The One Thing You Should Do to Amp Up Your Creativity

The trope of the isolated artist is all around us. From Anthony Burgess’ writing retreat in the English countryside to Dali’s hideaway in the north of Spain and more recently, the mansionof DJ and producer Deadmau5 near Toronto, artists have been seeking to get away from it all for centuries. And in many cases, solitude is an effective …

Even a small amount of creativity can help you cope with modern life, reveals new research by BBC Arts and UCL

Good news for those juggling time-pressures in today’s busy, modern life. According to ground breaking research commissioned by BBC Arts, even the briefest time spent on a creative pastime such as painting, pottery or playing the piano, has an impact on our wellbeing and emotions. In the largest study of its kind, with almost 50,000 …

Post-Industrial Towns

In the second of three BBC Radio 4 programmes music writer John Doran seeks out the radical music being made in the margins of Britain. In this episode, he heads to the post-industrial belt of northern England. Read More...

Urban Hinterlands

In the first of three BBC Radio 4 programmes music writer John Doran seeks out the radical music being made in the margins of Britain. He hears from musicians who have been pushed to the edges of the big cities. Read More...

Estate Music

In a BBC Radio 4 programme, Kieran Yates explores the role council estates play in shaping British music culture – and how the thin walls of her childhood estate introduced her to diverse music. Journalist Kieran Yates grew up in a South Asian family on a council estate in London. Read More...

Walking from Dunkirk to Barcelona to Measure the Curvature of the Earth

For 112 days Sara Morawetz retraced the 2,000 kilometre journey of two 18th century astronomers, tasked with defining the length of a metre. On 24 June 2018 artist Sara Morawetz started walking. In sturdy leather boots and a broad-brimmed, blue felt hat, she headed south from Dunkirk, France’s most northerly town. For 112 days, over 2,000 …