UK Creativity

When It Comes To Creative Effort, It Pays To Spread Your Bets

Leila Johnston | Posted 06.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Leila Johnston

So, let me ask you something: what are the investments you make in your day to day life, what are the tips you're listening to, and what's the currency you're investing, hoping it'll reap dividends for you?

Unlocking Your Artistic Self

Simon Lockwood | Posted 06.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Lockwood

All the creativity in the world means nothing without a pragmatic plan of action. In terms of turning an idea into a reality, always start with the most ambitious version of what you want to achieve and work out which parts of your idea are most important to the success of the project.

Can An Arts Education Save Future Careers In The Age Of Robots?

Andrew Fitzmaurice | Posted 05.12.2016 | UK
Andrew Fitzmaurice

The initial outcomes of our analysis illustrate the impact of a well-rounded education on improving soft skills such as creativity, confidence and problem solving. In addition to fostering a love of learning and an international perspective in our students, we are trying to prepare them with the skills needed to succeed in life; skills which can never be replaced by robots or automation.

Zaha Hadid & The BRIT Awards: Pop & Ceremony

Carolyn Dailey | Posted 01.12.2016 | UK Entertainment
Carolyn Dailey

I wonder if anyone can fail to have their breath taken away when they lay eyes on the new award statuette for The BRITs designed by the late, great Za...

How To Stop Sabotaging Your Creative Confidence

Leila Johnston | Posted 29.11.2016 | UK
Leila Johnston

This week we're giving ourselves a break from creativity pressure. Some people won't accept you're an artist if you're also a stockbroker. Some peopl...

Empowering Schools To Protect The Tech-Savvy Generation

Claire Stead | Posted 25.11.2016 | UK Tech
Claire Stead

It will come as no surprise that the amount of time 8-11s and 12-15s spend online has more than doubled since 2005. Similarly, a quarter of 8-11s and seven in ten 12-15s own a smartphone. These are startling figures, but are the reality of the increasingly digital world we are living in.

Arts Education Should be Championed, Not Side-lined

Professor John Raftery | Posted 22.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Professor John Raftery

While it is seductively easy to solve a short term cash flow problem and close a course, it is much harder to open a new one, and so the decision to close should never be taken lightly. In these situations, it is a public interest focussed judgement. Arts education is not just good for society, it is civilization optimising and more should be done to ensure it is celebrated and protected.

Can Creativity Be Learned - And Should Normal People Bother?

Nigel Carrington | Posted 22.11.2016 | UK
Nigel Carrington

Teachers have a strong incentive to believe in nurture - that success is made as much as born. The strange exception is creativity, where education strategists fear to tread. As a new book identifies the seven creative behaviours behind success, we need to explore how creativity can be learnt.

Rebel Without A Home

Mik Scarlet | Posted 17.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Mik Scarlet

Back in the 1980's I did what many had done before me, I left my small town and moved to London to pursue my fortune. I grew up in the industrial town of Luton in Bedfordshire and for most of my childhood I expected a future that was like my father's, to work in one of the many factories that dotted the town

Want To Feel Better? Listen To Leonard Cohen

Andre Spicer | Posted 15.11.2016 | UK Entertainment
Andre Spicer

Cohen's passing was widely mourned. One reason was that we turn to his music when we are feeling soaked to the bone by the black rain of the world. But if we want to feel better, shouldn't we avoid depressing music like Leonard Cohen?

Why Creativity And Innovation Are About Staying Open To Change

Leila Johnston | Posted 11.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Leila Johnston

I've spoken to a lot of wonderfully inspiring people for the 'behind the scenes of creativity' podcast that I've been making every week since the summ...

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.