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Tuesday 22, December 2015

Hi folks!

Welcome to your latest edition of Creative Enterprise's Emerge, bringing you the best creative opportunities from Coventry, Warwickshire, the West Midlands, and beyond, every fortnight.

As you may be aware, the Creative Enterprise (CE) project hosted its final networking event on 17 December, and the project formally closes on 31 December. However, the office will close with effect from the end of the 22 December 2015.

Any queries after that time should be directed to as Cathryn, CE’s Project Manager, is in post until 31 January 2016.

CE’s website will change over to a static legacy site during January. Providing a source of information about the project, it will also highlight opportunities and valuable resources available at the time of closure.

The Emerge Newsletter will continue into the New Year, so please continue to send your opportunities etc to: The first edition of 2016 is due 7 January (with a 4 Jan noon copy deadline). Any developments regarding the future of this newsletter will be communicated via this platform.

The Creative Enterprise team would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has contributed to the programme, and to this newsletter, over the last 3.5 years. We look forward to sharing legacy plans with you, and hope to work with you again.

In the meantime, read on for some great opportunities: Our Warwickshire require a visual artist and a storyteller, submissions  open for Chorlton Arts Festival, and IDFB 2016 need a designer.

We also wish all our readers a peaceful Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
- The Emerge Team

Training, networking & funding

Coventry FSB First Wednesday Networking Breakfast 

6 Jan 2016, The Village Hotel, Coventry, 7am, £10
Warwickshire and Coventry Federation of Small Businesses event. Includes cooked breakfast. Details via Eventbrite.

FSB Stratford First Wednesday 

6 Jan 2016, White Swan Hotel, Stratford-upon-Avon, 6pm, free
Informal networking event for Warwickshire and Stratford businesses. Details via Eventbrite.

Chorlton Arts Festival: Submissions Open 

Multi-arts event is looking for new performances in music, comedy, cabaret and poetry plus 'special events' and exhibitions/ artworks. Deadline 4 Jan 2016. Details:

Philip Bates Trust 

The trust supports creative endeavour by sponsoring prizes, and by offering financial support to organisations, and aims to advance the education of young people under the age of 25 in the arts. West Midlands applicants particularly welcomed. Deadline end Dec (est). Details:

Direct Art Action Walsall: Arts Spaces Available 

Creative spaces available for art, exhibitions, installations, events, performances, classes, as studios etc in five shops in Walsall town centre. Details:

What's Our Spake Gone? Bursary Awards 

Three awards for emerging artists, writers, poets and performers connected to the Black Country to develop and present new work. Where’s Our Spake Gone? explores and celebrates the changing language and dialect of the area with a focus on Tipton, Gornal, Oldbury and Cradley Heath. Deadline 4 Jan 2015. Details via Facebook.

The Elephant Trust 

Supporting new work. 'Priority is given to artists in the fine arts and small organisations and galleries who should submit well argued, imaginative proposals for making or producing new work or exhibitions.' Deadlines 18 Jan, 4 Apr 2016. Details:

TOG Futures: Free Co-Working Space 

Competition for start-ups and creatives to win 6 months free co-working space at London's 2 Angel Square. Deadline 31 Dec 2015. Details:

The Volant Charitable Trust 

Trust set up by JK Rowling. Funding for charities and projects, whether national or community-based, at home or abroad, that alleviate social deprivation, with a particular emphasis on women’s and children’s issues. Deadline 8 Jan 2016. Details:

Commonwealth Foundation: Grants Programme 

The Foundation awards grants for sustainable development projects that contribute to effective, responsive and accountable governance with civil society participation. Deadline 5 Jan 2016. Details:

Arts Funding & Philanthropy: Groups & Networks - Call For Applications 

Accepting applications to support groups or networks to arrange their own fundraising training event, conference, seminar or meeting. Up to £1,500 available for travel costs, venue hire, catering, speaker fees etc. Deadline 8 Jan 2016. Details:

Lakey Lane Primary School: Creative Artist(s) 

South Birmingham school are looking to work with an artist or organisation to help deliver a creative project on The Egyptians, to inspire both pupils and teaching staff. Artists can be multi-disciplined, or from visual arts, drama, music, dance and/ or combined arts. Deadline 8 Jan 2016. Details via ArtsJobs.
* Also: Dance, Music and Visual Artists Required to lead various workshops within the school. Deadline 8 Jan 2016. Details via ArtsJobs.

Edgbaston Arts Contact Group (EACG): Artist Opportunity 

EACG are looking for an artist/ practitioner (or small team) to facilitate a creative/ cultural experience which enables Cerebral Palsy Midlands (CPM) participants to express themselves in a way which makes full use of their different skills and abilities, allowing them to convey their messages. Deadline 6 Jan 2016. Details/ full brief via:

Performing arts opportunities

Worcestershire Arts Partnership Jump Start Call Out 

Call out for new work for theatre for performance at The Worcester Arts Workshop in March. Previously unperformed new work 10-15mins, low-tech and ideally from Worcestershire-based practitioners. Deadline 15 Jan 2016. Details via ArtsJobs.

St Paul's Community Development Trust: Balsall Health Youth Theatre 

New youth theatre group in Birmingham requires Leader and Assistant Leader. Experience of planning & delivering drama (or related) workshops for children and young people aged 8-17 along with the ability to manage all aspects of performance essential for both roles. Deadline 4 Jan 2016. Details:

Change Or Be Changed: Young Composers Commission 

Brighter Sound is looking for 2 young composers (16-25yrs) to write an original body of music in any genre, in response to the changing times of the music industry. Prize inc £700, performance and mentoring. Deadline 31 Dec 2015. Details:

COAL Dance Theatre: Call For Participants 

Gary Clarke's dance company require for women dancers and musicians to contribute to a production about mining. Workshops take place 18 Jan at DanceXchange Birmingham and Atherstone, North Warks with production 11-13 Feb 2016. Details:

Mandala Theatre Company 

Company looking for three professional actors 18-27yrs for play inspired by Shakespeare's Pericles at The Old Rep Birmingham and touring). Black/ Asian/ Dual Heritage male and female 18yrs and one while 27yrs. Auditions 6 Jan 2016. Details email:

JMK Assistant Directing Opportunity - Folk 

The JMK Trust and Birmingham Repertory Theatre are offering an Assistant Director Bursary to a participant of the JMK REP Directors’ Group. The bursary is an arts scholarship that will provide a learning and training opportunity for a talented emerging director, based in the West Midlands who has demonstrated a commitment to directing and a passion for theatre making. Deadline 8 Jan 2016. Details:

Design & media opportunities

The Artist's Cut 

Northern Film & Media, Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and Channel 4's Random Acts are looking for 3 UK based artists to take part in a film commission and development programme designed to nurture bold new voices in narrative film. The Artist’s Cut is an opportunity to broaden practice in a structured and supportive environment producing a short narrative film for with a £5k budget. Deadline 11 Jan 2016. Details:

IDFB 2016: Designer 

International Dance Festival Birmingham require a design agency or individual to design festival materials and 'creative solutions' that engage the public, promote the festival and drive ticket sales. Deadline 11 Jan 2016. Details:

Kidderminster Arts Festival: Sponsorship Pack Creator 

Experienced person required to design and create a digital sponsorship pack to help festival increase income. Deadline 5 Jan 2016. Details via ArtsJobs.

Visual art & craft opportunities

Our Warwickshire: Visual Artist / Storyteller 

Heritage and Culture Warwickshire (HCW) is looking to appoint two artists (one storyteller, one visual artist) to deliver a series of creative workshops. The artists will work with a range of community groups across the county, exploring and showcasing Warwickshire’s diverse heritage. Deadline 4 Jan 2016. Details: Storyteller Brief (via Google Drive)Visual Art Brief (via Google Drive)

The Photographic Angle: Pick A Pattern Competition 

Open photography competition looking at 'how pattern can be used to gain a better understanding of life'. Deadline 31 Dec 2015. Details:

Mark Lippett Art Classes and Workshops 

Regular classes in Jan 2016 inc: Watercolours (Tue, Haughton Village Hall, 10.15am); Art and Design (Tue, Haughton Village Hall, 12.30pm); Learn To Draw and Paint (Wed, Gainsborough Artworks, Stafford, 10am; Wed, Wolgarston High School, Penkridge, 6.45pm). Details:

Visual Arts in Rural Communities (VARC) 

Based in Northumberland, VARC looks for artists who feel that 12 months spent living in an isolated rural location will significantly benefit their practice and who enjoy contact with people and want to be part of a community. Applications open for Oct 2016-Sep 2017 and Oct 2017-Sep 2018. Deadline 8 Jan 2016. Details:

Time and Tide Museum: Ceramics Artist in Residence 

Residency at Great Yarmouth museum. Practitioners will create original work inspired by museum collections and share their process directly with young people through master classes, workshops and, where practical, studio visits. Fee £2,800 for 14 days Feb-Apr 2016. Deadline 31 Dec 2015. Details via

Made On Holiday: Workshop Leaders/ Makers 

Travel company offering craft-based activities is seeking tutors in various crafts to lead workshops in Devon as part of Staycreation. Deadline 29 Dec 2015. Details via

What's happening

B2B Expo 2016 

12 Jan 2016, Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, 7am-2.30pm, free
Warwickshire and Coventry FSB business 'expo'. Seminars inc What's So Special About Your Business, Is Your Business Protected?, Networking For Success, Make Smartphones and Tablets Work For Your Business, and Getting Pain In Full On Time!, plus sessions on HR tribunals, team building, marketing and customer service. Details:


The Museum Blog Book: Call For Papers 

MuseumsEtc invite submissions for book from museum/ gallery professionals, consultants, academics and researchers. Content (ranging from strategy and analysis tto highly practical case studies etc) must have been previously been published online in the last year. Deadline 11 Jan 2016. Details:

AIM: Research Into The Impact Of Charging For Admission On Museums 

Association of Independent Museums invitation to tender exploring the impact of museums introducing admission fees. Deadline 19 Jan 2016. Details:

Traditional Building Skills Toolkit 

Free National Heritage Training Group and Churches Conservation Trust toolkit that provides a step-by-step guide to putting traditional building skills and conservation training at the heart of built heritage projects. Details:

Lichfield Festival: Board Members 

Organisation behind 10 day multi-arts festival, literature festival and learning and participation programme requires new board members with knowledge of marketing and communications, fundraising, audience development, artistic planning, producing and programming. Deadline 31 Jan 2016. Details via Artsjobs.

Artrix: Board Members 

Worcestershire arts venue requires new board members with skills in finance, HR, commerical, legal, IT, fundraising and/ or artistic development. Deadline 11 Jan 2016. Details via ArtsJobs.

Submissions for Emerge  

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