T- Party - 31st August - 1st September 2013

We are holding an exciting two day Arts and Culture Spectacular family event in Telford Town Park. We are aiming to create a Carnival and Street festival atmosphere with plenty to see and do. We are hoping to attract 5000 people.


We are looking to recruit from a diverse range of creative individuals.

This offer seeks to find a balance between contracting arts professionals, and supporting other creative individuals or projects who are able to deliver something special to our event.

We would like artists, creative teams and projects that are highly motivated and have experience of working in a community setting. We are prioritising artists local to West Midlands but are willing to consider those from further afield.

1. Art Installations

We are seeking beautiful, intriguing and potentially interactive outdoor art installations which could be featured throughout the town park. These may be new creations that are site specific or existing pieces. It could be that they develop throughout the event with contributions from participants.

We are happy for you to use the event to promote and if appropriate sell your work to others.  We would suggest that the pieces are in situation on the day as the park is an open public space and work erected before this could be liable to vandalism

If you do require a contribution we are willing to discuss this but please make it clear in your proposal.


2. Arts, Crafts, Performance and other arts based Workshops


We would like to have a variety of artists offering creative and fun activities to the public. 

Please remember this is a large park and outdoors we can not predict the weather! If you will require a marquee, gazebo, tables, chairs, flooring etc please specify this in your proposal.

Depending on your proposal we may be asking the public to pay £1 for your workshop and will split the takings with you 70% to you 30% to us.

Other workshops may require a contribution from us and this would need to be put in your proposal.

3. Artists and Makers

We are also looking for artists to create spectacular and large scale puppets, sculptures or something purely imaginative that will be able to move around the park and create our carnival like atmosphere.

We are looking in particular for artists to work with schools and other groups but will consider proposals that just bring something magical.

Please also make clear in your proposal the contributions you would be expecting, number or days and requirements from our team.

How to apply
  • A written proposal of no more than 2 sides detailing your ideas and additional photos
  • Please let us know of all your requirements
  • Let us know if you intend to do two days or just one
  • Please provide two referees
  • Closing date Thursday 25th April 2013
  • All proposals will be considered, successful proposals will be notified end of May.
  • Telford town park website www.telfordtownpark.co.uk
  • Further information please email sarah.belcher@telford.gov.uk or ring 01952 382 366.
  • The successful candidates may be subject to a DBS check

Applications to be sent by email sarah.belcher@telford.gov.uk


Seeking disabled artist from all over the UK, of all art forms to be part of Driving Inspiration 2013

Driving Inspiration brings disabled athletes and artists into schools to deliver projects that celebrate diversity and inspire young people.


Dear  Disabled Artists across the UK,

"Yesterday was an amazing day. The work Driving Inspiration is achieving with the QEII students is simply stunning…”

Driving Inspiration brings disabled athletes and artists into schools to deliver projects that celebrate diversity and inspire young people.


If you are a disabled artist who would like to be part of a Driving Inspiration project please send us an email and your CV by Thursday 21st March

Driving Inspiration

e: vicky.hopewalker@btinternet.com

w: www.mandevillelegacy.org.uk

Worcester Open 2013 - CALL TO ARTISTS

WHO The W0 13 Exhibition is open to all national and international artists over the age of 18.



All work must be original, and completed since 2010. Please note that if your work is selected you will need to make sure you can get it to the gallery on the specified dates.
All 2D & 3D media is eligible for entry including sculpture, painting, print, installation, photography and video. See our web site for specific limitations. There is a limit of six entries per artist.

The exhibition will be launched with a private view on Friday 12th July 2013 and will be open to the public from Saturday 12th July 2013 until the Saturday 27th July 2013; Opening times are Monday to Saturday from 10:30am to 4:30pm.

The exhibition will be held in the Old Library Space at Worcester City Art Gallery and Museum, Foregate Street, Worcester, WR1 1DT.

The W-CA Contemporary Art Prize will be awarded to a winning artist at the close of the event. The winner will be selected by members of W-CA during the exhibition. The prize fund currently stands at £500 but may increase as we get closer to the exhibition. Donations can be made via our website.

Single Entry Price: £15
Up to 3 entries: £25
Up to 6 entries: £35

Our independent selection panel will shortlist work using our online selection system. Approximately 30 - 50 works (depending on available space) will be selected for inclusion into the exhibition to be shown in The Old Library. Selectors will be announced shortly on our website.

Applications can be made using our online registration and submission system on our web site. The Worcester Open 2013
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Opening the Treasure Chest

A two-part creative workshop for people with learning disabilities, to explore loss and bereavement.


The workshop sessions will take place on Thursday March 21st and Thursday April 18th, between 1.30pm and 4pm.


The venue is The Hive, 5 Belmont, Shrewsbury SY1 1TE.


In a safe and supportive environment, using movement, dance, and voice, we will invite participants to embrace and dance with their memories, and move forward with a heart full of treasure.


Both workshop sessions will be led by Ray Jacobs, a movement practitioner with a wealth of experience in leading creative inclusive workshops.


The workshop will include a sharing of 'The Sea Reminds Me’, a moving short film about a learning disabled man’s quest to find treasure of the heart.


The cost, which includes workshop (both sessions) and refreshments, is £10.


Advance booking is essential .For further information please contact Ray Jacobs on 01743 792052 or email jacobsray@hotmail.com


To book a place please fill in the form, attached and send to:


Ray Jacobs, Associate Artist, Disability Arts in Shropshire, The Hive,
5 Belmont, Shrewsbury SY1 1TE


Once we have received your booking form we will contact you to confirm your place.


This workshop is managed by Fig Tree Industries Limited and funded by Shropshire County Council Local Joint Committee.


Disability Positive - Hereforshire - A whole week of events

A number of Herefordshire organisations and individuals have come together to mark International Day of Disabled People, Disability History Month, and Carers' Rights Day. Rolled into one, we are called Disability Positive.


The objective of Disability Positive is to improve the lives of disabled people in Herefordshire by:
• Providing an opportunity for disabled people to showcase their skills
• Raising awareness of the inequality still experienced by many disabled
• Providing information to disabled and non-disabled people
Our ultimate goal is to improve the participation of disabled people in all
aspects of society.

For more information www.disabilitypositive.org

Audio Description Day 15th September at Enginuity

The Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust and Royal National Institute of Blind People RNIB are working together on a new project funded by Arts Council England. The project aims to make art more accessible for blind and partially sighted visitors, as part of a legacy project from the London 2012 Games and starts with a special Audio Description Day on 15 September at the Ironbridge Gorge Museum's CORE digital generative exhibition.


CORE is a giant installation at Enginuity, one of the ten Ironbridge Gorge Museums in Shropshire by Kurt Hentschläger. It is a digital generative exhibition that features humanoid bodies floating in a weightless environment, projected onto five giant screens running along a 33m former industrial Engine Shop. The exhibition, that is a part of the London 2012 Festival, also features music and as each body moves, a unique musical note can be heard, meaning that the more animated the bodies become, the louder the 'music’ becomes.

Zoe Partington-Sollinger, Arts Development Officer for RNIB, explains. "We will be using Audio Describers to explain to blind and partially sighted visitors what is happening on the screens and then leave them to enjoy the exhibition on their own. On a recent visit with a blind colleague he said it was the most powerful piece of art he had ever seen. We are piloting audio description on 15th September to learn how we can adapt established techniques of audio description to digital art in order to roll out the ideas to other museums and arts venues.”

The project is part of a larger plan to train up dozens of volunteer Audio Describer across the West Midlands, who can then use their skills to describe any arts event to blind and partially sighted visitors. The training will take place later in the year using the Ironbridge Gorge Museums 10 museums as a training base.

Anyone interested in attending the Audio Description Day on Saturday 15th September 2012 at Enginuity in Ironbridge or becoming an Audio Describer should contact Zoe Partington-Sollinger by email zoe.partington-sollinger@rnib.org.uk or call 01952 433424.

At last an easy way to complain about inaccessible websites - start reporting now!

An ingenious new campaign called Fix the Web has been launched this week to tackle the problem of inaccessible websites on a massive scale. Fix the Web is an initiative of Citizens Online, a national charity that campaigns for internet access for all.

The internet has been a liberating force in the lives of many disabled people, opening up a wonderful new world of communication, ideas and networks.  In theory, it should have created a level playing field.
Unfortunately, millions of disabled and older people are excluded from easily navigating their way around the web.  To compound the problem, it is often difficult to complain about the offending sites. Fix the Web (http://www.fixtheweb.net ) has been launched to provide a quick and easy way for people to make complaints - as well as to introduce a volunteer-led process for those complaints to be reported back to website owners to get fixed.
The reporting process for a disabled person will take less than a minute and is easily done through a form on the site: http://www.fixtheweb.net , via twitter (#fixtheweb #fail, url and the problem) or by emailing post@fixtheweb.net. There will also be a toolbar for browsers developed by Southampton University, which includes a reporting button.
The full press release can be seen on the Fix the Web blog.

Tanya Raabe on this week's Culture Show

Former Visual Arts Manager at DASH, and one of the UK's leading Disabled Visual Artists, Tanya will be appearing with the inimitable Mat Fraser at 7pm BBC2 18th November 2010.


Be sure to watch this weeks - The Culture Show, BBC2, 7pm, 18th November.

Featuring an interview with and live portrait made by Tanya Raabe of Mat Fraser posing nude as part of this years DaDa International Festival 10.



O2 Think Big Programme

Telecoms company O2 is offering £5 million to young people aged 13-25 across the UK to support a project of their choice in their local community. Successful applicants will receive a cash grant of £300, together with training and support to help them make the most of it.

The Think Big programme will also offer successful applicants the opportunity to re-apply for a further £2,500 cash for the project.


Broseley Camera Club

Broseley Camera Club is a small informal group of people who meet once a month to display their photographs and share experiences. There is no membership fee, but members are asked to pay £1.50 each at meetings which they do attend, to defray room hire costs.

We do not normally have formal speakers at meetings.  Instead, during the winter months, we have short Focus Point talks or hands on sessions on varying aspects and techniques of photography.  In summer we try to get out and about on field trips, weather permitting, and in July we usually hold a photographic treasure hunt. 
One of our aims is to encourage members to ‘go out and shoot’ and to this end we hold both monthly and quarterly competitions, the subjects for which are chosen by ballot. 
Entries are judged by the members and the winning entries are discussed afterwards with regard to technical expertise and  interpretation of subject.  Both film and digital images are allowed.
The Club actively encourages beginners and the not-so-confident and all ages are welcome.    Above all, we are keen to help other people enjoy their photography and members are always willing to give advice and answer questions.
The Club usually meets on the last Monday of each month, at 7.30 pm in Broseley Library, Bridgnorth Road, Broseley.

If you are interested in joining, please contact Jan Lancaster, tel: 01952 884766 or email: malmaxuk@aol.com or visit our website www.broseleycameraclub.org.uk