Libraries have always been a place of refuge – somewhere I could go to wander the shelves and be transported to another place for a while. During Covid-19, has their role as a place where community can gather changed?
Sometimes I feel the need to take a break from plugging away at ongoing projects that feel never-ending and just play for a while. In today's prompt I focus on fragments - drawing inspiration from objects, words and images in my environment and putting them together to make something new.
Taking breaks is important to avoid burn out, however it can be a challenge to get back into the creative flow if you’ve been away from the desk or studio for a while. What are some of the strategies that can get back into your creative routine?
From the start of the year I’ve been working on a project of videopoems based on the theme ‘Disturbance Zones’. Here are the highlights so far for 2020.
There has been some great videopoems made in this time of confinement. Check out a few highlights from the past few months.
Do you feel stuck in a creative rut, where every day feels the same? Maybe it's time to take a wander and get a little lost.
In an era when we are being asked to question consumption practices and to throw out things that don’t bring them joy, is there a place for a practice of collecting?
I’ve always enjoyed the Emerging Writers’ Festival (EWF) in Melbourne and this year their events, held from 16 to 23 June, are accessible to an even wider audience through their mostly free online programme. Here I’ve outlined a few of the sessions that I’m excited about for 2020.
More needs to be done for the environment and for sustainable development and time is running out. Now is the time to think about what kind of world we want to see in 10 or 20 years’ time, but this requires a big cultural shift. That’s where the arts come in.
Sometimes when I’m stuck with my writing I turn to other works of art, in what's called ekphrastic poetry. In today's prompt choose an artwork and write about it - Why did you choose that particular piece? What is its cultural context? How does it speak to you?
As people are juggling more demands on their time it can be hard to find the space to dedicate to creative work. In a perfect world artists would have 8 hours a day for their practice, but the reality is more often one of constant interruptions and limited time. Here I gathered together a few strategies for working creatively while managing multiple demands on your time.
What sounds have changed for you these days? What have you been listening out for? A creative prompt that considers ways of hearing in quietening cities.
What does it mean to be translocal? Is this question relevant in these times of decreased mobility? Here I look at local understandings of place that are about more than just travel.
Dance is perhaps one of the more difficult art forms to do from home, but that hasn’t stoped companies from keeping active and connected to their audiences. Here I take a look at some of the creative ways that dancers are adapting their practice in times of social isolation.
When confronted by change there are so many unknowns - How long will it take to adapt? What will life look like on the other side? This is a writing prompt in the form of a videopoem, asking, what does waiting mean for you?
The 17th of April marks International Haiku Poetry Day so here are a few haikus from a work in progress, 'Residence', a haiku and photography collection that explores familiarity and displacement between Barcelona, Melbourne, Northern Thailand and Singapore.
April is a big month for poetry. Along with being the National Poetry Month for the USA and Canada, there is also the NaPoWriMo, an initiative that encourages people to write a poem a day over the month. Here I’ve listed a few poetry initiatives that are worth a look, to keep you busy during April and beyond.
We’ve been contained to our homes for over three weeks, with more to come. Here are some of the tools I’ve been adapting recently to push aside the uncertainty for a while, to just create.
In these times of hyper connectivity it can be easy to take for granted our ability to travel to the other side of the world for conferences or creative projects. Being grounded doesn’t mean that all these connections need to be put on hold but it is perhaps a time to rethink the way we work and collaborate.
Is it possible to think through this major upheaval of our lives through our everyday things? This creative prompt considers the everyday things that help us find balance in times of social isolation.