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.

Keep in touch through her newsletter.

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

Nov 19, 2021

Expanding the Canon with Shaun Leisher

EPISODE DESCRIPTION: Who decides what plays and literature are "classics"? What stories will enrich the lives of a modern audience? And... is Shakespeare truly universal? Shaun Leisher (he/him) is a dramaturg and "new play doula". This week, we discuss championing new writers, challenging status quo, and how curiosity will save the arts.

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Nov 05, 2021

Are Witches Artists? with Crimson Minx

EPISODE DESCRIPTION: Crimson Minx (she/her) is the founder of Minx + Muse, a fiercely feminine playhouse that helps people awaken their innate magick through dance, movement, and witchcraft. In this episode, Grace and Crimson discuss manifestation, intention, magick, and art: and how they're all the same thing!

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Oct 22, 2021

Integrity for Artists with Rev. Brig Feltus

EPISODE DESCRIPTION: "Integrity is the practice and acknowledgement of your wholeness. It is a commitment to expressing yourself as whole." In this much-anticipated episode, Grace interviews Reverend Brig Feltus (she/her) about artistic integrity, alignment with truth, and creating art in service of humanity's highest good. We need new fairy tales.

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Oct 08, 2021

124 Years 100 Movies

Grace just completed watching every film on AFI's 100 Greatest American Movies list. In this listener-requested episode, she discusses lifting marginalized voices, censorship and accountability, and Hollywood's power to affirm and soothe its audiences. Have you completed an art life challenge?

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Sep 16, 2021

When It's Time To Go

In Xandra’s farewell episode, she and Grace face fears, and reflect on what is no longer scary. They discuss why Xandra is ready to leave, why Grace needs to stay, and what’s next for The Art Life.

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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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Read by Xandra

In this ongoing audiobook, Xandra reads you her essays, chapter by chapter. Available for Heroine Training Patrons.