My son said he was bored for the first time the other day. Stumped, I was. Had I had wine in my mouth, it would have made the white wall abstract. Up to this point he'd accompanied his 8-year-old existence with a soundtrack of gun noises and whispers from inside an adventure-hungry and bellicose Lego community it was impossible to yank him out of.
I've said for a long time that art is one of the most underused tools when it comes to teaching, for many reasons. The main one being, I feel, a lack of confidence from a teaching perspective - but I genuinely believe that the benefits outweigh the hangups we adults often have.
In our everyday lives, we need to be creative. Things come up that we didn't plan for: problems we didn't imagine we would
I'm frustrated and saddened by the number of adults who have described themselves to me as "not creative", when I know as children they would have said the exact opposite. What is happening in our schools and society to subdue that inner creative spark and educate our children out of creativity?
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.
If you want to try blogging, set up a blog. If you want to journal, journal. If you want to submit something to a magazine without much writing experience, do it! If you want to spend the next few years writing a book, do that. You don't need to be published to be a writer and you don't need to have been published in order to get published.
By definition, success is accomplishing an aim or purpose. Success is subjective: to one it is working on Wall Street while
Researchers found that participants produced roughly 50% more total ideas when walking as opposed to sitting. And not only that, they also found that when walking, people became more talkative and within that chatter were higher-quality creative ideas.
The lack of ethnic Diversity in our creative industries is a little like Global Warming. Some deny it's happening, some say
London is awakening from a prolonged and surprising slumber over its renewal - and the role of its residents in shaping neighbourhoods we want to live in.
It's hot in Haifa. So hot that it's hard to concentrate in the small basement room we're working in. I'm surrounded by artists, designers and other cool creative types from Haifa's Palestinian community...
At university I heavily studied creativity and whether it can be taught or if it is a skill you are born with. I constantly look for creativity within my pupils of my Performing Arts business and I have a thirst for finding new ways to stimulate them in their creative journeys. But where does creativity fit in to my Motherhood? How to I foster that within my boy? How do I inspire him to be creative?
Don't get me wrong - it's great that I feel the need to jump out of the shower and grab my phone to type in some incoherent slew of thoughts. If only these outbursts happen in a productive environment.
I laugh at my son when he says that he can't wait to be a grown up because then he can do what he wants. Darling, I say, if endless washing up and doing your taxes is doing what you want then sure, you'll love it.
We live in a hugely connected world but our points of reference can still be quite limited to the English-speaking world. Through programmes like YCE, the British Council can identify what's going on outside the confines of the usual places we look to. We connect our global entrepreneurs with the UK and with each other, and sow the seeds for international knowledge sharing and collaborations.
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.
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.
One only needs to look around the world at the terrible situation for many girls and women to realise that feminism is still necessary and vital. But even once females have better living conditions and more rights, feminism still has a role to play as women try to shape careers. Several recent news stories have made it clear that women are way behind when it comes to careers in the arts.
This week, I spoke to Swedish contemporary artist Ylva Kunze during her first London show, Artist in Residence. Her canvases, informed by the woods and lakes of her childhood in Småland, are deeply affecting, filled with kinetic fervour.