Tuesday, 31 July 2007

Paid Professional Artist Development

Paid Professional Artist Development (PAD) Opportunity
DEADLINE EXTENDED - Expressions of interest to be received by Friday 3rd August
This opportunity is aimed at artists living and working in the West Midlands who want to work with built environment professionals and to develop their skills and understanding in public realm work.
Longhouse and Explore are inviting ten artists from the West Midlands region to take part in a two-day professional development programme in Stoke-on-Trent City Centre.
For more information on how to submit your expression of interest please see the Invitation to Artists attached. If you have any questions please do get in touch.

Chloe Brown
Arts Manager (Regeneration and Longhouse)
Direct line: +44(0)121 5242127
email: chloebrown@multistory.org.uk
Multistory / Longhouse
1 Overend Street,
West Bromwich, West Midlands B70 6EY
Switchboard: +44(0) 121 5256861
Fax: +44(0)121 225 6475=20
Multistory is a new, independent, company and registered charity that
has been established to continue to develop and deliver the award
winning community arts programme of work formerly undertaken by Jubilee

pandy mill glass studio & gallery

pandy mill glass studio & gallery

is open during the summer.
an exhibition of
paintings by Janie McLeod & Jane Fielder
sculptures by Mac Ozanne
glass by Jan Singleton

Open: Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays 11.00-16.30
Or anytime by appointment. Just phone 01691 718382
Pandy Mill Gallery, Pandy, Glyn Ceiriog, Llangollen LL20 7NT
email : singleton@pandymill.wanadoo.co.uk

Monday, 30 July 2007

Hockney Exhibition now at Qube

Come to the Qube Gallery, Oswald Rd, Oswestry and take the rare opportunity to see some of David Hockney's work. Exhibition continues until September 15th

An exhibition of beautiful illustrations by David Hockney of six of the most gruesome fairy tales from the Brothers Grimm. David Hockney: Grimms’ Fairy Tales, a National Touring Exhibition from the Hayward Gallery, is coming to the Museum of Childhood this summer. Hockney has given each fairy tale his own interpretation. Rather than illustrating the stories literally, he has chosen vivid images to encapsulate a mood or detail. Some of the tales are familiar, like Rapunzel and Rumpelstilzchen; others, such as Old Rinkrank, Fundevogel and the Little Sea Hare are little known.
Fantasy dressing-up clothes and a large scale castle tower will help bring the stories to life and special events throughout the school/summer holidays will have a magical fairy tale theme. The tales are drawn from centuries of folklore. As Hockney points out: "The stories weren't written by the Brothers Grimm....they came across this woman called Catherina Dorothea Viehmann, who told 20 stories to them in this simple language, and they were so moved by them that they wrote them down word for word as she spoke."
The 39 etchings were drawn directly onto copper plates by Hockney between May and November 1969. It was a decade in which etching featured strongly for Hockney. As well as Grimms’ Fairy Tales, he made two other important series: A Rake's Progress 1961-3 and Illustrations for Thirteen Poems for CP Cavafy 1966. Reflecting the historical aspect of the folk-tales, Hockney has based some of the etchings on images by Old Masters: the head of an old cook in Fundevogel is based on a Leonardo da Vinci; the figures in Rapunzel are inspired by Breughel, Hieronymus Bosch and Uccello; and a Carpaccio painting is the source for an illustration in the story of The Boy who left home to learn Fear. Born in Bradford in 1937, Hockney is one of the most popular British artists today. Major exhibitions of his work have been held all over the world. He has lived in California since the early 1970s.

Saturday, 28 July 2007

Aliss news

visit: www.aliss.org.uk

Creative Apprentices Training Opportunity
The next intake for the 'Creative Apprentices' training scheme will take place in the autumn and we are now inviting applications for inclusion in the scheme.

The scheme includes:
training led by artists and teachers on planning, leading and evaluating a creative learning project
developing expertise in partnership working and creativity in learning
opportunities to observe experienced teachers and artists at work
an opportunity to lead a school based project with a group of pupils
support from teachers
peer support and access to professional networks

For full details click here to download the course flier.

Changing Lives Conference - Worcester
This conference celebrates the unique and transformational power of the Arts for children and young people. The University of Worcester and Worcestershire Children's Services have brought together key practitioners in the Arts and children's services to provide workshops/forums that give examples of the use of the Arts in education.More

Shropshire Youth Dance Roadshow
BORDERDance in Partnership with DanceXchange would like to invite you to an event to discuss the Youth Dance and input into the and Regional Development Plan - vision for 2011!More

"The Youth Offer: Arts Meeting Young People's Needs"
ENYAN Announces National Conference this Autumn! The youth offer? Positive activities for young people? What does this really mean for artists, practitioners and other professionals working in the youth arts sector? How do the arts fit into Local Authority plans and what do we need to do to access this additional support for young people?More

Warwickshire launches Social Services Arts Grant
This Warwickshire County Council arts grant aims to promote and encourage participation in arts activities for people with different needs living in Warwickshire.More

New Arts Award WELCOME Scheme
Around the country thousands of young people are now doing the Arts Awards at bronze, Silver and Gold levels.More

See our 'News' pages for all current articles.

Creative Apprentices
aliss is looking for practicioners at an early stage in their career who are interested in working with schools but need to develop their skills and experience as well as more experienced practicioners who wish to develop their expertise in a specialised education setting.More

Land Art (Please note Date Change to Sept 25th &26th 2007)
Creating earth sculptures with community and school groups.More

Extending Schools - Learning in the Art Gallery
An enquire professional development seminar for trainee teachers and newly qualified teachers, in association with NSEAD. More

See our 'Training' pages for all current opportunities.

Fierce! Festival - call for artists
Fierce! Festival is looking for two artists with experience of working with young people to develop a sewing and live-art project with secondary school pupils and their families in the Handsworth area of North Birmingham. The project entitled SEW will focus on the immediate environment to the school and culminate in a showcasing event during Fierce! Festival 2008.More

Regeneration and Creative Learning co-ordinator.
This is an exciting and unique opportunity for a creative thinker to work alongside a dynamic Creative Partnership as part of a brand new school build in Bilston. We are looking to appoint a part time co-ordinator to work with the school communities to plan, broker and facilitate a range of creative process work, projects and outcomes. Three schools are involved in the project – a primary, special school (all key stages) and a secondary school. In each school the coordinator will work with a designated senior member of staff.More

Artist wanted in Worcestershire
Needed to run two HALLOWEEN workshops - one at Worcester Woods Country Park (23 October) and the other at Waseley Hills Country Park (25 October).More

Youth Media Worker
We are looking for an experienced, energetic, creative and committed Youth Media Worker to work on their award winning Youth Times project.More

Co-ordinator Opportunty - Making Moves Touring
Staffordshire Arts and Museums Service require a part-time freelance Project Coordinator for 'Making Moves', a touring contemporary crafts initiative aimed at non-gallery venues in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent. More

See our 'Work' pages for all current opportunities.

Pensions For Artists

Pensions For Artists Update

We want to let you know about everything that is happening at Pensions For Artists and to ask for you input as well. As you will see we are re-running our successful pensions seminars and will be trialling a number of advanced pensions seminars alongside a highly experienced and certified Independent Financial Planner. We are also looking for examples where artists have taken up pensions OR have decided to plan for their retirement in some other alternative way!

Pensions Seminars

Firstly for those who were unable to attend the original pensions seminars we will be running 18 sessions in September, October and November. One change is that we are aiming to run half of these events in partnership with artist led organisations, creative skills networks and sector development agencies. If your organisation or network are interested in running one of these sessions please contact Joe McGrath at info@pensionsforartists.org.uk or Rachel Kirkwood at rachel@euclid.info. Alternatively if you or your colleague and friends want to attend one of the basic pension seminars there will be another ten taking place across England, available on a first come first booked basis. So check on the web-sites for dates. The one change this time is that we will be charging a £20 refundable deposit for these events which will be repaid on attendance to the seminar.

Advanced Pensions Seminar

Following the highly successful Pensions Seminars we are pleased to announce the availability of advanced pensions seminars. These seminars provide self employed / portfolio artists with a more in-depth look at pensions with particular reference to

Choosing the right tax wrapper

SIPPS and SSAS pensions arrangements for property / studios / income earning assets

Alternative exit strategies to annuities

These seminars will run on the following dates:

Tuesday 11th September (morning and afternoon session) at University College London

Wednesday morning 12th September, Arts Council Office, Manchester

Wednesday afternoon 12th September, Blackburne House, Liverpool

Each session will be attended by Ray Bucknell an Independent Financial Planner and there will be the additional option to arrange to speak to Ray on a one to one basis a week later. Ray Bucknell is a Certified Financial Planner and Managing Director of Priory Financial Management Ltd. PFM is now in its 10th year of business and part of Priory Partnership an Accountancy and Financial Services group based in the North West.

As these seminars are of an advanced nature we recommend that those attending the sessions have either attended one of the previous Pensions Seminars or have a good knowledge of pension.

The cost per attendee will be £80 (inc VAT).

For booking please contact Rachel at Euclid on 07000 382543 or for more details visit www.pensionsforartists.org.uk / www.euclid.info

Real Life Examples

We are looking to include on the Pensions For Artists website examples where artists have taken up pensions as a result of attending one of our sessions or have chosen an alternative method of retirement planning. Each artist will be featured on our website and we will include links to other artists sites. If you have an example that you would like to share with your peers now is the chance!

Please keep letting me know your thoughts on the website and on Pensions For Artists we have some interesting suggestions at the moment that we are developing behind the scenes and will let you know about these as they progress.

Finally I shall be away on holidays at the end of this week and will return on Monday 6th August, if you require any further information on any of the above please contact Keith Hackett on email keith@euclid.info.

Best Wishes


Thursday, 26 July 2007



Local organisations and businesses who participated in this year’s Ludlow Green Festival will already be aware of the Straw Bale House which was constructed in Castle Gardens by South Shropshire District Council’s Planning Department, just to the left of Ludlow Castle entrance, as a demonstration of sustainable building practice and a temporary venue for events and displays.
The house is to remain on its present site until at least early September and is available as a display / demonstration site for any local organisation or business promoting sustainable lifestyles or environmental well-being (this includes local arts or crafts groups / enterprises).

Availability Market days (Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat) and Sundays – 9.0 am to 5.0 pm

Booking Through Ludlow Town Council at the Buttercross
Contact Roy Guestford or Hannah Coleman – 01584 878437

Cost A booking fee of £10 per day will be charged.

Facilities The room measures 9ft 6” x 9ft 6”
You must supply your own table, chairs etc.
We regret there is no electricity supply

Publicity This will be the responsibility of the user but you may advertise your presence in the Straw Bale House on the day with ‘A’ boards in the Square. Banners / display boards may be used outside the house.

Questions Please phone David Currant (01584 875501) or Roger Furniss (01584 874205) if you have any queries.

Ludlow Ass Rms - Receptionist needed

Box office receptionist
18 – 24 hours per week to include evenings and weekends

Will need to be computer literate, have excellent communication and people skills, able to balance takings and work independently as well as part of a team

£5.75 per hour + tickets for some films and live shows

Closing date for applications 12 noon Monday 20 August
Interviews Friday 24 August
Further information and application form from Christine Underhill,
Ludlow Assembly Rooms, 1 Mill Street, Ludlow, Shropshire SY8 1AZ
Tel: 01584 813704 or e-mail




You are invited to join
South Shropshire Voluntary Action
at Bitterley Village Hall
on Wednesday 10th October 2007
Time 6.30pm – 8.30pm
To find out more about:
Locally available grants
Experts are on hand to give advice
To book your free place or for further information please contact:
Linda Monteith, South Shropshire Voluntary Action, 2a Palmers House, Corve Street, Ludlow, SY8 1DB. Tel: 01584 877756


SCC take over Shropshire?

News on Telly last night Shropshire will have a unitary authority - you may not think this important but arts orgs including VAN have had far more support from local authorities ie Dom at SABC than they have ever had from SCC. I post the news from the SCC website below

From the SCC websiteThe leaders of Shropshire County Council and Oswestry Borough Council have welcomed the Government’s decision to implement the joint One Council for Shropshire proposal.Malcolm Pate, Leader of Shropshire County Council, said: “I am very pleased at this decision, having long believed that our One Council proposal offers a great deal for Shropshire people. We have shown in our proposal that by merging Shropshire’s six main councils into one we can deliver even better value for money, at the same time as fairer and more joined-up services. This go-ahead from Government means that they also believe we can achieve this."“Now that we’ve got the go-ahead, it’s very important that everyone involved in the re-organisation gets round the table together. We need to have on board the talented and committed staff we have in all our councils. And we must make sure, working together, that we make the very most of this opportunity to get the best outcomes for Shropshire people,”David Lloyd, Leader of Oswestry Borough Council, said: “This announcement finally clears the uncertainty that has surrounded this issue over recent months and will enable all councils in Shropshire to play their full part in shaping the future governance of the county."“We are proud of the way we deliver excellent and affordable services for local people but we can do even better. Bringing everything together in one effective and efficient organisation will provide the key to further improvement,”Following Government’s decision to implement the One Council proposal, elections for a new unitary council – replacing the current county, borough and district councils – will be held next May.

Wednesday, 25 July 2007

Invigorating Disability Equality Training with a twist!

Invigorating Disability Equality Training with a twist!
October-November 2007
Location Birmingham, Milton Keynes and London
Disabled people moving equality forward

Bringing you a truly outstanding line up of innovators in Disability and Deaf Arts.
We are running several events in late September, October and November 2007 looking at issues for promoting Disability Arts and Deaf Arts and inspiring contemporary development in your services. We have a 10 step Ruby guide to marketing to Disabled audiences and a 5 step guide to commissioning disabled artists. The sessions are half day taster sessions and we can guarantee you won’t be sitting down very much! If you are looking for practical training and new ideas around meeting the Disability Discrimination Act DDA, then don’t miss this creative opportunity. Work solutions out on the day!

Our trainers and artists are part of the UK's leading Creative Equality team at Ruby Associates.

To express an interest and sign up please email: zoe@ruby-associates.co.uk

The course costs are: £95 per session plus support packs additional and online tutoring can be discussed. If you would like further information please email as above.

thankyou for your time

Zoe Partington-Sollinger

Creative Director
Ruby and Diablo
Telephone: 01299 271 906
Mobile: 07803 607008

Tuesday, 24 July 2007

Scraptastic - Scrappies will be running Craft Workshops for children

Workshop: Scraptastic
Date: Saturday 28th July 2007
Time: 10.30am - 3.30pm
Cost: £4 all day
Age Range: 13 to 17 yrs

Bring along to Scrappies old clothes and give them a funky makeover! Be amazed at what you can achieve by giving worn out garments a new purpose. Bring a pack lunch and enjoy a fun filled day.

Booking essential

Contact irene@scrappies.org
Or ring 01694 722511
'Scrappies will be running Craft Workshops for children every Thursday and occasional Saturdays
throughout the summer holidays. Please telephone 01694 722511 for more details'.

Regards,Irene @ Scrappies

Irene BriscoeScrappies,Lutwyche Road Church Stretton,ShropshireSY6 6AT

01694 722 511email; irene@scrappies.org

Arts Council England has launched 'Take it away'

Arts Council England has launched 'Take it away', a new scheme aimed at making musical instruments more affordable, particularly for families and those on lower incomes.
The objective of the scheme is to encourage more people to get involved in learning and playing music by removing the financial barrier that may have stopped them from doing this previously. The scheme allows individuals to apply for a loan of up to £2,000 for the purchase of any kind of musical instrument, and pay it back in nine monthly instalments (with a minimum 10% deposit), completely interest free.

From electric guitars to classical harps, all instruments are included in the scheme and are encouraged by Arts Council England. Additionally, to help musical development and manage costs, where available equipment and services such as music stands, amplifiers, sheet music and tuition can also be included within the loan.

For further details on the scheme, including participating stores, please visit the website www.takeitaway.org.uk

If you are part of an organisation that can help us advertise the scheme, we have a range of promotional material, both in print and for websites, that we can send out on request. For this, please contact Simi Obra by emailing simi.obra@artscouncil.org.uk or on 0121 631 5752.

Supporting Creative Industries

The following courses being run by Shropshire CC Adult & Community Learning during August still have some places available.
They are IT courses which would be of interest for people needing to update their skills or learn new ones for work, and possibly students starting college in September.

IT1001 Photoshop 8 Basics Monday 6 August 9.30-16.00 £29

IT1002 Learn in a day to use more Photoshop 8 Monday 13 August 9.30-16.00 £29

IT1003 Learn in a day to use a computer Tuesday 14 August 9.30-16.00 £29

IT1004 Learn in a day to use Excel Thursday 16 August 9.30-16.00

IT1005 Learn in a day to use Word Creatively Wednesday 22 August 9.30-16.00 £29

All courses are held at the Gateway centre in Shrewsbury. For more information and to book a place call 01743 355159 or visit www.aceshropshire or www.shropshire.gov.uk

Monday, 23 July 2007

Rhubarb Rhubarb


OPEN STUDIO ~ Art and Textiles

Work on display
Selection of work for sale
Light Refreshments
Local accommodation available

Saturday and Sunday 4th and 5th August
11.00am ~ 4.00pm

Moor Hall is a four hundred year old farmhouse, of great historical interest being the second hunting lodge from Clun Castle. It is set in an area of outstanding natural beauty, making it an excellent place for creative courses as well as for walking and cycling, drawing and photography. So please come and view the courses, which will begin this September and have a lovely day out with family and friends in this beautiful countryside.

Moor Hall Farmhouse Bettws-y-Crwyn Newcastle on Clun Shropshire SY7 8PH
Tele 01547 510664 bobby@bobbybritnell.co.uk www.bobbybritnell.co.uk

Sunday, 22 July 2007

Hot Topic Inspires Flower Show Piece Feedback

I would like to thank you for posting “Hot Topic Inspires Flower Show Piece” on the Vanblog recently.

Despite the extreme weather conditions, the garden by Vale Royal Borough Council received the prestigious RHS Award of Merit for the show feature garden.

I attach a photograph of the sculpture called “Balancing Act” taken at the show.

With best regards


Down To Earth


Saturday, 21 July 2007

The World Heritage Site Festival 2007

The World Heritage Site Festival 2007
Arts in the Gorge Exhibition
Jenny Gunning
Ironbridge Fine Art and Framing Limited
47 Newbridge Road
01952 434020


The Ironbridge Gorge Word Heritage Festival Exhibition

This is the third World Heritage Festival for Ironbridge and this year the weekend will be based at Dale End where events will be taking place, one of which will be a large exhibition consisting of local artists covering different media.

The Exhibition
The World Heritage weekend consist of Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd in September; however we will have the exhibition running for a month, with the Opening Night on the 6th September ending on the 6th October

Artists participating
Selected artists will have their work displayed appropriately for the media type. We will have ample wall space and some display area, as such if your work requires additional and or special consideration you will need to bring all display elements on the days the work is to be submitted for the exhibition. All artists are expected to participate practically or at the minimum involvement through open discussions with the public over the course of the weekend.
Additionally, several artists will be demonstrating their skills as applicable. We see making the weekend as interactive and exciting for all visitors will benefit all.

Art in the Gorge full application form

Friday, 20 July 2007

Cloud Gallery
I would like to introduce to you a project that I am currently involved in developing with a group of Shrophire based artists:
We are developing a proposal to build a straw bale/timber public gallery


# To construct a low impact affordable public
building as an exemplar of good practice in
environmental architecture and construction
# Eco design that will optimise energy use
# Building methods that will allow some
opportunity for self-build
# To promote visual art in a rural setting and
supporting artists residencies within this region
# To advance education in the arts, sustainable
construction and use of resources
# Overall cost will be less than conventional build

We are proposing that The Cloud Gallery is built at Craven Arms, at Onny Meadows,
within the site of the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre

Please take a look at this attachment and for more information look at our website:

We are putting on major symposium with Amazon Nails, Britains leading straw bale architects,
September 7th-9th. Details of which are on the website
Please could you forward this to any of your contacts who may be interested.
We are currently taking bookings for the symposium in September and are also looking for new members to join us.

Your comments will be greatfully received.
Thanks for taking the time to read this.
With best wishes

Ruth Gibson
(Cloud Gazer)

Thursday, 19 July 2007

I've just become a REFLECT co-mentor

I've just become a REFLECT co-mentor and I think its an excellent programme. Whether you work in a school or as an artist or organisation with schools its an excellent opportunity to explore and develop creative learning, and share a learning experience with your co-mentor. It is an interesting opportunity as you are in an equal partnership with your co-mentor, learning and developing together, rather than the conventional set-up of being either a mentor or mentee.
I have been paired with a creative coordinator from a primary school in Ross-on-Wye, and will be exploring how I can best support schools to develop creative learning in my role as arts development officer. You are free to design your learning agreement with your co-mentor, and will be supported to do this through a training day and really useful info pack.
See below for more info on how you could become a REFLECT co-mentor...

REFLECT Creative Partnerships National co-mentoring programme - register your interest here!
Commissioned by Creative Partnerships and devised and led by The Sage Gateshead, this exciting national programme will enhance creativity at the heart of schools, creative and cultural organisations and businesses through inspiring, developing and embedding more innovative partnership practice. The Sage Gateshead will be setting up 150 co-mentoring partnerships bringing together emerging leaders from across these sectors in all nine of the English regions, supported by a series of face to face training and networking events. This pioneering programme will provide professional development for individuals that will benefit themselves, their colleagues and their organisations, and we'll be recruiting participants from January. Each of the 300 organisations will receive a £500 honorarium, a one off payment as a token towards expenses incurred for the duration of the co-mentoring partnership. The co-mentoring programme will run for 12 months from May 2007.
Who can be a mentor? Organisations/ Businesses: Emerging leaders from creative and cultural organisations and businesses heading departments, leading key projects or significant areas of work with a focus on creativity or creative learning including free-lance creative practitioners running their own businesses.
Schools: Teachers committed to creative learning who are leading elements of work which have the capacity to effect whole school change, for example teachers who lead on specific curriculum areas, cross curricula links or community partnerships, SENCOs, faculty heads and other emerging leaders.
Which organisations can take part? Creative and cultural sector organisations and businesses should be committed to work in education or community contexts and the professional development of their own staff.All English state schools and early years settings, whether inside or outside a designated Creative Partnerships area, unless the school receives core Creative Partnership funding.
Where?Schools, creative and cultural organisations and businesses situated within England.
What is the time commitment? Co-mentors will attend a regional training day at the start of the programme; co-mentors will be expected to meet for two to three hours at least five times over the year and attend two day long regional gatherings. There will be an opportunity to attend a national conference in May 2008.
To apply to be a co-mentor please fill in the form on the Sage Gateshead website from the link above by September 10th 2007. The selection process for co-mentoring pairs will take place between March and September 2007.
Best wishes

Jenny Henrywood
Arts and Creative Industries Development Officer
South Shropshire District Council

Monday, 16 July 2007







Arts Access has been commissioned to supply community input to the upcoming festival,

so far we have: Shrewsbury Youth Theatre Group
Shrewsbury Street Theatre Club
Oswestry Circus Arts Group
Shrewsbury Circus Arts Club

Support from Squeak the Clown, Jack the Jester, Maggie Love and Poi Joi.

* We are looking for Adults or children of any age who:

- Are Individuals that have a costume or character and would like to parade and stroll through the festival.
- Have a group who have a performance show or costume characters.
- Individuals who have skills in circus, variety, outdoor performance, alternative skills such as 'skating and juggling'

* We are also looking for people who would just like to get involved and have a go. Costumes and acts can be provided.

Groups or individuals bringing their own show and costumes can claim expenses from Arts Access.

All applications for inclusion should be directed to:
(Deadline Wed 1st August 2007):
(Below is the dates of open workshops and rehearsals)

Nick Moulton
Arts Access Director
01743 790139 / 07866 827592

Open Workshops held at St Julians Church, High St, Shrewsbury. (Entrance to rear by Italian restaurant)

Thursdays 7.30pm - 9.pm. 12th, 19th, 26th, July. 2nd, 9th, August

Costume fittings and Acts (Acts can make appointments to rehearse before this)

Thursdays 7.30pm - 9pm. 16th, 23rd August

Dress Rehearsal

Thursday 7.30pm - 9pm 30th August.
A guide to arts funding has recently been published by DCMS and looks useful. Take a look


survival skills for artists

ENTER ARTS: survival skills for artists

Who can take part?
Enter Arts is for artists, who may be at various points in their career, including:
-recent graduates
-returning to work after a career break
-if you would like to refresh your skills in publicising your work and networking in the arts world
-if you are changing your career direction and would like to investigate the possibility of freelance work

Where is the course based?
A day time class at Bilston Craft Gallery, Mount Pleasant, Bilston WV14 7LU
An evening class at Wolverhampton City Learning Quarter, Old Hall Street, Wolverhampton WV1 3AU
T – 01902 558180
E – enquiries@aes.wolverhampton.gov.uk

When does the course take place?
The next run of the course will start on September 18th 2007 and runs for 30 weeks on Tuesdays at either 2-4pm (Bilston Craft Gallery) or 6-8pm (City Learning Quarter).

How can I enrol?
Enrolment takes place On September 4th at the City Learning Quarter. Artists should arrange an informal interview with the course tutor by contacting the Adult Eucation Service via email enquiries@aes.wolverhampton.gov.uk or Tel: 01902 558180.

What qualifications do I need?
Artists taking part in the programme, normally have a degree and/or substantial experience within their own discipline area.

Will I get a qualification if I attend the course?
There is no formal qualification but participants will receive a college certificate on completion of the course.
How much will the course cost?
There will be a £6 registration fee and a course fee of £139.80 based on 30 weeks.
If you are in receipt of benefits you may only have to pay the registration fee.

Course contents:

Weekly sessions will include group activities and seminars, individual tutorials, visits and speakers.

There will also be an opportunity to work alongside other artists to develop and organise a showcase event or exhibition to profile your work.

The following topics will be covered:

· Induction – ways of working in the arts
· Tax and National Insurance for freelance workers
· Working in a community context
· Public art Commissions
· Visits to local artists studios and arts organisations
· Case studies of artist’s projects
· Arts and health
· Costing your work/rates of pay
· Promoting your work
· Building your CV

What can I gain from taking part in this programme?

-links with a network of other artists
-access to a network of key contacts both local and regional
-support and advice on your career direction
-opportunities to showcase and profile your work
-information about opportunities and funding available in the region

Background to the Course

The course has been established in Wolverhampton for more than 10 years. It has been run by Wolverhampton Adult Education Service since 1998. Artists taking part in the course have moved on to develop successful freelance careers/and or moved into employment in the arts. Destinations include – art gallery education work, exhibiting and selling, running workshops in schools, teaching, selling through craft fairs and retail outlets, arts development officers, arts project managers, community arts workers and many more.

Comments from artists who have completed the programme –

Since completing the Enter Arts course in June 2006, I have gone on to exhibit and sell my work extensively across the region, and in December 2006 I went self-employed. I commenced the course shortly after completing my MA and it provided the support I needed to take the next steps in my practice. The course is a great platform for newly established artists and makers to gain a wider understanding of the steps to take to becoming freelance and it also offers the opportunity to meet other local practitioners.

Elena Cassidy-Smith

Being very new in the arts business I found Enter Arts gave me industry specific knowledge in a very unique industry. It gave me confidence and a route map to go out and market my business and my art and network with artists and suppliers. On each session I learnt something new and relevant that I am applying now.
Building on the learning I have had a One Man Show at Coventry Cathedral and with group exhibitions in Birmingham and London my work found recognition being selected for the Arts and Business project “Virtual” and is now in collections in the UK and North America.
John Garghan Enter Arts 2003

I have a more realistic approach and a clearer idea not only about what I want to do but how I could do it.
Ludmilla Hambrook Enter Arts 2006

The course has been relevant and useful, the assignments relevant and practical.
Suzanne Sara Hunt Enter Arts 2006

Wednesday, 11 July 2007

Clun Carnival

Clun Carnival
Art & Craft Show
Saturday 28 July
to Sunday 5 August 2007
Hightown Community Room
Vicarage Road, Clun
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
(Sunday 5th Aug 10-12 noon)
This week long show is both and exhibition and a sale of work by artists in the Clun area. Throughout the week, there will be
demonstrations by artists and craftspeople for both adults and children. Admission is free but
children must be accompanied.
For further details, please contact
Nigel Kerry on 01588 640401

Community and Participatory Arts

Faculty of Arts, Media and Design

The Creative Communities

Community and Participatory Arts
Postgraduate Programme

• Master’s Degree in Community

and Participatory Arts

• Postgraduate Diploma in Community

and Participatory Arts

• Postgraduate Certificate in Community

and Participatory Arts

• Making it Happen with Community Arts

(short course)

The Community and Participatory Arts Postgraduate
Programme has been developed by the Creative
Communities Unit in The Faculty of Arts Media and Design.
The courses aim to meet the continuing professional
development needs of people engaged in all areas of
community and participatory arts, including artists and
community development workers interested in planning or
using participatory arts.

The courses will offer skills in the development of
participatory arts projects in a variety of settings, as
well as up-to-date knowledge and understanding of
the issues that affect arts and community development.
The courses offer a learning experience that reflects the
multi-agency environment in which you are working. The
programme content has been developed in collaboration
with regional arts and community development agencies.
It is taught by a cross-university group of academics and
external specialists, all of whom have an active interest in
and engagement with community and participatory arts.
A wide range of options is available and these, with the
flexibility of the final project, enables a substantial degree
of specialisation.

Contact Information:

Mark Webster or Janet Hetherington

t: 01782 294793

e: creativecommunities@staffs.ac.uk


Ludlow Assembly Rooms listings August 2007

Saturday 4 August, 8pm
Queen Ga Ga
Queen tribute band highly rated by critics and audiences alike. There are no wigs, no make-up and definitely no false moustaches but instead a host of massive Queen songs played like they were meant to be.
www.gagaonline.co.uk £14 (£12 concessions)

Friday 24 August, 8pm
El Moreño
An evening of romantic and exciting Spanish guitar music, including beautiful solo pieces Granada and Leyenda by Albeniz, Memories of the Alhambra by Tarrega, Malaguena
and modern classics like Cavatina and Classical Gas.
Featuring special guest Carol Oliver with songs by Granados, Mozart and Villa-Lobos
http://elmoreno.co.uk/index.shtml £10 (£8 concessions)

Friday 31 August, 7.30pm
The Sounds of Jazz
Bring together Jacqui Dankworth, Britain’s greatest young jazz diva, and George Melly, legendary Blues singer, raconteur, author and cultural icon; add to them Britain’s foremost jazz cornettist Digby Fairweather and his poll-winning Half-Dozen with its vocalist group the Four Fairweather Friends, and you have the greatest jazz show in Britain. George, Jacqui and Digby celebrate all The Sounds of Jazz in an unforgettable presentation. www.jazzbookings.com
£16 (£15 concessions)

Visual Arts
Friday 17 August – Sunday 16 September
National Acrylic Painters Association
This group was formed to promote the medium of acrylics and exhibit nationally to show off its versatility. The standard is very high and includes members as far away as Australia. www.art-arena.com/napa www.napauk.org
Gallery and Café Gallery, admission free

Tuesday, 10 July 2007

Please join us to celebrate the opening of the exhibition

The Whittingham Riddell
Shrewsbury Open Art Exhibition 2007

Batteries Not Included:
Mind as Machine

Please join us to celebrate the opening of the exhibition
and the announcement of the prizes on
Friday 13 July, 5.30–8.00pm
The prizes will be announced at 7.00pm at
Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery
Exhibition continues until 2 September
Open Invite

Thursday, 5 July 2007

Hot Topic

Hot topic inspires flower showpiece at the RHS Flower Show Tatton Park

A garden sculpture made by a Shropshire designer will feature in a garden at the RHS Flower Show at Tatton Park this month.
Vale Royal Borough Council approached Phil and Bridget Rogers of Down To Earth who design and make garden sculptures from steel for help in creating a sculpture for its show feature garden.
The council wanted to find an artist who could create a sculpture inspired by the theme ‘Climate Change – Reflecting On Our Future.’ The sculpture in steel and hand-blown glass titled “Balancing Act” has been designed and made by Phil in collaboration with local glass designer and maker Sara Wood. Kept under wraps until the big day it comprises of a hand –blown glass globe representing the Earth, surrounded by hand blown glass vessels. The sculpture aims to show that nature is a finely tuned balancing act.
The show feature garden comprises three gardens in one. Each garden illustrates how are actions are causing climate change and demonstrates the potentially devastating effects on a garden.
Visitors journey first into a typical garden of today, complete with traditional planting, water feature and house. Then they move forward in time to 2080, the furthest point in time we currently have climate change predictions for, and see the impact temperature increases of 2°c and 4°c could have on gardens.
Stark messages about the catastrophic effects of this level of climate change on the developing world are also placed in these gardens to offer a balanced perspective.
The Down to Earth sculpture “Balancing Act” will be placed in the 4° rise section of the garden and the glass vessels will be filled with a nectar solution to encourage butterflies, and illustrates how our actions could have potentially devastating effects on wildlife. Scientists’ predictions mean today’s typical planting styles would not exist – instead we would see a garden in the full grip of climate
change with plants, animals and humans struggling to survive.
The show takes place at Tatton Park, Knutsford from Wednesday, July 18 to Sunday, July 22. For all enquiries regarding garden sculptures please contact Phil or Bridget Rogers on 01948 780 377 –
Email sculpture@contemporarymetalwork.co.uk or visit the website www.contemporarymetalwork.co.uk


For enquiries, please contact:
Bridget Rogers
Down To Earth
Telephone 01948 780 377
Email: down.2.earth@btconnect.com