UK Creativity

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?

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!