Extra Curricular Fun, you say?!

I thought I’d just write a short post to say why I think these posts are at all relevant to my Research in Practice.

Firstly, I think organising any events and being part of fundraising or gaining experience as a volunteer demonstrate what sort of person I am and give a well-rounded idea of what I do. If I want to write about my Research in Practice then it’s good for people to get a feel of why these things interest me.

I suppose it’s also gratuitous.

Ok, reflecting on what I’ve just written I’ve probably just lied. I like writing about the things I do because they are important to me. I blog for Mary Arden’s because I think it’s worth going to see it and I want people to experience the fun I have there and I want it to do well as a place. I like to share my Meet Up Group because I only have 9 people so far but I am really happy about it because it is something which I started and which brings people together who I can socialize with and go to gigs with which makes me happy. Bringing people together is a great feeling and I like that. I guess that’s why Arts Management attracted my interest. I’m always trying to organise people to do fun things. The Arts gives me the chance to do that for a day job!

Reviewing new venues is a way for me to encourage my brain to remember great places I went to and what gigs I saw. It’s good practice for writing copy too. I like writing newsletters and things. I won an award when I was younger, The W H Smith Young Writer’s Award ’95, and I think I owe it to little Alex to keep it up.

W H Smith Young Writer's Award Publication
W H Smith Young Writer’s Award Publication

It’s part of who I am. So that’s why I have, “Extra-curricular fun,” which I suppose, will be, “Professional experience,” when I graduate from my Masters course and have to write a CV of what I have actually done to suggest I would be good in an Arts and Project Management job!

Alex out.


Research in Practice

I am an Arts and Project Management MA student at Birmingham Institute of Art and Design, which is part of Birmingham City University. Arts and Project Management refers to the planning and the organising of projects, events and event programmes within the Creative Industries.

The Creative Industries are described, by the UK, as:

Those industries that are based on individual creativity, skill and talent with the potential to create wealth and jobs through developing intellectual property.[1]

I have worked with “not-for-profit” and “for-profit” organisations  and would like to manage Arts events which involve Arts&Crafts, Gigs, Cultural experiences, Storytelling, Galleries, Theatres, Cultural planning or Arts Education. Of course, I am only at the beginning of my research here and am open to any opportunities which will give me a bit of experience and adventure!

I have started this blog as part of my Research in Practice module, (A blog as homework. Ace!). Putting my research into practice means I can both study ‘Managing Events and Project Management’ and observe what the benefits or flaws of certain theories might be in a practical, working environment.

The principle element of this module is that I complete an internship. I’m doing two. I am interning once a week at New Art Gallery Walsall and once a week with the Traditional Arts Team. I will be making a comparative study of these two Arts organisations.

Nota bene

– Most of these posts contain hyperlinks so you can follow them to find out more information such as YouTube videos of Bob&Roberta Smith or a Wikipedia entry about Ken Robinson, for example.

– HRJ stands for Hand-written Reflective Journal.

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[1] http://creativecities.britishcouncil.org/creative-industries/what_are_creative_industries_and_creative_economy