marcus westbury

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Cities: Are they YouTube or Hollywood?

May 22nd, 2013 28 Comments

This essay was commissioned for the May edition of Desktop Magazine. Illustration by Andrew Fairclough. Over the last few years, I’ve been involved in launching more than a hundred creative projects from artisans, makers, designers, photographers, filmmakers, artists, musicians, publishers and creative entrepreneurs in empty buildings in Newcastle, through the scheme Renew Newcastle. Renew has worked with, inspired […]

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In Praise of Failure

January 25th, 2010 7 Comments

Success is overrated. Take risks, be experimental, try failing creatively. ONE of the things I’m hoping for more of in the arts this decade is failure. No, I’m not wishing that the nation’s artists and arts companies spend the coming years slipping into decline, bankruptcy and despair. I’m just hoping that they will find ways […]

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