The adventures of Rob

Spot On Lancashire 2020 digital commission

Following the success of our first ever digital commission in 2019, with the acclaimed ‘Hit the North’ by Matt Wilkinson, our digital commissioning panel is calling for artists to pitch to create something completely new for 2020. This will be the second commission in what we hope will be a long series of commissions over […]

 

Research that is giving us legs

It has not been without stress but Culturapedia has weathered the COVID-19 Pandemic more or less intact. We may have been doing things differently over the past 16 months but we’ve kept busy. Two of the things that have kept me busy have been responding to how others have fared.  The first is a project […]

 

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 […]

 

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 […]

 

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 […]

 

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 […]