Journal: Finding a Way to Participate

I was invited to write an opinion piece for the Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice by Keith Smyth not so long ago.  This was unusual in a number of ways, but most particularly because of the warm invitation to take part in the life of an institution as an outsider, and secondly because even though I lack formal qualifications I was being valued by the academic community.

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A Call to Life Model in Edinburgh

Edinburgh residents (and beyond) are being given the opportunity to try life modelling! Multi-life modelling organisation Spirited Bodies will hold an extravaganza at The Arts Complex on Saturday 21st September 2013 from 11am to 5pm. Spirited Bodies are looking for about 40 models who will each model for a couple of hours, most of them for the 1st time.
Life models are one of the best means by which artists learn how to draw; the human body providing the ultimate complexity as well as being alive and energetic. Experienced artists keep in practise by drawing life models regularly. Usually a life model poses alone, sometimes with another model; however at this Spirited Bodies event models will pose in a group of up to 20. Unlike a conventional life drawing session this Spirited Bodies event allows models to change pose when they prefer, not as timed by artists. This can be empowering for models and within a group context allows models to freestyle into tableaux of their own choosing. Spirited Bodies Artistic Director Esther Bunting is always on hand to assist if needed, she may even do so from within by being a part of the group.
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Darren Hendrie

Darren Hendrie is an Edinburgh based singer-songwriter. He plays regularly on Edinburgh’s open mic circuit and has been the featured act at venues such as Edinburgh Unlimited, The Listening Room and The Jazz Bar. He occasionally hosts The McEwan Ale House’s Red Dog Songwriter’s Session and their long standing Friday night open mic. As well as playing original material he can also play a wide range of covers.

He also fronts The Darren Hendrie Band; a rock/acoustic group. The band setup includes: Vocals (plus backing); Electric/12 String acoustic guitars; Violin; Bass; and Drums. Read more…

4th July 2013: The Incredible Shrinking Brain by Mike McInnes

Mike McInnes talks on Liver Brain Biology

Name of speaker:

Mike McInnes

Title of talk:

The Incredible Shrinking Brain

Bullet points of what you would like to cover:

  • The human brain  is shrinking for the first time in our evolutionary history.
  • There are two reasons for this – one positive and one wholly negative.
  • The human brain is becoming smaller and more efficient.
  • The reason for this is that in a bipedal species with a narrow pelvis a larger brain cannot exit the pelvic canal at birth.
  • Thus there is a potent evolutionary advantage to having a smaller and more efficient brain.
  • Einstein’s brain which was smaller than average and was also more efficient at processing energy than average.

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30th June 2013: Nepal; My Cultural Story by Shane Harte


Shane will be doing a talk on the 30th June 2013 between 3 and 5pm at the upstairs in the Meadow Bar. Come along for a chance to socialise around his talk and find out all about his experiences of Nepal

Name of speaker and subject:

Shane Harte – Nepal 2010

Title of talk:

Nepal-My Cultural Story

Bullet points of what you would like to cover:

  • Cultural Trip
  • Kathmandu
  • Hostel-RCDP
  • Cultural Differences/Immersion
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