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And don't forget to eat from the plate

1 September 2015

Blog Richard Downes

I've not been to the Isle of Wight for a long time. First time I went I stayed with Islanders. I was defined by being a mainlander. We were different. I am different. They are different. Our language, our culture, hopes and aspirations are not the same. This time I was a black country man staying in a hotel owned by brummies. My regionalism stood on high alert. Warning! Warning!! Holte Ender ahoy!!! Separated by a borderline and the trammels of history. Yet Brummies are in my bloodline....

Fringe Diary Day 2: Advances and Advantages

1 September 2015

Blog Alice Holland

I am in bits. Sue MacLaine and Nadia Nadarajah have taken me apart by subtle means, by invisible means, with fast-moving fingers, and I am discombobulated by unnamed emotions after their performance of Can I Start Again Please? MacLaine and Nadarajah’s dissection and examination of language, meaning and intent is so elegant that even though I knew the themes of the piece were going to be hard; abuse, survival, silence; the slow burn build still took me by surprise when I found myself...

Xanadu, Stratford City

28 August 2015

Blog Aaron Williamson

View of Westfield Stratford City

'In Xanadu did Kubla Khan A stately pleasure dome decree...' S.T Coleridge 1797 Samuel Taylor Coleridge had composed over 200 lines of verse in his mind during an opium-induced dream. He had risen from bed and was fast-scribbling the lines down when, famously, he was interrupted by ‘a man from Porlock’ who wished to talk business. Upon returning to his desk, to complete the poem (he’d only got 40 lines down when the debt collector arrived - I’m assuming the man...

Fringe Diary Day 1: Champions

26 August 2015

Blog Alice Holland

Alice Holland stands holding a trophy, wearing a showgirl outfit with an applauding crowd around her

Yesterday I was supposed to be swanning about Edinburgh seeing shows and catching up with old pals, but an airport bomb scare threw things off so all I managed was to go to the iF Platform launch and British Council Showcase opening party and give myself a hangover before leaving. Should have had more cheese nibblies. Today; actual work, in the form of the If Not Now, When? conference, attended by the great and the good, and the new and wide-eyed. As a rookie producer also pretty green to...

On Location: the Melting Model

14 August 2015

Blog Aaron Williamson

Photograph by Manuel Vason

In a pre-meeting with the artist-photographer Manuel Vason, we drew up a plan to grab a single dramatic image, guerilla style, by which to communicate the spirit and style of Demonstrating the World during the period prior to the production work itself being realised. We would shoot spontaneously around the vast Lakeside Retail Park in Essex to create a contrast between the retro-futuristic ‘alien’ surroundings of Lakeside, and an arrangement of everyday ‘familiar’ props...

Come get your I scream

12 August 2015

Blog Dolly Sen

Assisted Suicide Ice Cream

I met up with the very fabulous Liz Carr at a creative social, and I asked her how her project ‘Assisted Suicide – the Musical’ was progressing. We had a little chat about the work involved for her. I, for one, can’t wait to see it. I offered to sell some unique ice cream in the interval, available in Rocky Road, Chocolate Crip, or Vanilla Death. If it is the only refreshment there is and you can't leave the building without buying it, does it make you a bit...

An Alien Dream-Logic Capsule

12 August 2015

Blog Aaron Williamson

Cupboard design sketches, Ida Martin, 2015

As described in the first blog in this series, the discovery of a ‘contemporary folk archive’ of ‘How To’ videos on YouTube, set me on course to devise the central component in Demonstrating the World for Unlimited 2. The sheer volume of this unofficial, seemingly endless archive meant that ‘the world’ was practically my oyster (Yes, there are a few ‘How To Shuck/Open Oysters’ videos, such as this one seemingly presented by Star Trek’s Capt....

Removing Barriers

12 August 2015

Blog Crippen

Two young disabled people are looking at a notice pinned to the wall alongside of them. The notice says 'Think Positive: we are disabled and proud and we are capable of achieving anything!' The caption under the image says 'Positive Attitudes'.

A couple of years ago, Toyah Wordsworth, a young disabled woman, commissioned me to create some cartoons for a board game she had devised. The game, 'Removing Barriers', was aimed at raising awarenness about the many barriers that exist in society and that exclude disabled people from full participation in everyday life. Through her business 'Equal Equality' Toyah provides consultancy and equality training based on the Social Model understanding of disability. Having tested the...

July sketches

4 August 2015

Blog Alan Hopwood

landscape painting of a sun setting over Haworth Moor

I have been making the most of our changing British weather, although I love a clear sunny day, for artwork purposes, the moody changes can also be exciting. My mobility has been poor for a couple of weeks, so I have been grabbing moments outside, working in my sketchbooks direct from the landscape, rather than the long sessions in my studio. It is always good to return to source as an artist, but I feel this is even more important when your art is used for more than expression. I talk a lot...

The Essential Guide to Video Blogging by Katherine Araniello

30 July 2015

Blog Katherine Araniello

Still of Katherine Araniello taken from her Vlog

I am currently working on a series of video blogs that will run indefinitely. The attraction of these DIY blogs is that they are simple. Technophobe There are lots of tips and tricks that could make your life more fulfilled and one of mine is I film using my mobile phone which is portable/compact/anorexic and easy to handle. Turn on the video stabilisation and it couldn’t be easier. Another useful tip is always remember to not cover up the camera lens whilst shooting as it will be very...

Valuing the Difference

30 July 2015

Blog Trish Wheatley

Sue Austin, dressed formally in white with dark hair in up-do, next to Stacey Hadash, dressed in business wear with short blond bob-haircut.

Thursday 23rd July was the main event for our New York visit. Sue had been invited by Stacey Hadash, Managing Director of Global Capital Markets, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, to give the keynote speech at the annual Global Women’s Conference. This was a big deal. She would address a large group of powerful women who are real leaders in the world of global finance, the title of the talk being ‘Valuing the Difference’. Sue delivered a 20-minute talk centred on her journey...