UNIT(e) 2017

An invitation for submissions...

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UNIT(e). Every year we transform g39 into a space for production, research, critical discussions, film screenings, socials, lectures, and more. Taking its model from various independent art schools and summer schools, the gallery becomes a busy studio hub for the participating artists. Once a week we invite the public in to see artists' work in progress, the background noise, the often unseen studio activity of their practice.

We also have a rich and varied programme of visiting artists and curators who deliver talks, workshops and one-to-one sessions with studio holders. The season concludes with an open studio event.

For further information, please download the file below.

Sky Arts Artist of the Year

Sky Arts are looking for participants for the new series!

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Storyvault Films, the TV company who produce 'Portrait Artist of the Year' for Sky Arts, are currently looking for artists to take part in the new series.

The competition is open to both professional and amateur artists and all mediums are welcome (apart from digital artwork).

Here is a link to our website with access to the online application form: http://www.skyartsartistoftheyear.tv/.

We are also accepting applications for Landscape Artist of the Year - which we will be filming later in the summer.

Portrait Artist is an internationally acclaimed series and one of Sky Arts top rating shows. For the  artists who appear in it,  it's a great opportunity to show their work off to a wider audience and a chance to win a £10,000 commission. 

Here's a link to a show, the password is 'st0ryvault' https://vimeo.com/199689059

Below are some links that might be helpful to pass onto anyone you think might be interested.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/StoryvaultFilmsTV/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/StoryvaultFilms

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/skyartsartistoftheyear/?hl=en

We are a small team and really want to reach out to as many people as possible.

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.

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/

Different Voices

Neurodiverse Film Training Project in Bristol...

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An exciting opportunity for neurodiverse filmmakers and creatives to participate in a talent development programme in Bristol.

Please visit the website: http://www.biggerhousefilm.co.uk/differentvoices or see the info below and get in touch if you'd like to know more.

 

An invitation from 104 films and biggerhouse film to join our neurodiverse film talent development programme:

different voices

- Supported by Creative Skillset's Film Skills Fund, with BFI's Film Forever National Lottery funds.

Overview:

This is an exciting opportunity for emerging film makers and creatives from the neurodiverse community to participate in a talent development programme in Bristol in January, February and March 2017.

The aims of the programme are:

- to develop a new generation of film makers working from a voice that is underrepresented in mainstream cinema.

- to develop a wide range of development skills including animation, FX filming, puppetry, music production, editing, drama production and script development to enable the design of an individual project development plan.

- to develop an understanding of the film market and opportunities and develop strategies to get films made and build a career in the film industry.

The programme builds on our experience of developing the feature film Dawn of the Dark Fox – the first feature film directed by an autistic film maker currently in development with Creative England.

The programme:

- A series of workshops covering a number of film making and project development techniques including animation, FX filming, puppetry, music production, editing, drama production and scriptwriting.

- A series of weekly one to one training sessions with professional film makers focused on skills and project development and with the aim of designing individual project development plans.

- The course will culminate in a screening of work produced on the programme and a focused workshop led by 104 films  on further project development and strategies for building a career in the film industry.

For more information:

Go to our website and download the submission invitation and apply to be on the course: http://www.biggerhousefilm.co.uk/differentvoices

Submit your proposal by 22nd December 2016 (All details of how to apply are on the website and included in the submission invitation).

DASH November newsletter

Take a look at the November newsletter from DASH...

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Click here to view November's DASH newsletter - with information on the book launches for The Incorrigibles - and information on the return of Awkward Bastards in March 2017, Awkward Bastards 2, ABsence.

INSIDE project update

There is now a dedicated website and blog for the INSIDE project...

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Visit the new INSIDE project website for updates and regular blog entries. Click HERE to visit the website.

Daniel Regan, one of the comissioned artists working alongside Antonia Attwood, says "We've updated the INSIDE blog with some thoughts and images from day one of our recent trip in the Peak District."

You can also find out more information about INSIDE and project partners, on the relevant page of the DASH website.

 

'Me & You' Project

The last year of the 'Me & You' Project!

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We are now entering into the last year of funding for our 'Me & You' Big Lottery funded project. The project is aimed at young people between the ages of 15 to 25 with a physical disability, special need, learning difficulty, behavioural disorder or debilitating illness.

The 'Me & You' programme is an opportunity for these young people to discover new interests and learn new skills by engaging in positive outdoor activities.

  • "I felt happy on the project - when I did practical things I was able to concentrate really well"
  • "The project has made me think about the possibility of working outdoors in the future"
  • "The project has given me the confidence to believe I can be who I want to be!"

Having learnt photography skills for the first time on the 'Me & You' programme, Gregory Campbell and Sian Bebb were both winners in the Albrighton Trusts Summer Photography Competition.

As well as daily sessions learning horticulture, conservation & wildlife and angling, participants are now learning basic skills in woodcraft and photography. 

The 2017 programme dates can be found by clicking here.

Citizens Advice Shropshire

Request from Citizens Advice Shropshire for help with research...

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Citizens Advice Shropshire have asked us to circulate this link to an anonymous survey which is part of work they are doing to understand the impact recent changes in adult social care legislation (the Care Act) has had on Shropshire residents, funded by a research grant from Healthwatch Shropshire.

The survey is open until December 31st, and you can respond to it at:

www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/CareActImpact16