Archive for May, 2011

Comics Launch Pad event in B’ham

Comics Launch Pad, a new one-day event in Birmingham on 18th June 2011. “A one-day conference aimed at professionals, aspiring professionals and those with a serious interest in the business of making comics” Standard ticket, £45 (PayPal accepted).

MMU JISC digital media production employment survey

MMU and the Joint Information Services Committee are asking what is your formula for the perfect candidate in the digital media sector… “There has been a lot of discussion within the sector about a perceived mismatch of skills between what employers are looking for in the rapidly changing creative digital sector and the skills that […]

Hidden Connections report

A new AHRC report, Hidden Connections (PDF link) provides ammunition in the defence of the public-funded academic arts and humanities in the UK. The report claims to be the biggest survey of its kind, and demonstrates that the arts and humanities… “are highly connected within the UK economy, they have significant and important links to […]

Blurb announces Adobe InDesign plugin

Excellent news from the print-on-demand quality photobook printers Blurb… “Coming Soon: Blurb Plug-In for Adobe InDesign. We have a new plug-in coming that puts blank Blurb templates at your fingertips (right within InDesign) and improves your PDF to Book upload experience. The plug-in will be unveiled this summer.” Blurb can do you a nice one-off […]

Hipster animals

Lovely set of hipster animals, currently being drawn by Dyna Moe. T-shirts and blog at present, but I’d love to see these as a print-on-demand postcard book with a PayPal button to order it from.

‘Writers’ app from Warwick

Nice free app for those lucky few who have an iPhone. The University of Warwick has launched the ‘Writers’ app which… “provides access to more than 200 rare recordings of over 150 authors and poets discussing their work and creative process, from the 1970s to the present day as well as hints and writing tips […]

Juicy Pulp

The website is live for the Midlands-made feature-length comedy film, Pulp. Set in the world of British comics publishing.

Hereford Photography Festival

The 21st Hereford Photography Festival is now accepting submission for 2011. Deadline: 31st May 2011. There will also be a Fringe in 2011, with details available in September.

The New Gypsies

Iain McKell’s photo-documentary series The New Gypsies, documenting the New Age travellers and Peace Convoy -types who’ve survived on the roads of the British Isles since the early 1980s, and the others who have since joined them. He’s deliberately photographed them using the neo-romantic fashion magazine aesthetic. There’s a photobook available (80 pictures), and a […]


Flint is a new one-page broadsheet of new writing from West Midlands writers, produced by the Creative Writing Society at Staffordshire University. Two issues published, so far, in 2011. PDF versions available on the website.

Plants and parks

A series of five pictures of fictional plants, created by Eva Rucki, Conny Freyer and Sebastien Noe. Near-future imaginary… “plants that would self-decompose in gain of biofuels, plants that excrete unique pigments to be implemented in security devices, creepers that can sense air-borne viruses, and plants that reclaim gold from electronic circuits found in landfills”. […]

Connected Communities symposium

Connected Communities symposium, Newcastle (UK), 12th to 14th September 2011… “aims to critically explore evolving notions of community in art, design, history, politics, sociology, journalism, and hacktivism, among others. […] How creative use of technology fosters micro-communities, empowers marginalised groups and enables new forms of cultural expression”

The place of digital in Arts Council funding

500 organisations join forces to chide Arts Council England about its lack of concern for the regular funding of digital culture… “We the undersigned believe that clear national policies need to be developed to ensure that the UK can remain at the forefront of digital culture, globally, and that these must take account of the […]

Guardian covers the Brian Griffin show

A long article in The Guardian on Brian Griffin’s staged Black Country series of pictures, now on show at New Art Gallery Walsall (albeit with annoying high-reflectivity glass in the picture frames). The Guardian has an online picture gallery. Griffin will be giving a talk on the pictures on 2nd June 2011. I was particularly […]