Reading Anna Burns novel, Milkman is like encountering all the hopes dreams and fears you have at seven, eight, nine and ten formulated by your big, eighteen year old sister under the perpetual shadow of pieties, punishment and violence. It’s gripping and liberating, creating a sense of care, of love, of strategy and affirmation. A […]Read More “Are You Saying It’s Okay For Him To Go Around With Semtex But Not Okay For Me To Read ‘Jane Eyre’ In Public?”Art And Public Opinion In Anna Burns Novel Milkman
Above: Claude (Hopper) Hendrickson in his role as a health, youth worker and housing self build activist, then as a very young man at the heart of his sound system and with Jeremy Corbyn at the labour conference 2019 Some people you meet have the same skills you see in the top chief execs, […]Read More We Need To Build The People Who Will Build The Houses Who Will Then Live In Those Houses: Claude Hendrickson And Understanding The Values In Culture
The end of the summer and throughout October are annual dates when we affirm, debate and challenge the world taken for granted around us and speak truth to power through political, social and historical discussion and debate. If you listen to what the parties aspire to then you’ll realise that we really need to connect […]Read More Signsofanopencity: An October That Brings Re-Presentation For Everyone….
Vision: To be the World Leading Olympic and Paralympic canoeing team, inspiring people to paddle. Above: Basic Strokes in a canoe Purpose: The purpose of the World Class Programme is to support athletes to be the best they can be with the aspiration of winning Olympic and Paralympic medals. Above: the 2019 World Spring Championships […]Read More Get Inspired At Holme Pierrepont Our Watersports Centre: British Canoeing: Olympic Talent 2019 And Beyond…
Like the amazing Issaka (that’s Jasmin, NTU Graphic Design 2016: bringing new line and colour to a project near you), pattern, graphic, surface and illustration designer, Tess Wheatley is a brilliant new force for aesthetic literacy: a great champion of surface, pattern, line and new product situated here, in Nottingham. She sees inspiration in everything: Tess […]Read More Visualising Tess Wheatley: Honesty By Design: Help Your Project, Group, Product, Purpose, Reach More People, More Of The Time…
Above: Proposal For A Mural by Nottingham university course award winning student Jack Chuang from Taiwan (and Shanghai!) 1.Best Final Year Individual Project on the BEng Product Design and Manufacture course 2019. 2. Head of Department Award, for being in the the top 10% of students in Mechanical, Material and Manufacturing Engineering this year. To me the way […]Read More Cycle Or Electric: Adapt, Apply, Enhance: Redefining Human Mobility: Local Talent (4) Jack Chuang
Featured Image: Release of Doves at Grenfell Memorial 15th June 2019 We live in a society that since the election of Margaret Thatcher in 1979 has discouraged people from different backgrounds communicating while at the same time eroding a sense of shared space, place, belonging and social mobility. The quote in the header comes from […]Read More ‘What I Love About The Fire Fighters (At Grenfell) Was That They Weren’t Denying The Fact That They Needed Us To Communicate With Them: Because Where They Were They Couldn’t See What We Could see’: When Normal Relations Between People Are Resumed And We Stop Excusing Social Exclusion….
The importance of understanding and improving dubious, risky and life threatening supply chains around the way we work and live highlights why keeping Grenfell fresh in our minds and linking it in our hearts and history to the same types of supply chains that resulted in the coal slag heap behind an Aberfan primary school […]Read More Local Talent (4) Illustration By Bosley (That’s Laura): A New Way Of Story Telling: Out Of The Magic Of Shadows….
The thinking, resourcefulness and aesthetic behind carefully designed and managed cancer centres intrigued Interior Designer Allanah Coggins in her final year project before qualifying. Like Berlin based architects Rumlabor who work to pass on knowledge skills and resources to people in a localising way: Above: a bee. Allanah used a central metaphor of Colony Collapse syndrome in […]Read More Local Talent(3) Allanah Coggins: How Architecture Affects People: Small And Beautiful: The Architecture of Social Nourishment
Every window cleaner wants to give you a great service: but think about the men (and women!) who do this demanding job. Traditionally it’s the up the ladder with mop and squeegee (invented by Italian Immigrant Ettore Steccone in 1936). Window cleaning is hard work and like gardening, you see the results as soon as […]Read More Puretech Window Cleaning: Feet On The Ground: Spirit of Traditional Service Driven Better by Technology