To do or not to do: Managed Funds, G4A and the Arts Council of England

pears in on a weighting scaleI’ve delivered two arts projects in 2013 that have been funded through Arts Council England’s managed funds (not quite the same as the new strategic funds which still require a degree of open application).

Basically they were the funds ACE could allocate itself to seed work, push agendas and fill gaps.

Both projects went really well – achieving their aims and generating support, ideas and enthusiasm. And there is momentum in both to continue, which is excellent and … but how to go about this? The discussions go something like this… Continue reading

Slow, slow, quick, quick, slow: finding pleasure in a change of pace

a home painted green road sign saying stop slow down in white paintYesterday, Sarah Pickthall and I ran an event at Mozilla in London around disability, digital and all things interlinked. It was for a project called ShortCircuit and was fab – packed, inspirational, exciting – and exhausting. And it’s been a pretty flat out process in the lead up too – planning meetings, clarifying briefs, doing research, firing off emails, having skype calls, printing out stuff and then making emergency dashes for bluetac. Continue reading

Deep fun: How to find enjoyment in mundane or unpleasant activities

a shot of my hair blowing madly in the windI’m spending much of my time having fun at the moment

(Please note, I did say ‘much’ of my time, not all of my time. I still have to go to the dentist, have days with too much work, get stressed, shout at the kids and behave unpleasantly.)

But, for much of the time I seem to be having a ball. Continue reading

How to avoid recession-think: swim under waterfalls

amazing picture of huge waterfalls making a horseshoe shape and a stunning blue and red sunset above.It’s cold out there, and I don’t just mean the snow flurries and unseasonal low temperatures. For everyone working in the arts sector in the UK, it’s nippy. When its cold we often draw down on our reserves of fat but organisations have already tightened their belts, now many are facing extreme diets to meet the cuts out there, and threat of cuts still to come. And the weather doesn’t seem to be improving. Continue reading