British Library Labs Symposium 2016

The BL Labs team are pleased to announce that the fourth annual British Library Labs Symposium will be held on Monday 7 November, from 9:30 - 17:30 in the British Library Conference Centre, St Pancras. During the evening the BL Labs Awards (2016) will be announced, celebrating researchers, artists, educators and entrepreneurs from around the world who have made use of the British Library's digital content and data. The event is FREE, although you must book a ticket in advance.

Camden Spark: connecting culture and young people by Richard Harrison

Richard Harrison presents Camden Spark, an organisation that facilitates closer and more meaningful collaboration between education providers and cultural organisations, working with young people to support their creativity, providing them with the options, outlets and knowledge in the cultural and creative industries.

The Cohan Lecture 2016 at The Place given by Sir Ken Robinson

Kenneth Tharp, Chief Executive at the Place, presents the The Cohan Lecture 2016 given by Sir Ken Robinson who talk about "Why Dance is as Important as Maths in Education". The lecture is now available online.

New light on Business Innovation in the Arts by Stephanie Dieckvoss and Jerneja Rebernak

Stephanie Dieckvoss, Lecturer at Central Saint Martins, UAL, and Creative Lenses Forum Producer and Jerneja Rebernak, EU Research & Enterprise Coordinator, UAL, and Creative Lenses Project Manager present this year' Creative Lenses project and invite KQ partners to join the forum on the 13 of October 2016. This will be an opportunity to discuss how to make arts and cultural organisations more resilient and sustainable by improving their business models and developing their long-term strategic and innovation capacities.

Crafts, Design and Innovation by Julia Bennett

Julia Bennett, Head of Research and Policy at the Craft Council, writes about the emergence of a market for craft innovation skills in industries as diverse as healthcare, biotech and the automotive industry. Julia explores how the close proximity of creatives and makers to research institutions and science innovators in the Knowledge Quarter could generate exciting collaboration.

Bloomsbury Festival 2016

Created with over 100 local partners including many Knowledge Quarter members, the annual Bloomsbury Festival returns this October. For five days from 19-23 October, Bloomsbury’s streets, parks, museums, galleries, laboratories, public and (normally) private buildings will be full to the brim with artistic, scientific and literary events for all ages and tastes.

Somers Town Festival - Diana Foster interviews Steve Denholm

Artist Diana Foster presents this year's Somers Town festival with an interview to Steve Denholm, musician, maverick, chair of Somers Town Art (START) who has run the festival for over 19 years. This year the festival runs on Saturday 9th July with two music stages, a Somers Town photography competition prize, Pearly Queens, live bands on two stages, with a Bengali stage and a strong participation of many Knowledge Quarter partners.

FOUND: One inspiring collaboration by Caro Howell

Caro Howell, director of the Foundling Museum, presents FOUND. An exhibition freighted with anecdote and emotion, in which artists, writers and musicians were asked to respond to the theme of ‘found’ with a new or existing work, or a found object of significance to them, looking for something that in order to be found, it must first be lost.

The Innovation District: Lessons from Europe by Chris Green, Director, SQW

Chris Green, director of the Knowledge Quarter's partner SQW, presents an insightful blog on Innovation Districts. Chris develops an analysis of two European examples, drawing important lessons both specifically in relation to the creation of innovation districts and more generally to the long term regeneration of our cities.

Butterflies and Bones: the Casement Project by Fearghus Ó Conchúir

Artist and choreographer Fearghus Ó Conchúir writes about his research at the National Archive curating the Casement Project. Including performances and talks, this collaboration between the Place and the British Library explore Roger Casement's legacy.