The adventures of Rob

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 […]

 

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 […]

 

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 […]

 

Brexit week 4: A manifesto for the arts in Pennine Lancashire

Today is the annual Lancashire Arts Exchange at The Boo in Waterfoot with the theme of challenging, subverting and stimulating. One of the exciting things on today’s agenda is the launch of a manifesto for the arts organisations of Pennine Lancashire. If after Brexit, the UK is in danger of becoming an irrelevant country and […]

 

Brexit week 3. Losing soft power

I have recently completed a Masters Degree in Rotterdam in Cultural Economics as a mature student. My classmates, some of the brightest young people from all over the world, have, since the Brexit vote, dismissed the UK as irrelevant to their future ambitions. Today’s bright international graduates are tomorrow’s decision makers. I have spent a […]

 

Brexit week 2: Europe or bust

Last week we got an e-bulletin from Bash Street, a company that we have worked with in the past, talking about their fantastic European tour this Summer and their fears about how border controls will affect them next year. They also toured to Turkey, not in the EU and described the considerable amount of work […]