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  1. 1. Creative LeicesterShire Ebulletin for August 2006 Welcome to the Creative LeicesterShire Ebulletin with opportunities for creative businesses in Leicestershire and Rutland. Information in the bulletin runs as follows: o Funding & Resources o Training & Skills o Networking o Performing arts opportunities o Visual arts/crafts opportunities o Fashion/Textiles opportunities o Digital media & Design opportunities o Creative writing opportunities o Jobs & Commissions o Workspace o Requests FUNDING & RESOURCES Creative LeicesterShire development bursaries The Creative LeicesterShire development bursaries are to support the development of creative freelancers and small businesses in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. Each bursary will be customised to fit the needs of the business. Bursary recipients will receive an introductory session on marketing tools, a 2-hour meeting analysing your business development needs, a £2000 development grant to spend on developing your business and some informal business support and advice through the Creative LeicesterShire staff and other freelance specialists. Though some consideration will be given to creative or product development, the main aim of the programme is to improve the business and expand its potential markets. Deadline is Friday 20 October. For full application details visit and click on Funding. Leicestershire Funding Toolkit The Leicestershire Funding Toolkit has been developed to provide one-stop access to advice and information on funding for voluntary and community organisations in Leicester and Leicestershire. For further info visit Leicester Haymarket – in residence scheme In residence is a new initiative supporting emerging and established artists wanting to pursue new directions. Work in all artforms considered. You need to be based in the East Midlands and have an idea that needs experimenting, testing and sharing. Artists will be in residence from October 2006 for 6 months and will receive mentoring, access to facilities and a bursary. Application information from Georgia on 0116 253 0021 or e:
  2. 2. Grants for Woodland Businesses within the National Forest Individuals, partnerships, companies and other organisations in Leicestershire who are involved in commercial activities directly connected with the National Forest woodlands, wood products or woodland activities are all eligible for this support. In addition, a woodland business support team can help develop ideas, start up businesses, provide technical support and market services and goods. For further info T: 01283 215 076 New Funding for Rural Businesses Funding has been made available to support new business activities to help regenerate the rural economy over the next 3 years. The grant schemes available include the following: New Life for Redundant Buildings, Leicestershire Rural Micro Business Development, Leicestershire Rural Visitor. For further info contact the Leicestershire Rural Business Support programme, T: 0116 265 7033, E: Leicestershire Rural Business Advice Fair Thursday 10 August, Blaby District Council Offices, Desford Rd, Narborough, Leics LE19 2EP from 12noon to 7.00pm. This free event will give access to over fifteen agencies offering free advice, support and grants to specialist services and rural enterprises. The event will focus on farmers and rural businesses and those diversifying from farming or agriculture. Attendance is free, but please register with Sarah Henderson, T: 0116 265 7033, E: Big Lottery Community Buildings Fund The Big Lottery Fund’s new Community Buildings programme will give communities the chance to improve their quality of life by funding developments that are economically, socially and environmentally sustainable. The programme will pay for creating and improving facilities that offer a wide range of services and activities to a broad range of local people, promoting community interaction and self-help. Voluntary and community organisations can apply for grants from £50,000 to £250,000. For further info visit eBay Business Centre launched A new online facility to help small and medium-sized businesses get started on the website. eBay's Business Centre offers a one-stop-shop for small and medium-sized businesses wishing to capitalise on the website's potential to reach 147 million shoppers worldwide. It includes information on how to register, set up an eBay Shop, learn about export sales, learn about legal obligations as business sellers and find tips on how to maximise sales on eBay. For further info visit Catalyst Fund – start up funding for people with a disability This fund is available in Leicestershire only (not Leicester city) and provides up to £3,000 to 16 to 59 year olds on incapacity benefit or disability living allowance to start their own business. Funding is allocated every quarter – December, March and June. Contact Sarah Capewell for more information on 01509 410619. East Midlands Regional Venture Capital Fund Catapult, who manage this fund, are keen to invest in more businesses seeking Growth Capital. Catapult has recently announced a 'Loan with Option' product. Aimed at businesses with well rounded management teams and at least two years of profitable trading, this new product will help those looking to invest in further growth which cannot be funded by bank
  3. 3. borrowings alone. For businesses who qualify, Catapult can provide up to £250,000 by way of loan, with an option or warrant for approximately 5% of the equity. It is believed that this type of finance will be attractive for family run companies. If you would like to hear more about this product please contact any of the Catapult team on 0870 116 1600 or Connect £1m Investment Challenge This fund gives entrepreneurs and high growth businesses in the East Midlands the opportunity to evaluate their investment potential, and the chance to gain investment from a pot of £1million. The Investment Challenge utilises the Library House 'Gauntlet Tool', a groundbreaking online assessment tool. After answering questions around key themes, entrants will receive a report card benchmarking their proposals and giving detailed feedback. Selected applicants will be invited to present to a panel of experts and investors, and ultimately stand to gain a slice of £1 million in investment. To enter the Challenge, entrepreneurs need to apply online at - closing date for entries 4 September 2006. TRAINING & SKILLS Becoming Self-Employed Free workshops run by the Inland Revenue’s Business Support Team: 9.30am – 1.30pm. Dates in July - Friday 14, Monday 17, Thursday 20, Friday 28 at Saxon House, Leicester. To book your place contact the Workshop Booking Line, T: 01332 724 410. Tax Self Assessment for the Self-Employed Free workshops run by the Inland Revenue’s Business Support Team: 9.30am -1.30pm. Dates in July – Tuesday 18, Wednesday 26 July at Saxon House, Leicester. Dates in July – Thursday 20 at 50-52 Scalford Road, Melton Mowbray. To book your place contact the Workshop Booking Line, T: 01332 724 410. Enhancing Learning With Technology – Regional Briefing Thursday 10 August, Leicester. A NIACE/Learning and Skills Council briefing to convey details about the forthcoming e-learning LSC programme to be offered in 2007. This will include free training for managers, tutors and volunteers in e-learning; access to digital resources for organisations to use in their training delivery; and one-to-one consultancy to assist in developing and embedding technology into teaching and learning. For details and a booking form visit Brand Strategy-What does your brand say about you? Wednesday 16 August, 6.00pm, LCB Depot, Leicester. This seminar is delivered by Briggs Hillier design, a multi-disciplinary design consultancy specialising in brand and retail services. Branding saturates our everyday lives be it the brand we portray, recognise, trust or buy. It is without a doubt an essential subject to all in today’s Creative Industries. This seminar will focus on helping you to create a brand strategy for your clients, but also creating a brand strategy for your own creative company. To request a place at this event, E: with ‘Branding Yes!’ in the subject line. Creative Launchpad presents ‘Search Engine Secrets and Selling on Ebay!’ Thursday 17 August, 1.30pm – 4.30pm, the Canalhouse Bar, 42-52 Canal Street, Nottingham. An informative half-day training seminar designed to give you the tools and techniques necessary to develop an effective Internet marketing strategy. Search Engine positioning is one
  4. 4. of the hottest topics in marketing at the moment. The training is designed to keep you informed of the latest developments in search marketing, and provide you with the practical steps you can take to grow your business by using these techniques. Selling on Ebay will provide you with the information you need to start selling on eBay – whether you want to sell your existing product range or if you are looking to start a new business. For further info or to secure your place contact Cheryl Gill T: 0115 950 3730, E: Business Planning Workshop Monday 21 August, Charnwood Court, 5b New Walk, Leicester. Writing a business plan is a good way to focus on the business direction, set objectives, review finances and define investment requirements. Just getting started can be daunting, but this hands-on workshop will guide you through the key steps and considerations using a standard business plan template, which you can adapt to your own business. The small group workshop with an experienced business adviser will cover the key aspects of the business planning process. Cost £35.00. For further info T: 0845 0700086, E: or visit Website Development Workshop Tuesday 22 August, Charnwood Court, 5b New Walk, Leicester. This comprehensive course is designed specifically for businesses considering developing their website. You will gain an understanding of all the issues you need to consider, whether developing the site yourself, or using a website designer. The course is run by an experienced and qualified adviser who will provide you with valuable help and support and with lots of practical hints and tips. Cost £23.50. For further info T: 0845 0700086, E: or visit Bookkeeping Workshop Thursday 24 August, Charnwood Court, 5b New Walk, Leicester. A workshop designed for the needs of those starting in business and equally for established businesses seeking to improve their management skills. The bookkeeping workshop will take you through the initial steps in financial record keeping, a process vital in any business. For those just starting in business and established traders alike, this workshop will help you get to grips with this vital process. You will gain an understanding of the importance of accurate financial records, what books to keep and, most importantly, how to keep them. Cost £23.50. For further info T: 0845 0700086, E: or visit Starting in Business – Realise & Live Your Dreams 6 & 7 September, Innovation Centre, De Montfort University, Leicester. From this 2-day workshop you will gain firm foundational knowledge and expertise on what you need to do and consider when starting. Experienced advisers will take you through practical exercises, examples, individual and group work & discussion, all combined in an interactive environment. You will also have the opportunity to meet, network and share experiences with other business people. Cost is £32 including lunch (The original cost of £75 is subsidised by sponsors). For further info or to book, T: 0845 070 0086. Free Business Language Courses for small businesses Free intensive business language training for small to medium-sized companies to help their business succeed in Europe. Course fees and materials are fully funded by the European Social Fund. These courses will equip delegates with the essential language skills and confidence to help their company compete effectively in overseas markets. These courses are available in French, Spanish and German at beginners level and lead to an OCR Certificate in Business Language Competence. The courses start in September and finish in December, and
  5. 5. run once a week at Loughborough College. There is an entry fee of £34.60 per delegate. Open evening – Wednesday 6 September. • German - 12 September - 5 December, Tuesdays 4pm-8pm • French - 13 September - 6 December, Wednesdays 4pm-8pm • Spanish – 14 September - 7 December, Thursdays 4pm-8pm For further info or to request an enrolment form contact Liz Littler, T: 07714 450 844. E: Applying to Trusts and Companies for Funds Wednesday 13 September, 12.30pm - 4.30pm, Pera, Melton Mowbray. This workshop will provide an in-depth insight into the opportunities available for applying for funding to trusts and companies for external funding. You will leave the workshop more aware of alternative funding sources that your organisation may be able to apply to. The workshop will include: finding and researching charitable trusts and company funds, what the funders are looking for, writing application letters, what to do after making the application. This course will cost £20.00 + VAT. For further info or to secure your place contact Regeneration East Midlands, T: 0870 240 4459, E: Web Savvy Seminar Wednesday 20 September, 10.00am-4.00pm, Hothorpe Hall, Leicestershire. Websites, the internet, and online marketing are potential minefields for time pressured business people. Trying to make informed decisions can become very difficult and time consuming, and being uninformed can be expensive. However, the rewards for getting it right could give a massive boost to your business, and in all honesty, there's a lot you can do without turning into a techno-whizz kid, even if it's just knowing which questions to ask and how to evaluate the answers. Egghead Design have put together a one day seminar that will enable you to make those informed decisions, complete with full course notes and a CD containing useful software and other material. It is totally non-technical and requires no previous experience. The cost of attending (£25 + VAT) will be fully subsidised by EMIN. For further info & to register to attend visit the website & complete the on-line form Passport to Export Thursday 21 September, Three Swans Hotel, Market Harborough. Passport to Export is UK Trade & Investment’s (UKTI) flagship programme for new and inexperienced exporters. It provides the training, planning and ongoing support you need to begin a successful export operation. The programme combines new and existing UKTI services, according to your particular business needs. You will receive a business health check, mentoring from one of their local export professionals, an individual export plan and a range of developmental training options. You will then put those skills to practical use by visiting your agreed market. Once you’ve completed the Passport to Export programme, they will keep in touch to make sure you are on the right track. For further info or to book your place T: 0845 634 0600, E: or visit Young People As Decision Makers In Arts Venues Friday 22 September, Y Theatre, Leicester. This seminar looks at good practice and sustainable models for genuinely involving children and young people in cultural venues. It will present a diverse selection of gallery case studies to include the Towner Art Gallery, 198 Gallery, and the Chisenhale Gallery, delivered by young people and project staff. This will be followed by interactive sessions facilitated by the National Youth Agency to help organisations
  6. 6. assess and improve how they actively involve children and young people. Francois Matarasso, writer and researcher, will chair the day’s discussions. The day will provide an opportunity for arts professionals, gallery staff, educators, artists and youth workers to share, learn, and take away practical tools as well as an action plan to help participants develop youth-friendly practice in the future. For further info and to download a leaflet and booking form visit the engage homepage at, or contact Emma Boyd, E: NETWORKING Creative LeicesterShire Autumn Networking Events Creative LeicesterShire are offering the opportunity to meet other creative freelancers and businesses in informal settings and find out how to apply for one of 15 development bursaries of £2000. All events are free, start at 6.00pm, last around 2 hours and light refreshments will be available. • Wednesday 13 September - Joules Eating House, Joules Yard, Market Harborough • Tuesday 19 September - Upstairs at Praha, 22-24 the Borough, Hinckley • Wednesday 20 September - Hermitage Park Hotel, Whitwick Rd, Coalville • Monday 25 September - Whitwell Conference Centre, Main Rd, Whitwell, Rutland in collaboration with Arts for Rutland • Tuesday 3 October - Melton Theatre Bar, Asfordby Rd, Melton Mowbray • Thursday 5 October - Leicester Creative Business Depot, 31 Rutland St, Leicester as part of the TBC networking evening • Tuesday 10 October - Balcony Café, Loughborough Town Hall If you would like to attend please contact Clare Hudson E: and let us know your name, company, postcode and what you do. Exhibiting grants now available for manufacturers fair If you’re a small or medium-sized entreprise (SME) providing products or services to the manufacturing sector or its supply chain, then you could get £500 towards exhibiting at the region’s premier manufacturing event taking place at Donington Park, Derby on 20 & 21 September. To find out if your company qualifies, contact the show organiser E: or T: 01784 880890. Funding will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. For full details of the show, either as an exhibitor or a visitor, visit the website . Small Talk – Networking Event Thursday 10 August, 6.00pm – 9.00pm, Maiyango Bar and Restaurant, 19-21 St Nicholas Place, Leicester. Small Talk is the very successful regular networking event run by Urban Events. Urban Events is a business and social networking company aiming to bring a stylish and relevant network to all business types. Canapes and complimentary cocktails/drinks are included plus the chance to win some summer surprises. They always welcome new guests and ‘pay as you go’ networkers to their Small Talk events. This forum is about style, relevance and quality in terms of the companies they have attracted to their scheme. Tickets are £17.50 plus vat each – Ticket price includes networking list, complimentary drinks and canapes from 6.00pm – 9.00pm. For further info or to secure you place T: 0845 0541041 or visit Roots – Nibble & Network BBC Radio Leicester, 9 St Nicholas Place, Leicester LE1 5LB Wednesday 30 August 06, 6-7.30pm Are you an artist, arts organisation or organisation that does arts activities? Do you
  7. 7. want to know how you can get involved with BBC & Arts Council England? Come and tell us what you’re doing and meet Arts Council England, East Midland officers. For more information call Tina Mistry, Interim Roots co-ordinator on 0116 2516688 Local Alchemy in north west Leicester – network and celebrate Friday 18 August, 11.00am – 3.00pm, NSPCC Training Centre, Leicester. The Leicester North West Alchemy Company’s official launch to celebrate the first year in operation and to recognise the work that is being developed for individual entrepreneurs, social enterprises as well as projects to benefit the wider community. It will provide an arena for effective networking, information, advice and guidance sharing by bringing to the people of Leicester North West a range of business, educational, training and employment opportunities and other services from which they can benefit. Approx. 400 people will attend. The Lord Mayor of Leicester, Councillor Paul Westley, will be launching the Company and Malcolm Smith, Corporate Sales Director, De Montfort University, will be the Guest Speaker. A buffet lunch and live entertainment will be provided. Groups/organisations wishing to put on a display are welcome but will be expected to make a financial contribution towards costs. For further info T: 0116 236 8190 or E: Contact01 Wednesday 23 August, 6.00pm – 8.00pm, Canalhouse Bar, Canal Street, Nottingham. contact01 is a free networking event for all enterprising and creative individuals. It’s a great opportunity to have a drink, share ideas and make contact with similar minded people. contact01 is a Prince’s Trust and Creative and Community Launchpad event. Featuring guest speaker, Nottingham Sculptor John Brian, and a slideshow showcase of local artists work. If you bring your cards & leaflets they will have a marketing materials table to give you some free advertising! For further info contact Cheryl Gill T: 0115 950 3730, E: Artslink 2 - Leicester, Leicestershire & Rutland Arts & Education Fair Monday 11 September, 12 – 5.30pm, De Montfort Hall, Leicester. Artslink is a free event to bring creative practitioners and educators together under one roof. Artslink gives arts organisations and artists, with experience of working with young people, an opportunity to showcase and discuss their work with teachers and others who work within both formal and informal education. Artslink consists of a ‘market place’ of creative practitioners and a workshop programme. It is free to have a stand at Artslink. Applications are now being sent out to artists and organisations. For further info contact Fiona Clayton, T: 0116 299 5977 / 07910121431, E: PERFORMING ARTS OPPORTUNITIES Emergency! Showcase – Platform opportunity Thursday August 24, 8.00pm, The Y Theatre, Leicester. The Emergency Showcase happens 4 times a year & is hosted by Speakeasy Theatre Company. If you have a work in progress piece, whether it is Short Film, Theatre, Dance or Comedy the Emergency Showcase is the place to put it on. Whatever stage your performance is at they will show it! No CVs or marketing packs necessary – just a good idea that lasts around 15 minutes. Book now if you are interested in performing in August as there are a limited number of slots available. Contact Speakeasy Theatre Company, T: 0116 283 6646, E:
  8. 8. Expo 2006 - Call for proposals 3 & 4 November, Nottingham. Expo is an annual program of experimental work from new artists and recent graduates interrogating performance within their practice. Approx. 14-16 artists will be selected to participate in the event in total. Artists will receive an all inclusive fee of £300. They are now accepting proposals from artists / thinkers / makers / doers who have: graduated in the past three years and / or have started to develop a practice which has a basis in performance / live art / time based arts. They are interested in receiving proposals that question relationships between art/artist and audience, which cross-pollinate with other Media such as video art, sonic art, digital works (such as web based works), text based practises, installation / sculptural based practices Deadline for applications is Thursday 31 August. For further info & to download an application form visit Summer Dance Intensive -– subsidised places for Leicestershire dancers 13 – 16 September, De Montfort University, Leicester. Dance4 in association with Lincolnshire Dance and Independent Dance (London) will be hosting this 4-day dance intensive in Leicester. Sustaining practice will be the key focus for the intensive offering dancers the chance to participate in an array of activities including: daily classes, repertory and performance skills, advice surgeries, improvisation workshops, performance sharings and discussions. The sessions will be led by some of the leading Artists and Facilitators throughout the UK including Rosemary Lee, Gill Clarke, Sally Doughty and Yael Flexer. A detailed programme will be available shortly. Cost £75 full, £60 concessions. The first 10 places booked by dance practitioners from Leicestershire or Rutland will pay a reduced fee of £37.50 / £30. These places have been subsidised by Creative LeicesterShire. For further info contact Rebecca Lee, T: 0115 941 0773, E: Nigel Charnock Residency For 3 weeks during August and September Nigel Charnock will be in residence at PreSet, Nottingham working on 'Stupid Men', an improvisation and performance project, joined by artists Jens Biedermann, Adrian Howells and Mike Winters. Whilst in residence they will be researching and developing improvisation skills, discovering new methodologies and expanding their awareness and vision to the nature of improvisation. From 29 August – 8 September there will be various opportunities for local artists to get involved with the residency, including morning technique classes. For further info E: decibel performing arts showcase 2007, Birmingham This third showcase to be produced by decibel provides artists, performers and companies of African, Asian and Caribbean descent a chance to showcase their work to national and international delegates in order to increase opportunities to profile and tour their work. The Showcase 2007 provides a unique opportunity for artists to present their work, business to business. Running Monday 3rd to Friday 7th September 2007, the event will include a one day international conference on the Monday. For more information about the event visit the decibel website <> There is a broad definition attached to "performing arts" for the showcase. Any artist who has live content is eligible for consideration, so this can include live artists, poets, musicians and theatre practitioners (and more). Jayne Quantrill and Kevin Tennant at Arts Council will be happy to talk to artists about how they could make it to the showcase. Contact 0115 989 7541 or 0115 989 7529 VISUAL ARTS AND CRAFTS OPPORTUNITIES
  9. 9. Collaborative opportunity for Visual Artists An opportunity for 6 visual artists based in Leicestershire to do 5 days paid collaborative work with a writer, and to have the resulting work displayed in a gallery space in Leicestershire early in 2007. The collaboration is aimed at artists who work with community groups or are intending to develop community work, but would also like time to develop own work. The collaboration will take place between September – December and gallery exhibitions will start in January 2007. A pack of 6 postcards, featuring work by each of the pairs will be produced and distributed regionally. Deadline for applications is Friday 25 August. Interviews will be held on 6 September, successful candidates will be asked to attend an initial meeting on the evening of 19 September. For details of the brief, payments and an application form contact Angie Minton, T: 0116 267 0000, E: East Midlands Food & Drink Festival – crafts showcase Creative LeicesterShire are taking a stand at the Festival which takes place on 7 & 8 October in Melton Mowbray and attracts over 20,000 people. We are looking for quality work from four or five Leicestershire/Rutland-based craftspeople and designer makers to show and sell at the event. All work would need to be insured by the maker, no commission will be charged on what is sold, and a wide price range of work will be required for this type of event. If you would be interested in having your work on our stand please email Clare Hudson for full details on Deadline for expressions of interest is Friday 11 August. City Gallery – Gallery Hire The City Gallery, Leicester, contemporary visual arts space invites applications for gallery hire. There are 38 square metres of floor space for hire at the regions leading contemporary art gallery. The hire fee is £185 per week. Conditions apply. For further info T: 0116 223 2060, E: Doors Opening: an easy online portfolio This new online promotional tool is designed to meet the needs of artists, craftspeople, designers, makers, photographers and other creatives. For £50 a year members receive all the benefits of a personal website for a fraction of the cost. Special launch offer for artists based in Leicestershire or Rutland:, £50 gives you 15 months service for the price of 12. That is just 77p per week. Our service allows subscribers to take control of their own web-based personal profile, showcase their work, network with other members and tell the world about what they have to offer. Adding new work, journal posts and upcoming events takes no more than a couple of minutes using our easy to use online forms and keeps clients and potential customers up to date. Real world promotion is essential to the success of all our members. This is why we are working hard to create longstanding meaningful relationships with arts organisations, gallery owners, commissioners, buyers and educational institutions. As part of our service we aim to expose our members to exciting opportunities and their work to the people who can help them achieve their ambitions. Please visit our web site to find out more about our service and how we can help you. Alternatively please email Harborough Open Art Show 2006 - Saturday 28 – Tuesday 31 October Harborough District Council’s annual open art show is currently inviting artists and makers to apply. Now in its seventh year, the Art Show provides an opportunity for professional and non- professional artists and craftspeople to exhibit their work. The main focus is for residents of the Harborough District, although some exceptions can be made to those just over the border! They encourage a real mix of styles and media with paintings, textiles, prints and photographs
  10. 10. alongside jewellery, sculpture and other 3D work. A 15% commission is taken on all work sold and artists are invited to demonstrate throughout the show to encourage an interesting and informal buzz. For an information pack and entry form, contact Sophy Sylvester, T: 01858 821291, Email: All entry forms to be sent in by Friday 25th August. Marketing Techniques for Visual Artists and Crafts People Monday 21 August or Monday 13 November Ferrers Gallery, Staunton Harold, nr Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire. This one-day course will cover topics such as how to price work, how to approach a gallery, getting your work photographed, assessing trade fairs, making your promotional material stand out and writing press releases. The course is led by Rachael Chambers who owns the Ferrers Gallery, is a judge for the 2006 British Craft Trade Fair Awards in Harrogate and is Leicestershire Rural Businesswoman of the Year. Full price is £95 and the course will be subsidised by Creative LeicesterShire to cost £35 for practitioners based in Leicestershire or Rutland. For further info, T: 01332 863337 or E: Accelerator one-to-one Surgeries Accelerator offers opportunities for East Midlands-based artists to engage in critical discussions about their artistic practice with other artists and arts professionals. They’re inviting artists to apply for 'one-to-one surgeries' with an established artist/arts professional of their choice - two surgeries will be available during September 2006. These two surgeries are open to all artists in the East Midlands. The deadline for applications is 25th August 2006 - visit the website for details of how to apply: Tourist Commission Project Nottinghamshire County Council Arts Service is seeking to contract an artist/artists group to develop an exciting tourist commission that will be used to enhance events and activities at Sherwood and Rufford Country Parks and community events. They envisage that the successful Artist will create robust external structures that are suitable for temporary erection. The process will involve local community groups having some input in the design of the final works, but the works themselves are created / produced professionally. They are requesting that interested artists develop a tender and submit it for consideration by Monday 28 August. Budget is £8,000 fully inclusive – split between fee, materials costs / artist’s workshops (min.10 half-day sessions), expenses, making and production costs – detail required in tender. The artist/s are expected to undertake all administration and organisation of the commission and to be responsible for all financial accounting in line with the regulations of the County Council and the European Community. For a full version of the tender /application E: Brick Sculptors experienced in exterior Public and Community Art Gedling Borough Council in Nottinghamshire is looking for Brick Sculptors to design, construct and install brick sculpture for prominent and permanent position to the entrance of local housing estate. The aim of the project is to rekindle a sense of community pride and ownership of the sculpture through the exploration of local heritage. Prior consultation, workshops and continual engagement with local community groups and schools are essential. The project is to take place from Feb 07 – July 07 (earlier start date if possible) at Honeywood Gardens Estate, Carlton Hill, Nottingham. Deadline for applications is August 31. For further info & a comprehensive artist’s brief send SAE to Rachel Wood, Arts Strategy & Development Officer, Gedling Borough Council, Arnot Hill House, Arnot Hill Park, Arnold, Notts, NG5 6LU
  11. 11. Call for Submissions The New Art Exchange is a £6 million contemporary arts centre under development, in Nottingham. They are seeking regional, national and international artists to submit their work for consideration in the extensive visual arts programme. Submissions should include CV, artist statements or proposals, up to 20 images, CDrom, DVD and video. Digital work must be Mac compatible. Stage 1 deadline - 1 September. For further info T: 0115 993 9825 Arts & Crafts Pieces Wanted 'Love' inspired arts & crafts required for new gallery and consultancy including textiles, jewellery, accessories, painting and photography. For further info T: 07967378409. Forward images and CV via e-mail E: or post to Love, PO Box 7069, Derby, DE1 0AE. Japanese Bookmaking with Sarah Kirby Saturday 12 August 10.00am – 4.00pm This day course will show you one of the most elegant and versatile of bookmaking styles. Starting with the stitched 4-hole book as a model, you will sew a set of notebooks with different decorative stitch patterns and make a traditional hinged book case or folding box to store them in. Cost £45/£40. For further info or to book T: 0116 255 3634. Artist led workshops and talks for Adults – City Gallery • Saturday 12 August, 2.30pm - 3.30pm - Artist Talk and Tour with Amy Twigger of Keep & Share. Join Amy as she offers an insight into the vibrant eco fashion scene as both an exhibitor and lecturer in fashion design. Free but booking is essential. • Saturday 19 August, 10.30am – 4.00pm - Sculptural Paper Clothes with Rebecca Riley. Explore the qualities of paper with specific manipulation and cutting techniques to create life size, shallow relief paper clothing from head to toe. Decorate with texture and print to complete the outfit. Cost £30.00 (£27.00conc.) • Saturday 26 August, 10.30am– 4.00pm- Eco Designer Handbags with Ruth Singer. Learn pleating, gathering, patchwork and appliqué techniques to create a piece of textile art, which can then be made into a simple fashionable bag using reclaimed fabrics and recycled materials. Cost £30.00 (£27.00 conc.) All courses take place at City Gallery, Granby Street, Leicester. For further info & to book T: 0116 223 2060, E: Group Crit - September 9, 15, 23 Three weekends of critical debate and discussion across Nottingham, Derby and Leicester, responding to and exploring current art activity across the region and looking at contemporary art practice. Critical Meet would like to invite you to take part in The Group Crit: 6-8 artists will discuss and investigate each others work and engage in critical feedback - an essential element of creative practice to enable progression. Critical Meet will facilitate this session. You will need to be able to bring examples of work you are developing and/or images of your work. A group crit will take place in Nottingham, Derby and Leicester with artists mixed from all three cities. Please inform us if you have any preferences of city or date. Please send a current artists C.V. alongside 500 words (max) detailing your practice and interest in the project. Applications should be sent to: Critical Meet is a project led by Stand Assembly in collaboration with DOT and graft and is funded by the 3 Cities Proposal Fund. For more information about Critical Meet please contact:
  12. 12. FASHION & TEXTILES Supplying the High Street Seminar Wednesday 27 September, 10.00am – 4.00pm, Designer Forum Studio, Nottingham. Full day workshop aimed at companies already supplying into high street retailers or those considering moving into this sector. The seminar will include: company review, understanding and developing your unique selling point (USP), company profiles, how to understand key trends & interpret them for the high street, sales & marketing for your company, how to be prepared for the buyer, quality controller & merchandising teams etc, and closing the deal. Hands-on & extremely practical, comprehensive & useful notes / handouts provided. Cost £120 (£141.00 including VAT) for members £145 (£170.38 including VAT) for non-members (refreshments & buffet lunch included). For further info contact the Designer Forum, T: 0115 9115339, E: Visit to Paris Exhibition (designerwear companies) 4 - 6 October. A reconnaissance visit to the Paris exhibitions in early October is being planned. This visit will enable designerwear companies to visit and assess the suitability of exhibitions. For further info contact Suzy Bolton, Senior International Trade Adviser (Clothing & Textiles), UK Trade & Investment, T: 0116 2587 314. Market visit to Denmark (clothing, accessories & fashionwear) 12 - 15 November. UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) will be taking a group of British companies to Denmark in November to explore possible Clothing and Fashionwear opportunities. Any companies in this sector who may be interested in joining this market visit contact Suzy Bolton, Senior International Trade Adviser (Clothing & Textiles), UKTI, T: 0116 2587 314. DIGITAL MEDIA & DESIGN OPPORTUNITIES Animation August - a free animation workshop Wednesday 16 August, 10.00am – 3.30pm, Stephenson College, Coalville. A 1-day animation workshop introducing participants to the basics of animation. It is for anyone over the age of 16 but if you are creative, want a beginners intro to animation or are thinking of studying Art, Design, Graphics or Illustration, this will be of special interest. For further info contact Dan Liddicott, T: 01530 836136 ext 168 or ext 135, or visit Finding the question to the answer - a graphic design research symposium Wednesday 13 September 2pm - 5pm, Nottingham Trent University, Bonington Building. Exploring graphic design as a specific aspect of visual communication and featuring three case studies from 'early researchers' focusing on the theme 'finding the question to the answer' in a graphic design context. Due to limited availability, there will be a £25 cancellation fee for businesses that book but do not attend. For further info contact the Nottingham Knowledge Network Team T: 0115 848 8166. Serious Games Workshop Wednesday 27 September, 9.30am – 4.30pm, LCB Depot, Leicester. The workshop will explore serious games technologies and emerging applications for e-learning, simulation and marketing and will feature some top experts from across the UK, as well as local practitioners
  13. 13. and academics. The workshop will be free of charge and should be of interest to digital media companies, training organisations, development agencies, researchers and students on digital media courses. There will also be opportunities for local companies involved in serious games application development to showcase their work and share their experience. For further info contact David Wortley, T: 07831 118943, E: Film Funding Seminar Line Out, Fosse Neighbourhood Centre, Mantle Road, Leicester LE3 5HG. Tuesday 15 August at 6.30pm to approx 8.30pm No need to pre-book. Come along and hear the news from EM Media about DV Shorts 2006 - the digital filmmaking scheme for the East Midlands, launching early August and find out more about the agency's plans for supporting filmmaking in the region. One thing you should try and do before coming along is familiarise yourself with the guidelines for applying to DV Shorts. These guidelines outline how you'll need to think when it comes to presenting your ideas, not just in the case of DV Shorts but for any film project you may wish to present to EM Media. You will be able to download the guidelines at EM Media's website. Copies will also be available on the night at each event. CREATIVE WRITING OPPORTUNITIES Two free workshops through Kala Kahani Kala Kahani, a South Asian arts and literature programme, has finalised their autumn series of Writers Development days. • Saturday 12 August, 11.00am - 2.00pm, The Cross Corners Community Centre, Leicester. Shamshad Khan is a performance poet specialising in children's and women's poetry. She is currently Literary Advisor to the Arts Council. Her poetry has been described as 'delicately worded, yet strong in its messages.' • Saturday 16 September, 11.00am – 2.00pm at The Cross Corners Community Centre, Leicester. Maya Choudhury is a poet, playwright and digital artist. Maya has published poetry anthologies, plays, on the web and CDs. She is currently working for Contact Theatre's Raw project for emerging playwrights. Places are free but limited so booking is essential. Lunch will be provided. For further info contact Rebecca T: 01509 821035, E: or visit Write Away Residential Courses – Summer 2006 The Arts Training Central programme of Write Away runs each summer and helps writers of all levels find routes to publication and success. Courses run from Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon and take place at the University of Leicester. Each course offers you the opportunity to get away from distractions and benefit from workshops, surgeries and individual writing time within a small and informal group. All courses are led by expert and approachable tutors, all published writers in their fields. • Fri 18 – Sun 20 August - Whose line is it anyway? Playing with form and structure in poetry • Fri 15-Sun 17 September - Are we there yet? Giving your writing a sense of place With funding from Arts Council England, East Midlands the subsidised cost of each weekend course, starting Friday and ending Sunday, is £145. A limited number of access bursaries are available. For further info or to reserve your place contact: Arts Training Central T: 0116 2425202, E: Writing School Leicester – Autumn Programme of Courses Writing School Leicester is still based at Leicester Adult Education Centre. They are now an independent not-for-profit company with generous interim support-in-kind from the LEA. For
  14. 14. their exciting new September-December courses programme, T: 0116 233 4343, email Val Moore or call in to the Wellington Street Adult Education Centre. Playwright's Studio - deadline Friday 1 September Theatre Writing Partnership (TWP) has brought together the regional script reading scheme and the Regional Writers’ Group to create a new initiative called Playwrights’ Studio. Playwrights’ Studio is a year long development programme for up to five emerging writers who wish to pursue a career in theatre. The selected writers will be mentored by a playwright and dramaturg, will be supported in the writing of a play, receive a modest encouragement bursary, get to see plays around the region and meet some established theatre makers. Group sessions are in the evening and take place monthly. There is also a monthly visit to the theatre. If you want to be considered for this year’s Playwrights’ Studio (starting in October 2006), or if you would like some feedback on your play, send a script, along with a self-addressed envelope no later than Friday 1 September. For further info T: 0115 947 4361. Send scripts to Theatre Writing Partnership, c/o Nottingham Playhouse, Wellington Circus, Nottingham NG1 5AF. Grace Dieu Writer’s Circle: A One-Day Writers’ Workshop Saturday 30 September, 9.45am – 4.30pm, The Members Club, Thringstone, Leicestershire. Why not join Grace Dieu Writers' Circle, as Jane Adams, Crime Novelist and Former Course Director at Vaughan College, and Martyn Carey, Fellow writer and tutor, guide participants through various aspects of creative writing. Fee: £25.00. For further info or to book T: 01530 450203, E: New Manuscript Appraisal Service - open scheme, no deadline Two of the region's writers have recently set up a new manuscript appraisal service, Opus Ink, based in Wigston, Leicestershire. Jane Adams is a published novelist with 14 books to her name and Martyn Carey is a freelance journalist and teacher of creative writing. Opus Ink aims to help writers produce better manuscripts and improve their chances of publication. Opus Ink can’t guarantee publication, but can help writers get their manuscripts into the best possible shape before they submit them. They can suggest structural changes, methods for tightening prose and driving the narrative forward. They also give feedback on character and dialogue and general guidance about the market for a piece of work. For further info visit: or E: JOBS & COMMISSIONS Speakeasy Theatre Company – Full-time Workshop Leader Salary: £17,000 p/a plus expenses. Speakeasy are looking to appoint a full-time Workshop Leader to help deliver their busy programme of Theatre education work, in particular the ‘Movers’ Learning Disability Theatre project and their Creative Partnerships residency. This post offers the right person the chance to work creatively and collaboratively, running workshops with their many clients in community and education settings. The role also offers the chance to direct at least one high-profile show per year, and to become an integral part of a small, hard-working and highly creative team. Application by CV and covering letter. For further info or an informal chat about the position, contact Artistic Director Andy Reeves, or for an application pack, contact Liz Forbes, Office Manager at Speakeasy Theatre Co, T: 0116 283 6646, E: Closing Date is Friday 1 September. Interview Date is Wednesday 13 September. Microlock - Creative Designer
  15. 15. Microlock is one of the UK’s leading permanent P-O-P design and manufacturers, based in Leicester. They are looking to appoint a new creative design person to join a young, vibrant and energetic team. All applicants should possess the following: competent in 3D Studio Max, good freehand drawing skills would be an advantage, ability to put these into scamps for clients use, minimum 1 year experience within the Point of Purchase design industry, an understanding of the manufacturing process. Forward your CV with salary expectations and any examples of your work to: Creative Partnerships Derby – Team Assistant Salary: £14,500 pa + benefits. Fixed Term Contract until March 2008. Job ref: CPF135 Creative Partnerships require a highly competent assistant to make a key contribution to the smooth running of their team, working on this exciting project. You will be enthusiastic, well organised and have excellent communication and IT skills. You must be a good team player with a flexible approach and the ability to work to tight deadlines and on your own initiative. They are looking for someone with a passion for creativity! The closing date for applications is 5.00pm Monday 14 August. Interviews will be held on Friday August 25 in Derby. For further info & a job pack contact or visit Watermark Publishing A market leader in the innovative design of greeting cards. As a dynamic and progressive company they offer excellent prospects for candidates with the necessary ability, attitude and commitment to succeed. They are currently seeking talented graduates and experienced designers to join their in-house creative team: Creative Mac Artworkers (ref. JM1) – this position involves artworking studio files in preparation for production which will include image and colour manipulation. Mac skills will be necessary but successful applicants will be given full training. Designers/Illustrators (ref. JM2) – this role includes working with existing ranges and creating exciting new design using either mac skills or handcrafted/illustrative techniques. A background in surface pattern, textiles, illustration or graphic design is preferred, but others would be considered. Traditional Illustrators (ref. JM3) – this role will suit the more versatile illustrator, with experience of painting and drawing in a variety of techniques. The successful candidates will be required to work on a wide range of subject matter including; realistic traditional scenes, still life, floral, cute & realistic characters. Send your CV & samples of your work to Tanya Mason, Watermark Publishing Ltd, 25 Medlicott Close, Blenheim Park, Great Oakley, Corby, Northamptonshire, NN18 9NF. State on your covering letter which role you are applying for. They will be unable to return any samples. Visual Arts Curator The Derbyshire Arts Development Group is planning an ambitious two-year programme of contemporary visual arts across the whole county, based on innovative curatorial and artistic practices, more than on buildings and objects. They wish to commission an experienced visual arts curator or agency to: Build on recent action research, Plan the two-year programme of work, Develop funding applications to enable the plan to happen. The initial commission is for £7500, funded by Arts Council England, Derbyshire County Council and the Derbyshire Arts Development Group. Deadline 11.00am, Monday 14 August. For further info T: 01773 831385, E: Head Of Development – De Montfort University, Leicester
  16. 16. Salary: £55k - £60k, dependant upon skills and experience. This newly created position calls for a strong leader with excellent communication and interpersonal skills. Working closely with the University’s senior management team, you will take the University’s development programme to a new level of activity. You will have experience of managing senior volunteer relationships and demonstrate an understanding of the strategic role of different fundraising activities in an integrated development programme, which includes alumni relations. You may come from an arts development background. The University’s excellence in performance practice has been given national recognition and a maximum funding award from the Higher Education Funding Council of England for its Centre of Excellence in Performance Practice. This award has enabled the University to invest in state of the art facilities including an impressive new building to be opened in Autumn 2006. The award will also enable the University to develop pioneering models of teaching for students of dance, drama, music technology and allied subjects. Closing date: 21 August 2006. For further info contact Eilish T: 01592 764479, E: Project Manager – Creating Cultural Opportunity in Sustainable Communities Salary: £32K (pro rata) plus contributory pension scheme 2 yr fixed-term contract, 18 hrs per week. Culture East Midlands are seeking a Project Manager with the vision, skills and enthusiasm to drive an ambitious new programme placing culture at the centre of national plans for growth. This unique post is part of a dynamic collaboration of cultural sector and governmental and non-governmental agencies. You will have experience of working at strategic level and you will understand issues and priorities in spatial and cultural planning. With a bold, creative track record in either the public or private sector and excellent communication skills, you will work with partners to ensure the timely delivery of the project. Closing date: Noon 24 August. Interviews to be held in Nottingham on 14 September. For further info & an application pack T: 0115 988 8449, E: WORKSPACE Creative LeicesterShire – Workspace Research Report Creative LeicesterShire has commissioned some research into creative workspace in Leicester, Leicestershire & Rutland. The final report is now available on our website via the following link. Regional Creative Workspace Research Dance4 is looking into options for developing new creative workspaces in Nottingham and particularly looking at demand for short-term use of larger spaces. Very little such research exists and. Dance 4 is keen, with you, to influence the ways Nottingham develops in this regard. Most companies in the performing arts rely on community centres, sports halls or other facilities to create and develop their work, which are often unsuitable and expensive. As well as artists in dance, music and theatre, Dance 4 believes there is demand from designers, photographers, filmmakers, live artists, and other creatives for appropriate workspace and short-term use of larger creative spaces. Dance 4 is keen to hear from all creative professionals based in the East Midlands region. A high level of participation will help the creative sector have its say. Please send your name and daytime contact number to or call 0115 9410773. Alternatively, you can ask for a copy of the survey to complete yourself, or you can download the survey to complete by visiting
  17. 17. REQUESTS Insite Insite is an active research programme which is identifying the training and development needs of artists and creative people across the East Midlands to create new support opportunities. The programme is managed by Arts Training Central, the regional training centre for the Arts and Creative Industries. Do you have support needs as a creative person? Would you like to contribute these needs to their research and development…and make a difference to how support is provided to creative people in the region? For further info contact: Laura Elliott, ATC T: 0116 242 5202 E: