UK Creativity

Why 'I Could Have Done That' Hurts Contemporary Art

Alexander Leivesley | Posted 17.04.2014 | 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 03.04.2014 | 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 26.03.2014 | 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 18.03.2014 | 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...

Challenge the Way You Think

Dominic Irvine | Posted 04.03.2014 | UK
Dominic Irvine

The company wanted to run a development programme - but money was tight. They needed to keep the accommodation costs as low as possible. Whilst we understood this, we didn't want to create a 'cheap-skate' feel to the event. How then to proceed?

Mischievous Creativity - why being bad can be good for business

Chris Barez-Brown | Posted 15.04.2014 | UK
Chris Barez-Brown

If when you're working you were to change your perception of what's right and wrong when it comes to thinking about the future, you'll be amazed how liberating it can also be. Get devilish when playing the business game and notice how easy it is to come up with very provocative ideas.

Prettiest Bento Lunchboxes Made By Busy Lawyer Put Our Tuna Sarnies To Shame

The Huffington Post UK | Poorna Bell | Posted 28.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle

You may write these off as the beautiful lunchboxes of a food artist who has waaay too much time on her hands, but these gorgeous bento boxes were act...

Robots Versus Humans: The Race for Employment

Chris Jones | Posted 26.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Chris Jones

Research from Oxford University shows that almost half of today's jobs will be automated by the year 2034. This has dramatic implications for our workforce. And the impact is already being felt.

What Brings Creativity and Innovative Ideas Is by Staying Away From Information Technologies

Terence Tse | Posted 23.03.2014 | UK Tech
Terence Tse

Rather than throw ourselves deeper into technology, we argue doing the opposite when it comes to surging past our creative boundaries: go low-tech and stay away from Internet technologies!

Camden Business Are an Example to the UK But They're Under Threat From HS2

Simon Pitkeathley | Posted 18.03.2014 | UK Politics
Simon Pitkeathley

HS2 Ltd wants to plough through the centre of Camden, taking over the bridges and shutting down businesses for years to create a link with the old high speed railway to Europe. On paper, building this line means road closures, bridge widening, transport disruptions. In practice, it could mean the end of Camden as we know it.

Why Things Can Only Get Worse in 2014

Hugh Salmon | Posted 16.03.2014 | UK Politics
Hugh Salmon

The dawn of a New Year is a looking forward to what is to come and for reflection, a time for taking stock. There are two things we know will happen during 2014...

The Bible for Non-religious People, Part Four: Creative Inspiration

Ben Whitnall | Posted 15.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ben Whitnall

We all need a little help to get the creative juices flowing from time to time. Maybe you're stuck for ideas, or just need something to get you started: a story, a character, a concept to embrace or to react against.

Bridging the Gap Between Art and Healthcare

Ian Spero | Posted 11.03.2014 | UK
Ian Spero

A social venture and campaigning organisation, CSL's mission is to ensure that anyone that wants it has access to qualified tools and technologies that enable them to express themselves creatively, connect with other people and work together on arts based projects, thereby improving their quality of life.

Aesthetics And Curiosity: Bridges Between Science And Art

Michelle Kelly-Irving | Posted 15.02.2014 | UK Entertainment
Michelle Kelly-Irving

Without creativity artists have the block, a creative drought. Scientists experience the block as well. Whatever the art form, creativity is its key ingredient. This is also true of science. Scientists go through these creativity deserts.

Seeking a Light Beyond Depression

Tony Lobl | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Tony Lobl

For a couple of weeks I'd taken snapshots of glorious dawn skies from my bedroom window and posted them on Facebook, to modest acclaim from a few fait...

Rise in Living Wage Highlights Need for Fair Wage in the Arts

Pauline Tambling | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Pauline Tambling

It is vital to nurture the skills of our up and coming talent to maintain our world-class reputation in the arts. The arts industry must stamp out this practice to afford opportunities for the brightest and best young people and to invest in the skills of the next generation.

Fostering Creativity in Children

Zanni Louise | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Zanni Louise

Although I am a stay-at-home-mum, I don't do a lot of interactive activities with my children. I find myself - ourselves - pottering the day away. I do what I need to around the house. My children play alone or together. We chat and interact as we go about our day. It's a happy tandem existence.

The Importance Of Puppets

Robert Bradley | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Robert Bradley

I've never been a serious person. Often I find myself at the end of another's judgement, with them claiming that I'm immature, silly or even stupid. S...

How to Unleash Your Creative Genius

Stephanie Holland | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Stephanie Holland

There's no such thing as creative people and non-creative people. Yes, some of us have an obvious 'raw' talent, but the rest of us have the same potential for unlimited creativity as soon as we discover what our innate talent is.

Creativity in Education: Are We Doing Enough to Support Young People?

Mark A'Bear | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Mark A'Bear

What are the long-term ramifications for young people of an education that stifles creativity? It's a question there has been a great deal of debate around recently - just how important is creativity in UK education and does the national curriculum as it currently stands supports it?

Why Culture Should Focus on Giving People the Means, Instead of Focussing on the Ends

Graeme Farrow | Posted 17.12.2013 | UK Entertainment
Graeme Farrow

Perhaps the biggest issue facing culture right now is that of instrumentalisation, essentially that culture must be a means to an end.

Thoughts on the Venice Biennale

Ana Tzarev | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ana Tzarev

Looking deep into the event's history, so many of the art world's most remarkable names appear as featured participants. The Biennale is the intersection of history and modernity, tradition and the cutting edge - the center of life for the art of the present day.

Give the Arts an International Day of Honour

Ana Tzarev | Posted 08.12.2013 | UK Entertainment
Ana Tzarev

Looking far into the history of man, it is apparent that the epochs of each civilization are marked by one common trait: a great flourishing of the arts.

Creative Conferences?

Nick Jefferson | Posted 27.11.2013 | UK
Nick Jefferson

It's the season of party conferences here the UK. In the wake of Lehman, and almost by default, politicians of all colours like to call for a rebalancing of the UK economy towards manufacturing. Making things seems, prima facie, a common sense way to help revive the nation. But what if how we think of our history is wrong?