Kathrin Böhm: The Return of the Pickers

Artist Kathrin Böhm describes how a drinks company links the history of Londoners going hopping in Kent to a new community drinks enterprise on the suburban fringe This article originally appeared in The Land, issue 19, 2016 A group of boys jump into a recently dug pit. It’s summer, and they appear to have made their own way … Continue reading Kathrin Böhm: The Return of the Pickers

5 Ways to Make People-Powered Art

1215.today’s Innovation Labs enable artists and audiences to experiment together on making truly collaborative digital art. The Innovation Labs open up the artistic process by inviting artists, gamers, vloggers, makers and creative technologists to explore a Magna Carta-inspired provocation set by an artist. So what did we learn from our first Innovation Lab? Let’s take a … Continue reading 5 Ways to Make People-Powered Art

The Empty Throne wins a 2016 Learning on Screen Award

The centrepiece of the 1215.today launch, a specially commissioned film from the University of Lincoln written by dramatist Laura Turner and directed by Philip Stevens has won a British Universities Film and Video Council 2016 Learning on Screen Award. This is the UK’s only celebration of film and media production in education. The awards recognise the … Continue reading The Empty Throne wins a 2016 Learning on Screen Award

Gill Barron: 1215 And All That

Eight hundred years on from Runnymede, Magna Carta is being trumpeted as a universally Good Thing. But good for whom? Should we make a new treaty with our still-wicked Rulers? This article originally appeared in The Land, issue 18, summer 2015 When eminent lawyer Lord Denning described Magna Carta as ‘the foundation of the freedom of the … Continue reading Gill Barron: 1215 And All That

Scribble 17: The right to legal aid

In 2013, the government proposed changes to legal aid that financially rewarded lawyers if their client pleaded guilty, and cost them money if a case went to trial. In January of this year, justice secretary Michael Gove withdrew cuts to legal aid fees and also a proposed contract-tendering procedure that would have seen a reduction … Continue reading Scribble 17: The right to legal aid

Scribble 16: The citizenship test

Have you ever tried to do an example of the UK citizenship test? I have, and I failed miserably. The test is a mix of historical, cultural and English language questions, as far as I can gather, and is renowned for factual inaccuracies and for demanding knowledge of the applicant that even a British-born person … Continue reading Scribble 16: The citizenship test

Tales from the frontline: a conversation with Shey Hargreaves

Halfway through her four-week digital poetry residency, we talked to writer Shey Hargreaves about her work, why even bad jobs are about more than just paying the bills, and her frontline experience of recent cuts to healthcare in this country Hi Shey, can you tell us a little bit about yourself and your work? I’m a bit … Continue reading Tales from the frontline: a conversation with Shey Hargreaves

Scribble 1: Poet-in-Residence

Hello there. My name is Shey Hargreaves. I’m a writer and storyteller from East Anglia in the UK and I’ve come to scribble with 1215.today for the next four weeks as their Digital Poet-in-Residence. (It’s the residency that’s digital, not me. I’m real. Really.) I’ll be blogging over the next month on themes surrounding personal freedom. … Continue reading Scribble 1: Poet-in-Residence

How much space do you need for your future?

Kathrin Böhm, artist and co-founder of the art and architecture collective Public Works and the international artist group Myvillages, has been commissioned to create a new digital artwork for 1215.today The work will be realised through a six-month Innovation Lab model involving the artist, four expert creative technologists and a group of creators, makers, gamers … Continue reading How much space do you need for your future?

Kapoor & Gormley unleashed: an interview with Scott King

Internationally renowned graphic designer Scott King devilishly discusses his 2014 work, Anish & Antony Take Afghanistan King isn’t afraid to be a menace. In 2014, armed with a pen and a sanguinary sense of humour, he and illustrator Will Henry produced Anish & Antony Take Afghanistan, a graphic novel featuring public sculpture superstars Anish Kapoor … Continue reading Kapoor & Gormley unleashed: an interview with Scott King