Archive for April, 2017

Vacancies & Opportunities

Artist Opportunity: Expressions of Interest

Brief for Expressions of Interest for Artist-led Activities to Celebrate Jane Austen

2017 What is Time To Read?

Time To Read (TTR) is a unique partnership of 22 Library Authorities in North West England, working together to promote reading since 2002.

The NW region covers Cumbria, Lancashire and Cheshire, all of Greater Manchester and Greater Merseyside. The network’s activities are currently led by a coordinator and managed by a steering group made up of representatives from the NW Society of Chief Librarians (NW SCL), Arts Council England and The Reading Agency.

Authorities who have signed up as members to TTR benefit from the coordination of activity, support and shared resources across the NW. As a unified group, TTR can increase the quality of events and promotions, sharing resources, information and learning across the North West. This ensures we can make our current library stock and resources work harder for us, finding new ways for the public to engage with them.

Celebrating Jane Austen 2017

Each year TTR undertakes a large scale reader development project delivered in libraries across the North West.

To acknowledge the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death in 2017, TTR plans create a package of artistic activity that will support the 22 member library authorities across the North West, giving them a core offer with which they can form their own Jane Austen celebrations between July and December 2017.

This will include commissioning a new piece of touring theatre, a new visual art element looking at Austen’s letters and a pre-selected directory of artists with which libraries can choose to procure activity from artists who have an offer focusing on Jane Austen in some way.

What We Are Looking For

We are seeking artists, storytellers, writers, poets, creative organisations and performers who have an offer that can support the Jane Austen project in libraries who would like to be considered to be included in our artist directory.

Expressions of Interest which meet our criteria will be put to a selection panel made up from representatives from TTR who will create a directory of artist to be circulated to each of the 22 member library authorities for them to purchase activity which suites their requirements.

Practicalities

Please note the variety of physical library spaces across the North West in terms of size and facilities. Your work would need to be adaptable to fit these spaces. You must indicate on your Expression of Interest form any minimal technical specifics required to ensure the successful delivery of your activity.

Payment

Payment terms will be agreed between the artist and the commissioning library authority.

Selection Process

All expressions of interest will be considered carefully by a panel made up of members from Time To Read.

Our priorities for selection are:

  • That you can address all the practical issues such as budget, insurance and that you have identified any risks and have strategies to reduce / remove them.
  • You must have a bank account and be registered as self employed, Public Liability Insurance and be able to provide a UTR – (Unique Tax Reference).
  • You can provide evidence of previous experience of delivering creative activities with community groups and/or young people.
  • We are looking for a range of good quality engaging and innovative approaches to delivery.
  • Ideas that celebrate and fit the Jane Austen theme. This could be a contemporary interpretation or exploration of her work or themes. We are not seeking just period pieces but would also welcome work pitched in a contemporary way that is relevant and relatable to library users and can be used to build new library audiences.

Application

  • Completion of the Expression of Interest formjane-austen
  • Confirmation that you can meet all points in the Selection Process outline above

Please reply in this instance with the EoI confirming that you to: Clancy Mason, Time To Read Coordinator clancy.masonttr@blackpool.gov.uk

Deadline for expressions of interest: Tuesday 9 May 2017

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Funding

MIF Creative 50

Creative50 is a great new opportunity for emerging writers, bloggers, artists, musicians, performers, gamers (anyone creative!) to join the Manchester International Festival to experiment, explore and play with new digital technology.
We’re offering 50 creative individuals a £400 bursary, training and exclusive access to the Festival this Summer and the opportunity is open to everyone aged over 18 and living in Greater Manchester.
More info can be found here…  mif.co.uk/my-festival/creative-development/   and the deadline for applications is 3rd May.
There are lots of other ways to get involved in this year’s Festival – from volunteering to skills development and opportunities to be part of MIF shows – all of which can be found at  mif.co.uk/my-festival/

Funding

Prosper business support – applications are now open

Deadline: 31st May
Funded by Arts Council England, Prosper is a new business support programme for the arts, museums and libraries.  Prosper will offer organisations and individual entrepreneurs the opportunity to participate in nine months of free, dynamic and impactful business support activities. To be eligible organisations must be based in England and operate in the creative or cultural sectors; furthermore museums must be fully accredited and libraries must be publicly funded.

To apply, you need to complete an online application form and a diagnostic report.

Funding

Crowdfunder launches Just Act Community Fund

Following the closure of Community Development Foundation, who created social giving website Just Act, ownership has been transferred to Crowdfunder. Crowdfunder, is one of the UK’s leading crowdfunding website. As a result, Crowdfunder has launched the £50,000 Just Act Community Fund. Through the fund Volunteer-led community projects in England and Wales that are seeking to raise funds through the “Crowdfunder” website can apply for top-up funding of up to £1,000.

To be eligible, projects must benefit at least 20 people; clearly demonstrate it has a positive impact on the community; be led and/or delivered by volunteers; and be delivered by an organisation with an annual income of less than £50,000; etc. Crowdfunder will fund up to 50% of the Crowdfunder project target to a maximum of £1,000 for projects that achieve 100% of their project target.

Read more at: http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/plus/just-act/community-fund

Vacancies & Opportunities

Artist, Horticultural Commission: Granby Winter Garden (deadline: 03 May 17)

Artist, Horticultural Commission: Granby Winter Garden, Granby Four Streets Community Land Trust

Granby Winter Garden will be a new community-owned space in the heart of Liverpool 8.  Two Victorian terraced houses will be transformed into a beautiful indoor garden and a unique resource for creative community action, cultural production and exchange.

Granby Four Streets Community Land Trust, in partnership with Bluecoat, wish to commission an artist, maker or collective to develop a horticultural work or series of works for Granby Winter Garden, in collaboration with the design team, Assemble, and local people.  As well as devising a planting scheme, there is scope for the commissioned artist to propose interventions into the Winter Garden space,  and within the local neighbourhood, or to propose events, performances or workshops that accompany the making of the garden.

Applications from artists who actively engage with communities or publics within their practice, or who can demonstrate an interest in planting or growing within their work are particularly welcomed. Artists working in any discipline, or across disciplines, and at any stage in their career are invited to apply.

The project will take place between May and October 2017 to include research and development, delivery and evaluation.

An Artist’s Fee of £4500 and a production budget of £4000 is offered. Flexible studio and production facilities are available.

Please download the Artists’ Brief and further information here:www.granby4streetsclt.co.uk/granby-winter-garden

Deadline for applications: Wednesday 3rd May 2017, 12 noon.

Interviews: Tuesday 16th May 2017

Site visits and guided neighbourhood tours are offered: Thursday 20th & Saturday 29th April.

If you have any questions or queries concerning the project or the brief, please contact Maria Brewster on granby@scottbrewster.co.uk.

This commission is the first in a new programme of artists’ projects, commissions and residencies for Granby Winter Garden and is supported through public funding from Arts Council England.

Source: http://www.artsjobs.org.uk/index.php?id=25&ne_source=dailyjobs&ne_post_id=194592