BBC programme celebrates artist and teacher from the Ruskin School of Art

A new BBC documentary charts the life and work of Brian Catling, Emeritus Professor of Fine Art at the Ruskin School of Art.

‘B. Catling: Where Does It All Come From?’ is the title of the programme, which is part of the BBC’s prestigious Arena series. It aired on Sunday 21 November and is now available to watch on the iPlayer:

The programme is described by the BBC as: “An eye-popping insight into the extraordinary, late-flourishing career of maverick artist, teacher and performer Brian Catling RA, whose unique vision and imagination are celebrated through a shifting narrative of newly restored archive material, exclusive interviews and specially shot footage.”

It adds: “We see Catling at work, in the past and the present, in public performance, on stage, conjuring uncanny presences in galleries, abandoned rooms and in his studio. His histories are told, including childhood obsessions with outsiders and monsters, the early days of art school and labouring jobs at Truman’s Brewery, becoming an artist, a sculptor and maker of installations, and his decision to retreat from the London art world.”

Professor Catling is interviewed for the programme, alongside writers, artists, musicians, curators and some of his former students at the Ruskin.

You can read more on the Ruskin School of Art’s website: