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January 2016

Pierre Boulez: A personal appreciation

By | Music

When one of your musical heroes dies, a man that you have looked up to and admired for decades passes away, it is bad enough, but it seems much harder hitting and devastating when that person was the last of…

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On seeing for yourself….

By | Fine Art

Looking at artwork is inspirational – it helps to direct the personal creative journey. As much as reading great literature helps to improve literacy, style and to reflect on human nature, passion and emotions. One can learn substantially technically from…

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Are we in a golden age for documentary?

By | Film, Popular Culture

In my last post I focused on fiction. But in film culture that is only part of the story. Documentary has, from the very start of cinema and the moving image, been at the heart of film culture and a large part of the module is devoted to exploring the importance and influence of documentary in many of its forms.

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Devils in the detail

By | Fine Art, Galleries

Many local authority collections have a budget for purchasing from local artists, or indeed benefit from donations of work by local artists welcome or not. In Glasgow, which has such an important art scene internationally, the local authority museum has a small but interesting collection of work by Glasgow School of Art graduates which they regularly show with different curatorial slants…

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About the length of a piece of string

By | Education, Film, Fine Art, Music, Photography, Textiles, Visual Communications, Writing

How hard are you supposed to be working? Over the last 3 – 5 years at the Open College of the Arts there has been what could almost be described as a revolution in the proliferation of ways for students to interact with each other, see each other’s work and discuss their courses.

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Boys own comics

By | Popular Culture, Visual Communications, Writing

Ten leading comic book artists, including Daniel Clowes, Joann Sfar and Riad Sattouf have recently withdrawn their names from the Grand Prix lifetime achievement award from The Angoulême Comics Festival. Why? Well it appears that Angoulême initially assumed that comic books are a boys only pursuit, with no women appearing on their 30 strong short list and a male only judging panel.

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Fact and fiction

By | Writing

If you’re writing prose non-fiction, whether it’s memoir, biography or autobiography, you presumably aim for what you think are the facts. If you’re writing prose fiction, you might bring elements of the truth into your story-telling but you and your readers would expect that most of it would be invented. However, if you are a poet, there is very often an assumption by both writers and readers that what you write must be the truth…

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