Inside Culture #4 (Delacroix, Farming Futures, Next Gen Artists, World Music)

Broadcast on 2nd May 2016

On tonight’s episode of Inside Culture, we discover the work of Delacroix, and we find out what city smog might taste like.

Presenter Fionn Davenport meets the Next Generation of artists as chosen by the Arts Council, we find out about the future of farming and food, we visit the Delacroix exhibit in the National Gallery in London, and we hear music from underrepresented nations thanks to Ian Brennan.

Recently the Arts Council awarded 16 bursaries to Next Generation artists in recognition of the role writers and artists played in 1916. Fionn met with playwright Sian Ni Mhuirí, composer David Coonan, and poet Annemarie Ní Churreáin. They were also joined by Director of the Arts council, Orlaith McBride. To meet the rest of the Next Generation of artists go to

The Centre for Genomic Gastronomy is an artist-led think tank that looks the biotechnologies and biodiversity of human food systems. Zoe Comyns met with Zac Denfeld and Katherine Kramer in Science Gallery in Dublin find out how creative thinking can address the future of farming and consumption in their exhibition Field Test. The Science Gallery exhibition runs until 5th June and you can also find their work in the Glucksman Gallery in Cork as part of 2116: Forecast of the next century until 3rd July. For more information visit

Delacroix was a French artist regarded as the leader of the French Romantic school and the father of Modernism. He’s best known for his painting Liberty Leading the People. We visited the National Gallery in London where a major exhibition on Delacroix is open to visitors and met the curator Christopher Riopelle. We also caught up with Irish art historian Margaret MacNamee who recently published the book Delacroix and his Forgotten World. Finally, we visit the National Gallery in Dublin to view Demosthenes at the Seashore by Delacroix.

Ian Brennan is the author of How Music Dies (or Lives). It explores the inequalities in the music industry when it comes to distribution and promotion. He has travelled the world in search of artists from underrepresented nations where he discovered and produced various groups who then went onto be international hits. He talks to us about his mission and introduces us to some of the musicians he has encountered on his travels. You can find out more about his work on