.

Recent Episodes

Jun 04, 2021

Mental Health For Artists with Athena Reddy

Athena Reddy (they/them) is an actor, movement artist, and musician, and mental health advocate. Grace and Athena discuss managing a balanced art life with a bipolar diagnosis, communicating boundaries on set, and astrology and movement practices for mental wellness.

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May 14, 2021

Campfire Special: Our Artist Dates

Grace and Xandra report back from their Artist Vacations, and read listeners’ stories. Featuring Artist Dates from Otiti, Janae, Laura, Lorrie, Sara, and moms. The art life is taking the easy road.

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Apr 09, 2021

We're On Vacation!

In celebration of our Artist Way series, The Art Life is on vacation! We'll be back soon for our new Campfire Episode. In the meantime, subscribe to our newsletter to be the first to hear our upcoming secret announcement. And perhaps go an Extended Artist Date of your own!

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Mar 26, 2021

The Artist's Way Week 12

On the Artist’s Way FINALE, Grace has exciting career news that is SO Week 12. She and Xandra marvel at how breakthroughs happen when they surrender control, and prioritise FUN! “Life is meant to be an artist date.”

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Mar 19, 2021

The Artist's Way Week 11

Grace admits to self-imposed stressors and Xandra experiences synchronicities with her former self. They choose process: in both movement and career decisions. What’s on your artist’s altar?

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Introducing ART PARTIES

Each month, Grace and Xandra will host a pair of parties: two virtual events with opposite social energies, designed to accommodate your different needs and moods. Both events will ONLY happen live (no playback guilt!), for one hour, with a pay-what-you-can ticket price.

Join us on Tuesday 8 June at 11am PST/7pm BST for our introverted SILENT ART PARTY, to gather on video to quietly journal and make art in utter silence.

Join us on Saturday 19 June at 11am PST/7pm BST for our extroverted SOCIAL ART PARTY! We will ask a few of you, “How is your art life?”, discuss our process, and celebrate wherever you are on your journey.

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