Lily Cole Fronts New TV Show On Art

Lily Cole is present a new art TV programme, visiting leading artists, observing them at work, and interviewing them about their life and practice

With a double first in art history from Cambridge Cole is the perfect candidate for this new series that will feature artists such as Paula Rego, Tacita Dean, and Christo. The six-part series will be called Art Matters and be screened by Sky Arts.

‘We are delighted to welcome Lily Cole to Sky Arts with this new and innovative programme’ said director of Sky Arts James Hunt: ‘We are confident that this series will offer our customers what we believe is a very different and unique opportunity to get up close and personal to some of the most intriguing, controversial and ground-breaking contemporary artists.’

The Producers of the series back2back added: ‘It’s a unique opportunity to be directing an arts series with a presenter from outside the exclusive ‘arts world’ circle’.

‘Lily Cole is bright and curious and with our unparalleled access to some of today’s most interesting and important contemporary artists this series is sure to be unique and fun.’

Cole’s modelling career was launched by a chance encounter with Benjamin Hart in Soho, London when she was 14. Since then, Cole has featured in several well-known publications, including Vogue (US, UK, Italian, Japanese), other fashion clients have included Numero, V, Pop, Dazed, Citizen K, Christian Lacroix, Alexander McQueen, Chanel, Hermes, Galliano, Louis Vuitton, Jean Paul Gaultier and Marc Jacobs. Advertising campaigns include Longchamp, Anna Sui, Hermes, Moschino, Prada, Chanel, Cacharel, Moschino fragrance, and Ghost fragrance. She has a lucrative cosmetics contract with beauty brand Rimmel London and can be seen in TVC and print advertising as part of her work with them, attracting controversy in 2008 by appearing naked in a pictorial for Playboy magazine’s French edition. Cole has also appeared in advertisements for companies such as high street retailer Marks and Spencer and cosmetics chain Rimmel.

After several minor acting roles, starting with St Trinian’s in 2007, Cole’s first leading role was as Valentina in the 2009 film The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, in which she starred alongside Heath Ledger, Johnny Depp, Colin Farrell, and Jude Law.

In June, 2011, Cole was awarded a Double First in History of Art at the University of Cambridge. While she has found great success in the modelling world, Lily maintains she never intended on modelling forever. 

She has said in the past that it provides a way to finance her future (she is now thought to have earned in excess of £11million), but has always maintained that education – and art – are more important to her.

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