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Hidden histories seminar - diverse stories in Plymouth & beyond



Over 80 people attended the diversity seminar held at Plymouth University on 29th and 30th November 2016.

The seminar was organised by Reach South West (a partnership between the Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter and Plymouth Museum and Art Gallery as Major Partner Museums) and hosted in conjunction with Plymouth University, with funding from Arts Council England.

It showcased exemplar projects of previously hidden aspects of diverse histories, including black history, LGBT, faith, and learning and mental health disabilities. Nationally acclaimed speakers included writer and educator S.I Martin, Research Fellow from University of London Justin Bengry, and award winning novelist Joanna Traynor.

The Heritage Lottery Fund, Arts Council England and Vital Sparks gave presentations which focussed on why diversity is an important element of heritage and arts projects, and held funding surgeries where delegates explored their project ideas.

There were arts performances in between the presentations including poetry, dance and drama. Two exhibitions exploring hidden histories Legacies of British Slave ownership in Exeter and the far South WestandPride in Our Pastwere also on display.

A mixture of delegates from different sectors and areas of the community attended, including community representatives, independent researchers and those working in the heritage sector.

Feedback included, inspiring, challenging, thought provoking; transformative; challenging, accessible, stimulating, and varied. One delegate commented, It was excellent informative, inspiring, sharing good practice, networking, hearing about successes and top tipsThe event showed the importance and value of the cultural and heritage sector in peoples lives or the potential for thisIt reconnected me with my own culture and heritage, and it made me want to contribute.

A full evaluation report will be shared in 2017, and the Plymouth University History Faculty will publish material from the case studies on a website which will showcase footage of the seminar and continuing legacy work.

Noam Toran The Jungle, The Gallery



The Jungle is the first of a series of immersive works by artist Noam Toran which draw from the traditions of political theatre from the first half of the 20th century.

From the Soviet Proletkult to the agitprops of pre-war Europe, through to the socialist, anarchist, and union-run troupes in the Americas and European colonies, the project reveals the dynamic ways in which working class theatre, through its coalescing of fictional and factual material, has informed and infected radical consciousness.

The Gallery is delighted to host Torans first adaptation, a satirical, carnivalesque production of Upton Sinclairs The Jungle, the classic muckraking expos of the Chicago meat-packing industry from the turn of the century. Eerily relevant to this day, the novel will be restaged within The Gallery, with the conventional materials of theatre both front stage and back props, score, sound effects, scenography, makeup and costumes strewn about the space, waiting to be imaginatively activated by the audience.

Artist Open Call to Design Limited Edition Prints!




LondonBaby and Brains & Lip are looking for artists to create artwork for limited edition prints for LondonBabys launch in Spring 2017.

LondonBaby will be launching with a totebag that contains one of a set of 20 commissioned limited edition prints.

The Brief

London centred, day-to-day, domestic themes and commentary of the capital is the creative direction for each commissioned piece. With works that avoid images of the citys famous landmarks, and instead focus on the lives, attitudes, environmental and structural details, textures, tones and personalities that shape the London of today, now and tomorrow.

Works can be created in any medium; photography, illustration, sculpture, paint, spraypaint, etc.

Each piece will be produced as a 12 x 12 square print - with a single or two word headline that will present the overall work as statement on the city.

LondonBaby will create the wording set on each piece, though suggestions for the statements are also welcome from the artist.

How to apply

To be considered for this opportunity, emailbrainsandlip@gmail.comwith a link to your online portfolio and an idea for your LondonBaby print. Please include 'LondonBaby' in your email subject. At this stage, we are not looking for the actual finished artwork, just your ideas and concepts of what you would do


Brains & Lip will then shortlist 30 artists, who will be asked to create their artwork. This is not a guarantee that your piece will be selected for the limited edition prints, however all the shortlist submissions will be featured and promoted by LondonBaby. Brains & Lip and LondonBaby will then select 20 of these works for the limited edition prints, and there will be a fee of 150 paid for each.

As a platform for promoting each artist, the LondonBaby website will have a page dedicated to each commissioned artist. The reverse of the limited edition print will feature text on the artist and their work.

Shortlisted artists will be informed by the middle of January 2017.

2016 Winter Exhibition @ The Menier Gallery




Join us in a celebration of Londons most exciting contemporary artists, with a few specially selected from further afield. We are exhibiting the work of twenty-eight unique individuals working tirelessly on the highest quality paintings, embroidery, photography and much more.

Launching the week before Christmas, Focus LDNs Winter Exhibition is a great opportunity to discover a whole host of original and affordable artwork and prints.

Focus LDN strives to take you further into the world of its artists. Through interviews, films and exhibitions we want to amplify the story of our favourite creative people and share with you their passion for the arts.

Exhibiting Artists

Val Kelly,Malcolm Willett,Yuliya Krylova,Brad Kenny,Jamie Twyman,Jonathan Gray,Gary Hogben,KV Duong,Robyn Lister,Roberto Grosso,Billy Riley,Tom Cox,Monika Bulanda,David Hopkins, Riaz Sanatian, Martin Ireland,Gail Seres-Woolfson,Ernesto Romano,Zoe Webster,Martin Grover,Laurence Causse-Parsley,Aurelie Freoua,Michelle Loa Kum Cheung,Niamh Murray, Sarah Fosse,Jeremy Burns,Laura Marriott, &Gerard Byrne.

Wednesday 14th - Friday 16th 11am - 6pm

Saturday 17th - 11am - 4pm

For more information visit

CALL FOR ENTRIES: Prestigious Student Artist Award




Fine Art Trade Guild are proud to invite you to enter the inaugural Jorge Aguilar-Agon Student Artist Award 2017! Open to emerging 2D artists internationally in their final two years on a higher education art course, the award provides recognition for up-and-coming artists talent.

The winner will be decided by the Fine Art Trade Guild's Fine Art Committee who will be looking for excellence and innovation. They will select the shortlist and winner of the Jorge Aguilar-Agon Student Artist Award 2017, announced at the annual Art and Framing Industry Awards in May 2017, Stratford-upon-Avon.

Why Enter?

  • The overall winner will receive the sought-after Fine Art Trade Guild hand made glass trophy that will be awarded by Jorge Aguilar-Agon.
  • The winner will receive 2 complimentary tickets to the Awards and will dine with industry greats - a brilliant opportunity to network and learn from the best (including the Guild's own Fine Art Committee).
  • Winning an award as a student will look amazing on your CV and will give you that sought-after edge in your future career.
  • Towngate Publications will capture, proof and print the winning image to Guild Standards. Producing the first 20 prints of a limited edition print run!
  • The winner's artwork will be professionally framed by a Guild Certified Picture Framer, and will be exhibited in the Guild Artist Exhibition 2017 - both at the private view in Stratford-Upon-Avon, and during the London leg of the exhibition at the Guild Gallery, Wandsworth.
  • The winner will be featured in the award winning Art + Framing Today magazine along with their artwork, as well as being displayed on until next years award!

How to Enter?

Entering this award will give you the chance to push your talents to the fore; winning one will give you a boost that money cannot buy! So what are you waiting for?!

Dont delay, enter our award today and show us just how talented you are!

Free Event: Meet The Writer’s Organisations, Brighton



Meet The Writers Organisations : A free event for writers looking to broaden their knowledge of available arts opportunities

There are so many opportunities and creative development activities out there. Do you knowabout them all?Come to this informal event and meet the writers organisations local to you. Hear New Writing South, Apples and Snakes, Myriad Editions, Survivors Poetry, Waterloo Press and Creative Future talk about what opportunities are on offer.There will be a chance to ask questions and talk individually to organisations staff.Come along and find out what they can do for you.

Date: Tuesday 31st January 2017
Time: 1:30-3:30pm
Venue:The Auditorium, Brighthelm, North Road, Brighton BN1 1YD

Book your free place here


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