A Workshop on Identity with Hetain Patel

Saturday, 10:30am. A group of students, ranging from 16 to early twenties, is waiting in a university room full of cameras, interactive whiteboards and other digital equipment. Some look a little lost, unsure what the day will bring, others are chatting and laughing, eager to get started. There’s an air of excitement and curiosity in … Continue reading A Workshop on Identity with Hetain Patel

Did Music Fail Us In 2016?

In the age of uber-celebrity, many musicians fail to engage on a meaningful level. We explore why that’s not okay. Art has an emotive power that supersedes online news feeds and newspapers, allowing people to be outspoken in a way others can’t. But while famous visual artists remain engaged with socio-political issues (e.g. Ai WeiWei), the … Continue reading Did Music Fail Us In 2016?

Social Mania: Can Social Media Benefit Your Mental Health?

The background Social media has a rocky history when it comes to mental health, and the general consensus would suggest that the former is predominantly detrimental to the latter. But is this changing? Society as a whole has become more aware of mental health issues in the recent past; the topic has moved from a taboo … Continue reading Social Mania: Can Social Media Benefit Your Mental Health?

Raw Data And The Artistry Of Interpretation

What is artistic about plotting a graph or drawing a chart? Is there anything creative about collecting, analysing and articulating data? Graphs and charts show relationships between qualitative and quantitative variables; they draw out patterns from raw data. They are representational in a way that traditional art often is not; rather than reproducing the visual world … Continue reading Raw Data And The Artistry Of Interpretation

The Timid Bulldog? How The UK And The US Differ When Discussing Race.

Whilst on an educational sojourn from the States, Rob Sprankle, a temporary Lincoln student and resident, shares some initial observations into how the US and the UK differ in their approach to discussing race. Taking to heart the lessons in suspicion I have learned from poring over primary source documents in all manner of history classes, I tend … Continue reading The Timid Bulldog? How The UK And The US Differ When Discussing Race.

1215.today Cartoon Competition

Calling all illustrators, animators and cartoonists! 1215.today commemorates 800 years of Magna Carta in an online arts platform that gives artists and young people a space to interact. By looking, listening and talking about societal and individual rights explored through contemporary art forms we aim to agitate and engage young people to challenge the big … Continue reading 1215.today Cartoon Competition

The Deep Dark Forest: Why Are We So Obsessed With The Woods?

The 6th November marks the 799 anniversary of the signing of the Charter of the Forest. To commemorate this we’ve been thinking about the deep dark woods and their cultural significance. Imagine a fairy tale without a forest: Little Red Riding Hood straying from the path… on a beach, Hansel and Gretel leaving their trail … Continue reading The Deep Dark Forest: Why Are We So Obsessed With The Woods?

Final Artist Commission Call Out October 2016

  1215.today commemorates 800 years of the Magna Carta in an online arts platform that gives artists and young people a space to interact. By looking, listening and talking about societal and individual rights explored through contemporary art forms we aim to agitate and engage young people to challenge the big issues important for all … Continue reading Final Artist Commission Call Out October 2016

Keeping open to new ideas [Hilary Jenning’s guest editorial 7]

  My previous post touched on the importance I attach to keeping open to new ideas and influences.   This article I read recently concerns me as it suggests that social media – a great source of new ideas and thinking which I use all the time – may in fact ultimately feed us a … Continue reading Keeping open to new ideas [Hilary Jenning’s guest editorial 7]

The power of the imagination [Hilary Jenning’s guest editorial 5]

I have been thinking a great deal about the importance of imagination and play. There’s a great quote from Brian Eno about the power of the human imagination…. “Humans are capable of a unique trick, creating realities by first imagining them, by experiencing them in their minds. As soon as we sense the possibility of … Continue reading The power of the imagination [Hilary Jenning’s guest editorial 5]