Archive for 2017

Vacancies & Opportunities

Ceramicist / Maker, Granby Workshop (deadline: 01 Nov 2017)

Term of Contract: Fixed term 3.5 month contract mid November 2017– end of Feb 2018, with potential to continue onto permanent contract.

Salary: £20k per annum pro rata

Granby Workshop is a design-led architectural ceramics studio in Liverpool, producing a range of tiles, handles and other ceramic products.

We are seeking a passionate and capable individual to join our small team. Initially this would be for a fixed term of 3.5 months to help us during a busy period. For interested candidates, there is potential for this to continue onto a permanent contract with scope to expand in the future. For more details about the project or our products please visit our website:



Children & Young People, Vacancies & Opportunities

Call for Artists: Apply now for the 2018 Alexandra Reinhardt Memorial Award, Artist Commission at The Turnpike, Leigh (deadline 23 Oct 2017)

Artists are invited to apply for the 2018 Alexandra Reinhardt Memorial Award (ARMA), Artist Commission, hosted by The Turnpike, Leigh, worth £15,000. The award funds an artist or artists to undertake work with children and young people over approximately 10 weeks, and for the experience to inform the creation of a commissioned artwork accessible to the public. ARMA was established in memory of the artist Alexandra Reinhardt and is supported by the Max Reinhardt Charitable Trust (MRCT).

The successful artist(s) will work with The Turnpike over a 10-week period between February and July 2018, to deliver a programme of after school and weekend engagement workshops for young people in care or those who have recently left the care system. The artist will work closely with The Turnpike’s Learning & Outreach Coordinator, with curatorial support from the Director, Helen Stalker and Exhibition Coordinator, Matt Retallick. The artist(s) will create a semi-permanent or permanent art commission at The Turnpike or in a nearby space accessible to the public, informed by the participatory/education programme. The commission is to be completed by October 2018, for a launch event in November 2018.

This is an exciting opportunity for an artist or artists to undertake a highly respected participatory project and commission which is well supported by project partners, and will be widely promoted, both nationally and internationally. The deadline to apply is 10am on Monday 23 October 2017, and further information including a brief and application form can be found

Application deadline: 10am, Monday 23 October 2017  

Community Arts, Vacancies & Opportunities

The People’s Quilt Textiles and Media Project – Bolton

Starting Tuesday October 3rd, 1-3pm

Elderdale Community Centre,  Yewdale Gardens Breightmet BL2 5JF


WE CAN DO ITAre you an ex machinist, keen sewer or want to learn?  We want to hear from you.  We will be creating “The People’s Quilt” and want to hear your stories about working in Bolton’s vibrant textile industry.  We plan to run a series of textile and multimedia workshops with three main groups, over a period of 11 months, culminating in the production of a large interactive quilt.  We will be working with sewers who worked in local factories or keen sewers who just want to get involved.  We will also be teaching young people from a local secondary school how to sew and with a group of asylum seekers to design printed fabrics for our final quilt.  All three groups will be working together on the “People’s Quilt” for the final 16 sessions. The quilt will include digital elements including embedded microchips playing audio clips from participants’ stories. The Quilt and any additional work produced will be displayed in a community event and displayed in local libraries across the borough.

This project aims to bring people of different ages and backgrounds together to create a quilt that captures the past, present and future of life in Bolton. The production of a quilt, joining people’s work, lives and stories together is a symbol of unity and the act of working together as a group will help to break down negative notions of difference and create a stronger sense of community amongst some of the most isolated and marginalised people in our town.

Sessions are completely free and all materials will be provided.  There will be a group outing to Chadwich Resource Centre to look at their collection of related textiles and equipment.  Sessions will be held at Elderdale Community Centre in Breightmet which is equipped with 7 sewing machines, plenty of material and other supplies. The Centre is disability accessible with some parking.  If you have additional needs, please get in touch and we will make accommodations.

Brought to you by Jennifer Gilmour from Breightmet Quilt Studio and Tracy Hindley and Fran Platt from TheVideoBox funded by Awards For All Big Lottery Grant.

Contact Jennifer Gilmour 07872342718





Cyber Resilience Week


The UK is a leader in digital transformation. Yet the way we’ve transformed the work we do, business, interactions with public services and communication with each other is increasingly vulnerable. Our personal, organisational and national ability to be more effective in detecting, managing and responding to cyberattacks that threaten this transformation will be critical in enabling our continued growth and innovation.

There are multiple events happening from 11-15 September across the UK which aim to inform and advise you on the latest Cyber Security. So check out the programme of conferences, salons, workshops and online events, and why not get involved to help build a resilient culture where more people have the confidence to talk about and share their cyber experiences.

Have you signed up for any events yet? Find the full program of events and more information here:


Exploring the UK games scene boom

This breakfast event will hear about the UK’s proud history in the video games industry, where it is headed next and how games fit into a wider business and marketing context.

The event runs from 8am to 10am. Join the discussion on Twitter at #bcvideogames.

Once upon a time, gaming was the preserve of teenage kids in back bedrooms – but it’s now a multi-billion-pound business in the UK.

On the world stage, Microsoft paid £1.5bn for Minecraft maker Mojang while closer to home Macclesfield company Chillingo published mobile blockbuster franchise Angry Birds.

The North West has a proud history in the industry and is at the cutting edge of video game development and gaming technologies today.

The region plays host to more than 600 game developers all striving for the next big thing in gaming – whether it be on powerful platforms such as the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC, or the smartphones which have turned everyone into a potential gamer. Games are also being used in a variety of industries, including health and education.

Earlier this year Cheshire-based Playdemic was bought by TT Games, part of Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment, on the back of its success with free-to-play mobile games such as Golf Clash, which has been downloaded more than a million times.

The runaway success of Pokemon GO – the third most downloaded iOS app in 2016 – shows the huge potential of augmented reality while Sony has sold more than a million PlayStation VR headsets, bringing virtual reality into the mainstream.

Which UK companies are leading innovation in the games industry? What is the future of gaming? And how can business get involved in this multi-billion-dollar market?

These questions and more will be discussed as BusinessCloud brings together an array of industry experts to discuss the UK’s gaming scene.

Confirmed speakers:

  • Paul Gouge, CEO, Playdemic
  • Paul Rustchynsky, game director (new racing IP), Codemasters
  • Annie O’Toole, head of operations, Draw & Code and SwapBots
  • Greg Robinson, investor and board member, Boomdash Digital
  • Clayton Carpenter, programming supervisor, PlaygroundSquad
  • Cari Kirby, marketing manager, Team Cooper

More information