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Links round-up – ways to be creative

Photo by Hatch as featured in Nottingham Visual Arts

A great deal is said about creativity. As our latest guest blogger, Scott Sherrard, has been sharing with us, a lot of it is down to where you are – and where you choose to look. So keep an eye out for tomorrow’s official launch of The Tribe which will hold regular competitions to inspire different aspects of creativity. The first one starts next week with a first prize of £10,000!

“The Tribe’s mission is to allow creative people; Artists, Musicians and designers to share their ideas and creations and turn them into a commercial reality. The concept is to bringing together innovators, early adopters and investors to allow a unique opportunity for anybody to submit their ideas and gain guidance and security.  Think of it as an online Dragons Den without the judgement and yelling!”

If you enjoy a hands on approach to being creative, you may be interested in what’s going on at the Derbyshire Eco Centre. If you book on to one of their sustainable skills courses before Friday 24 September or you commit to travelling by public or shared transport, you get a 10% discount on the fees! You can learn all kinds of new green skills in construction, new technologies, woodland management, coppice crafts, textiles and jewellery.

Talking of eco-creativity, congratulations to ex-Nottingham Trent student Luke Thomas. He’s just won a rather prestigious Innovation in Development award for his revolutionary recyclable container, Chameleon!  The city’s innovation breakthroughs are plural this week with the news that the Cornerhouse is to have the UK’s first smartphone app for a leisure complex. Creativity can make you achieve great things (by your own standards or the world’s).   Now one man’s focus has just made Nottingham home to what is officially the world’s largest collection of smurfs. Papa Smurf must be so proud.