Saturday, 17 January 2009

STAP News

Shropshire and Telford Arts Partnership E-News

16th January 2009

The Shropshire and Telford Arts Partnership (STAP) is made up of representative local authority officers with responsibility for the Arts in Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin. The aims of the group are:

To strengthen communication between local authorities and to network and support arts organisations, individual artists, promoters and volunteers working in the arts

To raise the profile of, and to advocate for, the arts

To coordinate arts activity across the subregion

To maximise funding for the arts within the subregion

The development of this e-newsletter is part of our plans to strengthen communication with artists and arts organisations in the sub-region.

Contents

Jobs/ Exhibition/ Performance Opportunities p1-3

Training/ support/ conferences/ seminars p3-7

Useful Info p7-8

Funding p8-14

Events p14-15

JOBS/ EXHIBITION/ PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITIES

Solihull Gallery photographic project

We are looking to work with a photographic artist to work with a local school on a small education project.

In Jan Solihull Gallery has a photographic exhibition by artist John Garghan. We are looking for an artist to work with a group of secondary school students (age not known yet) in the Gallery to gain an understanding of techniques that John Garghan uses in his work. Then through guidance by the workshop artist, begin to explore these techniques producing images of their own. The session will be ran in the Gallery and school environment in the South Solihull area during the time scale: 9th Feb.- 7th March. (approximately 6 sessions).

It is hoped that some work made by the students will go in exhibition in the G2 2009 exhibition programme.

If you are interested then please submit an expression of interest, CV detailing your relevant experience, CRB (number and date issued but hard copy must be available). Send to Aimee Green- email or post: details below.

Fee: £100 per session plus one planning session ( sessions approx. 2 hours) and a materials budget.

Deadline for submission is Wednesday 21st January 2009

Further info: www.johngarghan.co.uk or www.solihull.gov.uk/arts

Project Coordinator for Thomas Wardle Centenary Project

February 2009 - January 2010

Fixed Fee: £11000

Location: Leek, Staffordshire Moorlands

The full details of the project along with the Job Description and Personal Specification can be downloaded from Staffordshire Moorlands District Council website www.staffsmoorlands.gov.uk

http://www.staffsmoorlands.gov.uk/site/scripts/recruit_details.php?id=93

Please apply for this post online

Please send the following information with your application:

Full CV - outlining your experience and skills for this role (Please refer to the Job Description and Personal Specification sheet)

Examples of three successful large scale projects that you have managed.

Closing date for all applications: 3pm. 2nd February 2009

Interview date: Thursday 5th February 2009.

For an informal chat about this project, background history regarding Thomas Wardle and the Leek Embroidery Society, or for further information regarding the post please contact Deborah Nicklin, Arts Development Officer:

Telephone 01538 395 456 or email deborah.nicklin@staffsmoorlands.gov.uk

Postal address for all submissions:

Wardle Centenary

c/o Deborah Nicklin, Arts Development Officer

Staffordshire Moorlands District Council

Moorlands House,

Stockwell Street,

Leek.

Staffordshire Moorlands.

ST13 6HQ.

Dance Development in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent 2009 - 2011 Consultancy Brief

An opportunity has arisen for a dance consultant to work with key partners from Staffordshire and wider areas in identifying priorities for dance development with an emphasis on Youth Dance and also Health and Well Being. The consultant will be responsible for devising and developing a Staffordshire Dance Strategy and Action plan with recommendations for resourcing.

Timescale:

Research and development period: March 2009-June 2009

Production of strategy, database and business plan: June 2009-September 2009

Fee: The fee of expenses and VAT will be £6000 and paid in three instalments

£2000 on award of the commission

£2000 on production of the first draft

£2000 on receipt of the final agreed document

Submissions should include:

Details of similar work undertaken in the past

Your CV

Names and contact details of two referees

Please email Helen Wilson for a copy of the brief. The deadline for applications is Monday 23 February. A selection of applicants will then be shortlisted and invited to attend an interview at the Stafford County Council, Corporate Reception, St Chad’s Street, off Tipping Street, Stafford. ST16 2DH ( week of 9 March)

Applications should be sent to Helen Wilson (contact details below) and can be accepted by e-mail or in hard copy.

Contact Details

The principal contact in respect of this commission is:

Helen Wilson

External Funding and Relations Officer

Staffordshire Arts and Museum Service

Staffordshire County Council

3rd Floor Tipping Street

Stafford

Staffordshire

ST16 2DH

Tel: 01785 278571

E-mail: helen.wilson@staffordshire.gov.uk

BBC Dream Performance

deadline: 31 January 2009

· Do you know someone who's battled against the odds and want to give them the chance to stage their dream performance?

· Is there someone you know who does so much for others and deserves their moment in the spotlight - whether they sing, dance or even walk a tight-rope?

· Have you been secretly learning to sing, dance, play an instrument, even become a stand-up comedian and think you are ready for your surprise debut in front of friends, family and the nation?

· Is there a deserving local hero who should be given the opportunity to be serenaded by or perform with their favourite star?

· Would you like to stage a prank on a friend or loved one?

If the answer is yes to any of these or you have your own fantastic performance idea, the BBC wants to hear from you.

For more details and to apply, visit www.bbc.co.uk/showsandtours/beonashow/entertainment.shtml.

Workshop Network - Workshop Leaders (part time)

deadline - 20 January 2009

Do you lead creative or performance based arts workshops? Short of time for promotion and paperwork? Want to work on Extended Schools Projects, Local Authority Festivals, Prison Projects and more? Then Workshop Network needs you.

Workshop Network is a proactive agency that works to promote and organise workshops in various fields on behalf of our freelance artists. It is currently seeking to expand its database of workshop leaders in time for its busiest time of year.

Register your profile today at www.workshopnetwork.co.uk/register/index.asp or email info@workshopnetwork.co.uk for more information.

TRAINING / SUPPORT/ CONFERENCES/ SEMINARS -

Free Creative Industry Advice Sessions in Shropshire and Telford

Book your place now!

Shropshire and Telford Arts Partnership (STAP) are working with Business Link to bring Creative Industries Advice sessions to the area.

Ann Rosenthal, Creative Business Advisor from Clear Vision working for Business Link West Midlands, will provide specialist business advice sessions for people working within the Creative, Cultural and Digital Sector to discuss their development needs. The free advice sessions taking place across Shropshire and Telford will last approximately 30 minutes.

During the sessions Ann will:

Identify what business support opportunities are available through Business Link and other Creative Industries opportunities (partners, stakeholders, initiatives, programmes)

Arrange for an in depth Business Review from a specialist creative sector business advisor with specific industry and regional knowledge where needed.

Advice session dates:

19th January, The Hive (formerly Belmont Arts Centre), 5 Belmont, Shrewsbury, SY1 1TE

29th January, Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre, School Road, Craven Arms, Shropshire, SY7 9RS

19th February, Mythstories Museum of Myth and Fable, The Morgan Library, Aston Street, Wem, Shropshire, SY4 5AU

19th March, The Place, Limes Walk, Oakengates, Telford, TF2 6EP

To book your advice session at any of the venues please contact:

Alexa Mearns, Arts Development Officer, Bridgnorth District Council, tel: 01746 713194 or email: alexa.mearns@shropshire.gov.uk

Free Management & Leadership Course

The Course

Graduate Advantage have been running their highly successful one day Management and Leadership courses for a number of years now. These well regarded courses are part of a drive to maximise talent in the West Midlands region and help businesses develop the potential they already have.

Courses are provided free of charge as part of the Advantage West Midlands investment in skills.

Objectives

The course introduces delegates to the different characteristics and skills it takes to be an effective manager and leader. It also allows delegates to gain an awareness of different leadership & management styles including their own.

By the end of the course delegates will have developed the confidence to apply and explore different management and leadership styles in the workplace. The course will also inspire delegates to reflect on their future career aspirations.

The programme design is highly interactive, with exercises throughout, lots of open discussions and concludes with a business game which enables delegates to really consolidate their learning.

Who Should Attend

The course is aimed at very recent managers, those aspiring to move into their first management position or who are managing people informally. Delegates need to be working in the West Midlands, and for this course delegates do not have to be graduates.

It’s carefully designed for smaller employers who want to develop their management team and perhaps worry about retaining talent but may not have the resources to train new managers.

What They Will Gain

The Delegate

By the end of the course the delegates will be able to understand the difference between management and leadership, plus an awareness of different leadership and management styles, including their own.

They will have gained the confidence to apply and explore different styles in the workplace, and may have stimulated thoughts on their future career direction and further development needs.

The course also presents a great opportunity to network with other new managers in similar positions, to share difficulties, swap solutions, develop links and create a support network outside their employer.

The Employer

By developing confidence and practical skills the course should ease and speed up the process of a new manager becoming effective.

Outcomes may include improved retention, staff satisfaction and a reduced failure rate, plus the courses are free!

Programme of the day

Identify your own management style and how it interfaces with personal effectiveness

Learn why leadership is independent of management while being equally important

Deal with squanderers of time

A case study exercise to put the day’s learning into practice with other new managers who face similar issues

To Attend

Contact the GA training team to discuss your requirements on 0121 204 4767 or email enquiries@graduateadvantage.co.uk

Next Dates:

Wednesday 14th January 2009

Friday 6th February 2009

Friday 20th February 2009

Tuesday 17th March 2009

Friday 27th March 2009

Training for Musicians working health settings

A pilot European Training Programme for musicians wishing to work in healthcare has been established by the Royal Northern College of Music and other European partners.

The programme will aim to identify the skills and competencies required of musicians in healthcare settings with five-day workshops held in each partner country. Four places available for UK musicians. The deadline for submissions is January 20th. For further details, e: Jill.Barlow@rncm.ac.uk t: 0161 907 5414

CHILDREN'S ARTS - CHILDREN'S LIVES Priorities for action in the West Midlands Action for Children's Arts in partnership with Newhampton Arts Centre

An opportunity to explore the issues raised in ACA’s Manifesto for Children’s Arts from a regional and local perspective

Newhampton Arts Centre, Wolverhampton, 11 February 2009 10.30am - 1.30pm

The second in a series of ACA events to be held around the country during 2009 giving everyone concerned with children’s arts – artists, producers, teachers, local authorities, children’s charities – the chance to meet each other, share ideas and contribute to a national campaign to promote the importance of the arts in children’s lives.

The morning session will conclude with networking and informal discussion over lunch – a delicious ‘hot multi mixed buffet’ supplied by Estrobells, Newhampton Arts Centre’s multicultural cafĂ©.

ACA members £10, Non-members £20 (includes lunch)

Click here for a booking form.

Programme and Manifesto at www.childrensarts.org.uk

Founded by Vicky Ireland MBE in 1988 and chaired by David Wood OBE, Action for Children’s Arts is a national membership organisation embracing all professionals working in the field of children’s arts. ACA’s Manifesto for Children’s Arts was launched at a national conference held at the Unicorn Theatre on 21 July 2008

The Producers’ Forum West Midlands secures Skillset Funding to Train Emerging Film Producers

The Producers’ Forum, a West Midlands based training and networking organisation for film producers, is delighted to announce that it has secured funding from national body Skillset, as part of A Bigger Future, to run a programme of training for film industry professionals with the desire to increase their abilities as producers.

The Producers’ Forum will be delivering the series of training sessions throughout 2009 aimed specifically at Emerging Producers. This is an exciting development in helping to create a vibrant and sustainable film industry in the West Midlands. The Emerging Producer Training Programme aims to bridge the skills gap that exists between producers who have experience of short film production and those that are actively involved in feature film and long form drama production. Through a series of industry workshops hosted by active film producers, financiers, lawyers and distribution experts, participants will be given a detailed insight into the role of a feature film producer during the development, production and post-production of a feature film.

Lead trainer, Rebecca Knapp who also delivers training for the New Producers Alliance as well as working in the film industry, said; “It is brilliant news that the Producers’ Forum is in a position to deliver this training in the heart of the country. So much training is delivered in London it is fantastic when opportunities are made available in the regions. I have worked with the Producers’ Forum before and I am delighted to be working with them again on this programme.”

The training sessions will be delivered on a bi-monthly basis starting on Tuesday 27 January 2009. They will take place in Birmingham but are open to anyone from across the country that has some production experience but is keen to develop their career as a producer. For further information please take a look at the Producers’ Forum website: www.producersforum.org.uk or contact Laura Breakwell on 0121 265 7145 or info@producersforum.org.uk.

Creative Urge Workshop Drumming & Singing

Exploring and composing new rhythms and structures using traditional instruments. Drums, Voices and Poetry

Sessions are held at the Park Lane Centre

Park Lane, Woodside, Telford, Shropshire, TF7 5QZ, Saturdays from 1:00pm to 3:00pm. All levels of experience welcome, drums are limited, bring your own drums if you can.

Donation? Be generous! For more information please act now

Call; Olugbala Kokumo: 07866498335,

PLC, Tel; 01952 683700

www.myspace.com/olugbalakokumo

Cheerleading training

Would you like to run a Cheerleading Squad or help out at Cheerleading sessions but not sure how to start? Then come and take part in Cheerleading level one and level two coaching awards.

LEVEL ONE TRAINING (Assistant)

For over 15 year olds

Where: The Lantern Centre, Meadow Farm Drive, Sundorne, SY1 4NG

When: Saturday 31 January 2009

Time: 9.30am –4.00pm

How Much: Free Buffet Lunch provided

*LEVEL TWO TRAINING GB (COACH)*

For over 18 year olds

Where: The Dance Studio, Sundorne School, Corndon Crescent, Sundorne, SY1 4LL

When: Saturday 7 February 2009

Time: 9.30am – 4.00pm

How much: Free Buffet Lunch provided

The six hour course is a mixture of practical and theory skills: Arm motions, Jump technique, Cheers, Chants, Choreography, Lesson Planning, Health and Safety.

Through the Doorway to Healthy Living and SABC are working with The UK Cheerleading Association, the national governing body, to set up cheerleading classes in and around North Shrewsbury and we’re looking for people of all ages to take an active part by becoming coaches and supporting the clubs.

For further information, please either contact Dorothy Jones on 01743 281531 or email: dorothy.jones@shrewsbury.gov.uk

Power Drawing Professional development programme

January 2009

Why not get the New Year off to a great start by signing up for a Power Drawing professional development course? Details of spring term courses are listed below. If you would like to arrange a Power Drawing course for your local authority, school or other group, please email Kirsten@campaignfordrawing.org.

Upcoming Courses

Drawing Across the Curriculum

One-day professional development course

For Primary teachers & teaching assistants KS 1 & 2

Wednesday 11th February 09.45 – 16.30

At the Harley Gallery, Welbeck, Nr. Worksop, Nottinghamshire

Further information

Get Drawing

NSEAD and Power Drawing

Primary Art & Design Drawing Weekend

Friday 27 February 19.00 – 21.00 and Saturday 28 February 09.00 – 16.00

At Birmingham City University, City North Campus, Perry Barr, Birmingham

Friday evening will introduce drawing across the curriculum and The Big Draw as a way of celebrating achievement and promoting experimentation in schools

On Saturday, delegates will take part in two workshops to develop their own drawing skills and to support drawing in the classroom

For teachers who draw at all levels – from the terrified to the experienced!

Further information

Drawing Across the Curriculum - Primary

Work-based professional development course

For Primary teachers, PGCE students and cultural educators (KS 1 & 2)

Tuesday 3 March 10.00 – 16.00

Follow-up twilight sessions:

Thursday 18 June and Thursday 24 Sept 16.30 – 19.30

At mima, Middlesborough Institute of Modern Art

Further information

Drawing Across the Curriculum - Secondary

Work-based professional development course

For Secondary teachers, PGCE students and cultural educators (KS 3 & 4)

Wednesday 4 March 10.00 – 16.00

Follow up twilight sessions:

Thursday 18 June and Thursday 24 September 16.30 – 19.30

At mima, Middlesborough Institute of Modern Art

Further information

The Big Draw – Learning, engagement and enjoyment in a variety of settings

For teachers, arts professionals, freelancers, youth & community group leaders and others – from schools, museums, galleries, heritage sites, adult education, libraries, children’s centres, community centres & more

Thursday 19 March 10.00 – 16.30

Rufford Craft Centre, Worksop, Nottinghamshire

Make your 2009 Big Draw a prize winner by signing up for this ideas-packed day !

Further information

What people say about Power Drawing

I plan to introduce more drawing opportunities into the art curriculum in my school.

I now have quite a few ideas to make art more exciting in my school.

Eileen was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic - great presentation skills.

I will use the day to inspire teachers to create more cross-curricular links for our new creative curriculum.

I will be feeding back what I learned to the rest of the staff - and increasing the amount of drawing that happens in school.

It was an excellent day - stimulating and exciting

More about Power Drawing

Power Drawing is the professional development programme of the Campaign for Drawing. Power Drawing works with schools, higher education, museums, galleries, heritage sites and community organisations to develop drawing as a medium for learning in educators’ practice. Power Drawing courses support teachers of all key stages, PGCE students, cultural educators, artists and others who use drawing to promote learning, engagement and enjoyment. Big Draw courses will help you to plan your best Big Draw event or workshop ever – whether you are new to the Big Draw or have previous experience. Drawing Across the Curriculum promotes the development of drawing within schools. Members of the Power Drawing team also give presentations and lead breakout workshops at conferences.

How to arrange a course for your local authority, school or other group

Power Drawing courses are organised in two ways:

At the requests of LEAs, schools or PGCE courses – please contact Kirsten Gibbs Kirsten@campaignfordrawing.org to discuss your needs or reserve dates;

Courses open to a wider audience, which are advertised on our web page: http://www.campaignfordrawing.org/education/ProfessionalDevelopment.aspx.

We are particularly keen to develop our courses within local authorities, museums and galleries, and welcome enquiries about this. If your organisation would like to host a course, please contact Kirsten Gibbs.

For more information on The Campaign for Drawing, please visit www.campaignfordrawing.org

USEFUL INFO -

Audience segmentation seminars

Audiences Central are delivering a programme of half-day seminars on the new Arts Council England Segmentation Model over February and March 2009

The content of the seminars will include:
• An introduction to the Taking Part research study promoted by the Arts Council
• A comparison of Taking Part and TGI
• An introduction to the new segmentation model introduced by Arts Council
• A discussion around the uses, implications and future plans for Taking Part and the segmentation model

The content will be developed in conjunction with Arts Council and Audiences Yorkshire who are planning similar events/workshops.

The activity will benefit all arts and cultural organisations who want to use the Taking Part data set and/or the new segmentation model.

Roadshows will be held across the West Midlands:

18 Feb - Birmingham and Black Country - Audiences Central

25 Feb - Warwickshire and CoventryHerbert Gallery

4 Mar - Worcestershire and Herefordshire – Malvern Theatre

11 Mar - Shropshire – Theatre Severn

18 Mar - Stoke and Staffordshire – Stafford Gatehouse

Each roadshow will be held in the afternoon.

For more information please contact Vishalakshi Roy: vishalakshi.roy@audiencescentral.co.uk Tel: 0121 685 2604

The Project Group’s new website

The Project Group's website has undergone a massive makeover thanks to a grant provided by Shropshire Access Partnership. We previously had a very basic and out-dated website which was developed some time ago by a group member, and which didn't fully reflect the current range and high quality of the Project Group's work.

The homepage of the new site www.theprojectgroup.co.uk features 'The Song of One Voice', written by a group member and performed by a small group of members, and from this page it is possible to navigate easily around information about The Project Group, the fantastic studio facilities, past and current commissions ,the workshop programme and the retail range.

The grant has also enabled us to employ a member on a part time basis to administer and up-date the website. We will keep you informed on major changes/up-dates we are making to the site. Your comments and feedback are very welcome.

Designer Maker Forum website

See the link below for call for artists and training and exhibition opportunities. A great website for designer makers, definitely one to keep checking!

http://www.designermakerwm.co.uk/

FUNDING

Funding for Adult Learner’s Week activities in Southern Shropshire (Bridgnorth & South Shropshire Districts)

Adult Learners' Week 2009 will soon be upon us, so we are looking for partners to help deliver an exciting and varied programme across Southern Shropshire this May. Adult Learners' Week (ALW) runs from 9th - 15th May and we have some funds available to support activities across the whole of Southern Shropshire through the new Economy and Learning delivery group of the Southern Shropshire Partnership.
The national themes for this years ALW are:

Prosperity, employment and work

Demography and social structure

Well-being and happiness

Migration and communities

Technological change

Poverty reduction

Citizenship and belonging

Crime and social exclusion

Sustainable development

The roles of public, private and voluntary sector

Also, the regional Adult Learners' Awards ceremony will take place at RAF Cosford on 11th May, which brings added interest into our area. The closing date for submissions for these awards is the 21st January, so please put forward any of your learners that you think deserve some recognition as soon as possible http://www.niace.org.uk/alw/nominations/default.htm
Locally, as well as the usual range of activities, we are also keen for ideas to come forward that will help us to engage with those on long term benefits and out of work. Additional priority will be given to those types of activity.
A
ttached is the booking form for you to submit your proposals. Please ensure you get this form back to Ben Walker on email: ben.walker@shropshire.gov.uk by the 27th February at the latest if you would like to be considered for funding.
Please do not hesitate to contact either Ben Walker 01746 713246 or Lisa Bedford (lisa.bedford@southshropshire.gov.uk - (01584 813181) if you would like to discuss this initiative. Further national information is available at http://www.niace.org.uk/alw/2008/

Shropshire and Telford Destination Management Partnership Networking and Training Fund

The aim of this fund is to increase the capacity of Shropshire and Telford’s tourism associations and networks that support tourism.

Grants of up to £500 are available for specific activities and projects, although larger grants may be awarded in some circumstances.

What does it fund?

The types of activities supported by the fund might include:

Special events (e.g. network days and celebration events)

Familiarisation visits (e.g. visits to groups / attractions in other areas)

Training (e.g. website training)

Other mutual support activities (e.g. presence at regional / national events)

An example of an event would be a ‘Wake Up your Website’ session for tourism businesses wishing to improve their websites. Another would be a familiarisation visit for accommodation businesses to places associated with the major 2009 anniversaries such as Darwin, William Penny-Brookes in Much Wenlock, Housman and Coalbrookdale.

Who can apply?

All formally constituted groups with bank accounts, such as tourism associations and attraction / accommodation networks, are eligible to apply for funding. Groups that do not fall clearly within the above category should discuss their eligibility with the fund’s administrators, before applying for funding.

Applications from individuals or single organisations are not invited unless the applicant can demonstrate that they are acting on behalf of a group.

Eligible expenditure

All expenditure must be incurred before 31st March 2009, however it can relate to activity occuring after this date.

Eligible costs for grant funding include venue and equipment hire, refreshments, speaker costs and expenses, production of promotional materials, hire of transport. This list is not exclusive.

Funding is not available for routine events such as AGM’s and committee meetings but could be used for ‘bolt-on’ activities such as a training event occuring on the same day.

The grant can only cover actual costs that the applicant has incurred. Service charges and other notional expenditure are not eligible.

Full details of eligible expenditure will be provided in the grant funding agreement.

Outputs and outcomes

It is expected that activity funded by the scheme will have outputs that can be recorded.

Examples as follows:

Businesses attending networking event

Businesses represented on familiarisation visit

Individuals attending training session

How can I apply?

If you believe that your project is eligible for funding, please discuss your project with Tim King (email: tim.king@southshropshire.gov.uk), who is co-ordinating Destination Management Partnership networking activities, before submitting an application.

He will advise you on whether your project fits the overall aim of the fund and recommend whether you should proceed with an application.

Please discuss any technical queries with Gary Spence (gary.spence@shropshire.gov.uk) telephone 01743 252271 before submitting the application form.

Completed application forms should be posted to Gary Spence in the Regeneration Team at Shropshire County Council.

Decisions on applications will be made within a short period, usually five working days.

The Batty Charitable Trust

The Batty Charitable Trust makes one-off grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 to smaller charities throughout the UK, especially those working at grass roots and local level. The Trustees have wide interests, with the main stipulation being that grants should make a significant difference to your ability to do the work you have in mind.

Applicants need to underline why the grant will make a significant difference to their work. A project budget should be supplied, and you need to send a signed copy of your latest accounts. There are no application deadlines, but you need to allow up to four months for a decision to be made. You should apply six months before you need the money.

For further guidance and information on how to apply, visit www.battycharitabletrust.org.uk.

Innovation for the Public (4iP) fund

Channel 4 has formed the 4 Innovation for the Public (4iP) fund to stimulate public service digital media (beyond television) across the UK. In plain English, that means supporting great ideas for websites, games and mobile services which help people improve their lives.

For more information about the submission guidelines, go to the 4iP website at www.4ip.org.uk.

PRS Foundation 2009 deadlines

The PRS Foundation funds the creation and performance of new music. The Foundation has announced the 2009 deadlines for its funding programmes:

· Awards to Organisations - 6 February 2009 · Awards to Festivals - 6 February and 12 August 2009 · Awards to Performance Groups - 6 February and 12 August 2009 · PRSF/Bliss Trust Composer Bursaries - 27 March and 28 August 2009 · Awards for New Works - 9 April and 9 October 2009 · Awards to Promoters - 9 April 2009 · Live Connections - 9 October 2009

More information on the programmes is available from the PRS Foundation website at www.prsfoundation.co.uk.

Awards For Young Musicians

deadline - 30 March 2009

Each year the Awards For Young Musicians make awards of between £200 and £2,000, based on evidence of musical talent and financial need. The awards can help with: the purchase or hire of musical instruments and accessories; music lessons; weekend music schools; music courses; orchestra fees; travel. Applicants are required to: have achieved distinction in their last music exam, or, if they haven’t taken exams, show evidence of this level of ability; be recommended by their music teacher; have their families show evidence of financial need.

An adjudication process takes place every spring and awards are made in June. For further information and to download guidelines and an application form visit www.a-y-m.org.uk/awards.html or phone 0117 904 9906.

Foundation for Sport and the Arts

deadline - 31 March 2009

The Foundation for Sport and the Arts has announced the trust will close at the end of March 2012. The deadline for final applications will be the end of March 2009.

For application guidelines and to complete the online questionnaire visit the Foundation for Sport and the Arts website at www.thefsa.net.

Volunteer Fund to link the generations

A new Intergenerational Volunteering Fund, to recruit 20,000 volunteers across Britain who will link together the generations, has one and a half million pounds available in 2009/10 and 2010/11. Announced by the government towards the end of December, details of how the fund will operate are due in early 2009. For more information, see the Cabinet Office news release at: www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/newsroom/news_releases/2008/081227_fund.aspx.

Source: VolResource

European Youth Foundation Grants

Deadline: 1 April 2008

The European Youth Foundation is an independent, international, non-governmental organisation dedicated to the positive development of children and young people throughout the world. To support its objectives, the Foundation makes grants to international not-for-profit youth organisations and networks.
The types of activities supported include international youth meeting, the development of projects that benefits young people and help towards the administrative costs of eligible organisations and networks. In addition the Foundation also funds a range of pilot projects.
For more information, visit http://tinyurl.com/7arjop.

Take the Initiative Finance for Films

Deadline: 1 February 2009

About Films has £100,000 on offer to independent producers seeking finance for their feature film or documentary. About Films is looking for films and documentaries that fresh, original and dynamic; have a twist that make the audience think; have a unique selling point; have Scripts that have been fully developed.
Producers must have produced two short film projects or documentaries in the past five years and have and exciting fully developed script that is just waiting to be financed.
For more information, go to: www.aboutfilms.com/initiative.html.

Prince’s Foundation Children & The Arts partner applications now open

Deadline: 23 January 2009

The Prince's Foundation for Children & the Arts is inviting arts organisations across the UK to apply to become arts partners for its flagship program 'Start'. Through 'Start', Children & the Arts provide funding and practical support to enable arts organisations across the UK to form partnerships with primary and secondary schools in their local area. 'Start' allows children who have little or no experience of the UK’s rich culture - children who may never have been to a play, heard a live piece of classical music or even visited their local art gallery - to experience the very best of the UK’s glorious arts heritage.
Children & the Arts is seeking to work with up to ten new partners for the 2009/10 academic year to deliver projects that: are high quality; target children who are unlikely to have visited venues before; are accessible for the audience targeted; offer opportunities to create learning and skills development; can be sustained over a period of time; and build upon an organisation's current education programme.
For more information, visit
www.childrenandarts.org.uk/about-us/news/start-arts-partner-applications-200910-are-now-open.

Nationwide Foundation Small Grants Programme (UK)

The Nationwide Foundation which works towards a just and caring society by enabling people to take part in building better futures in their communities is currently accepting applications for funding under its Small Grants Programme. Under the programme grants of up to £5,000 are available to registered charities with a yearly income of less than £500,000. The Small Grants Programme is part of Nationwide Foundation's Supporting Families programme and has the following aims:

To promote the well-being of young men, women and children whose lives have been affected by domestic violence and to reduce the prevalence of domestic violence through increased service provision, education and awareness raising.

To improve the quality of life of families with a member or members in prison, through the provision of services responsive to their needs.

To provide young people who are or have been involved with the criminal justice system with a rehabilitation programme designed to obtain the skills, confidence and personal support networks to enable them to lead fulfilled and successful lives. There is no application closing date for the Small Grants Programme. For more information, go to: http://www.nationwidefoundation.org.uk/default.asp

Trusthouse Charitable Foundation (UK)

The Trusthouse Charitable Foundation has announced that funding is available to local and national charities or not-for-profit organisations that address rural and urban deprivation. Under Rural Issues grants are available for projects that could include for example providing transport for the elderly, disabled or disadvantaged; contact networks for young disabled people; projects which encourage a sense of community such as community centres and village halls; employment training schemes especially those promoting local, traditional crafts; projects addressing issues such as drug/alcohol misuse or homelessness. Under the Urban Deprivation grants are available for projects that could include for example youth clubs; training schemes to help people out of unemployment; drop in centres for the homeless. In addition, from July 2009, the Foundation will start a three year themed grant which will fund projects addressing mental health issues for prisoners and ex-offenders. The Grants Committee meets quarterly to consider applications at the beginning of February, May, July and November. The deadlines for submitting applications is generally 2 months before the date of a meeting. For more information, go to: http://www.trusthousecharitablefoundation.org.uk/

Music Grants for Older People (England & Wales)

The registered charity, Concertina makes grants to charitable bodies which provide musical entertainment and related activities for the elderly. The charity is particular keen to support smaller organisations which might otherwise find it difficult to gain funding. Since its inception in 2004, it has made grants to a wide range of charitable organisations nationwide in England and Wales. These include funds to many care homes for the elderly to provide musical entertainment for their residents. The next application deadline is the 30th January 2009. For more information, go to: http://www.concertinamusic.org.uk/

Partnership Fund (England)

The next deadline for schools wishing to apply for the Partnership Fund is the 28th February 2009. The Partnership Fund is designed to help schools which can demonstrate that, in spite of their determined efforts over time, they have not be been able to raise the sponsorship necessary to apply for specialist school status. To be eligible for Partnership Fund support, schools will need to demonstrate that they have:

Made concerted efforts to raise external sponsorship for at least a year

Established links with local business and community groups relevant to the specialist project, even if these have not resulted in offers of eligible cash sponsorship

Undertaken substantial fundraising activities in-house

Made substantial efforts to raise awareness about its specialist plans.

For more information, go to: http://www.specialistschools.org.uk/schools/biddingsupport/thepartnershipfund.aspa

New Deadlines for First Light Movies (UK)

First Light Movies provides grants to projects that enable young people to participate in all aspects of film productions. Since launching in 2001, First Light Movies have enabled over 12,000 young filmmakers to write, act, shoot, light, direct and produce over 800 films. The funding is available to organisations such as schools, youth services, community and voluntary groups that work with young people aged between 5 and 18. Every year approximately £700,000 of grants are available through three funding streams:

The Pilot Awards provides grants of up to £5,000 for the production of a 5 minute film.

The Studio Awards provides grants of up to £30, 000 for between two and four films of up to 10 minutes.

What’s the Big Idea Awards provides grants of £3,000 to develop ideas and stories for films.

The deadline for applications is the 31st March 2009 for the What's The Big Idea? Award and the Pilot Awards. The Studio Award is currently closed but the next deadline will be announced in early 2009. For more information, go to:

http://www.firstlightmovies.com/funding/

Volant Charitable Trust (UK)

Registered charities whose purpose is to alleviate poverty and social deprivation with particular emphasis on children’s and women’s issues have the opportunity to apply for funding through the Volant Charitable Trust. The Trust which was set up by the author J K Rowling also supports research into the causes, treatment and possible cures of Multiple Sclerosis. However this funding stream is currently fully comitted and is not considering further applications for funding in this area at the present time. In addition the Trustees will as and when appropriate, support disaster appeals. The Trust will support both captital and revenue funding. Applications for funding requests of £10,000 or less, for those projects based in Scotland only, are dealt with by the Trust’s appointed agents, the Scottish Community Foundation. The closing date for applications is the 27th February 2009. For more information, go to: http://www.volanttrust.com/index.html

Bridging the Gap (UK)

The Coalfields Regeneration Trust (CRT), which is an independent grant-making organisation that was established in 1999 to improve the quality of life in Britain’s coalfield communities has announced that it is seeking applications under its Bridging the Gap programme. Under this programme grants of between £500 and £10,000 are available to community and voluntary groups within the coalfield communities to improve the quality of people lives. The CRT will support projects that fit into one or more of the following funding themes: Access to employment; Education and skills; Health and wellbeing; and Access to opportunities. CRT offers quick access to funds and aims to make a decision within 12 weeks of receiving an application. The funding programme is due to run for three years from April 2008 to March 2011. Since being founded, the CRT has awarded £150 million through its grant-making programmes. In addition to the Bridging the Gap programme, the CRT can award grants of up to £300,000 through its main grants programme to bigger voluntary, community and statutory organisations. Applications can be submitted at any time. For more information, go to: http://www.coalfields-regen.org.uk/

Commonwealth Connections Opens for Applications (UK)

The Commonwealth Foundation, which is an intergovernmental organisation supporting the work of charities and other civil society organisations, has announced that its international arts residency programme “Commonwealth Connections” is now open for entry. At the end of June 2009, six recipients will be given a grant of up to £8,000 to travel and study in another Commonwealth country. The residencies are open to all visual artists who are citizens of a Commonwealth country. Formerly the Commonwealth Arts and Crafts Awards, the Commonwealth Foundation's residency programme for visual arts is changing to bring the benefits of its successful model to an increasing number of practitioners. Performance art and photography are included as eligible categories for the first time; there is no longer an age limit; and this year sees the first step in the evolution of the awards into a rolling, annual scheme of residencies for which artists can apply at any time. In addition, the scheme will expand and extend to disciplines outside the visual arts. Applications are judged online by an international panel of artists, including former winners, and experts in the different art forms and regions of the Commonwealth. The deadline for applications is 1 March 2009. For more information, go to: http://www.commonwealthfoundation.com/news/news/detail.cfm?id=472

Funding for Individual and Small Groups to Improve their Local Communities (UK)

Groups of individuals as well as small community and voluntary groups within the UK that want to improve their communities can apply for funding through the Wakeham Trust. The Trust are particularly interested in supporting neighbourhood projects, community arts projects, projects involving community service by young people, or projects set up by those who are socially excluded. The Trust also supports innovative projects to promote excellence in teaching (at any level, from primary schools to universities), though we never support individuals. The Trust normally gives grants to projects where an initial £75 to £750 can make a real difference to getting the project up and running. To be eligible, applicants need to be registered charities or have access to a registered charity that will be willing to accept funds on their behalf. Applications can be made at any time. For more information, go to: http://www.wakehamtrust.org/

EVENTS -

Events in South Shropshire 16th Jan – 16th Feb 09

Date

Time

Event

Venue

Telephone

T

Web

16-Jan

Sheilagh Jevons Landscape Exhibition

Ludlow Assembly Rooms

01584 878141

www.ludlowassemblyrooms.co.uk

16-Jan-01-Mar

Seascape - marine studies photography

Ludlow Assembly Rooms

01584 878141

www.ludlowassemblyrooms.co.uk

17-Jan

18.00

Hansel & Gretel

SpArC Centre, Bishop's Castle

01588 630321

T

www.ottc.org.uk

19-24-Jan

19.30

LADS presents Cinderella - The Pantomime

Ludlow Assembly Rooms

01584 878141

www.ludlowassemblyrooms.co.uk

21-22-Jan

19.30

Playhouse Creatures de Angelis

Edge Arts Centre, Much Wenlock

01952 728509

T

www.edgeartscentre.co.uk

23-Jan

19.30

Tea Hodzic Trio -Songs from Balkans Concert

Chelmarsh Village Hall, Bridgnorth

01746 862104

T

www.artsalive.co.uk

24-Jan

14.30

Tea Hodzic Trio -Songs from Balkans Workshop

Chelmarsh Village Hall, Bridgnorth

01746 862104

T

www.artsalive.co.uk

23-24-Jan

19.30

LADS presents Cinderella - The Pantomime

Ludlow Assembly Rooms

01584 878141

T

www.ludlowassemblyrooms.co.uk

24-Jan

19.30

Fordante - classical music experience

Parish Hall, Cleobury Mortimer

01746 763257

T

www.fordante.com

24-Jan

19.30

Songs by Schubert and others

Moor Park School, near Ludlow

01584 876141

T

www.ludlowmusicsociety.org.uk

24-Jan

19.30

Songs & Music from Balkans and Beyond

Kimbolton Village Hall, near Ludlow

01568 610772

www.fiddle.org.uk

www.artsalive.co.uk

25-Jan

19.30

Songs & Music from Balkans and Beyond

Burton Hotel, Kington

01544 231732

www.fiddle.org.uk

www.artsalive.co.uk

27-Jan

20.00

Cinnamon Acoustic Music Night

Cinnamon Coffee House, Bridgnorth

01746 765268

T

www.myspace.com/whalebone7

28-Jan

19.15

Live Music-Dom Hall, Luke Day, Talk, The Knights

The Hive Music & Media Centre, Shrewsbury

01743 234970

T

www.hiveonline.org.uk

30-Jan

19.30

Soweto Kinch - jazz & rap concert

Ludlow Assembly Rooms

01584 878141

www.soweto-kinch.com

31-Jan

19.30

Musicals in motion

Ludlow Assembly Rooms

01584 878141

www.musicalsinmotion.com

31-Jan

19.30

Fordante - classical music experience

Victoria Hall, Broseley

01746 763257

T

www.fordante.com

03-Feb

20.00

Dervish - Irish folk music

Ludlow Assembly Rooms

01584 878141

www.dervish.ie

07-Feb

19.30

Fordante - classical music experience

The Red House, Albrighton

01746 763257

www.fordante.com

07-08-Feb

10.00 - 16.00

Annual Mega Booksale

Ludlow Assembly Rooms

01584 878141

www.ludlowassemblyrooms.co.uk

09-Feb

Out and About arts workshops

Mayfair Community Centre, Church Stretton

01694 722077

T

12-Feb

20.00

Phileas P. Souper Tour

SpArC Centre, Bishop's Castle

01588 630321

www.artsalive.co.uk

12-13-Feb

19.30

Ibsen's Hedda Gabler

Edge Arts Centre, Much Wenlock

01952 728509

T

www.edgeartscentre.co.uk

13-Feb

21.00

SKANKt - alternative/ska/rock band

Ludlow Assembly Rooms

01584 878141

T

www.skant.com

13-Feb

19.30

Loon & Theatre Mimi - Phileas P Souper Tour

Shifnal Village Hall

01952 462787

T

www.artsalive.co.uk

17-19-Feb

Half-term sports & arts workshops for 5-11 year-olds

Various village halls South Shropshire

01584 813333

www.southshropshire.gov.uk

17-19-Feb

Half-term workshops for 4-12 year-olds

Ludlow Assembly Rooms

01584 878141

www.ludlowassemblyrooms.co.uk

The Council receives most of its listings information from other sources, usually the organisers of the events. Therefore it cannot accept responsibility for any changes to times and venues or for any inaccurate information provided by the organisers. Where possible, the Council provides contact details of organisers. If you wish to attend an event, please check beforehand that the information provided is still correct.

Events listed with a T are part of the tART transport to Art scheme. Call 01694 720012 to book your lift to any of these events. If you live in Bridgnorth or South Shropshire District and are usually unable to attend arts events due to lack of transport then tART is here to help with a door to door service. The scheme is running to variety of events across the two districts and beyond, there's something for everyone, young and old! If there is an arts event that you would like to go to that isn't on this list then contact the event organisers and tell them to get registered on the scheme, or call the number above!

ECO CHIC AT SpArC

Becky Griffiths, Castle Community Leisure’s (CCL) new youth arts development worker for Bishop’s Castle’s SpArC centre is exhibiting her fresh and exciting recycled textile art at SpArC until Fri 30th Jan 09.

Becky graduated in Textile Design from Falmouth in June 2008 and this exhibition is a fantastic opportunity for you to see her 4 years hard work. Becky describes “My passion and enthusiasm started as a child, collecting and rummaging through grandparent's vintage chests, uncovering antique dresses and jewellery. I have a real enthusiasm for recycling through donations and charity shop finds. I believe that something old and worn has a past life and holds memory, telling a story to the owner”

The collection is a contemporary mixture of mixed media textile art, using paper, clay, natural dyed fabrics, vintage clothing and jewellery. It can be viewed during public opening times on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays from 10.30 am to 9pm, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4pm to 9pm and at weekends from 10am to 12pm. So make your way down to the SpArC centre in Bishops Castle to see Becky’s recycled textile art that will inspire you to make do and mend. For more information please call Becky on 01588 630321 or visit her website www.rebeccagriffiths.co.uk to see further work

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