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Creative Leicestershire

Creative Leicestershire Ebulletin   September 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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Save the Date for our future Creative Leicestershire Event:

Why Don't You? PechaKucha
Thursday 6 November, 6 - 8 at LCB Depot, 31 Rutland St, Leicester. It’s all about finding new ways to collaborate with new people. Following the success of our previous PechaKucha networking events, we’re back with 20 images in 6 minutes presented by a host of inspirational creatives from Leicester including John Coster from Citizens' Eye and Clare Hudson from the University of Leicester. Plus special regional and national guests including Elinor Morgan from Birmingham's Eastside Projects. Come and join us and perhaps spark your next collaboration. Book your free place here.


Jobs & Commissions

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

Festival Volunteers Required
Everybody's Reading (Sept 27 - Oct 5) is a Leicester City Reading Festival. Now in its 5th year and with over 100 events taking place in libraries, cafes, theatres, cinemas and a whole host of other city wide venues it's going to be a busy one! We require a happy band of volunteers to greet visitors, sign post people to events and generally be the face of the 2014 Festival. As an Everybody’s Reading Festival Volunteer. Your role is to be a positive and friendly presence, to enjoy the diverse Festival and to collect feedback that we can put into a report which will help us advocate for the festival's future. To find out more please call Mabyn Veall on 0116 2995942 or email

Community Programmer - Nottingham Contemporary
Nottingham Contemporary is a leading international art gallery with a strong local sense of purpose. We believe contemporary art is highly relevant to contemporary society, and we are passionately committed to learning at all levels. We are looking for a highly organised, motivated and empathetic person to join our busy team and manage our far-reaching community programme. Projects will include working with a range of communities including women linked with the charity Changing Lives, unemployed adults, refugees, children with disabilities and older people with dementia. Experience building strong partnerships within the community sector and managing educative arts projects is essential.  The successful candidate will be an excellent communicator with a genuine interest in engaging diverse audiences with the visual arts imaginatively and effectively. To apply for the position please download the application form and job description here The deadline for applications is Wednesday 10 September 2014 5pm.

Deputy Head of Lighting, Sound & Video - Nottingham Playhouse
Nottingham Playhouse, one of the UKs leading producing theatres, is looking to appoint a Deputy Head of Lighting, Sound & Video to join our busy Lighting, Sound & Video department. To deputise for, and assist, the Head of Lighting, Sound & Video to deliver Nottingham Playhouse’s Lighting, Sound & Video requirements for a wide range of activities including Nottingham Playhouse productions and visiting companies. The Deputy Head of Lighting, Sound & Video will work on in-house productions, main stage and studio, and support the work of the Participation department as well as working with a wide range of visiting companies and hirers of the venues facilities. The ideal candidate will be an excellent communicator with experience in theatre lighting, sound and AV including show operation and technical maintenance. Closing date: Friday 12 September 2014 at 5pm. For more details and how to apply, please see the website.

Creative Theatre Practitioner/Story teller - Nottingham Lakeside Arts
Are you a creative, dedicated and enthusiastic theatre practitioner? Are you looking to work with young people and have a passion for delivering inclusive and accessible theatre? If so, the Learning Team at Nottingham Lakeside Arts is interested in hearing from you! For an application pack please contact Emily Dawkes at or 0115 8467185.  Please quote NLAStory2014. Deadline: Friday 12 September, 5pm.

Photographic Commission - Foundation for Community Dance
The Foundation for Community Dance is producing a photography exhibition that will feature disabled people dancing in iconic dance moments in film. The exhibition will tour varying locations in the UK from March 2015 through to March 2017. With support from Unlimited Impact, we are searching for a young disabled photographer under 26 living in the UK with a passion for their art and an interest in dance. Applicants will be required to work approximately 16 days from November 2014 to January 2015, with potential days in March 2015.  Dates will be mutually agreed. There is a fixed fee of £2,720 plus agreed travel and accommodation and paid for mentoring support. Deadline: Monday 15 September 2014 at 5pm. For more information, including how to apply, visit the Foundation for Community Dance website

Assistant Professor in Creative Writing - University of Nottingham
Applications are invited for the above full-time, permanent post in the School of English.  We would welcome interest from practising creative writers and from academics that also publish creative work and have an interest in teaching creative writing. Applications from any creative literary genre (drama, fiction or poetry) are invited.  Applications are also welcome from those with interests in other creative genres (such as life-writing and travel writing), or who work with popular or more technical forms of creative written expression. Candidates should hold a PhD in English, or equivalent competence for practising creative writers. For more information visit the website. Deadline: 19th September 2014.

Opportunities at Curve Theatre
Curve is Leicester’s state of the art theatre situated in the heart of the City’s Cultural Quarter.

  • Casual Events and Hospitality Assistants: You will assist in the day to day operation of the Hospitality & Events function consistently achieving the highest levels of service for customers and clients. The successful candidates will have relevant Events/ Hospitality experience and an ability to work confidently and effectively with a wide range of people in a busy commercial environment. Closing date for applications: 21st September 2014.
  • Receptionist: We currently have an opportunity for someone to join our Operations team as a Receptionist in our Reception/Stage Door team. The role will involve working an average of 24 hours per week on an annualised hours basis. The successful candidate will be the first point of contact for internal and external customers, and will be required to provide an efficient and helpful service to all users of the venue. Closing date for applications: 12pm, Monday 22nd September 2014.
  • Trustee - 3 year voluntary position: In a period of exciting change and with several Trustees coming to the end of their terms, Leicester Theatre Trust Ltd – the charity that governs Curve – is seeking to fulfill vacancies between now and Autumn 2015. This is a voluntary, unpaid position for a period of 3 years on the Board of LTT. If you have the relevant experience and are passionate about quality theatre and the cultural development of Leicester then please read the information pack on the website. Closing date for applications: 24th September 2014.



To find out more about these roles please visit for further details and to submit an application.





Promotions Manager (Rescue Rooms & Stealth) - DHP Family Ltd
Rescue Rooms is a bar and live music venue playing host up-and-coming bands covering everyone from Calvin Harris to Ben Howard. First opening its doors in 2002, it has since built a reputation as one of Nottingham’s top Alternative venues. Stealth is Nottingham’s home to house and dance music, and making Mixmag’s Top 100 clubs in the world is recognition of its continued importance to the ever changing dance music scene. Equipped with the Funktion One sound system on both floors and cutting edge technology has made Stealth a DJ favourite. To find out more about the role and how to apply visit the website. Deadline: Tuesday 30 September 2014.

Opportunities at FTM Dance

  • Weekly volunteering positions: We are currently recruiting for volunteers to assist with our Dance, Drama and Music sessions for children and young people with special needs and disabilities across Leicestershire and Rutland. For further details please contact us on 07543068872 or email us at
  • Music Therapy leader: We are currently looking to recruit a freelance music therapists to create, deliver and evaluate weekly group sessions with children and young people with special needs and disabilities at our sessions which we run from Embrace Arts Centre, Leicester City. The times of the sessions will run every Saturday 3-4pm.For further details please contact us on 07543068872 or email us at Deadline: September 30, 2014

Dance Teacher/ School Principal - Starlight Dance & Musical Theatre School
Calling all Dancers / Choreographers & Dance Teachers across the UK! Thinking of running a dance school but unsure where to start? Qualified & finding it difficult to get a school started / funded? Struggling with the business & admin side of running your own school?  We are excited to offer an amazing opportunity for anyone aspiring to run their very own dance school. The award winning Starlight Dance & Musical Theatre School was established in 2009 and is now one of the UKs most successful independent dance schools with almost 1000 students across our 3 schools & three new schools opening this year! We offer high standard training in a wide range of dance & theatre styles. Students of all ages & abilities train at our schools & we offer club style classes for fun, through to formal classical training. We are now looking to expand & are looking for qualified dance teachers (RAD, ISTD, NATD or BA(Hons)) who are interested in running one of our new schools or people looking to change or expand their own schools under our umbrella. For more information on how to apply for a position within our company please email or call our Head of New School Development, Craig Fellows at, 07766707347. Head Office Tel: 01536 601 141  

Science Illustrator/Graphic Designer - University of Nottingham
An illustrator or graphic designer is required to develop material for the Neurophotonics Lab at the University of Nottingham. Our research group develops imaging systems and other cutting edge technology and uses them to study information processing in networks of brain cells in order to understand how the brain works. We are looking for an experienced illustrator to produce a range of material for the lab to be used in presentations, outreach activities and online. The style of the material must have a strong scientific/technical theme. We require about 20-30 illustrations of equipment/ideas in our lab (full details will be given) and this position is paid. It would be advantageous (but not essential) if the illustrator could visit the lab to understand more about our work. The job would last until all illustrations are produced. If you are interested please send a covering letter with your CV and your portfolio to Deadline: Wednesday 1 October. 

Art Worker - BYG Systems Limited
The role is an opportunity for young designers to take their first steps into a commercial design environment.  Working with a range of big brand clients across industry sectors, our Art Workers are exposed to a variety of projects from day one, creating design solutions fordigital/mobile based e-learning and marketing communications. We urge our team members to be open to trying new things, whether it is getting to grips with new programs or gaining a deeper understanding of the processes & techniques that we utilise – it’s a great way to become exposed to a variety of new tools, practices & processes. Deadline: Wednesday 1 October, contact: Alice Eagleton

Media & PR Officer - Birmingham Royal Ballet
Educated to degree level or equivalent with experience in a similar role, your proven working knowledge of local, regional, national and international media will enable you to maximise positive media coverage of all aspects of our work in addition to creating and managing effective media and PR campaigns. A flexible attitude towards working hours and locations both at home and abroad combined with a positive, proactive approach are both essential. For more details and an application pack visit Closing date for applications: Friday 3 October 2014.

BHM Live: Call for Commissions
BHM Live is an exciting platform to support emerging Black artists, across all art forms. Selected artists will receive mentoring from industry professionals and a bursary to help develop new work. Artists will also have the opportunity to showcase their work and network with promoters, producers, programmers, artistic directors and venue managers.
For more information, and to download an application form, please click here or email Deadline for application submission is Friday 10 October 2014.


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My Workshop
My Workshop is a project set up to support inventive minds in and around Leicester by providing low-cost access to a range of large scale equipment in a creative studio environment. The 2150 SQF of equipment and working space goodness offers access to all of the machines, use of the studio for your work, WiFi Access, discounts on machine rates, events and workshops, training and peer to peer learning and opportunities to develop collaborative projects. For £35/month members have access to: band saw, table saw, pillar drill, router, scroll saw, domestic sawing machines, a range of hand tools and power tool and great big workbenches. To sign up go to or simply visit us, we are only 20 minutes walk from city centre. Our address is Unit 40FF, Evelyn Drive, Leicester, LE3 2BU, doors opening on Monday 15 September, on site parking is available. We hope to see you soon!

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


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Film, Media & Design

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

  • Leicester 16 Sept, LCB Depot, LE1 1RE. One hour slots available.
  • Leicester 30 Sept, 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

How to Photograph Your Work - Led by Woody Kitson
23 September 2- 5pm @LCB Depot, 31 Rutland St, LE1 1RE. Learn how to present your art and craft work most effectively for print and web to maximise your selling and exhibition opportunities. This workshop will explore preparing and photographing your work, processing your photographs, preparing your digital images for publishing and managing your media on the internet. Book your free place hereThis is a Creative Leicestershire event

Five Elements - Digital Workshop
What is digital media and how can you integrate it into your creative practice? Win a free place on a four-day workshop at Warwick Arts Centre and learn all about content creation, video installations, interactive media, show mapping and programming. You'll learn how to use key software (including After Effects and Qlab) as well as hardware. The workshop will be led by media artist and designer Barret Hodgson, and the programme has been devised by producer and artistic director Jerrel Jackson. Sessions will take place at Warwick Arts Centre from 1-4 October. IdeasTap will contribute up to £50 travel expenses. Places are available for Midlands-based creative practitioners aged 18 and over. Apply by 19 September at

Power to Change Short Film Competition
UnLtd, the social enterprise charity, has announced that people wishing to start an enterprise in their community can enter the Power to Change Film Competition to win some funding. The first prize is an award of £1,000 with two runner up prizes of £500 each. Ideas could include transforming an empty shop into a technology hub, or a disused pub which could be the centre of the community. The competition is open to anyone over the age of 18 living in the UK. To enter the competition, applicants need to upload a short film of their idea. The closing date is the 30th September 2014. Films will be judged by a panel of judges on their creativity and their potential social impact. Read more here.

The Association of Illustrators - Prize for Illustration 2015
The Association of Illustrators (AOI) in partnership with London Transport Museum, is delighted to announce that submissions are now welcome for The Prize for Illustration 2015. This year the theme is London Places and Spaces. mpress the jury with your illustrated interpretation of a London place or space and be in with a chance of having your work displayed at the famous London Transport Museum and winning the top prize. The competition is open to illustrators and students of illustration throughout the world. The deadline for entries to The Prize for Illustration 2015 competition is the 28th September 2014. View the website to find out more.

Illustrators for SLAMbassador's Poetry Anthology
The Poetry Society is looking for seven talented illustrators to create an accompanying illustration for a collection of poems. The collection will be produced into a commemorative anthology for the Poetry Society’s SLAMbassadors Brave New World event. The judges of this brief are looking for strong, interesting, original illustrations that take clear inspiration from the poem. The seven winners of this brief will each receive £100 for their image, and a copy of the printed anthology. This brief closes on Tuesday 30 September 2014 at 5pm BST and is open to IdeasTap members aged 16 and over. Find out more here.

EXPOSURE Open Call, FORMAT International Photography Festival
FORMAT International Photography Festival is one of the UK's leading biennials in contemporary photography. EXPOSURE is the festival's international open call for submissions to the next festival, following the theme of EVIDENCE. We are looking for submissions from across the medium of photography and beyond for the next edition of FORMAT International Photography Festival, taking place from 13th March – 12th April 2015, in Derby, UK. Deadline 1 October 2014, find out more here.

Active by Design Summit - Design Council
18 September 2014, London. Physical inactivity costs the UK economy approximately £20bn and leads to around 37,000 premature deaths a year. The problem is vast, however we believe that design can be a catalyst for change. Good design can make active lifestyles more attractive and accessible, helping people to live fitter, healthier lives. Come together with other designers, built environment professionals and public health specialists for this day of inspiring talks by expert speakers leading the way in the Active by Design revolution. Book here.

Ones to Watch - Design Council
We’re searching for 70 talented up-and-coming designers to showcase as part of our 70th anniversary celebrations. For us, turning 70 isn’t about looking back at our history. It’s about looking forward to the next 70 years and what they will mean for design. So over the next few months we’ll be putting together a selection of 70 designers who we feel represent the future of British design, the Design Council's Ones to Watch. We’re looking for designers whose work shows bags of vision, ambition and innovation - with the potential to build the UK’s reputation as a world leader in design. If this sounds like you then find out how you can become a Design Council One to Watch by visiting the website. Deadline 1 October.

What do YOU need to engage with digital and new media?
QUAD are working with arts organisations across the UK to create a digital artist training programme that supports and enables artists to experiment with and develop digital / new media and participation skills. We would like to find out what level of digital confidence, experience and training artists and creatives currently have with new media. And find out how we can tailor our training, development to support artists’ needs. Please fill in the survey to help us shape the future, and you could win a voucher to spend at S[edition] an online gallery for digital artwork. The survey is open to artists and creatives working in any artform.

Interact @ LCB Depot
25, September 2014 - 10, October 2014. Interact Labs - encouraging people to be creative with digital technology - Helping celebrate LCB Depot's 10 year anniversary, this vibrant exhibition and workshop programme run by Interact Labs encourages people to be creative with digital technology. All exhibitions and events are in Lightbox Studios, to the front of LCB Depot. Use #LCB10 in twitter to join in the conversation about this event. For full and up to date listings - visit the website.

Courses & Workshops at Phoenix

  • Waves to Nouveau - 8 Film Moments 9 September - 28 October (8 sessions) £52 / £44 conc. The course will explore various film movements throughout the world and history of cinema. A film movement consists of films that have been produced within a particular period and/or nation that share significant traits of style and form. 
  • Animation workshop with Katerina Athanasopoulou 20 Sept. Suitable for ages 14 – 18, £10. Contact the box office to book. Ever wanted to make your own animated gif and star in it as well? Get to grips with green screen and pixilation techniques with award winning animator Katerina Athanasopoulou who will show you how to shoot stop motion using your fellow participants and how to combine the footage with colourful backgrounds to produce vibrant animated gifs.
  • 10 Movie Icons Fridays 26 September - 28 November (10 sessions) £65 / £55 conc. From action to  comedy, and romance to heartbreak,  these screen legends endeared and have endured through a combination of many things, including presence and talent and perhaps being the right face at the right time. Some of them may even be  justifiably considered to be the embodiment of national identity.
  • Talking Pictures Autumn Mondays 13 October - 15 December 2014 or Tuesdays 14 October - 16 December 2014. £80 / £70 conc. Share your love of film at Phoenix with a course designed to provide the full­est possible cinema-going experience, including weekly admittance to the Phoenix matinee screening, showing our usual high quality mixture of the best in independent, world and mainstream movies, a cup of tea or filter coffee and - best of all - a tutor-led discussion amongst fellow motion picture lovers about the film of the week, current film news, controversies, obituaries and everything in between.


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 16 Sept, LCB Depot, LE1 1RE. One hour slots available.
  • Leicester 30 Sept, 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

Become a Two Queens Member
Two queens membership is open to artists working in any medium, aged over 18 and living within the UK. 2q membership is aimed at those who wish to benefit from the critical dialogue and support that a peer group of fellow practitioners can provide, but do not require a studio space. Members benefits include: Opportunity to take part in monthly group critiques (usually take place on Monday evenings), bi-monthly guest speaker events, the chance to exhibit work in members projects (at least two projects per year) and the chance to join the two queens management committee and become involved with the running of two queens (elections for committee once a year). The cost of membership is £30 a year, payable by direct debit. Applications for membership should be made to and include a short artist statement, artist cv, up to five images or links to recent work and a covering letter detailing how you feel two queens membership would benefit you. Applications will be reviewed by the two queens committee at their monthly meeting and applicants informed by email.

LOROS - Call for Art Donations
National ‘Hospice Care week’ is being held from October 6th to 12th. LOROS, the Hospice for Leicester, Leicestershire & Rutland is looking to participate by opening certain areas of the Hospice to invited guests and members of the general public on Friday 10th and Saturday 11th October. As an added attraction we are planning on holding an art exhibition as part of this event. LOROS are asking artists if they would like to donate any paintings/works of art or prints either on a part or total donation basis. Any donations will be used to help LOROS continue to provide care and services to patients and their families free of charge. It is hoped that the event will be mutually beneficial, helping LOROS to raise awareness of the important work that hospices do, and will also give local artists an opportunity to raise their profile and share their work through supporting a local charity. Submission of art to the Hospice will take place between 1st – 15th September. If you wish to submit items for display, please email so that we can log your interest and send you more information.

RAted Open Call 2014
The Royal Academy of Arts are calling on British designer-makers to submit their most distinctive products to be selected for their next RAted range. They are  looking for the finest British quality, originality, form and function. This open call is a great opportunity to get valuable feedback, support and direction to help you further develop your career as a designer. You should be a designer-maker based in the UK who has products in production. Closing date for submissions is 15 September 2014. Successful applicants will be invited to present their range of products to the RA at the open call on 28 September 2014. For more information and an application form visit

Glitter Arti Christmas Craft Fair
Glitter Arti 2014 will take place on 22nd and 23rd November as people gear up for the festival season. We anticipate another dazzling display of local artists art and craft work giving both residents and visitors to Hinckley a great chance to buy unique gifts for Christmas. For more information and to apply for a stall visit the Creative Hinckley website

Call for designer-makers to join Handmade in Britain Pop Up Shop
Christmas Pop Up Shop at Handmade Interiors 5th November - 24th December. Handmade in Britain are inviting designer-makers to take part in their Christmas Pop-Up Shop.  Running for 7 weeks over the festive season, the pop-up will showcase contemporary interiors, fashion and gifts in the heart of London's Little Venice. Applications are now being accepted from designer-makers working in Britain and creating in the following disciplines: Fashion design & accessories, interior accessories, textiles, metalwork, ceramics, woodwork, stationery, sculpture, jewellery and glass. Closing date: Monday 15th September. For more information visit Handmade Britain.

Oxjam - Call for Stallholders
Would you like a stall at this years Oxjam Leicester on the 4th October?  Stalls will be located next to the main stage in Orton Square and cost £20 which will add to our fundraising total. If you would like more information please contact

Leicester Print Workshop Lithography Fellowship
As part of its focus on lithography, Leicester Print Workshop is offering a post-graduate level Lithography Fellowship. The selected candidate will access high quality teaching from our expert lithographer Serena Smith and will join our community of artists. Through regular attendance at our studio, the selected individual will be able to learn, practice, experiment, and gain substantial knowledge and technical proficiency. The post provides the opportunity to pursue a focused period of independent research and practice, together with access to facilities and the support and guidance of a mentor. Download application information here. Deadline for applications: Friday 26 September 2014.

Open Art Exhibition - Cank Street Gallery
On 26th July, Leicester's new Richard III Visitor Centre opened just a few steps from our doors.  Here at the Cank Street Gallery we want to celebrate by showing off Leicester's artists to visitors expected to come from all over the world. We are already showing many new original works by local artists on our walls at the Cank Street Gallery, but, have decided to go a step further and invite Leicester's artists and makers to compete for an opportunity to show their work in the Cank Street Gallery's first Open Art Exhibition. The exhibition is open to all ages and we hope to attract new, emerging and established artists.  All works will be for sale in the exhibition and a prize of £500 will be awarded to the overall winner. The closing date for entries is Saturday, 27th September and the exhibition will run from 7th - 25th October. Email for more details and an entry form.

Nottingham Castle Open 2014 - Applications Now Open
The Nottingham Castle Open is one of the busiest and most exciting events in the Castle’s Annual calendar. The Nottingham Castle Open 2014 is now seeking applications in any media from Midlands-based Visual Artists over the age of 18, for an exhibition which will take place from 13 December 2014 –18 January 2015. Visit the website​ to find out more and to apply. Deadline: Midnight, Sunday 5th October.

Daiwa Foundation Art Prize
Offers a British artist a first solo show in a Japanese gallery. Plus introductions to key individuals and organisations in the Japanese contemporary art world and participation fee of £5000. Open to British artists resident in the UK who have not previously had a solo exhibition in Japan.  Artists applying for the prize are required to submit documentation of four recent works, in any medium (including painting, photography, drawing, sculpture, installation, video etc), a supporting CV and personal statement.  The judging panel will select a short list of three artists. Works by all three of the shortlisted artists will be exhibited at the Daiwa Foundation Japan House Gallery and a winner is announced later that year. Visit the website to apply. Deadline: 30 September 2014. 

Time and Space Residencies
Metal has 9 Time and Space residencies to offer each year.  3 in Southend / 3 in Liverpool / 3 in Peterborough. Our Time and Space residencies are by application– with two application deadlines each year. Next Deadline: 15 September 2014 - Find out more here.

London Print Studio - 2014 New Graduate Award
londonprintstudio are offering 4 artists graduating this year a fantastic opportunity to further their practice using our facilities and expertise. Selected artists will receive: Studio and Gallery Membership (valid for 1 year), 25 sessions (3 hours per session), 1 course of their choice, 3 mentoring Sessions & 3 hours One to One Training with our coordinators. The award will last 3 months from a mutually agreed start date. Find out more here. Friday 27th September 2014.

Call For Submissions, Malt Cross Gallery
The Malt Cross Gallery in Nottingham is now accepting submissions for our 2015 exhibitions programme and our Christmas Print Fair. These are brilliant opportunities for artists and printmakers to showcase and sell their work in a busy city centre location. If you would like to exhibit with us please email for an application pack.

Guildhall Christmas Craft Fair - Call for Stallholders
Leicester, 29th & 30th November, 11am-4pm. We are looking for local crafts people to take part in our Christmas Craft Fair to build on the success of last year. Please contact for details and costs. Closing date for application is 12th September.

The Prediction Machine workshop
Mon 8 September, 5:30 pm LU Arts Project Space, Loughborough University. FREE. The Prediction Machine is a project devised by the artist  Rachel Jacobs as a way of marking and understanding ‘moments of climate change’ that we might experience in our everyday lives. During the development of this project there will be a series of workshops taking place, which will create a dialogue around the changes in weather and climate and feed into the outcomes of the commission. In this workshop you look at how we experience, mark and respond to climate change in our lives. Book your place here.

Art/Craft Courses & Events at Cotesbach Educational Trust

  • Heritage Open Days 12 – 14 September
    The Cotesbach estate is proud to be involved in Heritage Open Days, offering daily guided tours, talks, arts & artisan  enterprises, a WW1 themed pop up cafe and activities for children in the cafe and old schoolhouse. On the evening of the 12th September (6 – 9pm) the organic gardens invite you to a fundraising Harvest supper. Tickets £20 available at CDS gallery or
  • Rag Rug Making 20 September, 10am - 1 pm. Victoria Satchwell is a designer/maker of illustrated textiles, homewares and stationery based in Leicestershire. Join Victoria & start to create your own rug piece using fabrics and recycled material. Learn the hints & tips to successful rag rugging – discover which fabrics work. £28 all materials included.



Booking essential: Book now: 01455 558373 
See what's on at
Main Street, Cotesbach, Lutterworth, Leicestershire, LE17 4HX

Inspiring Art - Linda Harding - Upcoming Courses

  • Folk Art Using Fabrics – Tote bag or Cushion cover Saturday 13th September, 12:00-2:30pm £20. Wygston's House, Applegate, Leicester. Use colourful patterned fabrics to make an appliqued folk art tote bag or cushion front. Discover the wonderful heat-activated textile material Bondaweb to layer coloured and patterned fabrics in Scandinavian and American folk art designs to create a unique bag or cushion front.
  • Block Printed Silk Scarf workshop Thursday 9th October, 12:00 – 2.30pm. £25.00. Dye a generous length of pure habotai silk using silk paints in vibrant or muted colours, add special salt effects to give a subtle and interesting background, then block print choosing from my wide range of hand-carved traditional Indian and African printing blocks to produce your own unique and beautiful silk scarf.


Courses held at Guildhall, Guildhall Lane, Leicester LE1 5FQ unless stated otherwise. Please contact Leicester Guildhall to book – Tel: 0116 2532569
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Art & Craft Courses at Embrace Arts

  • Live model drawing workshop advanced Saturday 27 September, 10am - 4pm, £50. Presented by SanDora Digital Kreations Tutor: Teodora Kuzmanova. This workshop is designed for participants who have practical experience in the area of fine art, but would like to challenge their abilities and develop their skills further. 
  • Portraiture Saturday 4 October, 10am – 3.30pm, £40 / £22. Tutor: Scott Bridgwood. Have insight into the making of portraits, studying and drawing a life model in innovative ways. Use tried and tested methods to learn how to look at and depict the portrait step by step. Suitable for all levels of ability


  • Sculptural ceramics Thursdays, 2 October – 11 December (Not 23 October), 10am – 12.30pm, £100 / £50. Tutor: Austin Orwin. Work in a variety of sculptural techniques with a range of clays, considering form, space, shadow, balance and surface.
  • Experiments in sculpture Mondays, 6 October – 15 December (Not 20 October), 10am – 12.30pm, £100 / £50, Tutor: Austin Orwin. Develop ideas and experiment with form, initially through drawing and maquette making, before scaling up to create a finished sculptural piece.


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

Upcoming printmaking courses at Leicester Print Workshop

  • Vinyl Block Printing Sunday 14th September 10.00am - 4.00pm. £80 / £72 concessions. Using vinyl as your printing block you will learn how to cut your image and produce a palette of marks to create a tonal range. You will print in black and white and learn how to introduce colour into your prints.
  • Lithography Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st September 10.00am - 4.00pm. £110 / £99 concessions. This weekend workshop will introduce participants to the various techniques of lithography. The course will include drawing and printing directly from stone, working on transfer paper, and a basic introduction to photo-plate lithography. 


Leicester Print Workshop,  50 Saint Stephens Road, Leicester, LE2 1GG
All these courses can be booked by calling Leicester Print Workshop on 0116 255 3634, emailing or visiting

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

  • Leicester 16 Sept, LCB Depot, LE1 1RE. One hour slots available.
  • Leicester 30 Sept, 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

A Quick Guide to Your Publishing Options - with Adele Wearing from Fox Spirit Books
Phoenix, Midland Street , LE1 1TG

  • Part 1: Thursday 9 October 5-7pm
    This is the first of two sessions aimed at unpublished writers and will focus on self, small and traditional big press publishing and the pros and cons of each. It will also cover contacting, querying and dealing with publishers.
  • Part 2: Thursday 23 October 5-7pm 
    This session will explore having an online presence, managing your online identity and interacting publicly with fans and reviewers.


Sessions cost £10 or £15 for both and includes a glass of wine or juice. Tickets are limited, book now to confirm your place. This is a Creative Leicestershire event

KLiCbait Vol.2 Submissions now open!
In June KLiC called out for writers in Leicestershire to pitch an idea for our first short story collection. We've now opened up submissions for Volume 2. The stimulus this time for the 10 stories is: "The thin veil between this world and the next." Stories will again be a maximum of 4000 words and you will be asked to submit a snyopsis for your idea and an example of your writing. Deadline is 12th September for you to throw your writing hat into the ring with decisions announced on 18th September and the deadline for chosen writers to submit stories will be 31st October. To register your interest please download and complete the form here and return via email. Full details are on the form. Good luck!

Writing for Performance Workshops
Would you like to hone your writing skills? Polish your performances? Have you always wanted to read your writing on stage? Join the team from Off the Fence Theatre Company and Coventry’s Silhouette Press in a series of workshops for all writing abilities with an opportunity to develop your own work for performance, whether that is poetry, prose or plays. Even better, the workshops are free and provide you with space to write and opportunities to share your work with others. Workshops will be held at West End Neighbourhood Centre (21 Sept) and Upstairs at the Western, Leicester’s first pub theatre (4 October). Come to either or both workshops, everyone is welcome whatever your experience. If you would like to attend either or both of these workshops or to find out more, please visit or email Sally Jack at

Feature Film Screenplay Mentoring
Three IdeasTap members will receive six months of mentoring from development executive Alexandra Arlango (Cowboy Films, Ruby Films, Qwerty Films) with the aim of producing a first draft screenplay ready to be sent to agents and producers by the end of the mentoring period. This brief is aimed at people intending to develop a new idea, instead of someone that already has a completed script. This brief closes on Wednesday 24 September 2014 at 5pm BST and is open to IdeasTap members aged 18 and over. Find out more here.

Creative Thinking & Writing Courses/Workshops with Dori Kirchmair
Do you have times when you feel blocked, frustrated or lack motivation? Would you like to be inspired to express yourself creatively, change the way you feel and think and move from resisting to allowing your creative flow? The Creative Thinking & Writing courses will take participants on a 6 week creative journey, opportunities will arise for personal growth and ‘soul nourishment’ through connecting more with one's intuition through writing, creative thinking, discussions, poetry, short stories and writing & sharing in an encouraging group setting. For more information contact or see

National Poetry Competition 2014 - Now Open!
Established in 1978, the Poetry Society’s National Poetry Competition is one of the world’s biggest and most prestigious poetry contests. The competition is for previously unpublished poems, has a first prize of £5,000 and the closing date is 31 October 2014. You can enter online, or download a postal entry form here. Please make sure you have read the rules before entering. The top-three winning poems are published in the Spring issue of The Poetry Review. The winners will be invited to appear at various events and festivals around the country, including Ledbury Poetry Festival. Up to 150 longlisted entrants are also offered a discount on selected activities from the Poetry School. Winning and commended poems are published on the Poetry Society website

SLAMbassadors UK is now open!
SLAMbassadors UK is the Poetry Society’s national youth slam championships, the longest running in the country. Established in 2002 it is committed to finding and nurturing the next generation of spoken word artists. Entries are submitted via filmed poem on the theme of Identity, and will be judged by a panel of artists including Kate Tempest. The 6 final winners will be invited to London to attend a master class led by poet Joelle Taylor, before performing a debut professional set at the Royal Festival Hall on October 31st. Open to all 12 -18 year olds resident in England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Closing date: midnight October 10th 2014. Entry details:

Poetry Rivals is Back!
Poetry Rivals is open to poets across the UK who are 18 years and over. With a £10 entry fee we invite the best of the best to compete for the top 100 finalist spaces, who will each get five free copies of the exclusive finalist book to share with their family and friends. Finalists will be invited to the Poetry Rivals live slam final in 2015 to perform their poems to guest judges and a live audience, competing to win an amazing book publishing contract! Closing Date: Wednesday 17th September 2014. Find out more here

Everybody's Reading Festival
It's time to get reading! Avert your eyes from the TV, and dive into the world of literature, take a dip in the sea of language and languish in essence of writing! Let you're mind, body, heart and soul be immersed into an ocean of words... It's exciting, rich and diverse, so do not miss out! For waves of information please visit:

Summer Short Story Competition - Vaughan Centre for Creative Learning
The Vaughan Centre for Lifelong Learning is proud to announce its inaugural Summer Short Story Competitions, open to adults and young people living within an LE postcode area. We are after stories no longer than 2500 words, and each competitor can only submit one story. The story must be an original piece of imaginative storytelling – no factual or autobiographical material. Otherwise there are no limits on what you can write. Your story can be in any genre or style. We’re looking for well-told, lively, interesting tales, that’s all. Prizes: Adult: £300; Junior: £100. For competition rules and how to apply see the website. Deadline: 12th September 2014.

'Three Houses Dreamed' poetry workshops
Join poet Mark Goodwin on poetic miniature residencies in resonant heritage houses... At Calke Abbey on the 4th October, you will enter a time-trapped yet transformational abode, and must be prepared to spend a whole day encountering poetic materials and residues of dreams. An afternoon workshop on the 18th October at Wigston Framework Knitters Museum will allow you to briefly dwell in the large 17th century cottage that is numbers 42 to 44 Bushloe End. All writers are welcome, be they experienced or novice. The poetic produce will eventually be shared via three e-pamphlets. For further information about the workshops, and to book a place, go to the Writing East Midlands Website

Courses & Events from Writing School Leicester

  • Writing Your Own Story 5 sessions from 15th Sept. Monday 1.00pm – 3.00pm. £75. You might want to write about something that happened to you, or a particular time in your life – maybe you want to write a memoir for publication, for a blog or for your family and friends. This course uses writing exercises to find ways of getting your story onto paper, looks at the issues of memoir writing and developing a personal style.
  • Novel Writing Workshop 9 sessions from 16th Sep. Tuesday 7.15pm – 9.15pm. £135. The only way to learn the craft of the novelist is to write a novel. This course – for students with some existing experience – will make the process of writing and editing easier and more enjoyable. You will share work-in-progress, receive constructive feedback, hear aspiring novelists sharing their work and offer your own feedback to them.
  • The Magic of Fairy Tales 5 sessions from 18th Sep. Thursday 10.00am – 12.00pm. £75. Fairy tales are simple stories hiding complex psychological themes. First encountered in childhood, these darkly glittering tales continue to bewitch and mystify. Reading familiar and less well-known tales from the Brothers Grimm and Perrault, we’ll also look at modern re-workings of classic tales, along with folk tales from an oral tradition and contemporary fiction which borrows from the form.
  • Writing School Leicester Taster Day Sat 4th Oct 10.00am – 5.00pm
    Embrace Arts, 35 Lancaster Rd, Leicester LE1 7HA. £40. If you like the look of all our courses and can’t decide which one to pick, why not do three of them, all in one day? Hosted by Embrace Arts, our Writing School Taster Day provides crash courses from Rod Duncan, Alison Dunne and Maxine Linnell, covering almost everything you’ll ever need to know about writing anything at all.


All courses have a 4% PayPal fee if booked online. More courses are available on the Writing School Leicester website

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Performing Arts & Music

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

  • Leicester 16 Sept, LCB Depot, LE1 1RE. One hour slots available.
  • Leicester 30 Sept, 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

Call Out For Performers
Choreographer Joe Moran and Dance4 are looking to work with nine East Midlands based performers for the durational performance installation The Body. The work will be presented as part of Arrangement, a weekend of performance and installation by Joe Moran at Nottingham Contemporary. This is an exciting opportunity for local professional artists, mature performers, recent graduates or for those finishing professional dance training. We are looking for a mix of both dance trained and people experienced in performance from ages 16 and upwards. For more information please contact To find out more about the event visit the Dance4 website. Deadline: Monday 15 September, 12pm.

East Midlands Inclusive Dance Forum - Changing Perceptions
Thursday 9 October, 6pm - 8pm. Ellesmere College, Ellesmere Road, Leicester LE3 1BE. Dance4 invites teachers and practitioners working in or with an interest in inclusive dance practice to join us at the second East Midlands Inclusive Dance Forum. This event is FREE please email to book your place.

Czech it out: ‘top 20 unmissable event’ returns in September
One of the world-renowned classical music festivals returns to the city for the twenty-sixth time. Leicester International Music Festival – which takes place between 17-20 September, with two pre-festival events on 14 September – has been dubbed as ‘one of the top 20 unmissable events’ by BBC Music Magazine. This year, the programme celebrates the work of Czech composers, including Dvorak, Smetana and Janacek. Repertoire includes Dvorak’s Piano Quintet Op.81, Smetana’s From the Homeland, and Martinu’s Flute Sonata. For 2014, the festival is back in the refurbished New Walk Museum and Art Gallery. There is also a double bass masterclass led by Zoran Marcovic at Leicester Grammar School. Further information – including programmes, artist biographies, and ticket information – can be found at

Hatch: Exchange Open Call for Submissions
Hatch, the East Midlands' leading mobile platform for experimental theatre and live art, returns to Embrace Arts in association with In Good Company for a weekend of performances, workshops and events exploring the notion of give and take. We are currently seeking submissions for performance work in any style or genre which responds to the themes of ‘exchange’, from artists and performers looking to show their work to new audiences and share skills and experiences with colleagues, peers and potential collaborators. For more information visit the website. The deadline for submissions is midnight at the end of Monday 15 September 2014. We will reply to all applicants in the week following the deadline. For an application form, venue images or if you have any queries, please email

IdeasTap Inspires: Royal Shakespeare Company
In collaboration with the Royal Shakespeare Company, Ideastap have come up with an exciting opportunity to help our actor members develop their skills in performing classical texts. We’re offering 24 members the chance to attend a once-in-a-lifetime residential bootcamp weekend at the RSC in Stratford-upon-Avon on 16, 17, and 18 January 2015. The group will arrive in Stratford on Friday afternoon, and finish at lunchtime on Sunday. The bootcamp will comprise a series of workshops focusing on voice, movement and text, led by RSC practitioners. This brief closes on Wednesday 17 September 2014 at 5pm BST and is open to IdeasTap members aged 18 and over. Find out more here.

Call for Papers, Music, Drama, Dance Movement and Art Therapy
This call for papers is open to both practitioners and academics. A wide range of submissions are welcome, including: theoretical articles, research or evaluation papers, project reports, case studies or interviews. Papers should be at least 2,000 words in length, excluding references and supplementary materials (e.g., photographs, audio and video material). To submit your paper, or discuss your writing ideas prior to submission, contact: Prof Vicky Karkou (Guest Editor) e: Giorgos Tsiris (Editor-in-Chief) e: For more information visit the website. Deadline: 15 Feb 2015. 

Roundhouse Interactive Theatre Brief
The Roundhouse is offering 12 emerging performers/artists the opportunity to be part a new immersive theatre show by non zero one. The show will debut at the Roundhouse in spring 2015. This is a great opportunity to get training from professionals, and to be a part of a high-profile theatre event. Successful applicants will receive over 40 hours of training and mentoring, free tickets and backstage access to the February 2015 production, and free membership to the Roundhouse's GET IN scheme. Auditions will be held on Thursday 25 September. This brief closes on Friday 19 September 2014 at 5pm BST and is open to IdeasTap members aged 18 to 25. Find out more here.

People Dancing - Save the Date
13-15 November 2014. The Foundation for Community Dance present the international event for anyone working in dance, where world-class artists, teachers and leaders will come together for a programme of presentations, workshops and performances. Wherever and however you work with people in dance, People Dancing provides an opportunity to share your practice and approaches to engagement across different international, social, economic and political contexts. To view the full programme and book visit the website.

Join the Curve Junior Gospel Choir
The Curve Junior Gospel Choir is for children over the age of 7. Children in the choir will learn songs, give performances and make new friends. Practices take place every Monday from 4:30 to 6pm and cost 50p per child from September. The choir meets at the Curve Theatre, 60 Rutland st LE1 1SB. For more information please contact Kaine Management Ltd: 0116 2616840 or visit

Performing Arts & Music Courses/Events at Embrace Arts

  • Jazz performance Mondays, 29 September – 1 December, 7.15pm – 9.15pm, £70 / £35. Tutor: Richard Everitt. Gain confidence in your ability to improvise and develop your performance skills through a better understanding of scales, modes and chords. For anyone with an interest in jazz and reasonable proficiency on a musical instrument. To take full part in all aspects of the course you will need to read music or chord symbols, but those who play by ear are also welcome.
  • Belly dance for beginners Mondays, 29 September – 3 November – 7.30pm – 8.30pm, £36, Tutor: Doe Demure. Designed for complete beginners, this course taught by a professional belly dancer will really enhance your dancing skills.




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


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Why Don't You? PechaKucha
Thursday 6 November, 6 - 8 at LCB Depot, 31 Rutland St, Leicester. It’s all about finding new ways to collaborate with new people. Following the success of our previous PechaKucha networking events, we’re back with 20 images in 6 minutes presented by a host of inspirational creatives from Leicester including John Coster from Citizens' Eye and Clare Hudson from the University of Leicester. Plus special regional and national guests including Elinor Morgan from Birmingham's Eastside Projects. Come and join us and perhaps spark your next collaboration. Book your free place here. This is a Creative Leicestershire event

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. 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: Oct, Nov at The Curve cafe. EVENING MEET UP 1st WEDNESDAY in: 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

Rise and shine with business breakfast event - Blaby District Council
Local businesses are invited to attend a free breakfast meeting in September to share ideas for boosting the local economy, and hear about the latest funding opportunities and business news from Blaby District Council and partner organisations. Blaby District Council is hosting the “Blaby District Means Business” event on Tuesday 30 September at its main offices on Desford Road in Narborough. The meeting starts at 7.30am with the promise of a free tasty breakfast on arrival followed by a brief speaker programme with topics on funding for local small to medium sized firms, free social media programme from PERA Training to help grow your business plus an update on local support from the Federation of Small Business. Places are limited so book early to reserve your place by contacting Tom McGowan, Economic Development Officer at Blaby District Council on 0116 272 7765 or email

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.

Bank of TMC- Networking Event
Thursday 11th September 2014, 4.00pm- 6.00pm. Apex House, 74-76 Charles Street, Leicester, LE1 1F. This networking event will provide an opportunity to meet other young business people and members of the Bank Team.  It will also be an opportunity to find out about the Bank of TMC offer and business spaces (registered addresses for companies, hot desks, incubation spaces and offices) available at Apex House. The Bank of TMC is an initiative that provides bespoke business start-up support to creative young people aged 16 to 25 years old. Young people aged 16 – 25 can access mentoring, knowledge exchange and business support services, as well as a portfolio of structured micro finance investments. To find out more and to book visit the eventbrite page.

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Training & Skills

How to Photograph Your Work - Led by Woody Kitson
23 September 2- 5pm at LCB Depot, 31 Rutland St, Leicester. Learn how to present your art and craft work most effectively for print and web to maximise your selling and exhibition opportunities. This workshop will explore preparing and photographing your work, processing your photographs, preparing your digital images for publishing and managing your media on the internet. Book your free place here. This is a Creative Leicestershire event

Introduction to Marketing - Led by Natalie Cheary
Tuesday 7 October, 10am – 2pm at LCB Depot, 31 Rutland St, Leicester. Understand the key tools and concepts of marketing and learn to think like a marketing executive! Industry expert Natalie Cheary will examine dozens of marketing and PR techniques through examples and practical exercises to give you the confidence to use in your own business. Book your free place hereThis is a Creative Leicestershire event

A Quick Guide to Your Publishing Options - with Adele Wearing from Fox Spirit Books
Phoenix, Midland Street , Leicester

  • Part 1: Thursday 9 October 5-7pm
    This is the first of two sessions aimed at unpublished writers and will focus on self, small and traditional big press publishing and the pros and cons of each. It will also cover contacting, querying and dealing with publishers.
  • Part 2: Thursday 23 October 5-7pm
    This session will explore having an online presence, managing your online identity and interacting publicly with fans and reviewers.


Sessions cost £10 or £15 for both and includes a glass of wine or juice. Tickets are limited, book now to confirm your place. This is a Creative Leicestershire event

Self Assessment and Finance for Creatives - Led by Mahmood Reza
Monday 10 November, 4 - 7 at Phoenix, 4 Midland St, Leicester. Find out all you need to know about filling in your self assessment tax return, plus lots of valuable information and tips on keeping your finances in good order. Book your free place here. This is a Creative Leicestershire event

Creative Fundraising - Led by Llynda Baugh
Tuesday 2 December, 2 - 5 at LCB Depot, 31 Rutland St, Leicester. Designed for artists working in education or community settings, this workshop will give you the tools to find appropriate funding sources and complete successful funding applications. Packed with practical tips and advice, you will learn about the vast array of grant giving bodies locally and nationally, which words tick the boxes of assessment panels and how to approach some common application questions. Book your free place here. This is a Creative Leicestershire event

Talent Match - Pedestrian
Pedestrian are working with Talent Match to move young people closer to employment by providing a FREE training scheme! We have creative, practical and interactive workshops covering photography, graf, drawing, illustration, music, textiles, jewellery, up-cycling and so on… For those interested in translating their skills and ideas into a business we will also be delivering an Enterprise Club. One-to-one mentoring is included in this. Aimed at 18-24 year olds living in Leicester who have been out of education, employment or training for a year or more. For more information check out our website and see what’s happening on our Facebook page.

2Funky Arts FREE training course for people aged 16+
2Funky Arts are running a FREE training course for people aged 16+ who are interested in a career in the arts, events and/ or festivals. The 7 week course will run on Saturdays, 2-5pm, from 13 September to 25 October 2014, at SEED Creativity Hub (95 Humberstone Gate). It will include sessions, run by experts and guest speakers, on topics such as marketing, programming, photography, front of house and stewarding, as well as CV development. Volunteers will gain valuable skills and experience that will give them an advantage in this competitive field of work. This opportunity is free but places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. To sign up, contact Vijay Mistry on

Paying artists: effecting good practice across the visual arts - EMVAN
Friday 19 September, 4 - 5.30pm, followed by informal networking. Through a partnership with EMVAN and hosted by PRIMARY, practitioners, curators, arts organisers, arts funders and arts educators are warmly invited to contribute to, and be active in, the next development stages of the Paying artists advocacy and campaign. Led by Susan Jones (a-n The Artists Information Company) and Joseph Young (AIR Council), this informal session will outline achievements to date and consider how fairness and equality of opportunity within artists' pay can best be enshrined in working relationships, both within publicly-funded galleries and across all visual arts opportunities. This event is free but as places are limited, pre-booking is essential. The Paying artists campaign is a-n/AIR initiative

#Gallerycamp14: the future of digital in the arts
23 September, QUAD Derby. Gallerycamp is the annual UK 'unconference' for people interested in discussing and getting hands-on the role of digital and technology in future of the arts, cultural and broader creative sectors. It has never been more important for the sectors to make the most of digital and new tech and Gallerycamp is your platform to discuss, showcase, pitch or indeed experiment with your ideas, queries or oppportunities. At the heart of #Gallerycamp14 is the opportunity to meet new people and to build new and exciting projects and collaborations! Book now by visiting

Cultural Commissioning Learning Programme
The Cultural Commissioning Programme is working hard to strengthen the environment for cultural commissioning!  Our programme of support is now being launched to help arts and cultural organisations engage with public service commissioning and diversify their income. The Cultural Commissioning Learning Programme is one of our first programmes of support.  It delivers high quality training to middle and senior managers in arts organisations, museums and library services, including those responsible for developing new funding streams and winning contracts.  Through intensive learning, with input from commissioners, it will strengthen your ability to engage with commissioning and generate new income. In October & November the programme is coming to the East Midlands, in partnership with Leicester City Council’s Culture & Neighbourhoods Division - book now to secure your place.

AMA Online events now live
To help you engage more audiences, more often (with less time) the Arts Marketing Association has programmed a brand-new round of online events to supplement your on location learning. Discover specific skills and then put into practice the ideas relevant to you and your organisation. Browse the new events here

Save the Date: Arts Development UK Conference: Arts for Life
16th & 17th October 2014 Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff Bay. ADUK conferences offer a lively mix of keynote presentations, breakouts, study tours, skills and knowledge exchanges and discussion groups. Pick and mix to create the conference recipe for you from a packed menu. ArtWorks, Arts Professional and a-n, the Artists Information Company are sponsoring the 2014 conference and the event is supported by Lottery funding from Arts Council Wales. Please contact ADUK for more information on or ring 01269 824728.

Do you work with young people?
Support their creative development with Arts Award

Arts Award is for all young people and can work through any arts, cultural or media activity. Training as an adviser is the first step in getting going with Arts Award. Advisers support each young person and assess their progress. When you train as Bronze & Silver adviser you will learn how to deliver and assess Arts Award at QCF* Levels 1 and 2.

  • Train as a Bronze & Silver adviser 30th September 2014 – Melton Carnegie Museum 9:30am – 4pm Cost: £155. This course is suitable for those working with young people aged 11-25 and who meet the requirements outlined in the adviser person specification.
  • Discover & Explore Adviser Training 2nd October 2014, 1pm - 4pm, Cross Corners Arts Centre Leicester. £115 per person. Find out how to use Arts Award’s flexible framework through Discover & Explore adviser training. This course is suitable for those working with young people aged 5-25 and who meet the requirements outlined in the adviser person specification.


Training & Events from The Mighty Creatives

  • Understanding Teaching Schools and Academies Tues 30th September 2014, 10am-12pm, Market Harborough. Over recent years there has been a rapid pace of change in education policy, which can be difficult to navigate for those working alongside the education sector. This session will provide an overview of Teaching Schools and Academies, giving artists and arts and cultural organisations the space to explore the challenges and opportunities these educational reforms present in their work with schools.
  • Creativity and the Young Brain Wed 1 October 2014, 10am- 4pm, Guildhall Arts Centre, Grantham. Delivered in partnership with the Child Learning and Development Advisory Centre, this 1 day training course will explore the theory behind brain development, and in particular how a life rich in art and culture can support healthy and robust child development. Book your earlybird ticket by 17th September and only pay £35.


  • The (Cultural) Life of the Child: Summit #4 Transition to Adulthood. Tues 7 October, Derby. Following on from The Mighty Creatives’ inspiring summits focused on the Early, Primary and Secondary Years we warmly invite you to join us for the next and final event in the series. 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.
  • Artsmark: an overview for artists Wed 15 October 2014 from 6:30 - 8:30. Artsmark is Arts Council England’s flagship programme to enable schools to evaluate, strengthen and celebrate their arts and cultural provision. The framework also presents a vehicle to support the development of closer partnerships between education, arts practitioners and arts organisations. This seminar has been designed to enable artists and arts and cultural organisations to find out more about Artsmark, and in particular the role that the arts and cultural sector can play in helping schools achieve Artsmark status.



For further information & training visit the Mighty Creatives website.

Training from Voluntary Action Leicestershire

  • Introduction to Legacy Fundraising 16 Sep 2014, 10:00am - 12.30pm £25. This short session explains how to go about raising funds through encouraging stakeholders to include you in their will. It's a tricky subject but the rewards for charities and voluntary organisations can be immense.
  • Good Governance Workshop 23 Sep 2014 - 9:30-12. Free. This is the autumn version of VAL's series of Good Governance Events designed for local Chairpersons and Trustees. A chance to network, gain some knowledge and keep in touch. A light buffet and refreshments will be provided. 
  • How to Write Successful Funding Applications 24 Sep 2014, 1 - 3.30, Coalville. Free for the local VCS. All others: £25. This introductory session will give you the skills you need to put together successful funding applications.
  • Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults - Training for Alerters 1 Oct 2014, 9 - 12.30, £45. This course will: Help you develop an understanding of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland's Policy and Procedure in Safeguarding Adults. Give you the understanding you need to recognise indicators of abuse and raise safeguarding alert in a variety of settings and give you the confidence to take action when required


For further information & training visit the Voluntary Action Leicestershire website

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Funding & Resources

Creative Business Bootcamps
Pro Active Resolutions, in conjunction with Leicester for Business, are offering practical business support and advice to creative businesses and practitioners based in the City of Leicester. If you need help in an area of business that you are struggling with, or would like an expert in the creative field to support you to take your business to the next step, they are offering a series of one to one mentor meetings and bootcamp sessions to teach you everything you need to know. Places are limited and the initial diagnostic sessions are starting soon, so please email to register you interest. For full details of the programme please click here.

LCB Depot Business Development Team
Whatever stage your business is at if you run a creative business in Leicester make sure you take advantage of the LCB Depot's FREE Business Development. Russ and Matt have years of experience so if you need to talk through any aspect of your business get in touch for a confidential one to one meeting. We've also got grants available to help your creative business grow - one of our clients has just become a recipient of a £13,000 Enterprising Leicester grant and you can apply for up to £25,000! It's easy to apply but the funding pot is running out! make sure you don't miss out! Get in touch to develop your business on or 0116 242 2900

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

Are you looking for funding?
We specialise in securing grant funding for charitable and social organisations. We have raised over £1,250,000 so far working with over 50 organisations through grant bid writing, fundraising strategies, impact evaluation writing, social organisation formation and project development services. For more information visit, or call: 0116 251 9899 or e-mail:

Funded Travelling Fellowships for Heritage Crafts and Makers
In 2015, The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust will be investing £1.2 million in British citizens, by awarding a record number of 150 Travelling Fellowships, in order to mark its 50th anniversary. This will directly support British citizens who want to travel overseas to gain knowledge, experience and best practice to benefit others in their UK professions and communities, and society as a whole. Travelling Fellowships will be awarded in a new Crafts and Makers category, and the application process is now open until 5pm on 23 September 2014. The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust offers people a unique opportunity to be funded to travel overseas to meet others in the same specialism, in order to share ideas, innovations and, in some cases, to build upon skills that are dying out in the UK, in order to preserve their craft. Anyone practising or supporting those working in the Heritage Crafts, such as crafts people, members of a group, society or guild, and anyone who cares about traditional craft skills, is encouraged to apply. For more information visit Winston Churchill Memorial Trust

The Theatres Trust Small grants Programme
Trustees of The Theatres Trust will meet again in December 2014 to consider further Small Grants Scheme awards. The deadline for applications wishing to be considered for Round Six is Wednesday 5 November 2014. Contact for more information.

Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust
The Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust which awards grants to registered charities in the United Kingdom has announced that the next closing date for applications is 1 November 2014. During 2014, the Trust is seeking to fund projects that promote Music and the Arts and help the elderly. Grants are usually between £1,000 and £3,000 and are awarded for one year. Visit the website to find out more.

Funding for Digital Projects with a Social Impact
The Nominet Trust which provides funding and support to imaginative social technology ventures has announced that the next funding round of its Social Tech Seed Investment Programme will open for applications on the 22nd September 2014. Social Tech Seed is an investment programme that offers early-stage investment of between £15,000 and £50,000 to entrepreneurs who are looking to develop new ventures using digital for social impact. This programme provides funding and support to help entrepreneurs nurture, develop and test their ideas. The Trust is looking for applications that demonstrate the potential of technology to tackle some of the big social issues in sectors including education, employability, healthcare and the environment. Find out more here.

BBC Children in Need – Upcoming deadlines
Are you a voluntary organisation, registered charity or community interest company? Are you looking for funding for your project supporting disadvantaged children and young people in the UK? If so, then you could be eligible to apply for a BBC Children in Need grant. Children in Need support over 450 projects across the central region, carrying out a wide range of activities from counselling and mentoring to arts production projects, supporting children and young people experiencing a wide range of disadvantage. What all Children in Need projects have in common is a commitment to making a difference to the lives of disadvantaged children and young people and we want to support even more organisations to do this. For more information about applying, take a look at the Children in Need website - you will find FAQs and guidelines about what we fund there, which we would advise you to read before applying.

Baring Foundation Arts & Older People Programme 2014
The Baring Foundation has announced that its Arts Projects programme 2014 is now open for applications. The programme will continue its theme of arts and older people. This year, the Foundation are inviting professional arts organisations to commission work with older artists (70+) who have the craft, the vision and the interest to explore age and ageing and to produce imaginative, original and compelling new works in any medium for public exhibition, performance, publication or digital distribution. Read more here.

The David Canter Memorial Fund
Offering financial assistance to those working in the crafts.  The fund is open to those who have finished their formal training and need money for specific projects, eg setting up a workshop, buying equipment, educational work or for research and travel.  Grants are not available to students, nor for those working in the field of fine arts. Awards made are usually in the region of £500. This year, artists working in two or more materials in a cross-disciplinary practice will be favoured. "The applicant will be seeking support in the development of work that actively combines materials  - they may already work in this way or be seeking to develop their practice by combining a new material with one or more with which they already work." Deadline 26 September.

ESF Community Grants
East Midlands Round 3 is now open from 29 August 2014 until 03 October 2014. Projects can cover a wide range of activities and is designed to assist small not-for-profit groups based in and run by people from the community they support. The selection process will prioritise groups with an annual income under £50K. For full guidance notes, go to the Enable website.

Funding for Artists & Bands
PRS for Music Foundation and Arts Council England have announced that the next application deadline for the Momentum Music Fund is the 28th October 2014. The Momentum Music Fund is a £500,000 fund to develop the careers of talented artists and bands. It is anticipated that grants of between £5,000 and £15,000 will be awarded to between 50 and 75 artists/bands over the next 2 years. Applications can be submitted by the artists themselves or those who are working on their behalf, e.g. a manager, an independent label or publisher. Priority will be given to those that haven't been funded by PRS for Music Foundation in the previous 12 months. Read more here.

Funding for Young People & Youth Workers
Young people and youth organisations in the UK can receive funding for projects that promote youth exchanges, volunteering and the training and networking of youth workers. The funding is being made available through the European Commission's Erasmus+ programme. The funding is available to UK public bodies, NGOs (not for profit organisations and registered charities), unincorporated youth groups, and informal groups of young people (one member of the group must be aged 18-30). Private limited companies can also apply for funding but there are some restrictions in place. The funding can be used to cover travel and organisational costs as well as special and linguistic needs, etc. The deadline for applications is 11am on the 1st October 2014. Read more here.

Arts Council England - Toolkits
ACE have produced toolkits on various aspects of the arts. To find out about demonstrating the value of public funding for arts and culture, you can also visit their Advocacy Toolkit.

People's Postcode Trust - Small Grants Programme
Our Small Grants Programme exists to try to make the world a better place through short-term, project specific funding. We are now open for funding and will be accepting applications until August 22nd. Through this programme, we provide funding for projects of up to twelve months in length, ranging from £500 up to £20,000 (£5,000 for projects of up to six months in Wales) to registered charities, community and voluntary groups, community interest companies and other not-for-profit organisations. For more information visit the website.

The Elephant Trust
The Elephant Trust has announced that the next deadline for applications is the 29th September 2014. The Trust offers grants to artists and for new, innovative visual arts projects based in the UK. The Trust's aim is to make it possible for artists and those presenting their work to undertake and complete projects when confronted by lack of funds. The Trust supports projects that develop and improve the knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the fine arts. Priority is now being given to artists and small organisations and galleries who should submit well argued, imaginative proposals for making or producing new work or exhibitions. Arts Festivals are not supported. The Trust normally awards grants of up to £2,000, but larger grants may be considered. Read more at here.

The Bank of TMC
The Bank of TMC is an initiative that provides bespoke business start-up support to creative young people aged 16 to 25 years old. The Bank of TMC offers grants of up to £5,000 that can be used for capital and/or revenue development costs of launching or growing a business (i.e. marketing, equipment or consultancy and professional support). To apply for a grant, you will firstly need to register your interest by completing an expression of interest form which you can find on this page. We also recommend that you attend one of our specially developed Grant Application Support seminars - more information and online registration is available here.

Accelerator is IdeasTap's new commission-free crowdfunding platform. As an arts charity and funder, we've been helping creative people to get their ideas off the ground for years. Now we're offering our members a way to raise project funding themselves - without the commission fees other crowdfunding platforms charge. What's more, we're putting our money where our mouth is. Every month, we'll select up to two Accelerator projects and pledge £500 to help each of them reach their target. To find out more visit the website.

Heritage Lottery Fund - First World War: then and now
First World War: then and now provides grants of £3,000 to £10,000 for communities to mark the Centenary of the First World War. With a grant from us you could make a real difference to a wide range of people by helping them understand the war and its impact better. In particular, we believe that involving young people in marking the Centenary is important. First World War: then and now is a rolling programme, meaning you can apply anytime. Our application form is really straightforward, and we will assess your application in eight weeks. for more information about the fund  visit the website. To see all of the funding programmes available visit the Heritage Lottery Fund website.

Clore Poetry & Literature Awards
The Clore Duffield Foundation is open to applications as part of its £1 million programme to fund poetry and literature initiatives for children and young people across the UK. Through the programme, schools, FE colleges, community groups, libraries and other arts/cultural organisations can apply for grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 to support participatory learning projects and programmes focused on literature, poetry and creative writing for under 19s. Deadline: 6 March 2015. Read more at:

Funding to Enable Disadvantaged Young People Reach their Potential
Registered charities that work with disadvantaged children under the age of 25 can apply for funding of up to £10,000 through the Ironmongers Company’s grants programme. In particular the company wants to support projects that provide opportunities for disadvantaged children and young people to fulfil their potential and educational activities that develop learning, motivation and skills. Read more here.

Garfield Weston Foundation
The Garfield Weston Foundation helps small, local community organisations and covers a wide range of charitable activity. Areas funded include: education, arts, health, environment, community, youth, religion and welfare. Grants of up to £50,000 are available. There are no formal deadlines for submitting applications. Read more here.

Golsoncott Foundation
Golsoncott Foundation grants are available to voluntary sector organisations in the UK for projects that promote fine arts and music. Grants vary according to context and are not subject to an inflexible limit, but they are unlikely to exceed £5,000 and are normally given on a non-recurrent basis. Read more at here.

Radcliffe Trust
Funding is available for UK registered charities working in music, and heritage and crafts. No minimum or maximum level of grant is specified. The majority of grants are one-off payments or recurrent annual grants over a two to three year period. Read more here.

Creative Employment Programme
The Creative Employment Programme (CEP) is an initiative funded by the Lottery and Arts Council England, administered via Creative and Cultural Skills, and provides organisations in the creative and cultural sector with access to grant funding so they can provide structured opportunities for young, talented people to enter the industry.  To learn how you can get involved, join one of The Mighty Creatives' short online information sessions to find out more. You might be considering taking on an Intern in the very near future, you might want to help by providing a work shadow placement for a school leaver, or you might just want to know more about the CEP for future reference because 'you never know'; all are welcome! You can register for one of the sessions via The Mighty Creatives Eventbrite page

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