Friday, February 25, 2011

Ideas Factory

Launched by the National Library of Scotland, and developed in conjunction with their Writer-in-Residence, the Ideas Factory is an interactive online workshop designed to help you create and write stories. It shows how stories are put together, and takes you through the story-writing process.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Let's Get Lyrical

The Let's Get Lyrical project seeks to celebrate all that's great in song and lyrics. Part of the Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature initiative

Woolmark Company Collection

Over 2000 newly digitised images from the Woolmark Company Collection have just been made available via the Visual Arts Data Service. These newly digitised images include examples from the ready-to-wear market by manufacturers such as British Home Stores, Berkertex, Windsmoor, Susan Small, and Marks & Spencer, as well as including more examples by top designers such as Mary Quant and Christian Dior. The black and white photographs date from the 1940's through to the early 1980's and capture both the fashion of the time and the style of photography. The press releases, which in some cases are still attached to the photographs, give additional information about the garments, designers, manufacturers, photographers and any points of interest reflecting the promotional style and language of the time. All of the images are in the London College of Fashion collection.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

New Home Front

The Imperial War Museum has just launched the New Home Front competition to find the best ways of re-imagining wartime and public education posters to help today's society understand the dangers of climate change. The winning entry will receive £100 and be used as the front cover of the New Home Front report, which will be a compilation of the best images and ideas. This will be printed and distributed, and presented to Parliament.

Simon Starling at Tate St Ives

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Siobhan Davies and Claire Barclay

Choreographer Siobhan Davies and dance artist Matthias Sperling have been invited to create a choreographic response to Claire Barclay's installation, Shadow Spans, for the Whitechapel Gallery. This new durational work will be presented live within the installation over four hours daily, 2 – 20 March 2011.
As part of the lead up to this new commission, a live rehearsal will be broadcast online on Siobhan Davies Relay website, giving a unique opportunity for viewers to share in the artists' creative process. As well as witnessing Davies and Sperling discuss the work and explore movement material first hand, viewers will be given the chance to pose questions and comments to the two artists through Siobhan Davies Dance's social media platforms and live chat.
The rehearsal will be broadcast on Thurs 17 February 2011 at 2.30-3.30pm.

MACBA Audio Archives

The Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona has just launched its audio archives, featuring recorded lectures from its exhibitions and events programme. Already online are The Traffic in Photographs by Allan Sekula and a conversation on the Otolith Group.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Images of Africa

The National Archives has digitised thousands of unique images of Africa and published them on Flickr this week. The collection spans more than 100 years of African history, from as early as the 1860s, including images of people, places, national and imperial events, conflict and natural disasters.
The images were transferred to The National Archives from the Colonial Office Library's photographic collection and offer a unique insight into life in the colonies. Approximately 10,000 images, a third of the entire collection, have been digitised so far.

FREE Graphic Novels workshop with Metaphrog, Tues 8 March 2011, 4-6

Acclaimed graphic novelists Metaphrog will be giving a free workshop in the Library on Tuesday 8 March 2011, 4 - 6 pm. They will be talking about their work and creative process, including character design and story-telling. Learn how to create your own character and develop it into a short story for a mini-comic.
Franco-Scottish artists Metaphrog (a.k.a Sandra Marrs and John Chalmers) have been creating comics, graphic novels and illustrations together since 1996. They are the authors of the critically acclaimed Louis series of graphic novels, and have been nominated for an Eisner Award for Best Graphic Album and an Ignatz Award for Best New Talent. Their comic adaptation of Edwin Morgan’s poem The First Men on Mercury was released on National Poetry Day in 2009 and was distributed to every Glasgow secondary school pupil.They regularly tour to schools, universities and libraries to explain their creative processes and story-telling.
Places are limited – email to reserve your place.
Workshop part-funded by Scottish Book Trust

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

John Squire on Watercolours

John Squire of the Stone Roses discussing the new Watercolours exhibition at the Tate.

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Google Art Project

Seventeen leading art galleries and museums across the world have been announced as the initial participants in Google Art Project, a version of the idea which allows visitors to navigate corridors and pore over the minute details of canvasses from the Rijkmuseum to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. UK representatives include Tate Britain and the National Gallery.