Wednesday, 30 January 2013

7 Ways to Find Your Passions, Pursuits, and Paths!

somewhereto_ blog, 7 Ways to Find Your Passions, Pursuits, and Paths!

GSA Pecha Kucha XIV

I would like to invite you to
GSA Pecha Kucha XIV

Wed 30th Jan 2013 (tomorrow)

GSA Student Union,
468 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3LW


Speaking are: Helen McCormack, Graham Lister, Helen Shaddock, Alistair Payne, Maeve Dickson, Emily Penn, Jamie Sunderland and Duane Harrison

get your FREE tickets from

(but i've never been when they have checked for tickets so chances are you can come along without one!)

Hope to see you there!

Sunday, 27 January 2013

Paper and stop-motion animation

Paper and stop-motion animation are two of my favourite things.

This combination in no way fails to disappoint.

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Update from the Senior Management Team at Creative Scotland

The following statement was issued today from the Senior Management of Creative Scotland:

This statement provides a short update on progress since the Board statement of 7 December. That statement put forward a series of commitments to change, commitments that are now being taken forward by the management and staff of Creative Scotland. 

Throughout January and February, the Senior Management Team and staff are working to define the specific actions that will be taken over the coming months, particularly:
  • Reviewing the culture, values and operations of the organisation.
  • Re-structuring the organisation to ensure access to specialist knowledge and expertise.
  • Defining long term funding models for artists, creative practitioners and organisations.
We want to involve the arts and culture sector in this process of change and have included feedback and comments from last year in our thinking.

Looking forward, we will also be scheduling a series of open sessions across Scotland that anyone working in the arts or creative industries can attend and tell us their thoughts and ideas. These sessions are likely to take place in March/April, with specific dates and locations to be announced shortly.

In parallel to this work, we are also re-writing our funding guidance, applications and other written communications, aiming for simplicity and clarity.

All of this will influence our Corporate Plan that we intend to update to reflect revised ways of working. We hope to publish this in May.

There is a lot to do, but be assured that we are committed to re-building trust between Creative Scotland and all the sectors that we are here to support, while maintaining continuity of service through this period of change.

Further updates will be provided following the next Board meeting which will take place on 7 February

Sunday, 20 January 2013

Map Man

As a self-confessed map-lover, I was delighted to see that a programme named 'Map Man' was available on BBC iplayer.

The episode I have watched was the third in the series, and was all about the London Underground map designed by Harry Beck.

His ability to simplify lots of information into an easy to read form has meant that Harry Beck's London Underground map has gone down in history as one of the greatest map designs.

The presenter, Nicholas Crane, adds his own line to the map, and in doing so, we are introduced to some of the challenges faced when making additions to the map. He also examines Beck's use of colour on the map.

It's well worth watching.

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Alistair Payne - 'Resistance and Persisitance',

I have just re-watched the footage of Alistair Payne presenting his paper, 'Resistance and Persisitance', at one of the 2012/13 Friday Events, and my head is buzzing with ideas.

Dr Alistair Payne Resistance and Persistance from GSA on Vimeo.

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

The Turner Prize is coming to Glasgow

Tramway to Host 2015 Turner Prize
Tate announced today that the Turner Prize will be hosted at Tramway, Glasgow in 2015.
Glasgow will be the first city in Scotland to host the prize. The bid partnership involved Creative Scotland, Event Scotland and the city council and beat off competition from three other venues.
The Turner Prize was first shown outside London at Tate Liverpool in 2007. Since 2011 the Turner Prize has been shown at a gallery outside London in alternate years.

Thursday, 10 January 2013

Learn To Dream, Aprende A Sonar

John BaldessariLearn To Dream, Aprende A Soñar

Produced by ForYourArt, the public art component of Arts Matter, kicked off by Barbara Kruger in October, continues with the work of artist John Baldessari. His project titled Learn To Dream, Aprende A Soñar appears on twelve buses, along with 48 other media assets including billboards, bus shelters, and other types of outdoor media throughout Los Angeles for the next four weeks.

Learn To Dream, Aprende A Soñar is the second flight of original works of art by world-renowned artists produced by ForYourArt for Arts Matter, a first of its kind, citywide public art exhibition and fundraising campaign to support arts and creativity in the nation's second largest public school system.

Monday, 7 January 2013

Window Display

I often pass Urban Outfitters on my way from work to my studio or vice versa, and regularly enjoy their creative window displays. The current window feature does not disappoint.

Motherwell Exhibition

In light of the recent debate about artists getting an exhibition fee, I was delighted to receive my Exhibition Contract from North Lanarkshire Council relating to an exhibition I have at Motherwell Concert Hall and Theatre in September and October this year.

The contract consists of a single page of A4 with:
  • basic information about the exhibition - date of exhibition, venue etc
  • artist details - name, contact details, 
  • exhibition fee details - amount, how it will be paid, what the artist is responsible for in order to get the exhibition fee
  • signature from artist and council

Receiving this document fills me with confidence, especially as the exhibition is 8 months away!

The contract is extremely basic, but has all the information required at this stage. I fail to understand why other galleries cannot operate in such a respectful and professional manner, but look forward to having the exhibition in Motherwell.