Creative Industries

Events

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

Events

Business Women’s Network

Our guest speaker for the June event sponsored by BMI Healthcare will be Kevin Thompson, Head of HealthFirst who will be speaking at the lunch on ‘Employee Wellbeing: The New Rationale.”

At the Business Women’s Network events, we are keen to build on the developments, focusing on gender and business issues that have taken place over the last 12 months. We would very much like you to be a part of the exciting developments and continue to work with us to build upon the success of the programme. We would also encourage you to share your views on:

  • Ideas for future developments of the GMCC Business Network for Women – including events
  • Key gender issues affecting business
  • How GMCC should be the voice of its members on those issues in 2017

These events are not to be missed and offer an excellent networking opportunity for the 90+ attendees – so book now to attend!

If you are interested in sponsoring one of these events or would like more information, please email victoria.kerr@gmchamber.co.uk

Itinerary

  • Registration and networking: 12noon
  • Lunch: 12.30pm
  • Round table discussion
  • Guest speaker
  • Feedback session
  • Close of meeting: 2.30pm

Who is this suitable for?

All businesses are welcome – come along and see what Chamber networking can do for you and your business

Price

Standard: £50.00 + VAT

Member: £25.00 + VAT

For more information see here.

News

Arts Prize Sponsorship Opportunities

 

Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce is once again holding a competition for emerging contemporary artists and we have some great sponsorship packages available. Read more..

The GM Arts Prize was launched last year, thanks to a grant from Arts Council England and sponsorship from the business community.

The Chamber received 220 entries for last year’s inaugural GM Arts Prize. The winning entry (pictured) was by Manchester-based photographer, digital artist and film maker, Andrew Brooks.

Entries for this year’s prize have now closed. The overall winner and three runners-up will be presented with awards at the Chamber’s Annual Business Dinner on 18 May at Victoria Warehouse.

The overall winner will receive a cash prize of £1,500 (with £150 of vouchers from art suppliers Fred Aldous and paper products from G.F Smith), with the three runners-up each receiving a cash prize of £750 (with £50 of vouchers from Fred Aldous and paper products from G.F Smith). Shortlisted entries and the winners will receive exhibition space to display their artwork in the Chamber Summer 2017 Exhibition.

If you are interested in sponsoring the 2017 GM Arts Prize, please contact chris.fletcher@gmchamber.co.uk

Regional, Vacancies & Opportunities

Reframed 2017 – Personal Development Programme

 

Interactive and Immersive Storytelling

Creative England Reframed


Lighthouse and Creative England present Reframed, a new programme of talks and workshops exploring immersive and interactive storytelling.


The worlds of film, gaming, theatre, design, art and technology are becoming increasingly converged, with interactive and immersive environments such as 360°, virtual reality, augmented reality, mobile apps, games and interactive web-based video bringing us closer to a seamless blending of physical and virtual worlds.

Reframed brings together leaders and innovators from the fields of film, games, sound, contemporary arts and media to explore emerging practices within the realm of immersive and interactive storytelling.

Aimed at those wanting to learn more about designing and producing interactive and/or immersive work, Reframed will shine a light on the intrinsic and underlying principles of non-linear and interactive narratives, and the platforms and technologies which best serve them across different types of projects.

PROJECT DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME
Reframed presents a  project development programme, aimed at creatives wanting to design and develop content in interactive and immersive environments, such as: 360°, virtual reality, augmented reality, mobile apps, games and interactive web-based video. Made up of five residential sessions run at Lighthouse between June – October 2017, the programme will support six selected individuals/teams to each develop a project idea in an intensive, collaborative and interdisciplinary environment. Placing the audience/user at the heart of the experience and drawing on technical, creative and socio-cultural perspectives to inform the development process, it will include structured training sessions, peer-to-peer exchange and feedback, project mentors and online support. Apply for Personal Development Programme

Programme Details

Date: July – October 2017

Venue: Lighthouse Cost: £300 per project

Participants: 6 individuals/teams

Application Information

Application deadline: 5pm, Tuesday 30 May 2017

Interviews: Monday 12 & Tuesday 13 June 2017

Successful applicants notified: Monday 19 June 2017

Applications are invited from any of the following fields:

– Film, documentary, animation

– Games – Interactive arts or media

– VR / Augmented Reality / Mixed Reality

– Immersive Theatre

Applicants may have experience of one or more of the following, although the list below is not extensive:

– Writing, directing, producing, animation

– Artist, illustration, graphic novels

– Coding, interactive design, games development

– Set design, production design, sound design, VFX, cinematography

Please note: participants do not need to have prior experience of working in this area. It’s the strength of your ideas we’re interested in, not your track record of producing similar work. Lighthouse aims to help improve diversity across the creative sectors by addressing the issues of access which individuals often face when progressing their practice and careers. We welcome applications from across the community, and will provide financial assistance to those who require it for pre-agreed travel, subsistence and childcare costs. We are also able to facilitate access for deaf and disabled people – please see the Equal Opportunities section in the Application Guidelines for further information.

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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