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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.

'Drift' by Julie Umerle




Contemporary artist Julie Umerle's painting 'Drift', which is part of Swindon Art Gallery's permanent collection, is now featured on Art UK.

Art UKis the online home for every public collection in the UK, supported using public funding by Arts Council England.

Light Show Tribute to Stained Glass Genius



A second chance to see this latest work by international light artist, Andy McKeown: a three-hour display of giant moving images of the work of stained-glass artist genius Margaret Rope. The images are projected on to the front exterior of Shrewsbury Museum (SY1 1LH) with a specially-arranged soundtrack.
On Wednesday 21st December, 4.30pm-7.30pm; free event
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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.

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.

New Year - New Course!




Ring in the new year with Sothbey's Insitute of Art - register now for thier short courses.

Short Courses at Sotheby's Institute of Art - London are offered throughout the year to provide unparalleled opportunities for participants to gain practical skills and insight into the international art world.Each course is designed to address the specific needs and interests of its participants. Led by faculty from Sotheby's Institute of Art and enhanced by lectures from international experts and practitioners in the field, Short Courses offer innovative learning experiences and on-going networking opportunities.

2017 course offerings are as follows:

History of Art, Part II: Rococo to Post-Impressionism (Day or Evening Course)

Interpreting Contemporary Art

Introduction to Art Law

Modern and Contemporary African Art

Or take aContemporary Art in Berlin


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