Why does popular culture depict creativity as ‘chaotic’?

Sheila Chandra - Thursday, October 19, 2017

Is chaos an inevitable result of being a brilliant creator? Or just a trope that popular culture’s invented? And what impact does that have on creative people themselves?

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The artist’s emotional green room

Sheila Chandra - Monday, July 31, 2017

Your favourite artist may seem to be larger than life – a little bit ‘magic’. But all working artists know the truth. We’re just human and this is how we recharge.

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Cave-aged cheddar or Dairylea? You get the music culture you pay for…

Sheila Chandra - Monday, July 03, 2017

Why do we resent investing in artists’ long-term development and refuse to pay them properly? We’re funding a ‘throwaway’ culture… Here’s why...

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Why mentoring is essential for artists

Sheila Chandra - Monday, June 05, 2017

Nascent artists often do not recognize their capacity to be professional artists without the recognition of their peers. Who helped you at the start of your career?

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