Project News - Posts From : August - 2014
August - 2014

For some reason I can't include youtube videos at the moment. So instead will just say I can't wait to see this... and hear the soundtrack.

itunes release 20th October 2014

UK cinema release 7th November

Posted by : The advice project Posted : Fri 29th Aug 2014
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Hand printed by Chris Ratcliffe at Garudio Studiage in collaboration with Coralie Bickford-Smith with inspiration from Edwyn Collins.

I'm overwehelmed by the work Coralie and Chris put into this. The results are gorgeous.

The signed, limited edition of 50 is now available here. All funds raised from sales go towards giving out posters to first year students across the UK.

Posted by : The advice project Posted : Sun 03rd Aug 2014

There has been a gap here since the posters were last given out in 2011. I'm very proud that a large number of posters are about admitting weakness and low points, whether to share a way through, or to let others know they are not the only one and I wanted to do the same.

Almost 1000 posters were given out through the site in 2011, with requests from students studying a great range of courses from across the UK. It was a high point, but I also lost track of the project - through a combination of depression and juggling money and jobs. I stopped seeing it clearly and if I stall, it stalls and it has stalled for 2 years.

Amazingly, through that time the project still has momentum. That incredible fact is thanks to all the artists who have contributed personal work which continues to speak to people. Posters that express an honesty and strength that inspires me to write now. The standard of their contribution is the standard I hope to meet. It is also thanks to the amazing support of people who in the time when I haven't been present, have seen the project more clearly:

Thank you to Birmingham Student Services and the University College of the Arts Canada who used the posters to reach out to new and prospective students and Haynes publishing who included some of the posters in their student manual.

Maria Popova at Brainpickings who posted about the project in late 2011 and who continued to spread the word by retweeting her original article, even while the project has been dormant. Each time has been a huge, generous boost and a reminder of what is possible.

Many wonderful teachers have been in touch and as a result I hope a classroom pack will be coming in the Autumn.

Kelsey Crowe has been an inspiring and extremely kind correspondant sharing the creation and success of her wonderful Help Each Other Out project, with a generous hat tip to the posters.

Most of all, my parents, who (among many other things) took it upon themselves to build this display stand and stand by it for an event at my Dad's University, where he has taught and lectured for his whole professional life.

This year, the project will be smaller in some ways and bigger in others, but it will be building on the ideas of giving out the posters through the website. It feels good to be back.


Posted by : The advice project Posted : Fri 01st Aug 2014