Up-cycling old books into festival bunting

What do you do when you’re trying to make Burnley Literary Festival a bit more festive and you’ve acquired a load of old unwanted books? Up to now the festival has been, dare I say, a bit corporate. The normal merchandising stuff – roller banners, printed bunting, bookmarks, black hoodies and polo-shirts. Nowt wrong with […]


Spot On Lancashire named as finalists in the 2019 Lancashire Tourism Awards

We had some exciting news in the office this week. Spot On Lancashire has been named as a finalist in the 2019 Lancashire Tourism Awards in the cultural venue/organisation category. Spot On Lancashire is delivered by Culturapedia. It is the only arts organisation to cover the whole of Lancashire and next year will be celebrating […]


Spot On Lancashire: Outdoor Arts Commission 2020

Spot On have secured funding from Arts Council England to commission an outdoor arts performance in 2020. This will be the first commission in what we hope will be a long series of commissions over the next few years. The plan is for the finished piece to premiere at Fairhaven Lake in Lytham St Annes […]


We’re living in a world that is obsessed by big data but that doesn’t relate to the rural areas of Lancashire. We can’t manage the arts using big data

Last weekend I was invited onto to a panel at the National Festival of Making as part of their talks programme co-ordinated by Creative Lancashire. I was also asked to write an article for thee talks brochure which I’ve reproduced below.  Is a festival the answer to fixing a broken and divided nation in a post […]


Calling all digital artists – commission opportunity

Following a successful bid to Arts Council England, Culturapedia, under the brand of Spot On Lancashire, is planning six brand new commissions over the next two years. The first call out to artists is for a new piece of digital art. We are working with a team of young Lancashire librarians as a panel to […]


Student gigs in village halls?

  “Statistics are like a bikini. What they reveal is suggestive, but what they conceal is vital.” Aaron Levenstein.   The above quote by Levenstein is certainly true. It is becoming increasingly apparent to us that geographical data can have the same effect. Researchers and data crunchers need to be careful. Flawed research is used […]


My week with Culturapedia

Coming into this week, I wasn’t 100% sure exactly what to expect, but was looking forward to chatting with the always smiling, excited and bubbly Lyndsey again. Once I had endured the bus ride and finally found the office (not as hard as I’m making it sound, I’m just ditzy), I entered the office and […]


Sabbatical refresh

Over the past couple of years both Culturapedia directors have taken time out from the  business to study. It’s a long time since both of us sat in a lecture theatre and it’s been a fascinating experience. First of all Rob enrolled on a Masters degree in Cultural Economics and Entrepreneurship At Erasmus University in […]


Brexit week 5: Call for the right kind of passion

On the whole business leaders don’t get passionate about politics – at least not publicly. We hide behind being professional for fear of upsetting anyone be they supplier or customer. We are often cynical about the political motives of business,  for example are they claiming to be green just to increase sales – green-washing, or […]


Bringing high quality children’s work to rural Lancashire – Spot On Lancashire

Spot On Lancashire’s Company Manager Lyndsey Wilson talks to Big Imaginations about Spot On Lancashire, working with local volunteers and non-traditional venues, and the benefits that come with being a member of the Big Imaginations network  Spot On currently offers a curated menu of professional theatre to 48 rural venues and 58 libraries across Lancashire. The […]