Last week, I attended the Paul Hamlyn Foundationâ€™s ArtWorks launch, which is focused on â€œLeading Through Practice: Artist-led Leadership in Participatory Settings.â€ It was an amazing day (see the liveblog at amplified11.com/ArtWorksPHF ) and certain themes emerged, particularly as they relate to support structures for artists. The themes of sustainability and cross-disciplinary learning/practice came up […]
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Greenbelt: Actively Doing Nothing.
August Bank Holiday Weekend IS Greenbelt. Sometimes it feels like the banks are closed in honour of it. For 19 of the last 21 last-weekend-in-Augusts Iâ€™ve spent my time in a field (til â€˜99) or racecourse (the fest has been in Cheltenham for 11 years) engaged in four simple pleasures: soaking up great music encountering […]
Talent Development And ‘The Space Of The Talkaboutable’
It seems that one of the many obstructions to the balanced discussion about resourcing talent development is the semantic gulf between the (perfectly understandable) sense of entitlement that some artists have about their art, and their art-practice and the impartiality that has to be built into the structure of any resource body (whether its an […]
Have You Ever Been Funded?
Today I’m in Edinburgh with Amplified, at the ‘Talent Development Symposium’, co-sponsored by Festivals Edinburgh and The Arts Council. The Amp stuff will be posted at http://www.amplified10.com/tds10/, and there’s already a post I’ve put up there with a series of questions that face The Arts Sector. So one thing I thought it’d be good to […]
“Rock And Roll Is Dead”: What Happens Next?
Nope, this isn’t a brainstorm on the future of the music industry. Well, at least, not directly. You’ve read my novel, right? If you haven’t, click here to read about it and download it for free. (probably best to go read it, then come back here to read the comments, as there may well be […]
Talking Art With @Artbizness at Greenbelt
Just had a fabulous 3 part Audioboo chat with Mike Radcliffe, AKA @artbizness off of the internets. Mike is both a very skilled and thoughtful artists (mixed media visual art and poetry mainly, but also music and video) and a fascinating thinker about art and the artistic process. We were joined at one point by […]
The Importance Of Social Media At Greenbelt
Ever been to something so great that mere words always felt inadequate to convey to those who hadnâ€™t been there just how cool it was? Or had so many great experiences in a weekend that you bored the arse off anyone who dared to ask how it went? If you have, youâ€™re on the way […]
Whatâ€™s So Amazing About Greenbelt?
This year is my 17th Greenbelt. At 4 days a year, thatâ€™s over 2 months of my life spent either in a field – or on Cheltenham Racecourse – listening to music (and most years playing it to), listening to talks, seminars and debates, hanging out with friends – and meeting loads of new ones […]
If You Were Curating Meltdown…
Ornette Coleman’s Meltdown is well underway in London – the one downside of Lo and I heading of to Geneva this weekend was that we missed seeing The Roots at the Festival Hall, as part of the fest. Shame.