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Creative Leicestershire

Creative Leicestershire Ebulletin   June 2014  

Welcome to the monthly Creative Leicestershire Ebulletin with opportunities for arts, design & media businesses in Leicestershire and Rutland. Follow us on our Blog for interesting news and links relevant to the creative industries. Please remember to update us if your contact details have changed.

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Creative Leicestershire - Artist of the Week Competition
We have recently launched our 'Artist of the Week' competition which you can enter via Facebook and Twitter. Your artwork or design could be promoted via our social networks and featured in our monthly ebulletin with one artist being chosen at random each week. Congratulations to our first two winners, Quorn artist Jo Sheppard and graphic design & illustration student Emily Merchant. To be in with the chance of being selected as artist of the week please follow the instructions provided on Facebook and Twitter

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Jobs & Commissions

The jobs page at is updated regularly & includes job ads with short deadlines that don’t make it into the ebulletin

Art & Craft Tutors - Leicestershire Craft Centre
Market Harborough-based, Leicestershire Craft Centre is seeking new art or craft tutors to deliver exciting, fun, workshops to adults of all abilities. We are particularly looking for 'crafts with a difference'. In the first instance, please send your CV with photos of your work to Katharine Wright at . If you require more information, please look at our website or call Katharine on 07587 636660.

Edinburgh Pick and Mix - A call out for shows for DEparture Lounge 2014
Derby Theatre, Create Mansfield and Embrace Leicester seek to preview exciting, contemporary work that will be playing the Edinburgh Festival in 2014. We will preview the work as part of DEparture Lounge festival, our annual festival of fresh new work and events for pioneering artists and audiences. We're particularly interested in programming artists with an East Midlands connection but also want to offer our audiences a pick and mix of the best work heading to the Fringe this year. For full details of show submissions and how to apply can be found here Applications must be made to by Wednesday 18 June 2014, 18:00.

Male Dancer / Performer for National Tour - Wriggle Dance Theatre
£15k-20k pro rata Part time. Wriggle Dance Theatre are looking for a experienced and versatile Male Dancer / Performer  for a 25 date National Autumn  tour of ‘Once in a Blue Moon’ – an interactive Dance Theatre piece for 3 – 6 years olds and their grown ups. ‘Once in a Blue Moon’ is a magical journey through strange lands to The Moon’s Birthday party - incorporating dance, live music and audience interactivity. Applicants should have a strong contemporary dance technique and physical theatre skills. They should also have least 3 years professional performance experience and enjoy working with young children. The show draws on elements of clowning so experience in this area would also be an advantage. Rehearsals start September 1st for 8 days and the touring period is 25 dates which are mainly weekends from Sep to Dec / Jan. Please get in contact for the full brief including a full list of dates and fees. To apply send a covering letter outlining your relevant experience, a photo, video footage of you performing and your CV to: Closing date for applications is 9am on Weds 18th June 2014. Auditions will take place on Weds 2nd July 2014 at The Core at Corby Cube, Corby.

Framing Workshop Manager - Goldmark Gallery
£20k-25k Full time. We are a thriving art gallery, selling art all over the world, with in-house framing workshop, employing a small but growing team of framers. We have been selling the work of some of the world’s leading 20thcentury and contemporary artists for over 30 years and pride ourselves in its presentation. We produce high quality, conservation picture frames for our own gallery, trade clients and private individuals. All members of our team must respect these fragile and valuable items, and be able to present them sympathetically and creatively. After 11 years in the post, our framing manager is moving on and we now have a vacancy. The successful applicant will be skilled in all processes required to make high quality hand made frames.  A good eye is essential. The applicant will be required to be an effective and enthusiastic workshop manager with good people skills and be able to communicate and manage the team in a busy workshop environment. Contact: Em Goldmark Deadline: 20 June. 

Limestone Journeys Development Officer – Creswell Heritage Trust
Creswell Heritage Trust are seeking a self motivated individual to co-ordinate Limestone Journeys interpretation projects along the route of the developing Archaeological Way in Derbyshire. Archaeological Way is a multi-user trail connecting Pleasley Pit Country Park with Creswell Crags. The project will culminate delivering a package of interpretation products before May 2015. The position is part-time, 15 hours per week. Salary: £21,000 per annum pro rata (fixed term contract for 9 months/we would consider a consultancy for this). Limestone Journeys is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and is located in the district of Bolsover, focusing on the unique landscape and heritage of the north east Derbyshire Magnesian Limestone. The closing date for applications is 23 June 2014, Noon. Interviews will be held on Wednesday 9 July at Creswell Crags Museum and Education Centre. Click here for more information and to apply. 

Marketing tender, Nottingham Community Music
£20k-25k pro rata. Part time. Nottingham Community Music (NCM) is a well-established community music organisation. 'Mr Mangle’s Magical Musical Factory' (MMMMF) has been piloted and evaluated through a series of music workshops in East Midlands children’s centre’s and schools . The project tested the use of a new software sampler specifically designed for early years and KS1 children. We are tendering a contract to promote and market 'MMMMF', a newly designed music application software programme ' so as to achieve the business objective of creating a turnover of £3000 in year one of operation and £8000 in year two. The freelance post will commence in July and is expected to end in December 2014. Fee: £1200 based on £100 per day over 12 days. Closing date: 23 June - 5pm. For more information please contact:

Artist in Residence Brief - University of Leicester Sculpture in the Garden Exhibition 2014
We are seeking to recruit a mentee artist to work in residence alongside the sculpture exhibition with Jacky Oliver the lead artist and emerging artist Nyssa Walster. The residency at the University of Leicester Botanic Garden includes supporting the artists with public tours and workshops and working with two special schools to create pieces for the Botanic Garden. For more information and to apply please see the full brief available on the Creative Leicestershire jobs page. Submission deadline:  26th June 2014 5pm. Dates for interview: Friday 5 July. 

Commission Opportunity, Devonshire Square - Loughborough
The Love Loughborough Partnership, comprising of Loughborough Business Improvement District (BID) and Charnwood Borough Council would like to commission an artist, designer or team of creative practitioners to design a linear work to be installed above the shop frontages in Devonshire Square, Loughborough. The commission is particularly suited to practitioners such as printmakers, illustrators, designers or makers, and we are interested in hearing from practitioners from Leicestershire or Rutland with a strong track record. The fee is a design fee of £3000 inclusive of public engagement activites and all other aspects relevant to the artist. For more information click here. Deadline for Applications: 27 June. Interviews: 11 July. 

Studio & Business Development Executive - The Unloved Limited
We are a young studio that is fast becoming known for producing high-end design work for a wide range of arts and technology clients. Client projects include a range of corporate and marketing materials delivered via print and digital solutions. Due to significant growth in the last 12-18 months, our team now require a competent, Studio & Business Development Executive, who is not only acutely organised themselves, but able to organise the rest of us too. This exciting new role will act as the interface between the creative teams and clients. You'll be building relationships with clients and suppliers, have proven project management skills and be able to demonstrate the ability to deliver work on time and to budget. You will also need to demonstrate a good understanding of the impact of great design in a variety of formats. If this sounds like you, please send a cv, together with a covering note briefly explaining why you feel you are the right person for the role, to our advisor, Please include your current, or most recent, salary details. Deadline 27 June. 

Community Partnerships Coordinator - The Mighty Creatives
£20k-25k full time, fixed-term until 31 March 2015, with the possibility of further work, subject to income generation targets. The work falls into three main areas: helping TMC build an exemplary knowledge base of arts and cultural opportunities for children and young people; ensuring our commissioned programmes are well-managed, delivered and co-ordinated; overseeing quality procedures to drive up the quality of cultural provision for children and young people in the sectors we work with, including arts and cultural organisations, schools and voluntary and community organisations. Feel that it’s the job for you? Please visit our website to download the full job description and application form or call Jackie Sloan on 0116 2616834 for further information. Deadline: 27 June.

Head of HLF East Midlands - Heritage Lottery
£41,404 - £57,706, Nottingham. Reporting to a Deputy Director of Operations, the Head of HLF East Midlands will manage, lead and support the operational team responsible for development/outreach work and dealing with complex and diverse applications within the region, for grant funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund or National Heritage Memorial Fund for the full range of HLF grant programmes. He/she will manage the deployment of the HLF’s delegated budget for the region. The Head of HLF East Midlands will also contribute to the wider activities of the organisation through participation in the work of the Manager’s Forum and Operations Management Team. To apply online please click here. Closing date for applications is Sunday 29 June 2014 and interviews will be held in Nottingham on Thursday 17 July 2014 only.

Operations and Development Manager - Craftspace
£21,231 - £23,622, 30 hrs per week depending on experience. Craftspace seeks an experienced and energetic person to join our small and busy creative team based at the Custard Factory in Birmingham. At least 3 years’ experience working in management and administration, proven working experience of financial administration, HR, fundraising, external partnerships, communication and organisation skills are essential. For an application pack and further information email:, telephone 0121 608 6668 or download from our website Deadline: 30th June.

First Art – Operations Manager
Do you have the enthusiasm, energy, and skills to manage operations for a major arts programme in north east Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire?  This is an opportunity for an exceptional candidate to oversee the operational planning and implementation of a major Arts Council England funded ‘Creative People and Places’ programme.  Running across the four districts of Ashfield, Bolsover, Mansfield and North-East Derbyshire, this post is based at the world-famous Ice Age archaeological site of Creswell Crags. Salary package £30k  (fixed term until end Dec 2016) Closing date:  Thursday 3 July 2014 (12.00 noon) To download an application form and for further information on applying, please visit Please note that CVs cannot be accepted.

Research Associate - Loughborough University, Loughborough Design School
£28,132 to £36,661 pro rata per annum, part time, fixed-term for 12 months. The aim of the DAR project is to convert the knowledge generated through a recently completed PhD project into a commercial Advisory Service for museums around the world. The case studies involved 3D scanning of numerous archaeological artefacts, geometrical data manipulation and the production of repair items and replicas through 3D printing and other digital manufacturing techniques. The work will happen mainly in China through close collaboration with the Forbidden City and Summer Palace Museums. This project will require a 50% FTE researcher working over a 12 month period to develop the tools necessary to support a commercial DAR Advisory Service capability. A large part of the commercial potential of such a service lies in exploiting the "know-how" that has been generated during the PhD project. Deadline: 4 July. Apply here

Information & Communications Officer - Creative Quarter Company
£20k-25k Full time, Nottingham. The role of Information and Communications Officer is being created is to manage the marketing, press activity, online presence and social media for the Creative Quarter. To oversee the external communications and press activity of the Creative Quarter company and often its partners where relevant.  To disseminate a coherent message on successes, future plans and current projects through various channels (press releases, online content, social media, public events etc) For a full application pack and further information please email The deadline for receipt of applications is 12 noon on 14th July 2014. Interviews will be held in Nottingham on the week of 21th July 2014.

Commissioned artist - Westbury Arts Centre
£10k-15k pro rata Part time. Westbury Art Centre would like to commission 2 Artist’s from different disciplines to create both a performance piece and a stand-alone installation and final exhibition from hundreds of individual textile pieces in a project that will involve the local and wider community to commemorate the centenary anniversary of WWI. This project forms part of a city wide initiative with MK Arts and Heritage Alliance and is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The first artist would have a background in both dance and performance and would choreograph a piece of work that would involve participants in creating a spectacular piece of theatre /dance. There is a fixed fee of £3000 available. This commission is open to artists/ performers/ choreographers nationally. For further details and how to apply visit the website. Deadline: 14 July.

Volunteering Opportunities – Melton Mowbray Carnegie Museum
New volunteering opportunities are available at Melton Carnegie Museum, following a successful bid by Leicestershire County Council for an Armed Forces community covenant grant from the Ministry of Defence. The grant will fund an exciting new project to bring together a range of materials relating to the Defence Animal Centre (DAC). The centre, based in Melton Mowbray, formed a community partnership with Melton Carnegie Museum in March 2013. The volunteering opportunities will offer people the chance to view and make digital copies of historic and contemporary material and information relating to the DAC and the history of the Royal Army Veterinary Corps (RAVC) in Leicestershire. This will be integral in creating a range of learning resources for use by armed service personnel and their families, local community groups, schools and museum visitors. To find out more about the volunteering opportunities, which are for digitisation and cataloguing of the Royal Army Veterinary Corps archive, please view the following links: Digitisation volunteer  Cataloguing volunteer



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Studio Spaces Available at Two Queens
Artist's studio spaces are available at Two Queens' studio complex in Leicester's cultural quarter. Prices start from £50/month inclusive of bills and rates and benefit from 24/7 access, natural light, Wi-Fi and the chance to take part in member's activities, group critiques and professional development sessions. For more information and to register your interest please email

Workspaces Available at LCB Depot
We have workspaces to lease to creative businesses at LCB Depot and at Phoenix Square from just £209 + VAT per month - find out more here. A new flexible workspace package has opened at LCB Depot, for more information go to

Opportunity for Lease of Ground Floor Studio in LCB Depot
LCB Depot has a large, visible, accessible space at the front of its building available for lease. Light, airy studio with large glass front, facing Rutland Street in the Cultural Quarter. Close to Curve and Charles St. LCB Depot provides workspaces for creative industries, meeting rooms, an art gallery and has a busy public onsite cafe. 1100 sqft or 102m2, £12k p.a. Separate front door access and security system. Suitable for exhibition/sales use. Space currently divided into two rooms by a partition wall and door, but can be opened up into one space at no additional cost. Deadline for applications is the end of June 2014. Please contact Julia Hamer on 0116 2616800. You will need to complete an application form for the space, available by emailing More information here

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Film, Media & Design

Creative Leicestershire Business Surgeries
Book a one-to-one session with our business advisor, Fred Brookes. 

  • Leicester 1 July, LCB Depot, LE1 1RE. One hour slots available.



These sessions are only available to residents of Leicester, Leicestershire & Rutland. This is a Creative Leicestershire event

IdeasTap Friday Film - August
Four members will get their short films showcased on the IdeasTap website. We’re looking for short films perfect to watch as the week is winding down, and Saturday approaches. Your films can be any theme, genre, budget, or style – they just need to be interesting, and get you into the weekend mindset. There will be four winning short films. We’re looking for well-made, entertaining shorts of up to 15 minutes. This is a great opportunity for your short to get a wider exposure, and for you to show off your filmmaking skills. This brief closes on Friday 25 July 2014 at 5pm and is open to IdeasTap members aged 16 and above. More info here.

UK Young Artists - Call for Submissions
This November UK Young Artists will be presenting the best of the UK’s young creative talent at a three day festival taking place in Leicester. We are now looking for submissions from artists aged between 18 and 30 from across the UK to take part. The art forms we cover are: Applied Art, Literature, Moving Image, Music, Performance and Visual Art, cross art form collaborations are also welcomed! Call for submissions runs from Monday 26 May until Monday 30 June. From the submissions received artists will be selected to take part in the Leicester Festival by a panel comprising of representatives from the four founding universities; De Montfort, Derby, Loughborough and Nottingham Trent plus curators and programmers from our host venues. Submissions can only be accepted via the online application process.

IdeasTap Graduate Award: Design
IdeasTap Graduate Awards recognise the high standard of work being produced by UK-based graduates each year. Working with the industry, we've come up with a package of support to help graduates get a foot in the door. Apply for the IdeasTap Graduate Award: Design for the chance to win career coaching, funded exhibition space at Designersblock (during London Design Festival 2014), and up to £1,000 prize money! The award has four categories: Graphics and illustration, Digital design, Product and furniture and Theatre design (set or costume). This brief closes on Thursday 31 July 2014 at 5pm. It is open to all IdeasTap members who graduated from a higher education course (e.g. HND, undergraduate and postgraduate degrees) in 2013, or are due to graduate this year. Find out more here

Film Theory Courses at Phoenix

  • Forensic Film: Tuesdays 1 July - 5 Aug (6 sessions) 7pm - 8.30pm, £39/ £30 conc. An in depth analysis of some of the most iconic scenes in cinema. We’ll look at how the cast and crew created the scenes. The music, the shot types and their meanings.
  • Talk Cinema: Mondays 21 Jul - 29 Sep 2014 (10 sessions). Times: 10:30 am - 12pm. Cost:  £80/ £70 conc. Join us for this discussion group examining the weekly movements in the industry, new releases and the reasons and practicalities behind the production decisions made by their cast and crew to create them.


Contact Phoenix Box Office on 0116 2422800 or for more information go to and look for ‘Short Courses for Adults’

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Visual Art & Craft

Creative Leicestershire Business Surgeries
Book a one-to-one session with our business advisor, Fred Brookes.

  • Leicester 1 July, LCB Depot, LE1 1RE. One hour slots available.



These sessions are only available to residents of Leicester, Leicestershire & Rutland. This is a Creative Leicestershire event

Handmade in Leicestershire Summer Craft Fair
Saturday 19 July, 11 – 5. HandMade in Leicestershire is a prestigious contemporary art, craft and design fair that this year returns to the beautiful setting of Belgrave Hall and Gardens.  A wide range of arts and crafts will be on sale in the newly refurbished rooms of the Hall and Gardens. Adults £2.50 some workshops may charge. This event is supported by Creative Leicestershire.

Exhibition Opportunity - Crafting Anatomies, Bonington Gallery - Nottingham Trent University
Artists, Designers, Scientists and Anthropologists are invited to submit works for Crafting Anatomies - a forthcoming exhibition and publication, scheduled for Jan 2015, that will place the human body at the centre of a multidisciplinary dialogue. (Exhibition dates: 7th Jan – 4th Feb 2015). Expressions of interest are sought from a diverse range of creative practitioners working in a variety of expressive media. More information and how to apply here. Deadline: 7 July 5pm. 

Crafting for Health and Wellbeing Launch Event
The 'Crafting for Health and Wellbeing' launch event is taking place at the Little Bird SOS studio at Cross Corners Community Arts Centre, 2 Thurcaston Road, Leicester LE4 5PE, on Friday 20th June 2014 from 10.30am - 2.30pm. Feel free to drop in anytime during this period. We'll be there to tell you more and you can try out some of the activities that will be on offer during the project. This 'Big Lottery' funded 12 month project, will run from June 2014 to June 2015. Participants will have the opportunity to try a variety of arts and crafts activities. Session are free and supported by an experienced Arts for Health practitioner partnered by visiting professional artists who will be able to support and encourage in all aspects of creative endeavours. Further details here.

Ceramics Special Day at Embrace Arts
Wednesday 25 June, 10 -3, Embrace Arts. Come on down and spend a special day having a go at ceramics, the day will be facilitated by the wonderful ceramicist Austin Orwin and will be open to all levels of ability including beginners. Free with lunch also provided. For further information contact Tim Sayers, Arts in Health Co-ordinator at LPT Telephone: 07795 475 806. 

Open Exhibition 2014 - The City Gallery, Peterborough
19th July – 21st September. Call for Submissions. The City Gallery is putting out the call for submissions of work from all artists living in a PE postcode area, over the age of 18. We wish to celebrate the work of local artists across all artforms for our second Open Exhibition with prizes to be awarded. Our aim is to find the best of our local talent in a competition open to all. Artists are invited to submit works to the exhibition for professional judging. The Deadline for Entry Forms is: Saturday 21 June 2014. Visit the website for more information and to apply.

UK Young Artists - Call for Submissions
This November UK Young Artists will be presenting the best of the UK’s young creative talent at a three day festival taking place in Leicester. We are now looking for submissions from artists aged between 18 and 30 from across the UK to take part. The art forms we cover are: Applied Art, Literature, Moving Image, Music, Performance and Visual Art, cross art form collaborations are also welcomed! Call for submissions runs from Monday 26 May until Monday 30 June. From the submissions received artists will be selected to take part in the Leicester Festival by a panel comprising of representatives from the four founding universities; De Montfort, Derby, Loughborough and Nottingham Trent plus curators and programmers from our host venues. Submissions can only be accepted via the online application process

Sock Gallery - Open Exhibition Submissions 2014
Sock Gallery's Open Exhibition was established in 2012 to provide a platform for local and national, professional and amateur, Artists to exhibit their work. The Open invites you to submit two-dimensional work ranging from paintings, photographs, drawings, original prints and mixed media work. Submission dates: Thursday 31st July 9am-5pm, Friday 1st August 9am-7pm & Saturday 2nd August 9am-5pm. For more information and an application form visit here or you can pick one up from Sock Gallery.

The Temp Exhibition - Call for Artwork
The Temp Exhibition is a one night only exhibition to be hosted at The Font Pub in Leicester during the Autumn term. Students art will be curated around the venue, breaking down the boundaries of an art gallery in a unexpected and alternative pub setting. Students must be based in Leicester and can be from any art discipline or any University. We want to see students do something that could be site specific to The Font Pub or curated to be enjoyed by visitors. Visitors will be voting for the art work they like curated the best within the pub setting. We are looking for applications from now until the 31st July and will be selecting artists based on innovation and creativity. Please send us max.350 words summarising and explaining your idea of your art you would create/display/curate in the pub to

De Montfort University Art and Design Degree Show - Now Open!
The Art and Design Degree Show 2014 is an annual exhibition showcasing the talent and innovative work of our final year art, architecture, design and fashion students. The event will give you the opportunity to view the exciting creations by the next generations of artists and designers across our range of courses, and attracts over 4000 visitors. The show is taking place in various locations across the De Montfort University campus from Saturday 14 June. For more information, please visit

Ceramics Workshops - by Katherine Fortnum
Ceramics workshops are great for anyone looking to learn a new skill whilst creating something beautiful and unique. Whether there's a specific item you wish to make or simply just to have a play and explore the world of clay, we have a range of workshops available designed around you. Available for: one-to-one's, groups, parties, Hen parties, schools, after school clubs, craft groups, care organisations and more. We are also able to come to you! From £17- £89.  Ceramics Workshops do not run on specific dates, date and time availability is flexible- weekdays, evenings, weekends, to check availability just enquire with your desired date. 15 knoll street, market Harborough, Leicestershire, LE16 9QR / / 07732789997.

Upcoming Workshops at Loughborough Town Hall

  • Wayne Mitchelson Drawing Workshop 27th July 2014 - 10.00am - 4.00pm. £50.00 per person, limited availability. Bring your favourite short story or poem to life! In this workshop you will learn how to delve into different mark making techniques, to make up your creative drawing from a story/poem of your choice.
  • Portrait Painting with Greg Harris 28th September 2014 - 10.00am - 4.00pm, £50.00 per person, limited availability. Can great paintings be created from photographs? This workshop will demonstrate that capturing likeness and evoking visual appeal can be achieved – all you need to do is choose a great photo to paint (everything else will be provided for!).


Loughborough Town Hall, Market Place, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE11 3EB

Art & Craft Courses & Events at Embrace Arts

  • Portraiture workshop Saturday 5 July, 10am – 3.30pm Tutor: Scott Bridgwood, £40 / £22. Gain a better insight into the making of a portrait, studying and drawing from a live model in innovative ways. 
  • Fiesta of felt accessories Saturday 12 July, 10am – 4pm Tutor: Jo Leatherland £40 / £22. Create your own stylish, colourful and comfy set of accessories, corsage, cuffs and scarves, using the wet felt technique.


  • Sculpture on the kitchen table Saturday 19 July and Sunday 20 July, 10am – 5pm Tutor: Hilary Cartmel £65 / £40 for 2 sessions. Learn basic sculpture skills working in relief and 3D and using a variety of materials. You will be able to continue at home in your own time.
  • Dramatic skies in soft pastel Saturday 26 July, 10am – 4pm Tutor: Chris Jay Rogers £40 / £22. An opportunity to discover and explore techniques for creating dramatic skies and cloud effects.



Embrace Arts, Richard Attenborough centre, Lancaster Road, Leicester LE1 7HA.

Upcoming printmaking courses at Leicester Print Workshop

  • Full Colour Screenprinting (CMYK) Saturday 21st June 10.00am – 5.00pm. During this day course you will learn how to produce full colour photographic screenprints onto paper. £80 / £72 concessions. 
  • Block Printed Lampshades Sunday 22nd June 10.00am – 5.00pm. During this one day course you will learn how to block print onto fabric and create your own beautiful, hand printed lampshade. £80 / £72 concessions.


  • One day Intro to Screenprinting Monday 23rd June 10.00am – 5.00pm. This one day intensive day course will introduce you to this popular technique. You will learn how to put an image onto a screen and mix inks, before printing onto paper. £100 / £90 concessions
  • Japanese Woodblock Printing Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th July 10.00am - 4.30pm. Japanese woodblock, or mokuhanga, is a printmaking technique that has a variety of beautiful effects, ranging from delicate washes of transparency, to bold vibrant colours. £125 / £112.50


Leicester Print Workshop,  50 Saint Stephens Road, Leicester, LE2 1GG

Art & Craft Courses & Events at Cotesbach Educational Trust

  • Make a Tote Bag 21 June 10am – 4pm An all-day Fashion Print and Stitch workshop. You’ll design and print your own material using linocut techniques, a variation of woodcutting techniques. 
  • Loom Weaving Sunday 13 July 10am – 4pm Learn the basics of weaving on a simple loom in this relaxing day. You’ll use natural yarns, wool, cotton or silk to make a scarf or table runner.


Booking essential: Book now: 01455 558373
Main Street, Cotesbach, Lutterworth, Leicestershire, LE17 4HX

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Creative Leicestershire Business Surgeries
Book a one-to-one session with our business advisor, Fred Brookes.

  • Leicester 1 July, LCB Depot, LE1 1RE. One hour slots available.



These sessions are only available to residents of Leicester, Leicestershire & Rutland. This is a Creative Leicestershire event

Writing for Wellbeing Online, Unlocking Your Creativity
A brand new online course that allows you to work through weekly writing tasks at your own pace, and then share your progress with the rest of the group in a structured discussion via Skype. It’s now proven that writing expressively about our lives and feelings can lead to a profound improvement in health. Participants do not need to have any proficiency with or affinity for writing to benefit, just an enthusiasm to discover their own voice, and express themselves on the page. £40 – includes a minimum of 3 weekly tasks delivered via email, plus 20 minute skype catch-up at the end of each week. 4 week course, starting 21st July. Book your place here

Writers Ink - Creative Writing for Beginners
Coalville Library, Thursdays 1-2.30pm £4 per session. Come along and join our friendly group for creative writing sessions in a fun and informal setting and discover new skills. No previous experience necessary! All welcome.

Interested in Dance Improvisation? Creative Writing? Imagery?
Then come explore the Rewriting Distance practise devised by Lin Snelling and Guy Cools, led by Lin Snelling and hosted by the Quick Shifts Improv Collective. Monday June 30th at PACE building. 10.30-5.30pm. £30/20. Book through Embrace Arts Box Office: 0116 252 2455. There is a bursary available for artists with disabilities. This Open Lab explores a practise created by Lin Snelling and Guy Cools- an open space for collaborative learning within an improvised form. It is called Rewriting Distanceand allows for questions, problems, solutions and re-invention as it asks participants to move, speak, read and write to collectively and individually further the telling of the physical/verbal/and written stories at hand.

Looking for Words on the Street for the Festival of Words
The Nottingham Festival of Words invites suggestions from individuals and groups for activities that will take place in the public spaces in the city centre on the Sunday 19th October, with a particular concentration in and around the Market Square. The focus is The Power of Words, and the aim is to engage the public with words in all their forms. There is a small budget available to help fund the activities, for more information, please visit Writing East Midlands Website. Apply by 30th June. 

Stand up for your Rights! Rebellious Writing Workshop
Friday 27th June, 2-4pm at the L.G.B.T Centre, 15 Wellington Street, Leicester, LE1 6HH. Are you Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual or Transgender? If so come along to an exciting workshop exploring and writing about issues relating to 'Standing up for Your Rights!'. Beginners welcome. To be followed by an anthology of work produced at the workshop and performance opportunities. Mental health service users welcome. For more information contact Tim on tel: 07795 475 806,

National Poetry Competition 2014 is GO!
The National Poetry Competition is now open! Judges are Glyn Maxwell, Roddy Lumsden and Zoë Skoulding. The first prize winner will receive a £5,000 prize, publication in The Poetry Review and the chance to read at some of the UK's top literature festivals. For more information click here

The 3rd Annual Commonword Diversity Writing for Children Prize
Are you an unpublished writer of children's fiction? Commonword, Puffin Books and Catherine Pellegrino literary agency are looking for novels from unpublished children's authors resident in the United Kingdom whose writing embraces ethnic diversity either through their own ethnicity and culture and/or in their writing. The winner will receive a £500 cash prize, professional and detailed feedback on their text from Catherine Pellegrino, and Puffin books of their choice to the retail value of £100. Closing date: 1 September 2014. More information can be found at the prize website

UK Young Artists - Call for Submissions
This November UK Young Artists will be presenting the best of the UK’s young creative talent at a three day festival taking place in Leicester. We are now looking for submissions from artists aged between 18 and 30 from across the UK to take part. The art forms we cover are: Applied Art, Literature, Moving Image, Music, Performance and Visual Art, cross art form collaborations are also welcomed! Call for submissions runs from Monday 26 May until Monday 30 June. From the submissions received artists will be selected to take part in the Leicester Festival by a panel comprising of representatives from the four founding universities; De Montfort, Derby, Loughborough and Nottingham Trent plus curators and programmers from our host venues. Submissions can only be accepted via the online application process.

Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2014
The Poetry Society and judges Grace Nichols and Simon Barraclough are leading the call for the very best new poetic talent amongst 11-17 year olds. Take a chance on the ‘one to beat’ – the award is open to all young writers worldwide writing in English. Deadline for entries : 31st July 2014


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Performing Arts & Music

Creative Leicestershire Business Surgeries
Book a one-to-one session with our business advisor, Fred Brookes.

  • Leicester 1 July, LCB Depot, LE1 1RE. One hour slots available.



These sessions are only available to residents of Leicester, Leicestershire & Rutland. This is a Creative Leicestershire event

Step Change Applications now open
Step Change is a national programme for professionals seeking to progress/develop their careers in the performing arts. Providing coaching, mentoring, masterclasses and experience-based learning, Step Change supports those in need of a change of direction. Focusing predominantly on producing and management roles, Step Change expands the range of opportunities for those hoping to make a transition into or within the arts, especially those who are overlooked and underrepresented. In its sixth year and led by the National Theatre, the programme’s key aim is to develop confident, experienced, daring and aware professionals that will strengthen the heart of the sector. Deadline for applications: Monday 23 June, 10am. For more information see the website.

  • National Theatre STEP Change recruitment supported by PAL Monday, 16 June, 4:30 - 6:30pm. The Y and Embrace Arts support the National theatre STEP change programme to bring their 2014 cohort recruitment team to Leicester. Come along and find out how you might benefit from this career changing personal development opportunity and hear how the National's STEP Change programme has enabled a diverse range of talented creative individuals to develop their careers.








Interested in Dance Improvisation? Creative Writing? Imagery?
Then come explore the Rewriting Distance practise devised by Lin Snelling and Guy Cools, led by Lin Snelling and hosted by the Quick Shifts Improv Collective. Monday June 30th at PACE building. 10.30-5.30pm. £30/20. Book through Embrace Arts Box Office: 0116 252 2455. There is a bursary available for artists with disabilities. This Open Lab explores a practise created by Lin Snelling and Guy Cools- an open space for collaborative learning within an improvised form. It is called Rewriting Distanceand allows for questions, problems, solutions and re-invention as it asks participants to move, speak, read and write to collectively and individually further the telling of the physical/verbal/and written stories at hand.

Black History Month Leicester 2014
Serendipity is co-ordinating Leicester’s Black History Month in October 2014, the theme is centred around Literature. Submissions for acts to be included in Leicester Black History Month 2014 are now open and would like to receive copy and high resolution images (300dpi) for events you are organising. The Black History Month brochure, website and other marketing media will include events taking place in the month of October only. Please ensure that the information you provide is accurate and eligible to be in the public domain.  Event copy is subject to editorial amends to suit the marketing and print media. Please complete the form and return to by 4 July.

People Dancing Event - Save the Date
The international event, essential for anyone working in dance, the Foundation for Community Dance's inaugural international community dance event, People Dancing will take place in Cardiff, Wales between 13-15 November 2014 in and around the Wales Millennium Centre. Artists and leaders in the field will come together to share practice and approaches to engagement in dance across different international, economic, social and political contexts. There will be an emphasis on watching and talking about ‘the work’, alongside high calibre keynote provocations and presentations. Through a programme of presentations, practical workshops and performance work, the event will provide opportunities for learning, sharing practice, debate, professional development and international networking. The event will be the largest specialist event held for community and participatory dance in over ten years. Learn more & book here.

UK Young Artists - Call for Submissions
This November UK Young Artists will be presenting the best of the UK’s young creative talent at a three day festival taking place in Leicester. We are now looking for submissions from artists aged between 18 and 30 from across the UK to take part. The art forms we cover are: Applied Art, Literature, Moving Image, Music, Performance and Visual Art, cross art form collaborations are also welcomed! Call for submissions runs from Monday 26 May until Monday 30 June. From the submissions received artists will be selected to take part in the Leicester Festival by a panel comprising of representatives from the four founding universities; De Montfort, Derby, Loughborough and Nottingham Trent plus curators and programmers from our host venues. Submissions can only be accepted via the online application process.

Centre for Advanced Training Annual Audition 2014
Sunday 22 June 2014, 10am-4:30pm, Djanogly City Academy, Nottingham, NG7 7AR. Dance4's Centre for Advanced Training invites young people aged 11-17 years with exceptional potential in dance to audition for the scheme for September 2014 intake. The audition is an opportunity to demonstrate potential by taking part in a practical contemporary dance class and a creative workshop in front of a selection panel. To apply, complete an application form or e-mail

Community dance - an online resource designed to help you in your work
Animated magazine aims to support the important work of community dance by revealing diverse dance practices. In 2013 the archives of the magazine articles were made open and freely available, which span from the present day back to 1996. Whether you are an artist, a researcher, a student, are involved in running projects or you simply want to know more about community dance, take a look at this unique online resource and gain access to a wealth of experiences.

Become a member of the Foundation for Community Dance
If you're a dance teacher or leader, Professional Individual Membership of the Foundation for Community Dance offers a range of benefits to support your practice including; Public Liability and Professional Indemnity insurance cover up to £10m, Legal Expenses and Personal Accident cover, giving you peace of mind. Prices start from £83 for a whole year. Visit the website for more information. 


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Creative Coffee
Phoenix cafe-bar, Midland Street, Leicester LE1 1TG. Creativity, Coffee & Conversation. We're a free fortnightly networking meet-up for creative people and those looking to meet creatives. Next event Wednesday 25th June 10-12. See

Writers Meet Up Leicester
The monthly meet up sees an average of 6-10 writers from a wide range of disciplines and backgrounds come together.It is a friendly group and everybody is always made to feel welcome. Sign up to our next event by visiting our Facebook event page  where there is also a brief report about each meet up. 2014 dates: DAYTIME MEET UP 1st TUESDAY in: July, Oct, Nov at The Curve cafe. EVENING MEET UP 1st WEDNESDAY in: Sept, Dec 6pm at The Exchange

Open Coffee - Leicester Tech Startups
This is a networking and community event for existing and aspiring tech startup entrepreneurs. Aimed at geeks, techies, scientists, coders, students, entrepreneurs and innovators who are serious about turning great tech ideas into money via startups, spin-offs and joint ventures. See

FSB & Network Midlands - Networking in Leicester’s West End
Back by popular demand! First weds of each month, 6pm to 9pm at the NEW Chef & Spice Restaurant, 1 Andrewes Street, Hinckley Road, Leicester, LE3 5PG. Meet people who can help you within your business or help get you in front of your customers. Talk directly to business people who have resolved business issues which you may be having. Places must be booked via the Eventbrite booking system. No guests will able to attend on the day without booking.

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Training & Skills

In Good Company - calling out for emerging talent
In Good Company is a professional development programme for emerging artists making work in the East Midlands. Funded by Arts Council England, it launches in July 2014 and is delivered by Derby Theatre, Create in Mansfield and Embrace Arts in Leicester. All three arts organisations are committed to the development of artists and, with strong links to educational institutions, we’re perfectly placed to nurture and nourish emerging artists as they establish themselves as storytellers of the future. This programme will engage a community of regional artists and specially recruited Associate Companies through masterclasses with top practitioners, scratch nights, networking events, salons and our flagship festival, DEparture Lounge. In Good Company is led by Creative Producer Natalie Ibu and she’s keen to get to know you. Contact her to find out more about the scheme and to be added to our Artist’s Network mailing list to ensure you benefit from being In Good Company. Email: Twitter: @ingoodcoEM Phone: 01332 593930. 

TMC The (Cultural) Life of the Child: Summit #3
Wed 18th June 2014, Derby. Following on from The Mighty Creatives’ inspiring summits focussed on the Early and Primary Years, we warmly invite you to join us for the next event in this series - Summit #3: The Secondary Years (11-18). The (Cultural) Life of the Child Summits bring together children's service leaders, practitioners and educators from across the East Midlands and nationally to look at what makes a #goodchildhood.  The summits will identify what children and young people need and how professionals from different sectors can work together to improve opportunities and outcomes. Click here for more information and to book your place.

Training from The Mighty Creatives

  • Creativity & the Adolescent Brain
    Thursday 3 July, 10.00am - 16.00pm
    Snibston Discovery Museum, Leicestershire
    Only £35. Delivered in partnership with the Child Learning and Development Advisory Centre, this 1 day course will focus on the significant brain development that occurs between the ages of 11-25, and the impact that art and cultural experience can have at this time.
  • Start Up: Digital & Social Media
    Wednesday 9 July, 10.00am - 16.00pm
    The Core @ Corby Cube, Northamptonshire
    Only £35. As we explore how to better connect with children and young people in the places and spaces they inhabit, the virtual world is becoming an area of increasing priority for development within organisations.  Our introductory workshop has been designed to support those individuals who may be feeling left behind in the world of digital and social media.


LCB Business Development Team
LCB Business Development Team can help you start your creative business or help you grow your existing creative business. We offer one-to-one coaching and advice sessions, delivered by experienced and qualified professionals. In addition, we are currently developing a new programme of workshops to cover all aspects of starting and running your creative business. More details soon. Finally, we also provide networking opportunities and grants. For more information please contact the Business Development Team on: T: 01162422900 E: 

Cr8net is back and better than ever!
1st July, London. CIDA presents fourth annual Cr8net conference – the flagship creative sector event tackling industry concerns and championing innovation and creativity, of which AD:UK is a media partner. Join the likes of David Lan, John Newbigin, and Jude Kelly alongside a whole host of other creative industries’ movers and shakers to deliberate the state and future of the sector. While discussing topics such as ‘The Rise of the Non-Tech City’; answering questions like ‘Are Start-Up loans institutionally elitist?’ and pondering ‘Who wins if unpaid internships are banned?’ we will debate how cultural policies affect the creative sector, dissect the resultant issues, and ultimately look to find the solutions to them. Built around panel debates, breakout sessions and keynote speakers – the conference will cover a range of subjects, including creative entrepreneurship, digital innovation, funding, diversity and creative clusters. Book now to join the debate and save a £100! Book at

Training from Voluntary Action Leicestershire

  • Volunteers and the Law 19 Jun - 10:00 - 12.00. Free to VCS in Leicester and Leicestershire. The session will give you an overview of the legal position of volunteers letting you know where probems could arise and how to avoid them - all in plain English.
  • Health and Social Care Forum 24 Jun 9:30 - 1.00. Free. Our upcoming Health and Social Care Forum will give you the opportunity to find out more about social prescribing, Social prescribing aims to help people improve their own health and wellbeing by referring patients to social services available within the local voluntary, community, and social enterprise sector. 
  • Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults - Training for Alerters 26 Jun 10:00 - 12.30. £25. This course is designed to provide participants with the opportunity to develop an understanding of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland's Policy and Procedure in Safeguarding Adults.
  • Better Care Together Workshop 2 Jul 9:30 - 12.00. Free. Voluntary Action LeicesterShire is hosting a special event highlighting the progress being made across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland to improve the overall system of health and care for local people.


For further information & training visit the Voluntary Action Leicestershire website

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Funding & Resources

Leicester Apprenticeship Hub
A Leicester city council initiative, provides employers with all the support they need to take on an apprentice including a new grant. How can Leicester Apprenticeship Hub help your business? Financial support: Access up to £3,000 to recruit an apprentice through the Leicester Apprenticeship Grant and the National Apprenticeship Service (see attached grant information sheet or visit the hub website) Impartial advice and guidance: The hub will offer clear and transparent information enabling you to decide if an apprentice can help your business. Recruitment: The hub will promote apprenticeship vacancies through our website and social media platforms. Additional support may be available for larger recruitment drives. To find out more, you can contact us in the following ways: Visit and complete our online enquiry form, email: Tel: 0116 454 2954 and quote Leicester Apprenticeship Hub.

Leicestershire and Rutland ProHelp
Leicestershire and Rutland ProHelp is a group of professional firms that offer advice and guidance for free to not-for-profit organisations across Leicestershire and Rutland. We can provide: Accountants – business & strategic planning; tax; insolvency advice; Marketing/PR Consultants – developing marketing strategies or promotional literature templates; logo design; Architects, Structural & Quantity Surveyors – plans and costings to accompany funding bids and more. The next deadline for returning application forms for support from Leicestershire and Rutland ProHelp is Monday 7th July to be presented the following week. For more information and application pack please contact: Katharine Lightbown, Community Development Team, Leicestershire Cares. 0116 275 6469

Near Neighbours Grants
The Department for Communities & Local Government has announced that it is planning to re-open its Near Neighbours small grants programme in June 2014. Launched in 2011 in partnership with the Church Urban Fund, Near Neighbours provides small grants of up to £5,000 to grassroots groups and multi-faith communities. Funding will be available to communities with significant religious diversity to help them run projects which will bring about lasting benefits to their neighbourhoods. Charities, religious organisations, Community Interest Companies, social enterprises and groups of individuals focusing on community benefit will be eligible to apply. For more information on the scheme and the areas covered please click here

The Wingate Foundation: Performing Arts Grants
Performing arts (excluding music) grant. Particular emphasis is given to providing financial support for not-for-profit companies with a record of artistic excellence that require additional funding (not available from public sources or commercial sponsorship) to broaden their repertoire or develop work. Assistance also considered for training and professional development for creative talent or the technical professions. Deadlines: 23 Jun, 19 Sep & 12 Dec 2014. Read more here

Inspiring Youth Enterprise Programme
The Royal Bank of Scotland has announced that the next funding round of its Inspiring Youth Enterprise programme will re-open for applications on the 30th June 2014. Through its Youth Enterprise programme, the Royal Bank of Scotland is looking to support organisations that help young people (aged 13 to 30 years) start their own business. Funding will be available to constituted groups in the UK including voluntary and community groups, charities and social enterprises. The maximum grant that can be applied for is £50,000. The closing date for applications will be the 11th July 2014. Read more here

Creative Enterprise Hub
If you are about to, or have just started your creative business you can take advantage of our incubation scheme with: 6 months free access to hot desk office facilities including a business postal address, access to one to one support and access to our workshop programme. To find out more email or call on 0116 242 2955 or visit the website to download an application form. Deadline for applications is 27th May 2014.

£2k UK Growth Vouchers & Leicester 50% Grants for B2B Businesses
Anicca is the biggest AdWords agency in the Midlands with 10 Google accredited staff. We are actively promoting two grants: £2k Growth Vouchers – nationwide for companies employing less than 49 staff (50% funding for a £4,000 consultancy project) and Leicester City Grants for B2B companies employing less than 250 staff – 50% grants for projects of £2k – £50k (depending on length you have been trading). You can read more about the grants here and how Anicca can help you.

Leicestershire County Council SHIRE Community Solutions Grant Fund
The Council is committed to supporting voluntary and community sector organisations to work alongside us to design and develop innovative solutions, to enable the delivery of key services for our communities and has committed £260,000 (in 2014-15) for the SHIRE Community Solutions Grant Fund. The key focus of the fund will be to prioritise projects which address vulnerability, disadvantage and access to essential services. The maximum amount which can be applied for is £10,000 and grants will only be available to projects which benefit residents of Leicestershire County. Further information regarding the SHIRE Community Solutions Grant Fund is available here

The Mighty Creatives: Embridge Arts Award Grant Programme 2014 – 2015
As the East Midlands Bridge organisation, The Mighty Creatives has been working to help more children and young people access more great art and culture more of the time. We have been working with Trinity College London to develop Arts Award within our region. Arts Award offers young people an inspiring arts and culture journey. This year we have developed an Arts Award Grants Programme to extend the reach of Arts Award and to further develop where and how Arts Award is being delivered to young people in the region. You can apply for up to £5,000 to help you to develop or start your Arts Award offer. To find out more and down load an application form click here. Application deadlines: Round 2 - 9am 30 June 2014 | Round 3: 9am 6 October 2014

Voluntary Action Leicestershire - application support
VAL offers free, confidential and impartial advice to voluntary and community groups completing funding applications. We are able to review draft funding applications, offer advice on structuring your funding bid and advise and facilitate a consortium approach. To access this service call our Helpline on 0116 257 5050 or email

Idlewild Trust
The Idlewild Trust has announced that the next closing date for applications to its grant making programme is the 24th September 2014. The Idlewild Trust is a grant making trust that supports registered charities concerned with the encouragement of the performing and fine arts and crafts, the advancement of education within the arts and the preservation for the benefit of the public of lands, buildings and other objects of beauty or historic interest in the United Kingdom. Read more at:

Music Grants for Older People
The registered charity, Concertina which makes grants to charitable bodies which provide musical entertainment and related activities for the elderly has announced that the next deadline for applications is the 31st October 2014. The charity is particular keen to support smaller organisations which might otherwise find it difficult to gain funding. Since its inception in 2004, Concertina has made grants to a wide range of charitable organisations nationwide in England and Wales. These include funds to many care homes for the elderly to provide musical entertainment for their residents. Find out more here.

New £30 Million Package to Help Improve the Prospects of Young People
The Government has announced that organisations, including those from the voluntary sector can bid for funding through a new £30 million scheme to help improve the prospects of up to 20,000 vulnerable young people. The funding will help disadvantaged young people improve their prospects and prevent them from falling into a situation where they are not in education, employment or training (NEET). This investment is made up of 2 new programmes specifically targeting 14 to 24-year-olds. Find out more here.

BIG Announces New £150 Million "Power to Change" Initiative
The Big Lottery Fund has announced that it will launch a new £150 million fund to support the development of sustainable community-led enterprises. The fund aims to respond to the many economic challenges facing local communities. Challenges that have led to empty shop premises and the closures of pubs, libraries, community centres and sports facilities. The fund wants to support communities to come together using creative approaches that involve local people and resources to improve their local neighbourhoods, villages and town centres. Find out more here.

The Arts Marketing Association
Founded in 1993, the AMA is a not-for-profit organisation with around 1,800 members, providing a community of knowledge for arts professionals passionate about bringing arts and audiences together. We support the professional development of AMA members through events, courses, training and resources. We run a range of practical, strategic and conceptual level events and courses each year, in locations across the UK. These are designed to help our members develop practical skills relevant to their job, encourage debate, share experience and knowledge of leading practitioners and provide opportunities for networking with other members.

Kickstarter is an exciting and rewarding platform used to fund creative projects. They're a home for everything from films, games, and music to art, design, and technology. Kickstarter is full of projects, big and small, that are brought to life through the direct support of people like you. Since their launch in 2009, 5.3 million people have pledged $894 million, funding 52,000 creative projects. Thousands of creative projects are raising funds on Kickstarter right now! Click here for more information.

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