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New grime, ballet and photography shows coming to Sky Arts in Spring 2018

Tuesday, March 27th 2018 by Oprah Flash

Although the weather can’t quite make up its mind, Spring is officially here and Sky Arts is celebrating it by bringing you fresh new content to get those creative juices flowing.

Over the next few months, there will be a range of Sky Original productions exploring the various mediums of art, from music to photography and dance.

Sky Arts is the only dedicated channel for the arts in the UK. There’s a mix for everyone from more traditional forms of art such as Opera or Theatre, right through the spectrum to contemporary music and dramas.

Director of Sky Arts, Philip Edgar-Jones said “I am proud that we have something for everyone whatever their passion. Whether it’s getting under the skin of grime, learning something new from some of the world’s best photographers through to uncovering of some of the world’s great lost paintings.”

Northern Ballet’s Casanova: Sunday 1st April at 6pm

This production was filmed exclusively for Sky Arts by Digital Theatre. It is choreographer Kenneth Tindall’s first full-length ballet, and depicts history’s most controversial libertine, Giacomo Casanova and his hedonistic adventures. It is played live by Northern Ballet Sinfonia, the custom score is from Kerry Muzzey and designs are from the Tony and Olivier award-winning Christopher Oram.

Tate Britain’s Great Art Walks: Tuesday 17th April at 9pm

Celebrities take a crack at art appreciation as Billy Connolly, Helena Bonham Carter and Jeremy Paxman, join art historian Gus Casely-Hayford for a second series of Tate Britain’s Great Art Walks. We’ll see the group explore the landscape and real-life scenery that inspired some of the most beloved paintings hanging in Tate Britain. They'll take trips through the picturesque villages of the Lake District, Cotswolds, Southern Downs and the Scottish Highlands.

Mystery of the Lost Paintings: Wednesday 2nd May at 8pm

Art-lovers, we’ve got a treat for you, Sky Arts is giving you an inside look into what happened to several masterpieces that either got destroyed or mysteriously went missing. The documentary is broken up into seven parts, in which we’ll see the great paintings meticulously recreated and brought back to life. The restorations are carried out by Madrid based, Factum Arte, a team of artists, technicians and conservators. Van Gogh’s four iconic painting of sunflowers and Monet’s water lily canvas are just a few of the pieces to be restored.

Generation Grime: Friday 25th May at 10pm

Thought there wouldn’t be anything for millennials and generation Z to enjoy? Think again, This documentary digs into the history of the grime genre of music, featuring in-depth interviews with some the industry’s most inspiring artists, including Dizzee Rascal, Wretch 32 and Tinie Tempah.

Since it’s birth out of the dancehall, D&G and Garage scenes, grime has grown and evolved into one of the most popular music genres of the moment. Generation Grime explores the rocky relationship the artform has had with mainstream media, and honours those who pioneered the genre in a quest for creative freedom and independence over the last 20 years.

A mix of new shows from ballet to art restoration, coming to Sky Arts

Master of Photography 3: Tuesday 29th May at 8pm

Season Three leaps into Spring with a fresh search for Europe’s best photographer. The competition follows 10 budding photographers over a period of eight weeks, as they explore Europe in a bid to test their ability, skill and creative instinct. Joining Oliviero Toscani on the judging panel this year is curator Mark Sealy MBE and Elisabeth Biondi, visuals editor of The New Yorker magazine, each of whom will test the contestants’ versatility and talent along with international leading photographers and industry experts.

How to get Sky TV

To watch the creative Spring season mentioned above you can’t just switch on your ordinary TV, you’re going to need a Sky TV contract. The most basic form of this is the Entertainment pack.

Over an 18-month contract the package costs £20 a month. You’ll get the cream of the crop of Sky’s premium content including Sky One, Sky Atlantic and Sky Living, as well as a range of documentaries, music, sports and news and Asian channels.

You can boost this up with specialist content such as Sky Cinema for an extra £10 a month, Sports for £18 a month or Box Sets and Kids for £5 a month each.

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