UK Creativity

A Simple Meditation For Your Brilliant Mind

Mercedes Ngoh | Posted 25.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mercedes Ngoh

Meditation is not a religion. Nor is it a tradition involving levitation while sitting cross-legged on the floor pretending to be an all-knowing master of the universe. Meditation, sometimes disguised as boredom, slows our breath, lowers our heart rate, relaxes our mind and provides space for self-exploration while restoring our natural energy.

To Many People, Entrepreneurship and Culture Seem Strange Bedfellows...

Caroline Meaby | Posted 22.07.2014 | UK
Caroline Meaby

We live in a hugely connected world but our points of reference can still be quite limited to the English-speaking world. Through programmes like YCE, the British Council can identify what's going on outside the confines of the usual places we look to. We connect our global entrepreneurs with the UK and with each other, and sow the seeds for international knowledge sharing and collaborations.

Why Women Need to Stop Producing and Start Creating

Tracey Follows | Posted 08.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Tracey Follows

A former boss of mine had a habit of saying 'women can't tell jokes and women can't do creative'. He was referring to creating advertising ideas, when he said this but he could have meant anything creative, even cooking. Actually, he was including cooking: 'all of the best chefs in the world are men' he would also remind us.

Five Secrets I Learned on Writing Retreat

Rachael Lucas | Posted 07.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rachael Lucas

The main secret I learned was there's no escaping the fact that the key to getting a book written is hard slog. But if you're going to do it, you may as well do it with copious amounts of cake and good company. I'm already planning my next escape, even if it does mean working on another novel to justify it.

I Want to Tell You a Story...

Peter Moreton | Posted 23.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Peter Moreton

Can you tell a good story? Google images search 'storytelling' and you are flooded with images of generations that went long before us, sitting close together round a fire using talent and artistic license to pass on tales from their parents and grandparents.

The Power of Mask Making

Charlotte Tiley | Posted 24.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Charlotte Tiley

It is a very personal journey to make your own mask and I have seen a pattern emerge over the years of observing people make their totem piece - the mask takes form and then the maker cannot help but reveal a part of themselves through the design, build and decoration.

Internet Radio- It's a blast

Andrew Cunningham | Posted 17.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Andrew Cunningham

This year, for me, has been the year of the radio show. I can't get enough of it. What a fantastic medium radio is.

Cannes Lions: An Enjoyable Yet Thoroughly Ridiculous Spectacle

Michael Frohlich | Posted 17.06.2014 | UK
Michael Frohlich

It's a mixed bag of beautiful and not so beautiful people, deals, schmoozing, ego inflating, celebrity spotting and awards, with one of the chicest backdrops in the world. A global telecoms client of mine recently laughed as he found the fact there was a multi million pound festival built around people congratulating themselves for being brilliant, was quite absurd!

Beyond the Valley: A Field Guide To ShenaniCannes

Jay Sorrels | Posted 16.06.2014 | UK
Jay Sorrels

Cannes. I don't mean the movie thing. I mean the Lions. The Lions are about Creative Directors, clients, agency execs and people that matter all in one place to review, celebrate and learn from each others work.

Viv Albertine: A State of Compulsion

Sara Bran | Posted 06.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Sara Bran

"As a woman born in the 1950s, and growing up through the 60s and 70s, the first obstacle I had to overcome, was believing I could be creative.  Still now, I dare not use the word 'artist' about myself.  

Employment Support Allowance (ESA) Disgrace

Hugh Salmon | Posted 02.06.2014 | UK Politics
Hugh Salmon

Writing these blog posts, it is impossible to predict who will read them or where they might lead. Thus it is a pleasant surprise that my most retwee...

Cannes 2014: Transforming Data - From a Buzzword Into Brilliant Ideas

Victoria Fox | Posted 22.07.2014 | UK Tech
Victoria Fox

Earlier this year, Senta Slingerland, Director of Brand Strategy for Cannes Lions came to talk to M&C Saatchi Group. It was a great insight into what was winning at Cannes 2013 - and why. Again and again, the same themes cropped up; Purpose. Story-telling. And data.

Empowering Social Workers With Mindfulness and Co-production

Anna Betz | Posted 15.07.2014 | UK
Anna Betz

"Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom....

Happiness an Education

Robert Bradley | Posted 11.07.2014 | UK
Robert Bradley

The most interesting people I met were the children. Most were too busy having fun to notice or realise that they were in a place of learning, while others paid close attention but still enjoyed what was being taught. Perhaps it was due to the efforts of the Outstanding Ofsted rated school that realised this.

Why Anybody Can (and Should) Be Creative

John Jackson | Posted 08.07.2014 | UK
John Jackson

I am glad to see that today, many people find, as my family did on our smallholding, that growing your own food is a very satisfying and creative way to live. In the town of Todmorden in Yorkshire, for example, the 'Incredible Edible' project has encouraged a revolution in community food production, growing food in public spaces around the city.

Five Reasons UK Creativity Is Vital

Tom Harvey | Posted 07.07.2014 | UK
Tom Harvey

For all of us, the small ways we are creative everyday are a far more important part of our life than we think. The houses we live in, the clothes we wear, the food we eat, the entertainment we consume, these are all creative decisions we make ourselves, they reflect our taste, our own creativity.

Why Philosophy Is Still Relevant - And Has Useful Applications

Alexander Leivesley | Posted 04.07.2014 | UK
Alexander Leivesley

To a great number of people, philosophy has become obsolete; to others it's mind-numbingly boring; to others it's incredibly confusing and too hard a subject to get around. The latter two may certainly be correct, depending on your own opinion; however the first one, the idea that philosophy has lost its purpose, most certainly isn't.

Playing on the World's Stage

Rosy Greenlees | Posted 02.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Rosy Greenlees

At the Crafts Council we believe that it's absolutely vital that we not only have a strong relationship with the craft organisations of other nations but that we also make sure we're exporting the products, skills and ideas of the best of the UK's makers to new places, opening up new opportunities and showing the world quite how good we are at making things.

Back to Reality - How to Find Creative Work After Having a Baby

Lou Mensah | Posted 30.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Lou Mensah

It may or may not be true that we become our parents, but I want to be careful of the example I set. These choices are more far-reaching than my own sense of satisfaction. I want my daughter to see me as someone who provides, and someone who is available for her.

Women Writers Are Getting a Raw Deal

Sara Sheridan | Posted 25.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Sara Sheridan

Female writers earn averagely only 77.5% of what their male counterparts earn. That's taking into account the bestselling efforts of the likes of JK Rowling. I'm an historical novelist and given that over 80% of fiction is bought by women I found that statistic particularly surprising.

Why 'I Could Have Done That' Hurts Contemporary Art

Alexander Leivesley | Posted 17.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Alexander Leivesley

"I could have done that". The usual utterance when observing a piece of contemporary art. In fact, it's these five words that create the hostility and scepticism towards modern and abstract that we see today. Is this hostility justified? Only if you've got a reason beyond the fact it's within your capabilities.

Cool Instagram Pictures That Make Us Eggy For Easter

The Huffington Post UK | Patricia Doma | Posted 09.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Easter is just around the corner and ahead of all the inevitable Eeyore-like predictions of rain and motorway jams, we figured it was time for some br...

The Courage to Be Creative

Charlotte Ballantyne | Posted 31.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Charlotte Ballantyne

Creativity is ultimately personal. When being creative, you are making something unique and new. You may have taken inspiration from other sources, but the end product is uniquely your own. Humans are constantly being innovative and inventive, and everyone is capable of this in their own way...

Poetry on the Internet and the Saturation of Information

Jack McSweeney | Posted 25.05.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jack McSweeney

The Internet is a tool that has the capacity to help art and creativity flourish and develop, yet we must be careful to utilise it properly, in order to avoid limiting it's scope for intuition and originality. Moreover, I believe that spoken word has an exciting role to play in the dissemination of information and formation of public discourse.

3D Creative Summit 2014

Alice Stansfield | Posted 17.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Alice Stansfield

Over Wednesday 12th till Thursday 13th March the BFI South bank in London hosted the 3D Creative Summit. 'As 3D's future takes shape, this is a true o...