The status quo is an equilibrium. It’s a carefully disorganised balance of people and purposes. But change is inevitable. A leader doesn’t get appointed or anointed, but at any moment you can choose to lead.
A marble sculpture is created by taking a block of stone and chipping away at it in order to get the shape you want to create. A similar technique can be helpful in other forms of art and creativity.
Why do we engage - with art, with products, with experiences or with people? There are many reasons, and they are layered. We engage because we seek novelty. This is something/someone new and right now I’m in the mood for new. Or we engage because we seek security and...
Perhaps my first brush with someone really famous was the time I poured a glass of water for Donald O’Connor. Growing up in the early days of the VCR (video cassette recorder), our family’s video collection was largely comprised of re-released MGM musicals. American...
Here’s a simple question that can lead to some really interesting answers. What happens if you 10x it?
What could you begin today if you knew you could do it for a finite period of time with the option of ending it elegantly?
When we consider the experience that people have interacting with us, too often we focus on the ‘main course’ at the expense of carefully designing the whole experience.
Some time has passed. A few weeks. Not long in the scheme of things, I know, but I feel like now I can begin to respond thoughtfully rather than react reflexively and I’d love to know what you think.
On the last weekend of every month, Emanuel Ninger would take the ferry from his farm in New Jersey to New York where he could convert his paintings into ready cash. His work had begun to attract a lot of attention…
I think the best art offers you a chance to see something of yourself in its reflection. The work Singular Productions presents gives both its creatives and audience wonderful opportunities to do that. As the company celebrates 10 years, I take a moment to celebrate one of its founders.
Even artists that have ‘made it’ find themselves waiting for the next great job to fall into their lap. But rather than wait by the phone, you can create your own opportunities.
The house at 16 Hardy St was where I spent a large part of my childhood, reading while perched in the boughs of a tree. This was the age when I was capable of whatever I set my mind to and when I was willing to give anything a go.
Many artists overlook the opportunity to build the most valuable asset, their audience. Investing in an ongoing relationship with your audience could be the most significant factor in having a successful and sustainable career as an artist.
Focus on getting to know the people in your audience better day by day. Direct your creativity towards making something for and with them and something interesting is bound to happen.
We grow up looking to our parents for advice and approval. They want what is best for us and have our best interests at heart. To a point. Many of us reach a stage when our parents are more concerned about protecting us than helping us continue to grow....
The quick fix is the first thing we reach for, but is rarely the answer we need. If we are looking for a permanent solution, or a system that will stand the test of time, it’s worth investing the time, money, energy and emotional labour in doing it right....
What is something I can offer here that no-one else would think to do, or would be able to do?
There’s a romance inherent in the idea of being a Renaissance man or woman. Leonardo da Vinci was famously a painter, scientist, engineer and mathematician. But our contemporary heroes are more often famous for one primary talent or achievement.