Archive for April, 2013

Manifesto for the Creative Economy

NESTA has just released a new Manifesto for the Creative Economy… “UK policymakers too have failed to keep pace with [creative industries] developments in North America and parts of Asia. But it is not too late to refresh tired policies.” It doesn’t seem aimed at influencing the government Spending Review (2015-16) which is now heaving […]

Regional TV

Ooops… “Two television series set in the West Midlands have had to be filmed in London and Manchester because of the region’s meagre production resources.” I also hear that the forthcoming Peaky Blinders series, set among the 1920s rough youth gangs of Birmingham, used mostly Northern actors trying to do a Brummie accent (and, according […]

Grounded arts

University of Derby conference, 8th-9th November 2013, in Birmingham (UK). Covering… “…interdisciplinary dialogue concerned with the metaphysical properties of geography in the broadest sense [and will] explore the complex space between the physical and hypothetical realms within creative practice.” Further information from Vered Lahav at:


The new Grain photography hub, based the new Birmingham Library, has its website online.

Black Country on the map

A new BBC Radio 4 documentary, Putting The Black Country on the map. It examines where the boundaries of The Black Country are, and the richness of the dialects to be found there.