Tower Hamlets Arts Information and Resources - Opportunities & requests Arts information and resources announcements from Tower Hamlets Arts & Events Team from the Opportunities & requests category en-gb 60 Mon, 25 Jun 2018 06:21:09 +020 Mon, 25 Jun 2018 06:21:09 +020 Call for Young Creatives: Loop 'n' Link Project PERFORMERS / MUSICIANS / SCENIC DESIGNERS / COSTUME DESIGNERS / PROP MAKERS WANTED!

Deadline for applications: 3.00pm Monday 16th July 2018

Loop 'n' Link are looking for young creatives ages 16-25 who are early in their careers and looking for more experience in performance and theatre production.

These young creatives will work together to design and create a theatrical piece in 2 weeks. There will be public showings at the end of each week:

Week 1: The Rich Mix (TakeOver Festival 2018)
Week 2: Queen Mary's University of London

The project focuses on all aspects of theatre production, and we will be recruiting the following to join the project team:

Scenic Designers and scenic artists (16-25yrs) Participants will need to deliver concept ideas and designs during week 1. During week 2 they will focus on set building and decorating for the final piece;

Musicians (16-25yrs) Participants will need to attend rehearsals for two weeks working closely with the performers in order to compose and performer live music scores.

Costume designer and Props makers (16-25yrs) Participants will need to deliver concept and wardrobe ideas during week 1. During week 2 they will create and source wardrobe and props for the final piece.

Performers (16-25yrs) Participants will have some experience in any performing arts strand. They will need to make rehearsals during Week 1 and 2

The project runs from 30th July - 11th August

Position(s): Unpaid – Travel Bursaries and Refreshments provided

For more information and an application form please,

Fri, 22 Jun 2018 00:00:00 +020 tharts-fullcat2467307
Open Call for ‘Deep Trash Escoria’ OPEN CALL FOR ‘DEEP TRASH Escoria’

CUNTemporary is now accepting proposals for a new episode of ‘Deep Trash’, the unique multi-disciplinary exhibition and performance club night. We accept performances, videos, photographs, installations and written contributions to be shown at ‘DEEP TRASH Escoria’ on Saturday 22 September 2018 at Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club (London, UK).

We are calling for manifestations of queer, feminist, Black, Latinx, Chicanx, indigenous, diasporic or situated lived experiences within the worldwide Spanish-speaking contexts, and of other realities contained within them. The event aims to showcase emergent or recent discourses around sexuality, gender and ‘race’ within Spanish-speaking territories and autonomous communities.

We accept proposals by artists of any artistic background and from any nationality. However, if you have no relations to the cultural contexts mentioned above, we strongly suggest that you justify in your application why you feel like your work belongs to these discourses.

We welcome applications in both English and Spanish. However, we strongly recommend applying in English as our volunteer-led organisation mainly speaks that language. Also, keep in mind that your work will require English speaking audiences to understand your work.

To apply, first make sure that your application relates to the OVERALL THEME of the event. Then, please fill in the form at the link below by Monday 16 July 2018 midnight (UK time).



CUNTemporary está aceptando propuestas para una nueva emisión de ‘Deep Trash’, la extraordinaria sesión de club nocturno de performance y exposiciones multidisciplinares. Aceptamos performances, videos, fotografías, instalaciones y contribuciones escritas para exhibirse en ‘DEEP TRASH Escoria’ el sábado 22 de septiembre de 2018 en el Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club (Londres, Reino Unido).

Convocamos a manifestaciones queer/cuir, feministas, negrxs, latinxs, chicanxs, indígenas, diaspóricas y experiencias situadas dentro de los contextos de habla hispana en el mundo, así como de otras realidades contenidas dentro de dicho contexto. El evento propone exhibir discursos emergentes o recientes sobre sexualidad, género y ‘raza’ dentro de territorios de habla hispana y comunidades autónomas.

Aceptamos propuestas de artistas de cualquier contexto y nacionalidad. Sin embargo, si no tienes alguna relación con el contexto arriba mencionado, sugerimos justificar en la aplicación por qué consideras que tu trabajo forma parte de estos discursos.

Recibimos aplicaciones tanto en inglés como en español. No obstante, sugerimos aplicar en inglés, dado que nuestra organización se basa en el trabajo de voluntarixs que en su mayoría hablan esa lengua. Asimismo, es importante tener en cuenta que tu trabajo será comprendido por públicos de habla inglesa.

Para aplicar, primero es importante asegurarte que tu aplicación se relacione con el TEMA GENERAL del evento. Luego, por favor llena el formato del link que aparece a continuación a más tardar el lunes 16 de julio de 2018, a medianoche (en horario del Reino Unido).




Thu, 21 Jun 2018 00:00:00 +020 tharts-fullcat2467284
Call for Applications | Art Licks Weekend 2018: Peripheries Launch: Thursday 4 October, 6-9pm | Open daily, 5 – 7 October 2018
Download Guidelines & Application Form

For 2018, the Art Licks Weekend takes on the title, Peripheries, to explore how participating projects actively situate themselves on the edges of the art market and its structure as a way of establishing alternative creative working systems and new possibilities of access.

Within the last year, the effects of increased economic pressure have become more apparent as small galleries have closed, funding opportunities shrunk, and artists moved to other cities to balance studio and living costs. What is the alternative?, has become an ever-more urgent question.

Art Licks Weekend: Peripheries will consider how grassroots spaces and projects are addressing this with an alternative art economy, based on collaboration, friendship, support, exchange and care. For this year, we have moved our dates to coincide with Frieze – London’s annual core commercial art activity – so as to better contrast, discuss and positively address current central structures. As an alternative to competitive object-based narratives, Art Licks Weekend: Peripheries supports the development of immaterial practices and projects, with a focus on care and exchange.

We are opening up the festival to include the voices of further projects from cities across the country. Projects from regional cities can apply for 2018; whilst a special issue of Art Licks magazine will be launched that will invite spaces outside of London to articulate their position and approach to these topics.

Alongside this, Art Licks will organise a series of events for participants in the lead-up to October, to give time and space for those taking part to discuss shared concerns and methods, and to build on the support structure that the festival model creates.

APPLICATIONS: to be involved in Art Licks Weekend 2018, please submit a completed Application Form by Monday 16 July, 10am.
Download the Application Guidelines and Form

Thu, 21 Jun 2018 00:00:00 +020 tharts-fullcat2467296
Black History Month venue space available If you are looking for a venue for a talk, exhibition, workshop, author event, creative writing session or other activity this October, do bear in mind that Tower Hamlets Libraries and Idea Store service has a range of labs and other spaces at a number of diverse buildings across the borough, including the education room at the Local Library and Archives (daytime use only). Do be aware that Idea Stores are normally open until 8 or 9 in the evening.

Please submit event proposals to by Sunday 1 July, who will direct your email to the relevant team/building. You can also direct any queries to

Thu, 21 Jun 2018 00:00:00 +020 tharts-fullcat2467305
One Week Residencies July - Sept 2018, Space Clarence Mews Once again Caroline Salem opens her doors in Hackney for seven weeks of seven-day residencies
- July 30th - September 16th 2018

For Independent Performance Makers
(dance, music, theatre, circus, performance art, spoken word)

a place to take risks
trial raw material
refine, deepen, question

creative freedom within a neutral frame of individual studio time, meetings with other makers, a final sharing and post residency review.

You also lead the way in which you invite responses to your work
•25 or 36 studio hours over seven days
•Meetings with fellow artists Weds & Friday
•Post-Residency 1:1 with Caroline
•Sunday evening Studio Sharing for your invited audience
•Full access to garden and kitchenette
•Live-in accommodation available
•Contribution can be paid over 8 weeks
•For more info and how to apply visit website

Two residency options are available:
25 Hours over 7 days: (£290.00) Reduced to £200 because of landscaping in courtyard
36 Hours over 7 days: (£405.00( Reduced to £310 because of landscaping in courtyard

Flexible payment arrangements available, instalments can be paid over a max of 12 weeks.

Caroline Salem

Choreographer - Director

40 Clarence Mews
London E5 8HL

M: 07871 190 500
T: 020 8986 5260

Wed, 20 Jun 2018 00:00:00 +020 tharts-fullcat2467279
Chair and Trustees - Vacancy, Emergency Exit Arts Are you interested in helping one of the UK’s leading outdoor arts companies continue its creative journey?

In 2020 Emergency Exit Arts (EEA) celebrates 40 years of creating unforgettable events and participatory experiences that have been thrilling audiences, bringing life to public spaces and inspiring and enabling people’s creativity.

As we head towards this significant milestone, we are looking for an experienced leader to be our Chair of Trustees and additional board members with the commitment and expertise to help us deliver our ambitious plans for the future.

We already reach more than 1 million people every year, plus a further 20,000 who attend our workshops, and have a national and international reputation for excellent site specific and touring work, community and cultural celebrations and interactive performances in the public realm. We are an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation (NPO), but most of our income comes from a diverse source of clients and other funders.

We have a brilliant staff team; a dynamic diverse board and solid reserves. Could you be the icing on the cake to help ensure continued success, as we move forward into our forties?

Ideally you will be:
•Well connected within the arts and outside it;
•Passionate about arts, creativity and the power they have to transform lives;
•Fun loving, with a sense of adventure to help us on the next, exciting phase of our journey.

Fri, 15 Jun 2018 00:00:00 +020 tharts-fullcat2467242
Marketing & Production Volunteer Work Placement, The Space Fancy joining our busy team this summer? Have a passion for theatre and engaging audiences? Want to get hands on experience in marketing and production?

Then we have the opportunity for you!

Summer is a busy time for us. We have a full programme of theatre at the Space, BLOOM Arts festival up at the Crossrail Place Roof Garden, ongoing theatre workshops and participatory activities, the return of ScriptSpace and our upcoming in house production of Simons Stephen’s ‘Bluebird’ alongside preparation for our Christmas show…
With that in mind, we are looking for a highly motivated and passionate individual to come and join our team. Working closely with our Marketing and Production Manager, you will gain experience and insight in areas such as arts administration, marketing, production and event management, casting and fundraising.

We are looking for someone with a passion for theatre and live performance who is prepared to ‘muck in’, take initiative and learn fast!

We can offer:-
One-on-one training, mentoring and evaluation
Flexible working hours/time commitment
Employment references/letters of recommendation
Free tickets to all events at the Space and occasionally at other venues
50% off food from our café/bar

We are a small, registered charity and unfortunately we are unable to offer payment for this volunteer work placement. We hope that the experience we provide will be able to lead to employment opportunities in the future both here and at other theatres.

If you are interested in applying please email with your CV and a paragraph about why you are interested in the position and what you hope to get out of the internship by 25th June. Interviews 29th June.

Thu, 14 Jun 2018 00:00:00 +020 tharts-fullcat2467234
Scratch, Crackle & POP! SEPTEMBER - Call Out For Scratch Night Performers Our scratch night is back this September!

What’s Scratch Crackle & POP?
Scratch, Crackle and POP! is our seasonal scratch night showcasing the work of writers, performers and poets in the early stages of development, giving audiences a taste of upcoming and developing shows.

Want to apply to perform?
Applications for our September scratch night are now OPEN.

Please send the following information to by Thursday 30 August for the chance to take part in the September scratch night:

The type and length of performance (ie. theatre/dance/spoken word. Performances must last no longer than 15 minutes)
Max 200 words description of the performance (this doesn’t have to be too polished and can be a list of ideas, themes or questions you are exploring)
Links to previous/current work (eg. YouTube/Vimeo/Tumblr)
Basic tech requirements

All applicants shall receive a response by Wednesday 5 September. The show will take place on Thursday 27 September.

Thu, 07 Jun 2018 00:00:00 +020 tharts-fullcat2467131
Gallery Cafe Open Mic Trialling out new material? Getting back into performing? Have never performed before?

We welcome all performers to our monthly open mic, taking place on the last Thursday of the month. Singers, musicians, poets, magicians, actors and everything in between.

Sign up on the night from 7pm, music starts at 7.30pm (we have a house acoustic for people to use)

*ANNOUNCEMENT: Every few months we will feature some of our favourite artists to give an extra special closing set to the night. Coming up we have: The incredible vocal-loop artist Yazmyn Hendrix 28th June and sublime Dan Ferguson 27th September*

Free entry to all, no need to book ahead

Any questions? Email George at

Fourth Thursday every month
Thu 26 Jul 18 - Thu 22 Nov 18
Time 7pm - 10pm
Venue Gallery Cafe, St Margarets House, Old Ford Road, E2 9PL
Tel 020 8980 2092

Twitter @the_gallerycafe

Thu, 07 Jun 2018 00:00:00 +020 tharts-fullcat2467182
Call for Artists – Artrooms Fair London - Deadline Extended Deadline to apply for Artrooms Fair London 2019 edition now extended until the 31st July. We listened to requests from artists around the world and decided to give you all more time and more chances to participate in our Calls For Artists.

The Fair will run from the 11th to the 13th January 2019 at Meliã White House Hotel, Albany St, London NW1 3UP (Regent’s Park, London).
We are now calling for independent artists from all over the world, from all different backgrounds and media.

Artists will exhibit in hotel rooms to be transformed in their own creative and intimate studios. It is a great opportunity to share your vision, meet collectors, curators, and to be scouted by galleries.
Artrooms is the first international contemporary art fair offering free exhibition spaces to independent artists, innovating the way artists and buyers meet.

The Single Work Application consists in submitting 1 application for only 1 work and, if selected, artists will not be required to attend the fair. It is a great opportunity for all artists who express their interest in Artrooms Fair but experience difficulties in covering transport and accommodation expenses on top of the shipment and/or getting a travel VISA, and considering also the emerging artists who haven’t got a wide portfolio to show to the public yet.
What you need to know:

New deadline is 31st July 2018.

It applies for both Single Artwork Application and Rooms & Video Application.

Public Votes will be taken into account until September 2018.
This is your last chance, so don’t wait any more!
Selected artists will be announced in September 2018.

Find to Apply
Deadline 31st July

Rooms & Video Application
Application fee £20

Single work Application
Application Fee £50

Thu, 07 Jun 2018 00:00:00 +020 tharts-fullcat2467183
Call-out for Exhibition proposals – FREE gallery space available Tower Hamlets Council is able to offer wall space at the Brady Arts Centre for 2 weeks this October, for any proposals which are thematically relevant to Black History Month.

The Brady Arts Centre is a thriving, and well-equipped community hub with a light and airy exhibition space in the spacious ground floor café area. It is close to Brick Lane, has high footfall, and provides an excellent opportunity for reaching out to new audiences. See details here - There is no fee for use of this space, or commission charge on sales of work. Costs for private views must be borne by exhibitors.

We are currently seeking proposals for work to be displayed for the first two weeks of October, as part of a wide-ranging programme of events to celebrate Black History Month. It could potentially host group or solo shows, but work must fit our remit.

To this end, the subject matter may revolve around cross-cultural connections, the diversity of the East End, and the legacy of the African diaspora. This could be photography, painting, printmaking, drawing or mixed media. Two dimensional work, which is ready to hang, will be given priority. For further details about the myriad ways in which the council supports Black History Month, please see the webpage here with relevant downloads including notes about significant anniversaries in 2018 (The Windrush, and many more).

Please be aware that although the council operates a small grant scheme (the Event Fund), exhibitions do not generally comply with the criteria for applications, unless there is a significant outreach/workshop/community engagement component. For more information, to submit an expression of interest, or to arrange a meeting or discussion, please email

Deadline for expressions of interest end is Friday 29 June.

Wed, 06 Jun 2018 00:00:00 +020 tharts-fullcat2467143
Call for Submissions - The Graduate Art Prize 2018, ARTIQ Are you graduating from university this year and looking for the perfect kick start to your career? The Graduate Art Prize is now open for entries, offering the UK’s most exciting art graduates the chance to win a major cash prize, a group exhibition, art materials and representation from the UK’s leading art rental consultancy, ARTIQ.

The prizes:
•First Prize: Representation by ARTIQ, £2,000 cash prize from leading law firm and main sponsor Herbert Smith Freehills, £500 art materials voucher from Atlantis Art Supplies
•Runner Up: Representation by ARTIQ, £500 art materials voucher from Atlantis Art Supplies

All shortlisted artists will be exhibited in a group exhibition and exclusive private viewing event in the City of London where the winner will be announced.

About the prize
The Graduate Art Prize was established in 2013 by ARTIQ and Herbert Smith Freehills and is open to all final year students on BA and MA degree courses at British art colleges or universities. From the entries, around 20 artists will be shortlisted to take part in a group exhibition and exclusive private viewing event where the winner and runner-up positions will be announced.

All shortlisted artists will also get the opportunity to sign with ARTIQ and have their work represented to our client-base of international corporates, hotels and residential projects. Click here to read about 2016 winner, Marley Treloar’s winning work ‘Gardens’, currently on show at The Principle Edinburgh Charlotte Square.

How to apply
In order to qualify for entry for the 2018 edition, artists MUST:
1.Be graduating from a BA or MA from a UK college or university in 2018.
2.Enter via the Entry Form on.
3.Permit any works submitted to be available for exhibition from the time of submission until 30th November 2018.
4.Permit any works submitted to be sold during the duration of the competition.
5.Ensure all information contained in the application is completed, otherwise, your entry will not be considered.

Submissions are open until midnight on Friday 27th July 2018

Click here to enter

Wed, 06 Jun 2018 00:00:00 +020 tharts-fullcat2467153
Urban Makers East Christmas Market 2018 – Applications open now Applications are open now for our Christmas market 2018. We are pleased to be back at the Ecology Pavilion, Mile End Park on December 8th and 9th. The Ecology Pavilion overlooks the reed beds of Mile End Park and can accommodate over 50 designer makers each day. Applications close on July 2nd 2018

We are looking for original, well made, inspired design and we require that the products you sell are designed by you, handmade or made locally to you. If they are made and produced elsewhere they must be ethically sourced and kind to the environment.

December 8th and 9th 2018
11 – 5pm each day (set up from 9.30am)
Full table £65 per day / Shared £35 each (10% off for Perks Members and Tower Hamlets Residents)
Tables are 6ft x 2.5ft
Please note shared tables are limited. If you do not have a maker you would like to share with we will pair you up with someone.

We are looking to have different traders each day so please specify which day you would like on the form below. We will try our best to accommodate all requests but these cannot be guaranteed

Please note you must have public liability insurance to trade with Urban Makers East. Applications will close on July 2nd 2018 and you will hear from us within 2 weeks of close date to let you know if you have been successful or not.

Workshops – The cost to host a workshop is £50. If you are paying for a stall this will be free. There is a large circular workshop table that fits up to 12 people which is usually shared with a morning and an afternoon slot.

Wed, 06 Jun 2018 00:00:00 +020 tharts-fullcat2467179
Funding and participation opportunities for Black History Month 2018 Tower Hamlets Council’s Arts, Parks and Events Team offers support in numerous ways to those who would like to participate in Black History Month.

We are aiming to facilitate another bustling programme this October and there is still time to plan your event, but please read on for further details and be aware of the following key timelines:

• <b>FREE EVENT FUND WORKSHOPS – 14th June</b>
• <b>APPLICATIONS FOR QUARTER 3 OF EVENT FUND GRANT SCHEME</b> must be received by midday on Thursday 5th July.
• <b>SUBMISSIONS TO OUR 2018 BROCHURE</b> - deadline is Monday 6th August.

<b>Taking part</b>
If you would like to be part of this year’s programme, do be aware that all activities must take place within Tower Hamlets. However, organisations based elsewhere are welcome to arrange an event specific to Black History Month within the borough and can get in touch with help and suggestions for securing a venue. For those who have a pre-scheduled programme relevant to Black History Month elsewhere, we welcome offshoot or outreach activities in Tower Hamlets as a way for you to make links and reach out to wider communities.

Please download the guidelines and notes below regarding the council’s small grant scheme, the Event Fund. All applications for events happening during or after October must be received by 5th July. Further details can be found here -

</b>Themes and Anniversaries:</b>
The downloadable document below contains some ideas of what and who you might want to celebrate in 2018. This is by no means exhaustive.

We will again be producing a booklet to capture all the events taking place from late September to early November (with leeway of a week either side of October) which are relevant to Black History Month. Please use the brochure submission form below. We are always on the lookout for strong images to spearhead the campaign on brochures as well as bus-stop sized posters. Please submit these at any time.

To ensure your organisation complies with the new General Data Protection Regulations, please go to This is a useful resource for those who have day-to-day responsibility for data protection.

Our lovely 2017 listings brochure is still available as a reminder of the great and varied programme of events that took place last year and you can download it from

Please feel free to email with any queries or suggestions, or to join our mailing list. If you have an idea but need a venue, publicity, or other support, we will be happy to help wherever possible.

Thu, 31 May 2018 00:00:00 +020 tharts-fullcat2467095
Curatorial Practice Award 2018, Film and Video Umbrella The Curatorial Practice Award is FVU’s initiative to welcome and foster new voices into the art world by enabling people from low-income backgrounds to pursue curatorial careers in the arts.

The recipient will join FVU as a guest curator for one year, working to develop and realise a project of their choosing in the field of artists’ moving image. The outcome could take a number of different forms, such as an exhibition, education programme, commission, event, or screening programme. FVU will provide support, desk space, project match funding up to £15,000 (so a total maximum budget of £30,000) and a fee of £5,000.

The opportunity aims to provide real-world, practical experience of how to deliver a significant curatorial project that will not only help build professional confidence for the future but show evidence of delivery to prospective employers.

Application deadline: 23 July 2018

Find out more and apply:

Wed, 30 May 2018 00:00:00 +020 tharts-fullcat2467070
Trustee opportunity: Chair of Trustees, Sound Connections Could you be the next Chair of Trustees for Sound Connections? The new Chair should be passionate about our purpose and values, be an advocate for our work, help build the charity's profile and grow our fundraising database. The new Chair will also provide inspirational leadership ensuring high levels of performance across the Board of Trustees. Apply by Friday 29 June.

Find out more >

Wed, 30 May 2018 00:00:00 +020 tharts-fullcat2467074
Writeidea Short Story Competition - The East London Writeidea Prize 2018 Competition First Prize £300
Four finalists’ prizes £50

Teen First Prize £50
Four finalists’ prizes £20

Idea Store Learners' Prize £50

The Writeidea Short Story Prize is a competition is aimed at writers who have never been published before. Stories must be a maximum of 3,000 words (no minimum).
Entrants must live, work or study in Tower Hamlets.

The theme this year is "Women". Stories are welcome in any style or genre.

The Winner will be announced at the Writeidea Festival on either 17 or 18 November 2018 (date and time to be confirmed).

Entrants must be 16 years old or over on the closing date.
Teen competition entrants must be 13 - 19 years old.
Idea Store Learners’ Prize entrants must be enrolled on an Idea Store Learning class during the academic year 2017-2018 or 2018-2019.
Closing Date: 13 September 2018

Please read the rules carefully before entering.

Enter your story here

Wed, 30 May 2018 00:00:00 +020 tharts-fullcat2467080
The Big Draw Festival 2018 Theme Announced & Registrations Open We are thrilled to announce our theme for 2018: Play! - For kids and big kids alike, The Big Draw Festival 2018 is all about letting loose, embracing happy accidents, discovery, and most importantly having fun with those HBs!

The theme is just a suggestion that many find useful to get the creative cogs churning when planning their events, but there is no obligation to use it, just as long as you're drawing! Registrations are now open for The Big Draw Festival 2018. Visit our website to register or login or if you still want to know more, please read on!

who can organise an event?

Anyone can! Our mission is to get EVERYONE drawing...


Whether you are from a gallery, museum, library, school, care home, community centre or you are just someone passionate about drawing, anyone can register to be part of the international Big Draw Festival 2018!

Join our annual festival of over 1000 events from 1 - 31 October. You can also register drawing events and exhibitions outside The Big Draw dates. These will be displayed throughout the year.

When Should we sign up?

The Big Draw Festival theme is announced and registrations are now OPEN for 2018!

We advise you to sign up as soon as you can to register and access all the promotional resources available to plan and market you event(s) and get a name check in the PR!

Once signed up and registered you can add UNLIMITED EVENTS throughout The Big Draw Festival and up until December 2018, if you want to add events to our site thereafter.

Wed, 30 May 2018 00:00:00 +020 tharts-fullcat2467081
Poster Prize for Illustration 2019, Association of Illustrators and London Transport Museum Poster Prize for Illustration 2019 now Open for submissions, Association of Illustrators and London Transport Museum

Find out more about the Poster Prize for Illustration 2019 on our website This is a themed competition and the 100 selected artists are exhibited at the London Transport Museum in a special exhibition from early 2019.

There are also three Awards:

First prize: £2,000 and feature of the winning image on a London Transport Museum poster to be displayed on the London Underground
Second prize: £1,000
Third prize: £750

The deadline for entries is 16 July 2018

Please read the full T&Cs before entrering.

Wed, 16 May 2018 00:00:00 +020 tharts-fullcat2466989
Lancaster Playwriting Prize - Deadline extended The Lancaster Playwriting Prize in partnership with Lancaster University and The Dukes Theatre, Lancaster; and supported by Lucy Briers, Tamasha and Arts Council England, is now open for applications.

This year's prize is focused on BAMER playwrights with the winner receiving £1500, travel support and an invitation to become part of the Tamasha Playwrights group for 2018/19. Two of the other shortlisted writers will receive writer on attachment bursaries at The Dukes of £500 each with further support to cover travel cost.

Deadline extended to 5th August.

Find out more and apply

Wed, 09 May 2018 00:00:00 +020 tharts-fullcat2466927
OPEN CALL: Visual Artists in Any Medium for Online Feature Dark Yellow Dot is a platform for supporting emerging artists. Every month we select 8 artists to display their work on our website

WHO: Visual Artists in any medium other than film and performance.

WHAT: Submit up to 4 images of your work. We look for artists with a unique approach to any medium. Artists will need to fill out a submission form so we can give accurate credit. Artists of course, retain the rights to their work.

WHEN: Submit by the 20th of every month


HOW MUCH: Pay What You Want when submitting up to 4 images. Fees go directly to the development of Dark Yellow Dot, to find and create more opportunities for emerging artists.

Fri, 27 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +020 tharts-fullcat2466854
OPEN CALL: Creative Writers for Online Feature on Dark Yellow Dot Dark Yellow Dot is a platform for supporting emerging artists. This year are putting a spot light on literary artists as another way for us to celebrate culture, diversity and creativity from all of our communities. We're looking forward to publishing your creative writing on our website each month.

WHO: Anyone who likes to write!

WHAT: We want ORIGINAL inspiring stories, short stories, mini plays, poetry, articles, open letters, journal entries etc. Anything you can write in 800 words or less. We are more inclined to select humorous, exciting and thought provoking work. Artists will need to fill out a submission form so we can give accurate credit. Artists of course, retain the rights to their work.

WHEN: Submit by the 20th of every month


HOW MUCH: Pay What You Want when submitting up to 800 words. Fees go directly to the development of Dark Yellow Dot, to find and create more opportunities for emerging artists.

Fri, 27 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +020 tharts-fullcat2466855
ArtGemini Prize 2018 Call For Entries

ArtGeminiPrize 2018, 6th Edition: PAINTING/PHOTOGRAPHY/SCULPTURE

£5000 Cash Prizes & Finalists' Exhibition 25-29 Sept 2018 @Menier Gallery London

Deadline 1 July 2018

Details at

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +020 tharts-fullcat2466698
International Photography Festival Oct/Nov 2018

CALL FOR ENTRIES – Deadline for submission 16 July 2018

photomonth is an international photography festival focused on East London. Founded in 2001 and taking place in October & November the festival aims to demonstrate the diversity of contemporary photography and reach the widest possible audience.

photomonth owes a great deal of its success to the open call for exhibitions giving the opportunity for emerging artists to be appreciated in a variety of interesting and unusual spaces alongside leading internationally renowned photographers in major institutions.

photomonth is committed to the creative development of photography. The exhibitions present work of the highest possible standard, giving exposure to photographers from the world over as well as those that are locally based or come from other parts of the UK. A programme of special events creates interest and participation in photography and includes the photo-open, portfolio review, photobook & print fair, lectures, seminars, discussions, talks by artists, walks and workshops.

Galleries & Venues are invited to participate in this event at some point during October/November 2018. Curators select their own photographers for exhibition or contact Alternative Arts for a list of suggestions that they may contact direct.

Photographers must contact galleries & venues directly to arrange for an exhibition, or create their own space for a show, or exhibit online. Finding a suitable new and interesting venue in East London is equally acceptable. For good examples search the listings on and

The photomonth brochure lists all participating galleries/venues giving details of each exhibition and featuring a location map. Brochures are widely distributed free of charge all over London and beyond to other cities across the world so that photomonth receives international recognition. Alternative Arts produces the brochure and provides information on photomonth to the Press and Public.

The photomonth website will carry all the latest festival information, features every exhibition and event plus updates, and is linked to photography festivals worldwide, reaching a global audience.

Submit entries for photomonth 2018 at by 16 July 2018.

photomonth is produced by alternative arts
Contact: +44(0)20 8800 6665

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +020 tharts-fullcat2466719
Signups for Fun Palaces 2018 are OPEN! Click here to register your 2018 Fun Palace and start planning what you will get up to on the 6th and 7th October.

Need inspiration? Then our new film is just the thing (it's under 4 minutes long).
And if you want to know more about what happened last year, we are proud to share our 2017 evaluation with you Spoiler alert: over 13,000 people pitched in to make it all happen, from all ages, backgrounds, and locations...

A Maker from the Royal and Derngate Fun Palace in Northampton said:
“It is a real chance to make real connections and real friends, to learn from each other and to celebrate what is unique and exciting about our town and the people who live here.”

Thank you again for making 2017 the biggest, most diverse, Fun Palaces year ever- let's get stuck in for 2018!

As always, we love hearing from you so please get in touch to tell us what you are up to, or if we can help you.

Wed, 07 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +020 tharts-fullcat2466467
Submissions open for Norwich Film Festival 2018 Want to get your short film seen, win cash and software prizes, and scoop a prestigious trophy?

Make sure you submit your short film to Norwich Film Festival 2018.

Now in it's 8th year, the festival is a British Independent Film Awards (BIFA) Qualifying Short Film Festival and was also chosen by The Metro as one of 'the top UK film festivals you need to know about.'

Films should be no longer than 25 minutes long and must have been completed after January 2016.

This year's categories include Best Short Film, Best Animation, Best Documentary, Best Student Film, One Minute Movie, The East Anglian Award, and the return of the One Minute Movie competition. Winners of each main category will receive an £1000 cash prize.

Regular Deadline: 24 June 2018
Late Deadline: 8 July 2018
Extended Deadline: 18 July 2018

You can submit your short film here:
Any questions, please do get in touch at:

Sun, 11 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +020 tharts-fullcat2466250
Open Call for Queer Films and Performers, Queerly Beloved In 2018, queerly beloved will be having a rolling open call year-round.

We are seeking short films, spoken word, and other performance-based art exploring any LGBT+ themes – works will be selected for one of our themed events throughout the year, and artists will be notified in advance of their works being shown.

Filmmakers should send a private link to their film, with a short description and any promotional materials. Poets please send examples of your work. For other performances, please send a description of the performance and duration, and any previous footage of similar performances.

As always, artists selected will also be asked to speak about their works in a panel following the respective screening.

Queerly Beloved is a queer organisation celebrating the marginalised through cinematic and artistic expression. Showcasing the work of LGBT+ filmmakers and artists, queerly beloved holds screenings/events every other month for works exploring various LGBT+ themes.

We have a great line-up of events and venues this year, and we can’t wait to share all the amazing films that have been sent our way!

Email contact details, promotional materials, and link to film (via wetransfer or dropbox) to

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +020 tharts-fullcat2466164
Cinegi Arts&Film - All the world’s a… screen Want to screen theatre, opera, music and ballet or local archive?
Now you can with Cinegi Arts&Film - a new digital distribution service that makes it easy to do public screenings in all kinds of venues. Not everyone has access to a local cinema or theatre - Cinegi Arts&Film changes this, making titles from major arts organisations easily and affordably available. View a sample here :

What do I need and how does it work?
All you need is a Windows 10 laptop, HD projector, sound system and screen. It works as secure digital download over the public internet and standard broadband. You choose and book a programme online, pay online and download it into the free Cinegi player app (bit like the iPlayer) and it's ready to play.

What does it cost?
The standard minimum price for a screening is £99 including VAT.

Sign me up!
To sign up go to

<b>Example Programme</b>

Somewhere in London
Escape the hustle and bustle of the city with a screening of archive creatives and activists from Hackney street artists to Brixton’s dub poet Linton Kwesi Johnson with Cinegi Arts&Film programme: Somewhere in London | Three films set in Brixton, Hackney & Notting Hill (E)

The programme includes:

Grove Carnival (1981) | 18 mins | Dir. Steve Shaw & Henry Martin
This kaleidoscopic record of the 1980 Notting Hill Carnival invites you into the busy streets, following floats and popping into community centres where performers prepare. The diversity of the crowd really makes Carnival, and here we see the original punks, the dancing coppers, the nostalgic Caribbean ex-pats. With no narrator, the film echoes the event's relaxed yet ecstatic rhythm.

Somewhere in Hackney (1980) | 50 mins | Dir. Ron Orders
Some of Hackney's most notorious landmarks along with some of the borough's much-loved institutions feature in this entertaining period piece about four community-based arts projects rooted in the 1970s. Long before the regeneration heralded by the arrival of Tony Blair, street artists get down with the kids on run-down council estates. Women at a print workshop in Lentall Road produce striking feminist posters and graphic designs while historic Hoxton Hall offers drama and a pensioners' lunch club

Dread Beat And Blood (1979) | 43 mins | Dir. Franco Rosso
This vibrant portrait of dub poet and political activist Linton Kwesi Johnson transports us back to the turbulent streets of Brixton in the late 1970s. Jamaican-born Johnson explains with precise and powerful eloquence the violence and racism meted out to Black and Asian communities in London and beyond - and how his poetry acts as a weapon in the struggle for justice. Dread Beat and Blood, funded by the Arts Council, takes its title from Johnson's 1975 book of poetry and seminal 1978 album, recorded under the moniker Poet and the Roots. Director Franco Rossi revisited South London's sound system culture in his 1980 feature film debut, Babylon.

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Cinegi Arts&Film is a project from Cinegi Media Ltd supported by Arts Council England, in partnership with the BFI.

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +020 tharts-fullcat2465948
Creative Coworking + Studio Space Available, Four Corners Four Corners is a not-for-profit production and exhibition centre for film and photography. Based in East London for over forty years, we provide training and support to lens-based practitioners.

We currently have desk space available in our beautiful, 1500ft open-plan loft, as well as ground floor private offices.

Prices start at £175 for a small desk and include:
•24hr access
•Shower & toilets
•Roof terrace with panoramic views
•Open-plan kitchen and lounge
•Wireless broadband
•Studio space
•Weekly cleaner
•On-site manager
•Reception and fixed business address.
•Excellent transport links (two minutes from Bethnal Green tube)
•Generous discounts on Four Corners facilities.

Located in the vibrant hub of Bethnal Green, our co-working space is perfect for photographers, filmmakers and other creatives looking to work within a like-minded environment.

Please contact Ruby on 02089816111 if you would like to view the space.

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +020 tharts-fullcat2465627