Medway Pride and the MGSD Centre are calling on creatives to use their preferred medium to represent how they celebrated pride during the social restrictions during 2020. They are also looking for work that represents all aspects of the support or isolation that individuals encountered during the lockdown periods. The work will be used for a Medway Pride History Month Exhibition in February 2021.
They are looking at all creative forms including but not limited to, Paintings, Craftwork, Photography, Videography, Written Word, Performance.
Written work can include comments, statements, poetry, essays which they will include in book form for the exhibition.
They are looking to use some of the written work to be included as part of the public mural.
If you wish to contribute to the Medway Pride History Month Exhibition please contact MGSD Centre by the end of December 2020 via firstname.lastname@example.org
Over the next year Whitstable Biennale will host a series of events which will combine showcases of work by North Kent artists working with film, sound or performance (selected by open call) with presentations from invited speakers from local artist-led initiatives in Kent and the surrounding areas.
The events will be open to artists from across the county to come to meet other artists, see new work and find out about nearby organisations. They will be a chance for North Kent practitioners to show work to peers and curators, gain feedback, form new networks and find out more about opportunities to work with organisations who are currently commissioning artists close by.
The first showcase is on 21 February 2019 in the lecture theatre at UCA Rochester (10 mins walk from Chatham Station).
All artists applying that meet the criteria will get to showcase their work. Whitstable Biennale will fit as many artists into the first event as possible and will work towards further evenings for those that don’t get to show work in February. Each artist will be paid £50 for their contribution, (inclusive of travel).
Works must be maximum 10 minutes long and artists must be living in north Kent (Medway, Swale, Dartford or Gravesham) to apply.
To take part by showcasing your work, please send an expression of interest which includes your address / postcode in North Kent, a short statement about the work you’d like to show and your practice and a weblink to the work to email@example.com 31st January 2019.
Those who wish to attend but do not want to show work can just turn up on the day.
*Whitstable Biennale will have a limited amount of technology at the venue, which should enable single channel video and stereo sound playback. There is also a small, carpeted stage for performance. If you have any queries about the work you would like to present please contact Whitstable Biennale with a short description of the work.
A woman enters the changing room for the first time in decades.
A lifeguard twiddles his thumbs as he dreams of being a real hero.
A crammed aerobics class slides into slow motion; their thoughts tumbling out as they watch their bodies in the unforgiving mirror that surrounds them.
TAKE ON MEis a new show by theatre company Dante or Die, set amongst the 1980s world of headbands and legwarmers that digs below the surface of the luminous colours and fitness fads.
Taking place after hours in Hoo Sports Centre on the 1st and 2nd of December 2018, you’ll be divided into small groups to be a fly on the wall as you’re led through the pool, the changing rooms, the gym and beyond to hear the inner voices of a variety of characters as they strive for a better version of themselves. Performed by a company of professional actors with a local supporting cast and set to live acoustic versions of classic 80’s pop hits TAKE ON ME will be an intimate and comical experience. You’ll never look at your local leisure centre in quite the same way ever again.
They need you!
To make this production possible they are looking for people who’d like to join in with larger or smaller parts both in the cast and crew.
For more information about how to get involved contact Project Coordinator Emma via email; firstname.lastname@example.org or call on 07947 567489.
Local literary arts organisation Wordsmithery has been granted funding for a year-long writing project which will allow them to enthuse and infuse Medway with words. More details about the project will follow on the Wordsmithery website, but part of this project will allow them to offer a personalised Writer Development Programme to 6 emerging Medway/Kent-based writers as part of the Arts Council England funded Confluence: Plant; Grow; Nurture project, which starts at the end of October.
If you are an emerging writer, aged over 18, based in Medway, or surrounding areas of Kent, who has had at least one piece of writing published, you are eligible to apply for this brilliant opportunity.
Writers on the scheme will be offered:
1 hour of mentoring advice for 6 months from a local writer-mentor.
The chance to attend a Confluence Writers’ Retreat local to Medway, with guest tutors.
A bursary for a short group writing visit to Sunderland.
The opportunity to organise and host Roundabout Nights, and on another occasion, headline it.
Writers will optionally be able to attend a pamphlet and zine making course (3 sessions) and a monthly drop-in workshop to learn how to produce your own pamphlets on a Risograph printer (10 sessions).
Writers will have the opportunity to lead/assist with writing workshops and pop-up open mics in Medway Libraries (paid).
Writers will be able to contribute articles to the new look Confluence website.
Writer Development Programme students will be showcased in Confluence.
* It is important that those applying can attend the majority of the opportunities on offer. Please email email@example.com if you have any questions about the scheme or your eligibility.
How to apply:
They are looking for emerging writers with some experience, who are serious about developing their craft. You should have had at least one piece of writing published in a literary magazine or journal (online or in print), which is not your own blog. You should be based in Medway, or within an easy commute.
Please send a letter outlining why this opportunity appeals to you and what you’d hope to get out of it (no more than 2 sides), your CV and a sample of your writing (no more than 2,000 words of prose or 5 poems) to the Confluence email.
Applications will be decided by a panel consisting of representatives of the editorial team and an external advisor.
Deadline: 20 October 2017, (applicants to be notified of outcome by 27 October).
On Wednesday 14 December, 2016 at 7.30pm the University of Kent Choir and Orchestra (Medway) will be performing Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on Christmas Carols as part of the School of Music and Fine Art Christmas Concert in the beautiful Royal Dockyard Church.
We are inviting the local community to join the choir or orchestra and take part in this festive event. Rehearsals take place on Wednesdays 5pm 7.30pm at The Historic Dockyard Chatham, with the first rehearsal on Wednesday 28 September. (Note: Orchestral players should be Grade 6 standard or higher). We look forward to hearing from you!
Temporary Artists’ Commissions ‘Chatham Storyline’, Chatham, Kent
Commission timescale March – August 2016
Medway Council is looking to commission a temporary programme of three community engagement projects looking at character and place.
Medway Council has been awarded £4 million of government funding to help regenerate Chatham and make it a better place for residents, workers and visitors. The funding will mark the start of an exciting new project, which will create an easier journey for pedestrians and cyclists from Chatham railway station to the waterfront bus station and town centre.
Creative public realm has been identified in the project where an artist’s contribution is integrated into placemaking.
Public Art Consultants FrancisKnight and Lead Artist Christopher Tipping have been appointed for the Chatham Placemaking project and will be overseeing the temporary programme through an overarching project called ‘Chatham Storyline’.
Chatham Storyline commissions:
Writer in residence – £8,000 (includes fees and expenses)
Print / Graphics – £5,000 (includes fees and expenses, with a separate budget for materials)
Film maker / observer – £6,000 (includes fees and expenses)
Artists can apply individually for each commission or as a collaboration/collective for all three commissions.
The process is open to professional artists who are UK residents and who are living or working in the South East and London. Our South East Area covers Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, East Sussex, Essex, Hertfordshire, Kent, Medway, Norfolk, Oxfordshire, Suffolk, Surrey and West Sussex.
The Cabaret Club strives to go beyond expectations, creating a decadent environment which seems out of place from the real world but allows our guests the chance of escapism and one evening of fun and frivolity. We bring some of the finest performers around into a sleepy part of Kent, to an audience who are deserving of such talent.
We launched in August 2013 to a rapturous audience and with our shows in such high demand we’re trialling a move into a bigger space at our current venue and need enthusiastic helpers to make that happen. We were also successful in our application to create the Medway branch of Dr Sketchy’s (the world famous burlesque life drawing classes) which has further helped secure our position as a dominant cabaret force in Kent! And we’re preparing to launch The Cabaret Club and Dr Sketchy’s for private hires so the need for a bigger team will soon be even greater.
We’re recruiting for volunteers to join our production team to help in the following areas:
Marketing, PR and Social Media
Set Design and Prop Making
These role/s are initially unpaid but if you’d like to get some production experience and are hard-working, reliable and like having fun while you work then get in touch! E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with details about yourself, what area of production interests you and what would make you a great addition to The Cabaret Club team. Whatever your skill or passion, even if you work in a ‘regular’ job and want to try something new and exciting, then we’d love to hear from you!
You’d need to be Kent based or have transport. This is initially an unpaid role but we are prepared to help and support you in gaining valuable work experience in a theatre production environment. You must be aged 18 or over and be available on evenings and weekends especially on the weekend of a show.
This is an exciting time for us and if you want to be a part of the journey then get in touch!
East Kent Cultural Conversations are looking for an artist who is concerned with the relationship between pictorial and physical space and materiality.
They would like to offer him or her the opportunity to develop their practice as a part of a collaborative process with artists, graduates / writers/ academics, involved with the research questions raised in the Limber; Spatial Painting Practices project;
The successful candidate will be paid the sum of £10,000 for a period of 66 days between 28th April and 1st March 2015.
This will be on a 1-2 day per week basis to be negotiated as the residency takes shape.
Travel costs will be paid or a base provided.
More details here in this application document: http://goo.gl/4liSY7
‘Real Medway & Swale’ is a new project funded by Creative People and Places (Medway and Swale) that aims to create an augmented reality adventure game, encouraging players to explore the area using mobile phone and tablet devices to find clues; interact with characters and solve puzzles, whilst moving around the real world. Imagine Monkey Island on your doorstep.
The game will be developed in collaboration with local artists, writers and volunteers who wish to experiment with augmented reality and digitally exhibit their work in unusual spaces.
Over the next few months there will be a series of workshops to explain the project in more detail, plan and find out who would be interested in getting involved.
Are you a musician/filmmaker/artist/photographer/organisation etc who would like more people to know about your work and what you do?
Perhaps you always wanted to know what musicians/filmmakers/artists/photographers etc live and work and create in Medway?
Would you like to transmit your art? Would you like to project your talent?
Transmit:Project is a brand new project all about getting known. Its all about providing a platform for upcoming and established artist and performers. It’s all about having one place where people can go to find out more about the huge amount of talent that currently thrives in Medway.
This is going to be the place for local talent to be seen and heard. This is going to be the place where audience inside and outside Medway will come to see what talent is around. A while ago I wrote about some of the Medway scene with the popular Medway Visions articles. I hope these will morph into transmit:project files as well as adding new ones all the time.
But it needs you. Without talents to write about/broadcast then this project won’t get very far. Make yourself heard. Contact us.
Here’s how it works:
You send me a bio and some details about your work.
You send me a link to your work/send a cd etc.
With these things I can write about you.
You also send me a video file of you performing or a music video (musicians), interview/sequence of pictures of art (artists), sequence of photos (photographers) a short film (filmmaker).
With this I can post a clip of you/your work. (If you can’t get a video file to me then contact me anyway and we can sort something out)
This will then be shown from the transmit:project broadcast channel:
image: Rehearsals for Marks Measures Maps and Mind by Dog Kennel Hill Project. Photo by Anthony Wadham.
We are proud to announce 2 new ways for artists and curators to get involved with Stour Valley Arts.
1. Pop-up exhibitions at SVA:Cornershop
From mid-February Cornershop will host 5 back-to-back micro-shows that celebrate the strength and diversity of artists‘ exploration of landscape, the natural environment and sense of place.
If you would like to propose a group exhibition that addresses these themes (however obliquely) that could be mounted in sympathy with the spirit of pop-up ventures, then we’d love to hear from you.
2. Forest Studio residency opportunities
From February 2014 Stour Valley Arts will offer artists working in any discipline the opportunity to undertake self-directed residencies in our newly converted Forest Studio on the edge of King’s Wood, Challock.
Whether you are an artist who wants to explore the forest and be inspired, test a new idea or way of working, or just get away from the daily routines of the studio, this resouce offers you the opportunity to invest focussed time and thought in your practice.
The Forest Studio welcomes sculptors, choreographers, musicians, video makers, painters, poets and much more. Residencies can be arranged for periods of 2-6 weeks. Use of the Forest Studio is free of charge.
Applications for either opportunity must be made by means of the simple forms (see below)
Application is free.
Artists originating from, educated or currently working in Kent are invited to submit existing or proposed work for consideration relating to the title ‘A Fine Line’. Work could relate to the title of ‘A Fine Line’ either physically or conceptually.
All media will be considered, including proposals for site specific or performance pieces. Please specify any technical installation and display requirements in your application and the gallery will endeavour to accommodate these requirements. Selected artworks should be available for installation on the 10th February 2014.
Please email images (up to 1Mb) along with a short statement. Submissions and enquiries should be directed to email@example.com
The deadline for receipt of submission is 12 midnight on Sunday 19th January 2014
The curatorial team will endeavour to select work that is not only strong in itself, but that will develop a conceptual and/or aesthetic relationship, in order to produce a coherent show. Successful artists will be notified within a week of the deadline to make arrangements for delivery of the work. ‘A Fine Line’ is co-curated by Rosalind Barker, Sue Evans and Franny Swann as a Sevenoaks Visual Arts Forum concept.
The Sevenoaks Kaleidoscope Gallery is a contemporary space run by Kent County Council to show new and experimental work from established and emerging Kent artists.
The FUSE Medway Festival taking place from 13th to 15th June, is a free, outdoor arts festival for the people of Medway and visitors. For one weekend in June, Medway’s public spaces are transformed, creating exciting, unexpected happenings and spectacular events.
FUSE is committed to the development of new work and to supporting local artists. It is offering three local arts commissions for 2014: one commission of up to £5,000 and two commissions of up to £2,500.
The commission provides an opportunity to explore new ways of working and to develop your practice. The criteria are as follows:
Applicants must be living or working in Medway.
Projects must take place in Medway.
Projects must be specifically designed for the outdoors.
Applications are welcomed from any art form.
Projects must have an element of community engagement, which can be delivered in the 2 weeks prior to the main festival.
Projects must be accessible and innovative.
The work must be delivered within a realistic budget.
The finished performance / installation must take place between 13 – 15 June.
Applications can be submitted by post (FUSE Medway Festival, Arts Team, The Brook Theatre, Old Town Hall, Chatham, Kent ME4 4SE) or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for submissions is 12 noon on Friday 31 January 2014.
Shortlisted applicants will be invited to interview on Monday 17February 2014
For further information and a full copy of the commission brief and an application form, please contact email@example.com or call 01634 338319.
For the third year running Sky, in association with IdeasTap, is giving away five £30,000 bursaries and mentoring support to artists aged 18-30 from the UK and Ireland. Applications are open to individuals working in the following fields:
Photographer Rickard Osterlund is looking for people aged 16-21 with an interest in photography…
This workshop is open to people aged 16-21 in Medway who are into alternative music and/or fashion! You might be into Metal, sleaze-rock or MCR, or dabelling in cosplay. You might love pop, but – as the title suggests – black will feature prominently in your wardrobe. In this workshop you will explore professional photography techniques and you get to keep all the images you take!
This workshop will introduce you to studio lighting and the way it can change the mood of photographs. This workshop does not require any special skills and you don’t need to bring any special equipment or fancy cameras! It doesn’t even matter if you are interested in photography – hopefully you will be after the workshop! We will try several different setups and everyone will get hands on experience taking pictures and you will get to keep copies of all the images you take. Equipment will be provided along with props, backgrounds and cool locations. At the end of the workshop we will look at Photoshop and the way this is used to enhance images.
Open to individuals aged 16-21, living in Medway/Swale.
The next workshop is Saturday the 9th November 2013 , starting at 13:00.
In the weeks after the workshops I am looking for people interested in collaborating with a professional photographer on a portrait. You will be involved in all the decision making and get copies of the pictures.
We will discuss your ideas in detail and then arrange for a time and place for a session. I will then take your portrait in the clothing and a location you’ve chosen; you will be directly involved in the process throughout, so in a sense it is a self-portrait. Please note that you DO NOT have to attend the above workshops to take part in this collaboration or vice versa, e-mail me directly to register your interest – firstname.lastname@example.org
By Rickard Osterlund
This project is funded by Creative People and Places Swale and Medway.
The Cabaret Club is preparing for it’s showcase launch night on Saturday 3rd August and we need actors/performer to play a part in our event. We can pay reasonable travel expenses (and provide a free drink or two on the night!) plus if you want to be a regular part of our event then it’s an opportunity to be a part of something new and exciting happening in Rainham. So if you’re up for putting on your glad rags and coming along to have some fun, meet new people and show off your acting skills then please get in touch with Lisa –email@example.com
CALL OUT FOR THEATRE TECHNICIAN!
The Cabaret Club is preparing for it’s showcase launch night on Saturday 3rd August and we need a stage hand/technician to play a part in our event. We can pay reasonable travel expenses (and provide a free drink or two on the night!) plus if you want to be a regular part of our event then it’s an opportunity to be a part of something new and exciting happening in Rainham. So if you’re up coming along to have some fun, meet new people and gain experience in working on a live event then please get in touch with Lisa –firstname.lastname@example.org
Medway Council have released details for a commission to help create a mural in Chatham High Street.
The artist’s brief is to create a design based on feedback and to facilitate and support local people in the community to paint a mural. The working title for the mural is ‘Chatham – past, present and future’.
In June 2012 a residents’ working party was set up to identify the improvements needed in Chatham town centre. Following a series of consultation events in the wider community, a number of priorities and potential projects were identified. These included enhancing the appearance of the High Street through ‘Greening and Street Art’. Young people played a role in the consultations and suggested that painting a mural in the town centre would ‘give young people something to do’ and ‘if the High Street is made to look nice people will care about it’. Through discussion in the Residents Working Party, the idea of an intergenerational project with young people working alongside older members of the community evolved.
To enhance the appearance of the site by creating an attractive art mural
To instill a sense of pride in Chatham by depicting scenes from its past, present and future
To foster trust and co-operation between younger and older residents through team-working
This is connected with the Developing Neighbourhoods Approach (DNA) project, which supports local residents to improve quality of life by empowering them to make changes in their communities.
Laura Callaghan, a Rochester based composer/sound designer is seeking a local animator to collaborate for a new project. She is hoping to have fun with this project, and is looking for someone who is open-minded, imaginative and interested in trying something new. Examples of Laura’s work, include: http://www.veoh.com/watch/v469949Bq3rNaAy and can also be found via www.lauracallaghan.com
Contact Laura via email; email@example.com
I love alternative art in unusual places. I also love interactive art. For a few years now I have been knocking around the idea of organising my own site responsive theatre event in Medway, and have talked to a few people about it. I have held a few sciencey and geek events, and I think I have a better idea of how to do this now.
Having seen the amazing Dreamthinkspeak’s “In The Beginning Was The End” in Somerset house yesterday, it has pushed me to bite the bullet and put a call out to people who want to be involved in my idea.
This first stage is an experiment, I will be learning along with everyone else. The basic idea is to throw visitors to the theatre into a really weird unusual setting, in which they will be given a tour by actors and meet some unusual characters.
If you do not know what site responsive theatre is – please watch this:
I need the following types of people to make it happen.
People who love science
Things I need
Any weird unusual equipment you are happy to loan out. From computers to lighting.
Unusual art linked with science, medicine and technology.
I can not guarantee how much people will be paid, but it will be ticketed which will pay for the space and if we encourage enough people to come we can generate some funds for all those volunteering – I just can’t guarantee how much.
Things to note:
The space will be in Medway
It will take place on a weekend evening.
It will be held in late May.
Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to make this happen. Who’s with me?
Hoodwink is calling for proposals from artists working in the UK to make a site-specific response to County Square Shopping Centre in Ashford, Kent. The commission, worth £3,000, represents an exciting opportunity for the artist involved to work in new ways and reach new audiences by showing in a non-traditional space and to make new connections with Kent physically and theoretically.
Hoodwink is a unique commissioning project initiated by Tunbridge Wells Borough Council Arts Development Unit that extends
contemporary art practice beyond gallery spaces and public art arenas and places it slap bang in the middle of the hustle and bustle
of daily life, such as in supermarkets, pubs and shopping centres, harnessing the potential for large-scale engagement with existing
An open afternoon has been organised to view the venue, talk to staff and Hoodwink project managers on 6th March 2013. Please book your place on the tour by emailing: email@example.com
Pitches are available to take part in the first Sun Wharf Market, a new quarterly outdoor market in Chatham.
The market is new for 2013 and pitches are available for a variety of makers. The first Sun Wharf Market will be held on Sunday 24 March in the Sun Wharf car park, Medway Street in Chatham.
Market organiser and local resident Heather Burgess, 27, hopes to create a complimenting combination of stalls including art, craft, local produce, jewellery, fashion, antiques, vintage and collectibles. Limited pitches are available now for £15 each, trading hours will be 10am – 4pm. To avoid disappointment early applications are recommended, closing date for all applications is Monday 4 March 2013. All enquiries should contact Heather by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Medway Open Studios and Arts Festival is a community arts festival celebrating the wealth of creativity in Medway. Now in its second year, applications are open to all Medway based artists to take part this summer.
The festival will take place from Saturday 13 to Sunday 21 July 2013 across the Medway towns, and promises to include work from a variety of art forms. Jewellery, sculpture, print, paint, and photography are all popular examples of work created in Medway that will be exhibited during the Festival. 16 venues and over 70 local artists took part in the first year of the festival in July 2012, many will be opening their doors again and inviting visitors to see their work and learn more about their craft.
Apply early and benefit from a reduced application fee. Applications received before 1 February will get 20% off. If you miss this deadline but apply between 1 February and 8 March there is a 10% discount. The final closing date for all applications is 26 April.
(Picture above features Joseph Jameson mentioned here: https://creatabot.co.uk/2012/10/09/robin-epq-short-film-by-alice-stansfield-2012/)
D C Stansfield has completed his first ever book – and, what’s this!? HE’S BEEN PUBLISHED! On the new form of ‘book’, an ‘Ebook’ on Kindle! Named, ‘The Assassin, The Grey Man and The Surgeon’ it’s the first book in the series of three which he is hoping to write if the book is popular enough.
Why do I sound so excited? Well D C Stansfield is my father and I am a very proud and inspired daughter to have another creative in the family. So far the book has received 99% 5 Star satisfaction on the UK Amazon store, with only 1% voting 4 stars (which is still high!)
A short summary of the book (adaptation of the blurb):
It was all going so well for Peter Lee’s drug empire. The only small annoyance had come from a little old lady who owned of all things a small corner shop. She had refused to accept any of his little parcels and wanted to go to the police, so she’d been given two bullets, the ‘double tap’, both to shut her up and to send a message to everyone else in the network.
Unknown to Lee she was married to a specialist, a man who, in a former life killed men for a living. He had two friends, one a gatherer of information, the master in his field, one a breaker of men, who was so vicious that it was rumoured that each time he hit a man he cut him. Each of these three men had spent thirty years and more playing the ‘great game’. Inside the security company called ‘The Firm’ they were legends known only as The Assassin, The Grey Man and The Surgeon.
Now living at the edge of the secret world and about to disappear into history, this atrocity had brought them back centre stage but the question is, do they still have what it takes to go up against today’s hard men?
I am currently reading the book and already stuck in, loving it, although can’t get the vision of my dad out my head which it amusing when you follow the storyline. We are a very proud household to say the least.
But how does one promote a book when one knows nothing about ‘publishing and advertising?’ Well, my dad came to the right place. ME. YouTuber/Tweeter/Tumblr/Facebooker/Genereal-confident-girl-in-emailing-companies/Currently-doing-media-work-experience and Creatabot blogger. (Most of the words are made up I will admit, but my point still stands). Therefore I’m spreading the word as best I can. Although, don’t feel I need to as sales have rocketed as one might say! It’s going rather well for it’s first WEEK out on the web!
Here you can watch a video where I give you all the details on the book, and in a couple of weeks I will be doing a full review of my opinion and it won’t be bias because he’s my dad I’ve told him I want to be honest. I am encouraging others to join me, read the book in my ‘by the end of November challenge’ (meaning read the whole book by the end of November) comment or send me your review on email@example.com and I will be making a Review video with honest opinions from as many people as possible. I’d love you to be one of them.
In return, I will be mentioning your YouTube channel, blog post, website etc on my video so promoting everyone as we go. If you don’t want anything promoted or want to remain anonymous that’s fine too. If you have any questions for the author himself I’m sure I can persuade him (in other words, he’d love to) personally email you.
In summary –
The book is called ‘The Assassin, The Grey Man and The Surgeon’.
Suzie Plumb and I work as Cultural Projects Managers for the Arts Development Unit at Tunbridge Wells Borough Council. We’ve recently received funding from various bodies, including Arts Council England, Kent County Council and Medway Council to embark on a 3 year audience development project: Hoodwink. This article aims to introduce the reader to the concepts behind the Hoodwink philosophy and to stimulate debate about the value of contemporary art in everyday life.
The Hoodwink team are trickster do-gooders, working at the very edges of curatorial practice. They target non-users of museums and art galleries and expose them to art practice in the most unlikely, surprising and exciting of places. By bringing the art to the people, their work creatively challenges current perceptions of exhibiting space and environment, and often deliberately subverts the traditions of curatorial practice in order to break down the barriers to engagement. They provide opportunities for museums and artists to expose their work to new audiences and develop their own practice through working in new site specific ways.
We will be commissioning work for 9 commercial venues across the next 3 years. Unlike other arts projects that have used empty shop spaces, Hoodwink venues are already occupied for commercial use, for example: supermarkets, sports centres and public houses. Showing work in these spaces targets non-users of galleries and museums by exposing the venues’ existing customers to the work on display in a comfortable and familiar setting.
We’re using Arts Council England research to define and target our non-users. ACE arts-based society segments define the majority of non-users into 3 categories: time-poor dreamers; a quiet pint with the match; limited means, nothing fancy.
Targeting is realised through community engagement undertaken by the commissioned artist during the research and development of their work, which will include creative sessions with venue staff, and from the approach to and presentation of interpretative material displayed with the artwork. The effectiveness of this approach was established through qualitative evaluation of previous audience development projects undertaken by Tunbridge Wells Museum and Art Gallery: Kentish Delights (2010 – 11) and Public Art House (2011-12,http://publicarthouse.tumblr.com). This evaluation exposed some exciting revelations:
Customers enjoy seeing things out of the ordinary in their daily lives because it gives them something different to talk about than the weather (Kentish Delights)
When staff are confident about a display, they enjoy talking to customers about it (Kentish Delights) Perceptions of customer service are improved if staff are able to engage with customers about objects on display in their venue (Kentish Delights)
Customers enjoy having an activity associated with the art on display, even if they don’t think it has anything to do with the art on display (Public Art House)
Customers are able to make meaning in their lives from engaging from art in this way (Public Art House)
Hoodwink will allow us to explore these concepts in greater detail, by commissioning artists to create work on a larger scale, and through experimenting with different types of interpretation.
Our commissioning process is very simple: once we’ve secured a Hoodwink venue, we agree an artist brief with the venue management, and advertise it as widely as possible across the UK. The brief asks that the artist respond to any aspect of the venue, its community, or the environment the venue sits in.
We also offer the artist the opportunity to work with a museum from Kent, by researching and selecting objects from that museum to be displayed in the venue. For many artists, this can give a local or historical context to their work, providing an access point to engaging with their work. This commission offers the artist opportunities to:
Engage with a new audience in a meaningful way
Expose their work to a large number of people
Develop their work in new directions, through responding to a commercial, competitive setting
Interpretation is a vital component of good engagement with contemporary art, and is an element that will be experimented with during Hoodwink.
Hoodwink aims to realign interpretation with marketing, and borrows from commercial practice to do this. Selling concentrates on informing the customer why a product is important to them, and therefore why they should invest in it financially and in many cases, philosophically and intellectually as well. Customers think carefully about what they purchase and what meaning this has to their lives. Decisions are based on having the essential information about a product accessible and available. Access to this information depends on the success of the marketing campaign in exposing it to the right audience.
Hoodwink draws its audience by selling information about the works on display, and this is approached through many different media and interactions.
Firstly it will look at building an audience in advance of the exhibitions of work at the venues, by generating interest through social media communities, exposing the story of the artists’ work as it develops from ideas to installation.
Secondly, interpretive material will accompany the artwork on display. This material will offer customers different ways to engage with the work on display, avoiding presenting a single-voiced textual interpretation and encouraging meaningful interaction. This is a creative and exciting curatorial challenge for the Hoodwink team and offers them the opportunity to:
Find and showcase effective models for meaningful engagement in real situations
Grow a vast audience for contemporary art
Work with different and unexpected specialists to achieve our aims.
Hoodwink has enormous potential to change arts practice and display, and it is something that we expect to gather momentum as it progresses. The social benefit of this change in practice can be enormous and life changing for everyone involved. We welcome your thoughts on our model and ideas at every stage of the project.
Writers Revolution is a feature film screenplay competition that provides the opportunity for talented writers to advance in their career.
The winner of Writers Revolution will receive a four day trip to LA, where they will meet with top producers and agents with $3000 spending money, a year’s representation with top US management company Zero Gravity Management, three mentoring sessions with the Gersh Agency and Untitled Management in Los Angeles and an 18 month screenplay option with Intandem Films and Writers Avenue Films.
There will be a further four runner-up prizes of three months representation with Zero Gravity Management and a 12 month screenplay option with Intandem Films and Writer’s Avenue Films.
The competition is open to entrants from all over the world, as long as their entry is submitted in English. All screenplays will be considered by Intandem Films and Writer’s Avenue Films, with a selection of the top 50 then entering the final stages where a short list of five screenplays will be considered by the judges.
Early entry fee: £35 (from 7th June to 15th June)
Regular entry fee: £45 (from 16th June to 16th September)
Late entry fee: £55 (from 17th September to 30th September)
Unravelling the National Trust is a series of exhibitions that aim to showcase extreme and conceptual craft in a site-specific context, showing in three different National Trust venues across the South East of England from 2012 – 2014.
The second exhibition is due to open at The Vyne, part of The National Trust on June 28th 2013. It will run for 6 months from this date till 7th January 2014.
Unravelled is a new arts organisation that works with artists and crafts people who explore extreme and conceptual craft. The directors of Unravelled and the curators of Unravelling the National Trust are Polly Harknett (Independent Curator, formerly Contemporary Craft curator at Hove Museum & Art Gallery), Matt Smith (Independent Curator and Ceramicist) and Caitlin Heffernan (Artist ). The group and exhibition are supported by Arts Council England, the National Trust and the Headley Trust.
For Unravelling the National Trust at The Vyne are offering ten commissions for artists or makers using or subverting the notion of craft in extreme and conceptual ways. Proposed artworks should be site-specific and engage with the idea of creating interventions within the historic house setting, or within the gardens at The Vyne.
They aim to include a broad cross section of artists working in a variety of media and at various stages of their careers. The aim of the exhibition is to provide a high profile showcase for contemporary artists and makers and engage artists with historic houses and their archive collections. It is strongly recommended that prospective artists visit the property before submitting their proposal.
Bikeminded, a cycle campaign run by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea has launched ‘Cycle Shorts’ a filmmaking competition open to anyone interested in the filmmaking process from raw talent through to the more experienced.
The entries, which need to be submitted by Friday 15th June 2012 at 5pm, will be judged by award winning film director and bicycle enthusiast Richard Loncraine.
The shortlisted films will be shown at an exclusive viewing at the Electric Cinema in Notting Hill. The winning entry will be shown at the Portobello Film Festival and the Olympics Festival on Exhibition road, and the winner will also receive £1000 for their next film whilst the people’s choice winner will receive £500.
To bring the competition to life, Bikeminded has launched its own animated film to be shared among the filmmaking community and to encourage entries:
Entrants can let their creative talents run wild by submitting a film of any genre, be it for example, humorous, gothic horror or romantic comedy, and it can be shot with a pro-camera and crew, on mobiles, or could be animation or stop-motion. The end result must be a short film of just 90 seconds which challenges people’s barriers to cycling in the city, and inspire them to get back on their bikes or take up cycling for the first time. It must also reference the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in some way.
Richard Loncraine, judge of Bikeminded ‘Cycle Shorts’ says: “Everyone has their own idea of cycling and in particular what cycling in a big city such as London is like. Through this competition we want to tap into the incredible creative talents of filmmakers throughout the UK and through their films inspire people to dust off the bike and get back on two wheels and enjoy the city from a different perspective. As a passionate cyclist myself and with so much untapped talent out there, I’m very much looking forward to judging the entries.”
Councillor Nick Paget-Brown, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea says: “There are many people across the borough who love cycling and exploring the local area on two wheels. However, there are some who have never considered it for a number of different reasons. This competition aims to show people just how much fun cycling can be especially in such a visually beautiful and well-known part of London. We hope that film-makers are inspired by our streets, and that, through their films our residents and visitors will be inspired to start cycling.”
James Colah requires help from an illustrator to design cover art for his new single which will be available to download through iTunes. The track entitled ‘Cha Cha Chiwawa’ requires artwork of a Chiwawa dog dancing the Cha Cha Cha.
James is a very successful Smooth Jazz artist and record producer with his music being played all over the world. He has also just won the ‘Coffee Talk Jazz Radio International Songwriter of the Year Award’.
James is looking for someone who would like more exposure of their work as the song will be released on all major digital music platforms including iTunes, cdbaby and Amazon. He has a huge fan base around the world which will add to the illustrators publicity when the single is released. There is no budget available so he hopes that the amount of promotion the illustrator will gain through the opportunity will make up for this.
For more information about James, please check out his website here:
For the fifth consecutive year, artists of all abilities are being invited to submit their best artworks for entry into the Artists & Illustrators Artists of the Year competition, in association with the Victoria & Albert Museum.
Last year saw a record number of more than 3,000 works submitted from around UK and abroad and this year is set to be even bigger.
Artists from around the world are encouraged to send in their very best artworks for consideration for this year’s prizes and, to further encourage creativity, there are no categories for this year’s submissions to fall into. Participants are free to submit their very best artworks, whatever the subject or medium may be.
“We are very excited about this year’s competition in particular as the new ‘open entry’ system will pave the way for all kinds of interesting and imaginative works to come through,” says Artists & Illustratorseditor, Steve Pill. “Since its inception in 2008, the competition has steadily generated more and more interest, both among our regular readers and also the general public. Remarkably, the standard of work also seems to get better and better with each passing year.”
After the 16 August 2012 closing date, a shortlist of works will be drawn up by a panel of expert judges, lead by Royal Watercolour Society’s new president, Thomas Plunkett. Readers of Artists & Illustrators will also have the chance to vote for their favourite works online.
The creator of the overall winning artwork will be crowned the Artists & IllustratorsArtist of the Year 2012 and will receive gallery representation from a leading London art dealer and a practical art course of his or her choice at Newlyn School of Art.
Three additional prizes will also be awarded to outstanding artworks of our panel’s choosing. These are The Maimeri Watercolour Prize,The Society for All Artists (SAA)Prize and TheWest DesignPrize. All four winners will also take home a £200 voucher to spend onCanson productsand receive a free year’s membership to Artists & Illustrators online art community, Portfolio Plus.
Stepping Stone Studios are holding an Arts Carnival on Museum Avenue , Maidstone, on the 14th of July. They are joining up with local businesses and want to involve the town’s art groups. This is the call out to get stall holders and performers involved.
They are thinking bunting, hot food, arts and crafts stalls, performance. If anyone has any suggestions simply pitch your ideas in!
Here are some things to get you started:
1. Pitches and Stalls going for £6! Be one of the 15 stalls taking part.
2. Ideas for entertainment / food / performance. Know any awesome musicians or street performers? Pass the details on – the more acts the better!
3. Exhibit over the week! With all the fuss of the carival, increased footfall and a summer of exciting events it’s pretty good exposure in town centre.
4. Fabric donations required! For bunting workshops to start in June!
The event will kick off at 12pm
Please get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org
Chloe Robinson is a young composer from Orpington in Kent who is currently planning an exhibition involving her recordings at theArtStyle Galleryin Orpington.
Chloe plans to use a collage of voice recordings that reflect the way we discuss our life through social media and how we share information about our private lives. She is looking for a creative person to collaborate with from any field – priority being that the space of the gallery is used in the most fulfilling way.
The gallery is already booked for 6 days from the 10th of July so all costs involved for hiring the gallery have been catered for. This is a fantastic opportunity for a creative to gain exposure of their work and experience the productivity a collaboration can bring.
If you are interested please email Chloe Robinson on email@example.com
Background and Concept: The exhibition will explore the boundaries between art and craft, creating an environment where each are the same and each deal with the idea of a Trace.
Dates: 24th & 25th Hanging the exhibition, 26th to the 29th Exhibition Open, 26th Private View – July.
Venue: Motorcade/Flashparade Gallery, Bristol
Other details: This is a free opportunity to exhibit in Bristol at one of the leading galleries.We’re looking for Contemporary Craft Makers, Visual Artists, Film Makers, Performance Artists, Sound Artists and Text Artists that create work with an idea that there is a Trace – a Trace of something that once belonged, a Trace of something that once happened, a Trace of a suggestion.
The title can be taken literally or ambiguously as we invite a variety of ideas and art forms to create a collaboration between artists, ideas and mediums. The brief is open so as to hopefully inspire and conjure recognition in the subject. We welcome all applications.The exhibition will be curated by Context, a project led group that aims to create opportunities to provide support and provision for both artists and audiences. Within the exhibition held at Motorcade/Flashparade there will be a Private View which will include a short introduction to the exhibition, those exhibiting, and a debate about the differences and similarities between art and craft.
How to apply: Applications are invited from all who find this brief and exhibition relevant to their work, geography is no boundary.To make an application please submit a covering letter introducing yourself, your work and a proposal for the piece(s) you’d like to exhibit, along with documented examples of your work.Applications will be considered by Emily Bull, the project manager for Context and the Curators at Motorcade / FlashParade.
London Luton Airport is looking for talented local artists from Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire to display inspirational artwork in their Gateway Gallery in 2012 or 2013. The Gallery, delivered in partnership with Luton Culture and advice from Arts & Business is located in the main terminal building adjacent to the Onward Travel Centre. London Luton Airport is the fifth busiest Airport in the UK and expects to see over 10 million passengers in 2012.
With an average of 25,000 passengers travelling through the Airport every day the Gateway Gallery provides local artists with a fantastic opportunity to showcase their artwork as well as giving Airport passengers greater access to local artistic talent. The Airport is looking to hear from talented artists who believe they can offer an original, impactful exhibition for the Gallery. This can be in any 2D medium.