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Happy 2009!

Just a quick post to wish all those who know and have supported me so far with my placement and MA a Happy New Year!

Thanks for those of you who visit and take an interest in the exciting work that Fierce and Creative Republic are involved with and long may it continue!

Happy 2009, here’s hoping it is a good one! 🙂


Placement Presentation

Last night at 7pm was my presentation for the placement module of my MA (the reason why I have been blogging!). I thought I’d share the presentation and the content with you here, feel free to leave comments or suggestions on how you prepare for presentations, and combat those nerves!

View this document on Scribd
View this document on Scribd

Creative Masterclass with Michael Wolff

Thursday 27th November saw the arrival of the brand expert Michael Wolff into Birmingham (Wolff Olins). The Creative Republic masterclass had to be rescheduled from earlier in the year, and excitement had clearly built surrounding his visit and the idea of a ‘Creative Director for Birmingham’.

It was an interesting evening from 5.30 to around 8pm at the new Fazeley Studios in Digbeth (a stunning venue by the way). Helga introduced, followed by Stef Lewandowski then Michael spoke for around 15 minutes then passed over to the room to begin to brainstorm a given category: Aging, healthcare, crime, culture, housing, transport, education and brand.

My table got the ‘Brand’ category. I do not live in Birmingham, I live in Stoke-on-Trent so it was really interesting to have an outsiders eye on this.

Birmingham is the second city and is years ahead in terms of development than Stoke, but what I found were that dialogues within the city were along the same vain. For instance Stoke-on-Trent has a continued dialogue between the six towns and their identities, how they are perceived and the passion each ones residents has to keep it that way and it seems Birmingham has the same with the satellite areas, for example, Moseley, Kings Heath, Hockley…the list goes on.

One thing that they mentioned was surrounding Birmingham’s redevelopment of buildings e.g the Rotunda; they were proud that rather than knocking buildings down in order to build new ones the city was using/re-using buildings. Adding to the cities unique landscape rather than taking away – yet another cause close to my heart, I’m with the table who said passing a law to make sure every empty building was filled with art! (Actually, it would be nice if just some buildings disused buildings were handed over temporarily for creative activity!)

We brain-stormed ideas and then presented them to other tables and there were loads of ideas: Learning pubs, Tree Houses, inviting old people to school dinners, the lists were endless.

I had to shoot off a little early but it was a great evening and for me is was great to hear how Birmingham is perceived by Brummies and to see the passion of the cities creatives to make it a better place. Something every city could use!

Here is some masterclass coverage:

Birmingham Post
Fierce Earth
Digbeth is Good
Stef Lewandowski
Design Week

Thursday 30th October 2008

My first task for Thursday was to blog about the 079 Exhibition in Wolverhampton supported by Creative Republic for the Fierce Earth blog. The 079 Exhibition featured artists from the Something Foundation and one of them being Dean Melbourne. (An ex-Metapod Participant and I met at a Creative Republic meeting amongst others).

By the way if you haven’t taken a peak at Dean’s blog ‘From Perfume to Birdsong’ you MUST take a peak…I got lost in it one afternoon whilst I was supposed to be working. His drawings are captivating and so are the insights into his creativity and introductions to his creative friends. In fact, go now!

Exhibition date: 1st – 14th Nov 2008
04 Lichfield Passage, Wolverhampton WV1 1DZ

To follow I was working with Kevin and the North East Project and he required me to write an Executive Summary to the Branding Focus Groups held in August.

He also asked I put together a blog post on Luke Jerram’s ‘Play Me, I’m Yours’ now in Sao Paolo but previously commissioned as part of and launch of this years Fierce! Festival.

‘Play Me, I’m Yours’ sees pianos delivered to the streets of Birmingham and now Sao Paolo:, for the public to use and take ownership. Each piano creating its own narrative and shared experience, these were then uploaded on the sites where the world can see these interconnected stories and lives.

I was also given some research to do for a act called Reverend Billy, so before the end of the day I spent watched a couple of forwarded YouTube clips…here for your enjoyment:

Creative Republic Launch in Coventry and Warwickshire: 28th Oct

“Creative Republic has a remit to reflect the views and aspirations of the creative industries throughout the West Midlands region. At present, the membership and activities have to an extent concentrated on the Birmingham area. But all that is about to change! In a series of initiatives spread throughout the West Midlands, Creative Republic seeks to extend its membership, scope and reach.

Coventry and Warwickshire is a hot-bed of creative talent – with notable strengths in gaming, performing arts and media – we want to provide a forum for creatives in Coventry and Warwickshire to meet, find out about one another and discuss issues that might affect your businesses.”

Helga asked that I talked to her about the launch when I was next in last week and when I spoke to her she asked I put together a short and snappy presentation for the launch! So I did, and I thought I would share it with you too, here is my private link on scribd.

To sign the charter just click here!

I hope it went well and as always I would like to find out your thoughts…