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 Sun, 23 Sep 2018 22:27:01 +020 Sun, 23 Sep 2018 22:27:01 +020 ZOOM: Futures in Creative Media - FREE training in film & TV production for Tower Hamlets Residents A unique, free training scheme in film and TV production exclusive to Tower Hamlets residents

Applications are now open for ZOOM: Futures in Creative Media - offering an entirely FREE yearlong training scheme for 16 unemployed/low-waged Tower Hamlets residents aged over 18 who are interested in working in the film/TV industry.

ZOOM offers the 16 trainees a year’s support, including:
• six weeks of practical, accredited filmmaking training (including producing a short film)
• being paired with an industry mentor
• a programme of masterclasses
• networking sessions
• work experience opportunities.

Our ZOOM trainees have gone on to work on a number of prestigious film and TV productions including: STAR WARS EPISODE IX; Idris Elba’s directorial debut YARDIE; MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: FALLOUT; Disney’s new feature PINOCCHIO; along with various music videos and commercials.

Previous ZOOM industry mentors have included: BAFTA Breakthrough Brit Ray Panthaki, BAFTA nominated actress, writer and producer Charlie Covell, BAFTA winning editor Kristina Hetherington, BAFTA nominated writer Vinay Patel, award-winning filmmaker Ben Rivers and Oscar winning producer Mia Bays.

ZOOM supports trainees with various behind-the-camera skills including - runners, animators, camera operators, production assistants, researchers, screenwriters, directors, set/costume designers and editors.

“ZOOM was a turning point in my life and since then I have been working to make my dreams true.” Mays, Year 2 ZOOM Trainee.

Applications are open now until Tuesday 2nd October 2018

Find out more and apply

Wed, 19 Sep 2018 00:00:00 +020 tharts-fullcat2467924
Could You Be The Next Chair Of Trustees For Sound Connections? Sound Connections is recruiting a new Chair of Trustees to succeed Katrina Duncan, who will be standing down in October after 12 years of service. The new Chair will be passionate about the purpose and values of Sound Connections, be an advocate for its work, help build the charity’s profile and grow its fundraising base. They will also provide inspirational leadership ensuring high levels of performance across the Board of Trustees. The application deadline for this role is Monday 1 October.

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Wed, 19 Sep 2018 00:00:00 +020 tharts-fullcat2467939
Tamasha Playwrights 2018/19 - Applications Now Open Applications are now open for Tamasha Playwrights 2018/19

Now in its fifth year, Tamasha Playwrights is a writer-led collective of emerging playwrights from diverse cultural backgrounds. It aims to offer long-term career development in a supportive environment.

Writers meet for weekly sessions in Tamasha's office from October to July. The content of each sessions is determined by the participants, and can include any aspect of playwriting; self-producing; fundraising; teaching; and other ways to make a living as a writer.

Graduates of the Tamasha Playwrights group have gone on to win various awards and commissions including: Rabiah Hussain (Spun at Arcola Theatre, BBC Drama Room), Iman Qureshi (Papatango Prize winner), Guleraana Mir (Coconut national tour), Amy Ng (Acceptance at Hampstead Theatre), Asif Khan (Combustion national tour), and Yolanda Mercy (Quarter Life Crisis national tour).

It’s free to take part. We actively encourage applications from writers of colour. A limited number of bursaries to contribute towards travel costs may be available to writers from outside of London.

Deadline for applications: Friday 28 September, 12pm

Tamasha gratefully acknowledges support from the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation to provide regional bursaries for Tamasha Playwrights.

Apply now

Wed, 19 Sep 2018 00:00:00 +020 tharts-fullcat2467946
Grantham Art Prize 2018 The Grantham Art Prize is an exciting new competition on the theme of climate change and the environment, and a chance for art students to win £700 and exhibit their work nationally.

Climate change is no longer just a problem for the future, it affects every country on every continent. It is having serious impacts on people's lives, threatening homes and causing food and water shortages.

The Grantham Art Prize hopes to inspire collaborations between artists and researchers and motivate people to take action to combat climate change and its impacts.

The competition is open to all art students at any university and all staff and students at Imperial, and collaborations with Imperial's researchers, engineers and scientists are encouraged.

The deadline for the competition is 23:59 on 23 November 2018.

If people are interested in finding out more about the competition and potentially starting a collaboration, they can sign up to our mixer event on 24 October:

Tue, 18 Sep 2018 00:00:00 +020 tharts-fullcat2467911
Spitalfields Music Festival Volunteers We are currently looking for volunteers to work on out 2018 Spitalfields Music Festival events.

We need extra help to run our events safely and smoothly. Without the support of our committed and enthusiastic volunteers, we would not be able to put on our festivals. Our volunteers are often the first point of contact at a concert for an audience member and are key to ensuring that the audience’s experience of the Festival is the best it can possibly be.

Our festival runs from the 1-9th December in venues across East London. Volunteers are able to choose which events they would like to work on and will always be able to watch the performances they are working on. See our website for this year's programme.

Please contact to find out more.

Mon, 17 Sep 2018 00:00:00 +020 tharts-fullcat2467900
Call to artist filmmakers - FLAMIN Productions £30,000 funding award, Film London Artists' Moving Image Network (FLAMIN) Deadline for applications: 3 December 2018

Part of Film London Artists’ Moving Image Network (FLAMIN), FLAMIN Productions aims to support the most exciting, innovative and challenging moving image projects with development, production finance and bespoke mentoring opportunities.

FLAMIN Productions is the only scheme of its kind in the UK. It commissions new, important and substantial moving image artworks that are ambitious in premise and duration, with an emphasis on projects that have strong potential for national and international exhibition and distribution.

FLAMIN Productions will be investing production funding through awards of £30,000 each for two projects.

Tue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 +020 tharts-fullcat2467878
Submissions welcome for the Linc Community Centre Black History Month Exhibition The Linc Community Centre is hosting an art exhibition in celebration of this year’s Black History Month. We will be exhibiting photographs of trailblazing black women throughout history and also the finalists from our artist competition.

For a place in our exhibition and to enter our artist competition, any art form is welcomed! Art, photography, poetry, prose… Submissions are invited under the theme ‘Remembering the Windrush Generation and Celebrating Today's Communities'. Dr Angelina Osborne from the Windrush Foundation will be judging entries, winners will be featured during our month long exhibition and first place will be featured in the East London Advertiser.

The deadline for entries is 7th October and all submissions should be sent to or by post to The Linc Centre 70 Fern St, E3 3PR.

Our exhibition opening will take place 6pm-9pm on the 11th October and then daily Monday-Friday 10am-6pm until the 9th of November.

Mon, 10 Sep 2018 00:00:00 +020 tharts-fullcat2467872
Call for Entries: Black History Month Exhibition, Dark Yellow Dot Dark Yellow Dot aims to highlight the cultural diversity of young artists with a strong personal vision and innovative approach to art making. We are curating an exhibition in honour of Black History Month 2018, and will be featuring the work of London based artists to display selected works, at the Genesis Cinema Gallery Space in East London.

The Genesis Cinema has been offering entertainment in London's East End since 1848. With a rich and jam packed history, it had once housed performances by Charlie Chaplin, Laurel & Hardy, and Barbra Windsor to name a few. Now it's a bustling independent cinema with an ambient cafe and cocktail bar and is known for showcasing local artists in its popular gallery space.

Both the artist and the artwork must be in London to be considered, as both Dark Yellow Dot and Genesis prides itself on promoting local arts and culture.

About your artwork:

- represents themes that aim to celebrate/honour/bring awareness to black culture/identity
- artworks must be original, created by the artist
- any medium (except Film/Video)- maximum size of artwork: 6ft x 5ft
- can be easily supported on a wall and doesn't protrude more than 6 inches in depth.
- completed in the last 3 years
- prepared for hanging by 9:00am October 1st, 2018

PLEASE RENAME YOUR IMAGE FILES: YourName_Title.jpgjpg, png, pdf files are accepted

Successful Applicants:
- will be aged 18-35
- Identifies as Black British
- Emerging, Early career or hobby artist
- studying or practicing as an artist
- currently living in London

Submission Deadline: Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at 11pm
Submission Fee is £8

Exhibition Installation: October 1st (May be subject to change)
Exhibition Dates: October 1st - October 31st (May be subject to change)

Unfortunately there will be no Private View evening for this exhibition.
Artists always retain the rights to their own artwork.

For more info visit our website or send an emai to


Wed, 29 Aug 2018 00:00:00 +020 tharts-fullcat2467803
Applications Open for the Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary, Shape Arts The 2019 Shape Arts Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary (ARMB), an annual award set up in memory of sculptor Adam Reynolds to support mid-career disabled artists, is now open for applications.

Now in its eleventh year, the ARMB offers this year’s successful recipient an award of £10k and an accompanying three-month residency with BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead (image above) from 4 March – 30 April 2019. BALTIC is offering studio space and access to BALTIC’s Library and Archive.

The Bursary provides an opportunity for disabled artists to develop their ideas and practice without pressure to deliver a particular outcome such as finished or exhibition-ready work. The recipient of the last ARMB was sculptor Terence Birch, whose residency with Pallant House Gallery and the University of Chichester took place from February to May 2018. Previous residencies have been hosted by Turner Contemporary, the V&A, the New Art Gallery Walsall, Camden Arts Centre and Spike Island, as well as BALTIC once before.

World-renowned sculptor Sir Antony Gormley RA comments:

“Adam was inspirational as an artist and a man – seeing his disability as a strength. This bursary is the most practical and powerful way to continue doing what Adam did to make the possible palpable.”

The residency will also include developing and delivering public-facing activities with BALTIC and Shape Arts, and showing work as part of the Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary Shortlist exhibition, in which all artists shortlisted for the award will be given the opportunity to participate.

Artists can apply by visiting

Submissions deadline: 12 noon, 1 October 2018

For more information, please contact Emma Baker-Griffin, Programme and Corporate Services Assistant at Shape Arts – or +44 (0) 207 424 7330

Wed, 29 Aug 2018 00:00:00 +020 tharts-fullcat2467806
Call to artists - ArtWorks Open 2018 prize exhibition, Barbican Arts Group Trust ArtWorks Open 2018 is selected by Tai Shani and Emma Talbot. The open prizewinning show is now in its 10th year. Submissions are welcome from artists in UK and Europe. The selectors will award £1,000 1st Prize and Solo Show, £500 2nd Prize and Solo Show, plus two six week residencies. All shows and residences will take place at ArtWorks Project Space in 2019.

Deadline for submissions: 25th October.

Wed, 22 Aug 2018 00:00:00 +020 tharts-fullcat2467748
Jerwood Makers Open Jerwood Makers Open is an exceptional development and exhibition opportunity for makers, applied artists and designers from anywhere in the UK who are within 10 years of beginning a practice. It is open to individuals, collaborations and collectives. There are five awards of £8,000 each plus curatorial and logistical advice from the Jerwood Visual Arts team to support the making of new work over a six month period for a group exhibition in London, followed by a UK tour.
Open to ambitious, well thought through applications from those working in all materials and progressive practices including but not limited to: ceramics, furniture, glass, jewellery, metal, paper, textiles, and wood.

Deadline for application: 24 September 2018
Apply here :

Wed, 08 Aug 2018 00:00:00 +020 tharts-fullcat2467658
Totally Thames - Thames Lens 2018 Photography Competition now open It's time to get snapping: Thames Lens Photography Competition now open

Our annual Thames Lens photography competition is now open for submissions inviting non-professional photographers to get down to the River Thames and capture unique shots of it.

The River Thames is London’s largest open space and central to the communities surrounding it. This year, the judges are looking for unique and interesting images that respond to the theme: River of Life, through which we hope to see the multitude of communities the river supports and is the centre of from ecological, spiritual, residential to commercial.

This year we are thrilled to be introducing an under 18s category to feature the perspectives of young Londoners. Enter your photograph to win some great prizes, as well as the chance to be part of a group exhibition. The competition judging panel consists of representatives from the Thames Festival Trust and Port of London Authority alongside highly regarded Photographer Henry Reichhold.

The deadline for submissions is Sunday 30 September.

Wed, 18 Jul 2018 00:00:00 +020 tharts-fullcat2467477
Workspace Available at Four Corners Budding start up? Small business? Freelance creative?

Four Corners has a range of workspace available, from private offices to edit suites and hot-desks.

A short walk from Bethnal Green station, with a vibrant gallery and lovely garden, Four Corners is home to a diverse community of creatives. We offer discounts on our facilities, a lively events programme and networking opportunities.

Visit our website to find out more!

Fri, 13 Jul 2018 00:00:00 +020 tharts-fullcat2467436
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
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
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.

Follow us on Twitter @CinegiArtsFilm on and read our stories at

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