Podcast #40: Dr Davy Smith

Dr Davy Smith is a researcher, creative technologist and designer, working at the Digital Creativity Labs at the University of York.

His research focuses on the applications of interactive storytelling and artificial intelligence to broadcast media, bridging fine art, interactive media and computer science. He has also developed and exhibited technology with a number of leading creative institutions including Tate, FACT and the BBC.

In this episode we discuss how this kind of research will effect the future of storytelling and broadcast media, including the considerations that have to be taken into account when creating highly personalised content.

We chat about artificial curiosity, how you would go about synthesising creativity, and whether that would even be a good things, as well as looking at the similarities between painting and coding to describe the links between art, science and media.

 

 

Podcast #38: Mim Robson

Mim Robson is an artist and workshop facilitator working primarily in ephemeral art with natural materials, often within the landscape. She creates temporary artworks ranging from delicate and vibrant flower and leaf mandalas, to huge scale beach artworks.

Mim also runs Keeping it Crafty, putting on creative socials, events and workshops aimed at providing opportunities to enhance creativity, learn new skills, meet new people, inspire, and develop community.

In this episode we chat about what it’s like to create in front of an audience, Mim’s approach to working in the creative arts and how that’s allowed her to generate an income, as well as the importance of creating work just for yourself, simply because you enjoy it.

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Podcast #36: Colin Jackson

“I found a vent for my creativity within the classroom. There’s an artistry in creating those kind of engagements.”

Colin Jackson (@colin_clp) has worked in arts & cultural education for 28 years, and is the founder of Creative Learning Partnerships, a consultancy, project management and event management company specialising in working with young people and communities.

He has played a fundamental role in the development of Arts Council England’s Arts Award and Artsmark initiatives. His work has included the delivery of learning programmes for ‘Illuminating York’, delivery of the annual Yorkshire Schools Dance Festival and the development of a learning strategy for the UNESCO Guild of Media Arts.

In this episode we discuss the early experiences that drew Colin towards a career in the arts, about passive vs active learning and the teachers that go the extra mile to make a difference for their students, and how technology will affect creativity and education in the future.

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Podcast #35: Jeff Clark

“Being an artist is just doing it. You can’t question whether or not someone is an artist if they’re making something.”

Jeff Clark is the co-owner of the Art of Protest Gallery, an urban contemporary art gallery based in Little Stonegate. Formerly a photography teacher, and a practicing photographer when he gets the time, we discuss the work Jeff is drawn to both as an artist himself and as a curator.

We also chat about what a digital revolution means for our town centres, its effect on retail and social spaces, the need for story behind any good work or product, and the need to create social happenings in our city.

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Podcast #34: Heather Niven

Heather Niven is an artist and musician, and the head of Science City York, an organisation tasked with supporting the science, digital and creative sectors in the city and stimulating their growth.

We discuss the projects Science City are running and the wider problems facing York and its future, we dive into Heather’s personal work and discuss the themes different artists are drawn to, as well as how to stay on top of multiple projects and make the most of your time.

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Podcast #33: Lauren Roberts

Lauren Roberts (@LaLaLaLauren911) is a tattoo artist specialising in watercolour tattooing. She has developed a distinct abstract painted style, building up her portfolio and reputation as an incredible artist. In 2017 she opened a studio of her own, Adara, with business partner Josh Dixon, which has just completed its first successful year.

In this episode we discuss how you develop a style and advance your career, including the natural instinct to want to take on new challenges, we chat about working backwards to reverse engineer what it is you want in life, and we remind ourselves not to overthink things and get worked up about the small details.

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Podcast #25: Colin Black

After graduating with an MA from the Royal College of Art London, Colin Black worked for several design companies before becoming senior lecturer and head of design at Leith School of Art.

After nearly 25 years in Leith, Colin and his wife Sallie have now moved to York to set up Seek Art School.

In this episode we chat about why people are drawn to the arts, what makes his best students stand out, and how you go about teaching people to see creatively.

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Podcast #17: Nicola Stead

Nicola Stead is an art teacher, specialising in sculpture and special effects. Her new venture is The Creative Studio York, an art school opening in Clifton Moor on the 8th of June.

We discuss the challenges in bringing a project like this to life, the key component to making great art, and the importance of being around other creative people.

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Podcast #16: Grace Abell

Grace Abell (@abell_design) is a graphic designer with a background in art directing magazines. She stepped away from that into branding, and has now set up independently in York, also running quarterly designer and illustrator meet ups in the city.

In this episode we chat about the way she approaches branding projects, her honest advice in starting your own business and her involvement with the Guild of Entrepreneurs (@GOE_York), as well as her commitment to ethical business.

Podcast #15: Lisa-marie Newman

Lisa-marie Newman is the creative director of York Nurturing Community (@ync_ork_uk), organising events and activities that deliver an exciting art programme promoting wellbeing and social cohesion.

We talk about the links between creativity, community and wellbeing, her frustration at teaching art in schools without the freedom to teach creatively, and about their new premises opening at Spark:York tomorrow.