Strangelove Festival – 9th to 24th March 2017 – Folkestone

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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.

Introducing Confluence magazine

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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 – Up To £2000 – Open To Projects In Chatham – Closes 12th March 2017

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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.

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Types of Projects – who can enter?

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.

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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 pentagoncentre@projectdirt.com

To get the latest updates from the fund search the hashtag: #WeLoveChatham

Call to Artists – Commission For Tunbridge Wells Station – Closes 13th January 2017

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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 – Closes 20th November 2016

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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.

FIND OUT MORE: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5ONDorAeylydzBhZjdhbFgxMEE/view?usp=sharing

Medway Printmaker Exhibition Bursary – Applications By 2nd December 2016

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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 arts@medway.gov.uk. 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

Riverside One Studios (Now Closed) – Rehearsal Recording and Gig Space – Chatham

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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.

Room Hire:

Main Rehearsal Room – 4 Hours £40 Or £13 Per Hour

Small Rehearsal/Writing Rooms – 4 Hours £30 Or £11 Per Hour

Recording:

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 :

www.gofundme.com/riversideonestudio

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Ships, Knots and Sails Project – Free Course – Monday’s at Magpie Centre – Chatham

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Ships, Knots and Sails Project for over 19’s

  • Mondays, term time 09.30am to 14.15pm
  • The Magpie Centre, Magpie Hall Road, Chatham, Kent, ME4 5NE.

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 (cathy@metcic.co.uk or 07944464882) to check eligibility to join this free course.