info about 51 Zero: www.51zero.org/about
Club AUsome Vacancy
Club Ausome is a group for children with additional needs, based in Medway.
They are currently looking to recruit a fun, energetic person that has the confidence to lead a group of children in Dance , Drama and singing.
Dance – various routines but with the emphasis being on having fun
Drama – role playing games
Singing – teaching the children the joy of singing, building confidence.
DBS is a requirement
It is a self employed role – rate of pay can be discussed at interview.
If you are interested please send Kellie an email via firstname.lastname@example.org detailing your experience with children.
Find out more about the club via: www.facebook.com/clubausomemedway/
The Whitstable Biennale Artist Development Programme are looking to get to know artists who are working in North Kent so they can work with them to support their practices.
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).
Organisations confirmed for the first event are:
– TACO! (Thamesmead)
– Well Projects (Margate)
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 by 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.
Submissions are open for the third annual Rebecca Vassie Memorial Award, a photography bursary worth more than £3,000.
In addition to a £2000 award in cash, which funds an early-career photographer in the UK to undertake a narrative photography project, the winner receives more than £1,000-worth of printing at Metro Imaging plus support towards industry and public exposure.
The award was created in memory of Rebecca Vassie, a British photographer, photojournalist and UCA Rochester alumni who died suddenly, aged 30, while on assignment in Uganda in March 2015.
Judges for the award include Matthew Tucker (BBC News), Melanie Hough, curator at Getty Images, and photography critic Jennifer Thatcher (Art Monthly, ARTnews).
Applicants for the award, who must be either from or based in the UK, are asked to submit a proposal setting out a compelling vision for a narrative photography project with a social or political context. The deadline for submissions is Friday, 19 October 2018.
For more information and to apply visit : www.rebeccavassietrust.org
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:
* It is important that those applying can attend the majority of the opportunities on offer. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org 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).
The University of Kent are offering a variety of courses that enable people to gain qualifications which can help them get into University.
The wide selection of courses available includes English Literature, Fine Art and Sociology.
The courses are delivered at Brompton Academy, the University of Kent Medway and Hartstown Academy, Margate. To see all the courses on offer visit www.kent.ac.uk/courses/part-time/access
Artists of all ages are invited to put brush, pen, pencil or pixel to paper and take part in a nationwide competition celebrating connections around the River Medway.
The competition is run by Nucleus Arts in partnership with the Rochester Bridge Trust. Its theme is Bridging Medway, and artists are asked to submit a photograph of their work based on this theme.
Genevieve Tullberg of Nucleus Arts explained: “This competition is a way for the Rochester Bridge Trust and Nucleus Arts to celebrate the value of creative talent in Kent and beyond. We encourage entrants to think not only figuratively about physically bridging the river and celebrating the engineering that enables this, but symbolically as well.”
Split into two competitions, the contest is open to adults (aged 18 and over) and children (aged seven to 17 at the time of the closing date). An expert panel of judges will select the finalists, who will be invited to show their work in a dedicated exhibition, before the winners are announced in two prize giving ceremonies.
Caroline Chisholm, Education Officer for the Rochester Bridge Trust, added: “When Nucleus Arts approached us to support this competition we felt particularly strongly it should be opened up to children as well as adults.
“Part of our work involves encouraging the next generation to become civil engineers, in particular bridge builders, which can be a very creative role, and so we look forward to seeing the young people’s interpretation on the theme of Bridging Medway.”
The deadline for entries is Tuesday, 22nd August.
The children’s competition is free to enter. Photographs of the artwork, along with the child’s name and age, and the name and contact details of a parent or guardian should be emailed to email@example.com – terms and conditions here
The adult competition costs £10 to enter and up to two pieces of work may be submitted. Photographs of the art should be submitted via http://www.nucleusarts.com/bridging-medway/ terms and conditions here
Individual exhibitions for both categories will be held at Nucleus Arts, Chatham, with the adults’ show running for a week from 28th September, followed by the children’s exhibition from 6th October.
Winners from the adult competition will receive £1,000, £500 and £250 respectively. Prizes for children will be tickets to an activity park, determined according to age suitability.
Are you a Kent based arts practitioner who would like to work within arts education?
Do you have creative and innovative ideas you would like to try out and develop that might connect people to our exhibitions?
Turner Contemporary is seeking applications from Kent based arts practitioners for a Trainee programme to take place throughout Summer 2017. As part of a series of innovative, youth-led programmes around the theme of ‘Art Inspiring Change’ and their Summer exhibition ‘Every Day is a New Day’ they would like to work to develop the skills of local artists and experiment with different ways of including artists, our communities and families in the co-creation of our learning programme.
This is an exciting opportunity for up to 8 Kent based practitioners who are interested in arts education, socially engaged practice and collaborative learning to develop their skills. You may still be at university and considering a career in the gallery sector, or have had a long career in the visual arts but would like to gain experience as a freelance facilitator, there is no age limit or specific qualifications required to apply.
Traineeships will be delivered throughout June- September 2017 (Dates TBC)
Deadline for applications: Wednesday 24th May 2017 at 5pm
Interviews will be held on Tuesday 30th May at Turner Contemporary, Margate, Kent.
Please apply on Turner Contemporary’s application form. They are unable to accept CVs.
If you wish to apply this traineeship, please download the Traineeship description and the application form at the foot of this page. Please note that they do not accept applications by CV.
If you have any difficulty completing your form, or require it in a different format please call 01843 233000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any questions about the role, please contact Molly Molloy email@example.com or 01843 233 004.
Once you have completed your application form this should be returned to Molly Molloy, Learning Officer, Turner Contemporary, Rendezvous, Margate, CT9 1HG or you can do this by emailing your application to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject ‘Trainee Application’.
Please note that applications need to be received by 5pm on the closing date unless otherwise stated.
Post from: www.turnercontemporary.org
Medway Libraries have an extensive range of activities for all ages. Check out the schedule below!
STRANGELOVE | TIME BASED MEDIA FESTIVAL: MARCH 9TH – 24TH 2017
From March 9th-24th the unique “Strangelove Festival” will take over Folkestone’s streets, spaces and hidden locations with an array of artist’s videos, films, performances, sounds, exhibitions, talks and workshops.
Strangelove Festival brings together the diversity and talent of over 100 international, UK and local artists. This new and unique festival merges live events, screenings and exhibitions at Strange Cargo and the Sassoon Gallery with some unexpected takeovers popping up throughout the programme.
Festival highlights include a Secret Strangelove programme of encounters and performances, with artists including Lucky Bert, that will activate unusual spaces around Folkestone and a special free screening of Kubrick’s Dr Strangelove at the Silver Screen.
The Quarterhouse hosts Queer Puppets Cabaret and the Premiere of Brighton based group Partial Facsimile’s new work Media OS 5.1 where the audience will be immersed inside a surround sound total environment interacting with their mobile phones.
In addition to the Folkestone based events in March, Strangeface will be connecting with their coastal neighbours and moving the festival down the coastline in projects hosted by partners in Brighton and Eastbourne. More details and announcements to follow and can be found on the website http://www.strangelovefestival.com
Download the full programme at www.strangelovelondon.uk
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/strangelovelondon
A Peek At The Programme!
SECRET STRANGELOVE: This is a series of secret projects developed by artists, filmmakers and members of the public who responded to the open call: to make a secret encounter that may be for one person or groups to experience. This event will use some surprising and hidden locations in Folkestone.
DR STRANGELOVE SCREENING: Strangelove festival pays homage to Stanley Kubrick by inviting the people of Folkestone to come and see Kubrick’s amazing film completely for free at the silver screen cinema in Folkestone. (15th March and 9 pm)
FILM SCHOOL: Sixty Second film challenge: anyone who wants to make a film or be involved in making a film can come and sign up to make a project. There will be talks, workshops and discussions.
Confluence is a new writing magazine from Wordsmithery. Confluence aims to introduce writers from the East Kent area to writers from everywhere else and promote artistic exchange. We are open now for submissions of short plays, short stories and poems.
We will be publishing a print copy four times a year (August, December, February and May). See the Submissions page for what we’re looking for and how to submit!
You can order Issues 1 and 3 and subscribe at the Wordsmithery website if you want to get a feel for the type of writing we’re looking for.
Writers we have featured so far include: Issue 1 (all available online) Janine Booth, sean burn, Matt Chamberlain, Nancy Charley, David Cramer Smith, Zack Davies, Rachel Davis, Sarah Hehir, Dan Horrigan, SM Jenkin, Daphne Margolys, Tara Moyle, Katarina Rankovic (illustrations), Angel Uriel Perales, Cameron Williamson.
Issue 2 (all available online) Linked to our ‘An assemblance of judicious heretics; re:imagining Shakespeare’ project – featuring poetry and prose from 33 writers and interpretations of their words by 32 artists.
Issue 3 (some video extracts available online) Stories and poems from Matt Chamberlain, Nancy Charley, Maggie Drury (woodcut illustrations), Barry Fentiman Hall, Sam Hall (a play), Mark Holihan, Shaun Philip Hutchings, Philip Kane, Bill Lewis, Daphne Margolys, Maria C. McCarthy, Katarina Rankovic, David Cramer Smith, Spreken, Jonathan Terranova, and Barrie West.
The magazine is printed using a Risograph machine locally at Intra on recycled paper, using vegetable inks, which gives it a retro feel. “…it’s so satisfying to hold and read! Typeface is fab, paper is perfect magazine weight. Old school printing was an inspired choice…”
See more at the Confluence website.
The Pentagon Community Fund is now open to projects in Chatham!
Through the Pentagon Community Fund, Project Dirt are offering up to £2,000 to community projects and social enterprises that have a positive social and/or environmental impact and which are located in the local Chatham area. There is a total of £15,000 up for grabs, all to kick start your local community projects that will improve your neighbourhood.
Community Projects: Any non-profit making organisations can apply including charities, not-for-profit organisations, Community-Interest-Companies and also informal community groups with their own bank accounts. Individuals cannot apply for their own personal projects.
Social Enterprises: Entrepreneurial business ideas with a social or environmental mission, are also encouraged to apply.
All applications (which don’t take long) need to be submitted by midnight on Sunday 12th March. You can find the application guidelines here.
Start the application at: www.projectdirt.com
Please note this grant is available for non-formal community groups, charities and not-for-profit organisations. It’s not open for profit making entities nor personal/individual projects at home. Any Social Enterprises, with a social or environmental mission, are also encouraged to apply.
If you have any problems or questions, please get in touch with Project Dirt at email@example.com
To get the latest updates from the fund search the hashtag: #WeLoveChatham
Southeastern is seeking artists to create an engaging and inspiring piece of work for Tunbridge Wells railway station.
Local artists are being asked to apply for the project – which has a budget of £10,000 – to provide an art piece, which will grace the walls of the station.
The work will replace murals painted by artist Brian Barnes in 1989.
These were removed when it was discovered the framework securing them was badly decayed and the paintings could not be saved.
Now Southeastern has teamed up with local stakeholders including the Tunbridge Wells Town Forum, Refresh Tunbridge Wells, Royal Tunbridge Wells Together and passengers to commission the art work.
They are seeking an artist, or art group, to design, project manage and deliver an original high quality art feature for platform 2 at Tunbridge Wells railway station.
Preference will be given to an artist who has experience of working with and involving the local community in projects. It is hoped the work will be in place by the end of March next year.
In addition to this, Brian Barnes – the artist behind the original mural – has been commissioned to provide a piece of work next to this.
It will refer to the original mural and show landmarks of Tunbridge Wells.
Southeastern Managing Director David Statham said: “Our railway stations are at the heart of the communities they serve, acting as a gateway to travel for hundreds of thousands of people every day.
“It is great to be able to work with the local community in Tunbridge Wells to provide an inspiring and engaging work of art for our passengers to see when they use platform 2 at the station.
“I am also very pleased that we have commissioned Brian Barnes to provide a work next to this. This is very good news.”
Michael Holman, Chair of Refresh Tunbridge Wells, added: “We are really excited to be working with Southeastern and others in the local community to select an artist for this work.
“We are looking forward to being involved in commissioning this significant piece of art for platform 2 at Tunbridge Wells station.”
The deadline for applications from artists is 13 January 2017. For more details and to find out how to apply for the commission please click here https://www.southeasternrailway.co.uk/about-us/our-community
Knights Wood Art in the Public Realm Commission Brief
Village Square Feature Sculpture
Commission fee: £25,000
Date for submission of proposals: Sunday 20th November 2016, 11:59pm Date for completion of project: End of April 2017
Dandara are seeking proposals from artists to create a statement sculptural work to be located in the Village Square of Knights Wood, a new housing development in Tunbridge Wells, Kent.
Medway Council Arts Development Team are offering exhibition bursaries to four Medway printmakers. These will enable them to create a body of work inspired by the Guildhall Museums collection of outstanding historic Dutch Prints, for a shared exhibition at Rochester Art Gallery (2 June -27 Aug ’17) as part of Medway Print Festival (9-25 June) and the Battle of Medway 350th Commemorations (8-17 June).
Interested applicants are encouraged to attend a pre-application ‘Inspiration Event’ at The Guildhall Museum on Tue 8 Nov 7-9pm to find out more about the bursaries, view some of the relevant collections and learn more about the Battle of Medway from the museum curators. The Dutch collection includes many fascinating historic maps, plans, portraits and engraved news sheets that detail this important victory for the Dutch navy in 1667.
To be eligible to apply for a £500 Exhibition Bursary, printmakers must be currently living, studying or working in Medway. We particularly welcome applications for innovative approaches to printmaking and/or interesting ways of interpreting the historic themes in a contemporary way. Application will be by a short proposal no more than a side of A4.
Full details, dates, eligibility criteria and how to apply are available by emailing the Arts Team firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications will be accepted from Wed 9 November and up to 12 noon on Fri 2 December 2016.
An application pack can be downloaded at: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5ONDorAeylyTzcxa0lDVi01dUU/view?usp=sharing
Photo attribution – Charlotte Powell
Started by Nucleus Arts in conjunction with Jamie Johnson, Riverside One Studios is a new music project in Chatham, Kent.
Jamie Johnson is a local singer/songwriter from Gillingham, Kent who appeared on national TV as Kylie Minogue’s finalist on The Voice in 2014.
Jamie’s experience has inspired him to help aspiring musicians. Their plan is to try to help anyone who has a passion for music and wishes to find the next step to building a career in the music industry or just some friendly advice on what they can do to improve.
Many of you may remember the Riverside One building as the council venue on Dock Road, next to the bus station. A really great location as you can see it from the new bus station and it’s only a 5 minute walk from the train station.
The idea behind the studios is to have a place where anyone can come together to write, rehearse and record music. We are also able to offer teaching, mentoring and other sessions that support budding musicians in Medway.
Riverside One has 1 small rehearsal/writing room, 1 large recording/rehearsal/performance space and 1 main control studio room with the facilities to record a single or an album.
Riverside One Studiosalso works with people who may be at risk of social exclusion as part their “Art Inclusive” programme. This currently involves a joint project with The Princes Trust, where together they are offering young people in unemployment the opportunity to learn more about making music and the music industry. Contact Nucleus Arts to find out more.
Riverside One are also able to offer music lessons including guitar and singing lessons through various partners.
Main Rehearsal Room – 4 Hours £40 Or £13 Per Hour
Small Rehearsal/Writing Rooms – 4 Hours £30 Or £11 Per Hour
Full day – 8 hours £200
Half day – 4 hours £120
Recording – £30 per hour
Ep package – 2 full days of recording £380
Live Music Event Hire: From £15ph
If you would like to donate towards the studios it is never too late….. Please visit the following ‘go fund me’ page :
Maritime artists and makers are invited to apply for a stall at the South East Ship Show coming to the St George’s Centre, Pembroke Road, on 10 September 2016.
They have three types of stalls: Trader, non-profit and exhibition only.
Individuals and groups are welcome to apply.
Call on; 01275 846178 or email: email@example.com for an informal chat or more information.
Ships, Knots and Sails Project for over 19’s
Patchwork Sewing in the morning and alternate maths and English using craft in the afternoon, with the opportunity to achieve recognised qualifications.
This project is supported by the People’s Health Trust and run by METcic.
Contact Cathy (firstname.lastname@example.org or 07944464882) to check eligibility to join this free course.
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!
To find out more contact Dr Ben Curry: B.Curry@kent.ac.uk
Calling Medway’s next Martin Scorsese or Marlon Brando. Young adults in Medway! Get a chance to learn how to make and be in your own films at the same time as developing employment skills for potential work in the creative industries.
The Employment Through Arts (ETA) Project, funded by Natwest, is looking for young adults 17 to 24 who are not in employment or education to take part in a series of creative workshops in Strood, Medway focussed on film making, theatre, teamwork and employability skills. In partnership with Strood Community Project, Physical Folk will be delivering the ETA Project until September 2016.
“This project is a great opportunity for Medway” stated Lance Phillips, Project Lead and Director of Physical Folk, “as many films and TV programmes are filmed here, and with the planned Paramount Theme Park development and expansion of Pinewood Studios, I think it is about time we encouraged our young adults into careers in the creative industries, otherwise these jobs will be sourced from elsewhere”.
Places are currently available to be on the ETA Project, which are limited to 20 young adults. For further enquiries or to book your place visit www.physicalfolk.org.uk and click ‘Employment through Arts (ETA) Project’. Alternatively, you can email email@example.com or call Lance on 0844 660 2787.
Loop Dance Company’s Dance Artist Support Programme (DASP) is open for applications! To Apply, please send a CV, passport size photo and a covering letter explaining why you wish to join the programme to firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to Loop Dance Company, The Brook Theatre, Old Town Hall, Chatham, Kent, ME4 4SE.
This one year programme is designed to facilitate young dancers with the skills and expertise required to become a successful dance artist and will be holding auditions in June.
Come along to our free open day on 14th April 2015. The schedule for the day will be as follows:
10:30am – 11am – Registration
11am – 1pm – Participate in Loop Professional Class
1pm – 2pm – Lunch (Light bites and cake provided!)
2pm – 3pm – Creative Dance Workshop
3pm – 3:30pm – Q and A session
Please register by emailing email@example.com and you will receive a confirmation email.
The application deadline is 16th May 2016 at 12 noon.
The audition day is 2nd June 2016.
Chatham Placemaking Commissions
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.
Full details of the artist brief and how to apply here: http://tinyurl.com/z8p7lsa
A new term begins on Saturday, September 26 for The River Voice Community Choir, with members looking forward to helping more people improve their musical skills by learning to sing.
There is no audition and no requirement to read music, simply come along to a session and see if you like it. The choir aim to make music accessible to everyone and have a number of visually impaired members who take an active role in the group.
Rehearsals take place at St. Stephen’s Church in Maidstone Road, Chatham, every other Saturday from September 26 (10am-12noon), and every other Thursday from October 1 (6.30-8.30pm). The first session you attend is entirely free so you can try-before-you-buy and make sure it’s right for you.
With two workshops also scheduled (24/10 and 28/11), new members are welcome to come along and prepare for the Christmas Concert taking place on Saturday, December 5 at the St. George’s Centre in Chatham..
Claire J. Frewin, River Voice Chair, says: “We’re delighted to offer this wonderful opportunity to people throughout Kent, and beyond, to learn these skills with us. There really are no barriers to participating so come along and give it a go.”
River Voice was launched in 2013 following a short programme of vocal workshop sessions initiated by professional Musical Director, Tania Holland Williams, for participants with visual impairment. River Voice has since grown and includes adults of all abilities, whether sighted or visually impaired.
The Rochester Litfest (RLF) is to host 4 themed writing workshops during their 2015 festival, Live’n’Local, as part of Get Creative – a year-long celebration of British arts, culture and creativity.
Get Creative aims to boost creativity in the UK, as well as celebrating the millions of people already doing something artistic and creative everyday. The campaign was launched 19 February 2015, by BBC Arts in partnership with cultural movement What Next? and leading arts and cultural organisations across the country, including Culture at King’s, Voluntary Arts, 64 Million Artists, Fun Palaces, Cultural Learning Alliance and Arts Council England
The RLF is joining hundreds of organisations nationwide in becoming a Get Creative Champion.
This year’s festival will run across the weekend 10/11 October and features a sense of people and place, mixing workshops and talks inspired by landscape and cultural heritage.
A history themed day takes place at the Guildhall Museum on Saturday, October 11, with 2 workshops and three speakers, including Keynote Speaker, Sir Robert Worcester, Chairman of the Magna Carta 800th Commemoration Committee, while at Sun Pier House on Sunday the 11th, speakers include local legend Bill Lewis, a panel discussion featuring some of Medway’s cultural contributors, and 2 more workshops.
The workshops on Saturday at the Guildhall Museum feature The History Magpie, Rachael Hale, who – inspired by the museum’s wonderful collection of artifacts – will guide you in finding hidden treasures whose stories are waiting to be told. Festival partner Sam Hall will teach you how to use news stories to inspire your own writing, leading the creative writing workshop Safe and Sound which is linked to the Sunday evening play, My Mind is Free, exploring the issues around human trafficking in the UK (over 14s).
On Sunday at Sun Pier House, Nature Girl, Carol Donaldson will be taking participants out to explore the local environment before committing their discoveries to paper, while Melanie Benn will help you in Unlocking your Memories with discussion and thoughtful writing exercises, encouraging you think about writing from personal experiences.
Festival Director Jaye Nolan says: “We’re excited to be part of the BBC’s Get Creative Campaign this year, and pleased to be able to offer such a wide variety of workshops for both aspiring and experienced writers in the community. Whether you’re into history, the environment, memoir or playwriting, we’ve got something for you.”
You can keep up to date with the festival on Twitter @RochLitFest or find them on Facebook. The full programme can be found on the RLF website at www.rochesterlitfest.com or call 07904 643770.
Get Creative will also have its digital home on BBC Arts online and through the use of #bbcgetcreative on social media sites.
• To enable students to develop a portfolio of creative work sufficient to make them competitive in the careers market.
• To develop an awareness of writing and other creative areas of employment, enabling students to make informed decisions about their individual careers.
• To work closely with individual students in ways likely to promote and enhance their creative talents.
• To provide a substantial background in key academic areas (including English Literature and Film Theory) sufficient to prepare students for further development of their academic career.
• To prepare each student sufficiently well to allow a range of choices at the University of Greenwich (and other institutions if preferred) for third year BA Hons study.
Professional Writing focuses on developing ways of turning creative ideas into revenue. The course has generated an effective stepping-stone for students to progress onto becoming published authors or moving into creative industries such as press, advertising and script-writing.
For further information on course content please click on the following link:
University of Greenwich
2 A2 Level or BTEC National Diploma/GNVQ Merit profile
This course recruits a high proportion of mature students (i.e. over 21 years old) for whom standard entry requirements may be waived.
If in doubt, please ring the course office (01322 629436).
£5950 per academic year
Continual assessment on most units (mainly through combination of practical work and evaluative essay), one exam and one informal test in first year, no exams in year two.
This information may be subject to change without prior notice.
If you would like to be involved then please complete the artists application form at http://www.marvellousmurals.co.uk/register-for-september-2015
There is no closing date set but it is recommended you register as soon as possible before they reach capacity as places will be in strong demand.
Medway’s Culture Design and Tourism Awards 2015.
These awards are to celebrate, and recognise the achievements of local people and organisations, who have contributed to the cultural offer in Medway (between Dec 2012 and Sept 2015). There are 14 categories – see below. New for this year is an expanded tourism category. Please feel free to nominate either yourself or others who you feel deserve to be recognised. You can either nominate online at the web address below.
The deadline for nominations is August 28th
Fashion and Design
New Build (completed)
Open Spaces and Public Realm
Hotel of the year
B&B of the year
Outstanding Customer Care
Flavour of the year
Please spread the word to others who may be interested and to the teams you work with. This is a great opportunity to celebrate all the exciting initiatives and projects taking place across Medway!
Culture belongs to us all! Find out how anyone anywhere can make a Fun Palace, where everyone is an artist and everyone a scientist. Change the world with radical fun!
FUN PALACES AND NUCLEUS ARTS
Invite you to the Fun Palaces Workshop
23rd July, 6:30pm-9:30pm, Nucleus Arts Centre, 272 High Street, Chatham, Kent
Free, but please book your place here as space is limited: http://fpworkshopskent.eventbrite.co.uk
THE FUN PALACES MANIFESTO
WE BELIEVE IN THE GENIUS IN EVERYONE, IN EVERYONE AN ARTIST AND EVERYONE A SCIENTIST, AND THAT ARTS AND SCIENCES CAN CHANGE THE WORLD FOR THE BETTER.
WE BELIEVE WE CAN DO THIS TOGETHER, LOCALLY, WITH RADICAL FUN – AND THAT ANYONE, ANYWHERE, CAN MAKE A FUN PALACE.
Fun Palaces is an ongoing campaign for culture at the heart of community, with an annual weekend of simultaneous events every October. In 2015 the dates are the 3rd and 4th of October. Around the country, local people will be gathering to make and share arts, sciences, learning, games and FUN – this workshop is your chance to find out more and share the skills needed to make it all happen. You don’t need to be an expert to make a Fun Palace (and experts are allowed to make Fun Palaces too, if they want), and your Fun Palace can be as tiny or huge as you like.
Are you are interested in taking part, finding out what your neighbourhood is capable of, and sharing skills, knowledge and of course, fun? Then come along to find out more.
Don’t worry, by coming to the workshop you will not be signing up to anything, and taking part in Fun Palaces is always free.
2014 was Fun Palaces’ pilot year, and 130 free, local and very exciting Fun Palaces were created across the country (with 8 in other countries too). 3183 people took part in making a Fun Palace happen, and 40,000 took part over the weekend. Fun Palaces were made by big institutions small organisations, and groups of neighbours who had never done anything like it before.
Any questions? Prefer to book by phone? Get in touch! E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or ring 0208 692 4446 ext. 203 and leave a message
Medway has an ambition to become known as Dickens Country; similar to Shakespeare’s County and with that in mind we wish to develop our brand of Dickens throughout the area.
Medway Council are looking to commission a Medway based artist to design a series of Book Benches with a Dickens theme, which will be placed in Rochester High Street, and surrounding area.
Ideally, following planning consent and permission from the owners we would look to place the first three at some of these points:
St Mary Meadows
At the r/o the VIC
Each book bench is:
H: 920 x L1450 x W700 Weight – 36kg
The Book Benches are manufactured using a mixture of Class 2 fire retardant laminating resin and chopped roving fibreglass over an initial brushed-on layer of polyester gel coat. Each sculpture is finished with a primer and is ready to paint.
Finish will need to be hard wearing, weather proof and if possible graffiti proof.
Applications will need to take into account that Rochester is a conservation area and the design will need to be in keeping with the area.
The design for each bench should look unique and could be from a different Dickens novel or theme. Visitors and community alike will then be able to have their picture taken on the books and they will bring some of the dickens stories to life as well as being more visible to visitors giving the dickens country a more visible presence in the area.
– 31st August briefs submitted
– 4th September Design chosen
– 7th September Planning application submitted
– 16th October planning consent decision
– 7th November installation of benches
The artist will be paid a fee of £3,000 for the commission to include sourcing and supplying all materials and any necessary hire charges for work space.
How to apply:
Submission will be by email to Lindsey.Horton@medway.gov.uk by 31st August 2015
Any further information required or for an informal chat please contact Lindsey.Horton
Applications will be judged on:
Exact locations have not yet been decided, but this would be discussed with the artist appointed to work.
To express your interest in this commission please contact Lindsey Horton – email@example.com or on 01634 338255
It would be beneficial to decide and quote your hourly/daily rate in the initial contact. If you need help in deciding your hourly rate please contact myself, Natasha Steer, on firstname.lastname@example.org or refer to this resource on the a-n website if you are a member https://www.a-n.co.uk/resource/fees-and-payments-for-artists.
I am also willing to support artists in project management (i.e. insurance, risk assessments, collaborations) and provide free advice for projects such as these. I want to see more local creatives involved in creating functional public art for public spaces, so please feel free to ask for that support!
By Natasha Steer
Kent creatives can now apply for a £10,000 bursary to study locally. The University of Kent has been awarded a total of 232 £10,000 postgraduate bursaries, the sixth largest allocation in the UK, for students admitted to taught Master’s degree programmes at Kent in September 2015. Allocations will be made by mid-July 2015.
Based at the Chatham Historic Dockyard, the School of Music and Fine Art offers MA’s in Fine Art, Music Technology, Music Composition and Sound and Image, with students benefitting from a thriving research environment and strong research profile.
Students have access to state of the art facilities and equipment as well as all the support and learning resources of a major, research-led University. The School hosts a regular programme of seminars, symposia, conferences and other exciting events in a dynamic and vibrant environment.
There is no fixed closing deadline for applications to most postgraduate taught degrees BUT you are recommended to apply as soon as possible and no later than three months before your intended start date. Most taught degrees begin in September although some may offer the opportunity to start in January.
For more info go to http://www.kent.ac.uk/smfa/postgraduate/index.html
On behalf of Medway’s Fuse Festival please find below 2 fantastic FREE opportunities in dance and hip-hop!
Hip Hop Dance Residency in Chatham, May half term.
Join Southpaw Dance Company’s artistic director Robby Graham and principal dancer Benjamin Taylor-Shepherd for these community based, beginner-friendly dance sessions that will introduce participants to dance and culminate in a performance to accompany the return of Southpaw’s hit show, “Faust”.
See a clip here: https://vimeo.com/103835713.
Participants will learn choreography and performance skills in a friendly community environment focussed on producing a small outdoor performance. We look forward to seeing you there.
Free for 16-25 years
Date :Friday 29 May 2015
Times: 11am-4pm (with 1 hour lunch break)
Venue: Brook Theatre, Old Town Hall, Chatham, ME4 4SE
Free for 18+years/Adults
Date: Saturday 30 May 2015
Times: 11am – 4pm (with 1 hour lunch break)
Venue: Sun Pier House, Medway Street, Chatham, ME4 4HF
Additional rehearsal: Friday, 12 June, between 6.45-9pm at the Brook Theatre
Performance: Fuse Weekend pre Southpaw performance, Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 June (times to be confirmed)
For Bookings: call the Arts Development Team on 01634 338319 or email email@example.com.
AKALA and THE HIP-HOP SHAKESPEARE COMPANY, Fuse Festival.
Join Akala and THSC (The Hip-Hop Shakespeare Company) for the dynamic and interactive Hip-Hop Shakespeare Lyric Writing and Performance Workshops that inspire you to approach literature, music and theatre in a whole new way. Work with the founder of THSC to build self-confidence, take creative risks, analyze rhythm and rhyme and perform, all whilst exploring Hip-Hop and Shakespeare with Akala as your expert guide.
See a clip here: https://vimeo.com/9008806.
Saturday 13th June
Sun Pier House Gallery
Session One 11 – 12.30pm
Session Two 12.30 – 2pm
For Bookings: call the Arts Development Team on 01634 338319 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is the opportunity for a young person under 18 living in Medway to be awarded £250 to run their own arts project with the support of Nucleus Arts.
The project could be an event, exhibition or creative project that will help develop the young persons portfolio. To apply please just answer the questions below and send answers to email@example.com
Please note – applications will be processed through NADFAS
This funding opportunity is thanks to NADFAS
New Deadline – 29th June 2015 at midnight.
A new event inspired by London’s Pintar Rapido will see artists far and wide come to Medway for a day of painting which will conclude in an exhibition at Nucleus Arts.
ArtDay Medway, which is taking place on the 18th July, is an opportunity for artists to spend the day painting live across the local area and then display their work in an exhibition at Nucleus Arts the following day. The event is a collaboration between Creatabot, Richard Jeferies and Nucleus Arts.
You can submit up to 3 entries with the guarantee that 1 picture will be hung at exhibition. Maximum size of artwork to be 1m x 1m.
It costs just £10 to register which goes towards the gallery space.
Register by midnight 31st May 2015 at : www.eventjoy.com/e/artdaymedway
Meet at the Nucleus Arts centre on the 18th July at 11am to receive your artists lanyard.
Canvas work preferred.
Work not on canvas will need to be framed or wrapped neatly in cellophane for displayed on a browser i.e. watercolours.
Exhibition will run until 23rd July 2015 at 1pm.
Sales for exhibition will be subject to a 25% commission fee that goes to the Nucleus Arts charity.
Work needs to be collected on the 23rd July 2015 from 1pm.
The groups have been organised by the Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health at Canterbury Christ Church University, in conjunction with Kent County Council’s Wellbeing campaign. They are free to attend and open to all. Participants will sing and enjoy well-known songs with the help of skilled group leaders, with the aim to provide opportunities for social interaction, reduce stress and increase self-confidence, fun and enjoyment. Professor Stephen Clift, Director of the Sidney De Haan Research Centre, explained: “Our research has shown that regular group singing can be beneficial for overall general wellbeing, as well having a positive impact upon specific health and mental conditions. “The singing groups we have set-up in West Kent and Medway replicate a set of groups that were set-up in East Kent in 2011 to assess the impact the activity had upon mental wellbeing. We found that participants reaped the benefits of social interaction and peer support offered through the groups, which helped to clinically improve their mental health conditions. Some of the benefits experienced by the participants included, an increase in self-worth and self-confidence, a reduction in stress, an improvement in memory and concentration and a sense of inclusion. “The singing groups in East Kent were successful in helping to improve the mental health wellbeing of the participants and proved to be a cost-effective health strategy. We hope to see the same positive benefits for the members of West Kent and Medway singing groups.” The groups run weekly across four venues in West Kent and Medway:
For more details please contact Sharon Manship on 01634 894472 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
What do you get if you mix 108 artists, 2 decks of cards, 3 charities and an idea from a night-time road worker?
The answer is an awesome project that has inspired people to be creative from Sydney Australia to Strood, Kent and places in between.
Hand of Artists is a project created from Mr Duncan Grant who is a road worker by night and an Artist by day from Gravesend. “I thought, wouldn’t it be interesting if we got 54 different artists together and asked each one to design a different playing card,’ explains Duncan Grant local artist. ‘When I got home I posted the idea on Face book and within 48-hours we had so much interest that we had to commission two packs.”
After asking two strangers on the street to shuffle the packs, Grant randomly dealt each participant a card. “There are very few rules,” says Grant. “Everyone must stick with the card that they are given, the suit and the number of the card must be clearly visible and the size of the design must be A6, other than that the artists have free reign.”
Grant is aided in the organisation of the project by fellow Kent artist Victoria Hayman “What I love about the project is the variety,” says Hayman. “Participants are being really inventive, some are researching what the history of the card is, the meaning of the suit and the numbers and interpreting them in their own style. We have some people doing digital designs, others are drawing or painting and some are using fabric or glass.”
The project will culminate in a series of exhibitions in Chatham, Gravesend and Margate, where the final card designs will be on display and packs of artisanal cards, printed from the original designs, will be on sale to the public also side original work from artists and other wonderful things for auction. “We are hoping to print at least 500 packs of cards and the proceeds from all the events will go to the art-based charities, Art Inclusive, Headway and Artract.
There will be various card related activities at the exhibitions and Hand of Artists are keen for visitors to get involved too. “At the exhibition we want visitors to have a go at designing their own cards and have them on display too,” says Grant.
The first exhibition will be held at Nucleus Arts 272 High Street Chatham ME4 4BP from the 4-8 July and admission is free.
We need to raise funds to get this project running in printing the artist artwork into playing cards to sell to raise money for the Local Art inclusive Charities.
Our creative outcome is that we wanted to inspire and challenge artist and non artist of all ages and back grounds to be creative, have fun and raise money for local art based charities. We wish to create lasting links between artists, charities and the wider community. Creating an original art project which is widely distributed cementing the important role of art as a force for good in the community.
Below are the links to the Project Website, Face book page where you will find the links to the Charities we are Supporting.
Hand Of Artists. Duncan Grant & Victoria Hayman.
To sign up for the 2015 Festival you should start by reading the Festival Guidelines for more information about the Festival and which application form is correct for you.
Once you’ve read the Festival Guidelines please complete and return the relevant Registration Form below;
Find out more at http://medwayopenstudios.co.uk
Open Submissions: UGLY
Creative Mornings is a monthly breakfast lecture series for creative people. Each event is free of charge, and includes a 20 minute talk, plus coffee.
This month, CreativeMornings/LDN is inviting the UK’s creative community to produce work in response to January’s theme: UGLY.
Submissions could include paintings, drawings, sculptures, poems, designs, blueprints, performances, music – or whatever you feel compelled to make.
Work submitted will be featured in this month’s talk in London on January 23rd. The deadline for submissions is 21st January 2015. Participation is free. We’re looking forward to seeing what you make.
Full details, and submissions instructions are available here:
Deadline: 21 January 2015
The deadline for submissions is 12 noon on Monday 2nd February 2015.
The FUSE Medway Festival taking place from 12th to 14th 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 artists. It is offering two local arts commissions for 2015 of up to £5,000 and one South East commission of up to £5,000.
The commission provides an opportunity to explore new ways of working and to develop your practice. The criteria are as follows:
Applicants for the local commissions 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 12 – 14 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 email@example.com. The deadline for submissions is 12 noon on Monday 2nd February 2015. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to interview week commencing 9th February 2015.
For further information and a full copy of the commission brief and an application form, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01634 338319.
Deadline for Submissions 16 Feb 2015
LIMBO is proud to announce the call for entries for its first annual members’ open exhibition, selected by artist Adam Chodzko.
Associate Members are invited to submit up to three works for consideration. The exhibition will take place in March and April 2015.
Limbo’s exhibitions team will select one artist from the show for a solo exhibition at Limbo in 2016.
Full details at www.limboarts.co.uk/index.php/87-call-for-submissions-2015
Information for members wishing to apply:
The deadline for entries is 16 February 2015
Selected artists will be contacted by 28 February
Delivery of selected works: 7 and 14 March, 12-5pm
Collection of unsold works: 25 April, 12-5pm
Exhibition dates: 27 March – 19 April
Fees and eligibility
There is no additional fee for members to submit work.
Collaborative groups are welcome to apply, provided at least one of the group is an Associate Member.
Limbo’s rate of commission on works sold is 20%.
Delivery and collection of work
Artists selected for the exhibition are expected to arrange and fund delivery and collection of their work.
Artists selected for the exhibition will be asked to provide detailed instructions for the installation of their work and, in some circumstances, the tools or fixings required to do this.
We will endeavour to support the exhibition of works across a range of media, but have limited resources. Artists should be able to provide all equipment and materials necessary for the display of their work for the duration of the exhibition.
Size of works
All works submitted must be able to pass through Limbo’s project space doors, which are w114 x h197 cm.
Information for non-members interested in applying:
Associate Membership is open to all over the age of 18 and costs £15 a year.
Enrol for membership using the online form here.
See here for further information about member benefits.
Adam Chodzko is an artist – exhibiting work nationally and internationally since 1991 – whose multidisciplinary practice explores the interactions and possibilities of human behaviour.
His artworks including video, installation, photography, socially engaged practices, drawing and performance. Bringing together fragments from diverse fields of knowledge to make work that sits between documentary and fiction, his artworks are propositions driven by the question; if this is our current reality what really should happen to us next?
Chodzko’s exhibitions range from a solo survey show at Tate St Ives to a major installation at Tate Britain. He has had work in the Venice and Istanbul Biennials and has received awards from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, New York. He was awarded an AHRC Creative Research Fellowship in the Film Department at the University of Kent, where he is currently a Senior Lecturer in Fine Art. He lives in Whitstable, Kent.