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West Midlands Opportunties Update

  • Date: 9 November 2009
  • Area: Midlands


Art of Ideas, Project Manager Vacancy, project fee £10,000

Art of ideas is the most recent initiative generated by Arts Council England, West Midlands to develop the region's visual arts market. It is intended to develop public interaction within the visual art market, increase sales of contemporary visual art and garner support of the region's market by other public bodies.

Building on the success of two previous programmes, Arts Council England, West Midlands now seeks a project manager to deliver a third phase of Art of Ideas. This programme will focus on collecting and collections and further investigate the conditions and actions needed to develop the market. It will provide an interface with the art world, the business sector and the general public and should develop confidence and aspiration in those making their first art purchases, broker critical debate and relationships for those working within the sector and make a case for the role of the market in economic and cultural terms.

This individual, consortium or company will manage all aspects of the programme, due for completition by December 2010, including arranging public events, hosting meetings and visits, implementing showcases and facilitating knowledge sharing. They will be an excellent organiser, a visual arts specialist and a skilful advocate.

For a copy of the full brief and background information please contact Rebecca Williams, Assistant Officer, Visual Arts at or on 0121 631 5716.

Expressions of interest and response to the brief of no more than two sides of A4 should be sent by Monday 7 December to Heather Warrilow, Administrator, Visual Arts at or at Arts Council West Midlands, 82 Granville Street, Birmingham, B1 3LH. Interviews for shortlisted applicants are likely to be held during the week beginning 14 December.


Unlimited - Invitation to Advice Session

Friday 20th November 2-4pm, Arts Council England West Midlands office, 82 Granville Street, Birmingham, B1 2LH

Unlimited, the UK's largest ever disability arts programme, has been launched by London 2012 as part of the Cultural Olympiad. For more information click here.

Arts Council West Midlands will be holding an advice session which will bring together programme managers from London 2012 and Arts Council England so you can find out more about the programme and how you can apply for funding.

The event is free to attend but you need to RSVP by 17th November.  To book contact Steven Lee,  or 0121 631 5704.

If you have any specific access requirements please let us know when you RSVP. A BSL interpreter, Palantypist and live scribe will be available on request.


Arts & Business master class: Where there's a Will...

Thursday 19th November, 2.30pm - 4.30pm, Meetingspace, Eleven Brindleyplace, 2 Brunswick Square, Birmingham, B1 2LP

With legacy fundraising largely under-exploited by the cultural sector in the UK, this master class sees Sara Evans, Head of Individual Giving, Welsh National Opera (WNO) and Jorj Jarvie, Director of External Relations, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) in conversation with Verity Haines, National Arts Director of Arts & Business, sharing their experience and perspectives on sourcing income through legacies.

The discussion will cover aspects such as how to plan and build a legacy campaign, who should be targeted, how to cultivate legacy donors & making the ask.

Arts & Business members: Free. Non-members: £50 + VAT

To book contact:

Call for artists and makers for Festive Flair

Wolverhampton, Sat 5 Dec, 11am - 4pm

Set in the courtyard of the historic Chubb Buildings located centrally in Wolverhampton, Flair brings together local and regional artists and designer makers from all disciplines to exhibit and sell their craft.

Cost: £20 per stall / £15 per stall for NUS students (table provided).

To apply please send 2-3 images and 200 words max about your work and/or your CV/artist statement by email to Lindsay Wiggin at or by post by Friday 6 November. Selection will be made by Friday 13 November and will be based on creating a balanced exhibition of original, high quality work that represents different media and styles.

Festive Flair is a renowned event, which showcases the region's creative talent and is the perfect opportunity to purchase unique hand-made art and contemporary craft pieces. This year's event will feature 40 of the region's best designers and makers who will be exhibiting and selling their work in the historic courtyard of the Chubb Buildings. This year Festive Flair will be held in association with Queen Vic at Wolverhampton Art Gallery, a Victorian inspired designer maker fair.


Film and media production funding roadshows

First Light, a national film and media funding charity that supports young people aged 5-19 to create their own film and media productions, currently has a range of funds available to organisations to develop and deliver creative youth-led media projects (from films and websites to print and radio). Over the next couple of months they will be running a host of film and media production funding roadshows. They will be running an advice and guidance seminar in Wolverhampton on 5 November 4.30-6pm as part of the Flip Animation Festival at The LightHouse. For a booking form or more information on the funding available email


Safeguarding seminars

Ten seminars focused on 'Safeguarding the welfare of the child' are being held across the nine regions of England between November 2009 and January 2010. 

These whole-day events for cultural sector and children's workforce professionals will provide guidance on the safeguarding of children and young people, in order to help create safer spaces and put effective child protection procedures in place. Key information will be provided about the new Vetting and Barring Scheme (VBS) run by the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA). 

The seminar will take place in the West Midlands on 18 November 2009 at the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, Coventry. To book a free place click here 

A completed CPD booking form should be sent to . 

Bookings will be accepted on a first-come-first basis, with those who book seminars within their own regions prioritised. All are welcome, however, to apply for any event. 

The safeguarding seminars are being run as part of the MLA Strategic Commissioning Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programme - and will be led by Artswork - .

Working with the Greater London Assembly (GLA) and Renaissance. 

For any general queries, email or ring 020 7549 1715.


Do the write thing - Effective copywriting skills 

Bookings are now open for Do the write thing, the AMA workshop on copywriting for arts professionals who would like to communicate more effectively and feel more confident when writing copy. 

Heather Maitland, Arts Consultant and Author, will help delegates:

  • Understand how different target markets read and respond to copy
  • Write more accessible copy with practical tips and exercises
  • Find ways to feel more confident and make copywriting less painful  

Do the write thing workshops will be held at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester (2 December), The Resource Centre, London (10 December), St David's Hall, Cardiff (3 February) and City Halls, Glasgow (10 February). There will also be a dedicated session for touring companies: The Women's Library, London (14 January). All workshops run from 10am to 5pm. 

The cost for AMA members is £133 + VAT and non members £193 + VAT. For further information and to make a booking, go to, e-mail or call 01223 578078.


Who's holding the camera?

2 - 3 December 2009, Poulstone Court, Herefordshire.  

How has access to cheap digital media - film, video, the Internet and mobile devices -changed how we learn and how we live? What is the role of digital media makers in shaping meaning, creating value and bringing about social change? What is the 'second story' of the media - the story of it's making? 

Who's holding the camera is a 2-day residency/symposium which will act as a pilot Participatory Media Forum meeting.

The residency will discuss:

  • What is Participatory Video (PV)? How does it relate to other Participatory Practices within digital media - Participatory Media (PM)?
  • What are the key themes, questions, issues and trends that arise within PV & PM? What are the things practitioners and their commissioners should be thinking about?
  • Is there a PV & PM community and sector? What are the best ways to promote and support it? How can PV & PM raise their profile?
  • What are the PV & PM community's future needs and how can they be fulfilled?  

Each attendee will be expected to present a case study and to engage with the workshops; 

Who's holding the camera is facilitated by Catcher Media and ABC Consultancy. The residency is free as everyone is a contributor. Food and accommodation are supplied and there is a contribution to travel expenses (not full cover). To register your interest email


Vacancy for Arts and Crafts Teacher

Birmingham Disability Resource Centre, Yardley, Sessional, 5 hours per week

Birmingham Disability Resource Centre (BDRC) is a forward thinking Birmingham based charitable company, leading on disability issues and providing a wide range of resources for disabled people, carers, families, employers and professionals.

This is an exciting opportunity to work with a small group of disabled people at their new weekly arts and crafts group based at BDRC, Yardley, Birmingham. Experience of teaching a range of practical arts and crafts based activities in a supportive classroom environment will be required and a City and Guilds 7407 or equivalent teaching certificate is essential.

Closing Date: Monday 16 November 2009 at 5pm
Interview Date: Monday 23 November 2009

Salary £14,000 - £15,000 per annum pro rata, Initial 12-month fixed term contract


Quilts for London 

Quilts for London will give quilters, felt makers, embroiderers and textile artists the opportunity to make a pennant for each participating athlete and become part of the Olympic event in London 2012.

The Pennants can be simple or elaborate and can be made by anyone regardless of ability or age. They can be made using any textile media - felt, fabric, cross stitch, embroidery, painted fabric, beading. They need to be A3 sized (42cm x 30cm), suggestions and instructions can be found on our website

The Pennant project was originally started by Irene Heathcote and Catherine Hill, both based in Hemel Hempstead, but has now developed into an ever expanding team of very dedicated Coordinators - in the UK and Australia.

For further information call 01442 404234, email Or send a S.A.E to, 'quilts4london', 39 Hunting Gate, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, England, HP2 6NX.


Re-thinking archives for the digital age

Thursday 26 November 2009, 10.00am - 5.30pm, The Public, New Street, West Bromwich, B70 7PG 

Opening Address: Ed Vaizey MP, Shadow Minister for Culture. Keynote: Tony Ageh, Controller of Archive Development, BBC

Join national and international thinkers from across museums, libraries, creative arts and digital sectors for a day of thought-provoking and inspiring discussion that will ask:

  • What is the future for archives?
  • How do digital platforms influence the content and development of archives?
  • How can existing assets be brought together through digital media?
  • Is it possible to make money from archives 

For further information or to book your free place please visit


Interim use of abandoned sites - opportunities and obstacles

23 November 09, 10.30am - 12.30pm, followed by networking lunch, Stoke-on-Trent, tbc. 

The aim of this event is to promote the interim use of vacant sites, from city centre shops to derelict areas of land, which when left unused, can bring visual and social blight to the local area. The session will provide a forum for discussion for people involved in projects that make use of abandoned sites to promote local initiatives and talent; it will be an opportunity to share knowledge and experiences, to talk about successes and also obstacles. 

It will also be an opportunity for other organisations to come and hear about the projects that are happening in some parts of the region and see how they can get involved or what they can do to make similar initiatives happen in their local authority.

The different ideas and thoughts expressed on the day will then be captured in a comprehensive write-up which can be used as a tool for other practitioners who wish to make use of abandoned buildings/shops/land in the interim; the write-up will also be an excellent opportunity to promote the schemes presented on the day across the region.

Projects presented on the day:

  • North Staffordshire Regeneration Partnership - Peta Murphy Burke, Cultural development manager
  • 'Clay' project, B Arts
  • Far Gosford Street Developments, Coventry - Jenny Peet, Bryant Priest Newman
  • The Meanwhile Project,
  • Janette McSkimming, Urban Vision North Staffordshire
  • Artspace Coventry (tbc) 

This is a free event; for more information, or if you would like to come along on the day, please contact Veronica Barbaro on 0121 202 3260 or email

Additional Information

For more information (media only) please contact:

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