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.
Although disturbance and change are part of the natural cycle, with the effects of climate change this is now happening on an unprecedented scale, forever changing the environment in which we live. How can we learn to live in increasingly unstable environments?
What's so special about Chiangmai? This article thinks about some of the things that make this northern Thai town a place to return to.
Acid attack is an issue commonly associated with South Asia, however reports show this is a global phenomenon that overwhelmingly impacts women, and too often these attacks go unreported and unpunished.
In September 2019 the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) published Creative Responses to Sustainability: Green Guide for Spain, a publication of 25 organisations that appeal for wide cultural change, calling for communities to live with more care for their environment.