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					Creative LeicesterShire Ebulletin for February 2006

Welcome to the Creative LeicesterShire Ebulletin with opportunities for creative businesses in Leicestershire and Rutland. Information runs as follows: o Funding o Training & Skills o Networking o Performing arts opportunities o Visual arts/crafts opportunities o Digital media opportunities o Creative writing opportunities o Textiles o Jobs & Commissions o Workspace o Requests

Shell Livewire Young Entrepreneur of the Year If you are aged 16-30, and will have been running your own business between 3-18 months on the 31st March 2006 you could be the next Shell Livewire Young Entrepreneur of the Year. Thousands just like you have benefited from livewire Awards, which includes a top prize of £10,000 and national publicity your business can be any size and any sector. There are regional and national awards available for entrepreneurs just like you so take a chance, and tell them about your business. Visit the website and complete the application form. W:

Free Creative Business Surgeries Creative LeicesterShire is running free Creative Business Surgeries taking place on specific days in Loughborough, Lutterworth, Melton, Hinckley, Uppingham and Coalville from March to May. These will give artists and creative businesses based in Leicestershire and Rutland an opportunity to discuss their current business issues. The one-hour meetings are open to any individual or company from a visual arts, crafts, performing arts, writing or digital media background. We will be focussing on how you sell your work, developing new markets & creative/artistic and business development opportunities. Clare Hudson from Creative LeicesterShire will attend each session and will be joined by the relevant local authority Arts Development Officer, Economic Development Officer and business adviser where possible. Full details of dates & venues can be downloaded from our website or email Angie Minton on Setting Up A Website – The Basics for Creative Practitioners Wednesday 15 March, 9.15am – 4.30pm, The Courtyard Room, LCB Depot, Leicester. This one-day seminar is intended for artists & creative businesses with little or no web presence. The day will cover;

introduction to the web, defining what you need, how to brief a designer & gather information, options for building a website. This course is run by Creative LeicesterShire & costs £30 if based in Leicestershire or Rutland & £60 if based elsewhere. Please email for full course and booking info or see Activate – Artists & Creative Practitioners Working in Schools Activate is a region-wide training & business development programme for artists & creative practitioners who wish to work with young people in schools & other formal education settings. Mantle Arts are running this project in Leicestershire. Participants on the programme will receive a range of free services including; a diagnostic interview to help establish direction, objectives & priorities, a free place on the six-module seminar programme covering Business Development, Market Place Knowledge & Project Development, support from Mantle Arts in linking to schools & other local networks. For further info on how to get involved contact Emma Harrop, Regional Co-ordinator of Activate, T: 0116 242 5202, E: or Matthew Pegg, Mantle Arts, T: 01530 830 811, E:
Headstart Headstart is a free programme of support, managed by Arts Training Central, for creative industries employing 3 people plus based in Objective 2 wards within the East Midlands. The eligible areas include parts of the city of Leicester. Headstart offers a tailored business development programme focused on individual and organisational development needs. Participants receive customised support from a Business Advisor and £100 to support training needs plus £500 to support mentoring. Participants will be reimbursed for travelling expenses as necessary for meetings with their advisor. Times of meetings and training sessions are flexible. Participants on Headstart will also have access to Art Training Central resources. For full details and an application form contact: Sapna Chandihok at Arts Training Central, T: 0116 2425202, E:

Free Marketing Training for SMEs Due to funding from EMDA and the ESF, Pera is pleased to offer a variety of new training courses to Small and Medium sized businesses based in Objective 2 areas of the East Midlands as part of the information4innovation (I4I) programme. The eligible areas include parts of Leicester city. I4I has been providing free training for 2 years and identified Marketing as a major skills gap within SMEs. There are 5 new courses: Developing E-Business solutions and opportunities, Marketing Small and Medium Businesses (1 day interactive workshop), New Product Development, Market Intelligence, Formulating business plans and competitive strategies. For further info contact Jon Stevens, T: 01664 501501, E:
Becoming Self-Employed Free workshops run by the Inland Revenue’s Business Support Team: 9.30am – 1.30pm, Wednesday 22 February, 50-52 Scalford Road, Melton Mowbray. To book your place contact the Workshop Booking Line, T: 01332 724 410. Leicester Comedy Festival - Industry Workshops for Artists & Creative Businesses Monday 13 February – Sunday 19 February, LCB Depot, Leicester. A series of Industry Workshops will be running as part of Leicester Comedy Festival. They include; Support & Advice for Creative Businesses, How to get Sponsorship, Leicester’s Cultural Quarter, How to Promote Yourself & UK Comedy Festivals. All workshops are free. See brochure or website for times. For further info, T: 0116 261 6812, W: Ideas into Action – Influencing Skills Friday 17 February, 9.15am, De Montfort Innovation Centre, Leicester. A 1-day workshop with Brian Dickinson of Do-Little Consulting. The day will help you to focus your efforts so that you present a

compelling vision, make your ideas appeal to different people, get more of your ideas developed and implemented etc. This workshop is free for registered users of the EMIN (East Midlands Incubation Network) website but a deposit is required to secure your place. For further info contact Hannah Roberts, T: 0116 257 7952, E: or visit the events pages of
Developing Your Company Website Tuesday 21 February, 9.00am, Leicester & Friday 24 February, 9.00am, Coalville, Leics. This 1-day comprehensive course is designed specifically for businesses considering developing or updating their website. You will gain an understanding of all the issues you need to consider, whether developing the site yourself, or using a website designer. It will help you to know the benefits and weaknesses of different types of website, how to develop a website effectively as a tool for marketing and advertising, understand and identify the transaction security and legal implications etc. Cost £23.50, inc. VAT. For further info contact FourThinking T: 0116 232 5124, W: Artists Working in the Public Realm – Why do it? Tuesday 21 February, 2.00pm – 5.00pm, Fermynwoods Contemporary Art Gallery, Northants. Thinkspace is an experiential public art project in Corby taking place from Sept 2005 - Feb 2006, aiming to investigate the role of artists working in regeneration. Presentations from the Thinkspace project will introduce an afternoon of discussion about the role of the artist, issues for artists working in the public realm and engaging with the regeneration process. This is a free event. For further info & to book contact Fermynwoods Contemporary Art, T: 01536 373469, E: Do you need help writing your Business Plan? Thursday 23 February, 9am, Leicester. By completing this workshop you will find answers to the key areas required for your business plan. You will have content for all sections of your own business plan with the knowledge to finish the task yourself. This hands-on workshop will enable you to work with a small peer group and an experienced business adviser to cover the key aspects of the business planning process. You will have a business plan template to complete and take away with you. Cost £35.00 inc. VAT. For further info contact FourThinking, T: 0116 232 5124, W: Effective Customer Management Thursday 23 February, LCB Depot, Leicester. 6.00pm. To take advantage of ‘Effective Customer Management’ you have to actively increase your knowledge of your customer. This seminar has been designed around activities and practical exercises that can be introduced into your own company’s systems. Delivered by Janette Pallas from Four Thinking Consultancy and Training. This seminar is free. To secure your place email with ‘ECM Yes!’ in the subject line. Training for Artists Working in the Youth Justice Sector Wednesday 1 & Thursday 2 March, Leicester (venue TBA). This 2 day training programme is open to arts practitioners who are currently working in or are planning to work in the Youth Justice Sector. This training is provided free to East Midlands based artists & places are limited. For further info & to request an application form contact Jane Sperinck, Development Officer, ACE-East Midlands, T: 0115 989 7538, E:
‘Whose train-set is it anyway?’ – Managing the relationships between Boards, funders & senior managers

Thursday 9 March, 2.00pm – 4.30pm. Derby Playhouse. This training course has been specifically designed for Arts & Business by Eric Galvin, an experienced adviser, most recently working with the government on the development and implementation of various aspects of disability, equality and diversity policy. Cost £25 or £15 for members of the Arts & Business Development Forum. For further info contact Rebecca Morris, Arts & Business, T: 0115 921 6950, E:, W:

Getting Your Art Into The News Thursday 9 March, 9.30am - 4:45pm Coventry. This highly practical course guides you through the dos and don’ts of successful media relations. Topics covered include: how to maximise free publicity opportunities; how to prepare for a press or radio interview; writing press releases that will actually be used; identifying positive news stories; and how to handle negative media approaches. For more information or a booking form contact Arts + Media Training, T: 024 7622 7563, E:, W: Advanced Web Design Tuesday 21 and Wednesday 22 March, Herbert Media Centre, Coventry. Following on from Dreamweaver for beginners, this course will enable you to add animations and more sophisticated graphics to your website. This is a 2-day course. Contact Arts + Media Training for further info and a booking form on 024 7622 7563 or or visit De Montfort University (DMU)– Postgraduate Open Event Wednesday 22 March, 4pm – 7pm, Flectcher Building, DMU, Leicester. A friendly & informal open event at which you can find out more about postgraduate, professional & research opportunities offered by the Faculty of Art & Design at DMU. Subject areas include; architecture, design innovation, fine art, photography, art & design research. For further info or to book on to the event contact Student Recruitment, T: 0116 257 7555, E: First Base – supported graduate placements First base is a free programme designed especially to make work placements between creative organisations and young individuals exciting, well supported, challenging and individual. First Base offers your creative organisation, the opportunity to identify a need, or a task that needs undertaking, so that it can be drawn up as a project for a volunteer (either undergraduate or recent graduate) to undertake. The programme then offers a range of placement support options, including support meetings, learning toolkit and evaluation. Projects can address any number of things that you may wish to happen within your organisation, from market research to help with workshops. Not only will first base provide you with an extra pair of hands to work on a specific project, but you’ll also be providing a future professional with valuable work experience. For further info contact Laura Elliott at Arts Training Central, T: 0116 2425202, E: Success Matrix – support with employing graduates Success Matrix are a social enterprise supporting local business success by making it easier and more accessible for smaller companies to take advantage of the skills, motivation and potential of local graduates. Services include; Getonwithgraduates - A free graduate recruitment service for any company in Leicestershire employing 250 or less. They will provide a full recruitment service, plus possible financial assistance with any specific training needs. Shell Step - placing Leicestershire's most highly motivated students and bright sparks with ambitious small business interested in getting a new initiative off the ground or complete a project which keeps getting overlooked. The student will work with you for around 8 weeks over the summer, with the full cost being just £180 per week, and possible subsidies available to bring the cost down to as little as £55 per week! Incubating Graduate Employment – offering eligible companies a graduate to work on a 1-3 month placement to suit their business needs. They will work with you to identify your companies higher level skills needs, select graduates who match your criteria, assist with the interview and employment process, and continue to support you for the duration of the placement. Recruitment, skills assessments, vacancy advertising and on going mentoring are all free of charge. For further info contact Vicki Baddeley, Success Matrix, T: 0116 2575605, E:, W:


Urban Events – Small Talk Thursday 22 February, 6.00pm, Maiyango restaurant, Leicester. Small Talk is back and perfect if you want to help market your business with like-minded, stylish business owners. Urban Events, Leicestershire's social and business events company, now has over 50 members who meet regularly to unwind, network and generally do business. Join them at Maiyango - One of Leicester's newest and most exciting restaurants as a new venue for Urban Events. The networking event starts at 6pm and finishes at 9pm.Tickets cost £15.00 + vat for non-members and free for Urban Event members. If you are interested in joining UE then call 0845 0541041. Complimentary drinks and canapes are included in the ticket price. TBC (To Be Creative) Social Thursday 2 March, LCB Depot, Leicester. 6.00pm onwards. The TBC Social has returned to offer the creatives of Leicester another tantalising night at the Depot. Trevor Flannery, the regional head of Development of the Design Business Association will talk about how the DBA can benefit your business. Fuze will unveil their latest piece of digital art collective using cutting edge projectors to paint light onto the cityscape of Leicester. Bathysphere will return to set the soundtrack for the evening with a live DJ set. There is no entry fee for this event you just have to a creative! No need to book, just turn up! 6pm onwards, LCB Depot Fashion Arts Media Eastmidlands – The Creative Industry Show Wednesday 5 April, 10.30am – 3.30pm, De Montfort University, Leicester. This is the largest creative industry show in the East Midlands & is for anyone involved in the Creative Industries who wants to promote their business, recruit the right staff, inspire & inform talented newcomers & network with other creatives. Join the BBC, EM Media, The British Journalism Training Council, Cite The internet agency, The Deisgners Forum, Creative LeicesterShire & many others. VIP tickets to the key note speech by top designer Ben De Lisi. Free use of the networking lounge. Take part in the seminars or sponsor the event & gain region-wide publicity. Cost for stand-holders £120 – concessions for SMEs. The event is free to visitors. For further info contact Wendy Padley or Lisa Davies, T: 0116 257 7595, E: or Visit:

Advanced/Professional Contemporary Dance Class Every Monday during school term times, 6.30pm-8.00pm, Dance Studio, Moat Community College, Maidstone Road, Leicester LE1 (easy walking distance of Leicester Railway Station) led by Louise Katerega, Artistic Director of Foot in Hand Dance & Music Company and occasional Guest Tutors. This is an ongoing opportunity to participate in a lively, friendly and appropriately demanding class for dance teachers, freelance practitioners and students at degree level. Guest tutors are often invited in response to participants request and may offer other styles of dance. Cost £3 per class. No need to book or commit long term. For further info contact Louise T: 07971 44 17 49. Develop Your Music Business LCB Depot, Leicester, Tuesday 7 March 3.30pm - 7.30pm. This is an event for independent music companies which provides an opportunity to share ideas on developing markets here and abroad. Professional advice will be on hand from AIM, Arts Council England, UK Trade & Investment and music export promoter Phil Patterson. To book email

Meet the Live Art Programmers Thursday 18 May, 2pm – 4.30pm, Peepul Centre, Orchardson Avenue, Leicester LE4 6DP. What do programmers look for when booking work? How do you negotiate with a venue? Creative LeicesterShire present an afternoon networking session for performing artists looking at how professional live art venues are programmed. Programmers from the Peepul Centre, Phoenix Arts,

De Montfort Hall, Haymarket Theatre, Uppingham Theatre, Y Theatre and the Centre Stage touring scheme will talk about how they book and assess shows and answer your questions. This event is free but places are limited so booking is essential. Priority will be given to artists based in Leicestershire & Rutland. To book your place contact Clare Hudson, T: 0116 267 0017, E: Choreographing for Young People Saturday 11 March, The Castle, Wellingborough. In conjunction with the Investment in Professionals scheme run by Northants Dance this practical workshop will be delivered by Dance 4’s Vanessa McGuire and Steph Crawford, this session will identify techniques for developing choreography with young people. Participants will learn how to build on initial choreographic ideas to create performance pieces. Costs are £12 / £8. To book contact Northants Dance, T: 01604 233122.
Emergency! - Platform Opportunity There are still a couple of slots available at the Emergency! Showcase taking place at The Y, Leicester on Thursday 23 March, 8pm. If you have a work in progress piece be it, short film, theatre, dance or comedy then this is a chance to show it. Pieces should be approx. 15 minutes in length. No CVs or marketing packs necessary. The Emergency! Showcase takes place 4 times per year. To book your slot contact Speakeasy Theatre Company, T: 0116 283 6646, E:

BTEC Intermediate Award – Technical Skills in Live Entertainment 3 – 5 April, Assembly Rooms, Derby. This well established three-day course provides essential skills and knowledge for new and experienced theatre technicians and comprise three taught BTEC units covering theatre terminology and language, roles and responsibilities, pre-production and preparation for performance, settings, props, costume, lighting, sound, regulations and health and safety. Cost £375 for the 3 days. For further info contact Chris Garner or Justina Zurawliw, T: 01509 215 831, E: BTEC Intermediate Award – Stage Lighting, Rigging & Operation 5 – 7 April, Assembly Rooms, Derby. This three-day course is ideal for aspiring or experienced lighting technicians who want to improve their skills and knowledge. The course comprise three taught BTEC units covering basic electrical theory, licensing, health & safety, working practices, lighting for performance, production and control, construction and use of luminaires and automated control systems. Cost £375 for the 3 days. For further info contact Chris Garner or Justina Zurawliw, T: 01509 215 831, E:

Informal training on creating artwork in the public realm Expressions of interest are sought from artists who are interested in a series of informal training opportunities linked with the Hallam Fields Public Art programme in Birstall, Leicestershire. Possibilities include working with a range of artists, with developers, project managers and the local community. Expenses will be paid. See for further information on the programme. Please send an email with maximum 2 sides A4 covering what you feel you would gain from this opportunity to by 28 February.

David Nash CPD Project – Teachers in an Artist’s Residence 18 – 20 April, David Nash’s home & studio in Blaenau Ffestiniog, North Wales. This three-day visit aims to support creative development through a programme of events led by David Nash. Participants are encouraged to consider his work, philosophy, materials & processes. The activity also includes supporting the participant and participating schools pre and post the studio visit. The National Forest has commissioned David to produce six public art sculptures which will be located in six different areas of the forest. This opportunity is open to primary and secondary educators working in schools in the National Forest area who are likely to use the forest and David’s new sculptures as an education/creative resource. Cost is £80. There are only 7 places available. Please register your interest by Friday 17 February. For further info & to register interest contact Claire Meiklejohn, T: 01273 483 756, M: 07952 479619, E: Rolls-Royce Tate Liverpool Arts Partnership - Professional Development opportunities for East Midlands Artists Tate Liverpool is delivering a new creative thinking training programme led by an experienced artisteducator. The programme aims to develop creative and critical thinking skills through a series of workshops at Tate Liverpool, and at the Rolls-Royce Learning Career Development Centre in Derby. Opportunities are available for artists based in the East Midlands to shadow one of six four-day training courses between January and April. The course will assist in improving your knowledge of gallery education, developing an understanding of the ways in which creative arts-based learning can be applied to a business setting and gaining a greater understanding of Tate Liverpool’s education practise. Training course dates remaining: 20 - 24 February, 27 Feb - 3 March, 13 -17 March, 10 - 14 April, 24 - 29 April. These places are unpaid, but some expenses can be claimed. Contact Naomi Horlock at Tate Liverpool for further information. E: Advanced Ceramics skills for teachers Tuesday 21 February, 1.00pm – 4.00pm, Fosse Arts Centre, Leicester. A practical training course for teachers & classroom assistants with the aim of providing you with a variety of creative skills & techniques needed to develop projects as a class room activity. This is an advanced course & follows on from January’s Taster Course. Cost £45, includes all materials & hand outs. For further info & to secure your place contact Kevan Grantham, Fosse Arts Centre, T: 0116 222 1904, E: Call for artwork submissions - History 14 April - 6 May, The New Walk Museum and Gallery, Leicester. ‘History’ is an exhibition of works in diverse media exploring the role of the museum and archive in the 21st century. Over the past decades there has been mounting interest in the processes of classification, archiving and archaeology that drive the museum. Artists are invited to submit works in all media that use or explore these structures and the way that they shape our history. The selected submissions will be integrated into the context of the museum. They are looking for alternative media including sonic art, digital/web based material and systems art projects as well as photography, sculpture, painting and film. The City Gallery OFFSITE will select by works/projects rather than by artist. Deadline Monday 27 February. For further info & the full submissions document contact Hugo Worthy, The City Gallery OFFSITE, T: 0116 223 2063, E: Taster Course in arts & crafts for teachers Tuesday 21 March, 1.00pm – 4.00pm, Fosse Arts Centre, Leicester. Practical arts & crafts training for teachers & classroom assistants to give you the skills & confidence to create & learn new techniques to take back to the classroom. Course covers; basic hand building in clay, using mod mesh & papier mache, learn sculptural techniques, turn your laminator into a creative art tool. Cost £45, includes all materials & handouts. For further info or to book contact Kevan Grantham, Fosse Arts Centre, T: 0116 222 1904, E:

Marketing Techniques for Visual Artists and Crafts People Monday 29 May 2006 at the Ferrers Gallery, Staunton Harold, nr Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire. This one-day course will cover topics such as how to price work, how to approach a gallery, getting your work photographed, assessing trade fairs, making your promotional material stand out and writing press releases. The course is led by Rachael Chambers who owns the Ferrers Gallery and is a judge for the 2006 British Craft Trade Fair Awards in Harrogate. Full price is £95 and the course will be subsidised by Creative LeicesterShire to cost £35 for practitioners based in Leicestershire or Rutland. For further info, T: 01332 863337 or E: Sculpture in the Garden 2006 Sculptors invited to submit work in any media but suitable for garden display for popular annual exhibition at Hall Farm, Harpswell, Gainsborough, Lincs to be held on the 17 and 18 June. Forward or email image/s of work (with prices and dimensions) with CV to Penny Prescott, 32 South Street, Caistor, Lincoln LN7 6UB, E:

European Funding for Film Funding is available from the European Commission for production projects in the areas of fiction/drama, creative documentaries, animation and multimedia. Independent companies whose main activity is audiovisual and/or multimedia production for the European or international markets can apply for Media Plus programme funding. In total, 17 million Euros is available to finance up to 50% of project costs, or up to 60% for projects highlighting Europe's cultural diversity. Deadlines for applications are 15 February for Media New Talent projects and 31 May for single projects and slate funding. For more info:

Short story contest & writer development weekend The second annual Leicester and Leicestershire short story contest is inviting people across the county, whether first time writers, keen enthusiasts or emerging professionals, to try their hand at writing the story they have always wanted to tell. First Prize is £200 and second Prize is £50. As well as cash prizes for the winners, the best writers entering the contest will be invited to attend a special weekend for emerging professional fiction writers. With talks from professionals within the publishing industry and the chance for one to one advice and support, the weekend will provide an invaluable development opportunity for the area's most promising literary talents. Closing date is 19th April 2006 and entries are sought from any resident of Leicester and Leicestershire. Stories should be no more than 3000 words in length. Please do not send original manuscripts as we can not return your entry. Short-listed writers will be contacted in May 2006. Send your entry to: Short Story Contest 2006, Libraries, A12 New Walk Centre, Welford Place, Leicester. Novel Writing Taster Thursdays, – 2.45pm, 23 February – 30 March, Leicester Adult Education College. This course is ideal for new writers or for experienced writers who wish to break into a new area. Full fee £30. For further information or to book contact the college, T: 0116 233 4343, E:

Supplying the High Street Seminar Wednesday 8 February, 10am – 4pm, Designer Forum Studio, Nottingham. Full day workshop covering: company review, understanding & developing your unique selling point, company profiles, how to

understand key trends & interpret them for the high street, sales & marketing for your company, how to be prepared for the buyer, quality controller & merchandising teams etc, & closing the deal. £120 +VAT for Designer Forum members & £145 +VAT for non-members. Refreshments & lunch included. T: 0115 9115339, F: 0115 9115345, E: Legal Seminar Thursday 9 March, 10am – 4pm, Designer Forum Studio, Nottingham. Half-day workshop covering design-related legal issues, such as design protection & intellectual property rights, contracts, confidentiality agreements & debt recovery. £25 +VAT for members, £45 +VAT for non-members. T: 0115 9115339, F: 0115 9115345, E:

Angel Row Gallery, Nottingham – Visual Arts Access Officer £17,922 - £19,656 (pro rata) The post will be based at Angel Row Gallery, a key contemporary arts venue in the centre of Nottingham and one of the partners in the new development, ‘CCAN, Centre for Contemporary Art Nottingham’. They are looking for someone with enthusiasm and imaginative ideas to join them and help shape the new venture in relation to learning, access and developing new audiences. With professional knowledge of contemporary visual arts, you will have experience of working in gallery education, either managing or delivering learning and access projects for a diverse range of people. Vacancy Ref: LC/1868. For an application pack T: 0115 915 4624. Deadline: 12 noon on Friday 10 February. Leicester Creative Business (LCB) Depot - Creative Learning Consultant Required LCB Depot is a Leicester City Council facility providing managed workspace for creative organisations at the heart of the emerging St George’s Cultural Quarter. Creative Partnerships Leicester is a strategic initiative of Arts Council England aiming to give school children the opportunity to develop their potential, ambition, creativity and imagination through sustainable partnerships with creative and cultural organisations, businesses and individuals. LCB Depot has recently been appointed as a Principal Partner to the Creative Partnerships Leicester programme, and will work to build a vision for creative learning with a secondary school in Leicester and deliver that vision through a range of initiatives. LCB Depot is seeking a part-time Creative Learning Consultant to deliver the first phase of the programme, working closely with the LCB Depot team, Creative Partnerships Leicester, the school and our growing network of creative organisations. If you are interested in receiving the consultancy brief contact LCB Depot T: 0116 261 6800, E: The deadline for applications is Tuesday 14 February. Administrator - The Mainstream Partnership Permanent contract for 28 hours per week (4 days x 7 hours) at £6.50 per hour, (equivalent to £12675 p.a. based on 37.5 hours per week for 52 weeks), with 22 days paid holiday (17.5 days pro-rata) plus statutory days based at Mainstream offices at the LCB Depot, Leicester. The Mainstream initiative works with culturally diverse arts practitioners in the East Midlands to extend their prospects for employment and income generation in the sector by securing opportunities to support their professional advancement. The Mainstream Administrator will be responsible for the smooth operation of the Mainstream office. For further info contact & application details contact Sapna Chandihok, T: 0116 242 5202, E: Local Artists Wanted for Arts in Leicestershire Healthy Schools Leicestershire County Council is developing a number of arts in health projects, as part of the National Healthy Schools initiative. This scheme will take place over 2 years & will aim to encourage schools, communities, Primary Care Trusts & Local Education Authorities to build long lasting & meaningful partnerships with artists for the delivery of the National Healthy Schools objectives. These objectives include: supporting children & young people in developing healthy behaviours, reducing health inequalities, helping to raise pupil achievement, promoting social inclusion. The project is being co-

ordinated by Leicester Comedy Festival. They are eager to hear from experienced Leicestershire based artists with an interest in arts & health work to build a bank of potential partners to work with on these projects. They would be excited to hear from artists from a broad range of art forms. For further info on this opportunity contact Rebecca Wooster, Project Co-ordinator, Arts in Leicestershire Healthy Schools, E: Artists required to lead workshops Artists are required to lead workshop based activities for the Blaby District Arts Festival throughout June, and for children’s summer activity programmes in Blaby and Oadby & Wigston districts. For further info contact Sallie Wocha, Arts and Heritage Development Officer, Blaby District Council, E: and Oadby & Wigston Borough Council, E: Calling All artists, designers and craftspeople - Loughborough Streets Alive Monday 29 May, Loughborough Streets Alive is run by Charnwood Borough Council and Charnwood Arts who work together to create many events and activities that take place throughout the day. They hold stalls, amusements and a wide variety of street-entertainment. They are very keen to promote arts and crafts and give designers an opportunity to exhibit, promote and sell their work. Therefore, they are asking artists, designers and crafts people if they would be interested in holding a stall at this year’s Loughborough Streets Alive. Perhaps people may be interested in running a workshop or demonstration at the event. For further info & an application pack contact Sue Walters at Charnwood Borough Council T: 01509 268 903, E:

Creative workspace needs in Leicestershire & Rutland Creative Leicestershire is commissioning research into the need for creative workspace in the subregion with support from the Leicestershire Economic Partnership. There will be a particular focus on early-stage businesses and non-office space which will include recording/editing studios, dance/theatre rehearsal space and wet & messy space for visual artists. If you would like to contribute or express and opinion please contact Clare Hudson on e:

Can you help? – killer facts about your business required Arts & Business East Midlands are looking to compile a list of ‘killer facts’, ‘claims to fame’, ‘interesting information’, ‘stuff we may never have known’ about your organisation and/or the arts across the East Midlands. They are looking for is information which only you know about, but would love to share if only someone asked you! For example, do you have a huge audience in Europe? Are you the only organisation doing work of a particular kind as far as you know? Is someone famous one of your greatest fans? Are you an artist who lives in the region but exhibits everywhere but here? They hope that the information you supply will help them to market the arts in general and arts organisations to potential sponsors and media partners. Contact Andrea Carver, Arts & Business, T: 0115 9216950, E: ENDS For more information on Creative LeicesterShire see