"Junction Arts is a participatory arts organisation based in Shirebrook in the district of Bolsover, North East Derbyshire. Our primary aim is to increase and extend access to high quality arts through inspirational innovative participatory arts programmes and projects through partnership and collaboration within the rural areas of the East Midlands.
We believe that the arts changes peoples lives, builds confidence, self-esteem increases communication and supports community and personal empowerment. Junction Arts has developed and maintained a strong focus on regeneration and community development within the context of neighbourhood renewal.
Junction Arts is core funded by Arts Council England East Midlands, Bolsover District Council and Derbyshire County Council. Project support is achieved through strong partnerships with Parish and Town Councils, local and regional agencies and voluntary and statutory organisations. A Board of Directors and Trustees manage the Charity and Company Limited by Guarantee."
"this blog is nina wenhart's collection of resources on the various histories of new media art. it consists mainly of non or very little edited material i found flaneuring on the net, sometimes with my own annotations and comments, sometimes it's also textparts i retyped from books that are out of print.
it is also meant to be an additional resource of information and recommended reading for my students of the prehystories of new media class that i teach at the school of the art institute of chicago in fall 2008.
the focus is on the time period from the beginning of the 20th century up to today."
(Nina Wenhart, 26/06/2008)
"The first twelve issues of the Art Design Media Subject Centre's magazine Networks are available to download from this page.
Networks13 will see the launch of an exciting new format and issue 13 and subsequent issues will be produced in an online only format. Previously published three times a year, from Networks13 onwards we shall produce 4 issues a year - the first in this series is due for publication on this website in April 2011.
Networks contains a range of news items, feature articles on contemporary issues, project and event reports, student contributions and resource reviews which we think you will find informative and stimulating.
Hard copies of issues 02 to 12 are available free of charge to colleagues in the United Kingdom who are working in higher education in any of the art, design and media disciplines. If you would like a copy of one of the back issues please contact us, however earlier issues are in very short supply."
(UK Higher Education Academy Subject Centre for Art, Design and Media)
1). PDF version of issue number 12 of the Higher Education Academy Subject Centre for Art, Design and Media 'Networks' magazine.
"In a challenging business climate, focus is crucial. But companies face a real dilemma: how to maintain that focus and manage costs tightly while keeping growth options alive for the future. Deferring or canceling less promising initiatives that might have been pursued in good times allows a business to survive and eventually thrive again. Many companies give attention and resources only to the projects that are most likely to generate near-term profits, and they end up deciding quickly which initiatives fit best with the company's core business. It's a smart short-term strategy.
The downside of rigorous prioritization, however, is that it halts many potentially promising projects at an early point in their development and leaves them stranded inside the company. Over time, so many projects get abandoned that the company's ability to grow beyond its core business is threatened. If focus is maintained for too long or with too much rigidity, it can become the enemy of growth. When the market recovers, the company lacks a foundation from which to rebound."
(Henry W. Chesbrough & Andrew R. Garman, December 2009, Harvard Business School Publishing)
"Whereas PDP takes a wide approach to employability by concentrating on generic skills, other institutional practices take a more focused approach to employability that allows students to engage and ‘learn by doing’. These practices exhibit a range of emphases and variety in their approach. The development of active learning, where students participate actively in their education rather than being audiences or empty vessels, is now firmly established in those universities with the highest profile in creative industries. The historical development of these universities is located within teaching and research environments that blend studio and workshop approaches with scholarly enquiry.
These environments encourage individual creativity within social settings. They typically encourage experimentation and risk-taking in a structured and safe environment. They provide disciplinary knowledge not for its own sake but ‘to develop capabilities’. Universities involved in educating for the creative economy should not simply ‘inculcate a body of knowledge, but ... develop [among students] the capability to act responsibly towards others, to take initiative and to work creatively and collaboratively’ (Charles Leadbeater, 1999). The model promoted by universities which have been at the forefront of supporting the creative economy embeds research - often in the form of live projects - into all levels of undergraduate and taught postgraduate study. For these universities the linkage of teaching and research provides an essential basis for professional employment."
(Million+, 1 July 2008, p.25)
Leadbeater, C. (1999) Living on Thin Air: The new economy. London: Viking.