Who thought of floating luminous fish over the Regency grandeur of a well-known London street or a billowing net of changing colours over the busiest crossroads in the West End? How did someone envisage white-lit androgynous bodies sitting on buildings near Piccadilly, watching a crowd of folk wandering round a garden full of meshed travellers?
How did a small space in Regent Street become the location for a distressed elephant, enclosed in buildings from another century? When did someone wake up and decide Leicester Square was an appropriate setting for a garden full of fluorescent flowers?
Imagination is a wonderful gift. Combine it with the talent to bring those thoughts to life and the outcome can be a marvel.
At a time when the government seems to be losing sight of the value of art – with its EBacc qualification excluding all of the art subjects – one has to fear for the opportunities for the creative minds of our younger generations. We mustn’t concede to this further narrowing of the curriculum. All children should have the right to engage with and learn about the arts. It shouldn’t be a privilege of a few.
We hope you enjoy our second post on Lumiere London 2016.
“The role of a creative leader is not to have all the ideas; it’s to create a culture where everyone can have ideas and feel that they’re valued.” – Sir Ken Robinson
“It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education.” – Albert Einstein
“I have devoted my life to uncertainty. Certainty is the death of wisdom, thought, creativity.” – Shekhar Kapur
“The creative is the place where no one else has ever been. You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you’ll discover will be wonderful. What you’ll discover is yourself.” – Alan Alda
“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” – Maya Angelou
“Non-judgement quiets the internal dialogue, and this opens once again the doorway to creativity.” – Deepak Chopra
“Every child is an artist. The problem is staying an artist when you grow up.” – Pablo Picasso
“I heard a great story recently, I love telling it, of a little girl who was in a drawing lesson, she was 6 and she was at the back, drawing, and the teacher said this little girl hardly paid attention, and in this drawing lesson she did. The teacher was fascinated and she went over to her and she said, “What are you drawing?” and the girl said, “I’m drawing a picture of God.” And the teacher said, “But nobody knows what God looks like.” And the girl said, “They will in a minute.” – Sir Ken Robinson (TED Talk: How Schools Kill Creativity)
“Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way.” – Edward de Bono
“Creativity takes courage.” – Henri Matisse
“The principal goal of education in the schools should be creating men and women who are capable of doing new things, not simply repeating what other generations have done.” – Jean Piaget
“Artistic processes are all about making choices all the time, and the very act of making a choice is the distilling down and getting to the core of what it is that you care about and what you want to say.” – Mike Leigh (pictured above)