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					Shropshire and Telford Arts Partnership E-News 13th March 2009 The Shropshire and Telford Arts Partnership (STAP) is made up of representative local authority officers with responsibility for the Arts in Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin. The aims of the group are: To strengthen communication between local authorities and to network and support arts organisations, individual artists, promoters and volunteers working in the arts To raise the profile of, and to advocate for, the arts To coordinate arts activity across the subregion To maximise funding for the arts within the subregion The development of this e-newsletter is part of our plans to strengthen communication with artists and arts organisations in the sub-region. Contents Jobs/ Exhibition/ Performance Opportunities Training/ support/ conferences/ seminars Useful Info Funding Events

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JOBS/ EXHIBITION/ PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITIES Boy Blue Entertainment presents Pied Piper A hip-hop dance revolution Pushing street dance to its limits, Pied Piper is a bold, contemporary, hip-hop performance inspired by Robert Browning‟s poem The Pied Piper of Hamelin. It is an innovative, original and thrilling fusion of dance and narrative, taking an edgy look at morality. In an unnamed modern urban setting, the rats in the original poem become youths in black hoodies and are branded „ASBOs‟, and Clown Governors rule the city. Pied Piper is a satirical performance exploring the recurring tabloid headlines; “Who will rid our streets of this vermin?” PIED PIPER will lead you somewhere you‟ve never been. Somewhere you may not want to go. Somewhere you‟ll never forget! 37 dancers, 1 hip-hop dance revolution. Call 0844 338 5050 for tickets 18 - 21 March, Birmingham Hippodrome TRAINING / SUPPORT/ CONFERENCES/ SEMINARS Mailout Journal Series – call for papers -is calling for submissions for the Journal of Arts and Communities, published by Intellect. The Journal seeks to provide a critical examination of the practices known as community or participatory arts, encompassing work which incorporates active creative collaboration between artists and people in a range of communities of place and interest. The Journal seeks original researched articles, case studies, reports of projects in progress, particularly from practitioners and research students as well as book reviews, conference reviews and reports. The work embraced by the Journal might include activity taking place within the context of regeneration, education, community development or social inclusion; equally it will debate artist-led projects and practice with less explicit social outcomes but with a commitment to cultural democracy, access, development of community voices or skills sharing.


For further information please contact Ruth Coe, Mailout Administrator at AMA conference 2009 - exploring artistic excellence and public engagement Curve Theatre, Leicester Tuesday 21st July to Thursday 23rd July 2009 In partnership with the Guardian, the Observer and Book and pay by 31st March 2009 to save over £80 off the full AMA member's rate. What do all the brands you know and love have in common? Great quality products? An obsession with learning more about what their customers want? Inspiring marketing communications? Or all of the above? Successful companies have a joined-up approach to understanding and engaging customers and delivering on their promises. Keynote speakers from the arts and commercial sectors will combine theory, examples of good practice and new ideas to explore how arts organisations can bring together artistic excellence and public engagement techniques to captivate, inspire and engage audiences and visitors with the arts. For further information and to book your place at the AMA member's rate of just £327 + VAT, go to or e-mail Engage Seminar. Young People and the Arts: Policy, Initiatives and Opportunities 28 April 2009, National Gallery, London 10.00 – 4.30 Calling all professionals from galleries, museums and visual arts organisations working with, or programming work with, young people. This briefing seminar will focus on new policy and initiatives concerning young people‟s participation, inclusion and education in the visual arts. As well as sharing information, the event will present opportunities for professionals in the visual arts and education to contribute to the delivery of related projects and programmes. The three themes for the day are: Working with Children‟s Services Changes in formal education Developing cultural workforce skills The event will enable you to: * Get an overview of current policy and initiatives * Hear presentations from and meet some of the key people involved in youth and arts- focused strategies * Explore and debate the impact of strategies on the gallery and museum sector * Get the latest updates on the delivery of the Diploma in Creative and Media and Find Your Talent (the cultural offer) * Access relevant agencies, good practice, and resources Speakers include representatives from Local Authority Children‟s Services, Youth Justice, Arts Council England, Nation+al Society for Education through Art and Design, Creative Partnerships and Creative and Cultural Education (CCE) Creative and Cultural Skills, Skillset The initiatives which will be covered are: Children‟s Services: Local Authority Agreements, Youth Justice and the arts Formal Education: New Key Stage 3 curriculum, Find Your Talent, the Diploma in Creative and Media, Learning Outside the Classroom The cultural workforce and young people: Teaching Outside the Classroom, Visual Arts Blueprint, Creative Apprenticeships


Booking: Contact engage, Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA. T +44 (0)20 7729 5858 F +44 (0)20 7739 3688 E (booking forms can also be downloaded from from the experience from both tutors, as well as working together with like minded students from across Britain. Carnival Arts Training Project - South Wales Intercultural Community Arts is pleased to announce that our Carnival Arts Training Project has received support from the Arts Council of Wales. Location will be the Butetown Youth Pavilion in Cardiff and the project will run from Monday 13th Friday 17th July 2009. Contact SWICA if you would like an application form . Steve Fletcher SWICA Development Officer, SWICA, Chapter Arts Centre, Market Road, Cardiff, CF5 1QE Tel / Fax : 029 2038 2094 Email : Wed : USEFUL INFO New Shropshire & Telford Arts Partnership (STAP) Website The new STAP website is now up and running: The website includes information on funding, some Arts Development projects, useful websites and past STAP e-newsletters. Further information will continue to be added as the site develops. We are hoping that within the next couple of weeks you will be able to add your own events to the site. We will keep you updated on this. FUNDING Launch date announced for BT Community Connections British Telecom has announced that it will be launching the 2009 Community Connections Awards on 17 March 2009. BT Community Connections has been run by BT's Corporate Responsibility Unit since 2000. The scheme targets community and voluntary groups that could benefit from internet access and ICT but don't necessarily have the resources. Through the scheme, community groups can apply for the award‟s package that consists of: • a multi-media internet-ready computer; • a contribution towards one year's broadband internet access through BT Total Broadband; • a Community website. The package is valued at £1,300. Since the launch of the awards, it is estimated that Community Connections has enabled over 5,000 groups to get online including silver surfers, playgroups, out of school clubs, pre-schools, cultural groups, local environmental initiatives and youth sports organisations. For further information, visit 2. The Gordon Foundation The aim of the Gordon Foundation is to help young people up to the age of 30 grow to full maturity as individuals and members of society. It offers grants to support their education in the fine or performing arts, particularly music, drama or design, or to allow them to engage in educational travel which involves physical challenge and endeavour. The foundation also owns and maintains two long wheelbase Land Rovers which it loans without charge to groups of young people for expeditions or field trips.


Fore more information, visit 3. The Nationwide Foundation The Nationwide Foundation is expected to announce its new funding programmes in April. No further applications will be accepted under the previous criteria. For more information contact Nationwide Foundation by telephone on 01793 655113, email or visit the website at 4. The Baring Foundation The Baring Foundation has announced no further applications will be accepted for the Strengthening the Voluntary Sector (STVS) independence grants programme in 2009. The Foundation has said the standard of applications in 2008 was so high that the 2009 spending allocation was brought forward to support more projects in that round. It is expected a final application round will take place in 2010. Details of this round will be available on the website in 2010. For more information contact the Baring Foundation by telephone on 020 7767 1348, email or visit the website at (Source for items 2 – 4: VAN News) 5. Wakeham Trust The provide grants to help people rebuild their communities and are particularly interested in neighbourhood projects, community arts projects, projects involving community service by young people, or projects set up by those who are socially excluded. The Trust often, although not exclusively, supports set-up costs. The Trust also supports innovative projects to promote excellence in teaching (at any level, from primary schools to universities), though individuals are not supported. The following are typical characteristics of projects eligible for support: It is something new for this particular area – although it may have been tested in other areas the project should be a new development for the location or community with whom you are working It is small – the Trust usually award grants where amounts between £75 and £750 can make a real difference to getting the project up and running It does not employ staff – in line with the Trust‟s policy of enabling ordinary, non-professional people to make an impact on their community It is not well established – as mentioned above the Trust is keen to assist fledgling projects It has the potential to become self-supporting – when assessing grant applications the Trustees like to see evidence of how the project will sustain itself in future, in addition it is preferable to include details of any fundraising activity, no matter how small the amount raised, in the application It is outward looking and helps a lot of people – the Trustees aim to see as many people as possible being impacted by every pound of their investment It has a UK charity number or a UK registered charity can accept funds on its behalf Applications can be made in writing although the preferred method is via the online application form available from Further information and details of projects that have previously been supported is available online at: 6. Foundation for Sport and the Arts The Foundation for Sport and the Arts has announced the trust will close at the end of March 2012. The deadline for final applications will be the end of March 2009. The Foundation supports a wide


range of activities where there is clearly beneficial impact across the community. The FSA have very specific criteria and eligible activities, careful reading of the application guidelines is recommended. Guidelines and application forms are available from: 7. Allen Lane Foundation The Allen Lane Foundation makes grants to voluntary not-for-profit organisations (which need not be registered charities, provided the work carried out is charitable) which are small (as its grants are small) and where the work benefits groups of people who are unpopular in UK society today. The Foundation wishes to fund work which: Will make a lasting difference to people‟s lives rather than simply alleviating the symptoms or current problems Is aimed at reducing isolation, stigma and discrimination Encourages or enables unpopular groups to share in the life of the whole community The Foundation is interested in funding work which benefits people in the following groups, or generalist work which includes significant numbers from more than one such group: Asylum-seekers and refugees (but not groups working with a single nationality) Gay, lesbian, bi-sexual or transgender people Gypsies and travellers Offenders and ex-offenders Older people People from black and minority ethnic communities and migrant workers People experiencing mental health problems People experiencing violence or abuse The grants are relatively modest. Single, one-off grants range from as little as £500 up to £15,000. Grants repeated for more than one year vary from about £500 per annum up to £5,000 per annum, for a maximum of three years. The Foundation will make single grants, or grants for two or three years. It is unlikely to make a second grant immediately after one has finished and if an application is refused, we ask applicants to wait a year before applying again. There is no formal application form, but when sending in an application you should complete the registration form and return it with your application. Applications can be made at any time and are processed throughout the year. For further information please visit: 8 GreenPrints (England) A partnership of five of the country‟s leading not-for-profit organisations have come together to provide support and funding to help young people improve green spaces in our communities. SITA Trust, v the youth volunteering charity, BTCV, The Wildlife Trusts and the BBC‟s Breathing Places campaign, have joined forces to develop a two-year programme called GreenPrints which will offer funding of up to £10,000, as well as support and practical expertise from the partners, to enable 16–25 year olds to make a real difference to the communities in which they live. The funding is open to not for profit organisations for projects designed and delivered by groups of volunteers aged 16 to 25. SITA Trust and v have each pledged £1 million to fund the programme, making it one of the largest single investments made by either organisation to any funding programme. The overall programme will be managed using the expertise and experience of SITA Trust and BTCV. One of the most unusual elements of this programme is the individual, dedicated mentor-support that will be provided by the BTCV and The Wildlife Trusts to assist with the practical delivery of every single project that is supported. If you are aged between 16 and 25 and want to put something back into your community visit the GreenPrints pages at to find out more. The next application deadline is the 9th April 2009. For further information, visit:


9. The TippingPoint Commissions The TippingPoint Commissions are a new initiative for professional artists who wish to create new performance work in the context of climate change. Artists are invited to submit projects that stimulate audiences towards the radical and imaginative thinking necessary to comprehend a world dominated by climate change. Proposals must be submitted by Monday 4th May at 5pm. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to develop ideas a little further and attend an interview. TippingPoint will be able to sponsor around 4 commissions. Maximum award will be for £30k although it is anticipated that most awards will be for less. For further information please visit: 10. Philip Leverhulme Prizes 2009 The Leverhulme Trustees are offering up to 25 Philip Leverhulme Prizes for 2009. The prizes are for outstanding young scholars who have made a substantial and recognised contribution to their particular field of study and whose future contributions are held to be of correspondingly high promise. Prizes are available in the following disciplines: Performing and Visual Arts Astronomy and Astrophysics Engineering Geography Modern European Languages Literature The value of each Prize will be £70,000, to be spent within two or three years. Prize winners should be under age 36 on Monday 18 May 2009 and should hold a post (irrespective of the source of funding) in a UK institution of higher education or research or a registered charity. Nominations are also accepted for those aged 36 to 39 inclusive if they have had a distinct career change or break. Nomination materials can be accessed online from the Trust‟s website Nominations must be submitted online by the closing date of 4pm on 18 May 2009. Decisions will be made by the end of November 2009, and the Prizes may be taken up at any time before the end of November 2010. Please do not hesitate to contact either myself or Lisa Bedford ( - (01584 813181) if you would like to discuss this initiative. Further national information is available at 11. Artistic Projects Grant (UK) The European Cultural Fund (ECF) which aims to bring people closer together through cultural cooperation and creative activities has announced that its is seeking applications to its Artistic Project Grants programme. Artistic Project Grants are available to both cultural organisations and individual artists but need to include partners from other eligible European countries. The programme supports outstanding artistic projects which show vision in illuminating the issues of diversity in Europe. Artistic uniqueness and European relevance of projects is vital. The usual grant given by the Foundation is between €30,000 to €60,000. The next application deadline is the 31st July 2009. For further information, visit: 12. Media International (UK) A new Call for Proposals through the Preparatory Action Media International programme is now open to applications and will close on the 2 June 2009. The Preparatory Action Media International aims at strengthening cooperation between the audiovisual industries of EU Member States and


non-European professional from the audiovisual industry on a basis of mutual benefit. Media International offers financial support for the following initiatives: Training of audiovisual professionals/students/trainers in the areas of production, coproduction, distribution and promotion Promotion at the development or production stage to help audiovisual/cinematographic works access the international market Distribution of cinematographic works by encouraging long-term cooperation between European and non-European professionals Screening of cinematographic works in cinemas; Improving and increasing potential audiences for audiovisual/cinematographic works and supporting film literacy events. The total budget for this call is €5 million. For further information, visit:

EVENTS BELLY DANCING AND “CARAMEL” On Friday 20th March, join student arts group Young Promoters for an exotic evening of cultural celebration and discovery at the SpArC theatre in Bishop‟s Castle! To start the evening, learn the intoxicating art of belly dancing from professional dancer Judy Tee in an hour of shimmying that‟s guaranteed to bring out your wild side! Then join Young Promoters as they screen the internationally acclaimed French/Lebanese film “Caramel” as part of the Borderline film festival. Rather than focusing on the war and political unrest that has overshadowed Lebanon in recent times, “Caramel” employs a light blend of comedy and drama to follow the everyday lives and loves of five Lebanese women. Connected by their ramshackle beauty salon (whose caramel-style waxing technique reflects the film‟s bittersweet edge) each faces individual dilemmas such as forbidden love, repressed sexuality and binding religious traditions. Premiering to a standing ovation at the 2007 Cannes film festival, “Caramel” received glowing reviews when it opened in the UK last year. Described as a “bittersweet charmer with humour and heart” (Times), this “delightful French/Lebanese gem” (Guardian) is not to be missed! Judy Tee‟s belly dancing workshop will be held from 5.30pm – 6.30pm in the SpArC theatre. Tickets cost £2 and can be purchased in advance from the SpArC box-office (01588 630 321). All abilities are welcome. “Caramel” (PG) will be screened at 7.30pm in the SpArC theatre. Tickets cost £3 and refreshments will be available in the foyer from 7pm onwards. “Caramel” is in Arabic and French with English subtitles and lasts 90 minutes. A couple of busy weekends at SpArC in March! We are featuring:  Films from the Borderlines Film Festival, now the biggest Film Festival in the West 2 Midlands  workshops, Giant Puppet Making for ages 7+ and Belly Dancing for 15 – 115 year 2 olds PLUS there are 2 private hire music gigs, one acoustic rootsy, folky, funky music and the other a youth band with an eclectic mix of world beat music Friday 20th March – a perfect ladies night out! Belly Dancing Workshop with Judy Tee. Bring your bells, bangles and bellies!From 5.30pm – 6.30pm. £2 Followed by Caramel : a lovely comedy-drama about five women working in a Lebanese beauty salon whilst trying to make the best of life (and their various relationships). A delightfully sweet confection.


Things people have said: “Lots of touching moments and laugh out loud bits….. A mustsee!........ just what I needed on a Sunday evening……. Caramel made my night and weekend 7.30pm. £3 Wine, hot and cold drinks on sale from 7pm. Run time 1hr 35mins. Certificate: PG Saturday 21st March – a private hire Beck Sian and Whalebone: beautiful acoustic music from two of the brightest talents on the music scene - Beck Siàn, sometimes reminiscent of Kate Bush, performs mystical, magical and enchanting songs with voice, guitar, whistle and didgeridoo. Whalebone, a rootsy, folky, funky acoustic trio perform their own compositions alongside supercharged renditions of traditional music and wild re-workings of rock guitar classics. 7.30pm. £6 Run time 2hrs. 15mins. Friday 27th March Giant Puppet- making Workshop with Polly Peters. Create huge processional puppets, including their costumes. Wear old clothes and bring any old newspapers, fabric and sheets you can find to use in the workshop. In the Fletcher Room at the Community College, from 10am – 4pm. £6 The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas: with David Thewlis, Sheila Hancock, Asa Butterfield and Vera Farmiga this is a powerful and unusual take on the Holocaust. It tells of the secret friendship between Bruno, the eight-year-old son of a Nazi officer and an amiable and starving Jewish boy called Shmuel who lives on the strange “farm” on the other side of an electric fence. The two boys exchange tokens, play draughts and struggle to understand the prejudices and propaganda separating them. Things people have said: “one of the most moving and remarkable films about childhood I‟ve ever seen ………. never before have I sat in the cinema when the viewers sat silent while the credits rolled .......... Beautifully filmed, heartrending, and a brilliantly understated way to show the horror of the holocaust ............... A MUST SEE!” 7.30pm. £3 Wine and cold drinks will be on sale from 7pm. Run time 1hr 34mins. Certificate: 12A Saturday 28th March – a private hire Black Sheep White Sheep plus support artist Joss Price: Led by local composer John Hymas, the legendary young band Black Sheep White Sheep will be performing their own exciting and eclectic mix of world beat music including jazz, old-time ska and classical styles with a twist of klezmer and eastern European, much of it written for them by Hymas. Their line-up consists of piano, bass, guitar, drums, trumpet, violin, sax, flute and accordion and includes local lads John Colvin and Christie Toal. Support artist Joss Price, a student at the Community College, is a talented and versatile singer/songwriter and acoustic guitarist. 7.30pm. £6 adults, £5 students, £20 families (2 adults+2children) Run time 2hrs. 15mins. Make reservations for the workshops (places are limited) and reserve tickets for the music gigs either on 01588 630321 or on this e-mail address or by calling into SpArC during public open hours. Pay on the door for the films. The Council receives most of its listings information from other sources, usually the organisers of the events. Therefore it cannot accept responsibility for any changes to times and venues or for any inaccurate information provided by the organisers. Where possible, the Council provides


contact details of organisers. If you wish to attend an event, please check beforehand that the information provided is still correct. Please forward this e-newsletter to interested parties. Apologies for any cross posting. Please note: this information has been forwarded to you because we think it may be of interest. Shropshire & Telford Arts Partnership (STAP) can accept no liability for any inaccuracies or omissions contained in this email. Forwarding the following creative sector opportunities and events does not represent any endorsement of projects or initiatives by STAP and readers should take their own steps where necessary to check the reliability of any organisations or projects featured. If you are interested in any of the opportunities or events we ask that you get in touch with the relevant named persons, using the contact details within the text. We make efforts to ensure that any information that is forwarded is appropriate, but cannot do selective mailings on different subjects or areas. If these documents are in Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) and you do not have Adobe Acrobat Reader a free copy can be downloaded from <> If you no longer wish to receive emails of this nature please reply to this email with a request to un-subscribe from the mailing list. If you have been sent this email as a forward from a colleague and would like to sign up to the STAP mailing list please go to to download a registration form and send this to