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Why creativity is important to education – Drug of Art

We have had a fantastic response to our Drug of Art Crowdfunder and are close to reaching our first target of £50,000. As we go for the final push, I wanted to share this lovely true story told to me by one of our team members which I think perfectly illustrates the power of creativity

Drug of Art – mental health and art project

I am really excited to announce a new project which the Michael Aldrich Foundation is launching. We are working with artist and University of Brighton alumna Alison Lapper and Victoria Holden, an independent producer from Chalk Productions on The Drug of Art which aims to improve mental health in young people through making art. Building on our

Launch of new Brighton art trail

A new arts trail and Third Thursday event aims to brighten up Brighton city centre during the winter months from Thursday 20th January. Brighton cultural organisations, artists and creatives from the ABCD Cultural Recovery Plan have teamed up with city centre businesses within Brilliant Brighton Business Improvement District, to showcase Brighton’s vibrant art scene with

Look back on talented alumni from University of Brighton

I have been very fortunate over the years to meet and work with the talented students from the University of Brighton’s excellent 3D Design & Craft and product design degrees. The first ever winner of the Designing for the Future competition in 2010 was Harry Trimble. Then a second year student, Harry was immediately impressive

Brighton Cultural Recovery Plan steps up a gear

Eight creative projects are now up and running as the ABCD Plan for Cultural Recovery in Brighton & Hove moves up a gear.  The diverse and exciting programme will be delivered by some of the fantastic creative organisations in the City, thanks to over £250,000 of new funding raised to support the recovery of creative freelancers and

Stylish yet comfortable shoes Sole Bliss tops the list

I have been keeping this list of stylish but comfortable women's shoes for some years. In that time, brands have come and gone and Hotter dominated the High Street. But I have a new fav and it is Sole Bliss who have been on this list for a while but who have pivoted their business over

New website for online shopping archive

For the past 18 months, I have been working with Designing for the Future, alumnus, Pete Barr, on refreshing the website for the Michael Aldrich Archive.My father, Michael Aldrich (for whom the Michael Aldrich Foundation is named) was a pioneer of online shopping in the 1980s before the internet was born.He worked in the Information Technology

ABCD Cultural Recovery Plan – Brighton

I am pleased to share that I have been invited to work on the Engine Group strand of Brighton's ABCD Plan for Cultural Recovery which represents the ideas and input of over 100 creative professionals who contributed to a consultation process last year. The ABCD Plan starts from the knowledge that creative businesses and workers will be

A Sympathetic Eye – Grace Robertson

We were very sad to hear about the death of pioneering photographer & proto feminist Grace Robertson. Grace Robertson was born in Manchester in 1930 and brought up in the Lake District and Surrey. She began her career as a freelance journalist contributing often to the Picture Post and then later to the British picture

** 2020 Christmas Gift Guide **

After what has been a most extraordinary 12 months, Christmas is almost upon us and we wanted to share with you some of our top picks for unique and beautiful gifts from the Michael Aldrich Foundation network of artists and makers. Eleanor Owens was pivotal to our recent Image of the Week project and