UK Creativity

The UK's First WebFest: A Lesson to Modern Filmmakers

Elliott Grove | Posted 27.11.2013 | UK Entertainment
Elliott Grove

With web series going mainstream and hype around Netflix's successes at a high, the timing of Raindance's WebFest this year couldn't be better for new filmmakers trying to break into the online industry.

Phone-free at Festivals Signals Creativity and Expression

James Burke | Posted 11.11.2013 | UK Tech
James Burke

I've never understood how spending your precious time stacking icons of fruits on top of each other does much good for the world. Nor how, instead of watching live music, it is better to watch it through your phone screen, desperately trying to film it over the shoulder of the person in front of you.

Creativity as a Salve for the Mind and Heart

Ana Tzarev | Posted 23.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Ana Tzarev

When life's burdens weigh too heavily on my shoulders, I have found that the creation of art frees me from my struggle. In the focused tranquility of painting and sculpting, my mind cannot wander to worries.

Being Googley Part 2: Building a Culture of Creativity

Owen Lee | Posted 28.10.2013 | UK Tech
Owen Lee

Working environments have become more pressurised. With obtaining and retaining business now incredibly competitive, clients are becoming ever more demanding for their cash. However increased workloads in conjunction with reduced response times (further exacerbated since e-mail went mobile) means that employees are rarely given the necessary freedom to produce their best work. Overall, whilst the advertising industry naturally holds innovation and creativity as paramount importance, client pressures typically prevent such a culture from being entrenched into working life, and is instead an all too often an unfamiliar luxury. But what's being done and how can we all make room to be more creative?

Putting Young People's Development First Creates a Heart of Creativity

Mariam Rafiq | Posted 29.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Mariam Rafiq

I wish apprenticeships had been widely available when I was young! Just think, I could have avoided thousands of pounds worth of debt trying to figure out if I wanted to study Science or Business. Too young an age for such a costly experiment and I'm still paying for it!

Love Alive in Art: How My Garden of Love Grows

Ana Tzarev | Posted 25.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Ana Tzarev

In my years as an artist, I have observed that nature is the finest craftsman. Her flowers shoot forth from soil and sway in the breeze effortlessly, the product of such intelligent design. How easily we take for granted the wonder of creation, the hidden systems that keep the world in motion!

Starting a New Album: Fine Tuning the Process

Josephine | Posted 08.10.2013 | UK Entertainment

It's wonderful to have a collaborator. Sometimes as a musician, or writer, you spend hours at home alone just working on idea after idea, you never really know what's working, you don't know what's good, bad, or just plain terrible. And, I suppose that's why getting those ideas out in front of another human being can be so scary.

Writer & Stand-Up Viv Groskop: Laughter Lines

Sara Bran | Posted 14.09.2013 | UK Comedy
Sara Bran

"I've got a work-in-progress show of the book, I Laughed, I Cried, at the Funny Women Pop-Up Fringe in Edinburgh on August 18 and 19. I still haven't worked out if there's a way of talking about stand-up in the context of a comedy show."

The New Wave of Italian Creativity at Marylebone

Lorenzo Belenguer | Posted 09.09.2013 | UK Entertainment
Lorenzo Belenguer

No one doubts the immense contribution by the Italians to art and creativity and their influence until today. The Renaissance with artists such as: Michelangelo, Raphael, Botticelli, Leonardo, and Titian - to name a few.

Love Alive in Art: A Love Affair With Creation

Ana Tzarev | Posted 06.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Ana Tzarev

As I have traveled the world and taken in the sights of so many magnificent lands, I have observed how important the love of creation is to each culture... Life and art cannot be kept apart from one another.

Musician Amanda Palmer: Spontaneous Intimacy

Sara Bran | Posted 03.09.2013 | UK Entertainment
Sara Bran

This week's Catching the Comet's Tail features musician, artist, and all-round creative maverick Amanda Palmer who is currently touring Europe with her band Grand Theft Orchestra. You may know Amanda from her inspiring TED talk on The Art of Asking and if you want to hear a song about relationships that will bring you to your knees, check out The Bed Song.

Advertising Can Be Beautiful, But Can It Be Art?

Ryan Manchee | Posted 02.09.2013 | UK
Ryan Manchee

With ever more competition for our attention, advertisers are thinking differently about what it takes to capture the imagination of audiences. Increasingly we're seeing brands experiment with delivering more emotive, cinematic work that's a long way from the TV spots we're accustomed to.

Five Creative Apps Every Kid Should Try

Holly Seddon | Posted 27.08.2013 | UK Tech
Holly Seddon

Technology has a lot levelled at its robotic feet. Well, scratch below the headlines and you'll find that a) you'd be hard-pressed to avoid technology given that pretty much anything man-made counts as tech and b) there are oodles and oodles of examples of apps, games, websites and hardware helping kids to channel and explore their creativity.

A Cannes Lions Blog - "If You're Not Great, Get the F*** Out the Room"

David Gwozdz | Posted 21.08.2013 | UK Entertainment
David Gwozdz

Crowd-sourcing has fundamentally changed the way we source information so that essentially, we can use our social communities to help come up with big ideas too. As Jimmy Wales puts it, "great ideas don't just come from creative anymore... now they can come from anywhere".

Creative Block? 10 Ways To Fuel Your Imagination

Posted 27.06.2013 | UK Entertainment

A vivid imagination is not just a pre-requisite for creative professionals. From tackling work problems and getting the most out of playtime with your...

A Kick Off to the 60th Cannes International Festival of Creativity: Have Fun and Make Things Matter

David Gwozdz | Posted 18.08.2013 | UK
David Gwozdz

What do we want from creativity? That's the million dollar question on stage today at the 60th Cannes International Festival of Creativity on the Cote D'Azur.

Musician KT Tunstall: Desert Boots

Sara Bran | Posted 14.08.2013 | UK Entertainment
Sara Bran

Recorded over twenty days in the middle of the Arizona desert, Invisible Empire is musically stripped down, as emotionally raw and vast as the landscape which spawned it.

For Women Readers Only

B.J. Epstein | Posted 05.08.2013 | UK Entertainment
B.J. Epstein

In an ideal world, men and women would be judged by the same standards and would have equal access to prize, as well as to having their work published, exhibited, performed, etc., and to receiving grants, and so forth. Unfortunately, Polly Courtney seems to have forgotten that we don't live in an ideal world.

Rediscovering Birmingham's Reputation for Creativity and Manufacturing Excellence

Dr Steve McCabe | Posted 03.08.2013 | UK
Dr Steve McCabe

Birmingham is still able to make goods that include the best design and involve creativity and innovation; just not in the archaic factories that once characterised the local landscape. And it is not just manufactured goods such as cars; jewellery and fashion and art can be added to the list.

Ten Ways to Get Your Creative Juices Flowing

Michelle Beckett | Posted 03.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Michelle Beckett

5am. I am suddenly awake, bolt upright. A strange feeling. I had to get up NOW and do it. I knew I couldn't do anything else until I did. I needed to WRITE. The creative juices that I long to flow when I want them to were bursting through a dam of their own accord.

Brazil: A Creative Power on the Rise

Stephen Maher | Posted 30.07.2013 | UK
Stephen Maher

With Brazil set to host the 2014 Football World Cup, followed by the 2016 Olympic Games, the vibrant Latin American country is asserting itself on the world stage and fast becoming a focal point for marketers across the globe.

Author Ben Hatch: Cheese, Marriage and Qwerty Keyboards

Sara Bran | Posted 21.07.2013 | UK Entertainment
Sara Bran

Ben is a master of the kind of acute observation of family life that has you pondering the deeper significance of the type of breakfast cereal your spouse prefers.

Author Matt Haig: Loving the Alien

Sara Bran | Posted 15.07.2013 | UK Entertainment
Sara Bran

MaAtt Haig's latest novel, The Humans, is a simple yet moving story that will have you weeping at the beauty and futility of it all.

The Garden of Inspiration

Ana Tzarev | Posted 11.07.2013 | UK Entertainment
Ana Tzarev

As a visual artist, I find great inspiration in the varied disciplines of creativity. When I was first introduced to the renowned cellist Jacqueline du Pré, my soul was electrified by her virtuosity and sensitivity.

Author Rosie Fiore: Hooking the Thread

Sara Bran | Posted 08.07.2013 | UK Entertainment
Sara Bran

Catching the Comet's Tail features author Rosie Fiore. Her second novel, Wonder Women, is a brilliantly observed, multi-layered story about three women at a crossroads in their lives. Through her engaging, realistic cast of characters, Fiore tackles important issues such as motherhood, marriage, female friendship and ambition.