Widening the Lens

Diversity film pitching competition...

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Widening the Lens is a pitching competition looking to address the current issue of a lack of diversity within the film industry both in front of and behind the camera.

Encounters Film Festival is offering three emerging filmmakers from under-represented groups the opportunity to win cash prizes, valuable talent development opportunities and promotion on a national and international platform.

Ideas must address the issue of diversity on screen through a creative approach. Films of any genre are accepted. The films should tackle the idea of challenging limitations of character and story development often seen on screen, and be aimed at stimulating discussion and debate around this subject.

The shortlisted applicants will be invited to Encounters Festival 2016 to take part in workshops and mentoring sessions, and will then pitch to a group of international expert judges to be in with a chance of winning cash prizes of up to £1500 and in kind awards. The winner will also get to go on a trip to the Clermont Ferrand Film Festival 2017 with the Encounters Festival Team. 

Deadline: Wednesday 31st August 2016.

More information on Widening the Lens can be found here.

Artist residency call

Oriel Davies invites artists and makers with a background in participatory practice...

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... to take up residency in The Drawing Room between 22 October and 25 February 2017. We are seeking proposals from, but not limited to visual, installation and digital artists, performance and live artists, filmmakers, creative writers, illustrators and craft specialists (ceramics, textiles, metalwork etc.) to occupy The Drawing Room and produce a mix of artistic engagement activities for visitors, creative interventions in the space and opportunities for documenting and sharing.
 
We welcome proposals for 1-3 day residencies from artists from Wales or border counties, which involve at least one workshop/activity session or culminate in a sharing event, this could be a performance, intervention, demonstration or talk.
 
For further information about the opportunity go to: 
http://www.orieldavies.org/en/news/articles/artist-residency-call-drawing-room

To join the conversation on facebook go to:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/TheDrawingRoomOpenSpace/

To find out more about The Drawing Room project head to:
www.orieldavies.org/en/exhibition/drawing-room

Inside commission

A reminder of the exciting commission currently available through the INSIDE project.

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QUAD and D-Lab in partnership with LEVEL and Junction Arts, supported by DASH, seek to commission a disabled artist or disabled led collective/company to produce new work focusing on the broad theme of 'Habitat'. This can be interpreted in many ways – including archives and collections. 

Submitted work may use any media or a mix of media although emphasis in the selection process will be placed upon the creative use of digital media. The commission can be created through a residency using the Artists' Studio at QUAD. 

The work will initially be exhibition within the QUAD programme with the opportunity to be included in FORMAT17 (as part of FORMAT International photography Festival), on the D-Lab website and at the LEVEL Centre, during 2017. 

The selected artist or collective/company will receive a fee of £4000.

There is also a separate budget for travel/ accommodation and production funds to realise the project, as well as additional installation funds for exhibition. The selected artist will receive mentoring from QUAD, D-Lab, LEVEL and Junction Arts.

Visit http://www.dasharts.org/projects/inside.html for the application documents and further information.

INSIDE commission

Commission opportunity with QUAD and D-Lab in partnership with LEVEL and Junction Arts...

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QUAD and D-Lab in partnership with LEVEL and Junction Arts, supported by DASH, seek to commission a disabled artist or disabled led collective/company to produce new work focusing on the broad theme of 'Habitat'. This can be interpreted in many ways – including archives and collections. 

Submitted work may use any media or a mix of media although emphasis in the selection process will be placed upon the creative use of digital media. The commission can be created through a residency using the Artists' Studio at QUAD. 

The work will initially be exhibition within the QUAD programme with the opportunity to be included in FORMAT17 (as part of FORMAT International photography Festival), on the D-Lab website and at the LEVEL Centre, during 2017. 

The selected artist or collective/company will receive a fee of £4000.

There is also a separate budget for travel/ accommodation and production funds to realise the project, as well as additional installation funds for exhibition. The selected artist will receive mentoring from QUAD, D-Lab, LEVEL and Junction Arts.

How to Apply
Deadline for submissions: 6:00pm Monday 16 May 2016 

To request an application pack please email QUAD Senior Curator Peter Bonnell at peterb@derbyquad.co.uk  - alternatively, you can also download the documents from the Inside page of the website.

Random String Fellowship

Creative technologists; Ludic Rooms, are inviting artists from across disciplines to apply for the Random String Fellowship

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It's a comprehensive development programme based in the West Midlands to explore interactive technology, involving mentoring, group development sessions and access to technology. 

There is no expectation that the Fellowship will result in a new body of work; this is an opportunity to  experiment and play.

The 6 Fellows will just be required to contribute to a blog and present their work in progress at the Random String Symposium at Warwick Arts Centre on 10 June and talk about their findings at the end of the programme at a Coventry Pecha Kucha event in October. 

To apply artists should visit http://randomstring.co/fellowships ,complete the online application form and upload a CV, images and weblinks.

Please note: The Fellowship is only open to artists who currently do not use routinely use interactive technology in their creative practice.

Deadline for applications 18th April 2016 at 1pm.

Interviews in Coventry: 27th April 2016.

Freelance Curator bursary awards

Three bursaries of £2000 each, to freelance curators or artist-curators who are based in the West Midlands region.

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New Art WM – Art Market Project: Freelance Curator Bursary Awards

As part of its activity strand to support the professional development of the newly established Curators' Network WM, Art Market Project – New Art WM is offering three bursaries of £2000 each to freelance curators or artist-curators who are based in the West Midlands region.  These bursaries are designed to support WM curator/artist representation, mentoring, and continued professional development.

Aim and Eligibility: To enable a West Midlands based curator, artist-curator or visual arts project organiser with a track record of freelance practice to benefit from mentoring and/or support for research and development of visual arts activity as part of their curatorial practice.  If choosing to use the award towards mentoring, the submitted proposal needs to state the applicant's preferred mentors.

Timescale: Successful awardees must begin their proposed professional development activity during April 2016 and complete it within six months making a contribution to a public feedback event at Ikon Gallery, Birmingham in late September 2016.

Application process: To apply for a bursary applicants should email a one page (A4) proposal of activity, timescale and rationale outlining how the activity will provide them with professional development as well as a short CV to Rachel Bradley, Head of Art Market Project, Rachel.Bradley@bcu.ac.uk by 5pm, Friday 25th March 2016.

Awardees who meet the stated criteria will be chosen on a competitive basis by a panel from submitted written applications.  Successful applicants only will be informed by Friday 1st April 2016.

Commission opportunity now open

Want to make great art digitally? Apply for development support and funding before 15th December.

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The Space commissioning round is now open for online applications.

We're interested in work that fits one of three strands – capture projects; projects that extend existing artworks or performances using digital technology; and “landmark” digital arts projects that use technology as an intrinsic part of the work.

We're looking for the most exciting and innovative work from organisations and artists across the UK arts and creative industries, aligned with a commitment to high quality and the desire to extend the arts experience to wider audiences, harnessing the potential of digital media and technology.

From now until 15th December, you can apply to have your work commissioned by The Space. This includes potential distribution through our core distribution relationships with BBC services such as BBC Arts online or partnerships with other digital media platforms where they are most appropriate.

You can download the commissioning brief below, along with guidance notes.

Download Commissioning Brief and Guidance (PDF 593KB)

Any questions not covered in the Guidance Notes? Please email commissioning@thespace.org

We are running an event on Friday 20th November from 2pm until 5pm in Birmingham which is open to anyone who is interested in applying or wants to find out more.

You can register for the event here.

If you can't make the event we will be recording the afternoon and sharing the content on this site the following week.

Artists' call out opportunity

Submit a proposal for the 2016 Inside Out Dorset Festival event, 'Hengistburt Headlines'.

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Organisers strongly wish to promote the opportunity to artists and performers who are disabled.

They have made the call out in a BSL version: http://activateperformingarts.org.uk/news/inside-out-dorset-festival-bsl-version-of-hengistbury-head-call-for-proposals

Also, they have produced the entire brief as an audio file as well: http://activateperformingarts.org.uk/news/inside-out-dorset-festival-2016-hengistbury-headlines-artists-call-out-audio-described-brief

Clicking on any of the two links above will provide access to the full written brief for this exciting opportunity.

Inside - application deadline extended

The deadline for applications to DASH's new commissioning project has been extended.

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Inside is an exciting new development opportunity for Galleries, Museums, Libraries and Archives across the Midlands to commission new high quality work by Disabled visual artists from across the UK and Internationally.

The aims of Inside are:

  • To change the culture of Galleries, Museums and Libraries through a practical partnership with DASH.
  • To work with a number of Galleries, Museums and Libraries across the Midlands.
  • To increase the number of Disabled and Deaf artists exhibiting and/or
  • developing curatorial skills in mainstream Galleries, Museums and Libraries.
  • To promote and develop Disabled and Deaf People as an audience, and as participants in the Visual Arts.

We will achieve these aims by offering three commissions each for £7000:

  • One to a mainstream Gallery to select a Disabled artist to 'exhibit' or select a Disabled artist as a curator, who will develop an exhibition or exhibitions.
  • One to a Museum to select a Disabled artist to work with their collection/audience/archive.
  • One to a Library to select a Disabled artist to work with their audience/collection/archive.

Inside is a major development from our previous programmes, Outside IN (2009-12) and IN (2012-15). The scale and scope will be much broader, working with Museums and Libraries as well as Galleries to widen the scope of commissioned opportunities for disabled artists and for more audiences to engage with the work.

DASH has been an instigator and initiator of the commissioning of new work by Disabled visual artists within mainstream galleries since 2008, enabling Disabled artists to create new work and collaborate with new institutions.

In collaboration, we seek to commission work by leading national and international disabled artists, examining the way in which diversity is an intrinsic part of the creative process and enabling these artists and venues to transcend barriers.

We are currently looking for applications from partner organisations. 

The closing date for submission of applications has now been extended until 5pm on Friday 16th October 2015.

Flora - a call for artists

Residency Opportunity at National Botanic Garden of Wales.

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As part of the wider flora exhibition project originated by Oriel Davies, we invite professional artists working across any medium from Wales and further afield to apply for a residency taking place at the acclaimed and unique setting of the National Botanic Garden of Wales, Carmarthenshire from October 2015.

We are looking for an artist with an established practice and a demonstrable practice profile who has specific interest in exploring the work and natural resources of the Garden as appropriate to the context of the flora exhibition project.

The artist will be selected on the basis of the originality of their approach to the residency, enthusiasm and curiosity for the Garden and its work, and their wish to extend their practice in this context.

WHEN: 5 month residency (minimum 30 days to be spent at the Garden) between October 2015 – February 2016.

FEE: £6,000 (to include artist fees, production costs and all expenses)

DEADLINE: Midnight, Friday 7th August 2015.

HOW TO APPLY: Electronic applications only. Please download and complete application form from http://flora.orieldavies.org/residencies

Completed forms and additional material should be emailed to: Alex Boyd Jones (Curator, Oriel Davies) alex@orieldavies.org