Altered Landscapes

Juan delGado and his INSIDE commission with NAE...

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The landscape bears witness to the traumas and displacements of the people that move through it. Altered Landscapes is an immersive multimedia installation which traces a personal narrative through the scarred vistas of Europe in the midst of the largest mass migration in living memory.

For this exhibition delGado travelled to Greece, Macedonia and Calais to record the journeys taken by refugees. delGado has not filmed these 'invisible' people but the places they have passed through and the traces of their existence they have left. In place of the images proliferated by the media delGado presents fragments of experiences and fleeting moments that tell the human story of people caught in the unfolding sweep of history. 

Through the use of video, photography, light and sound, Altered Landscapes takes the viewer on a journey. The viewer navigates the different elements in the gallery space absorbing the experiences of the refugees and witnessing the reshaping of the continent as Europe's horizons fill up with the authoritarian towers of a new militarised border control.

Inspired by the text The Metamorphosis by Czech writer Franz Kafka, and the anxiety ridden B-movie The Incredible shrinking man from 1956, the project centres on a personal diary from a narrator, a European subject, who is describing how his human identity is gradually eroded, being transformed into something else, as a response to the suffering he is viewing.

These reflections are provoked by the events and debates of the last few years around the refugee crisis and are contextualised in a landscape which is strongly embedded in our collective imagination: Greece with its Acropolis, the ancient citadel of Athens, and the birthplace of the democratic values and culture.

The main video installation is accompanied by an audio description available through headphones, and is screened with captions at regular intervals.

The INSIDE funding has provided us with a valuable opportunity to work with Juan delGado a London based artist with hearing impairment who explores themes of trauma, disability and dislocation. The fund has enabled us to co-commission his new film, Altered Landscapes, which will be launched at NAE in June 2017. In this project delGado continues his enquiry into personal narratives and the restrictions on movement, focusing on the ongoing influx of displaced people crossing from Turkey into Greece and Macedonia. As well as the financial support working with DASH has also provided us with a great opportunity to enhance our knowledge and skills in terms of working with disabled artists and audiences.  Helping us to further grow our access programme aimed at engaging diverse audiences with different abilities. Therefore, bringing us closer to our ambition to share our passion for the visual arts and our exhibitions and events with as many as people as possible.  

Armindokht Shooshtari - Producer – Touring & Creative Programmes.

Visit the INSIDE project page for more information.

INSIDE project update

Daniel and Antonia's exhibition, taking place in March!

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Opening in March, is Daniel and Antonia's exhibition/installation as part of FORMAT festival. Find out more information by clicking here.

Visit the INSIDE project page for further updates and more information on other INSIDE activities.

a-n Coaching Programme

12 funded places on a-n coaching accreditation course!

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Applications now open...

a-n are offering 12 fully funded places on the a-n Coaching Programme with RD1st in Lancaster this summer. Plus an a-n travel, accommodation and child care bursary (of up to £400). This is part of a-n's commitment to supporting artists' livelihoods.

Four artists tested the water in 2016 their experiences gave a strong indication of the positive impact coaching can have on artists practice and the benefit within their extended networks. Find out more about their experiences in this article by Pippa Kozerek.

The a-n Coaching Programme with RD1st will be is a highly interactive, practice-based programme covering an eclectic mix of skills, theory and investigation relating to coaching, relational dynamics and leadership. The course is equally suitable for those wishing to explore one-to-one coaching, action learning sets, to enhance leadership, mentoring and facilitation skills and/or utilise coaching skills in the workplace or in day-to-day interactions.

Relational Dynamics 1st is an exceptional organisation that specialises in training people from all professions and backgrounds to be coaches. Coaching is a supportive, challenging and dedicated framework to enable 'extraordinary thinking' with those that are being coached – as individuals or in groups.

"It's very intense indeed, and turns thinking totally inside out, but in a very positive way” - Steve Dutton, 2016 attendee.

For more information and to apply see: a-n Coaching Programme with RD1st.

Deadline for applications: 5pm, Tuesday 28th February, 2017.

Vacancies at Celf o Gwmpas

Celf o Gwmpas is looking for two new people to fill exciting roles...

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... and join our busy team at our base in Llandrindod Wells!

Development Officer 
21 hours per week 

The post will be a part-time fixed term contract for a period of 24 months, starting early in 2017.  Celf o Gwmpas wishes to engage an individual with knowledge and experience of Arts, Health and Wellbeing to manage our 'Reaching Out, Drawing In' programme and focus on the research and development of longer term strategies for working in the Arts and Health sector and identify appropriate funding streams to support any new work.
 
The successful candidate will have excellent communication and organisational skills, be able to build and maintain partnerships and have experience of working within the Arts and Health sector.  He or she is expected to show a commitment to equal opportunities and diversity and to the aims and objectives of Celf o Gwmpas.

The role will involve liaison with a range of venues, organisations and individuals in the arts and health sectors. The project will be delivered through a programme of outreach work, workshop sessions, exhibitions and residencies.

The rate of pay for the work is £12.33 per hour (actual salary per annum £13,464.36).


For the job description and further information, visit our website.  To apply please complete and return the application form found at: www.celfogwmpas.org

Submit your completed application form to: kayte.phillips@celfogwmpas.org


If you require your application in a different format, please call the office on 01597 822777. Welsh translations available on request.

The closing date for applications is Friday 24th February 2017 at 1pm. Interviews are to be held on Friday 10th March 2017.

Shortlisted candidates will be contacted by email. If you do not hear from us by 10th March, please assume your application has been unsuccessful.

 

Board of Trustees
Unpaid
 
We are currently looking to appoint a new member to the Board of Trustees. Celf o Gwmpas creates projects, exhibitions and residencies that open up opportunities for participation, developing artistic practice and supporting social inclusion.
 
Celf o Gwmpas has a strong commitment to inclusion, participation and diversity.  Applications are particularly welcome from candidates who will bring additional diversity to the board, and will complement the skill set of existing trustees.
 
Successful applicants must be able to demonstrate strengths in working within the arts (music, literary or visual) and have excellent communication skills.
 
All candidates will need to be willing to work at a strategic level as a non-executive.  Celf expects all trustees to support the organisation, staff and other board members.
 
To apply, please submit a CV and personal statement to: kayte.phillips@celfogwmpas.org, or telephone 01597 822777 for further information. 

British Paraorchestra

British Paraorchestra performing in Birmingham on February 18th...

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The British Paraorchestra is making their Birmingham debut in Symphony Hall this Saturday, February 18th.

They have been programmed as part of a core classical season for the first time, and they've been partnered with members of the CBSO for this date.

More information about the event can be found here and here.

Guiding Lights 9

Guiding Lights is now Open for applications!

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Guiding Lights 9 - call for applications - deadline: 5pm, Monday 13th March 2017.

Guiding Lights is the UK's leading film mentoring scheme, managed by Lighthouse and majority funded by Creative Skillset.

Now open for applications the scheme is looking for writers, directors and producers who would benefit from the support of a high-level industry mentor to help them progress to the next stage in their careers.  

Selected participants will benefit from 9 months of one-to-one mentor support from a leading professional in their field. The programme also includes a trip to Galway Film Fleadh, and a range of industry training events, networking and informal get-togethers. 

Previous mentors on the scheme have included Danny Boyle, Barbara Broccoli, Tessa Ross, Walter Murch, Alex Garland, Abi Morgan, Kenneth Branagh, Clio Barnard, Lenny Abrahamson and Sam Mendes.

Read more about Guiding Lights 9.

Guiding Lights is supported by Creative Skillset's Film Fund, which is backed by the British Film Institute (BFI) and National Lottery's Film Forever Fund.

Litmus Artist Commission

Litmus, Part 1 - a call for artists for this exciting commission opportunity!

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Open to emerging artists based in Wales and the Border counties.

Litmus is a 12-month programme of new artists' commissions at Oriel Davies between May 2017 and April 2018. Litmus - Part 1 is the first call for commission proposals for the period 20 May – 19 July 2017.

Litmus offers commissioning opportunities alongside professional development and networking while widening the Gallery's audiences for new, innovative and experimental contemporary visual art. The initiative focuses on commissioning and presenting the work of emerging artists based in Wales and the Welsh Borders through a series of innovative exhibitions and presentations.

We are keen to hear from practicing visual artists whose proposals make innovative use of the current TestBed space as well exploring potential other spaces in and around the Gallery or online. As part of the commissioning process artists are expected to give a talk or present their work to an audience.

The Litmus artists' commission programme will be developed working with an up and coming Artist Curator, who will work alongside and be supported by Oriel Davies Curator, Alex Boyd Jones, and other members of the gallery's team. 

The TestBed space is small, yet adaptable and measures 158cm (w) x 212cm (l) x 219cm (h). The space can accommodate a variety of work, from video and installation, to sculpture, time-based and wall-based work.

Fees:

There is a commission fee of £600, with an additional £400 for production, materials and expenses.

Deadline for proposals: 1st March 2017.

For more information and details on how to apply please visit: http://www.orieldavies.org/en/news/articles/artist-commission-call-litmus-part-1

Breaking out of the Box 3

Taking Flight Theatre Company, in collaboration with Creu Cymru, present Breaking out of the Box 3...

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Hosted by Sherman Theatre

13th February 2017, 10:00am until 5:00pm.

Do you provide Audio Description at your venue but audience take up is low?
Are you interested in exploring creative ways to audio describe your work?
Are you unsure what other tools are available to effectively engage with blind and visually impaired audiences?

Join us for a day of exploration, discussion and debate and discover new ways to make your venue, company or production more accessible and inclusive.

Cost of event:
Organisations £30 and Individuals £10.
PAs for disabled participants, FREE.

Tea and coffee will be provided.
Speech to text will also be provided at this event.

For further information and booking details, please visit:

http://www.takingflighttheatre.co.uk/breaking-out-of-the-box-3/

Job opportunity - marketing

Live and Local are seeking a Marketing Assistant...

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Marketing Assistant:

£17,841 (full time / 35 hrs per week / flexi time) with supplementary payments for any additional weekend and unsociable hours worked.

The Marketing Assistant will support the Marketing & Communications Manager in all aspects of marketing and communications, including print production and distribution, PR and press and digital media.

You should be an efficient and enthusiastic person with good organisational, communication and computer skills, a friendly personality, good written English and numeracy abilities and an interest in the arts. Some experience of working within an office based, team environment and of publicity and/or promotional practices and of social media for marketing/communications is essential; within an arts context is desirable.

Deadline: Noon, Monday 19th December 2016

Interviews: Thursday 12th January 2017

Starting:  w/c 13th February 2017

Application: Via application form only. Application pack available for download on our jobs page: www.liveandlocal.org.uk

Training for diverse filmmakers

A three month training and development programme...

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Widening the Lens - Encounters Short Film & Animation Festival opportunity for new and emerging filmmakers from diverse backgrounds. The course aims to address and improve diversity within the filmmaking industry. 

The course will take 15 filmmakers through a dedicated programme including workshops, masterclasses and one to one mentoring with industry professionals to complete a personal project and further develop their skills and knowledge.

The course is FREE and we have limited bursaries available for travel and childcare.

This programme is supported by Creative Skillset's Film Skills Fund, with BFI's Film Forever National Lottery funds.

What is the course?

There will be a 2 day session in March in Bristol, comprising of workshops and masterclasses with leading Industry experts to help develop your skills and knowledge around pre-production, funding getting your work made, exhibition and festival strategies.

Shortlisted candidates will then be matched with a mentor to work on a three month personal development plan, and the course will finish with a celebration day in Bristol, in May.

Who can apply?

Filmmakers at an early stage in their career, from any of the identified underrepresented groups can apply.  These are:

  • Filmmakers with disabilities
  • Filmmakers from a BAME background
  • LGBT+ Filmmakers
  • Female Filmmakers

Key dates:

Candidates MUST be available for all of the course dates in March and May, in Bristol.  Bursaries for travel are available.

More information on the opportunity can be found here: http://encounters-festival.org.uk/training-diverse-filmmakers-widening-lens/