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Off to Taiwan

I’m traveling to Taipei, Taiwan, this week to speak at a symposium for performing arts designers, architects, technicians, and managers on the subject of large-scale performing arts venues. Taiwan and much of Asia is in the midst of a massive cultural construction binge (as part of a more general massive construction binge). It will be […]

The Big Painting Challenge - the artists' blog posts

One of the things about blogs is you get to say what your experience was like as well as showing people what your painting looks like. That's all the more important when you're painting on BBC1 and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Was that a laugh? 38¢ please!

In a story that seems too odd to be true, a Barcelona comedy theater company has experimented with a ‘pay per laugh’ scheme, where entry is free, and each laugh costs you money. Each seat has a tablet computer, with facial recognition software, tracking and charging for every guffaw. You settle up the tab on […]

Arts Management in Five Minutes

The American University’s Arts Management Program celebrated our 40th anniversary this week, with a grand bash of alumni, students, faculty, and friends. For the occasion, I was challenged to condense the entire Survey of Arts Management course I teach over 15 weeks into a five-minute version (okay, they asked for four minutes, but I couldn’t […]

Passion and Permission

KCRW’s The Business has a fabulous interview with Ava DuVernay (starts at 07:22), director of the Martin Luther King, Jr., biopic Selma. DuVernay transitioned from film marketing and publicity into film making, originally in small documentaries and indie films, and now a major motion picture. DuVernay made the transition in small steps rather than bold leaps, […]

The Theory of Strategy

Imagine that there was a commonly-held theory of gravity that said objects will fall at an increasing rate, pause halfway, do a little spin, and then continue to fall. Imagine, then, that you never actually observe any object falling in that particular way. A little like that, sure…the falling part. But not exactly like that, […]

Arts Entrepreneurship vs. the Sum of Its Parts

As a member of the editorial board for Artivate, a journal on entrepreneurship in the arts, I was asked to write a short reflection on what “arts entrepreneurship” is, exactly, and how we might think about the phrase and the field (or bundle of fields) it represents. Short opening excerpt is included below, the rest […]

The Final of The Big Painting Challenge

So, it's over and we now know who won The Big Painting Challenge 2015. However, like a number of other people, I thought I knew who would win from Episode 1 - and we were all right on the night! So... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Who's made a mark? #264

Claude Monet's Poplar Series - five paintings from around the worldIncluded in the Inventing Impressionism exhibition at the National Gallery My biggest thrill of this last month was going to the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

The Bigger Picture - the Big Painting Challenge Artists have an Exhibition

I've been really enjoying The Big Painting Challenge and am looking forward to the Final tomorrow night on BBC1 However that's not the end of it! In April the artists are holding a Joint Exhibition... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Annual Exhibition of Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours #2 - Open Entry

Yesterday's post 203rd Annual Exhibition of Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours #1 was about the prizewinners plus the events and free events and activities being held in the Mall Galleries... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

How to Have a Productive Day

I am not immune to unproductive days, and I’ve had more than my fair share of them recently. In order to get back on track, I’ve reminded myself of these principles to use throughout the day. They really work – when you do them. Continue Reading...

203rd Annual Exhibition of Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours #1 - Prizewinners and Events

This year I'm doing two posts about the Annual Exhibition of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours  (RI) at the Mall Galleries. his one is about the prizewinners (links in the artists'... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

A Threadneedle Space Exhibition

This week Lachlan Goudie and Tim Benson are exhibiting new paintings in the Threadneedle Space at the Mall Galleries. I've seen quite a few exhibitions in the Space now by FBA Artists and others and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Review: The Big Painting Challenge - Episode 5

The subject matter for the five artists  remaining for the fifth episode of The Big Painting Challenge" was Cityscapes. Liverpool and the River Mersey provided the venue and views for this... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

The growth - and demise - of Etsy?

Etsy is up for sale. It wants to go 'public' - but it also wants to maintain its ethos and credibility. Some would say they lost it some time ago. There are quite a few articles around at the moment... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Royal Society of British Artists 2015 - Annual Exhibition

It was a pleasure to walk into the 298th Exhibition of the Royal Society of British Artists yesterday  - particularly after my very disappointing visit to the RWS Contemporary Painting Exhibition on... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Rx for Sloppy Newsletter Syndrome

There’s an epidemic going around. Don’t panic. If it strikes, you won’t need to rush to the ER or be quarantined. But you will need to take immediate action. Your physical health isn’t in peril, but the health of your art business is at stake. Show More Summary

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