30k bursary for emerging artists aged 18-30

The creative practitioners in your network might like to know that Sky Arts and IdeasTap are giving away five bursaries of £30,000 each to emerging artists aged 18-30.


The bursaries are designed to help talented individuals from a range of creative disciplines focus on their creative practice for a whole year. In addition to the funding, winners are paired with creative and business mentors to support their development.


The Futures Fund is open to UK and Irish applicants working in the following fields:

  •       Performing arts ­ theatre-makers including directors, producers, puppeteers
  •       Dance ­ including dancers and choreographers
  •       Music ­ including composers, conductors, musicians and songwriters
  •       Visual art ­ including painters, photographers, animators, digital artists
  •       Creative producing - for people who bring together different artists
  •       Creative writing ­ including playwrights, novelists and poets


The deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday 6 December. Find out more and apply at www.ideastap.com/sky

Oska bright's on the horizon

We recently highlighted the Oska Bright Film Festival and the event is just around the corner, taking place between November 17-19th.


2013 is the sixth edition of this biennial festival and it certainly looks set to be the biggest and most extraordinary yet with more entries than ever before from more countries.

In total 57 films from the UK, Australia, Belgium, Ireland, Germany and Canada are being shown.

One of the featured films is The Sea Reminds Me - made by Ray Jacobs, the film tells the tale of Mark, a learning disabled man who cannot come to terms with his father's death. He is truly all at sea.

The Festival culminates in an awards ceremony with winners announced on the spot by guests from the film industry, parliament and the arts.

Oska Bright celebrates the artistic achievements of people with learning disabilities and proudly demonstrates the independence and creativity of this community. Now, perhaps more than ever, this Festival is of value to society – bringing people in, from 'out there.'

Oska Bright is managed, produced and presented by people with learning disabilities. It is a Carousel project, in partnership with Junk TV.

Carousel is a charity that has pioneered learning-disability arts for over thirty years.

Contact: Lisa Wolfe or Lizzie Banks at Carousel, Community Base, 113 Queens Road, Brighton BN1 3XG or visit: www.oskabright.co.uk

Telephone 01273 234 734 or email: marketing@carousel.org.uk

Oska Bright runs alongside the Brighton CINECITY film festival: www.cine-city.co.uk

Digi CommissionsTales From Across Time Zones

Tales From Across Time Zones is an ambitious project aimed at bringing together people from across the world in one big digital event.


Utilising the internet to create a snapshot of humanity at a single moment in time, revealing what brings us together and sets us apart at the same time. Tales of ordinary people doing ordinary things.

Wherever you are in the world and whatever you are doing we invite you to take part in this online social event. Tell us or show us what you are doing. You can contribute from a sentence or two to an entire story - its up to you!

To take part in this massively multi-participant online event all you have to do is record, using whichever method you like (e.g. text, photos, video, audio), your 7pm Greenwich Mean Time on the 10th of October 2013 at 7pm GMT.

Please leave a taster of your tale on the twitter address - 140 characters - and send a full story to the e-mail below.

The stories will be made into an online artwork but your contact details will not be shared.

Follow at @timezonetales

e-mail Aidan Moesby at talesacrosstimezones@gmail.com

Tales Across Time Zones is a project commissioned by Full Cirle Arts as part of Digi Commissions, and kindly supported by Arts Council England, Manchester City Council and AGMA.

Congratulations from all at DASH Noëmi

Some very exiting news to share from Noëmi Lakmaier - The Observer Effect just won the DeptfordX Fringe Award 2013!


Noëmi said "The project has now been running for a year and its just such a wonderful boost to receive the award."

There is another chance to see the piece in Deptford before the festival ends next weekend. Between Friday 4th and Sunday 6th October from 10am until 6pm at Gallop, 198 Deptford High Street, London SE8 3PR.

It would be so great to see you there while I'm performing!

Also if you missed my talk with Nikki Tomlinson at Swiss Cottage Library Gallery the other week or would generally like to know more about The Observer Effect, you can now watch the talk online at http://www.shapearts.org.uk/artandexhibitions/artist-talks/no%C3%ABmi-lakmaier-.aspx

The Observer Effect limited editions are for sale at £100 each. To buy and for more information please contact sara@shapearts.org.uk - half the profit goes straight to Shape, one of the most wonderful charities I've ever known!

Music gigs at the Newhampton Arts Centre

Folk, Indie, Northern Soul, Rockabilly, Ska - The Newhampton Arts Centre has it all in October! For full details of all events see the Music Listings on the NAC website.



Friday 4th October.

Traditional Irish ballads, dextrous Balkan dances and new songs from this great Irish singer songwriter.

TICKETS: £12.50


Saturday 12th October.

Keeping the faith with more soul anthems and club classics.

Tickets £5 or £4 in advance.


Fridays 18th & 25th October

New indie bands. Check out the Facebook page for line-up or if you want a gig.

£5 on the door.


Saturday 19th October

Weaving traditional music with his own direct contemporary songs on fiddle, viola and guitar.



Saturday 26th October

Halloween Special Rockabilly, Rhythm 'n' Blues and Rock 'n' Roll  with Lil Red and the Doghouse Trio. Plus 50s diner.

TICKETS: £10 or £8 in advance. Book early as the last show sold out!


Thursday 31st October

Include Me Too present an evening of live bands with Jump the Shark, Shatter Effect and Cairen.

Tickets: £7 on the door or £5 in advance.
Raising money for disabled children and families.

Coming up at the Newhampton Arts Centre

A round-up of forthcoming events and activities at Newhampton Arts Centre; celebrating stories from African and Caribbean cultures.



During October, we are celebrating stories from African and the Caribbean - powerful stories, funny stories, true stories, traditional stories, family stories, stories for children and stories for adults. Come along to the Newhampton Arts Centre and listen, watch or tell a tale of your own. Everyone is invited!


Wednesday 9th October - 1:15pm (sold out) and 7pm.
A powerful true story for children aged 8+ and their families!

Miali was kidnapped and sold to slave owners in Mauritius. One night, she led a hundred slaves to freedom. On an island only twenty miles by thirty, they were never caught! Moby Duck Theatre tells an extraordinary true story of courage, determination, compassion and hope.

Tickets: Adults £5, Children £4, Family Ticket £15 (4 people).

Sharing Stories from Africa and the Caribbean.


Tuesday 8th October at 7pm - FREE!

Do you have stories to tell but don't know where to begin? Maybe you have a story of your own or stories that have been handed down to you? Join a fun workshop with Hazel Malcolm and friends to brush up  your story telling skills.You may even decide to bring your story to an event later in the month.

Free but please reserve your place: ring 01902 572090.


HALF-TERM: Wednesday 30th October at 2pm.

Our storytellers will weave their magic with tales for all the family. You can also bring your stories to share. With Tonia Campbell from Kuumba Arts and friends.

FREE but please book your places by ringing 01902 572090.


Wednesday 30th October at 7pm.


Join Dorothy Baruch and friends for a relaxed adult evening sharing stories and music from Africa and the Caribbean.

Enjoy a cocktail from the bar and bring some food to share. If you would like to take part with a story or a song, let us know or talk to Dorothy when you arrive.

Affordable Art Exhibition: Call for entries

The Willow Gallery is looking for Artists to submit for their next exhibition 'Affordable Art' which will run from the 26th of October to the 30th of November.


'Affordable Art' is an open exhibition aiming to celebrate the diversity of art which doesn't break the bank; enabling everyone to have a piece of original artwork in their home or to give as a gift for Christmas.

Please email willowgalleryoswestry@gmail.com for an application pack.

Information for Exhibitors:

Exhibition Title: Affordable Art Exhibition
Key themes for inspiration: All subjects and mediums considered, each work is requested to be priced at £100 or below.
Summary: An open exhibition celebrating the diversity of artwork created which is affordable, enabling everyone to have a piece of original artwork in their home or to give as a gift.
Mediums: Open to all mediums: paintings, original prints, sculpture, textiles, drawing, photography, etc.
Description: This exhibition will run for 5 weeks. Artists can submit single pieces or a series of work, submission fees are gauged on the spaced used rather than the number of works submitted.

The gallery will be responsible for hanging all artwork.
Exhibition Timetable:
Entry Form, Entry Fee and Signed Exhibitors Agreement, Hand in Deadline: 18th October

Artwork Delivery: 21st October 2013. (Alternative days can be arranged by prior agreement.)

Exhibition Dates: 26th October 2013 to 30th November 2013 (5 weeks).

Collection of all unsold artwork: 2nd December 2013 (Alternative day after this date can be arranged by prior agreement.)

Submission Types and Prices:

Type 1: Maximum total width of all works (inc. frames) <100cm - £12
Type 2: Maximum total width of all works (inc. frames) <200cm - £25
Type 3: Maximum total width of all works (inc. frames) <300cm - £35
Type 4:  Maximum total width of all works (inc. frames) <400cm - £45
Type 5: Plinth for sculpture, ceramics and 3D work – 20x30cm - £10

All cheques to made payable to: Willow Oswestry CIC
or alternatively you can pay in person at the gallery by cash or card.

The gallery takes 35% commission on all artwork sold. Please include this commission within the given selling price on the application form. The Willow Gallery is a community interest, not-for-profit, gallery therefore commission on sales and exhibition entry fee's go to supporting the up-keep of the gallery.

The Willow Gallery, 56 Willow Street, Oswestry, SY11 1AE
Tel: 01691 657575. Email:


DASH commission nominated for top disability award

Sound Canvas, the artwork in-situ at The Public in West Bromwich, has been shortlisted for a prestigious 'Jodi' Award.


The awards exist to highlight excellence in widening participation for disabled people in museums, galleries, exhibitions, libraries, archives and heritage sites.

Disabled artist, Zoe Partington was commissioned by The Public in West Bromwich and DASH, to create a permanent piece of art for the gallery as part of DASH's project IN 'Disability art in the mainstream'. Sound Canvas was unveiled at a special celebration event in July.

The Jodi Awards are given in memory of Jodi Mattes (1973-2001) - a tireless champion of equal access to culture for disabled people. To mark their 10th Anniversary, in 2013 three Public Engagement Awards will be given by The Jodi Mattes Trust in a special celebratory event in November 2013. These new Awards will be for Access Planning and User Involvement, Innovation, and Legacy and Impact.

Multi-sensory exhibition Sound Canvas has been nominated for the Innovation Award. The installation uses sensors and digital technology to enable visitors to access art in an innovative way, providing a unique audio-visual experience triggered by movement.

Paula Dower, General Manager of DASH said "DASH are delighted to hear that Sound Canvas, by Zoe Partington, has been shortlisted for the Jodi Awards. DASH's project, IN (Disability Arts in the Mainstream), has been created to give Disabled Artists the support they need to enable them to create great works of art and to work in partnership with galleries to show that work. DASH would like to thank all the staff of The Public, they have been wonderful supportive partners of the IN project."

Shortlisted projects for the Jodi Awards will be subject to rigorous user testing by disabled people; with each site-based project to be visited by a specialist assessor and the final decisions will be made by a panel of judges drawn from across the heritage sector.

The Awards will be presented in association with the Museums Association at an Annual Conference in Liverpool in November. For more information about the Jodi Awards 2013 visit www.jodiawards.org.uk

Pleading in the Blood

The Art and Performances of Ron Athey - a recent book launch at The Arnolfini Gallery.


On Thursday 26th September, we welcomed Ron Athey, with special guest Bruce LaBruce for the launch of Pleading in the Blood: The Art and Performances of Ron Athey, edited by Dominic Johnson.

The evening included readings from the book, screenings of Athey's short films including Solar Anus, vignettes from his new solo performance Incorruptible Flesh: Messianic Remains, a reading from Bruce LaBruce and book signings.

The book, co-published by Intellect Books & Live Art Development Agency for Intellect Live, had an initial launch event last weekend at Tate Modern which sold out!

This presented a great opportunity for attendees to get to know Athey's work a little better. As a central figure in the development of performance art since the early 1990s, his work has influenced many contemporary practioners. His visceral practice foresaw and precipitated the central place afforded sexuality, identity, and the body in art and critical theory in the late-twentieth century.