Podcast #37: Joanne Coates

“The projects you do best are the ones that you love”

Joanne Coates is a documentary photographer, and the founder of Lens Think – a social enterprise set up to promote diversity in the creative arts. Lens Think put on socials and pop up exhibitions in locations all around Yorkshire, and help share artist opportunities.

In Joanne’s work as a photographer she is interested in working life and class inequality, which is represented in her diverse portfolio of personal and commissioned work. She has been published by the BBC, Vice, The Telegraph and The Guardian, and has had her approach to photography described as democratic and poetic.

In this episode we discuss how photography can be used as a medium to highlight under represented issues, the social responsibility artists have when saying they are giving people a voice, and the need for a more representative generation of artists to become the creative future of tomorrow.

Links:
http://joannecoates.co.uk
http://instagram.com/joannercoates

Lens Think Facebook Group
Lens Think Instagram

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Invisible Britain
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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.

Facebook: @creativelearningpartnerships @yorksdancefest

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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 #27: Rick Chadwick

Rick Chadwick (@rickary) is a freelance web developer, in 2013 he started DotYork, a one day annual conference that brings together around 250 curious minds to hear intriguing and inspiring stories and discussions.

In 2015 he grew tired of working from home so set up ACOLLECTIVE, a city centre co-working space, home to 30 creatives.

In this episode we chat about the work Dot York have done in creating a safe and encouraging environment that allows speakers to open up and share their vulnerabilities with an audience. We touch on artificial intelligence and the impact it will have on creative jobs, and Rick and I both talk about our feelings of imposter syndrome and the struggle of being comfortable with who you are and what you do.

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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.

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