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Painting a Clearer Picture

As art galleries reopen their doors, the SODA team highlight some of the most exciting new exhibitions coming to the capital this summer.
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A weekly series exploring the new and practical ways that creatives are responding to COVID19...
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Movement in Colour

An exploration of how colour is used to define different movements
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A weekly series exploring the new and practical ways that creatives are responding to COVID19...
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Queer Artists of Colour

To celebrate Pride 2020, SODA highlights the cultural and artistic contributions of queer people of colour to our industry.
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21.05.20

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07.05.20

A weekly series exploring the new and practical ways that creatives are responding to COVID19...
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Make Good

A weekly series exploring the new and practical ways that creatives are responding to COVID19...
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New Year, New SPLASH...dive down into our creative roundup!
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The SPLASH is back...
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Jesper Eriksson - Transformative Materials

We sat down with the London based artist to discuss coal, fossil fuels and the nature of materials.
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KASIA WOZNIAK & LISA JAHOVIC

Photographer Kasia Wozniak and set designer Lisa Jahovic present 'Negative Mirror' ...
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PRIDE 2018

Here’s our pick of the best Pride campaigns of 2018 ...
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Photo Diary

Whilst attending Biennale Architettura 2018 Rob Fiehn documented some well known faces with his trusty Olympus OM20 ...
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'Freespace' Preview

Architectural correspondent Rob Fiehn picks his highlights to check out this summer at Biennale Architettura 2018 ...
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Gavin Coyle - man of the woods

Bobby Jewell sits down with furniture maker Gavin Coyle ...
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Christiane Spangsberg - Works In Progress

Imogen Eveson spends an evening in Sydney with Danish artist Christiane Spangsberg, as she sketches out the year ahead following three sell-out shows in 13 months ...
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Rowan Williams on Education

Designer Rowan Williams reflects on his experience of his design education ...
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14.12.17

It's our last creative news round-up of 2017 .... Enjoy!
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Adventures in Dalbergia

We paid a visit to the studio of Federico Méndez-Castro, a fine dust maker located on Granville Island, Vancouver ...
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mario macilau

The extraordinary, everyday ...
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30.11.17

'Tis the season to be jolly (almost!). Before the holiday season sweeps you off your feet take five minutes to have a look our latest round-up of creative news. Enjoy!
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The Goldloxe Effect

Creating in the shadows ...
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The Enduring Allure Of Indigo

Jenny Balfour Paul shares what makes the power and draw of natural indigo so enduring and what we can learn from its rich and magical history ...
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10.11.17

An audio visual explosion this week, plus an array of very very interesting objects from Athens ... Enjoy!
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TAKESHI MIYAKAWA

We chat to the NYC based designer about his practice, wax chandeliers & chairs having conversations ...
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Empty spaces to extraordinary experiences

Museum and interior design practice Casson Mann talk about how they create world-class innovative and engaging experiences.
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20.10.17

Ease into the start of the weekend with another round-up of creative news ...

SODA x SODA

That name sounds familiar! Rob Fiehn sits down with architectural studio SODA to find out about their Soho beginnings and how they're searching out interesting new projects.
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10.10.17

Take 5 and read our round-up of creative news ...
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the perfect equilibrium

Rethinking creative strategies to balance profit with consumer wellbeing ...
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3.10.10

We kick-off the start of October with another round-up of creative news ...
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26.09.17

Last week we ventured into the heart of London Design Festival to surround ourselves with the best the city’s creative scene has to offer. Here are some of our top picks…..
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Steven Learner

The founder of the Collective Design Fair shares his insight into the design industry ...
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19.09.17

Another selection of creative news ...
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Mark Denton Esq.

We sat down with Mark Denton Esq. Ad Man Extraordinaire ...
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12.09.17

Dive into another round-up of creative thoughts and news ...
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The Old Fashioned Way

“You never have to backup a sketch book, and a pencil will never run out of batteries …”
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03.07.20

Fitzwilliam Masterpieces 2020 Edition

Fitzwilliam Masterpieces 2020 Edition

It’s no secret that the Arts have been particularly hard hit by the Coronavirus pandemic. Museums, galleries, exhibition spaces and art centres have all been shut for months.

One amusing way the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge has been keeping their would-be visitors engaged is by reimagining some of their best-loved works of art as appropriate for the coronavirus-era.

John Everett Millais’ Bridesmaid dons a delicate floral mask to match her silken gown, while The Twins, Kate and Grace Hoare, prepare for an outing with their faithful hound. In Jan van Meyer’s portrait of The Daughters of Sir Matthew Decker, the girls play safely and ensure their little doll also follows social distancing measures. This sympathetically designed range, The Fitzwilliam says, provides a playful perspective on our current lives through the art we know and love. The greetings cards are available to buy online here.

BioBombola - EcoLogicStudio

BioBombola

We’ve seen people do some pretty quirky stuff since being in lockdown. But how about growing your own algae? That’s new.

Architecture and research practice EcoLogicStudio have developed BioBombola: an educational grow-your-own edible algae set for children. Designed to keep kids entertained at home and bring families together, the DIY kit can be used to cultivate a strain of Spiruline, a type of blue-green algae. Full of nutrients, the algae can be harvested and added to food and drinks as a source of protein. You can even make vegetable protein bread! The kit has the ability to absorb the equivalent of two young trees in carbon dioxide, and can release the same amount of oxygen as seven houseplants. Educational, self-sufficient and, ultimately, fun, it’s the perfect way to keep children learning in an environmentally-friendly way during quarantine.

Ai Weiwei's middle finger Mask

Ai Weiwei Mask Campaign

Back in May contemporary Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, launched a series of face masks in collaboration with eBay intended to support human rights and relief organizations in response to the COVID-19 health pandemic. The designs were sold as single works and in collections of four and twenty. The campaign ran for a whole month, and Weiwei announced on instagram this week that the initiative sold 22,528 masks and raised a total of $1,432,700.

The masks were hand-printed with iconic images celebrating the artist’s life-long campaigning for free speech and individual rights. As one of China’s most celebrated contemporary artists and a leading dissident, Weiwei continues to comment and produce reactionary work to current events. "I try to relate my works to everyday life, to ordinary things, to the familiar. at the same time, I add some twists to make us question our rationality."

Aux Zine - InHouse Records

Aux Zine

InHouse Records took on the task of launching Aux, a weekly zine that has been distributed to prisons and correctional facilities in the UK and USA in order to help alleviate the pressures that have been placed upon facilities due to Covid-19. Founded by Judah Armani, the non-profit organisation is the first fully functioning record label to be launched in prison, and is created with and by prisoners.

The zine was conceived by Armani as a way to “combat potential anxieties and frustrations and to support the prisoners without us being inside,” explains InHouse Records’ Hannah Lee. The design of Aux is vibrant and colourful, and is heavily informed by Lee’s experiences teaching graphic design in prisons.

The zine also comes with a CD, which Lee says functions like a podcast by offering a summary of each section and a selection of tracks to work with. Creating an audio accompaniment to the zine seeks to address varying literacy rates among prisoners, and is designed to help improve literacy skills by allowing people to read along while listening.

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