Blast Theory – Part 1 – Interview with Matt Adams

We visited Matt Adams of Blast Theory at their HQ in Portslade, UK to catch up on where the arts organisation is currently at with their business model and to ask what have been some of the interesting challenges on the way to success. Here is Matt telling us a bit about their experiments with Read the full article…

Testing out the market: Fashion

One of the key challenges new fashion businesses face is that of reaching their customers. Since the recession retailers have become more risk averse when it comes to trying out new brands and for a label which wants to position itself above the high street then a stall in a market just won’t cut it. Read the full article…

Data As Culture

Lighthouse presents a selection of the works and events featured as part of exhibitions at the Open Data Institute in London and FutureEverything Festival in Manchester. The Data as Culture programme explores the wider implications of the culture of open data on culture itself, challenging our understanding of what data is, and how it affects Read the full article…

Call to Artists to be inspired by Cliftonville, Margate

Artists from the UK and Northern France are being invited to apply for residencies providing an opportunity to spend time in Cliftonville and to make new work inspired by the area. The opportunity forms part of Home: an ambitious new programme of artists’ residencies and commissions that will take place during 2014 and early 2015. Read the full article…

So what do creative professionals need to know about finance – video recap

On 12th March 2014, Sarah Thelwall joined Be Smart About Art founder Susan Mumford online to explain some basics of finance for creatives using her Plain English style. Sarah is a strategist and consultant in the Creative Industries and grand dame founder of MyCake.org, our resource for online financial management and benchmarking business tools. Sarah Read the full article…

From studio to pop up gallery: Sarah meets artist Kellie Miller as she ventures into retail

In January Lauren and Sarah met with artist Kellie Miller at her new pop up gallery in Brighton’s Lanes. Kellie kindly let us film a series of short ‘top tips’ videos in the beautifully presented Kellie Miller Arts gallery space, the videos will form part of the work we are doing this May with Yorkshire Read the full article…

Be Smart About Art: What do creative professionals need to know about finance? Tonight 8pm

Be Smart About Art runs a series of free online sessions called Second-Wednesday Webinars. They cover essential knowledge for professionals working in the arts sector and are given by specially chosen experts. Tonight’s webinar will be given by our very own Sarah Thelwall and will address the question What do creative professionals need to know Read the full article…

Fashion stars call on Scots to ‘Love Your Clothes’

Director of Edinburgh International Fashion Festival Anna Freemantle and top Scottish designer Niki Taylor launch new campaign to stop millions of pounds worth of clothes going to landfill A new campaign to encourage Scots to value clothes more and waste less was launched last week by top fashion industry figures. The Love Your Clothes campaign Read the full article…

Commissioning opportunity for South East based artists: HOUSE 2014

Brighton and Hove’s annual visual arts event HOUSE 2014 are inviting applications for this year’s artist commissions. Hurry though there is one week left to apply, the deadline is Friday 17 January 2014. HOUSE 2014 have launched a commissioning opportunity in partnership with Lighthouse, Brighton Festival, Photoworks, The Regency Town House and University of Brighton. Read the full article…

Engage International Conference 2013

The engage International Conference 2013 takes place across Birmingham this week. Sarah will be contributing to the conference programme on the topic of the value of arts to society beyond the economic. The conference sessions will be at the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) building and at Ikon gallery from 7th – 8th November with Fringe Read the full article…