Projects don’t always go to plan; and Creative Breaks was a classic example. But failing, and running into the failure at full speed, is a great way of learning and improving projects for the future. Continue reading I’ve been thinking…
As trainers and facilitators, we are all familiar with the feeling: you invent a project, it’s your baby; you love it and cherish it, but there its when you have to let it go; release it into the wild and let it survive on its own – or not. Never more is that the case than with participant-led projects such as Creative Breaks. Continue reading “Participant-led projects; why you have to be prepared to fail.”
Trying new things, they say, is good for you. So what about revisiting old ones?
On Monday, I met the 2016 Creative Breaks team for the first time. In some ways they’re very different to what we were like twelve months ago but in other ways they’re just the same, finding their feet in the first days of an exciting adventure. Continue reading “Breaking new ground. Again.”
Last year, I took part in a scheme called ‘Creative Breaks‘. I’ve written before about how amazing it was and how taking part changed my life (genuinely). Creative Breaks is happening again, starting in September this year. This time, with me as part of the training and mentoring team. We’re looking for people who would like to take part.
So if you’re reading this and live anywhere in Greater Manchester, or you know someone who does, then go ahead and apply! Trust me, you won’t regret it.
So after getting up at 3.30am (seriously, after one hour’s sleep) it’s been a mad and wonderful day. The ony thing that’s really let it down is Ryanair… I have genuinely travelled on more comfortable wooden-carts. After arriving in Brussels and checking in to our accommodation (stunning), we paid a visit to an amazing arts centre called Zinnema. I’ll be talking about that a whole … Continue reading #CreativeBreaks in Brussels; Day One
Tomorrow I’ll be joining some of the super-awesome Creative Breaks team to show off how amazing we are at the European Parliament in Brussels. Yes, I am a little bit excited! Continue reading “Perfectly panicky packing; or not. Getting ready to take #CreativeBreaks to Brussels!”
They say you shouldn’t have favourites and that envy is supposed to be a sin. If that’s a fact, then label me guilty. Of all of the stunning work that came out of Creative Breaks 2015, this was my favourite. Keep your eye out for the name Morgan Bailey because I’m telling you, if this is anything to go by, we surely haven’t heard the … Continue reading That Thing, by Morgan Bailey
Creative Breaks, as well as allowing me to work on a great film myself, led me to work alongside other amazingly talented film-makers, artists, writers and others. One of those people was Alex Webb, and the Jam Street team who worked on the truly awesome film You, the Silence and I. There’s nothing I can say about it that comes close to expressing how much … Continue reading You, the Silence and I
Before Christmas I was working on a thing, with Union Street Media Arts, PANDA & Creative Breaks. This is what we made. I hope you like it 🙂 You can find out more about the Art in Mind project by reading our post here: https://creativebreaksblog.wordpress.com/2015/11/12/art-in-mind/. Continue reading Art in Mind: ‘stART’ing something new.
If you’d told me three and a half months ago that I would be stood here today having successfully produced a short film, I wouldn’t have believed you. And yet, here I am. We’re on the verge of beginning an international multi-media campaign, showcasing some of the amazing, inspiring things that we all know go on here in Greater Manchester every day of every week. … Continue reading Reflecting on Creative Breaks