UK Creativity

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...

Challenge the Way You Think

Dominic Irvine | Posted 04.05.2014 | 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...