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Call for Commissions: LightNight Liverpool 2017

LightNight, Liverpool's latenight arts festival, returns on Friday 19 May 2017.

The next instalment of one of Liverpool's biggest and best loved cultural events will be themed around the phenomenon of Time.

Don't miss the chance to be part of this special night and showcase your offer to thousands of visitors of all ages! Last year the festival received more than 72,000 visits in a single night, with more than 100 special events staged across 50 city centre venues.

Open Culture has secured Arts Council funding for a maximum of ten artistic commissions, of up to 1000, for the 2017 programme.

We are looking for emerging or established artists living or working in the UK. Proposals in any artform are welcome including visual arts, sculpture, technology, moving image, spoken word, performance, installation, light art or any combination of these.

We are looking for high-quality projects that are thought-provoking and engaging to the senses exploring the 2017 theme which isTime.

These commissions will present opportunities for artists to create work which is:

- presented as part of a major festival that reaches a large and varied audience
- made in collaboration with a new organisation or venue
- challenging but accessible for new audiences


The deadline for applications is Sunday 8 January 2017.Successful projects will receive up to 1000 for all artist fees and materials.

Unique Christmas gifts - book a loved on onto a LSW Short Course


Looking for the perfect gift for a partner, loved one, sibling or parent? We have an incredible range of weekend, evening and sessional courses, taught by talented tutors who are also practising artists.


An Introduction to Ceramics Handbuilding & Surface Decoration (January - Weekend Intensive)
An Introduction to Ceramics Handbuilding and Surface Decoration (January - Evening course)
Expanding Ceramic Skills - Handbuilding and Surface Decoration(February)


Welding for Artists
Stainless Steel Welding for Artists & Designers
Casting in Concrete & Plaster


Wood Furniture DesignWorkshop
Introductory Welding for Artists (Evening)
Modelling Sculpture in Wax
Drawing with Steel (Evening)
Mould Making: Plaster
Mould Making: Silicone
Pewter Casting
Metal Fabrication for Artists & Designers


Sand Casting with Aluminium
Introductory Welding for Artists
Welding for Artists

*Places are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.


**Membership's and giftvouchersare available to purchase as presents for a loved one**

We offer LSW members exceptionalfacilities, tools and workshop space for incrediblehourly rates.

Please contact for further information.

In Other Tongues: residential short course ANNOUNCED

In Other Tongues: intimate geographies, ecologies of conversation

A residential short course produced by at Dartington Hall

June 10-14 2017

Taking the idea of geographical intimacy as its starting point, this five-day residential course offers a special opportunity to explore how we relate to the poetics of place. Its a chance to engage in practical, playful and serious enquiry into our experience of landscape and all things that inhabit it - from those that can be seen and heard, to those living in more in-between or imagined spaces.

Creative use of words form the core of the course along with image-making, voice and embodied exercises. We will work both indoors and outdoors as we deepen and attune more to ourselves and our experiences of place.

Developing our ability to listen will be key to this process, as will remaining open, always, to the unexpected. A willingness to participate is more important than previous experience: we welcome anyone interested in creating new work, or bringing new light to bear on work that's already in progress.There will be plenty of exercises to fire and inspire the imagination, as well as time to go exploring, to contemplate, to be still, to wonder.

Central to this short course is an approach of generous, vigilant enquiry, with ample time for reflection and sharing.There will be group workshops as well as opportunities for individual sessions with the tutors.

This course is linked to a creative summit: In Other Tongues: creating metaphysics, embodying language, June 7-9.

inothertongues.infofor more information

One Year Residencies 2017, S P A C E @ Clarence Mews



Each artist/company will work from January/February 2017 – December 2017/January 2018 and receive:

- 150 individual studio hours; pre-booked in blocks of 12 weeks

- Last Sunday of the month (excluding August) artist/company meeting day

- 6 bi-monthly, one-to-one sessions with Caroline Salem of 1 hour each

- In June and November, weekend work-in-progress events

- Final performance event in December 2016/January 2017

This residency is ideal for artists/companies/collectives working within and across disciplines including dance, performance, theatre, circus, music and poetry, who are committed to pushing the boundaries of their own process and practice within a mutually supportive context. Both emerging and established artists/companies are welcome to apply. 


£1,620 (Payments can be made in installments of £135.00 per month)


Please send a CV/company profile with information about your work to date with a Creative Statement explaining your plans for the year. Consider the role of meetings, creative support and work-in-progress presentations. Your submission begins a process of meetings/dialogue. The aim is for  final decisions regarding participation to be made  by mid December.

Application deadline: 19 November 2016

Invitations: 23-26 November for meetings with Caroline.

Gathering with other shortlisted artists/companies: 30 November 2016

Final decision: 9 December 2016

Further Info:


Caroline Salem

Choreographer - Director

S P A C E @ Clarence Mews

40 Clarence Mews, Hackney

London E5 8HL


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