Starting to write

The deadline has been extended for this exciting opportunity - until 5th August!

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In the spirit of developing a partnership,  Arvon would like to support a disabled writer to come on The Starting to Write Course tutored by Rebecca Goss and Nii Ayikwei Parkes from October 17th -22nd 2016.

This is a great opportunity for a disabled person who wants to develop their writing skills. 

To apply for the bursary please email paula@dasharts.org or by post to Paula Dower, 5 Belmont, Shrewsbury SY1 1TE and tell me in 200 words or less what the bursary would mean to you as a beginning/emerging writer.

Deadline: 5th August 2016 at 5pm.

For more information on the course: http://www.arvon.org/course/starting-to-write-4/ 

More about Arvon and The Hurst:

Arvon is a charity that runs five-day residential creative writing courses and retreats in rural writing houses, offering the time and space to write. 

Recently renovated, The Hurst is a place you can write, far away from daily distractions. The house and gardens were the former home of playwright John Osborne. The grounds boast Redwoods, wild orchids, surrounded by the forest-covered Shropshire Hills, designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The 19th century building has been given a thoroughly 21st century renovation.  All 16 bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms, the main workshop room has a hand crafted table for twenty and a growing library, and a lift gives accessibility to every bedroom. The house sits within 26 acres of woodland, with a spring-fed lake and inspiring walks.

The centre is situated several miles from Craven Arms station, which has rail connections to London, Wales, the North and South-West England. There are local taxi services – we can arrange for a taxi to pick you up for incoming and return journeys.

The Hurst welcomes Disabled people – there is wheelchair access to every room via a lift, with all rooms equipped with ensuite bathrooms, five of which are wetrooms equipped for wheelchair access.

Call for Artists

A call for artists, for Tight Modern 2016!

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We are delighted to announce Tight Modern 2016 is now open for submissions from UK based marginalised and disabled artists.

Our brand new website is also being launched alongside the competition; for details about how to submit work, our numerous prizes, upcoming free workshops and more go to: www.tightmodern.org.uk

Tight Modern is tight! Entries must be 13cmx18cm in portrait format, with a maximum depth of 2cm. You can submit original artworks, photography or computer generated images.
The competition is open until 30th October 2016.

Progression (re)Launch

Supporting creative young people, plus emerging and established artists...

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We'd like to invite you to our Progression (re)Launch on Saturday 30th July – an event to celebrate the return of our Arts Council funded programme supporting creative young people, as well as emerging and established artists. We hope that you can join us for the event, which will feature a dress rehearsal of A Tale Of Two Cities by Red Shift Theatre, a talk by Jess Thom (Touretteshero), a Devoted & Disgruntled session about artist support, and performances from Nigel & Louise and young performers from the Progression programme.

You can find full details of the event below (or view them on our website here: https://glyptprogression.wordpress.com/portfolio/progression-relaunch/)

Greenwich & Lewisham Young People's Theatre present:
PROGRESSION (re)LAUNCH
In association with Bathway Theatre Network and University of Greenwich

Saturday 30th July 2016 – 2:00pm until 10:00pm.

A FREE EVENT at Bathway Theatre (University of Greenwich), Woolwich

Featuring: TourettesheroDevoted & Disgruntled, Nigel & Louise and more...

To celebrate the return of the project we are holding a launch event on 30th July 2016. It's a big day – full of performances, conversations, talks, food, drink and music. It'll be a chance to talk to about the project and our plans for the next year; to set out the ways in which we can support artists across the industry (young, emerging, established); and to celebrate the vibrancy of the London and UK arts scene – with some fantastic special guests!

The event will feature a BSL interpreter, with a talk by deaf actor Stephen Collins too.

Viewfinder Platform

Check out the rather fetching new site from our friends @disabilityarts

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The best place for news, opinion, blogs and listings on the disability arts and culture world just got better! Check out Disability Arts Online's new website: www.disabilityarts.online

Disability Arts Online's new website has just been launched. Reviews, news, interviews and opinion on disability arts, not to mention listings for accessible performances. www.disabilityarts.online

Later in the year, Disability Arts Online www.disabilityarts.online will be launching a new video platform, Viewfinder, which will feature curated video playlists, original commissions, and eventually, live streaming. Both the new Disability Arts Online site and the Viewfinder video platform have been funded through Arts Council England's Grants for the Arts programme, and further supported by core funding from The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.

Alongside the new website, Disability Arts Online will also launch their newly branded newsletter with the most exciting news, opinion pieces, blogs, events and jobs relating to disability arts and culture. You can sign up to the newsletter here: http://disabilityartsonline.us13.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=178bfacb1401aa915f9d55ef2&id=72f6aefe76

Dialogue Beyond Sight Exhibition

Dialogue Beyond Sight Exhibition is a cross disciplinary and multi sensory collaboration...

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... featuring the works of visually impaired artists and performers.

This exhibition brings together emerging and mainstream artists and performers in response to the theme “dialogue”. Collaborators examine the links between artist and audience, and practitioner and practice, presenting an eclectic range of artworks that include paintings, illustrations, sculptures and installations, with performances that include recital, storytelling and classical songs.

Dialogue inherently exists within creative practice and can sometimes be misunderstood or at other times completely disregarded. Artists and performers lead the authorship in interpretation of their works so it is objective, and not subjective.

Supporting the idea of objective interpretation, a series of scheduled workshops led by visually impaired artists, performers and other contributors will provide an opportunity to find out a little more about their practice.

For those visitors requiring a quiet tour of the exhibition, please contact us for an individual tour designed for your needs. Booking is essential as places are limited.

Email: info@mamomiinitiative.com

Dialogue Beyond Sight: Dialogue is curated by Andrew Mashigo and Rachel Gadsden.

It will be accompanied by a large print and Braille catalogue and includes a programme of workshops at the venue.

For enquiries, please call Andrew Mashigo on 07956 946 571 or Lynn Cox on 07818 437651.

Starting to Write

Exciting opportunity for a Disabled writer.

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In the spirit of developing a partnership,  Arvon would like to support a disabled writer to come on The Starting to Write Course tutored by Rebecca Goss and Nii Ayikwei Parkes from October 17th -22nd 2016.

This is a great opportunity for a disabled person who wants to develop their writing skills. 

To apply for the bursary please email paula@dasharts.org or by post to Paula Dower, 5 Belmont, Shrewsbury SY1 1TE and tell me in 200 words or less what the bursary would mean to you as a beginning/emerging writer.

Deadline: 29th July 2016 5pm.

For more information on the course: http://www.arvon.org/course/starting-to-write-4/ 

More about Arvon and The Hurst:

Arvon is a charity that runs five-day residential creative writing courses and retreats in rural writing houses, offering the time and space to write. 

Recently renovated, The Hurst is a place you can write, far away from daily distractions. The house and gardens were the former home of playwright John Osborne. The grounds boast Redwoods, wild orchids, surrounded by the forest-covered Shropshire Hills, designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The 19th century building has been given a thoroughly 21st century renovation.  All 16 bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms, the main workshop room has a hand crafted table for twenty and a growing library, and a lift gives accessibility to every bedroom. The house sits within 26 acres of woodland, with a spring-fed lake and inspiring walks.

The centre is situated several miles from Craven Arms station, which has rail connections to London, Wales, the North and South-West England. There are local taxi services – we can arrange for a taxi to pick you up for incoming and return journeys.

The Hurst welcomes Disabled people – there is wheelchair access to every room via a lift, with all rooms equipped with ensuite bathrooms, five of which are wetrooms equipped for wheelchair access.

Flora exhibition and audio description

Aberystwyth Arts Centre's latest exhibition, with audio description tours.

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Vsit the next exhibition at Aberystwyth Arts Centre, flora. It's an exhibition about flowers - hopefully to bring a bit of summer to Aberystwyth amongst all this rain!

We understand how important it is for blind and partially sighted people to experience visual art, so we have developed audio description using these fantastic DiscoveryPENs. They'll be available at the desk in the gallery.

There will also be live audio description tours of the exhibition every Friday afternoon between 12-1pm.

Click here to watch the audio advert.

Paint the Day 2016

Calling all artists; doodlers and scribblers too!

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Join Newhampton Arts Centre for Paint the Day 2016. Taking place between July 2nd until July 9th.

FOR ARTISTS AND PHOTOGRAPHERS:

  • Take part in our one day challenge on Sat 2nd July
  • All work will be exhibited in the Gallery Hall at NAC
  • You can win up to £300
  • Your work will be offered for sale and auction
  • Open to all - professional, amateur, under 18.

FOR THE PUBLIC:

  • Free exhibition
  • Drop in family art workshop
  • Vote for your favourite work
  • Buy or bid for an original art work
  • Exhibition opens Sunday 3rd July 12pm-5pm (Brunch Bar), Saturday 9th July 11am-5pm, and 4th-8th July 12-2pm.

AA2A project

AA2A Artists & Designer maker placements 2016-17.

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The AA2A project (Artists Access to Art Colleges) is offering around 80 placements, giving artists and designer makers the opportunity to undertake a period of research or realise a project using art college facilities e.g. workshops, IT facilities, lending library, and lecture programme.  AA2A schemes aim to benefit students and institutions through their interaction with practising artists.

Map and links to application info for 20 AA2A schemes   www.aa2a.org/colleges
Eligibility and details of how to apply   www.aa2a.org/apply

•       Access is free, for at least 100 hours, between Oct 2016 and April 2017
•       AA2A's Hardship Fund, primarily for artists on benefits provides expenses up to £300 
•       Closing dates for applications vary but all are in September 2016
•       Artists on AA2A schemes run from 2014 to 2015 or before can now reapply
•       All applicants must have at least one year's professional practice
•       Only M.A. students can apply in the same year they graduate
•       Applicants should be able to work with minimal technical support

Follow us on  Twitter  and  Facebook  for regular, updated information.
To see current AA2A artists' work go to http://aa2a.biz 
AA2A particularly welcomes applications from artists with disabilities, from culturally diverse backgrounds and non-graduates.

APPLICATION PACKS ONLY AVAILABLE DIRECT FROM THE HOST INSTITUTIONS:

University of Sunderland    Application deadline 22nd September
alex.whelan@sunderland.ac.uk   0191 515 2512
printmaking (screen printing, etching, lithography, relief printing, Riso printing), wood, metal, glass, ceramics, 3-D printing, photography (digital and chemical), painting

Teesside University (Middlesbrough)    Application deadline  4th September k.prow@tees.ac.uk   0164 238 4045 printmaking, wood, metal, glass, plastics, digital media, photography, painting

University of Central Lancashire    Application deadline  21st September jpcrane@uclan.ac.uk   0177 289 3959 printmaking, digital media, fashion / textiles, ceramics

Liverpool Hope University    Application deadline 21st September
mcgees1@hope.ac.uk   0151 291 3516
printmaking, wood, metal, jewellery, plaster, ceramics, textiles (construction and print), digital design and manufacture, painting

University Centre St Helens    Application deadline 1st September
rheyes@sthelens.ac.uk   0174 462 3102
theatre performance, game art, photography, graphic design, painting

University of Chester    Application deadline 21st September
c.dickens@chester.ac.uk   0124 451 5855
printmaking, wood, metal, foundry, laser cutting, 3D printing, video, sound, analogue & digital photography, digital printing, graphics, animation, letterpress typography, bookbinding

Sheffield Hallam University    Application deadline 16th September
art@shu.ac.uk   0114 225 6724
printmaking, metal, fashion, jewellery, video, interactive media, digital media, animation, photography, typography, graphics, illustration, painting

University of Derby    Application deadline 19th September
j.falconer@derby.ac.uk   0133 259 3113
printmaking, wood, metal, casting, carving, glass, ceramics, textiles, digital media, photography

De Montfort University (Leicester)    Application deadline 12th September
drobertson@dmu.ac.uk   0116 207 8387
printmaking, wood, metal, plaster, laser cutting, CAD labs, digital workshops, video, photography, life drawing studio, painting

University of Wolverhampton    Application deadline 5th September
i.rudge@wlv.ac.uk   0190 232 3147
printmaking, wood, metal, foundry, wood / stone carving, hot glass, ceramics, interior textiles, fashion and textiles, digital media, video, photography, illustration, painting

Coventry University    Application deadline 7th September
ac0120@coventry.ac.uk   0247 765 8685
printmaking, small scale metal, ceramics, laser cutting, digital media, painting, drawing, fashion, illustration, graphic design, animation

University of Worcester    Application deadline 21st September
ihca@worc.ac.uk   0190 554 2542
printmaking, film, photography, creative digital imaging, sound

University of Northampton    Application deadline 21st September
gayle.glover@northampton.ac.uk   0160 473 5002
printmaking, (screen-printing, etching) wood, metal, plaster, mould making, photography (darkroom and lighting studios), product design

Anglia Ruskin University (Cambridge)    Application deadline 11th September
aa2a@anglia.ac.uk   0122 369 8720
printmaking, wood and metal working, ceramics, fashion, film & TV production, digital media, photography, animation, illustration

University of Bedfordshire (Luton)     Application deadline 21st September
dolores.basquille@beds.ac.uk   0158 274 3401
printmaking, fashion, laser-cutter, 3D printer/scanner, video, animation, moving image, photography, darkroom, graphic design, illustration, painting

Chelmsford College    Application deadline 21st September
information@chelmsford.ac.uk   0124 529 3031
printmaking, wood, ceramics, mould making, textiles, fashion, video, digital media, animation, photography, graphics, illustration, painting, drawing

University of Hertfordshire (Hatfield)    Application deadline 12th September
ad-shortcourses@herts.ac.uk   0170 728 5327
printmaking, wood, metal, glass, ceramics, textiles, fashion, art therapy, digital media, film, video, sound, photography, graphics, painting

Southampton Solent University    Application deadline 21st September
rebecca.myers@solent.ac.uk   0238 201 6007
printmaking, wood, clay, letterpress, typography, digital media, photography, painting, drawing

City College Brighton and Hove    Application deadline 21st September
aa2a@ccb.ac.uk   0127 366 7749
printmaking, wood, metal, foundry, jewellery, glass, plastics, ceramics, textiles, fashion, product design, performance, film, video, sound, digital media, animation, photography, graphics, illustration, painting

Plymouth University    Application deadline 9th September
sarah.kendall@plymouth.ac.uk   0175 258 5265
printmaking, wood, metal, ceramics, plaster, textiles, film, video, sound, digital media, photography, animation, typography, graphics, illustration, painting, drawing

West Midlands arts jobs

Selected job opportunities available across the West Midlands...

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Artistic Director
Pentabus Theatre Company
West Midlands
£30,000 - £30,000 (per annum)
Closing Date: 08 Jul 2016
Pentabus Theatre Company is seeking to appoint a visionary new Artistic Director to lead the company through its next stage of development.

Head of Communications
Birmingham Hippodrome
West Midlands
£40,000 - £40,000 (per annum)
Closing Date: 01 Jul 2016
We are seeking a Head of Communications, who will be at the heart of a new communications strategy across multiple channels, both on- and offline.