UK Creativity

The Republic of Korea Partners With Unesco for Stronger Cultural Industries in Uganda

Salma Zulfiqar | Posted 21.07.2016 | UK
Salma Zulfiqar

With East Africa rapidly emerging as one of the the world's creative and entrepreneurial hotspots, UNESCO is launching a new project in Uganda on 27 July to strengthen the country's cultural industries and the skills of creative professionals.

Creativity to Enterprise

Professor Christina Slade | Posted 18.07.2016 | UK
Professor Christina Slade

The UK creative industries are worth £84.1 billion a year to the UK economy*; an incredible contribution and an area in which the UK shines on a global stage. Our creative exports span across film, music, gaming and publishing (to name but a few), continuously breaking new ground and contributing to the cultural landscape of countries across the world.

Paco Peña on His New Work Patrias, the Creative Process and Brexit

Carole Edrich | Posted 11.07.2016 | UK Entertainment
Carole Edrich

Paco Peña (born 1 June 1942) is regarded as one of the world's foremost traditional flamenco players. I interviewed him about his forthcoming production PATRIAS at Sadler's Wells which was premiered at the Edinburgh Festival and will start at Sadler's Wells on July 2th. Patrias is a Spanish word meaning 'homelands'.

Don't Deny Access to the Arts to the People Who Need it Most

Nicky Goulder | Posted 01.07.2016 | UK Politics
Nicky Goulder

Next week is pivotal for the future of artistic diversity in the UK. On 4 July Parliament will debate whether the EBacc should include expressive arts subjects, with the result having potentially huge ramifications for who the arts are 'for' in Britain - are they for everyone to practice and appreciate, or are they the preserve of a wealthy and culturally homogenous elite?

EU Sitting Comfortably?

David Pearl | Posted 22.06.2016 | UK Politics
David Pearl

Eight year olds won't settle down and turn off the light until their parents have assured them the bedtime story turns out ok. Adults aren't as different as we'd like to think. And our political leaders know that as they use storytelling to put us to sleep.

Stressed? You Need To Try This

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 21.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle

If you're feeling particularly stressed right now, it might be time to get creative. Research published in the journal Art Therapy found that the str...

What Modern Brands Can Learn From the Victorians

Richard Shotton | Posted 20.06.2016 | UK
Richard Shotton

If you had been strolling through Leicester on a crisp winter's day in 1881, you might have spotted a strange sight: an elephant lumbering down the high street harnessed to a giant wheel of cheese.

Business Is People and People Need Meaning

Chris Barez-Brown | Posted 20.06.2016 | UK
Chris Barez-Brown

A third of our days on this planet are working days and all too often work becomes transactional. We do things that don't necessarily fill our hearts ...

We Need to Harness Everyday Creativity to Create a Better Society

Jon Alexander | Posted 16.06.2016 | UK Entertainment
Jon Alexander

We need this in every business, every home, and every school, to shape a more active, purposeful and engaged society. And we're only going to need it more as the world changes - as robotisation advances, and as we approach the limits of our material culture and its insufficient answers to the challenges of both physical and mental wellbeing.

Finding a Space to Create

Rosy Greenlees | Posted 15.06.2016 | UK
Rosy Greenlees

According to recent results published by TripAdvisor, London is the top-ranked city destination in the world. The 2016 Travellers' Choice Award was ba...

Life Gives You Lemons? Make Lemonade!

Izzy McRae | Posted 03.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Izzy McRae

It's interesting. I don't think I would have made the Gratitude Garden app if I hadn't gone through a difficult time in my career. If life had turned out as I planned, I suspect I would have followed a more traditional route of working for someone else (rather than for myself). I doubt I would ever have had the courage to set something up.

The Musician Capturing the Sounds of Schizophrenia

Heenali Patel | Posted 02.06.2016 | UK Entertainment
Heenali Patel

Rob attributes the happiness in his life to his relationship with Gill, his wife of 24 years. They met when Rob was in a psychiatric hospital in Northampton. A whole food cooperative - Daily Bread - employed patients from the hospital, and staff to support them as a way of aiding their recovery. Gill was a member, and Rob was one of the patients she supported.

What Can Experienced Creatives Learn From Younger Generations?

Andrew Saunders | Posted 31.05.2016 | UK
Andrew Saunders

With technology changing continuously, we will need to lean on the insight of younger talent more and more to ensure that campaigns remain innovative and borderless in the future. Supporting fledgling talent early on in their careers and nurturing their potential, will be the foundation of creating seamless and relevant campaigns in the future.

The Busyness Bind: How It Holds Women Back, and Why We Let It

Neela Bettridge | Posted 31.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Neela Bettridge

Headhunters are trying to talk to more women about senior roles. But one recently told me that the overwhelming majority of women he approaches cannot, or will not, make time to talk. Most of the men, meanwhile, will. And we wonder why men outnumber women in leadership roles.

Try-oomph

Danielle Wood | Posted 23.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Danielle Wood

By definition, success is accomplishing an aim or purpose. Success is subjective: to one it is working on Wall Street while to another it's efficientl...

Calling on the Private Sector to Help Reinforce Creative Industries

Salma Zulfiqar | Posted 23.05.2016 | UK
Salma Zulfiqar

Strengthening partnerships with the private sector is the focus for the International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD) as it enters a new era. The ...

In Praise of Live-In Workspace to Save Our City Centres.

Tom Harvey | Posted 19.05.2016 | UK
Tom Harvey

We all need to face up to the fact that austerity, rent rises, and property costs remain a huge challenge to maintaining vibrant city centres. The fr...

Suddenly 31

Christine Gilland | Posted 01.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Christine Gilland

Wasn't it just the other day that I was happily festooning my walls with pull-out posters of Hanson, dreaming of winning literary awards for my YA dystopian five-volume novel, and/or becoming the sixth Spice Girl (they needed a 'Nerdy Spice' with thick glasses and knee-high socks so badly)?

How to Be a Music Man

Ben Mirza | Posted 28.04.2016 | UK Entertainment
Ben Mirza

I'm a man who enjoys hearing the stories of those making their way in the creative sphere, be it art, music, film, design etc. As someone who's worked...

Advertising Week Europe: Mobile Creativity Takes Centre Stage

Andrew Saunders | Posted 26.04.2016 | UK
Andrew Saunders

Last week, Advertising Week Europe (AWE) took place in London for the fourth year, bringing together the biggest and brightest of creative minds from across the EU. AWE's blend of experts from the world of advertising, media, technology and entertainment helped to unpack how creativity is set to change as we accelerate towards our mobile future. An era where people are accessing videos, images and news digitally, from any location, at any time.

Using Science and the Creative Arts to Enhance Mental Health and Emotional Well-Being

Dr Ramya Mohan | Posted 22.04.2016 | UK Tech
Dr Ramya Mohan

'Creativity' is applicable to a broad spectrum with Science and Creative art on either end. Where and how the twain meet for the betterment of individuals, communities and cultures is the eternal question. The answer is surprisingly simple-in the fascinating conundrum called the human mind!

Learning Through Culture

Rosy Greenlees | Posted 20.04.2016 | UK Entertainment
Rosy Greenlees

Ed Vaizey, Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy, is preparing to publish the first White Paper - a policy document that sets out the government's proposals for future legislation - on the arts since Jennie Lee's over 50 years ago. It's a hugely significant moment for organisations such as the Crafts Council.

What Rock-Climbing Taught Me About Business

Cat Neligan | Posted 13.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Cat Neligan

When you see a five-year-old scale an indoor-climbing wall like some kind of mini-Spiderman, you don't immediately think you're in for a workshop on business development. After the adrenaline has worn off (and you're in the pub celebrating your intact bones) a few lessons might just sink in, that could be applied to anyone in business today.

Why Walking Makes You 50% More Creative

Chris Smith | Posted 18.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Chris Smith

Researchers found that participants produced roughly 50% more total ideas when walking as opposed to sitting. And not only that, they also found that when walking, people became more talkative and within that chatter were higher-quality creative ideas.

Why I Stopped Hating Kanye West

Mohadesa Najumi | Posted 11.03.2016 | UK Entertainment
Mohadesa Najumi

It is hypocritical of us to shun an artist simply because they are arrogant. Firstly, who sets the parameters for what how much you can like yourself? Secondly, we miss the point of what the artist is saying when we focus so much on how they say it. The vision itself supersedes the individual.