Extra-ordinary bodies

Coming to Telford this August!

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The active and creative communities team are looking to recruit 24 local people aged 18+ to create two groups of 12 participants who will each spend three days working with extra-ordinary bodies.

www.extraordinarybodies.org.uk

We are looking to recruit an even split of both people with a recognised disability and  those who do not perceive themselves as having any specific needs. Also on our radar are people who may have ended up isolated through circumstances life has thrown at them. 

The theme being explored through circus and conversation  is what does it means to be alive in 2017.

This  project is running across the country with one of the UKs strongest outdoor theatre companies who are seeking to inform a show they are developing for 2018. The project will also highlight what the talents and aspirations are of those who take part. We were approached  in part because of record in community arts, events and our track record in engaging creatively with people with disabilities.

We are seeking people from all walks of life to take part and would like a 50/50 split of those with and without  disability.

Shape Arts

Updates from Shape Arts recent mailing, including new grants!

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Brand New R&D Grants from NDACA!

Applications are now open for the National Disability Arts Collection and Archive (NDACA)'s new Research and Development mentoring grants for emerging disabled artists!

NDACA, the Disability Arts Movement heritage project delivered by ourselves, is inviting UK-based emerging disabled artists to apply for one of four Research and Development Grants, which include mentoring by a key artist involved in the 'Golden Age' of the Disability Arts Movement. Applications are open to artists working in any art form, and they do not have to match the practice of their selected mentor.

Artists are invited to submit a personal statement about their artistic practice and a proposal of how they wish to make use of the grant award to us by 30 June 2017. 

For further information on how to apply, please visit: www.shapearts.org.uk/news/ndaca-rnd-applications

 

Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary: Oliver MacDonald at Turner Contemporary:

Join us for a free artist talk by our Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary (ARMB) recipient Oliver MacDonald in the Clore Learning Studio. On his penultimate day at Turner Contemporary, Oliver will be discussing his ongoing artistic practice and work, and reflecting on his three month residency, followed by an audience Q&A session. 

Tickets are free, but places are limited so please click here to let us know you're coming.

You can also introduce yourself to Oliver's work by reading our five minute Q&A blog with him at: www.shapearts.org.uk/blog/five-minutes-oliver-macdonald

 

Artist profile - Aidan Moesby:

Aidan Moesby is a visual artist and curator whose work increasingly explores civic and personal wellbeing. His practice is based around research and response, much of which is underpinned through conversations. These may be real, overheard, visual, imaginary or even virtual. He works extensively within arts and health, especially where art, technology and wellbeing intersect.

Moesby is fascinated by how we communicate and connect with ourselves, each other and the worlds we inhabit - He produces responsive interventions in which the works serve as the catalyst for a personal or communal exploration through an internal or socially active/engaged conversation.

Click here to read Aidan's profile in full.

 

We are seeking a Project Manager for NDACA:

The National Disability Arts Collection & Archive is a Heritage Lottery Fund project, delivered by Shape Arts, which will bring to life the heritage story of the Disability Arts Movement, a radical arts movement in which a group of disabled people and their allies broke barriers, helped change the law and made great culture about those struggles.

We are currently looking for the right Project Manager to deliver NDACA - click here for a more detailed read & apply by 8 May.

Time to get registered

Register, vote - and have your say!

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#CripTheVote is "geared towards both engaging the disability community in discussing the policies and politics that will most impact our lives but also to use our collective power to amplify the community's voice on these issues."

Click here to view the latest email newsletter from Shaping Our Lives, which explores the forthcoming General Election.

Kickstart for print run of 'DSM 69'

Taking a subversive look at psychiatry...

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My publisher Eleusinian Press-  http://www.eleusinianpress.co.uk/ - is publishing a book of my writings and art, taking a subversive look at psychiatry, called 'DSM 69'.

It is a small press and they have started a kickstarter for a print run.

I would appreciate support of the project, either in donating or sharing the kickstarter page on your networks: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1203601213/dsm-69-a-subversive-look-at-psychiatry-by-dolly-se

Thanks for taking the time out to read this, and all the very best,

Dolly Sen

http://www.dollysentraining.com & dollysen.com

March/April newsletter

There's lots of project updates in the latest DASH newsletter!

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Click here to access the March/April 2017 newsletter from DASH - with updates on the INSIDE project, reflections on Awkward Bastards ABsence - and details of our next Audio Description Training event in Cardiff, taking place on Wednesday 10th May.

UNIT(e) 2017

An invitation for submissions...

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UNIT(e). Every year we transform g39 into a space for production, research, critical discussions, film screenings, socials, lectures, and more. Taking its model from various independent art schools and summer schools, the gallery becomes a busy studio hub for the participating artists. Once a week we invite the public in to see artists' work in progress, the background noise, the often unseen studio activity of their practice.

We also have a rich and varied programme of visiting artists and curators who deliver talks, workshops and one-to-one sessions with studio holders. The season concludes with an open studio event.

For further information, please download the file below.

Sky Arts Artist of the Year

Sky Arts are looking for participants for the new series!

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Storyvault Films, the TV company who produce 'Portrait Artist of the Year' for Sky Arts, are currently looking for artists to take part in the new series.

The competition is open to both professional and amateur artists and all mediums are welcome (apart from digital artwork).

Here is a link to our website with access to the online application form: http://www.skyartsartistoftheyear.tv/.

We are also accepting applications for Landscape Artist of the Year - which we will be filming later in the summer.

Portrait Artist is an internationally acclaimed series and one of Sky Arts top rating shows. For the  artists who appear in it,  it's a great opportunity to show their work off to a wider audience and a chance to win a £10,000 commission. 

Here's a link to a show, the password is 'st0ryvault' https://vimeo.com/199689059

Below are some links that might be helpful to pass onto anyone you think might be interested.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/StoryvaultFilmsTV/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/StoryvaultFilms

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/skyartsartistoftheyear/?hl=en

We are a small team and really want to reach out to as many people as possible.

British Paraorchestra

British Paraorchestra performing in Birmingham on February 18th...

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The British Paraorchestra is making their Birmingham debut in Symphony Hall this Saturday, February 18th.

They have been programmed as part of a core classical season for the first time, and they've been partnered with members of the CBSO for this date.

More information about the event can be found here and here.

Guiding Lights 9

Guiding Lights is now Open for applications!

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Guiding Lights 9 - call for applications - deadline: 5pm, Monday 13th March 2017.

Guiding Lights is the UK's leading film mentoring scheme, managed by Lighthouse and majority funded by Creative Skillset.

Now open for applications the scheme is looking for writers, directors and producers who would benefit from the support of a high-level industry mentor to help them progress to the next stage in their careers.  

Selected participants will benefit from 9 months of one-to-one mentor support from a leading professional in their field. The programme also includes a trip to Galway Film Fleadh, and a range of industry training events, networking and informal get-togethers. 

Previous mentors on the scheme have included Danny Boyle, Barbara Broccoli, Tessa Ross, Walter Murch, Alex Garland, Abi Morgan, Kenneth Branagh, Clio Barnard, Lenny Abrahamson and Sam Mendes.

Read more about Guiding Lights 9.

Guiding Lights is supported by Creative Skillset's Film Fund, which is backed by the British Film Institute (BFI) and National Lottery's Film Forever Fund.

Training for diverse filmmakers

A three month training and development programme...

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Widening the Lens - Encounters Short Film & Animation Festival opportunity for new and emerging filmmakers from diverse backgrounds. The course aims to address and improve diversity within the filmmaking industry. 

The course will take 15 filmmakers through a dedicated programme including workshops, masterclasses and one to one mentoring with industry professionals to complete a personal project and further develop their skills and knowledge.

The course is FREE and we have limited bursaries available for travel and childcare.

This programme is supported by Creative Skillset's Film Skills Fund, with BFI's Film Forever National Lottery funds.

What is the course?

There will be a 2 day session in March in Bristol, comprising of workshops and masterclasses with leading Industry experts to help develop your skills and knowledge around pre-production, funding getting your work made, exhibition and festival strategies.

Shortlisted candidates will then be matched with a mentor to work on a three month personal development plan, and the course will finish with a celebration day in Bristol, in May.

Who can apply?

Filmmakers at an early stage in their career, from any of the identified underrepresented groups can apply.  These are:

  • Filmmakers with disabilities
  • Filmmakers from a BAME background
  • LGBT+ Filmmakers
  • Female Filmmakers

Key dates:

Candidates MUST be available for all of the course dates in March and May, in Bristol.  Bursaries for travel are available.

More information on the opportunity can be found here: http://encounters-festival.org.uk/training-diverse-filmmakers-widening-lens/