Cities

Travel from the seated posture…

We thought that these two U.S based projects were delightful examples of how, using remote technology, you can explore both art and place from your armchair. They are not intended for the casual, under resourced visitor certainly, in terms of expected project outcome. However, they are wonderful case studies of how their subjects can be...

Streetview new? How they did it in the 1940’s…

Taken between 1939 and 1940, this is a really impressive historical, location referenced photo-archive of NYC – marking the point of emergence for a new world in the coming decades, but shaded with modernism even then. The Works Progress Administration collaborated with the New York City Tax Department to collect photographs of every building in...

Once Upon A Festival – Suffolk Libraries

We love libraries!         In 1851 J.W.Hudson, speaking at the opening of the Mechanic’ and Apprentices’ Library in Liverpool, opined that a visit to the library would, for the reader, lead to them ‘…receiving cultivation, not in reading the latest accounts of mis-demeanours and local calamities…but in imbibing instruction and high gratification...

Artist in Residence, Culture LAB: Arts in the Community

We publish a continuous arts job feed here: Ipswich County Library Week-long, mixed media residency working in partnership with METAL Monday 30 July – Friday 3 August 2018               ‘As part of Year 1 of the Suffolk Libraries Arts Programme, we are inviting Suffolk artists to take over the...

Whither libraries?

Article update: 28.10.2017  – A really sound article on the utility of libraries by Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett –  No one needs libraries any more? What rubbish  from The Guardian of Thursday, 26th October, 2017. In it Cosslet takes to task the political pundit Andre Walker, for his omnipotent vision of the library service in the UK....

Making new friends in Europe?

European Week of Regions & Cities Brussels 9-12th October 2017 A wide ranging sequence of workshops and event in Brussels, that will attract academics, poiticians and business organisations. We think there are elemental workshops that those of us, working in the social economy, will find useful. Particularly useful is the opportunity to build new networks...

Chelmsford Ideas – opening the Festival

Embed from Getty Images  Visiting Chelmsford Ideas Festival on a Monday evening… To Chelmsford on Monday evening, 24th October, for the formal launch of the Chelmsford Ideas Festival at the Anglia Ruskin University campus in the city, in the presence of Councillor Patricia Hughes – Mayor of Chelmsford. The assembled audience were warmly welcomed by...

Chelmsford Ideas Festival 2016

It’s that time of year again. We are packing our notebooks, pencils and cameras for a series of editorial visits, as usual, to the Chelmsford Ideas Festival 2016. 22nd October till the 12th November 2016. ”The Chelmsford Ideas Festival aims to stimulate and inspire people through a set of innovative events, talks and workshops”. With...

Michael Morpurgo at Seven Stories

Continuing our theme of ‘Northern Energy’, we were in Newcastle upon Tyne this week and, on Friday afternoon, took time to visit Seven Stories, the National Centre for Children’s Books. They have an important exhibition and research project into the donated archive of the writer Michael Morpurgo. Below is what we thought. ”Michael Morpurgo Exhibition...

Ideas Festival 2015
Chelmsford, Essex

The Chelmsford Ideas Festival is almost upon us again this year. The programme of events continues to engage and stimulate Festival-goers across a wide range of cultural, artistic, heritage and innovation themes. When:  19th October to 1st November 2015 Where: Chelmsford, Essex, UK. Web: See more details here… The Chair of Changing Chelmsford Malcolm Noble...