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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.

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

Free Event for Artists: Meet the Artist Kristina Veasey



The Meet the Artist/Writer series showcases writers and artists from marginalised backgrounds and how they got their work out there.

Kristina Veaseys journey from born creative to hobby artist, and finally on to professional artist has developed through ad-hoc routes, leaps in the dark and trying to figure out how to play the art game. Still feeling very much at the beginning of her career as a proper artist, Kristina will share the things she feels have worked well and those that havent so much. Come along to this talk to find out more about her work, her approach and the crumbs under her sofa!

Date:Wednesday 18 January 2017
Time: 12-1pm
Venue:Activities Hall, Brighthelm, NorthRoad, Brighton, BN1 1YD

Book your free place here

call out for art stall holders



Tables available at Madame Lacewings Art Bazaar at Rebooted on Bank street Bradford. 24/3/17 and 25/3/17.

Anything goes as long as it is made by hand! Tables are 4 foot long and cost 40 for 2 days. there will be drinks and entertainment at the venue plus arts and crafts workshops.Please contact me if you would like a stall, with a brief description of your work and photos if you have them.deposits of 20 must be paid by Jan 31.

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.


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