How galleries help artists – Tim Marlow

Tim Marlow is both an experienced art historian, broadcaster, former Director with the renowned London art gallery, the White Cube (and now Artistic Director of the Royal Academy of Arts in London). Back in 2014, he takes 6 minutes to give his advice on UK artists wanting to ‘make it’ – and how a galleryContinue reading “How galleries help artists – Tim Marlow”

Young Poet: Feedback (UK)

If you’re under 25 years old and write poetry, you should check out the Young Poets Network.  Now.  Like now.  If not before.  You have the opportunity to get some feedback on a poem from the wonderful Caroline Bird.  (I’ve heard her perform, she’s great and was up for the Eliot Prize last year, whichContinue reading “Young Poet: Feedback (UK)”

3 actions to begin writing

One of the most infuriating – but true – pieces of advice which I received multiple times from a writer friend is this: “Writers write”.  When I was first beginning to think of writing, very unconfident and overthinking the whole thing – he would listen to my questions on the whole process – and especiallyContinue reading “3 actions to begin writing”

Film Shorts

How do you get feedback when you’ve made a short film/video?  Perhaps made for college – once you’ve sent it round the Film Festival circuit – where next? Check out a Facebook group: “Short Film Sharer.” It gives space to get feedback for films viewable online – and of course seeing what other filmmakers haveContinue reading “Film Shorts”

Into painting Community

If you’ve been painting for a while and would like to learn some more tips and tricks on practical elements, or just to get to know the artists in your community – I recommend going to an “artist’s talk”.  These are often run by a gallery around the time of a new exhibition and areContinue reading “Into painting Community”

Painting on found wood: Graham Rich

Sailing artist/sculptor Graham Rich paints pictures of water and boats from driftwood found at water edges.  Their surface recalls memories and prompts a painting idea, which is painted and scratched onto the surface, with a resultant sense of texture. Video by Topsham TV found on Youtube “A Visual Correspondence with Ian Hamilton Finlay” Devon-based Graham maintainedContinue reading “Painting on found wood: Graham Rich”

What can you do with a commute time?

One example.  Brooklyn Boy Knits. Practice your writing Another person who used his commute as place to exercise his creative interest is a poet in a previous blog post: Dobby Gibson. Listen to a Podcast or Book Quite a few people are already onto this trick – judging by the amount of earphones I see onContinue reading “What can you do with a commute time?”

Too late to start?

I like and admire this post, which I came across on Twitter, from Mary Cecilia Jackson: I started writing what I WANTED to write at 54. Began with picture books. They sucked hard core. Found my YA voice at 56. Got an agent when I was 59. (It was HARD.) My debut comes out inContinue reading “Too late to start?”

Embroidery, Gentle work & words

There is lots to see and admire in the aptly named “Gentlework”.  Quiet colours, little patterns, delicate stitches and such quiet but positive thoughtful comments.  Find out more on her instagram posts.  Her blog (at has less frequent posts and seems to be on pause but, naturally, more space for writing – and herContinue reading “Embroidery, Gentle work & words”