Blog Archives

Recommended Reading

Books we like, by people we like

Read for pleasure, for inspiration or just to look at the pretty pictures..its all good. Its all learning & growing.

[amazon asin=”1846683025″ template=”4″]

[amazon asin=”0932102158″ template=”4″]

[amazon asin=”1856696464″ template=”4″]

[amazon asin=”1856697924″ template=”4″]

[amazon asin=”3822850020″ template=”4″]

[amazon asin=”1600616968″ template=”4″]

[amazon asin=”1568986262″ template=”4″]

[amazon asin=”1594743266″ template=”4″]

Read more →


Creatives Inc exhibited at the Greetings Card tradeshow ‘Progressive Greetings Live’ this week at the Business Design Centre, London to showcase  talent both published and unpublished by artists & illustrators from the Creatives Inc collective.

We were in the well received new licensing section DIAL [Design, Image & Art Licensing], where we got to make new & also renew aquaintances, got great feedback on the artwork showing, and new clients for the published ranges. Our little corner of the show did stand out a bit, given we put all sorts of product out there [no one else did..but when did we ever follow protocol?]. You certainly couldn’t miss us anyway.

Images by Rebecca Marshall, Ashley Percival & Ryan Robinson stood out, and  there was good news for some of the other illustrators too. We look forward to taking these designers in to a new direction and see them published, in what is still a very difficult market.

In spite of the swamp condidtions [it was very hot], we survived long enough to enjoy the iced champagne on offer at the end of Day 1, and managed to drag ourselves to the Drinks party held for all exhibitors & visitors. Hard work, but someone’s gotta do it!




Read more →

New Designers 2012 | Artsthread

New Designers is the UK’s most important graduate exhibition.

Taking place over two weeks, with nine distinct design zones and two prestigious Awards Evenings, New Designers is an event full of innovation and fresh thinking.  Over 3,500 of the most talented newly graduated designers from across the nation will come together under one roof for the 27th edition of New Designers.

New Designers are delighted to announce that we are working with a new partner, Arts Thread. Arts Thread is now hosting New Designers online graduate portfolios, providing a year round extension of New Designers the exhibition.

We are delighted to announce that we are working with a new partner, Arts Thread. Arts Thread is now hosting New Designers online graduate portfolios, providing a year round extension of New Designers the exhibition.

Arts Thread provides a comprehensive online directory for new and emerging design talent. For graduates, it offers invaluable advice and information for those dedicated to developing their career.

We are very pleased to have found a partner who shares our values in bringing graduate talent and business together.

New Designers Part 1: Wednesday 27 June – Saturday 30 June 2012

– Textiles, Fashion & Accessories
– Contemporary Applied Arts
– Ceramics & Glass
– Jewellery & Precious Metalwork
– One Year On

New Designers Part 2: Wednesday 4 July – Saturday 7 July 2012
– Product & Industrial Design
– Furniture Design
– Visual Communications
(incl. Graphic Design and Illustration)
– Spatial Design (including Architecture & Interior
– One Year On

NEW DESIGNERS to register your interest.

ARTSTHREAD WEBSITE [There are a few technical issues at the moment but please ignore any warnings you see regarding the website certificate..all safe]

Read more →

Wellcome Trust Arts Awards

The Wellcome Trust are a global charitable foundation dedicated to achieving extraordinary improvements in human and animal health. Arts Awards support imaginative and experimental arts projects that investigate biomedical science.

The scheme aims to:
stimulate interest, excitement and debate about biomedical science through the arts
examine the social, cultural, and ethical impact of biomedical science
support formal and informal learning
encourage new ways of thinking
encourage high quality interdisciplinary practice and collaborative partnerships in arts, science and/or education practice.

All art forms are covered by the programme: dance, drama, performance arts, visual arts, music, film, craft, photography, creative writing or digital media. The Trust invites applications for projects which engage adult audiences and/or young people.

We believe the arts are an effective way of stimulating debate and engaging people with biomedical science. Visual art, music, moving image, creative writing and performance can reach new audiences which may not traditionally be interested in science and provide new ways of thinking about the social, cultural and ethical issues around contemporary science. Collaborative and interdisciplinary practice across the arts and sciences can help to provide new perspectives on both fields. The arts can also provide imaginative ways of engaging and educating young people in the field of science.

The scheme is open to a wide range of people including, among others, artists, scientists, curators, filmmakers, writers, producers, directors, academics, science communicators, teachers, arts workers and education officers.

Applicants must be based in the UK or the Republic of Ireland and the activity must take place in the UK or the Republic of Ireland.

Applicants are usually affiliated to organisations, but can apply as individuals.

Organisations might include: museums and other cultural attractions; arts agencies; production companies; arts venues; broadcast media; schools; local education authorities; universities and colleges; youth clubs; community groups; research institutes; the NHS; and science centres.

Partnership projects (between different people and organisations, e.g. scientists and ethicists, educators and artists) are welcomed.

If this is the first time an organisation is applying to the Wellcome Trust an eligibility assessment will be carried out. For this assessment, the following documentation from the applying organisation should be submitted:
articles of association
audited accounts from the previous two years
details of similar projects/grant funding received
confirmation that no funding has been received or is scheduled to be received from any tobacco company.

Funding can be applied for at two levels:

Small to medium-sized projects (up to and including £30 000)
Funding can either be used to support the development of new project ideas, deliver small-scale productions or workshops, investigate and experiment with new methods of engagement through the arts, or develop new collaborative relationships between artists and scientists.

Applicants can apply for any amount within the above boundaries, for projects lasting a maximum of three years.

For small to medium-sized projects (up to and including £30 000) upcoming deadlines are:
28 October 2011
27 January 2012

Decisions will be made approximately three months after the relevant deadline.

For large projects (above £30 000) the deadline for 2011 has passed.

We are currently reviewing our process for large projects for 2012. This page will be updated at the end of September 2011 with further details.
Decisions will be made approximately six months after the deadline.

Full application details at:

[Creatives Inc are not connected to the Wellcome trust]

Read more →

The Title Art Prize: DEADLINE Friday 9th September 2011

To celebrate 5 years of supporting emerging practitioners, Blank Media Collective is launching an important new art prize in Manchester. We are looking for exciting visual artists from the UK working within any medium, concept or scale to submit new works.

Who: Emerging visual artists / practitioners residing in the UK
Location: BLANKSPACE, 43 Hulme Street, Manchester, M15 6AW

When: Exhibition launch: Thursday 27 October 2011 | Exhibition continues: 28 October – 27 November 2011 | Awards Evening: Saturday 12 November 2011
Accepted media: 2D works (painting, photography, collage, printmaking etc.) | 3D works (sculpture, installation [including sound] etc) | Video works

1st Prize: £500 + Solo Exhibition Curated and Supported by Blank Media Collective

3 other prizes and People’s Choice award TBA

Selection procedures:
All shortlisted works will be shown within The Title Art Prize exhibition forming Blank Media Collective’s fifth birthday celebrations. Four winners will be selected by a panel of established artists, curators and directors, with each artist receiving prizes to help benefit their future creative practice. A fifth winner will then be selected through the People’s Choice Award. The Title Art Prize exhibition will be shortlisted and curated by the Blank Media Collective curatorial team.

Friday 9 September: Deadline for submissions (midnight)
Friday 23 September: All artists will be notified
Friday 7 October: Deadline for receiving artwork
Monday 17 – Wednesday 26 October: Installation period
Thursday 27 October: Public Preview
Thursday 27 October – Sunday 6 November: People’s Choice voting & Exhibition
Saturday 12 November: Evening Reception & The Title Art Prize Winners announced
Sunday 13 – Sunday 27 November: Exhibition continues
w/c Monday 21 November: Winning artists and Curators talk


For further information contact: Mark, Rose or Sophie at

Read more →

Ye Olde English eShoppe

Mr Bird by Snufflette

Mr Bird by Snufflette

Due to suprising success at the New Designers show, Creatives Inc will now be creating a retail eStore to support the interest from the general public.

Since we were there primarily to recruit new talent and showcase what we are about, we will be developing ranges of  cushions, cards, tees & babygrows. We will still be working with our clients & designers to bring you the best in product development

Bear with us while we try to keep up with demand, and thank you for your support.

Read more →