Arts Editor - Lesley Strachan

ArtsWatch next week comes from Putney, Tooting, Balham…the West End!

ArtsWatch next week comes from Putney, Tooting, Balham…the West End!

Wandsworth is home to Britain’s only gallery dedicated to the political Cartoon. The gallery, in Putney, is currently cartoonshowcasing 50 years of Daily Telegraph cartoons and also houses some originals of some of the world’s most famous cartoons, dating back as far as World War One. What has kept this unique art form going for decades and what makes a good political cartoon today? Greg Tinker went to the gallery to find out and met the owner, political Cartoon expert Dr Tim Benson. Listen in on his visit on Monday.


Have you ever fantasised about becoming a West End musical sensation without even having to audition? If you have

West End Musical Choirthen joining the West End Musical Choir might be the next best option. On Tuesday, the choir founder, Charlie Morrison tells Ian Barclay how you can get involved on Tuesday.




ukelelePut together a kazoo, a cahon and a double bass – oh yes, and a dozen ukuleles – and what have you got? You’ve got the great big sound of Balham Ukulele Society playing at the Croydon Uke Fest last month. Hear them open their eight song set with Plastic Jesus, performed on Sunday afternoon, at Croydon’s Green Dragon pub. Brought to you by fellow uke fiend Bev Boyd. So twang your thang and strum along on Wednesday night.



tooting street art“Who can turn down a free wall when you’re an artist like us?” says street artist Hugo Brown from Id-iom. But is street art, art? Does it belong in a market like Tooting? To find the answers to these questions and more, tune in on Thursday.




ArtsWatch broadcasts Monday to Thursday 6.45-7pm after the news.  Our next ArtsWatch Replay, the round up show, will be at 6pm Sunday 17 April.  If you have anything you would like us to cover, contact me  Follow us @ArtsWatch.

April 3rd, 2016

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