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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 Events p1-4 p5-7


Ditton Art Group Notice of Spring Exhibition 2009 Ditton Art Group are to stage an Exhibition of Members Work which will include Art Works for Sale The Exhibition will open Friday evening at 6.30 pm 24th APRIL 2009 AT Ditton Priors Village Hall Cheese & Wine served on Opening Night Music ‘From Baroque to Jazz’ with Frank O’Neil and Kate Hill The Exhibition will also be open Saturday 25th 10am-4.30pm ARTIST COMMISSION

Two opportunities attached for artists and arts organisations to respond to:
1.News of a commission for an arts organisation or curator producer to produce work for

the „fringes of the London 2012 site‟ in 2012, worth up to £75,000 which has been announced today, to be applied for via Compete For 2.The information for Artists Taking the Lead, which will see a commission worth £500,000 in each region, including the WM. Paul Kaynes West Midlands Creative Programmer London 2012 e: Tel: 0121 631 5724 Mobile: 07825 918866 The address at Arts Council is:82 Granville Street, Birmingham B1 2LH.


LUDLOW SUMMER EXHIBITION OF CONTEMPORARY ART 2009 Established & unknown artists working in all forms are invited to submit work for selection & annual prize. The selection panel will be chaired by Alan Grieve, Director of The Jerwood Foundation, and work will be exhibited for sale in Ludlow College Galleries from 1-15 August. The closing date for entries is Friday 5 June. For full details & application form, please email or send an A5 SAE to:Summer Exhibition Enquiries, Ludlow College, Castle Square, Ludlow, Shropshire SY8 1GD. Tel: 01584 872846. Gallery and Contemporary Crafts Shop Moves into Larger Premises in Whitchurch, Shropshire. The Down To Earth Gallery and Contemporary Crafts have moved into larger premises at the Craft Centre adjoining the Whitchurch Heritage Centre. The Gallery showcases the work of metalwork artist Phil Rogers and is run by his wife Bridget. Alongside their work, they stock an eclectic mix of ever-changing work by around forty emerging and established designers and makers, with quality and originality guaranteed. The Down To Earth Gallery is avid about all things beautiful and sells the very best of inspirational work including fresh, innovative and exciting contemporary jewellery, ceramics, glass, textiles, wood, accessories and stationery. The Gallery ensures that there is something for everyone's tastes and budgets and is constantly evolving and reinventing. Bridget and Phil are passionate about introducing new British artisans and jewellers to the area and feel a great sense of pride when a new customer discovers them for the first time. They believe that there are some high quality shops in Whitchurch and they seek to complement what is already there. They plan to hold a series of exhibitions during the coming year. The current exhibition features the work of local artists Geoff Beckett and Sally Reid. The Gallery is open Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.10.00 am – 4.00 pm. Local Artists Seeking Representation and for more information please contact Bridget Rogers 01948 667712. Message from Broseley Christmas Lights Committee Broseley Christmas Lights Committee is a voluntary group who fund-raise to provide a spectacular Christmas lights display for the town and also provide a free annual switch-on event for the community. The activities we provide include music, indoor theatre, dance and street theatre. We would really like to include a different cultural experience this year but need to know what is available. The date for this year‟s switch on is Saturday November 21 st – if you are interested in contributing through providing an arts workshop or an artistic activity please contact the secretary with details and prices: Jean Jones 01952 882650 Artist Commission at Welsh Assembly Government Building – Llandudno Junction Artist Brief Background and Context The new Welsh Assembly Government building at Narrow Lane, Llandudno Junction in Conwy is under construction. The site itself is in a prominent position and will be seen from much of the town and along the approaches to Llandudno Junction by road including the main A55 trunk road. The design has been novated to Pochins Construction who will construct the building. The architects are Austin Smith Lord.


The building has a very distinctive „three fingered‟ design arranged on three floors radiating out of the hillside. The building is naturally ventilated and includes large glazed areas facing South West. Features including electronically controlled louvre windows to prevent excessive solar gain and under-floor heating demonstrate its high environmental specification. It is clad in Welsh slate with a copper clad entrance feature. A covered walkway runs from the disabled parking bays to the entrance. The floor throughout the public spaces within the building is also polished slate. As well as office accommodation for Welsh Assembly Government staff the building will have several public spaces, including a café and gallery area and “one-stop-shop” to enable the public to access the Welsh Assembly Government‟s services. The building is due to be completed in summer 2010, with staff moving in shortly afterwards. The timetable for delivery is set out below. The Commission This is a major new building for North Wales and presents an exciting opportunity for an artist to become involved in its visual impact. The commission is for an artist/s to create a permanent artwork that is „available‟ to the public outside the building in the public realm. Bearing in mind the location, the artist‟s design could reflect aspects of nationhood, democracy, governance and culture although the brief remains open and the appointed artist will be allowed time to research and develop their ideas and designs for the site. The Artist will be expected to work closely with Safle, Austin Smith Lord, Pochin and the local planning authority in the design and delivery of the project. This is a new and contemporary building aiming to promote design and architecture in Wales. In appointing an artist the Welsh Assembly Government are looking to add to this concept and create a unique cutting edge environment. An innovative approach to the brief and use of materials is encouraged. It is expected that the artist interacts with local community groups at agreed stages during the design/construction process. This could include workshops and consultations, which may inform the development of the design. Details of this will be agreed with the appointed artist. Constraints At this moment we know of no external constraints or below ground restrictions that might impact on the work, however there are various underground services etc which will have to be taken into consideration. The work(s) will need to be durable, have a low maintenance requirement and be designed and constructed with due regard to health and safety issues. Timescale The building is due to open in summer 2010. An indicative timescale is shown below which will alter slightly in consultation with the appointed artist once the type of artwork is decided. The artist will need to liaise with the architect and contractors to optimise scheduling arrangements. Deadline for expressions of interest 17 April 2009 Interviews 27 April 09 Appointment of artist/beginning of design stage 11 May 2009 Artwork and building opening summer 2010 Project sign off and completion summer 2010 The feasibility of any proposal will depend very much on the construction programme. Please contact Safle for further details/information. Budget Design The artist fee for the design stage of the commission is £1,900 including expenses.


Implementation The budget for fabrication and installation and any additional builder‟s work in connection with installation is £39,000 - to cover artist fee, materials, travel, accommodation and planning application fee if required. The amounts above are inclusive of VAT. Selection The artist will be chosen through interview on the basis of the quality of their previous work and initial responses to the brief. The interview panel will consist of representatives from Safle, the Welsh Assembly Government, Austin Smith Lord, the Arts Council of Wales and Conwy County Council. To apply, please submit the following: g why you would like to be considered for this project on no more than 2 sides of A4. dimensions, materials, dates etc. Vitae on no more than 2 sides of A4.

We do not require worked up designs at this stage. The deadline for receiving applications is Friday 17 April 2009. Interviews will be held week commencing 27 April 2009 in Llandudno Junction. Travel expenses will be paid for attendance. If you have any access or other requirements to enable you to attend the interview these should be made clear after an offer of an interview has been received. Please send applications to: Llandudno Junction, SAFLE, Unit 4 Sovereign Quay, Havannah Street, Cardiff CF10 5SF. T: 0845 241 3684, E: (email applications must be less than 6MB in size); W: Here and Now: Exploring a Sense of Place, Identity and Belonging. Are you highly creative and innovative with your ideas? Are you good at listening to people and can encourage positive participation? Then this could be for you. Skilled Arts Practitioners with a proven high level of experience working with communities are needed to develop and deliver a 10 week arts based project based in the areas of Wigan and Leigh in Greater Manchester, during the Spring and Summer of this year. For further information and a tender application pack, please contact Helen Seddon, Arts Development Officer, Community Engagement, Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust, Elizabeth House, The Pier, WN3 4BD Tel:01942 486917 or email Tender submissions will be required by Monday 30th March 2009. Central Lancashire Arts Health Partnership The Partnership wishes to conduct a research project to map current arts health activity in Central Lancashire. This will include a minimum of 10 days work for each of the four districts, the production of a report and the planning and delivery of a seminar to disseminate findings. The deadline for expressions of interest is 31 April 2009. Please contact: Celine Wyatt; Arts Development Officer, South Ribble Borough Council for a full brief. T: 01772 625202 or email:


The Darwin Song Cycle The world premier of the Darwin Song Cycle was held last Thursday as the very first event at the Walker Theatre in Theatre Severn. If you were there you will know it was a splendid achievement and stunning performance of 16 sublime Darwin related songs written in one week by 8 top folk international singer/songwriters whilst living in a cottage on the Acton Scott estate. The project was organised by The Shrewsbury Folk Festival, partly funded by SCC's Celebrating Shropshire and SABC's Darwin Festival. If you would like to hear the songs - listen out for these performances (and BBC's listen again features):The WalkerTheatre performance is being broadcast on Radio Shropshire on Wednesday 25th March at 7pm. The residency and performance are the subject of a Radio 4 programme on Friday 27th at 11am. Radio 2 Mike Harding's show is playing some of the songs on 8th April A full live performance will be repeated at the Shrewsbury Folk Festival over the August Bank Holiday weekend a cd recording of the performance will be available in due course For more information about this remarkable project please go to ... and

Clash Collaborative Arts In Shropshire The 2nd Clash Happening Date Thursday 26th March Venue Crabapple Community (Berrington Hall) nr Crosshouses (3 miles south east of Shrewsbury) Time 7-9pm All are welcome to explore collaborative artistry, using all kinds of art-forms from visual arts to movement from sculpture to music to writing and ad infinitum. We will explore working in a range of media, collaborating , improvising and of course finding time for tea and cake. Your welcome to bring any media you may wish to work with, be it percussion, pens n paper, materials, cameras, musical instruments, etc etc . Please contact me if you need wheelchair access.Please also bring a note book, cake and a small donation for use of the hall that has kindly been offered to us. Directions from the Shrewsbury A5 Ring Road To Crabapple Community (Berrington) From the Ring Road turn onto the A458) Signposted to Much Wenlock and Bridgnorth. After a few miles take right turn marked Condover. At next Crossroads turn Left. The drive for the community is about a quarter of a mile on the left. I l make sure there is a sign for Clash at the entrance. Please park on the entrance track leaving enough room for vehicles to get past. Any enquires please contact Ray on T 01743792052 M 07817194644 First Happening report. The first happening was a real success. About ten of us attended, (musicians, visual artists, writers, and dancers) we had lots of fun and created bizarre, comical, and poignant work in all kinds of ways. We begun working in small groups, sharing thoughts, making up games using our hands, creating and naming hand sculptures. We worked in pairs creating stories through


improvisation. We explored improvisational scores using lots of different media and completed the evening by working in two‟s and threes to create works for sharing. Some people played music, others wrote and performed using text and words, there was a 3 d sculpture and plenty more. Much tea was drunk and slices of cake were eaten. It was very much a getting to know each other kind of evening, it felt like there was lots of potential, to both continual working in this light way but also to sometimes to create focussed contemplative atmospheres where deeper work could emerge. Thank you everyone who attended. Creative Urge Workshop Demonstrate Drumming, Didgeridoo, Singing, Poetry, Acoustic Guitar.Great Fun! Exploring and composing new rhythms and structures using traditional instruments. Drums, Didgeridoo, Voices, Poetry,Acoustic Guitar.Sessions are held at the Park Lane Centre, Park Lane, Woodside, Telford, Shropshire, TF7 5QZ, Saturdays 1:00pm to 3:00pm. All levels of experience welcome, drums are limited, bring your own drums if you can. Known benefits of drumming are; Developing communication skills, Listening and non–verbal skills, Ability to concentrate, Developing creative thinking, Developing individual self-confidence and self-expression, Developing leadership skills, Teambuilding, group work through playing repeated rhythms takes our brains into a meditative state, learning to follow is central to having a joyful time playing music. Music is polyrhythmic, It gives us an alternative way of working and playing music together, rhythm is inside us, listening and responding to each other. Self-expression there's nothing more exhilarating than that first tentative solo. Self esteem, that great feeling after you master a rhythm, body music drops into place when you let go, break free from stress and fly. After a brief introduction to safe technique, everyone can play regardless of age or ability. Donation? Be generous! Call; Olugbala: 07866498335 Call; PLC: 01952 683700

Acoustic Sounds See and experience Olugbala Kokumo „Poetry in Concert! Watling Street, Community Centre Telford, Shropshire, TF1 2AB, Wednesday 1st & 29th April 2009 7:00pm, All welcome, bring your poetry and your voice. Donation? Be generous! Act now! To secure a place.UK Call; 07866498335 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

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