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naphumber November 19, 2014

“Censorship and Arts” Originally published in Art of England, Issue 28, 2011. Reproduced with permission. Who would have thought the real cyber-war would be fought over freedom of speech as we see the WikiLeaks saga unfold. This got me to thinking about censorship more generally and how the arts have fared in this respect especially […]

naphumber November 19, 2014

“Dirt!” Originally published in Art of England, Issue 83, 2011. Reproduced with permission. In the film Amadeus, Salieri says of Mozart that it was like he was taking dictation from God. Most of us know the difference between talking the talk and walking the walk. It is not about dictation, but hard graft. Work can […]

naphumber June 15, 2013

Aelita Andrea is very young and yet she is showing us what goes on in the mind of a child through her art. See her website here. No pictures for this one. You just have to go and enjoy the insight and enthusiasm she shows for her work. Likened to a young Jackson Pollock, some […]

naphumber December 3, 2012

I wrote an opinion piece in the Art of England (issue 77,  January 2011) on the issue of artistic plagiarism called “On Learning to Steal”. I start by musing on the usefulness of students learning art by copying works in art galleries. You know the story, littered around the floor are art students busily copying, […]

naphumber March 10, 2012

A debate started on the Arts Journal on Leadership/Followership raises a number of challenges for arts groups. In my view, the simple lead/follow dichotomy is not helpful as arts organisations are both repositories of a society’s culture (on behalf of people) and a way to placing before the public new ideas in way that engages […]

naphumber December 23, 2011

Marion Milner, a celebrated child psychoanalyst wrote of her own creative anxieties in her book On Not Being Able to Paint (Heineman, 1950, but still available). Fear is embedded in much of the writing on creativity, mainly because creativity is a public expression of internal life. It is a form of exposure, and ever mindful […]

naphumber November 19, 2011

“Frankenfolks” can be artists too!” Originally published in Art of England, Issue 86, 2011. Reproduced with permission. Are older people curiosities, especially the long-lived? Do we see them as ‘marvellous’ simply for their fact of survival. Perhaps instead, we trap others in the medico-social web of nursing homes, expensive end-of-life care, and dependency on others. […]

naphumber October 2, 2011

What is a magpie and what has it got to do with artists? #142830176 / gettyimages.com I have posted and written about how people learn to be artists by copying the art of other artists. As I put it, a bit like copying Romeo and Juliet by Shakespeare thinking it will help you be a […]

naphumber July 26, 2011

Another early scratching of an early human endeavouring to capture the external world has been found in Wales (2011). What was this person thinking, and why did he or she even do this? What is particularly interesting, and assuming this is about 14,000 years ago, is that with visual forms, there is a need to […]

naphumber June 25, 2011

No doubt many in the arts community are concerned at rising levels of public sector austerity. For many their very existence depends on public funding of one sort or another. Few, though, will of necessity understand the underlying logic why there are public funding programmes for the arts in the first place, apart from vague […]