My Noise – A New Experimental Music Festival – 14th to 18th March 2013 – Medway

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An experimental new music festival arrives in Medway this March, which will focus on connecting musicians through various ways of noise making. Spread out over a few days, the festival will feature innovative live performances and participatory events. Some of the highlights include a live performance by ex-Can front man and Krautrock pioneer Damo Suzuki and Medway based aural innovators, Hand of Stabs, a live Twitter-based sound installation and a bring and share afternoon of your favourite noises.

 MY Noise will take influence from the creation of experimental music scenes over the last few decades and will encourage experimentation and collaboration in the Medway area.

The festival is being curated by not-for-profit arts organisation, TEA Concerts, who in the past two years have been bringing internationally renowned artists such as Jeffrey Lewis, Grandmaster Flash, The Wave Pictures, Com Truise and Sister Mantos to the South East. In the build up to MY Noise, TEA have set up a new scheme called Band Dating to encourage musicians to meet each other in a rehearsal setting and form new bands. The first outcomes of these rehearsals will be showcased during the festival and the final event will be an open ‘band date’. They have also been involved in setting up a DIY music project space in the area for new bands and music projects on a budget of just £20. TEA co-founder, Louise Micklewright explains, “You only need a space, a load of old mattresses and some gaffa tape”.

Wristbands for MY Noise will be £12 and some events will be free but with limited space.

For more information and to buy tickets, please visit www.mynoisefestival.com

Programme of events for MY Noise

 14 March (8pm): Band Dating showcase. Sun Pier House, Chatham.

15 March (8pm): Motherboy presents Houdini, Bear vs Manero and Frau Pouch. Singapora Lounge, Rochester.

16 March (2pm): Band Date open event – bring an instrument and experiment with other musicians. Music Project Space, Sun Pier House, Chatham.

(8pm): Damo Suzuki (Can) w/Hand of Stabs and Pity Party. Beacon Court, Gillingham.

17 March (2pm): Creatabot and TEA present MY Favourite Noise (bring and share event of favourite noise making instruments, effects, experimental albums, natural sounds etc). Sun Pier House, Chatham.

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(6pm): “Signal to Noise”. John Newman’s live audiovisual piece made using Twitter, and a performance by Black Palace Orchestra. The Deaf Cat, Rochester

18 March (7pm): Pop-up documentary screening. Manny’s Music, Chatham.

Area : South East  Kent   Medway

Medway Writer Wins Award and Commission From BBC Radio 4

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Playwright and poet Sarah Hehir, from Rochester, Kent, along with published author Mark Wallington and first-time writer Simon Topping, have been announced as the winners of the first BBC Writer’s Prize.

Rock Me Amadeus by Topping and Bang Up by Hehir have both been commissioned for Radio 4’s Afternoon Drama slot, while Wallington’s comedy The Joy of Adult Education has been given a pilot commission.

The judges Jeremy Howe (Commissioning Editor, BBC Radio 4 Drama), Caroline Raphael (Commissioning Editor, BBC Radio 4 Comedy and Radio 4 Extra), Kate Rowland (BBC Creative Director of New Writing), Roy Williams (writer) and Miles Jupp (writer-performer) were impressed by the overall range and calibre of the drama scripts submitted for the competition, with Howe commenting “Sarah Hehir charts the developing relationship between a young offender in a Kentish detention centre and his teacher. It is tough, warm, beautifully observed and written from the inside with real heart. It pulls you into the worlds of the two central characters in such a way that makes you really care for them both, and takes us on a surprising journey.”

Talking about the award Sarah said “It really does feel like a dream come true! All those lonely hours writing late at night, wondering if I’m ever going to make people feel the way I want them to when they read a play – it feels so good to realise I got it right with this one. Hope I can write another now!”.

The Writer’s Prize was established to create a unique opportunity for new and established writers who want to write for Radio Drama and Radio Comedy. Over 1,200 original scripts were submitted to BBC writersroom, before the judges were handed a shortlist of 18 from which to reach a decision.

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Creative People and Places Swale and Medway – Events – February to March 2013

Jellyfish created by the creative community in Medway on LV21 for the fish disco organised by Moogie Wonderland. LV21 is the venue for "Hooked Up".
Jellyfish created by the creative community in Medway on LV21 for the “Fish Disco”, organised by Moogie Wonderland. LV21 is the venue for “Hooked Up”.

An enterprising group with a £1.5million plan for the arts in Swale and Medway is inviting residents to a series of events to share ideas on how the money should be used.

Consortium members from Creative People and Places: Swale and Medway want to meet members of the communities the money will benefit and hear their views on the kinds of projects, events and activities that will improve the two areas. Each event will have creative activities for visitors to take part in as well as providing opportunities for discussion.

The grant is from Arts Council England’s Creative People and Places programme, which aims to make the arts accessible to everyone and encourage people and groups who don’t think the arts are for them to get involved. Therefore, the consortium is keen to meet both members of the arts community and people who do not ordinarily engage with the arts.

The events are…

  • Our Space, organised by Kent Architecture Centre, 10am to 1pm, Saturday, March 16, at Chatham Riverside (between the bus station and the river). Contact chris.lamb@architecturecentre.org or robert.offord@architecturecentre.org Join Kent Architecture Centre and students from the University of Kent’s Fine Art department to explore themes around public space. Artists Tim Meacham and Peter Hatton will work with students to run workshops investigating themes around future citizens, citizen animators and a space for everyone. Get involved and help manipulate the space, be it physically or virtually. There will be a range of fun activities for all ages to participate in and enjoy, from creative Mask Making to Gardening, showcasing your best dance moves to grabbing your shovel and joining in with an Archaeological Dig!

    Alongside these activities, plus many more, there will be live music from local performers and a delicious BBQ for you all to enjoy.

  • Pop-Up Cinema, organised by Artlands North Kent, 6.30 to 9pm, Sunday, March 24, onboard Thames sailing barge Edith May, Lower Halstow Dock, Lapwing Drive, Lower Halstow, near Sittingbourne.  Contact fiona@artlandsnorthkent.org.uk A free pop-up cinema event. The truly remarkable and acclaimed Terence Davies film Of Time and the City is both a love song and a eulogy to his native Liverpool, exploring memory, reflection and how a place can change and influence the people that live there. The inspiring film demonstrates an affinity between Liverpool and North Kent as it reflects upon the former’s industrial past, sympathetically and creatively articulating a sense of place. Refreshments will be served, booking is essential via the email address above, parking is available and access onto the boat is limited.

Three more public events, featuring a pop-up cinema, open discussions between active members of the arts and non-arts communities, and interactive performances, are being organised for March.

The consortium is also asking residents to nominate “community catalysts” – prominent members of either arts or non-arts communities who already do a lot locally and will be able to encourage others to get involved with activities in Swale and Medway. Nominations can be made at the events and via the website from March onwards.

Fiona Boundy, curator of Artlands North Kent, said: “Swale and Medway have exceptional and thriving community and voluntary sectors and we know there is a desire from these areas to engage in the arts.

“We will work collaboratively within these communities to share skills, knowledge and resources and adopt new ways of working to broaden and diversify opportunities for engaging with, and participating in, creative programmes of the highest quality. Starting conversations with members of the arts and non-arts sectors at the six events is the first step towards this aim.

“We are committed to ensuring that Swale and Medway become known as places where all forms of creativity can thrive; where communities directly benefit from the power of the arts to make positive changes in their lives; where new routes for engagement are opened up through our commitment to testing out pioneering and experimental approaches to working.”

This month the consortium advertised, in the national and arts Press, the role of “creative enabler”, which will be key to the programme’s delivery.

Fiona continued: “The creative enabler role is important because it will enable us to get on with the delivery of really exciting, engaging and inclusive creative programmes. The creative enabler will be crucial in terms of ‘putting into action’ feedback and ideas from different communities and will also be key in facilitating our open submission strand, where we will invite people to submit proposals for projects.

Sign up to receive regular updates and news letters about Creative People and Places: Swale and Medway atwww.CreativePeoplePlace.info Visit the soon-to-be re-launched website for more details on events and consortium members and to find out how the Creative People and Places programme is evolving in Swale and Medway.

Strood Robots And Other Medway Stories – Art Exhibition – Nucleus Arts Gallery Chatham – 16th to 28th February 2013

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Myths and Legends of the Medway Towns from BAN THE MIND READER, to the Walderslade Sprite, plus more pragmatic tales from modern Medway.

Artwork will be exhibited by peninsular exiles Shaun Hutchings and Sharon Cooper. Sharon has produced images of the Medway Towns sown on to canvases, whilst Shaun Hutchings paints pictures from his imagination, often in abstract form. Many are set in a ‘magical’ or ‘mythical’ future Medway.

The Exhibition runs from the 16th to the 28th of February.

Location: Nucleus studios and Gallery, Chatham – www.nucleus-arts.com/page3.htm

George RW Cutts – Archive from 1980 – Exhibition – 15th to 20th February 2013 – Margate

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A show of over 100 new drawings from George RW Cutts, featuring abandoned towns, Antarctic explorers, ACME whistles, badges, birds, brogues, buttons, clay pipes, clocks, coins, cycling jerseys, Delph tiles, desert boots, dogs, door bells, forgotten Olympians, hot dog carts, Margate, medals, mermaids, monkey paisley, pétanque, trophies, tuk-tuks, and typewriters.

The exhibition includes, The Margate Postcards, a new series of 30 blue monochrome postcards inspired by Margate past and present.

Every visitor can enter a draw to win a piece of work featured in the show.

Parade is an artist led space, 2 minutes along the sea front from the Turner Contemporary.

What:George RW Cutts, Archive from 1980
Where:Parade, Marine Drive, Margate, Kent CT9 1DH

When: Fri 15 Feb – Wed 20 Feb, 11am-5pm daily
Further Details: www.archivefrom1980.com

Contact: georgerwcutts@archivefrom1980.com

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Area: South East     Kent

Call For Traders For New Outdoor Market In Chatham! – Sun Wharf Market – Sunday 24th March

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Pitches are available to take part in the first Sun Wharf Market, a new quarterly outdoor market in Chatham.

The market is new for 2013 and pitches are available for a variety of makers. The first Sun Wharf Market will be held on Sunday 24 March in the Sun Wharf car park, Medway Street in Chatham.

 Market organiser and local resident Heather Burgess, 27, hopes to create a complimenting combination of stalls including art, craft, local produce, jewellery, fashion, antiques, vintage and collectibles. Limited pitches are available now for £15 each, trading hours will be 10am – 4pm. To avoid disappointment early applications are recommended, closing date for all applications is Monday 4 March 2013. All enquiries should contact Heather by emailing heather.sunpierhouse@gmail.com

Area:    South East    Medway   Kent

Creative Minds Literary Potlatch – A Feast of Inspiration – 23rd March 2013 – Strood

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Creative Minds Literary Potlatch. Interested in art and creativity? Feeling a little stuck? Come and mingle with like-minded individuals and share coffee and ideas. Open to everyone interested in creativity, if you’re a beginner or someone more advanced.

Activities planned include; speed debating, Parashare; bring a paragraph to share from a favourite book or your own writing, and other writers games.

This event is part of the Other worlds, other voices Rochester literature festival.

Saturday, 23 March 10am – 12 noon Strood library

Book your free place by calling 01634 335890 or just turn up on the day!

Call for Artists! Registration is open for Medway Open Studios and Arts Festival – 13 – 21 July 2013

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Medway Open Studios and Arts Festival is a community arts festival celebrating the wealth of creativity in Medway. Now in its second year, applications are open to all Medway based artists to take part this summer.

The festival will take place from Saturday 13 to Sunday 21 July 2013 across the Medway towns, and promises to include work from a variety of art forms. Jewellery, sculpture, print, paint, and photography are all popular examples of work created in Medway that will be exhibited during the Festival. 16 venues and over 70 local artists took part in the first year of the festival in July 2012, many will be opening their doors again and inviting visitors to see their work and learn more about their craft.

Apply early and benefit from a reduced application fee. Applications received before 1 February will get 20% off. If you miss this deadline but apply between 1 February and 8 March there is a 10% discount. The final closing date for all applications is 26 April.

Full details about the Festival and how to apply can be found on the Festival website – www.medwayopenstudios.co.uk.

Area: South East    Kent    London

Cake International – 12th to 14th April 2013 – London

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Has your secret passion for pastry or craze for cake decorating taken over your day to day life? If the answer is yes, then Cake International – The Sugarcraft, Cake Decorating & Baking Show at ExCeL, London from 12-14 April is just the ticket. Celebrity bakers and TV personalities Paul Hollywood, Mary Berry and 2012’s winner John Waite will be opening and appearing at the show and meeting their thousands of fans in a question and answer session. As well as this, visitors to the show can discover their top tips and baking inspirations in the Bakery Theatre at the show.

Other features include over 80 exhibitors from across the globe offering cutting-edge cake decorating and baking supplies; Competition Classes for all ages and abilities; two Demonstration Theatres with the greatest talents from the UK and abroad; Paul Da Costa Greaves taking centre stage in The Bakery Theatre; Tracey Mann showcasing her latest project, a giant cake construction of Life Under The Sea; A Taste of Sugar Workshops for newcomers to sugarcraft and much more! Please visit www.cakeinternational.co.uk for more information.

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Cake International – The Sugarcraft, Cake Decorating & Baking Show

ExCeL, London

12-14 April 2013

Ticket Prices:

Adult £14.00 (£12.00 Advance Price)

Senior £13.00 (£11.00 Advance Price)

2 Day Ticket (Advance Only) Adult £18.00 Senior £16.00

3 Day Ticket (Advance Only) Adult £25.00 Senior £23.00

Children free if accompanied by an adult with a valid ticket, otherwise £5.00

All advanced tickets need to be ordered by 5pm Mon 8 April

Book tickets online at www.ichf.co.uk or phone the Ticket Hotline on 01425 277988.

Follow on Twitter @thecakeshows or find on Facebook – Cake International

Creative Stitches and Hobbycrafts – 4th to 6th April 2013 – London

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Embrace the handmade and personal trend that is sweeping the nation by visiting Creative Stitches Hobbycrafts taking place for the first time at the ExCeL, London from the 4-6 April.

With over 100 exhibitors offering the latest craft inspiration and advice; a selection of stunning Jane Austen costumes; Catwalk Fashion Shows; advice and top tips in the Sewing Hub and Knitting Parlour; a free programme of quick and easy workshops, talks, demonstrations and much more! To find out more details, please visit www.ichf.co.uk.

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Creative Stitches & Hobbycrafts

ExCeL, London

4-6 April 2013

Ticket Prices:

Adult £10.00 (£8.00 Advance Price)

Senior £9.00 (£7.00 Advance Price)

Children free if accompanied by an adult with a valid ticket, otherwise £5.00

All advanced tickets need to be ordered by 5pm Mon 1 April

For more information please visit www.ichf.co.uk. Book tickets online at www.ichf.co.uk or phone the Ticket Hotline on 01425 277988.

Follow on Twitter @ICHFUK or like on Facebook – ICHF Events

Area:         South East        London

Medway Photo Festival – January 11th to 15th 2013

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The Medway Photo Festival happens once a year in January and takes place in Rochester and Chatham. The photography exhibitions will all be open during the third week of January. Exhibitions will feature exciting new work from students in their 2nd year studying Photography as Contemporary Practice at the UCA Rochester.

EXHIBITION DATES and INFO

Sin City
Private view 11th January, exhibition open 11th – 17th January
Address: Nucleus New Art Gallery Chatham, 272 Chatham High Street, ME4 4BP

Nyctophobia
Private view 14th January, exhibition open 14th – 18th January
Address: Nucleus Art Centre, 75 Rochester High Street

Repeat to Fade
Private view 14th January, exhibition open 14th – 18th January
Address: 66 Rochester High Street,  ME1 1JK

Eyedentity
Private view 14th January, exhibition open 14th – 18th January
Address: Singapora Lounge, 51 Rochester High Street, ME1 1LN

Suddenly No
Private view 14th January, exhibition open 14th January
Address: 161 Rochester High Street

Close Your Eyes
Private view 15th January, exhibition open 14th – 17h January
Address: Sun Pier House, Sun Wharf, Medway Street, ME4 4HF Chatham

Novo Aspect


Private view 15th January, exhibition open 16th – 18st January
Address: 86 High Street Chatham, 1st floor

Paramnesia


Private view 15th January, exhibition open 16th January
Address: The Brook Theater, Studio room, Old Town Hall, ME4 4SE

For more information please visit www.medwayphoto2013.tumblr.com 

Get Into The Creative Industries With Creative Industries Pathways Programme – Medway

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Icon Theatre in Medway are running a special programme for people who are looking to get into the creative industries. The programme offers anyone who is unemployed (working less than 15hrs/wk) or economically inactive (e.g. a stay at home mum, full-time carer) the chance to work one-on-one with a creative industries mentor, to go on short courses, and develop a professional portfolio in order to improve career prospects in any creative industry.

Icon Theatre are funded by the European Social Fund and welcome anyone who lives in the Medway area. There are certain criteria for the programme, but people are encouraged to get in touch as there are a wide range of projects planned that are suitable for many people.

To find out more please contact Katie Charlton –  katie@icontheatre.org.uk

www.icontheatre.org.uk

Area: Medway   Kent    South East

My Favourite Things – Free Creative Inspiration Event – 18th January 2013 – Rochester – PLUS Competition! Win a copy of Paintshop Pro X4

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“My Favourite Things” is an opportunity to discuss your favourite “things” to other people in a relaxed atmosphere over tea. Talk about things that inspire you, inspire others and build confidence in speaking in front of others so that you can express yourself better as a freelancer. For those that are shy please just come and listen and meet some other local creatives. If you are happy to present your favourite “thing” then just pick one “thing” and discuss it with others in the room. Be prepared for others to ask questions (you can always Google!)

Subjects could include books, films, music, art, food, animals, people…anything you love talking about. It is a free event, but we would appreciate if you book a ticket so we know how many people are coming!

You can book a FREE ticket here: www.favouritethings.eventbrite.com

The event will be held at:

161 High Street

Rochester

Kent

On the 18th January 2013 at 7.30pm

COMPETITION! Tell us what inspires you and why  – Our favourite answer will win a copy of Paintshop Pro X4 (for Windows)

Competition closes on the 1st February at 8pm.
Please note, our venue (http://coFWD.org/) is a very old bank building that is being slowly shaped by a community of individuals for long-term Community Interest. Sadly the startup project is in its infancy and being run on limited funds so the building currently has some accessibility issues. If you have specific access or disability requirements and would like to participate in an event or activity please let us know at least 5 days before the event date so that we can do our utmost to resolve any potential problems to accommodate.

Margate Based Marine Studios Launch Adventures in Comics Competition – deadline 25th January 2013

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Celebrating illustration, writing, making, sequential narrative, and all that is Comics, Margate-based Marine Studios has just announced the launch of its 2013 Adventures in Comics comic competition.

AIC3 is inviting UK-based creators to respond to their annual two-page-comic challenge. Simply create a 2-page-comic* in response to this year’s theme – The Great Tree.

All entries will be showcased in an exhibition and free printed publication in February 2013 and the winning entry will be judged by comics aficionado Paul Gravett.

To enter, send your 2-page-comic to:Kam@hkd.uk.com or RickAThkd.uk.com

The deadline for submissions: 25th January 2013

• Visit www.adventuresincomics.org to find out more. Previous AIC entries can be seen on our website and blog.

• Marine Studios Margate is at 17 Albert Terrace, Margate, Kent CT9 1UJ. Tel: 01843 282 219  info@marinestudios.co.uk. Web:marinestudios.co.uk

Creative Courses Being Offered For 2013 Through Canterbury Christ Church University

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Canterbury Christ Church University is offering the opportunity to study interesting creative subjects across its universities in Kent. Various short courses taking place during 2013 include the subjects of music, art and literature.

To take a look at the courses and to book please see the university website:

www.canterbury.ac.uk/community-arts-education/short-courses/spring-2013.asp

Steampunk Inspired Exhibition at Strood Library – Featuring Work By Creatabot of the Year Winner Richard Jeferies – 1st December to 4th January – Strood – Kent

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Creatabot was pleased to award Richard Jeferies with the Creatabot of the year award this week, and in recognition of his work, an exhibition has been organised at Strood library in Kent.

Richard Jeferies is an artist based on the Isle of Sheppey, who believes art is a language we can all use to communicate with each other. He is inspired by many forms of art, from traditional to modern.

The pieces Lure, Ad Astra and Babbage Mk IV (6 No.) were especially made for the exhibition and inspired by Steampunk styles. The piece “Lure” has also won Richard Jeferies the “Creatabot Creative 2012” award.

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Richard Jeferies with his Creatabot of the Year Award.

Richard learned to paint from his father who is an oils artist. His father, who lives in Wales, continues to paint whilst in his 70s. Richard teaches art to various ages and felt that by practicing different artistic techniques, it would help him present his students with a broad range of tools. In turn this helps the students to find the tool that connects with their particular creative spark. Also for him personally it creates the pleasure of discovering new and classic mediums for expression. He continues to pass on his experience and ideas to his own children, who all have their own distinctive styles, and hopes to one day hold a family exhibition.

The exhibition of his work will run from the 1st of December 2012 to the 4th January 2013 at:

Strood library

32 Bryant Road

Strood

Kent

ME2 3EP

Telephone: 01634 335890

Medway Libraries are proud to offer accessible services for everybody. Find out about access to services at Strood Library.

Opening times

  • Monday, 9am-7pm
  • Tuesday, 10am-6pm
  • Wednesday, 9am-6pm
  • Thursday, 9am-6pm
  • Friday, 9am-7pm
  • Saturday, 9am-5pm

If you are interested in purchasing some work please contact Richard on:

07808 216494

richard_jef@hotmail.com

www.richard-jeferies.com

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The exhibition also features photography by Mdhamiri Á Nkemi, a film maker and photographer based in Medway. He is an explorer of creativity and likes to learn and master many different production techniques. Mdhamiri is also very involved with the local creative community and likes to help it expand wherever possible.

www.energy-studios.webs.com

Area:    Kent     South East

Winter Medway Open Studios & Arts Festival – 8th to 9th December 2012

Medway Open Studios & Arts Festival is a community arts festival celebrating the wealth of creativity in Medway. The winter festival will take place across Chatham and Rochester on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 December.

The Festival was a newcomer to Medway when a week long event launched in July 2012, following the success of the summer festival a winter weekend was planned. The winter Festival will include work from a variety of artists, including jewellery, sculpture, print, paint, photography and textiles. Over 50 local artists in total will open their doors to visitors displaying their work in various venues, including 16 artist studios and eight creative spaces.

Open studio festivals are successful across every county in Britain, with local artists opening their doors and inviting the public into their homes, studios and workshops. It’s a great opportunity to learn first-hand how different art forms are shaped, meet the artists and support the local crafts.

In the future, the organiser hopes the Festival will become an established annual event throughout Medway, with the summer 2013 Festival already in motion.

Festival Director Heather Burgess, 27 from Rainham, initiated the festival to uncover the amount of crafts being created in the Medway towns. “Medway is a perfect place for such a festival with so much going on in a comparatively small area. The nine venues taking part on the 8 and 9 December are all within a short walking distance of each other creating a great day out. The people are so interesting and the quality of work is inspiring.”

It’s not too late to take part, pitches are available in the Makers Market, an art and craft fair inside one of the host venues in Chatham. All types of craft are invited to sign up for a stall, for more information email medwayopenstudios@mail.com. Closing date is Friday 30 November.

To view images from all the winter Festival artists and to download a copy of the Festival guide visit www.medwayopenstudios.co.uk. Free festival guides can also be found at various venues in Medway and surrounding Kent. Alternatively, you can request a hard copy of the guide by emailing medwayopenstudios@mail.com.

Volunteers needed!

Are you a dab hand with a paint brush? Handy with a Henry?

If you would like to volunteer your time to help with the decorating at Sun Pier House they would love to hear from you!

Help is needed with the preparations at Sun Pier House in the lead up to their first event – The Makers Market on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 December 2012. If you are willing to offer your time and have some hours free between Monday 19th November and Wednesday 5 December please get in touch. Email sunpierhouse@gmail.com

All good deeds will be rewarded with plenty of tea and biscuits!

Artists and groups taking part:

 

  • Ridley Road Group, Ridley Road, Rochester. A great mix of original editioned lino & etched prints. Hand crafted silver, beaded, acrylic & glass jewellery. Ceramics & fused glass pieces, small & large, wall mountable or free standing. Plump cushions & other decorative pieces made of beautiful fabrics.

 

  • Richard Reader, Ridley Road, Rochester. A collection of landscapes, seascapes, architectural, and abstract photography by Rochester based photographer.

 

  • Janice Emmott, Ridley Road, Rochester. Figure drawings and paintings; portraits, flowers, landscapes in an expressive style. Various mediums. Small drawings and paintings from £10

 

  • Nikki Price, Ridley Road, Rochester. Tales from the Darkroom’ – a re-imagining of classic Fairy Tales using film photography. The exhibition also includes a series of photographs challenging perceptions of body image.

 

  • Jacqueline Atkinson, Langdon Road, Rochester. I love making things and have turned my hand to individually crafted bags in unusual fabrics with interesting linings
  • Coal Shed Press, Boundary Wharf, Rochester. Fine and glorious prints and works on paper in variousmedia.

 

  • Printed Wonder, Boundary Wharf, Rochester. Gocco prints, screen prints, stationery and textiles with colourful designs and illustration. WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE

 

  • Hazel Christine, Makers Market, Sun Pier House, Chatham. Vibrant, bold paintings showcasing mypassion for colour. Focussing on abstract, some landscape, portrait & still life.

 

  • CTRL-ALT-DEFEAT Clothing, Makers Market, Sun Pier House, Chatham. We will be selling our latest line of ‘Geek-Chic’ apparel, as well as promoting our custom garment printing services.

 

  • Ben Cameron, Makers Market, Sun Pier House, Chatham. My work ranges from doodles to highly detailed large illustrations. I’ll be selling doodles, cards, tote bags and tee’s.

 

  • Simon Richardson, Makers Market, Sun Pier House, Chatham. Contemporary photographer. I don’t have the ability to make things happen, I just hope to be there when they do.

 

  • Nucleus Artists, Nucleus Arts Centre, High Street, Chatham. 30 Artists showing original works of Arts & Crafts. Gallery showcasing Resident Artists work. Affordable arts Scheme. Café open.

Why Creatives Lose Their Mind : And How Not To – By Natasha Steer

By Hugh MacLeod

I am no physiologist, let me get that straight. And I certainly know mental illness is a real and horrible sickness that affects thousands of people, often from birth. But I want to express my issues with this article:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-19959565 

 I am very creative, I do not have a mental health problems. I have friends who are creative, who do not have mental health problems. The issue in fact is this, yes, creatives are different. Creative people are biologically different, they are less inclined to fear standing out, being different and creating unique work. But…this argument also stands: EVERYONE HAS THE ABILITY TO BE CREATIVE. Which would therefore mean…yes…WE ALSO ALL HAVE THE ABILITY TO HAVE A MENTAL ILLNESS – should circumstances push it upon us.

The reason I wanted to write this is because I have close friends who are openly creative, and continue to struggle emotionally in this world. Society is not in a place in which it can support creative people, especially not creatives that are sensitive, which most are, because we are generally more passionate about helping to change the world we live in and help people.

Work is generally monotonous and people are not employed for their creativity, or used within employment to generate ideas with their creativity. The situation is made worse when an individual has health problems and again society does not support the idea of working part-time too well. The creative individual is left feeling useless, unfulfilled and not understood – and this generally leads to depression, which gets labeled as “mental illness”, which only makes society support the individual EVEN LESS, and can easily lead to long term mental health problems.

The solution? Creative people need to be supported and used more within society, they need to be able to freely express their creativity, and be employed by people who listen to their ideas. I think we all know how often that happens, and unfortunately I know the UK in particular in not supportive of creatives in the work place. They continue to struggle for work, get pushed beyond all limits when they are employed, and get shut down for thinking, creating and innovating. And what happens when that keeps happening to you? You feel depressed, useless, and give up.

One of the reasons I set up Creatabot is because I see this pattern happening over and over again, and then the media print articles like this saying that creativity is linked with mental illness, and I have to admit, it makes me quite angry, because society cannot see that often these creative people have been pushed away for being “different” and for being “over sensitive”.

The most hilarious part? Creativity is essential to exist, and to succeed. But funnily enough most of the decision makers in organisations continue to ignore this!

So my fellow creative people, before we all go crazy, I urge you to read the following and get the support you need to survive as a creative on the planet that is Earth, because we can make it a better place.

“The crea­tive per­son basi­cally has two kinds of jobs: One is the sexy, crea­tive kind. Second is the kind that pays the bills. Some­ti­mes the assign­ment covers both bases, but not often.” – Hugh MacLeod

An awesome book that encourages creatives to keep being creative and not take any nonsense, by Hugh MacLeod.

Based on the hit handmade zine THE ARTIST IN THE OFFICE is an inspirational, interactive book for any artist living in the real world. It encourages small acts of creativity and a simple shift of perspective to help readers bring their artistic selves into the workplace and thrive in all aspects of their lives. Readers are prompted to undertake a wide range of liberating activities, from the mundane to the sublime, that won’t put their nine to five job at risk.

Creative people who spend no time at all with other creative people will start to feel profoundly alone. Connect with like-minded weirdos. Online. In-person. You are not a sad friendless little tugboat.

http://terribleminds.com/ramble/2012/08/07/25-ways-to-survive-as-a-creative-person/

“Seek out and surround yourself with POSITIVE people! Don’t let negative people get you down – it will dramatically alter the way you feel, work and live. We all know them; there is usually at least one person in our lives that is constantly moaning, and telling you that your latest idea won’t work. Creative people are sensitive people, therefore we tend to get sucked in by the negative ones, and before you know it, you’re feeling down yourself!” – Annabel Williams

http://tinyurl.com/d66lwhm

By Natasha Steer

@natashasteer

Create Jewellery – Lincolnshire: Jewellery, Tiara, Shoe Crystalizing & Christmas Decoration Workshops

At Create Jewellery, we offer a large range of workshops in both Kent and Lincolnshire. As well as one-to-one classes, we run workshops which typically have a maximum class size of no more than 8-10 learners to ensure you get the support and dedication that you deserve. Not only are the workshops a great opportunity to learn a new skill and hobby, but many use it as a way to start a new business from home! What could be better than sitting at home making jewellery to sell!

As well as learning, you will have fun chatting to others who share your interests, as well as drinking tea and eating cupcakes which is all included in the price! You will also get to make items at the workshops that you can take home with you, with the reassurance that all materials are included in the set price!

We have recently released the following workshop dates for Lincolnshire, held in Grantham:

Sunday 14 October

  • Wire wrapped coctail rings / bangles taster workshop (10.30am – 1pm) – £36 including all materials, cupcakes and tea/coffee
  • Shamballa and friendship bracelet workshop (2pm – 4.30pm) – £37 including all materials, cupcakes and tea/coffee

Saturday 3 November 

  • Vintage inspired jewellery, hair accessories & birdcage veils taster workshop (2pm – 4.30pm)
    £36 including all materials, cupcakes and tea/coffee.

Saturday 24 November

  • Jewellery making taster workshop (10am – 12.30pm) £36 including all materials and cupcakes
  • Tiara making taster workshop (1.30pm – 4pm) – £36 including all materials and cupcakes.

Sunday 25th November

  • ‘Decorate Your Shoe’ workshop (crystalizing stiletto heels or converse trainers)  – (10am – 2pm), £79 which includes over 1000 crystals that you will use plus other materials to crystalize your own shoes / trainers, as well as tea/coffee and cupcakes.

Sat 8 December

  • Beaded Christmas Decorations & Rag Wreath (2pm – 4.30pm) – £40 including all materials

Sunday 9 December

  • Tiara making workshop (10.30am – 2.30pm) – £69 – all materials & cupcakes included

For further information, please email Rachel at createjewellery@hotmail.co.uk or book online at www.createjewellery.co.uk

Folkestone Book Festival Events at University Centre Folkestone – 6th to 8th November 2012

As part of the annual Folkestone Book Festival, the community engagement
team from University Centre Folkestone have once more organised a series
of events with a range of speakers to inspire and stimulate discussion.
All events take place at UCF and are free to attend.  However advance
booking is required.   Events are listed below – click on the weblink
provided for all the details of each event, including information about
the speakers.  Thank you.

Tues 6 November
2.30 – 3.30pm: Celebrated journalist and writer Vitali Vitaliev gives a
talk about his book on Europe, Passport to Enclavia
http://www.canterbury.ac.uk/events/event-details.asp?eventId=3482

6pm-7pm : Panel discussion: “Can a book save your life?”
Panellists include Vitali Vitaliev, Julian Baggini, Carolyn Oulton and
Jane Davis from The Reader Organisation.
http://www.canterbury.ac.uk/events/event-details.asp?eventId=3485

Weds 7 November
6-7pm : The Ego Trick: talk by author Julian Baggini, writer, journalist
and co-founder of The Philosophers’ Magazine
http://www.canterbury.ac.uk/events/event-details.asp?eventId=3479

Thurs 8 November
3pm  – 4pm: A Writer’s Journey.  Author Karen Lesley and Zoe Meyer,
Director of Zoes Books, discuss the creation of Karen’s book Coleman
(Female), with Zoe’s perspective on facilitating the book production and
working with the writer.
http://www.canterbury.ac.uk/events/event-details.asp?eventId=3480

6pm-7pm : Panel discussion: “Should writers be their own publishers?”
Panellists include Zoe Meyer (Director of Zoe’s Books), Martin Latham
(Manager, Waterstones, Canterbury), Mark Swain, (writer and consultant),
Chris Meade (writer and Director of if:book UK), writer and blogger
Katherine May and writer and speaker Jane Wenham-Jones (Chairperson)
http://www.canterbury.ac.uk/events/event-details.asp?eventId=3481

For more details contact UCF on 01303 760600 or email
jane.seaman@canterbury.ac.uk

The Winter Medway Open Studios at the Nucleus Arts Centre – 8th to 9th December 2012

2 buildings. 34 artists, crafts people and designers.

The Nucleus Arts Centre, Chatham, will be opening their doors and studios to the public for one weekend, the 8th – 9th December. as part of the Winter Medway Open Studio and Arts Festival. With such an array of local artists, designers and crafts people on show at affordable prices, you’ll be happy to leave the high street behind and come to Nucleus.

Nucleus Arts Centre and studios will be open to the public on 8th to 9th December from 10am – 6pm, 272 High street Chatham ME4 4BP

Resident artists open studios:
Holly Aird
Angie Berkley
Sian Bostwick Jewellery
Donna Chapman
Nick Evans
Jon Gubbay
Darrell Hawkins
Sophie Jongman
Sarah Langstone
Marissa Mardon
Maggie Osborn
Peter Reeds
Christopher Sacre
Deborah Saunders
Anne Taylor
Chris Van Beck
Alexandria Welch
Obi Photography

Area: South East

Why It Is Important To Write Contracts – By Natasha Steer

When I was 17 I made a music video for a local band, it was my first paid creative job. I assumed the band would help someone so new to the world of business and provide me with some promo. What in fact happened was that the band posted the video on their website and did not mention once who had made it. As you can imagine I was pretty upset and had a chat with the band to try to resolve the issue.

Kindly the lead singer suggest we form a contract, and helped me in putting something together. I learnt quickly how important contracts are, although sometimes I still forget, and then regret being so absent-minded.

We would like to think people won’t take advantage, but sometimes it is just a misunderstanding that can lead to issues. Therefore I highly recommend, even when dealing with friends and family, to have a contract in place where finances or even just recognition are an issue. The band as mentioned earlier, changed their website to give me recognition for the video I made and I agreed that I would not use the video for anything commercial without their permission first.

I personally feel we should always recognise people and attribute them where ever possible, which is why I love Creative Commons licences. For the benefit of others, here is a draft contract layout for people to use for their creative projects. Adjust as necessary.

Contract of agreement in relation to:

Between:

I                                        , in representation of                                             , agree to the following:

To pay                                          the amount of  £                     upon completion of

To acknowledge                               , where ever the work is used and displayed.

That if the work is not delivered there will be no charge/compensation payable by any parties involved.

Signed

Date

I                                      in representation of                                           agree to the following:

To complete the work requested by the date of

That if the work is not completed by this deadline, I agree to deduct the amount of                          for each week of the delay.

If the work is not delivered there will be no charge/compensation payable by any parties involved.

To ask permission to use the work for commercial reasons.

Signed

Date

Signatures witnessed by:

Print Name

Signed

Date

You will need to add requirements as personally needed for the project, and make sure BOTH parties have a copy. Here are some extra notes.

  • A witness is not really required for basic contracts, but I recommend it still. However a contract made with organisations and large authorities actually constitutes as a DEED and does always require a witness. For further explanation visit http://www.freshbusinessthinking.com/articles_print.php?CID=8&AID=1648
  • A witness of a contract must not be a relative or someone legally involved in the project.
  • There will be certain circumstances in which the creator and the person you are creating for cannot fill the requirements, for instance, you may get sick, they may get sick and they also may not be able to pay you! You need to add these details into the contract as to what the circumstances are if this was to happen.
  • I also found this article useful http://helgahenry.com/why-written-agreements-are-preferable-to-oral

p.s I am no legal advisor but realise you do not have to be to create a basic contract, however when large sums of money are involved and with big companies, I recommend taking legal advice.

By Natasha Steer

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Notes From The Creatabot Workshop: Expanding Your Creativity – By Natasha Steer

For the benefit of those who came and those who could not make the workshop here is a list of the subjects discussed. If you would like me to give the workshop in your area or in your community/creative group please contact me on natasha@creatabot.co.uk

EXPANDING YOUR CREATIVITY

WORKSHOP NOTES

  • Creatabot is an independent website and online magazine for creatives. Its aim is to inspire and support creative individuals. We work closely with the creative community to help develop ideas and try new ideas. We like to make things happen.
  • I work closely with coFWD – a community led work space. Find out more about them by watching this short film. coFWD is based at 161 Rochester High Street, Kent. You can pop by any time to find out more and see the space. Please watch the video before hand so you know what to expect! http://cofwd.org

Event Organising

  • If you want to organise an event, the best thing you can do first and foremost is write a press release. The basic order for a press release is the following:

Headline

Who?

What? 

When? 

Where?

Why?

Contact details

Image

You only need about 3 paragraphs of information for your press release.

Here is an example:

Artist Sarah Maple Launches Major Solo Exhibition

Artist Sarah Maple is to hold her first major solo exhibition at the Aubin Gallery, Shoreditch, London, from the 9th of February to 9th March 2012.

Sarah Maple’s exhibition “It’s a Girl!” takes a slightly controversial, but tongue in cheek look at what it is to be a woman and Muslim in the modern day. The work on show takes a more questioning look at traditionally accepted identity, gender and religion whilst revealing the young artists unique talent.

Currently living in Sussex, UK, 27 year old Sarah Maple has displayed work in various exhibitions in New York, Canada, Israel and Europe. Inspired by her own Muslim background, Sarah Maple uses photography and paintings to get her personal message across about subjects that have become socially acceptable and brings attention to the faults in this thinking.

End

Contact Details of Organiser

IMAGE

Creatabot can set you up with an account so that you can promote your creative related events, anywhere in the UK. email natasha@creatabot.co.uk to make it happen!

  • When you need an image to promote an event, do not use someone else’s images without their permission. It isn’t work risking! Instead go to Flickr and go to advanced search, use words linked to your event and tick the  Only search within Creative Commons-licensed content.

If the event is for profit then you need to tick the “Find content to use commercially”.

  • Find out more about Creative Commons Licences, it could protect your precious work also!

http://creativecommons.org 

All creatives need to know about these licences!

Online Presence

  • The key to social media ( Twitter/ Facebook) is NOT to try and hard sell.
  • Express your personality, whilst also being neutral and professional.
  • People can unfollow you / unfriend you for silly reasons!
  • Post images of your work.
  • Facebook and Twitter can be linked, so that you only post something once.

Pinterest is an easy way to create an online portfolio.

WEEBLY is a great easy way to make a FREE website that can be linked to your domain name.

POP UP SHOPS

Dan Thompson has put together the Empty Shops Network – which is a great resource for people wanting to run a pop up shop. The Pop Up Business of Dummies is brilliant. A PDF is available here:

http://emptyshops.files.wordpress.com/2012/09/developing-your-pop-up-plan1.pdf

But I recommend a hard copy, which can be bought on Amazon.

Pop Up Shop people:

Are willing to embrace the temporary nature of an opportunity, and agile enough to adapt and change as the opportunity does.

Always have an eye on the future, using a pop up to inform or inspire another plan or project, or to prototype a new business. They are interested in the long-term sustainability of their work.

Funding

The two main bodies for funding continue to be your local council and the Arts Council. Out of the two, your local council are likely to be more helpful.

MEDWAY PEOPLE: There is an artist resource centre inside the Visitor Information Centre in Rochester High Street. Inside the room there are folders packed with information about applying for funding with lots of different organisations, its brilliant!

You can book time in the room by calling  01634 338319

  • In the future in the UK, KICKSTARTER will be an awesome way to get funding. Have a look!

www.kickstarter.com

Community Projects

Helping your local community is a great way to expand your creativity, a great way to get people together for a particular project  is by using:

www.wewillgather.co.uk

That’s all for now! Thank you for reading!

By Natasha Steer

Area:   UK   Britain   East of England   East Midlands   London  North East   North West    Yorkshire    Scotland    South East South West    Wales   West Midlands

MAKE – Come and MAKE Things In Rochester – 13th October 2012 – 7.30pm

MAKE is an opportunity to get creative in any medium, in a social setting, and have lots of fun.

Moogie Wonderland are creating lots of Jellyfish for the Fish Disco at the end of October – and need lots of help! All materials will be supplied. Mainly for adults, but children welcome if supervised by a parent.

We recommend an apron or wearing old clothes!

WIFI will be available for those of you working on projects on your computer.

Time : 7.30 pm on Saturday the 13th of October

Location: 161 Rochester High Street

If you going to attend please post a comment below 🙂

Area: South East

Beach Creative Workshops – Herne Bay – Kent


In addition to ongoing exhibitions in their two galleries, Beach Creative in Herne Bay has launched some new workshops.  

  • Tuesday 10am-12noon – Calligraphy, £6 per hour. Must pre-book with Graham 07765 034908
  • Tuesday 7-9pm, £5 per session. Figure drawing (clothed) with Bobi Sanders. Must pre-book on 07512 341112
  • Thursday 10am – 12noon, £10 per session. Introduction to Art and Design (first week of four). Must pre-book with Sarah on 07943 731786
  • Thursday 7-9pm, £5 per session. Life Drawing (unclothed) – untaught session. Must pre-book with Gill on 07545 787955

Please visit the website for updates at www.beachcreativecic.co.uk

Area: South East

Leukaemia Research Charity Gig – Medway

http://www.facebook.com/events/443264375718033/

We hear all the time from charities that cancer effects 1 in 4 or us. For some of us this fact is closer to home than an appeal on TV. Would it surprise you to know that only one charity in the UK is actually fighting blood cancers? Leukaemia Research also boasts a 9 in 10 chance of survival in children because of their hard work and support from people like Andy Spring.

 In 2006 after a 2 year battle with Leukaemia Andy along with the support of his family began to raise money for the charity by cycling 35 miles from Ashford to Medway hospital. Raising £8000 along with nearly 50 other cyclist Andy managed to raise the bar again in 2008 and 2010 bringing a total of £26,000 towards the charity that is helping save lives like his. In Andy’s own words, “I wanted to give back something for the life I am so grateful to have, the whole experience has given myself and my family the chance to enjoy every moment we are together”.

Set for a fourth event, Andy unfortunately was set back when he urgently required a marrow transplant early 2011. Andy says: “I knew I could not cycle for a while but I was more determined than ever to do something, I just didn’t know what”. Next to two wheels music has always been Andy’s other passion. Picking up his bass he started to jam at practice sessions with Hesperian Wave. This gathering over the following months would bring a new outlook  and birth a new band a new style and a very new agenda.

Freshly formed and ready for their first gig The Furry Lovelickers shall be taking to the stage this Saturday September 29th alongside some of Medway’s longstanding and upcoming talents. Taking place at the charity cycle’s finishing line Medway hospital social club will be hosting from 7pm an awesome line up for a small donation of £3 entrance fee. See flyer for details. Also on the night Crybaby special and the monsters will be donating the proceeds of their EP on the night. you can check them here http://www.facebook.com/crybabyspecialandthemonsters

By Obi

Area: South East

Maidstone Film Fest 2012 + Call For Submissions

 

 

The hottest film festival this side of Cannes. This November Maidstone Film Fest 2012 will be coming to Stepping Stone Studios!
STARTING WEDNESDAY 14th NOVEMBER, THE PROGRAMME FOR THE FESTIVAL IS LOOKING LIKE THIS!

Day 1: Cinematic Culture Festival

Day 2: An exhibition of film: ‘The Progression of Cinema’
Day 3: Young film makers day
Day 4: A future in film
Day 5: The Nest
Day 6: European Cinema 
Day 7: British Cinema

Day one will explore international cinema confronting political issues through documentary. Meet the groups behind the documentaries; celebrate diversity and enjoy authentic native West Indian celebration and dishes!

The Progression of Cinema will explore the rich history of moving image. From the progression of audio/video technologies to the evolution of film and narrative storytelling, this day will explore the milestones that have swept the medium of cinema from silent movie to the influential pop spectacle that is today.

The young film makers day will be the chance to view the submissions of talented young film makers from the South East. They are calling for animations, short films, documentaries to enter into the First Film Development Award (for more info please contact Stepping Stone Studios). They will also be holding the Welikewhatwesee party in the evening – a crazy night of the coolest music videos of the last 10 years!

A Future in Film will begin with an 11am brunch networking session. Four industry experts will join us and share their knowledge and experience in a Q&A session, and the winning film makers from the previous days event will be screened.

‘The Nest’ is a chance for people to nestle on down and enjoy a chilled Sunday of film entertainment in its most popular form – Blockbusters! Think Hollywood; think popcorn, think bean bags and classic quotes. You will have the chance to vote on the Facebook page during the run up to this day and suggest a classic film to watch!

Monday will be European Cinema day. In this section they will have a look at independent cinema from European directors. Spanning a wide range of countries, this section is not for the faint of heart! Watch alternative films you never thought you’d see. Screenings will run til late!

The festival will be rounded off with a day long review of the best British film! From classics to contemporary, there’s no better way to round off the film festival than via a celebration of the groundbreaking of British cinema!

MORE TO COME AS THE PROGRAMME IS UPDATED! STAY TUNED!

Area: South East

Networking Vs Making Friends – By Natasha Steer

Networking can be quite a scary word to a lot of creatives, it evokes the thought of dressing up smartly and becoming someone they are not in order to secure business. Often at organised networking events you swap business card with potential clients and are asked awkward questions like “so where do you work?” and “how do you make money?” rather than the more interesting question of “what are you working on at the moment?”.

3 years ago I started going to a monthly event in Rochester, Kent, called Tuttle 101 – a relaxed event with a collection of various types of people focused on inspiration, collaboration and learning through doing. First held upstairs in a local pub the event now happens once a month in a local coffee bar. Yes this one single event opened up a whole new world to me, and through it I have made friends, not “contacts”.

Tuttle 101 lead on to the majority of us converting an empty bank into a co-working space, called coFWD. Here we work on our own personal projects, and similar to the ethos of Tuttle 101, we bounce ideas off one another and help each other to do what we do even better. This is not an office space, we even hung balloons from the ceiling to prove this. It is a community space, we hold various events for the local area, and we do things together socially as well. I describe it as working in a place where you have chosen all the people you want to work with.

 

So when did people start thinking that a networking event would encourage creatives? As a creative I can speak for most of us and say that often our motive is not money, it is to make a difference in the world. We want to earn a living yes, but do we want to start discussing how much money we make? No, our inspiration does not come from money, it comes from projects, people and places – to name a few.

I have yet to meet a creative who enjoys “networking” events, however I know many creatives who are happy to meet up for a coffee. Yet people continue to try and connect with creatives by arranging fancy meetings and networking events or workshops with the aim of “expanding business” and “making profit”. A huge majority of the time these type of events never really connect with the creatives invited.

Maybe some money minded people think they are helping a creative by convincing them to become more business orientated. I can tell you now, it isn’t going to work, our whole life’s ambition is to make things much more important than money. So if you are a business reading this, think about how you can help them make a difference, not make money. As Albert Einstein said “Try to become not a man of success, but try rather to become a man of value.”

By Natasha Steer

@natashasteer

natasha@creatabot.co.uk

The next Tuttle 101 event is on Monday 17th September 2012 at 9.30am at the Deaf Cat Coffee Bar, Rochester, ME1 1LX

If you would like to know more about coFWD please email me at natasha@creatabot.co.uk

Area:   UK   Britain   East of England   East Midlands   London  North East   North West    Yorkshire    Scotland    South East South West    Wales   West Midlands

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

 

Feed The Artists At Chatham Zoo – From 27th October 2012

A group exhibition with a difference featuring new work by Christopher Sacre, Marissa Mardon and Mark Barnes will be on show at Nucleus Arts Chatham Gallery from 27th October to 8th November 2012.

The ‘Chatham Zoo’ exhibition presents new work by Artist/Sculptor Christopher Sacre, Painter/Photographer Marissa Mardon and Illustrator/Designer Mark Barnes.

For the education and amusement of visitors the artists themselves will be exhibited in an enclosure, waiting to be fed inspiration and materials to create new work throughout the show. Come along, throw a tube of paint through the bars and watch what happens!

‘Chatham Zoo’ runs from Saturday 27 October to Thursday 8 November 2012 at Nucleus Arts Chatham Gallery, 272 High St, Chatham, Kent ME4 4BP (opposite Iceland). Open 10am-5pm Mon-Sat (closed Sundays). Admission free.

Exhibition preview/meet the animals: Friday 26 October 6-8pm, all welcome.

Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ChathamZoo

Area: South East

The Whitstable Biennale 2012 – Arts Festival – 1st to 16th of September

From 1-16 September 2012 Whitstable (UK) will play host to THE 6th WHITSTABLE BIENNALE 2012, a festival of new and ambitious contemporary art.

Already an important date in the art world calendar Whitstable Biennale has gained an international reputation for presenting work by some of the most important and exciting artists working today. Dedicated to presenting contemporary visual art, film and performance, the festival is a showcase for ambitious and experimental new work. 

New commissions include Jesse Jones, Benedict Drew, Cara Tolmie, Emma Hart, Patrick Staff, Ben Judd, Touch, Tessa Lynch, Tom Gidley, Tanya Axford, Angus Braithwaite, Martin John Callanan, Kieren Reed. The festival unfolds over three weekends and will extend into each Saturday night with a programme of talks, performances and a late night outdoor cinema. 

Full programme details are available at www.whitstablebiennale.com and a NEW Whitstable Biennale 2012 smartphone App will be available nearer the opening date. 

Notable highlights include: 

Ben Judd’s Vast as the Dark of Night and as the Light of Day, a new live work set on a series of boats that positions the audience, out at sea, as both participant and observer. Engaging the grey area between ritual and performance, Judd searches for an unreachable and idealised state of community. 

 A video installation by Jarman prize 2012 nominee Benedict Drew, NOW, THING, is set against the green screen surface of an indoor bowling green, making use of the super-real artificial ‘chroma-key’ green of the bowling surface in his installation.

Emma Hart presents Monument to the Unsaved #2 (M20 Death Drives), a new sculptural video commission, where wing mirror puppets drinking carved wood cocktails are trapped in a fantasy role playing game; amongst them is the character Emma Hart (2nd level visual artist).

Jesse Jones’ The Selfish Act of Community presents a dramatisation of an iconic encounter group therapy session that took place in the US in the late 1960s, aiming to prompt reflection on both the limits of the radical politics of that era and the potential resources it offers to our present moment of similar crisis and rising political dissent. 

 Three main programmes thread their way through the Biennale weekends.

 Programme 1: curated by The Island (Victoria Brooks and Andrew Bonacina)

Stages in the Revolution is presented by curators The Island, and takes its name from Catherine Itzen’s seminal book about the history of political theatre. The programme invites artists and audiences alike to move beyond the walls of the museum and experiment with ideas of community and sharing culture. Works include Patrick Staff’s series of stages constructed around Whitstable’s working harbour area, to function as new sites for performances, workshops and discussion groups, and also as new public spaces made available for impromptu use; Cara Tolmie’s performance in a large boatshed, and social historian and independent scholar Iain Boal’s guided walk through Whitstable, focusing on his research into the commons. 

Programme 2: curated by Jeremy Millar 

Artist and writer Jeremy Millar has selected an exhibition and talks programme, including a new audio-visual symphony by BJNilsen and Jon Wozencroft (produced in association with the renowned production company and record label Touch), and Speak Near By, a programme of artists’ film and video that explores the intertwining themes of rituals, dream, dance, and possession. The work of American film-maker Maya Deren, whose trance-like films and reflections on dance, anthropology, ritual, and Haitian Voodoo have been substantially influential for a number of subsequent artists, is represented by her classic film Ritual in Transfigured Time (1944-6). Joachim Koester’s 2007 film Tarantism revolves around the old southern Italian belief that the only antidote to the poisonous bite of the wolf spider, or tarantula, is a form of frenzied dancing. For his film New Dream Machine Project (2011), Shezad Dawood created a 3m high version of Brion Gysin’s ‘Dream Machine’, a spinning open drum structure said to lead the viewer into a hypnogogic state. Derek Jarman’s Jordan’s Dance (1977) will also be shown. All four films thus engage the body as a means of transportation to both another mental state and another time and place. A series of talks contextualising the programme include Siobhan Davies in conversation with artist Marcus Coates, and Producer John Wyver.

Programme 3: curated by Emma Leach 

Artist, and Whitstable Biennale’s Performance Curator, Emma Leach presents live performances and immersive and performative installations, with many of the works existing at the intersection of performance with other media, such as video, sculpture, writing and music. A strong concern shared by many of these works is the relationship between material things and the magic that makes them function. Works include Tessa Lynch’s Better Times, an exploration of different types of festival tent and the passive or active interaction they invite. Spanning a weekend, Lynch approaches this work as a 48hr festival which celebrates the nocturnal pastime of dreaming. The festival-goers (dreamers) are linked to each other through the geography they share and their collective engagement with the Biennale. The work is in three parts, each offering an experience for a single visitor to step into, including a dream hotline, a T shirt stall and a performance polling station. Angus Braithwaite’s The Sea is in my Veins, is part performance-lecture and part re-enactment, interweaving the artist’s own diving experience with a history of aquatic success and failure.

 The Biennale visitor HQ located on the main beach is a newly commissioned building entitled, Social Sculpture, by artist Kieren Reed. 

 With an extensive programme of performance, films, and events centred around its three weekends, Whitstable Biennale 2012 is an engaging encounter between innovative and experimental artists, diverse and curious audiences, and unique locations. Weekdays also feature new works, including John Smith’sSoft Work (in association with Turner Contemporary, Margate, Stour Valley Arts and South East Dance), and Oliver Beer’s A Philosophy of Education (Piece for two trebles, two grand pianos and an empty concert hall). The festival is accompanied by a lively festival fringe, the Whitstable Satellite.

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).

Area:   UK   Britain   East of England   East Midlands   London  North East   North West    Yorkshire    Scotland    South East South West    Wales   West Midlands

Jeffrey Lewis and The Junkyard Gig – 8th September 2012 – Gillingham – Kent

When Jarvis Cocker hails someone as “the best lyricist working in the US today” you should really sit down and listen. Luckily for the folk of Medway the object of Cocker’s praise, Jeffrey Lewis, is making Gillingham the final stop of his UK tour. Accompanied by his band, The Junkyard, Lewis demolishes the cliché of the angst-ridden singer-songwriter and delivers midnight-tinged, wit-sharpened hymns to the human condition.

On his own, and with his band, Lewis has toured the world, playing with artists including Stephen Malkmus, The Fall, Devo, Devendra Banhart, The Cribs, Beth Orton…the list is packed with illustrious denizens of the off-beat musical underground. And when not making his six strings chime and chatter with everyday tales of the absurd, Lewis is a comic-book artist, having contributed to the New York Times and The Guardian, as well as releasing his own series, called Fuff.

Born in the Big Apple, Lewis made his name playing open mic nights in the city’s Sidewalk Bar with a host of artists that became associated with the antifolk movement. He certainly has stylistic similarities with that scene; off kilter singing, an acoustic backbone that can spark with the riot of punk and a wry, self-deprecating air. However, the magical simplicity and humorous insight of his songs strike such a chord that he sometimes feels like the only living boy in New York.

Since launching in September 2011, Tea Concerts has brought to Medway, Brighton and London some of the finest bands currently shaping the musical underground including: The Tigercats, The Bobby McGees, Darren Hayman and The Wave Pictures. Tea Concerts follows Jeffrey Lewis & The Junkyard with hip-hop legend Grandmaster Flash, at The Casino Ballrooms in Rochester, on 9 November.

To book tickets and to find out what’s coming up on the Tea Concerts calendar visit teaconcerts.co.uk, or phone 01634 545545. 

Area: South East

No Bell Prize 2012 – 14th September – Rochester – Kent

Creatabot presents an evening of invention, ideas and science. Many of us have had a crazy concept for a gadget or some type of aid for life. Yes most of them worryingly ended up on Google patents, but maybe you have one that you are not afraid to share.

The No Bell prize has only one rule for your inventions…a pretty obvious one. If you want me to spell it out…it mustn’t have any bells!

Creatabot will be picking 3 winners for the No Bell prize 2012, who will then be presented with a certificate and a round of applause.

Please bring drawings, prototypes and ideas to the evening – which will be held at 161 High Street, Rochester, Kent, ME1 1EH on the 14th September at 7.30pm.

Tea and coffee will be provided.

Please book via www.nobelprize2012.eventbrite.co.uk or www.facebook.com/events/177018619099647/

Please note, our venue (http://coFWD.org/) is a very old bank building that is being slowly shaped by a community of individuals for long-term Community Interest. Sadly the startup project is in its infancy and being run on limited funds so the building currently has some accessibility issues. If you have specific access or disability requirements and would like to attend an event or activity please let us know at least 5 days before the event date so that we can do our utmost to resolve any potential problems to accommodate.

Area: South East

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

Treasure Or Trash? – Artistic Freedom In A Digital Age – Free Conference on 20th September 2012 – Folkestone

(CC BY-NC 2.0) by naoyafujii

The future is digital. Traditional distribution channels are changing,
and whilst this offers unprecedented opportunities for artists and
creators it also raises issues around censorship, cultural identity,
ownership and quality control.  If the gatekeepers are removed and
artists, writers and musicians can be their own distributors, who makes
judgements about quality?  Should anyone? Or should we embrace an
artistic and social free for all? 

This event will be of interest to artists, performers, musicians,
writers, entrepreneurs, academics, students, philosophers and social
commentators. 

Venue: University Centre Folkestone 

FREE to attend but booking required – contact Jane Seaman – jane.seaman@canterbury.ac.uk

Key speaker Chris Meade, writer and Director of if:book UK

Other speakers include:  Matt Wright (composer, sound artist, Senior
Lecturer at Canterbury Christchurch University), Shane Record (visual
artist), Danuta Kean (writer and journalist), Greg Klercx, Director of
Reauthoring, and others to be confirmed.

Area: South East

The Hoodwink Project – Bringing Art Into Unexpected Places

Suzie Plumb and I work as Cultural Projects Managers for the Arts Development Unit at Tunbridge Wells Borough Council. We’ve recently received funding from various bodies, including Arts Council England, Kent County Council and Medway Council to embark on a 3 year audience development project: Hoodwink. This article aims to introduce the reader to the concepts behind the Hoodwink philosophy and to stimulate debate about the value of contemporary art in everyday life.

The Hoodwink team are trickster do-gooders, working at the very edges of curatorial practice. They target non-users of museums and art galleries and expose them to art practice in the most unlikely, surprising and exciting of places. By bringing the art to the people, their work creatively challenges current perceptions of exhibiting space and environment, and often deliberately subverts the traditions of curatorial practice in order to break down the barriers to engagement. They provide opportunities for museums and artists to expose their work to new audiences and develop their own practice through working in new site specific ways.

60 Large Aerial Photos have been on display in Chatham town centre, Kent. for a number of months. The alternative photography exhibition has brought a new look to the high street and has been a positive influence on the general public.

Hoodwink Venues

We will be commissioning work for 9 commercial venues across the next 3 years. Unlike other arts projects that have used empty shop spaces, Hoodwink venues are already occupied for commercial use, for example: supermarkets, sports centres and public houses. Showing work in these spaces targets non-users of galleries and museums by exposing the venues’ existing customers to the work on display in a comfortable and familiar setting.

We’re using Arts Council England research to define and target our non-users. ACE arts-based society segments define the majority of non-users into 3 categories: time-poor dreamers; a quiet pint with the match; limited means, nothing fancy.

http://www.artscouncil.org.uk/what-we-do/research-and-data/arts-audiences/arts-based-segmentation-research/

Targeting is realised through community engagement undertaken by the commissioned artist during the research and development of their work, which will include creative sessions with venue staff, and from the approach to and presentation of interpretative material displayed with the artwork. The effectiveness of this approach was established through qualitative evaluation of previous audience development projects undertaken by Tunbridge Wells Museum and Art Gallery: Kentish Delights (2010 – 11) and Public Art House (2011-12, http://publicarthouse.tumblr.com). This evaluation exposed some exciting revelations:

  • Customers enjoy seeing things out of the ordinary in their daily lives because it gives them something different to talk about than the weather (Kentish Delights)
  • When staff are confident about a display, they enjoy talking to customers about it (Kentish Delights) Perceptions of customer service are improved if staff are able to engage with customers about objects on display in their venue (Kentish Delights)
  • Customers enjoy having an activity associated with the art on display, even if they don’t think it has anything to do with the art on display (Public Art House)
  • Customers are able to make meaning in their lives from engaging from art in this way (Public Art House)

Hoodwink will allow us to explore these concepts in greater detail, by commissioning artists to create work on a larger scale, and through experimenting with different types of interpretation.

Pubs will be one of the spaces used for the Hoodwink project.

Hoodwink Artists

Our commissioning process is very simple: once we’ve secured a Hoodwink venue, we agree an artist brief with the venue management, and advertise it as widely as possible across the UK. The brief asks that the artist respond to any aspect of the venue, its community, or the environment the venue sits in.

We also offer the artist the opportunity to work with a museum from Kent, by researching and selecting objects from that museum to be displayed in the venue. For many artists, this can give a local or historical context to their work, providing an access point to engaging with their work. This commission offers the artist opportunities to:

  • Engage with a new audience in a meaningful way
  • Expose their work to a large number of people
  • Develop their work in new directions, through responding to a commercial, competitive setting

Hoodwink Interpretation

Interpretation is a vital component of good engagement with contemporary art, and is an element that will be experimented with during Hoodwink.

Hoodwink aims to realign interpretation with marketing, and borrows from commercial practice to do this. Selling concentrates on informing the customer why a product is important to them, and therefore why they should invest in it financially and in many cases, philosophically and intellectually as well. Customers think carefully about what they purchase and what meaning this has to their lives. Decisions are based on having the essential information about a product accessible and available. Access to this information depends on the success of the marketing campaign in exposing it to the right audience.

Hoodwink draws its audience by selling information about the works on display, and this is approached through many different media and interactions.

Firstly it will look at building an audience in advance of the exhibitions of work at the venues, by generating interest through social media communities, exposing the story of the artists’ work as it develops from ideas to installation.

Secondly, interpretive material will accompany the artwork on display. This material will offer customers different ways to engage with the work on display, avoiding presenting a single-voiced textual interpretation and encouraging meaningful interaction. This is a creative and exciting curatorial challenge for the Hoodwink team and offers them the opportunity to:

  • Find and showcase effective models for meaningful engagement in real situations
  • Grow a vast audience for contemporary art
  • Work with different and unexpected specialists to achieve our aims.

Hoodwink has enormous potential to change arts practice and display, and it is something that we expect to gather momentum as it progresses. The social benefit of this change in practice can be enormous and life changing for everyone involved. We welcome your thoughts on our model and ideas at every stage of the project.

Our second commissioning opportunity is about to go live – we’ll be announcing it on our Facebook pages soon, so please join us at   http://www.facebook.com/groups/396956693682730/

By Polly Harknett

Hoodwink Project Manager

hoodwink@tunbridgewells.gov.uk

Area: Kent    South East