Help me fight young people’s homelessness with the CEO Sleepout

Following on from my last ‘CEO Sleepout’ at Notts County FC 2 years ago, I’m repeating the experience on 11 October this year to raise funds for not only Emmanuel House and The Friary, but also now for The Mighty Creatives (TMC) too. I'm doing it through JustGiving:  you can visit my page here.   Donating … Continue reading Help me fight young people’s homelessness with the CEO Sleepout

Poetry on the Hoof: Soz.

I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I’m very, very sorry, For the delays, the disruption, the chaos, we've brought To your daily routine. We’re sorry the tram stopped running, We’re sorry the bus driver forgot to turn up for work, We’re sorry the road’s been dug up over night, We’re all sorry, sorry, very very sorry. Sorry … Continue reading Poetry on the Hoof: Soz.

Do charities do more harm than good? Take more than they give?

Why do we have charities? I've some great thought provoking responses from colleagues about the CEO SleepOut campaign I'm involved in which have got to the heart of the matter. Such as, why don't the organisers invite some homeless people along to the evening and enable them to talk directly with participants? And isn't what … Continue reading Do charities do more harm than good? Take more than they give?

Campaign against homelessness

I'm taking part in 'CEO SleepOut in Nottingham on 13 October and are looking for sponsors who might be able to contribute to reaching my target of £1,000 which will go to local charities who are working on the front line with homeless people. I am raising funds through a Just Giving site: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Nick-Owen8 so … Continue reading Campaign against homelessness

Arts Infrastructure: what do we need?

So, we get it that a lack of arts infrastructure means no audiences in theatres, library closure and artists consigned to talk to themselves for ever and a day, trapped in the basement of their own imaginations: but what type of arts infrastructure is it that we need? The 'just in time' type exemplified in … Continue reading Arts Infrastructure: what do we need?

Arts infrastructure: you’ll notice it when it’s gone.

There's been a move afoot in recent years which argues that you don't need an arts infrastructure and that all arts funding should go directly to front line organisations. It suggests that if the larger theatres and museums, for example, could develop big enough education and outreach departments, these would be enough to increase audiences, … Continue reading Arts infrastructure: you’ll notice it when it’s gone.

Arts Infrastructure? Give it a rest!

People ask me, what's the @MightyCreatives then? And what's an Arts Council Bridge Organisation when it's at home? And what does being an arts infrastructure organisation actually mean? And why don't you just give the money directly to the organisations that are actually delivering the arts? And cut out the middle men? I used to … Continue reading Arts Infrastructure? Give it a rest!

How would you design the perfect hand grenade?

It’s not a question you might ask of yourself every day but for the students exploring the air field and gun ranges of Fort Walney in Barrow, it’s something that has exercised their imagination for the last 48 hours. Clearly, you have to be able to hold it comfortably, get a firm grip and be … Continue reading How would you design the perfect hand grenade?