Tag: creative

Talbot Rice Gallery reopens: The Normal

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After months of lockdown, the UK is finally opening up again. In line with Government restrictions, restaurants, cinemas and museums are opening their doors and welcoming us back.

The University’s Talbot Rice Gallery has also reopened its doors, with a new exhibition that looks to capture what our lives have been like during the pandemic. The Normal examines the turbulence of the past year, and the issues Covid-19 has exposed.

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Room with a view

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Edinburgh students turned the coronavirus lockdown into an opportunity to channel their creativity for a virtual art exhibition in collaboration with Google.

As part of a project with online platform Google Arts & Culture and several art schools around the world, including the Edinburgh College of Art, students were encouraged to express themselves through their art while at home during lockdown.

With campuses closed, bedrooms and living rooms became studios and creative spaces. The resulting artworks by these resilient and resourceful students produced for the aptly named project, Room with a view, offer a snaphot into a time of looking out from within as the pandemic gripped the nation.

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Spotlight on: EDMaker Space

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At the end of a long, difficult week at work, do you put away your laptop, stretch out on the sofa and pick up your knitting needles? Do you spread out your pencils and sketchbooks? Do you fire up the sewing machine? Or do you switch on the TV and tell yourself you’ll try it tomorrow instead? You’re just not feeling inspired tonight.

One thing we’ve seen from this pandemic is that with all this extra time on their hands, people are reconnecting with their creativity. As we prepare to go into another kind of lockdown, and the long, cold winter months stretch out ahead of us, tapping into your creative side could be hugely beneficial. But being ‘creative’ can come with pressures, and it can be daunting to take the first step. So where to start?

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Scientist Next Door: bringing science alive during lockdown

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Many of us were suddenly faced with the daunting task of homeschooling our children while schools were closed. While teachers still offered up as much support as they could, there were concerns about children missing out by not being in the classroom. Valentina Erastova, Chancellor’s Fellow in the School of Chemistry, decided she could help. With Basile Curchod and Matteo Degiacomi, both academics from Durham University, Valentina created Scientist Next Door, an online community of scientists able to teach science and help conduct experiments with children stuck at home. Here she talks to bulletin about the project. 

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How to stay creative at home – photography

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This week Sam Sills, Photographer at Whitedog Photography, shares her top tips for kicking your photography skills up a notch.

Well if you’re anything like me, you will have started this lockdown with great intentions of learning new things, finishing old projects and using the time in a productive way. However, after a couple of months in quarantine, my ukulele is still getting dusty and the bathroom tiles remain in a box under the sink untouched. So much for new skills!

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How to stay creative at home – getting started with drawing

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It’s safe to say we all have a bit of extra time on our hands these days, and while there’s nothing wrong with making your way through Netflix, it’s good to find a hobby that takes you away from your many screens, even if just for a little while. That’s why we asked Illustrator, Edinburgh College of Art Alumna and Merchandise Co-ordinator in the Visitor Centre, Victoria Ball, to share her top tips for drawing at home, even if you’ve never done it before.

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Staying creative during a lockdown

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Isobel Finnie, Teaching Fellow in Art and Design at Moray House School of Education and Sport, shares some tips to keep yourself, and your kids, creative at home.

‘Where’s Venus?’ #stayathome

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