UK Creativity

Does the UK Education System Promote or Suffocate Creativity in Students?

Alex Dyer | Posted 01.12.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Alex Dyer

Creativity should be celebrated within schools. Creative people invent, problem-solve, discuss and communicate in fresh, exciting ways, we don't want this to be lost during school. Whatever the industry whether it's medical, science, engineering, academic research, technology, business, entrepreneurial; they all require creative thinkers to progress.

Fatal Perfectionism or From Fear to Love

Anna Roth | Posted 01.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Anna Roth

Are you familiar with that feeling? You start a new project, you would like to move to a different place, make an important phone call - and then suddenly it happens: the fear paralyzes you. You don´t reach out to the receiver, you stay there to live where you are - in other words - you give up?

'Exhibition Evenings'

Jessica Chan | Posted 30.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Jessica Chan

Holy Trinity Brompton (HTB) church's student community share the belief that all humans are 'created to be creative'. Because the students enjoy enco...

The UK Needs a New Plan of Action to Combat Low Productivity Levels

Gi Fernando | Posted 25.11.2015 | UK
Gi Fernando

Yes, productivity in the UK can be better and yes, it is crucial for the economic growth of the country that it improves, but I'm afraid everything else we have been told on the subject is wrong.

Launching Your Own Business? Work With Your Competition

Arran Rice | Posted 20.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Arran Rice

When you launch your own business one of the best approaches you can take is to work with your competition. This might seem like unusual advice but working with your rivals can be really useful - I promise.

Pinterest Peer Pressure

Amanda Fulton | Posted 12.11.2015 | UK Parents
Amanda Fulton

As one of multiple millions of people who use Pinterest regularly, I find it to be an amazing source of inspiration for parenting hacks, interiors brainstorming, fun activities to do with kids and basically any whim or fancy which can be visually attained in just a couple of clicks.

The Creative Future of Soho - Manifesto for Growth

Tom Harvey | Posted 09.11.2015 | UK Entertainment
Tom Harvey

London is at a crucial point in decisions on where it wants its creative industries to be. Soho is a brilliant example of a world class cluster, and how it solves the challenges it now faces will form a roadmap for other cities.

Instagram Turns Five: How Has it Changed Our Use of Photography and What's Next?

Andrew Saunders | Posted 09.11.2015 | UK Tech
Andrew Saunders

Images can be incredibly impactful; they can simply inform us but they also have the ability to evoke emotion in a way that words can't. They can tell stories in an instant, performing the role of a simple visual diary, whilst at their most powerful they can be a vehicle for change...more on that later.

Who wants to be best practice? Not me!

Dominic Irvine | Posted 03.11.2015 | UK
Dominic Irvine

So ask yourself - Are you the sheep or the shepherd? Are you following best practice or leading it?

Working in My Sleep

Newton Faulkner | Posted 20.10.2015 | UK Entertainment
Newton Faulkner

It took me a long time to realise that by just thinking through what I was supposed be working on, I was somehow, vicariously, actually doing the work that I thought I wasn't. Counterintuitive, yes. Lazy, possibly, but it definitely works.

New Collaborations in Tunisia: A Nobel Peace Prize and Dreams of Dismaland

Beatrice Pembroke | Posted 19.10.2015 | UK
Beatrice Pembroke

"Together, we are building a creativity economy in a region whose young people are an asset, not a liability." I'm standing in the old Iraqi embassy...

How Seriously Do You Take Your Play Time? 10 Ways to Put the Vital Into Vitality

Kate Taylor | Posted 15.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Kate Taylor

I'm serious. How often do you factor fun into your busy schedule? And by fun I mean pure unadulterated snorting, letting a bit of wee out, silly fun? Once a day? Once a week? Once a month? Once a year?

Don't Wait, Create Now!

Phillip Krynski | Posted 14.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Phillip Krynski

Success is difficult to be measured in the creative world sometimes. Unless you are a a well known highly paid artist/writer etc, you need to be prepared for people not to care about your work. The key is for you to care. Positive responses will follow naturally from here. It's time to take your creative dreams and turn them in to reality. Life is too short. You've picked up the pen, now it's time to throw down some ink.

What Does Being Overwhelmed Have to Do With The Perfect Manicure?

Dr Toby Silverton | Posted 14.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Toby Silverton

Being overwhelmed simply means you are being temporarily bombarded by 'too' many emotions and thoughts all at the same time. It doesn't mean you are weak, incompetent, stupid, unable to cope, or a personal failure. It means you are human.

It's Time to Get Students Out of the Pressure-Cooker Classrooms Created by League Tables and Ofsted

Charlie Rigby | Posted 08.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Charlie Rigby

New research this week revealed that rising numbers of university students are struggling to cope with life at university, with sharp rises in the demand for counselling. This is a worrying find and an issue which from my experience must be tackled much earlier in the education process.

Only the Brave

Laura Jordan Bambach | Posted 08.10.2015 | UK Tech
Laura Jordan Bambach

This drive to make things better is the principle that has driven every decision I've ever made. The reason I started my first agency while still at uni and the reason I've thrown myself headfirst into the unknown, over and over again. It's the reason I still actively make work rather than just bring home a mega salary for sitting in meetings about meetings.

How to Stop Getting Cross at Work

Chris Barez-Brown | Posted 22.09.2015 | UK
Chris Barez-Brown

The pace of change in technology, society and innovation has accelerated continually in the last 50 years and become an exciting high speed journey along the information superhighway.

Future Visions of Johannesburg: How Creative Technology Is Changing the City's Identity

Beatrice Pembroke | Posted 21.09.2015 | UK Tech
Beatrice Pembroke

The residencies are based in the dynamic area of Braamfontein, a hub for art, music and good food. Earlier that day I'd taken part in a 'market hack' just behind Neighbourgoods Market, with street stalls, demonstrations and activities for public audiences to try cutting-edge, creative electronic and design tools.

The Future of Education

Anna Moody | Posted 21.09.2015 | UK Parents
Anna Moody

Don't our children need to know how to 'give', how to assess risk, how to support each other, how to solve environmental concerns, how to work in teams, evaluate their strengths and weaknesses?

Not Your Average Business Skills Training - Unlocking the Power of the Creative Community in Haifa

Caroline Meaby | Posted 21.09.2015 | UK
Caroline Meaby

It's hot in Haifa. So hot that it's hard to concentrate in the small basement room we're working in. I'm surrounded by artists, designers and other cool creative types from Haifa's Palestinian community...

Nine Reasons I Believe Everyone Is an Artist

Anisa Haghdadi | Posted 18.09.2015 | UK Entertainment
Anisa Haghdadi

I didn't believe I was an artist even though I set up a hip hop dance company aged 15 and haven't really stood still since! I have always seen myself as creative but reserved 'artist' for a special type of person. I'm only now recognising that, in fact, I believe everyone is an artist. Here are nine reasons why...

The Importance of Being Bored

Anastasia Dedyukhina | Posted 10.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Anastasia Dedyukhina

Boredom reminds me of water that's put under pressure in a steam engine - if you open the tank slightly once in a while to release the pressure, the water will eventually all boil away, and the engine won't work. But if you keep it under pressure all the time, the steam might become so intense that it will make the engine work and the machine will start moving.

Am I Too Old to Become a Creative Professional?

Nick Grimwood | Posted 28.08.2015 | UK Entertainment
Nick Grimwood

I've always been hankering for more. As a physiotherapist, it is half science and half art, and I do love both. But at school, I was always an artist first, and science took second place. My teenage hobby was making super-8 films. In a funny way, I still feel like an artist and somehow I want down the wrong path.

Top Tips for 'Aspiring' Writers

Leeanne Boulton | Posted 26.08.2015 | UK Entertainment
Leeanne Boulton

So, in a rare moment of feeling that I might - just might - have a valid contribution that helps my fellow writers, here's my tuppence-worth on how to be a better writer...

Mindfulness for True Selves: From Brené Brown to Will Young and Back Again

Jana Stefanovska | Posted 07.08.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jana Stefanovska

We live in a world where we are bombarded by ideal versions of things - the media gives us constant examples of how we can be better and feeds into our deepest insecurities that we are not enough - that we need to be happier or richer, slimmer or fitter.