Don't give up the day job...

Yesterday I attended a workshop entitled 'Don't give up the day job.' The workshop was run as a collaborative event by Manchester Craft and Design Centre; Redeye (the photography network); and Castlefield Gallery and positioned as 'a day of talks, discussions and workshops encouraging photographers, artists and makers to draw inspiration for their personal practice from other paid and commercial work.' I arrived at the rather beautiful Bridge 5 Mill in Manchester, a 'sustainable venue' with an impressive recycling provision in each of its' shared spaces. As someone with an intention to introduce artistic and creative influences to support and inspire personal development in others, I was intrigued.

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The street's an empty stage

Last Thursday, I spent three hours exploring the Northern Quarter in Manchester as part of a 'Street Wisdom' event. I had heard about this event whilst booking a place at The Mindful Living Show and booked the morning off work, eager to explore what the streets had to offer me. I resisted my usual urge to read as much information as possible about the event to try and keep an open mind and a more natural curiosity to discover how to use the 'streets as my university.'

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