Daughters of Fortune

An exciting new project exploring learning-disability and parenthood...

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It is a project about humanity, of human experience. It aims to resonate with everybody, with or without a disability. Everybody was a child, everybody has a mother, every body has a belly button to prove it.

The issue of learning disability parenthood is complex. Medical experts, geneticists, social workers, council officers and advocates have all been involved in the creation of Daughters of Fortune. The most important people involved however are the learning-disabled parents who have kindly shared their real life stories with us.

The Daughters of Fortune Family includes three major productions:

The Daughters of Fortune Family will continue to grow over the next 18 months so keep checking back here to follow the development of the project.

Mind-The-Gap are performing Daughters of Fortune next week at The Arena Theatre Wolverhampton on the 9th and 10th of November.

Disability filmmaking workshop

New and Emerging Deaf & Disabled Film Talent, 104 films workshop...

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This programme is in partnership with Stop Play Record and is supported by Creative Skillset's Film Skills Fund, with BFI's Film Forever National Lottery fund

Date: Thursday 17th November 2016

Venue (click address for map):

ICA

The Mall

London SW1Y 5AH

Time: 11:00am to 5:00pm

About our Workshop:

104 films Workshop for New and Emerging Deaf & Disabled Film Talent supported by Creative Skillset and in partnership with STOP PLAY RECORD is a first step for emerging Deaf & Disabled film talent wanting to make films or develop a career in the film industry.

It allows participants to connect with 104 films and the STOP PLAY RECORD programme and to develop with us on our talent ladder.

The Workshop will offer a Masterclass on short film-making and an Introduction to Directing Workshop. We will introduce you to the work of 104 films and talk to you about developing your career and skills.

We will be joined by executives from STOP PLAY RECORD who will discuss the short film opportunities offered by their Random Acts short film programme.

The Workshop is free of charge.

About 104 films:

104 films are the world leaders in disability cinema. We have made eight feature films including Special PeopleSex & Drugs & Rock & RollI Am Breathing and Notes on Blindness and over sixty short films with Deaf & Disabled film talent. We run a raft of training and development programmes for Deaf & Disabled film talent.

Our aims are to make a tectonic difference in the representation of Deaf & Disabled film talent in front of and behind the camera and to enable the voice of disabled film talent in the cinema mainstream.

About Stop Play Record:

STOP PLAY RECORD is a programme of screenings, workshops and events open to anyone interested in filmmaking. The series introduces audiences to a range of professionals from different creative sectors who work with moving image.

Each year STOP PLAY RECORD supports the planning and production of 24 short films with young people aged 16–24 who are based in London.

Films commissioned by STOP PLAY RECORD have the chance to be included as part of the Channel 4 Random Acts series.

About You:

You will be disabled and based in London or the South-East. You will want to make films and / or to develop a career in the film industry.

The workshop is aimed at talent looking to make their first professional short film but we welcome all applications including those working in wider creative sectors. If you are driven to express yourself in film we will welcome your application.

How to Apply:

If this is of interest to you please let us know by e-mailing our Workshop Co-ordinator Polly Perkins via: pollyperky@gmail.com

Let us know a bit about you – about your experience in film-making or creative work of any kind, what you might like to do and why the workshop is of interest to you. A CV is useful but a passionate paragraph is fine.

Please also let us know if you have any access or communication requirements or any issues making this application.

We look forward to hearing from you.

www.104films.com

www.stopplayrecord.ica.org.uk

Borderlines Film Festival 2017

Calling all young, UK-based film-makers aged 16-24!

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Rural Media has teamed up with Borderlines Film Festival 2017 to create the Best Short Film Award for Breakthrough Talent.

We're on the lookout for new film-makers... the deadline for submissions is 16th December so you'll need to get your skates on!  

All the finalists will have their films screened at the festival as part of a 'celebration of young talent' event and a panel of film industry professionals will select the winner, who will receive £500 in prize money.

Borderlines Film Festival, the UK's largest rural film festival based in Herefordshire and Shropshire, will be celebrating its 15th anniversary in 2017 and Rural Media, a Herefordshire based production company and charity producing award-winning films and digital arts projects, have joined together to celebrate and give a new platform for first time and emerging film-makers.

We love film in all its glorious forms, from animation to drama, gritty documentaries to experimental hybrid work. The films should be no longer than 15 minutes (including credits) and although the film-maker must be UK based, as long as English subtitles are used, the films can be in any language. We are after current material so your film needs to have been made between August 2015 and the submission date.

To enter, please go to ruralmedia.co.uk/charity/best-short-film-award  There is a submission fee of £25.00 which can be paid via Paypal, cheque or bank transfer. Please note any submissions received without the £25 fee will not be considered.

For initial submission, films should be sent either via a password protected link, a file transfer service such as WeTransfer or via a hard drive to the Rural Media offices.

The deadline for submissions is 6pm on Friday 16th December 2016. Borderlines Film Festival takes place from 24th Feb until 12th March 2017 and we'll let you know whether you have been successful or not before the Festival programme goes live.

Rural Media is a Hereford-based production company and charity producing award-winning films and digital arts projects. Founded over 25 years ago by CEO Nic Millington, we have a reputation, locally and nationally, for telling powerful stories from unheard voices and nurturing creative talent.

www.ruralmedia.co.uk

Borderlines film festival is the UK's largest rural film festival. Based in Herefordshire and celebrating their 15th Anniversary in 2017

www.borderlinesfilmfestival.co.uk 

Four Corners'

Four Corners' - new training schemes, which are free/highly subsidised by Creative Skill set...

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DIT Skills Workshop: 
£160 + VAT
These workshops provide two-day, intensive hands-on training courses for Camera assistants and other camera department professionals seeking to upskill in DIT.  This course is funded by Creative Skill set. For more information, please visit: http://www.fourcornersfilm.co.uk/DIT-skills-workshops 

 

Digital Film Skills:

FREE

Digital Film Skills offers free, specialist training in digital technologies in camera and post-production, with follow-on support. It is funded by Creative Skillset.  The scheme runs January-February 2017. For more information, please visit: http://www.fourcornersfilm.co.uk/digital-film-skills 

 

ZOOM: 
FREE
ZOOM: Futures In Creative Media is a practical, industry-level training scheme in digital video production.  The next course begins January 2017 offering 6 weeks of film training. For more information, please visit: http://www.fourcornersfilm.co.uk/ZOOM-futures-in-creative-media 

The Incorrigibles

Perspectives on Disability Art in the 20th and 21st Centuries.

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At DASH's symposium 'Awkward Bastards' in the Spring of 2015, artist and CEO of Shape Arts, Tony Heaton posed the question “Is the Disability Arts movement a forgotten movement?”

In response to this, DASH created a new 84 page, full-colour book that aims to show that Disability arts is alive, well and demands recognition and a place within art history.

Edited by curator Adrian Plant and artist Tanya Raabe-Webber, the book features essays by Darren Henley, Tony Heaton, Amanda Cachia, Craig Ashley, and interviews with fourteen artists including Sue Austin, Jon Adams, Sean Burn, Rachel Gadsden, Bobby Baker and Christine Sun Kim.

“This book is a significant and fundamental point in the history of Disability art and culture. Recognising the history of Disabled artists, our position in the present and what it will be in the future. It will be the basis of our succession and place in the art world. The stories and artwork by these artists unites them and demonstrates the strong vibrant genre that is progressive and inspirational to an emerging Disability arts landscape.” -  Tanya Raabe Webber.

Copies of 'The Incorrigibles' can be pre-ordered for £10 (+£2.50 p&p) online at: https://pay.gocardless.com/AL0000KMGH3HBK

Join us to celebrate the publication of the book at one of the upcoming launches:

  • Monday 28th November 2016, Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool as part of DADAFest, 6:30pm until 7:30pm
  • Tuesday 6th December 2016, Arts Admin, London, 6:00pm until 7:30pm
  • Thursday 8th December 2016, mac Birmingham, 6:00pm until 7:30pm

These events are free but please RSVP to info@dasharts.org

(The retail price after 14/11/2016 is £12.99, although copies will be available for £10 at the launches.)

Awkward Bastards 2 - call for proposals

A call for proposals - Radical Practices...

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DASH's first Awkward Bastards symposium in March 2015 was one of the first to engage with the spectrum of diversity from disability, ethnicity, and sexuality, to gender and class.

Thanks to generous funding from ACE, Awkward Bastards returns in 2017 to consider the ways in which diverse artists and practices have been, are, or could be, framed and our collective responsibilities to our pasts and our futures.  

The two-day symposium will feature artists' presentations, keynote speeches, panel debates, a live portrait painting by Tanya Raabe-Webber, and a Radical Practices open mic session. Please see below for the call for proposals.

Confirmed contributors include Frances Morris (Tate Modern), Tony Heaton (Shape), Mohammed Ali (artist), Rachel Anderson (Idle Women), Daniel Oliver (artist), Simon Casson (Duckie), Sara Wajid (Royal Museums Greenwich), Sue Austin (artist), Nick Llewellyn & Cian Binchy (Access All Areas), Aaron Wright (Fierce Festival), Helga Henry (Birmingham Hippodrome), Sarah Watson & Thompson Hall (Creative Minds), Rachel Gadsden (artist), Gemma Marmalade (artist). 

Call for Proposals - Radical Practices:

AB2 is inviting proposals from artists, activists, academics and others to present 5 minute provocations for the Radical Practices open mic session at the symposium.  We particularly encourage proposals which speak to and reflect the spectrum of diversity in the UK including issues of race, disability, gender and gender fluidity, the experiences of refugees, Roma and other marginalised and displaced peoples, issues of class and privilege, old age, mental health and chronic illness.

Radical Practices provocations can take any form – a manifesto, a rant, a performance, an illustrated slide show. Ideally provocations will be accompanied by a representative image or series of images. Provocations must be no longer than 5 minutes.

We plan to present 10 provocations on March 23rd, selected by the AB2 organisers from proposals received.

Radical Practices provocateurs will receive a £40 honorarium, a complementary ticket to the symposium, and lunch.

To submit a proposal for Radical Practices please send an email to Mike Layward at DASH by Monday 19th December 2016.

Please put 'Radical Practices' in the subject line and include the following information:

  • your name 
  • your contact details 
  • a title 
  • a brief description of what your provocation will be about and why (maximum 150 words) 
  • how you propose to present your provocation (eg a rant) 
  • a representative low-res image 
  • a short biography

We will let you know if we are able to present your provocation by Monday 9th January at the latest.

Full programme details and booking information will be announced in November 2016.

Colour Space at the V&A

Creative opportunities for adults with learning disabilities...

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... to work with the Gilbert Collection of gold, silver, mosaics, gold boxes and enamel portrait miniatures.

Colour Space is a partnership between the V&A and Lemos&Crane.  Following a very successful photography project for adults with learning disabilities, the second programme will be on 29th November 2016, 6th December 2016, 13th December 2016, 10:30am until 1:30pm.

We will be working with the The Rosalinde & Arthur Gilbert Collection of gold, silver, mosaics, gold boxes and enamel portrait miniatures at the V&A. Participants will be making objects as well as taking iPad photographs.

If you work with adults with learning disabilities and would like to find out more about participating, please click here

Boxing Shadows

Please Join us, for Boxing Shadows!

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Celf O Gwmpas, Llandrindod Wells is hosting a week of events and activities in celebration of arts and mental health as part of WALLS:MURIAU, the Welsh Mental Health Arts Festival 2016.

http://mhaf.wales/en/

Artist in residence Stephen Park and Powys artist Blue MacAskill are engaging and working with artists who have knowledge and experience of mental ill health from across the county. Working together, they are developing knowledge, practice, experience and creative aspirations and promoting wider understanding of arts and mental health.

Please join us from 10th-15th November at Celf o Gwmpas. We have a varied and exciting programme planned.

For further information on individual events, please see the Boxing Shadows newsletter.

Fault Lines

An exciting new opportunity with FutureEverything...

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FutureEverything is an award winning innovation lab and festival based in Manchester. It explores the meeting point of technology, society and culture and makes connections between thinkers, developers, coders, artists, designers, urbanists and policy makers – inspiring them to experiment and to collaborate in new ways.

Fault Lines is a unique talent development and commissioning opportunity for early, mid career and established artists who are interested in crossing the boundaries between art, design, science and innovation.

We are are interested exploring the dialogue between technology, innovation, culture and society and demonstrating how artists can have an impact on the technology sector.

We would be grateful if you could help us get the word out and share the link below... (the deadline for applications is the 9th of November).

Fault Lines is funded through Arts Council England's Ambition for Excellence award.  You can share the link directly through our Facebook page or through twitter @FuturEverything.

http://futureeverything.org/news/fault-lines-open-call/

If you need any further information, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

 

Film Skills Training Opportunity

An exciting opportunity for emerging artists and 16-24 age groups!

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An offer for young aspiring film makers...

We are offering a FREE part time 12 week course, in evenings and weekends (so part time workers can attend too) running from October to January.

The course focuses on practical production skills and is particularly aimed at ensuring young women, young BAME, and young disabled people can access this opportunity. However this opportunity is open to all young people age 16-24.

More information is available via the link below:

http://creativealliance.org.uk/job/film-skills-brum-foot-in-the-door-practical-training-course-opportunity

The deadline to apply is 19th October at noon - so don't hesitate to apply!