When being an independent sucks

one white cloud in a blue skyUsually I love being independent and not working simply for one organisation.

I love the flexibility, the variety, the ability it gives me to follow multiple interests simultaneously, the avoidance of office politics and the fact I don’t have to sit through team meetings. I don’t like ‘being told what to do’ but oddly I love working with clients to get the results they want – I think the difference is about coming in as an equal rather than being squashed within a hierarchy. Continue reading

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

You can’t always get what you want: dealing with rejection

a door with a graffetti heart on it and then the word 'nope!' written next to it.I’ve been applying for lots of opportunities recently – part of my strategy of trying new things, partly because the pattern of my work seems to have shifted from a few large contracts to many small pieces of delivery.

With a great number of applications, comes a mixed bag of responses – some yes, some no, and some are in between (do more and resubmit).

It’s in the midst of this that I’ve been reading Resilience: facing down rejection and criticism on the road to success, Continue reading

Commenting on the impact of comments

a self portrait of me reflected in a window - so you see two of me.This week I was written about – or rather a piece went up on Disability Arts Online’s site based on an interview I did with trainee journalist Lynne E Blackwood. It’s odd seeing yourself through someone else’s eyes.

I particularly liked seeing my passion come out – the reasons why I do what I do.

“The world is not a fair place. The world’s never been a fair place. But I think it’s getting crueller and more unfair Continue reading

Here we go again: what to do when you are caught in a circle

a photo of the ends of rolled up paper, so it looks like a series of spirals placed one on top of another - in blue.I’m having circular thoughts and experiences at the moment – and finding it surprisingly helpful to re-read my own words to put them into context.

Recession-think pops up every now and again. That slight wave of nausea that comes when opening the newspapers or reading another tweet about arts cuts, redundancies and closures.  I re-read How to avoid recession-think: swim under waterfalls  Continue reading