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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




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Become an ADUK Member for 2017-18

We would like to invite you to join ADUK – the only UK organisation representing professional arts development at a local, regional and national level.  ADUK membership offers significant benefits, including the chance to network with colleagues, share learning, experience and issues, appeal for help and keep your finger on the pulse of the changes and developments in the sector. In 2016-17, our membership included nearly 400 cultural organisations and those engaged in the arts development sector (including over 85% of local authorities in England and Wales with an arts and cultural service). We hope that you will take advantage of the current valuable services and new developments for this coming year by becoming a member.

  Member Benefits   We offer you a range of services for your membership, including:

  • Advocacy, networking and supporting the interests of professionals involved in the arts development sector and those working in creative industries on a local, regional and national bases
  • Research and development programmes into the state of arts development
  • A professional development programme to support you in your career development
  • A weekly electronic e-zine (the ADUK e-zine)
  • A strong regional voice with regional meetings in each area on a regular basis
  • An informative ADUK website, regularly updated, which also includes good practice case studies in our exclusive members-only area
  • A national seminar and conference programme

  Membership Rates  

We have also listened to our members in 2016-17 and we are pleased to report that we have frozen our membership fees for the coming year (and in some cases there has been no membership increase since 2012).  Our membership rates for 2017-18 include:

  • Large organisations (trading above £75,000 p.a.) – £180 +VAT (£216)
  • Small organisations (trading below £75,000 p.a.) – £100 +VAT (£120)
  • Personal Membership – £80 +VAT (£96)ADUK
  • Unemployed/Student/Retired Membership – £42 +VAT (£50.40)
  • Group Membership for up to 5 members – £285 +VAT (£342)
  • Large Group Membership (for up to 10 members) – £325+VAT (£390)

  How to Join   If you would like to join as a new member in 2017-18, please complete and return to us one of the forms below:

For Organisational Membership:  Organisational membership application form

For Group Organisational Membership:  Group Organisational membership application form

For Personal Membership:  Personal membership application form

If you would like to find out more information about ADUK Membership, please contact Pete Bryan at or 01269 824728.

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‘Music on Tick’ – a new Youth Music funded project from Mr One Million CIC

photodune-10373683-the-power-of-music-l (800x660)In March 2017, Mr One Million will be running weekly music sessions for young people living in Bolton looking for new skills and hands-on experience of roles within the music industry.  The sessions will include: music production, running a label, lyric writing, instrumental playing skills, MCing and DJing, event management & live performance.  Young people can also work towards live events, accreditation and further learning or employment opportunities.

If you’re interested, or know someone who might be interested, call/text/Whatsapp Paul on 07779 123175 or email Gaynor at

Mr One Million CIC is a not-for-profit social enterprise based in the North West. We engage unemployed and/or vulnerable communities in creative projects that explore health and wellbeing and worklessness through film, theatre, music and art. Our projects are fundamentally about using creativity to bring about positive change- on a personal, community and global level.

Mr One Million started life 4 years ago as an arts and media programme commissioned by Bolton at Home and delivered by freelance community artist and project manager Paul Hine. The programme aimed to engage young unemployed men aged 18 to 24 years old living in Breightmet, Bolton.

Since then we have delivered a range of creative projects and events – including films, documentaries, music videos, visual art, magazine shows and an adult puppet show exploring men’s health. All of our projects have involved us helping participants develop arts and media skills and improve team work, communication, independent learning, confidence and self worth.

See to find out more about Mr One Million and their community and media arts projects.

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Children & Young People, Vacancies & Opportunities

Curious Minds Is Recruiting…

As our mission to improve the lives of the region’s children and young people though art and culture is ever expanding, we’ve created five new positions we’re currently recruiting for. Take a look at the range of roles below to see how you could fit in with the Curious Team.

Programmes Administrator Full time – 37hpw Support the Curious Minds team to deliver the highest quality across its training and support programmes such as Arts Award and Artsmark by providing administrative support.

Contracts & Reporting Senior Officer Full time – 37hpw Establish, maintain and deliver highly effective internal systems for Curious Minds’ contract management and the collection and use of data.

Cultural Citizens Programme Co-ordinator Part time – 21hpw The Cultural Citizens Programme is a brand new Government led initiative, which aims to engage and enthuse 11-14 year-olds who have had no prior involvement in arts and culture. The Cultural Citizens Programme Co-ordinator will provide effective co-ordination of the pilot programme.

Partnerships & Place Manager Full time – 37hpw Provide leaders of Local Cultural Education Partnerships (from within cultural organisations, local authorities and schools) with co-ordination, regular communication and fundraising support that will take the partnerships from formation to delivery.

Cultural Education Leadership Manager Part time – 30hpw Develop and co-ordinate the delivery of our Flagship leadership programmes: SLiCE (Specialist Leaders in Cultural Education) and the Cultural Education Leadership Programme for emerging leaders.

The deadline for all applications is September 13th. Full job descriptions and application forms can be found on our website