Nesta Call for Artwork – Closes 26th November

Nesta is the UK’s innovation foundation. They help people and organisations bring ideas to life by providing investments and grants and mobilising research, networks and skills.

Nesta are looking for art to inspire their staff and visitors, transform their busy networking and events space, giving budding artists from across the country the opportunity to showcase their creativity to a large and diverse audience.

So, if you are looking for a space to showcase your work – which could include photography, video, sculpture, ceramics, fashion or fine art – that reflects Nestas core mission ‘to make the UK more innovative’, then they would love to hear from you. Anyone is welcome to apply – from budding art students to passionate amateurs to creative retirees. For more information on how to apply visit the Nesta website.

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Art In The Dockyard Competition Returns For 2013

The Historic Dockyard Chatham is delighted to announce the return of its popular Art in the Dockyard art competition. Artists, professional or amateur, aged 17+ who live, work or study in Kent are warmly invited to register into the competition before 4 November to potentially see their artwork exhibited in No.1 Smithery Gallery which has hosted art exhibitions from internationally known artists such as Stanley Spencer and Billy Childish.

The competition hopes to find outstanding and inspirational artists who will capture the spirit  and extraordinary character of The Historic Dockyard, under any of the seven categories  – landscape, figurative/portrait, abstract, photography, sculpture/ceramic, mixed media (including textiles) and a special category for this year called Jubilee, celebrating the dockyard 1952-2012.

Registered artists will need to submit their final artworks, digital image or slides to the competition by 18 January 2013. Those successfully selected at the first stage will go on to exhibit in the public Art in the Dockyard Art Exhibition from February to May 2013. Once exhibited, an independent panel of judges will be awarding prizes in each category and presenting the overall ‘Artist of The Dockyard 2013 and Young Artist of the Dockyard 2013’ titles and prizes.

Artists are being requested to register their interest in this competition now, by completing and sending in the official registration form, which can be downloaded from www.thedockyard.co.uk or requested on 01634 823800. There is a £15 registration fee, which will provide the artist with unlimited access to The Historic Dockyard (this does not include entry into the galleries) to gather research and ideas for their creative works.

 For more information about the competition, including the rules and deadlines, please click on to www.thedockyard.co.uk/artinthedockyard  or email artinthedockyard@chdt.org.uk

Area: South East

 

Competition – Design a Poster And Win Corel PaintShop Pro X4 – Closes 1st October 2012

 

Each month at a venue called coFWD in Rochester, Kent, Creatabot hold a monthly event calledMy Favourite Things“.

The event aims to inspire and encourage people as well as get ideas flowing. Each person takes a turn to talk about something that inspires them and makes them happy in a friendly relaxed social atmosphere.

We want a poster to use to promote the event in the local area and online, and have a copy of Corel PaintShop Pro X4 up for grabs for the winner  – worth over £60.

The poster needs to be A4 size and have room to enter the different date and time each time the event is held. To get more of an idea about the event please visit http://favouritethings.eventbrite.co.uk

Please can we have your entry in digital format by 1st October 2012. Please send to natasha@creatabot.co.uk

Terms and Conditions: You must hold copyright to all work used. Please add your name onto the bottom of the work so that the poster can be used under Creative Commons licence:  Attribution-ShareAlike (CC BY-SA).

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Arts Council Empowers North Kent’s Creative Community

Arts Council England have announced that a community consortium from Swale and Medway has been successful in applying for a commissioned grant from its Creative people and places programme – designed to empower communities to take the lead in shaping local arts provision.

Swale and Medway is one of seven successful consortium applications across England that have been awarded a total of just under £16 million over three years, with Swale and Medway receiving £1,476,000.

Creative people and places takes a new approach by supporting communities and grass roots organisations to play a leading part in inspiring others to get involved with the arts.

The projects all employ innovative ideas for reaching new audiences. The Swale and Medway consortium comprises Swale Council for Voluntary Service and Volunteer Centre; Medway Council for Voluntary Service; Artlands North Kent; LV21; Kent Architecture Centre; Creek Creative Studios; FrancisKnight – project managers for Leysdown Rose-tinted ; and FellowCreative. The consortium will showcase and test new arts activities, support local people to develop their own creative ideas, help strengthen existing arts provision and celebrate what’s great about the arts. Three local authorities (Medway, Swale and Kent) will work with the consortium to develop the project. The consortium will be working with locally based arts and cultural partners to do this, including: Royal Opera House Bridge Organisation, South East Dance, and Kent County Council Libraries and Archives.

Carl Jeffrey, Founder of FellowCreative and a member of the Swale and Medway consortium, says: ‘We are thrilled to have the support of Arts Council England. This substantial investment will make a real difference to the communities of Swale and Medway. The long-term aim of our Creative People and Places vision is to enable a spirit of creative experimentation and the art of doing, together.

‘Initiated by an ever-developing network of small-scale, grass roots individuals and organisations, we hope that Swale and Medway become widely recognised as places where all forms of creativity can thrive; where communities directly benefit from the power of the arts to make positive changes in people’s lives; where new routes for engagement are opened up through testing out pioneering and experimental approaches.’

Sally Abbott, Regional Director, South East, Arts Council England, says: ‘We have a long history of working with artists and arts organisations in North Kent and we know that there is a real desire among people locally to get more involved in the arts and culture. We’re looking forward to seeing what ideas the community come up with to encourage more people to feel the benefit that taking part in the arts and culture can bring.’

Alan Davey, Chief Executive, Arts Council England said: ‘I’m excited by the possibilities of this programme and by the vision of the successful applicants.

‘All the projects have the potential to make a visible and lasting impact on the places where the work will happen and, very importantly, they all share the ambition to unite increased access with excellent art.

‘We’re looking forward to working with them to help them develop their ideas for creating and sharing great art for everyone – which is crucial to the vitality and long-term sustainability of the arts.’

The projects will be delivered by consortia and partners which include arts organisations, museums, libraries, local authorities and commercial organisations working in collaboration with the local community, grass roots organisations and the amateur sector.

The successful applicants will now receive a small percentage of their award in order to develop their plans. Receipt of the full award is dependent on the Arts Council approving each consortium’s full business plan. Round two of the programme will open to applications in September 2012.

The Creative people and places programme is one of a number of initiatives designed to help the Arts Council achieve its goal of more people experiencing and being inspired by the arts – as set out in Achieving great art for everyone, the Arts Council’s ten year strategic plan.

Keep up to date with news here: http://creativepeopleplace.info

Area: South East

Crafty People Wanted For New Craft Market In Rochester

A new craft market is being planned for Rochester and the organisers – Craftybunch – are looking for people to sell their lovely creations there. Leigh from Craftybunch says “I would love to bring a Greenwich style market to the area for a Sunday afternoon once a month. I noticed how arty Medway is and want to provide an event to cater for the expanding creativity”.

If you are interested in selling your creations in Rochester please contact Leigh through craftybunch@live.co.uk

Twitter @craftybunch

www.craftybunch.wordpress.com
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Area – South East

Creatabot Creatives Competition 2012 + Exhibition Open For Submissions

Creatabot Creatives Competition is open to all creatives in the UK.

The brief for 2012 is “Gadgets and Gizmos”.

There are 6 categories for the competition:

Short Film

Photography

Fine Art

Literature

Music

Mixed Media 

(for anything creative that does not fall into the above categories)

Entries will be judged by the following Creatabot contributors:

A winner will be selected from each category and presented with a “Creatabot Creative of 2012” plaque.

Appropriate work will be put on exhibition for the whole of December 2012 at Strood library, Kent. 

To enter please upload your work or an image of your work to

http://creatabotcreativescompetition.tumblr.com/submit

By 19th November 2012

If you have any issue with uploading please send your work to natasha@creatabot.co.uk

Terms and conditions: Entries must be received by 1st November. Judges cannot enter. You can enter as many pieces as you want to into multiple categories.

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Writers Revolution – Worldwide Feature Film Screenplay Competition – Closing 30th September 2012

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.

Entry Fees

  • 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)

For more details visit www.writersrevolution.org

Unravelling the National Trust – Call For Artists – Closing 31st July 2012

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.

Submissions Sought

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. 

The brief and full details are available here  http://www.unravelled.org.uk/news.html

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Stepping Stone Studios – Maidstone – Kent

Stepping Stones Studio is a community interest company set up and driven to promote aspiring and established artists in Kent.

Their vision is to encourage and enable visual artists by providing:

  • An affordable studio space in which to create work, and attend/ hold your own workshops
  • A cafe in which to connect and collaborate with other artists
  • A gallery and shop to showcase the range of emerging talents
  • A subscription to the studio granting incredible opportunities and discounts

Their space will stay affordable for artists and – unlike most studios and galleries – will favour applications from those without previous exhibition credentials. The aim is to keep the studio neutral, to play host to a variety of artistic groups in this area, and to showcase under-represented artists.  Through the central location and overarching love of visual arts, they aim to create a centre of art activity for the artists and art enthusiasts of the Maidstone and wider Kent district.

This opportunity offers a professional environment in which to gain indispensable experience in the organisation and publicity of ones own exhibitions, and brings local artists together as a collective.

The studio encourages artists to hold their own classes, workshops and open studios for the public.

This unique artist’s venture is run by artists, for artists, and the only space in this area promoting local untapped talent through a collaborative voluntary effort.

To find out more visit www.steppingstonestudios.co.uk

Area – South East

Bikeminded Launches ‘Cycle Shorts’ Filmmaking Competition – Closing 15th June 2012

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.”

 To see full competition and entry details and Bikeminded’s own short film please visit: http://www.bikeminded.org/2012/04/bikeminded-launches-cycle-shorts-filmmaking-competition/

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Artists & Illustrators launches the 2012 Artists of the Year competition – Closing 16th August 2012

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 & Illustrators Artist 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 The West Design Prize. All four winners will also take home a £200 voucher to spend on Canson products and receive a free year’s membership to Artists & Illustrators online art community, Portfolio Plus.

To find out more about Artists of the Year visit www.artistsandillustrators.co.uk/artist-of-the-year

Or, for further information, please contact will.delmont@chelseamagazines.com

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Call For Artist / Creative – Exhibition In Orpington – July 2012

Chloe Robinson is a young composer from Orpington in Kent who is currently planning an exhibition involving her recordings at the ArtStyle Gallery in 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 chloepiarobinson@hotmail.com

To find out more about Chloe visit www.wix.com/chloepiarobinson/colonies

Area   South East

Trace – Call for Artists and Contemporary Craft Makers – Closing 1st June 2012

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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.

Please send applications by email to context.arts@googlemail.com
Should you need to post applications please send them to 15 Sidmouth Road, Bristol, BS3 5HT.
Deadline for applications:The deadline to receive applications is Friday 1st June.
Contact details:Emily Bull, Context Project Manager07720646314
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Join a French Theatre Company and be part of the Fuse Medway Festival 2012

 

As part of the annual outdoor festival’s commitment to the local Medway community, it is offering a very unusual opportunity to anyone up for a new challenge.  French theatre company Houdart-Heuclin is bringing their new piece of theatre to Medway and Fuse would like to bring a group of people together with the company to produce a stunning piece of outdoor entertainment.

If you’d like to try something new (you never know, you may discover a hidden talent) then do read on.  Fuse and Compagnie Houdart-Heuclin are looking to develop a ‘roving’ piece of theatre called ‘The Padox’, which will perform at the Festival during the weekend of the 15-17 June.  Workshops will take place at Gillingham Adult Education Centre from Wednesday 13th to Friday 15th  June (9.30am to 2.30pm) in preparation for the big weekend.  Participants will learn new skills from the renowned company such as theatre, singing, use of puppetry and other animation techniques. Best of all, they will play a crucial role in this year’s Festival.

The Padox have been developed by Compagnie Houdart-Heuclin and are an incredible collection of characters never seen before in the UK.  They perform everyday acts within the crowd, but they stand out and make us see our surroundings as never before.

Padox participants will appear at the Opening Parade on Friday 15th (4.30 – 5.30pm) will stroll around Chatham town centre on Saturday 16th at the Street Arts Day (12 noon to 5pm) and then wander through Rochester Castle Gardens on Sunday 17th (12 noon to 5pm) There will also be an opportunity for the group to work on a full show of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.

Participation is free and all those who fancy a challenge should contact Fuse’s Artistic Director Lélia Greci by emailing Lelia.Greci@medway.gov.uk or by phoning her on 07594 578 646.  Places are limited, so please call by Wednesday 23rd May at the latest.

About Fuse

Happening over the weekend of 15-17 June, Fuse Medway Festival brings the very best artists together, taking the colourful and unusual onto the streets of Chatham, Rochester and Gillingham, bringing people together for fun and celebration. Events are free and no tickets are required.  For more information go to the website at www.fusefestival.org.uk or join them on Facebook or Twitter.

Area – South East

Zine Reading and Zine Work Shop -12th May 2012 – Rochester – Kent

Come along and learn about the wonderful world of zine making & self publishing. zinesters Tukru (your pretty face is going straight to hell) and Emma (fanzine ynfytyn) will give you a lowdown on zine making, answer your questions and help you make your own mini zine and/or a workshop compilation zine! They will also read from their zines + some of their personal favourites.

LIMITED SPACES AVAILABLE. PLEASE BOOK YOUR PLACE IN ADVANCE TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT AT http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/event/3389138003

Zine reading will be free to attend, but the workshop has a sliding scale of £2 – £5 suggested donation ON THE DAY for materials + space hire, however booking a space is free.

Unfortunately the space isn’t currently wheelchair accessible, but if you have accessibility needs and are interest please let us know and we’ll see if we can arrange an accessible place for the next workshop (if there is one).

Visit www.medwayzines.tumblr.com for more info!

BUT WHAT IS A ZINE?
A zine is a self published magazine (for the lack of a better word) zines are not just for wannabe journalist, but also a great medium for putting out pretty much anything you can think of that can be put on a piece of paper!

Area – South East

Where to Find Creative Jobs and Commissions in the UK

Keep an eye out on the artist wanted section of Creatabot https://creatabot.co.uk/category/creative-artist-wanted/

 

Without a shadow of a doubt the jobs section on the arts council website should be your first point of call when looking for jobs and artist commissions. http://www.artsjobs.org.uk/

Another place to look is on the Guardian website –  http://jobs.guardian.co.uk/jobs/arts-and-heritage/

The Stage Newspaper and Online is not just for actors and actresses –  http://www.thestage.co.uk/recruitment/

Creative Boom have a jobs section – http://www.creativeboom.co.uk/jobs/

A smaller site – http://www.periscopeuk.com/

For film and production – http://www.filmcrewpro.com/uk/jobs.php

This is an open article – please add where you also find is useful in the comments box below.

Win an Illustration by Ben Cameron – Closing Date 7th May

Ben Cameron has a competition running to win his illustration “Bugsy Alone” drawn in black ink on 230gm acrylic paper.

We think it is a lovely piece of art and anyone would be lucky to own him.

All you have to do is Tweet about the competition and make sure you include a couple of things.

1. Ben’s Twitter name @ben_cameron needs to be in the tweet, not right at the beginning though.
2. A link to website strangepaul.com

He will accept RT’s as entries too. They’re sometimes a bit tricky to monitor but he said he will do his best!

If you are not on Twitter then email your details to bencameron@me.com

He will pick a winner at random from a hat/bowl/human skull on Bank Holiday Monday, the 7th May.

The prize will be posted (or hand delivering if you’re local to Medway) in a nice tube, 1st class the day after the comp ends.

If enough people enter he will try to sort something out for a runner-up(s) too.

Any questions or feedback, please get in touch.

If you’re not in UK but still want to enter, please feel free to do so if you’re happy to pay for the postage.

Find out more about Ben Cameron at http://strangepaul.com/

Attention Film Makers – Virgin Media Shorts Competition 2012 is Here!

Virgin Media Shorts is a leading short film competition for the UK and is open to all to enter. Now in its fifth year the competition is bigger and better than ever before giving even better opportunities for filmmakers. With an extra 13th spot on the shortlist they are ready to uncover the best film making talent Britain has to offer.

Entries will be judged and the top 13 entries will have their work screened at over 200 cinemas nationwide for a year. A Grand prize winner will be chosen by a top panel and this winner will get £30,000 funding to make their next film with the BFI.

There is also a Peoples Choice winner that will by selected by the general public through Virgin Media TiVo boxes, the Virgin Media Shorts app and through the Virgin Media Shorts website. The Peoples Choice winner will get £5,000 towards the making of their next film with BFI mentoring.

Entering the competition couldn’t be easier; simply upload your film (no longer than 2 minutes 20 seconds) to www.virginmediashorts.co.uk between 19th April and 12th July 2012. The concept is your choice so surprise us!

If you enter please let Creatabot know and we can add to the promotion of your entry in collaboration with Virgin Media Shorts!

Every entry will be showcased to thousands on the Virgin Media Shorts website, as well as through the iPad, iPhone and TiVo® apps – so even films that don’t make it to the final will get heaps of exposure.

For those who prefer watching films to making them, there are plenty of ways to get stuck in this year. You can vote for your favourite short, join the debate online, win prizes and come along to our swanky screening events. Plus for the first time ever, you can help nudge your favourite film into the spotlight with the ‘Lucky 13th’ place on the shortlist.

Previous judges for the competition include actor John Hurt (1984, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy), director Paul Greengrass (Bourne Ultimatum), director Mat Whitecross (Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll), actor Kevin Spacey (American Beauty, The Usual Suspects) and director Duncan Jones (Moon).

The winners don’t just get their work seen by millions in cinema; they turn industry heads, too – 2009 winner Luke Snellin clinched a BAFTA nomination for his winning Virgin Media Shorts film ‘Mixtape’, and is now working on his first feature. Oscar Sharp, 2010 winner, was nominated for a BIFA for ‘Sign Language’ and his latest short, starring Olivia Colman, will be unveiled shortly!

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ME4 Writers Present: Short Encounters – Open For Submissions – Until May1st 2012

When you look out over Strood do you see lights in the sky or is the Pentagon really concealing a tear in reality?

We are looking for new sci-fi writing influenced by the Medway Towns. Submissions could be short stories, scripts or poems deal with anything from alien abduction or time travel to visions of the future. Entries should be no longer 1000 words.

Selected pieces will be collected as a podcast and may be used for a live event.

Please submit in word format to me4writers@googlemail.com by May 1st 2012

Area – South East

South East Open Studios Application Open For 2012

Every year in June, artists and craftspeople across South East England open their doors to the public. It is a unique opportunity to meet, talk to and see them at work as part of the South East Open Studios event. For artists it is a great way to connect with their local community, display their work in a unique way and gain promotion. The next SEOS event will take place on 1st – 17th June 2012.

To enter visit http://www.seos-art.org/howtojoin/

Area – South East

Pennies Day Nurseries; Want an Animator

Pennies Day Nurseries; a family-run childcare group working in day nurseries, nannying and clubs for older children want to hear from independent animation specialists. We’ve been involved in media for children for a few years and the new project is scheduled for 2012, following our launch of audio podcasts in 2011.

We’ll provide written stories and mp3 files, we’d love to hear from independent animators with original ideas for creating visuals based on our stories and copyrighted characters. Ideally we want someone local to our base in Maidstone, allowing us to meet and workshop the production.

In the first instance contact Media Officer Neil Nixon via email; nlnxn@aol.com 

Mini-Residency on a Lightship Available

Applications are invited from artists to participate in a mini-residency on LV21, a lightship moored off Gillingham Pier in Kent.

Taking place over three days in March and April, artists will collaborate in responding to the space, generating new work and conversations about practising in public. On the third day, the public will be invited to come on board and see the work made, and join in the conversation. Continue reading