Thursday, 10 April 2008

Various Opportunities

The following opportunities and events for designer makers have recently been posted on the Designer Maker West Midlands website.
For further information on each opportunity including contact details and related links please go to
Freelance Administrator needed for Designer Maker West Midlands - deadline 11 April
Stoke-on-Trent Ceramics & Design Festival is seeking a visionary Festival Director - deadline 28 April

UK Young Music Entrepreneur award 2008 - application process open
The application process is now open via the website below :
Applications are due by the deadline of 6 May 2008.
Please do read through the full information there about the award (including eligibility)
Sponsor a seat at Ludlow Assembly Rooms
Ludlow Assembly Rooms will soon be putting the second round of seat plaques on the back of sponsored seats at LAR. If you or anyone you know would be keen to help the Assembly Rooms by sponsoring a seat for £100 please do contact Paula Redway. Her direct line is 01584 813703 if you'd like to chat about it, or email The plaque can be in your name, that of a friend, your business, your children, in memory of someone, your pet or anyone else you wish, or you could promote your business.
With a footfall of 190,000, an event on every night of the week and the likelihood that the new seats will be installed for the next 10 years+, advertising on the back of a seat is a really cost effective way of reaching a wide variety of local people. If you or anyone you know would be keen to promote your business by sponsoring a seat for £100 contact Paula Redway or contact Tracey Fielding - LAR Finance Officer's direct line is 01584 813710, if you'd like to chat about it. The plaque can say whatever you like (up to 60 characters).
SINGING FOR THE TERRIFIED with POLLY BOLTON at Wandering William Barn, Foldgate Lane, Ludlow 2-5pm. £10 including refreshments. A light hearted look at ways of moving from speech to song without fear. Suitable for all those who have longed to sing but feel they can't or shouldn't!
TO BOOK PHONE 01584 823609 or email
HARMONY SINGING WORKSHOP with PAULINE DOWN AT Oak Barn Centre, Clee St Margaret 10.30 till 4.30 .£25 including lunch and refreshments.
Pauline is an experienced choir leader and voice teacher with a wealth of beautiful songs to teach. She is a long standing member of the Natural Voice Practitioners Network. All her songs are taught by ear and interspersed with playful exercises for increased vocal freedom, group listening, developing rhythm and group sound. Her songs are drawn from folk, jazz, gospel and world music.
SINGING RETREAT at Oak Barn Centre, Clee St Margaret, (near Ludlow) with Polly Bolton, Sue Harris and Milly Cain.
A chance to rest, walk, sing and song -write in the glorious scenery of South Shropshire Hills.
The weekend will include a chance to song -write and arrange a capella songs, improvise with others, lots of group singing, Reiki treatments from Reiki master, Milly Cain, and singing walks.
Phone or email for details 01584 823609
check for more details
Landscape Painting Exhibition @ MOMA ( The Tabernacle) Machynletth
If you like landscape paintings don't miss the powerful work of David Tress presently showing at MOMA ( The Tabernacle) Machynletth. The exhibition is on till the 10th May and travels to 9 other venues after that.
Open Monday to Saturday 10 - 4. Phone 01654 703355.
West Midlands Carnival Network website Carnival Connect is a network for artists and producers in the West Midlands to promote work, share ideas and information and to receive training and networking opportunities. It is also a source of information for anyone wanting more information about Carnival Arts.

Wild Edric is very much a localised legend in Shropshire, mainly connected with spooky appearances on the Stiperstones, and his supposed burial there, awaiting the day when he will re-appear with his soldiers to fight against evil. He has been included in children’s stories, including a graphic version, and there have been local arts projects, poetry performances and even an opera. The legend, and the historical facts upon which it is based, are worthy of comparison with the national and regional tales of King Arthur, and other freedom-fighters such as Robin Hood and Hereward the Wake.

A new book: Wild Edric: A Narrative Poem by Nigel Sustins, aims to put Edric in the same league as the better-known legendary heroes. There are many mysteries associated with the legend. Who was Godda, the ‘fairy’ woman whom he married, and where did Edric die? Is he really buried beneath the Stiperstones? Nigel Sustins’ book answers these questions by re-creating the story in the form of epic poetry: not intentionally rhyming, but carrying the narrative along at the pace, and with the vitality, of a breathless horseback ride across the landscape of South Shropshire. The poem attempts to make Edric and Godda convincingly human, and emphasises their love for each other which has potential for both heroism and tragedy.

The new version was inspired by seeing a remarkable sequence of paintings, based on the story of Edric, by Shrewsbury artist Rod Shaw, exhibited at Machynlleth (associated, of course, with another great freedom-fighter, Owain Glyndwr). One of these paintings is reproduced on the cover of the book.

The poem is commended by Gordon Dickins, writer and photographer, author of
A Literary Guide to Shropshire:

‘This beautifully written narrative poem breathes new life into the story of the eleventh century leader who fought against the Normans and lived, loved and died in that haunted area around the Stiperstones. The story is compelling, and the landscape in which this tale of honour, betrayal, loyalty and love is set lives on in the mind’s eye long after the final words. A unique work, one which deserves to be read, enjoyed and remembered.’

Wild Edric by Nigel Sustins (£6.50 ISBN: 978-0-9558589-0-1) is published on 25 March by

Rose Cottage, Wentnor, Bishops Castle,
Shropshire, SY9 5EE Tel. 01588 650590
Community Cash Awards
Community Cash Awards are grants of up to £5,000 to help young people set up a project that will benefit their community. You just have to come up with an idea for a project that will improve life in a local community in the UK. Maybe a new basketball court, a music studio, a youth club, sex education workshops in schools, a youth advisory board, even a local magazine. Anyone who is aged 14 to 16 and is in school but struggling, or aged 16 to 25 and unemployed or working less than 16 hours a week are eligible to apply.
Projects must:
- be run and managed by people between the ages of 14 and 25;
- clearly benefit the local community;
- benefit the people running the project;
- be a new or developing project.
The following are not eligible:
- formal groups or organisations;
- expeditions or overseas travel;
- fundraising activities for charity;
- trips and outings, unless they have educational value.
Funding of up to £1,000 is available for 14 to16 year olds and up to £5,000 is available for those aged 16 to 25.
Call free on 0800 842 842 or visit the Prince's Trust website for more details.
Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust
deadline - 28 April 2008
Within the UK, the Trust makes grants to both organisations and individuals for activities that relate to:
- peace and conflict resolution;
- promoting racial justice;
- power and responsibility; and
- Quaker concerns.
The Trust tends to fund work that is on a national level and there are no maximum grant limits although the Trust does stress that budgets need to be realistic. The next deadline for applications is the 28 April 2008.
For more information, visit

Live event free training

Hi All,

In order to ensure my new Technical Assistant is fully up to speed I have produced a course designed to take her through everything she needs to know as quickly as possible. I am opening that course to anyone who would like to benefit from it. As long as a participant can fit in to the schedule they can attend.
I see the main benefits as being…

It’s free!
It’s interesting.
It’s project based and will provide hands on practical experience of running live events.
It’s a cost reduction for LAR users such as LADS who rely heavily on technical assistance.
Many of the skills are transferable to other work environments
It’s a fabulous crash course if you are running an arts program in a village hall or other small venue and wish to be safe and cost effective

Please take the time to look through the attached and feel free to pass it on to anyone whom you think it might benefit. We can be flexible if you see something that would really help you. We can run modules together in a whole variety of ways if you want to purchase at times outside of the schedule.


Roy Loveday
Head of Facilities & Technical Manager
Ludlow Assembly Rooms
1 Mill Street

Box Office 01584 878141
Admin 01584 873229
Fax 01584 872252

Saturday, 5 April 2008

Qube Exhibition Invite

Please come and join us at Qube Gallery for some light refreshments and meet wildlife photographer Mark Sisson creator of - "Challenging Behaviour: A photographic perspective on some challenging environments and interesting behaviours in our wildlife"

Friday 11th April 6-8pm

Click here to download your invite

All work is for sale

Qube Gallery
Oswald Rd
SY11 1RB