Archive for October, 2011

Pop your shop

Win your own free “pop up” shop in Birmingham… “The Square, off Corporation Street [Birmingham city centre, core], is running a competition giving fledgling retailers the chance to run a store at the shopping centre from the end of October right through to Christmas. The winner will not face any bills for rent, rates or […]

Art and Philosophy Festival

Tucked way over in Hay-on-Wye, Crunch: the Art and Philosophy Festival (18th-20th November 2011)… “curators, critics, writers musicians, gallery directors, actors and Turner Prize-winners discuss the core issues facing art in contemporary society.” Judging by the leftie political hue of most of the names, I guess they won’t be expecting Roger Scruton to turn up.

Evaluating small arts websites

Chris Unitt blogs on evaluating online success for small arts organisations. The comments on the post point out that using Google Analytics is not sufficient for funded museums and arts organisations to meet government requirements on statistics reporting, since GA is not deemed an “ABCe 2-star accredited analytics tool”.

Visual Arts in Cumbria and Lancashire – a new meaty report

An interesting 2011 consultancy report on the value of the visual arts in Cumbria and Lancashire (PDF link). They have to contend with a similarly snobby and sharp urban/rural split, like North Staffordshire has. It’s not too bad, as such reports go — reasonably meaty and not much boilerplate. Although the authors do wheel out […]

Wacom Inkling

The Wacom Inkling. Sketch on paper with a digital pen, which gets tracked by a little clip on base unit. The output is a layered digital drawing for Photoshop or your vector drawing software. Launched at the end of the summer, but there’s no sign of an Amazon UK page yet. In the USA it […]

Robert Aickman

Bookslut appreciates Sheridan Le Fanu and Robert Aickman. Robert Aickman is a new name to me, but sounds fascinating. The first story in his collection Cold Hand in Mine is set in Wolverhampton… ‘”The Swords” is a seedy [horror] tale of adolescence and first love, set against a grimy industrial background of Midlands Britain, replete […]