UK Creativity

The Power Of The Written Word(s)

Iain Hunter | Posted 19.10.2016 | UK
Iain Hunter

Words are dead, right? I mean we're talking in characters now, aren't we? Or acronyms - save your reader valuable seconds, LOL. Or emojis - after all,...

Three Great Examples Of Innovation In The Charity Sector

Robin Boles | Posted 11.10.2016 | UK
Robin Boles

Over the last ten years charities have lost more than £3.2bn in grants from government. More recently, public trust in the third sector has plummeted...

Stamina, Pets And Creativity - Why Jean Paul Needs To Take Trump For A Walk

John O'Reilly | Posted 30.09.2016 | UK
John O'Reilly

The new issue of Varoom illustration magazine on Wellbeing explores how we can sustain our creativity and enrich our world. Editor John O'Reilly gets ...

Quitting Work Without A Plan: The Highs and Lows

Moshe Braun | Posted 21.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Moshe Braun

At 34 years of age, with just three months to go before my second child was due to be born, I quit my job without a backup plan. I quit because I was unhappy. Simple as that. Being miserable no longer felt like an inevitable outcome of being a responsible adult: I became convinced there was another way.

Mind The Gap - How To Find Time In Your Day To Re-energise

David Pearl | Posted 20.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle
David Pearl

The pauses between the conversations. The transitions from one place to another. Scientists tell us that matter is mostly space. In the same way our diaries, even the most intense ones, are actually full of gaps. They may be micro-moments but taken together they add up to huge amounts of empty potential

The Closure Of Fabric And Other UK Clubs Is A Tax On Youth And Creativity

Jon Wilkins | Posted 13.09.2016 | UK
Jon Wilkins

Clubs have always been the true melting pots of cities, where people from all elements of society mix in a way they wouldn't anywhere else - they're not just where people dance, they're where dreams are made, plots are hatched, relationships made, collaborations formed and even businesses launched.

Stop What You're Doing And Be Creative - Take Note From Some Wise 4 Year Olds

Vicky Bullen | Posted 02.09.2016 | UK
Vicky Bullen

It's been found that those of us working in an office environment - regardless of the industry sector - spend up to 75% of our working hours sitting at a desk answering emails. If this is the case, how are any of us expected to be creative and what can we do to get out of this rut and tap into our natural creativity?

Healing a Suicide Attempt: Cartooning My Experience

Amani Omejer | Posted 15.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Amani Omejer

Life post-overdose had a different intensity to it - I couldn't run from my struggle anymore. I couldn't keep stuff shoved down and carry on regardless. I couldn't neglect my needs because saving myself after overdosing (I called the ambulance) was cementing a promise to myself - I was going to do this.

In Praise of Fear

Anna Beecher | Posted 09.08.2016 | UK Entertainment
Anna Beecher

If anyone asks this August how my play about fearlessness is going, I happily tell them I'm terrified.

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.


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 ...