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The Dreaded Deadline – And Why I Need It

Deadlines. Not something we associate with artistic practice. Not in the idealistic, visionary artist sense, anyway. But they are something of a reality. If you are a commercial artist or maker, you will know the importance of these time constraints. Does an Artist Need Deadlines? But what of the casual artist? Surely they have the privilege of all the time in the world to create and perfect whatever they are working on, right? Yet, while this open, infinitesimal creative path may be the  ...

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Arts, Events, and Exhibitions – June 2017

Here is my pick of arts, events, and exhibitions happening this month. I would love to hear your own suggestions in the comments. Quentin Blake: The Life of Birds Until 1st October, House of Illustration, London For so many British children the illustrations of Quentin Blake are synonymous with the anarchic and gleefully imaginative tales of Roald Dahl. This exhibition, curated by Blake himself, sees a collection of images of anthropomorphised birds. Explored in his 2005 book, The Life of  ...

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Make Your Voice Heard – Use Your Right To Vote

Are you planning to vote in the General Election? I can understand if your answer is ‘no’. Perhaps you have become disillusioned with politics and politicians. Maybe you don’t believe anybody speaks for you or brings about any meaningful change in society anyway. Perhaps you have a jaded view of politicians that they are all so pre-occupied with their own self-interests that voting either which way becomes arbitrary and all will be corrupted by the power they wield eventually. Or maybe you  ...

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Artist Interview

Dust, Jasperware and Colour Obsession – Interview with Joyce Iwaszko

Those familiar with Stoke-on-Trent’s vibrant world of art and culture will no doubt be familiar with the Airspace Gallery, situated near Hanley town centre. Not only a gallery, but also home to a number of artists in the studio spaces upstairs. This is also the venue of my interview with Joyce Iwaszko, where she has a studio space herself. If you have read any of my recent posts regarding Stoke-on-Trent’s 2021 City of Culture bid, you may be familiar with the name. Iwaszko is one of the  ...

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