Tell me what you think…

No really… 

Feedback used to scare the bejesus out of me… I read it all like criticism, new ways to add to my own internal mindtalk trains of very unhelpful and self critical chatter.

Now I welcome feedback as a tool for change, growth and love to learn (on the whole) what I can use to improve myself and what I love to be and do in the world.

Share the love - I want to know what you think!

Share the love – I want to know what you think!

So if you feel called to share your thoughts about any experiences you have had of working directly with me or if you have stumbled across me via Google, a random repost or share… then check out the links below;

For those who have worked directly with me via coaching sessions, workshops or event

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For those of you who have found me more indirectly

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For both there is an opt in at the end for our prize draws for winning one of 2 lots of £40 vouchers for Cass Arts!

Deadline 5th September 2014

Big Thank Yous in advance…

Open To Create… really would be just another idea if not for so many folk buying into what I am about…

How to grow robust & sustainable creative businesses?

Well it’s a good question and not one that can be ironed out over a cuppa…

I understand how overwhelming it can be to look at making your business and your life more ‘green’ and/or sustainable – this has been a passion of mine ever since primary school and a workshop we took part in on packaging – see the slide with the After Eights boxes…

Open To Create… is my day to day expression in the world of being part of co-creating an inheritable world for many future generations of all species on this planet.

I trust you enjoy and find inspiration in the slides from my workshop “Giving Your Business The Green Light” run in partnership with University of East London as part of their Make It Global programme with The Centre of Excellence for Women’s Entrepreneurship

ELCBWN 30.09.13 guest speaker… Jessica Rose – founder of the London Jewellery School

Guest speaker for September 2013 meet up of East London Creative Business Women Network

Guest speaker for September 2013 meet up of East London Creative Business Women Network

The East London Creative Business Women Network is ever evolving and with Petra, co-founder deciding to give it 100% to her own and deep:black projects I was a little stumped about how to harness such collaborative energy for the post Summer East London Creative Business Women Network meet up…

As luck would have it on that day I received an email from JESSICA ROSE, Award-Winning Entrepreneur and Founder of the London Jewellery School… asking if ELCBWN invited guest speakers…

And thus I had my answer and excitingly Jessica is now the guest speaker for our next gathering… phew! Creative Collaboration back into full swing again…

What you can expect from Jessica on Monday 30th September 2013…

Jessica will give an informal talk about her experience and journey in setting up a multi-award winning creative business from scratch, sharing the good, bad and everything in-between for plenty of inspiration, ideas and advice. Following this there will be a Q&A session and some creative brainstorming.
Everyone is welcome to come along no matter what stage they are at with their business bring your ideas and questions and we look forward to seeing you there. 

Book your place via http://elcbwn.eventbrite.co.uk/ we ask you pay what you can on the night to keep the events as open & inclusive as possible.

A bit more about Jessica and her background: 

Multi-award winning entrepreneur and business expert Jessica Rose is the owner and Director of the London Jewellery School, the world’s largest jewellery training centre. She set up the business aged just 21 in 2009 with only one class a month from a community hall in South London and now the school is a huge success having trained over 7,000 students with the running of over 50 classes per month. Her achievements in building a thriving business from scratch have been recognised by the local and national press including features in Marie Claire, The Times, Vogue, Daily Mail and Daily Experss to name a few and she has stared in interviews/ documentaries on the BBC, ITV and Sky News. She is also a regular blogger for huffinton post and ambassador of a number of organisations supporting young people and women in to business. For more on her story see – http://www.jessicaroselondon.com and for more about the London Jewellery School visit http://www.londonjewelleryschool.co.uk

Are you Open To Create… 3 month volunteer placement offered. Deadline 20th September 2013

I have been a volunteer on and off for over 20 years and know first hand the amazing benefits of volunteering. I have run different volunteer, intern and work placement programmes for over 15 years and love the satisfaction of a person willing to contribute learn and grow from being willing to give to a company.

Charlotte Hogg was an intern whilst I was working with Bow Arts – she was an awesome, go getting woman on a mission to suck up as much experience from working in the gallery, curating P1 show through to handling the rain on the opening night of the Open Studios with grace and good humour. She went onto to secure a place on the Whitechapel Interns programme and now works for the Royal Academy… 

See Charlotte’s reference below…

  1. Charlotte Hogg

    Charlotte Hogg
    Press Assistant at Royal Academy of Arts
    Anna has a clear can-do attitude which makes even the hardest of tasks seem like light work. Dependable, committed and loyal, Anna is a pleasure to work with. Being a natural people person she is happy to share these wonderful qualities with an ever growing professional network, one that helped me begin my own career and which I know has helped many others in turn. My time…more

    May 24, 2011, Charlotte worked indirectly for Anna B. at Bow Arts Trust










So it’s a little nerve wracking to admit to limitations of any kind? Especially when it requires bringing new people to your inner world of your business…

But it’s time to take the plunge at Open To Create… so I can focus on more strategic grow whilst knowing the detail is being handled.

We are offering a 3 month volunteer placement at 1 day a week…

Deadline for applying is 20th September 2013.

See below for a link to the role description…

East London Creative Business Women Network @ The Create Place 30.09.13

The Create Place is co-hosting #elcbwn 30.09.13 meeting

The Create Place is co-hosting #elcbwn 30.09.13 meeti

East London Creative Business Women Network

Next meeting post Summer break

Date: Monday 30th September 2013

Time: A prompt 6.30pm start

Ends: 9pm

Venue: The Create Place, 29 Old Ford Road, Bethnal Green, London E2 9PJ

Cost:  Donations – pay what you can

 

BOOK NOW

  • To give yourself  the time and space for you need to move your creative projects and business on.
  • For an evening of connecting with new creative contacts, hearing more about what is out there to help you grow your own ideas, confidence and  new ways of looking at your current challenges.
  • Bring along any promotional materials for your upcoming events or services you want to share.
Previous success stories are one networker taking the leap to set up their own business, new creative commissions for work on collaborative paid projects and deep connections and support networks growing across and beyond East London!!

 You can book your place for the evening networking session via

 https://elcbwn.eventbrite.co.uk/

A ‘new national curriculum for the Arts, Design, Dance, Film? More like a bad day for future creative learning…

Image by Anna B. Sexton

Stop tinkering with the creative curriculum in such an unjoined up way Mr. Gove

A picture speaks a 100o words, right?

Well here’s what I think about the newly released national and particularly creative subjects curriculum served up by Mr. Gove,  Secretary of State for Education.

I don’t get his thinking and can’t see how he and his team have the bare face cheek to release the curriculum whilst it so clearly has not been created in relation to what most teachers and educators believe is needed for our current and future learners.

We must keep speaking out, sharing about this deliberate shun of both common sense,  a well rounded creative curriculum across all subjects and what this means for our children’s basic human rights.

At a time when so many people are becoming more sedentary and unwell through lack of physical exercise to leave dance out as a distinct art form is foolhardy and will prove costly in terms of personal physical and mental health and collective spend in health care in the coming years.
Equally to leave out to film and drama in such a way leaves me cold given how well our theatre and film industries have been doing in the last few years. These industries are part of our global exports and a creator of much needed jobs, income and taxes. So one wonders what Gove sees will replace these if our students don’t have the access to the subjects and be able to access HE & FE post school without the basic grounding in these subjects.

To have such low level of linking up of the curriculum to the creative industries shows just how little joined up thinking there is within this government.

No wonder more and more employability courses are being taught as pupils are being left ill equipped to face into their futures whatever career pathways they chose.

These measures also buy into the ‘intern’ culture so many companies use to ‘give’ young people the real life skills needed to work in business, well as long as it’s for free.

I find the time, energy and investment in bringing into being this ‘new’ curriculum  an utter shame on Gove and his teams and one that we and future generations will be paying for in so many ways.

I do agree with Karl Wozny’s comment

“Gove has not taken any notice of Henley or recognised Rose or Cambridge Reviews, all of which champion the arts in education. Gove has also failed to listen to teachers, the people on the front line. Which school in their right mind would want this curriculum? I guess Academies and Free Schools can choose to opt out, and many schools are already choosing independent Curriculums like IPC. The only good thing I can see here is that it’s up to arts organisations to help liven up this new uninspiring curriculum and we can hope to trust in schools to enable this and that extra funds promised by Gove to do this will be given. I think schools should follow the Australuan system whereby every parent pays around £100 a year into a ‘pot’ so that their children get a continuous steady flow of cultural enrichment. Those that can’t pay can have it funded by Pupil Premium. I think it’s time to take control and try different methods.
Karl Wozny 09 July 2013″

But don’t just want to get into business mode of seeing this as an opportunity to make in roads into the massive gaps left by Gove’s new structures.

I want us to keep pushing this Government to see society as a well rounded whole. One where not everyone has the means or background to find it easy to access the additional measures and schemes he is suggesting… i.e. weekend creative clubs hosted in local universities.  Many parents of children today, and likely more so in the future, did not have a good relationship with their own schooling, let alone the funding to access FE/HE so we are being called to look at the issues raised by the new curriculum together, creatively and in 360 degree fashion so it really reflects all of today’s learners  and the many challenges they and we face.

Read more about the latest changes via The Cultural Learning Alliance website – thankful this organisation exists to keep us all updated on the changes.

Creative collaboration grows reciprocal networks…

How? Which way? and quite frankly Why?

Creative Choices article by Meena Toor

Creative Choices article by Meena Toor
Effective Networking

Indeed… these days with social media and it’s proliferating ways of reaching out via text, photos and now video via Instagram… where will it end?

Do you often feel overwhelmed and not really sure what the point maybe of getting involved? And whatever happened to face to face meet ups?

Don’t give up is the message from me, someone who like you can’t always see the benefits of doing the ‘social’  media thing as well as the face to face networking…

Well hopefully this story of how one connection leads to another and the mutual benefits these have lead to will re-inspire you to keep the faith and keep on keeping on with reaching out and expanding your ever growing networks.

Naomi Woodis introduced me to Alison Seddon via Facebook back in January 2012. To be fair I don’t think I really knew where it would lead – I did know Naomi was very well networked with inspirational creatives across all art forms. So I was definitely curious…

Alison & I met for coffee/mint tea a couple of weeks later – we realised we both could benefit from sharing skills and experience. Alison is an expert forum theatre specialist, coach and facilitator across a range of clients especially corporate companies who engage her to help them act out their challenges in creative and fun ways.

Over the coming months we co-crafted ‘Authentic Creative Networking’ workshop

We then successfully ran our workshop together back in July 2012… read the results here

Skip forward to June 2013 and in the process of setting up and running the workshop again Meena Toor from Creative Cultural Skills came across the information about the workshop on Twitter (I was also using Eventbrite, Facebook, Instagram and blogging to share about the workshop, reach out to new groups to seek out new participants).

She was unable to come to the workshop but thankfully offered to interview me and now there is a very nuts & bolts article about ‘Effective Networking’ published on Creative Choices website…

Read her article NOW!

So now through putting in the work, without really knowing whether or not initial face to face and social media connections would lead to anything – boom new creative collaborations and reciprocal networks have grown and taken me and Open To Create… in directions I would never have dreamt of when starting off getting into more on and offline networking.

Its also fabulous as both Murry Collins and Gerry Sexton – both participants in the workshop hoping to grow their professional photography practices have their images from workshops included and credited in the article! Yeah!

So don’t give up and keep on reaching out and let me/us know how you get on…

We’d love to hear your success stories too!

Naomi Woodis http://www.naomiwoddis.com/

Alison Seddon https://twitter.com/alisoneseddon

Creative Cultural Skills http://ccskills.org.uk/

Creative Choices http://www.creative-choices.co.uk

Gerry Sexton http://1x.com/member/gerarddominic

Murray Collins https://www.facebook.com/murray.collins1

Paying Artists Survey results #PAYARTISTS

Is it really that hard to equate being paid for the time, energy, resources given out for a return of income. 

Of course I know we artists gain a huge amount of development, new contacts, networkings, marketing and, and for every show we are taking part in…

And the results of the recent Paying Artists Survey results  so very clearly show that publicly funded organisations with remits to support artists are seriously falling short of their duties.

What do you think?   What has been your experience?

Start a conversation below…

http://www.a-n.co.uk/knowledge_bank/document/3371149

The artists and commissions… that hard

Key findings

– 72% of artists earn up to 10K a year from their art practice

– 17% earn between £10 and £20K – Artists cite ‘sharing their work with the public’ as the most important reason for exhibiting

– Nearly half of all artists reported that exhibiting their work is prohibitively expensive

http://www.a-n.co.uk/knowledge_bank/document/3371149

71% of artists did not get paid to take part in exhibitions in publicly funded spaces… you do the math

Big up inspirational creative woman #1. Megastar #mylife

JVA Project Space - Meg Mosley Show

Meg Mosley Megastar
Jerwood Show
13th May 2013

Now she’s just somebody that I used to know… well she certainly retains a certain resemblance to a friend of mine called Meg but it can’t be? Can it?

If it is her she has come a long way from Community Arts Training and intergenerational projects back in the day in Wiltshire… Maybe I need to get my eyes tested?

Megastar has risen from the quiet streets and shopping malls of Trow-Vegas; a market town way out yonder West Country, UK

And boy, oh, boy we better be ready for her – TOWIE and Made In Chelsea have met a potential match…

But what is Megastar all about and how is Meg Mosley involved?

Over the coming 3 months at Jerwood JVA Project Space 

JVA Project Space – Meg Mosley show 13st May – 31st August 2013

So who is Megastar? 

Who is she in fact? The real deal, a facsimile of all that we hold dear or away from us at arms length in the currently over saturated celebrity culture?

She is not to be messed with yet with some gentle steps an approach can be made into the the inner circle of Megastar and her entourage of dedicated followers and fans.

Think high glamour, outrageous glamour and something of the middle England high street thrown in for good measure.

She is nothing if not a dichotomy.

Mark my word get amongst her unique brand of self directed fame and fortune and you too could be your own Megastar 

However be warned there will only ever be one Megastar

Fake wannabes need not apply or attend for that matter as her security management team will bounce you out.

You have been warned!

Jerwood Show 

Jerwood Visual Arts presents a new body of work titled #mylife by Wiltshire-based artist Meg Mosley. This solo presentation features two films; Agog, The Grandmother Diaries’ and Viva Trow Vegas, Just a small town girl and the launch of an online music video, which will take place during the course of the exhibition.

Meg’s website – check out her amazing films especially the one her with her ‘Gogs’ in Lourdes!

Meg’s artist Facebook page – come on’ you follow this rising start and get amongst her meteoric rise to fame!

Megastar trending #mylife


More information about the show

Mosley’s work explores the documentary format and how stories can be manipulated, published and spread through the internet. Her projects often involve her family and friends as source material, as well as engaging local communities who participate as part of large-scale, orchestrated, performances and gatherings. These events are normally organised through social media channels and are then retold and re-presented through narrated video documentary.

The films on display in the JVA Project Space attempt to explore issues to do with belonging in two distinct areas of influence; the understanding of the love, friendship and family life and the trials of ageing; and the influences that reality television, glossy magazines and short-lived ‘celebrity’ fame has on those who live in ordinary towns, in this case the town of Trowbridge (Trow Vegas) in Wiltshire.

Agog: The Grandmother Diaries is a documentary record of Mosley’s relationship with her grandmother, offering an intimate and rare insight into the granddaughter-grandmother relationship. In this work, the artist explores her grandmother’s belief that glamour represents a form of empowerment. The film is an interplay of humour and reflection. Through the course of this film, the artist and her grandmother engage in a series of parties, holidays and photo-shoots that are inspired by her grandmother’s glamorous past and lust for life.

The second film Viva Trow Vegas, Just a small town girl sees the artist travel to Las Vegas in search of the glamour and extravagance that is used as a reference point in her home town. This two year project is the culmination of a study of glamour in its contemporary guise. Mosley uses different media, including video, photography and film, to record a wide range of interactions. In doing so, she teases out the joy and pathos in examples of contemporary culture and takes her home town of Trowbridge on and adventure inspired by the glitzy constructed world of Las Vegas.

During the exhibition Mosley will launch an exclusive music video online which was shot in her home town of Trowbridge and will be shown on YouTube. Please visit this page shortly for further details.

Keep being crafty – save the word ‘craft’ from devolution

Image by Anna B. Sexton

End the diversion – stop the government reclassifying craft as non-creative

Once again the current UK government have given me the chance to get out my soap box to champion a creative cause close to my heart and one I believe is at the heart of all of our society…

SIGN the petition to stop the government reclassifying craft as non-creative

Craft – what you say? What is the point of a blog about saving the word ‘craft‘?

Why is it even important?

Because being a skilled potter, a skilled weaver, skilled jewelry maker are essential forms of hand making both in a creative sense but as a form of making a living, a contribution to individuals and communities who benefits from the beautiful and thought out results of the fine crafter.

The craft industry and those who work in it, over 88,000 people making a £3bn annual contribution to the UK economy, are inherently and by their very nature creative.

Right now we are in a process of devolution and re-classification by the current government administration of  creative, cultural and craft based education, making, ways of working and being. We need to work together to stop this happening.

What about re-framing this process and investing in celebrating all that is great and a serious economic multiplier for the UK? Hey maybe the £28 billion pounds into the shared pot as a whole from the creative industries isn’t enough for the government? Perhaps we should go off shore like the bankers?

The Crafts Council is set up to champion crafts as, although there are so many grey areas in this argument, there are differences between fine arts, fine crafts, design and other professional forms.

Let’s celebrate the differences and champion the cross overs but don’t de-value the massive contributions craft and all its contributions make to a well rounded and growing society.

Gosh without craft perhaps we would not have been blessed with William Morris (god forbid).

“Nothing should be made by man’s labour which is not worth making, or which must be made by labour degrading to the makers.”

Do get involved and sign the petition, tell your friends and make waves to let this government know there a more pressing issues of deeply grinding poverty, lack of access to sustainable jobs and education that are more important than the waste of time, energy and money this process of re-classification are costing us.