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, 09 Dec 2018 23:20:10 +010 Sun, 09 Dec 2018 23:20:10 +010 Cockpit Arts - Open Awards Cockpit Arts are looking for talented makers to join their community.

The Cockpit Arts / Haberdashers’ Award
• Open to: Up to three makers working in knit to assist them to set up in business
• Deadline for receipt of applications: 12 noon on January 8 2019

The Cockpit Arts / Harriet’s Trust Award ** NEW AWARD **
• Open to: A talented maker working in any craft discipline with a commitment to high quality craftsmanship
• Deadline for receipt of applications: 12 noon on January 10 2019

The Cockpit Arts / Leathersellers’ Award
• Open to: Talented leatherworkers who are seeking business development support to take their creative business to the next level
• Deadline for receipt of applications: applications accepted on a rolling basis

Further details and application forms are available to download from our website -, or please contact for further information or to express an interest.

Thu, 06 Dec 2018 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat2468638
Voluntary Arts 'Big Conversation' Survey This is the final fortnight to take part in our large-scale sector survey to understand and evidence the needs and ambitions of the participatory arts sector.

Thanks to everyone who has taken part so far. If you have not yet done so, we would be grateful if you could spare 6 minutes to share your thoughts.

Access the survey to take part in our Big Conversation and be in with a chance of winning a Google Home mini smart speaker! Good luck!!

Deadline: 18 Dec 2018

Wed, 05 Dec 2018 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat2468626
Royal Society of Literature : Poems for Peace Competition for 11-18 year olds Our Poems for Peace competition, marking 100 years since the death of the poet Wilfred Owen and the centenary of new peace in Europe, asks a younger generation what peace means to them. The competition is open for entries from those aged 11 to 18 who are resident in the UK.

Click to view the full competition terms and conditions including information on how to enter and download our Peace Poetry anthology for inspiration when writing your poem.

Deadline for entries: Friday 25 January 2019.

Wed, 05 Dec 2018 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat2468628
Spread The Word - Life Writing Prize The Spread the Word Life Writing Prize in association with Goldsmiths Writers’ Centre was established in 2016. Open to emerging writers living in the UK aged 18 or over, the Prize was established to celebrate and develop life writing in the UK thanks to a generous donation from Joanna Munro. Blake Morrison is Patron of the Prize.

Free to enter, the Prize aims to find the best life writing from emerging writers from across the UK. The Prize defines life writing as ‘intended to be true’, reflects someone’s own life journey or experiences and is not fiction.

The 2019 Life Writing Prize winner will receive £1,500, publication on Spread the Word’s website, an Arvon course, two years’ membership to the Royal Society of Literature and a development meeting with an editor and an agent. Two highly commended entries will each receive £500 and two mentoring sessions, a development meeting with an editor and an agent, and be published on the Spread the Word website. Three writers will be shortlisted, and six will be longlisted.

The 2019 Prize is currently open for entries. You can enter here

The closing date for entries is 11.59pm on Friday 1 February 2019.

Wed, 05 Dec 2018 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat2468629
DYSPLA Story-making Residency DYSPLA is seeking neurodivergent storymakers to pitch their idea for a new script.

The Storymakers Residency is a year-long (part-time) flexible writing program, funded by the Arts Council England. It is specifically designed to support and develop UK based neurodivergent artists/storymakers to create and develop their own film/stage script. The residency offers a personal script development program designed with the artist's needs in mind, and also offers dramaturgy, industry mentorship, travel & subsistence, desk/rehearsal space, marketing and much more.

More information on the residency can be found on our website.

Ideas must be submitted via this link, click here!

Deadline December 16th, 2018.

Wed, 05 Dec 2018 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat2468631
Women's History Month March 2019 - Call For Submissions Women’s History Month in East London
Co-ordinated by Alternative Arts.

Celebrating women artists, activists, writers and performers with a diverse programme of exhibitions and events across East London.

If you are planning a relevant exhibition/performance/event/workshop during March 2019 please let us know so that we may include your activities in the Women’s History Month programme which will be widely promoted. Participation is FREE.

Deadline for submission 14 January 2019. Earlier submission appreciated.

Please send the following details and an image to

• Venue and address with full postcode
• Nearest tube/stn
• Website & phone number
• Date(s) and time(s) of Event/Exhibition
• Admission charges (if any)
• Title of Event/Exhibition
• Names of Artists/Performers/Writers involved (if any)
• Brief description
• Contact name and email (not for publication)
• One image

Wed, 05 Dec 2018 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat2468634
Sunny Art Prize The Prize
The Sunny Art Prize is the first program outside of museological institutions and programs designed for artists that envisions the decentralisation of the art world as a way to broaden the horizons of both artists and the communities they engage with. It is a yearly art competition in the UK organised by the Sunny Art Centre with a selection of thirty artists who will take part in international activities, including exhibitions and a residency.

One of the most inclusive and diverse open submission prizes in London, the Sunny Art Prize offers unique exposure for both emerging and established artists to an audience spanning two continents. Created around the Sunny Art Centre’s unparalleled links between London, Beijing, Guangzhou and Macau, the prize winners will not only enjoy a month-long residency in China, but also the opportunity to exhibit both in our central London gallery and in prestigious galleries in China. A £6,000 total cash prize will be split between the first three winning artists.

You can submit artworks that fall under the categories of sculpture, painting, drawing, original print, photography, ceramic, mixed media, installation, video art and/or moving image, digital art (including physical work which is computer generated, e.g. digital prints).

For more information visit their website.

Deadline: 30 June 2019

Source : Voluntary Arts UK

Wed, 28 Nov 2018 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat2468584
Make Your Mark Awards - Celebrating the London Hallmark Enter the Make Your Mark Awards, a competition designed to celebrate the London Hallmark

Students and designers are invited to design a piece of jewellery or silverware that celebrates the iconic London Hallmark. The Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office will be presenting a range of exciting awards for both finished pieces or design drawings with a chance to have your work exhibited at Goldsmiths’ Hall during our Make Your Mark event on the 5th February 2019.

The winner of each category will receive £1,000. Runners-up will receive £500. There will also be other prizes including exclusive career-enhancing opportunities and each winner will receive a special certificate. The winners will be revealed at an exclusive presentation at Goldsmiths’ Hall during our Make Your Mark event. This competition is open to current students and apprentices and recent graduates and apprentices who completed their training within the last five years. Visit our website for full details.


Deadline for Award Entries Friday 11 January 2019

Wed, 28 Nov 2018 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat2468585
Open Call Announced : Be a part of Art Night 2019! Are you…

• An artist?
• An art collective?
• A cultural organisation?
• An independent curator?
• An organisation based in Walthamstow or King’s Cross?

…. Does working with art in the public realm thrill you in ways you can’t quite explain? (Us too!)

The Art Night Open programme invites London's artistic community to participate in the festival with proposals of projects in response to the 2019 curatorial themes. Successful proposals will include curated events at local organisations and site-specific projects in public realm, landmark venues and urban spaces along the Art Night trail in Walthamstow, with a focus on Walthamstow Market, alongside further activations planned for King's Cross.

Inspired by the lyrics of 90’s pop group and Walthamstow locals East 17, the 2019 programme will consider the themes of hope, love and the future; thinking how we approach the difficult political and cultural times we live in, and the importance of facing these with solidarity, care and support.

Applications close 7 January 2019.


The Art Night Open 2019 jury panel will consist of:
• Larry Achiampong, Artist, Art Night Open 2018
• Louise Benson, Writer and Curator, Deputy Editor of Elephant Magazine
• Paul Clinton, Writer, Curator and Editor
• Sam Hunt, Creative Director for Waltham Forest, Mayor’s London Borough of Culture 2019
• Svetlana Marich, Deputy Chairman, Phillips
• Helen Nisbet, Artistic Director, Art Night 2019-2020
• Zarina Rossheart, Director, Art Night Open

Wed, 28 Nov 2018 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat2468591
Real to Reel: The Craft Film Festival Real to Reel: The Craft Film Festival is the first UK festival dedicated to films about making. Now in its fourth year, the festival continues its mission to celebrate the sheer depth and scope of craft skills around the globe, by bringing a unique selection of films to the big screen.

Submissions are open!

We’re inviting submissions for the 2019 edition, which will once again coincide with London Craft Week and screen at partner venue Picturehouse Central, London, in early May, followed by an international tour.

All genres are encouraged, from documentaries, to story-led films to animation: if your film explores making, skills and materials, in the broadest sense, our selection panel would like to see it.

The Crafts Council is committed to promoting and celebrating diversity. We particularly encourage applications from currently under-represented groups in contemporary craft, including disabled applicants and applicants from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds.

The deadline is 21 January 2019

There is a submission fee, which supports the production and promotion of the festival. To benefit from the early bird rate, submit your film before 2 December!

Full terms and conditions are available on our website

Fri, 23 Nov 2018 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat2468536
New Photography Award Launched! With support from Fuji and Genesis Imaging The Ashurst Emerging Artist Prize are excited to launch a brand new Photography Award. Open to all lens based artists prizes include:

- £1000 worth of services from Genesis Imaging
- Mentorship with Genesis Imaging Creative Director
- £500 cash
- 3 month exhibition at the brand new Ashurst Emerging Artist Gallery

The Award is not themed but is looking for emerging photographers who are exploring interesting and relevant ideas in a unique way, either through a project or single image. With a focus on bringing photography into the mainstream art world, and giving the medium an equal voice under the prize all Photography Award entrants are still eligible for both the Overall and Employees Choice Awards.

For further information and the application form see here please email with questions.

Deadline: 10 February 2019, 11:59pm GMT/London Time.

Wed, 21 Nov 2018 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat2468494
ArtsAdmin : Book a Free Session with our Advisory Service If you're an artist working in contemporary performance, book an informal session to discuss a host of subjects ranging from artistic ideas and project development to funding and contexts for your work.


Please note that if you are working primarily in scriptwriting, staged plays, traditional circus, puppetry, craft, painting, sculpture, traditional forms of dance, opera and music this is outside the focus of Artsadmin’s work.

Wed, 21 Nov 2018 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat2468496
40 Artists Required For A Book Book opportunity for artists.

We are looking for 40 artists to be included in a book to be published by the end of March 2019.

The book is entitled ‘Quotes’. It is based on the idea that many of us have been inspired by the words of a famous artist (past or present) and that those words have resonated with us and maybe even inspired our own work.

So, we are asking you to supply a quotation that resonates with you. Your quotation needs to be genuine and short - two or three lines only. Please name the source.
You must then explain how or why your chosen quotation resonates with you and say briefly (150 - 200 words) how it has inspired your work.
Finally, you must choose an example of your own work that best illustrates your text.

Submission Guidelines for ‘Quotes’ book
Your entry must be submitted by MONDAY 28th JANUARY 2019
You may submit more than one quote/text/image if you want but only one per artist will be chosen for final inclusion in the book.
We will select the best submissions and if you are successful then we will send you an online version of your double spread to show how your submission will look when printed in book form.
If it is necessary to make any minor editorial changes to your text this is where you can see those changes. We will not print any text that has been altered in any way without your prior approval.

Submission Fee
If you like your online version of your double spread and still want to be included in this publication then, at this stage and not before, you will be asked to pay £20 towards production costs. That is the only fee you will be asked for and in return you will get a free copy of the published book, retail value £10.

You are free to interpret your chosen text in any way you feel appropriate. You can work in two or three dimensions and any medium of your choice. The choice is yours!

Image Requirements
The photographic image of your submission must be between 3 and 5 MB.
Images must be of your own, original work.
We cannot accept work in its original form. It is up to you to obtain the best photograph you can of your finished work; we cannot help you in this.

The actual size of the book is 210 mm. x 210 mm.
Landscape orientation is best for the book’s layout. The size of your double spread - to include quote and text on one page and image on the facing page - will be 420 mm. x 420 mm.
The book will be of high quality – full colour throughout, 350gsm silk cover and 150gsm silk inners. Outer cover (white) will have matt lamination. 84 pages.

Your image will have the work’s title, your name and medium beneath it in small print. On your text page, beneath your name, you may add ONE contact detail -website address, Facebook page details or email address etc.

The copyright of each image will stay with you and there will be a warning at the back of the book that no image may be used or reproduced in any way without your written permission. The book’s format will be the copyright of Andy Wild and Mike Healey.
We, the publishers, may wish to use some images from this book for promotional purposes – but not without first obtaining your written permission.

Please feel free to pass on these details to other artists you know.
We look forward receiving your submission.
Send your quote/text/image submission to:
Andy Wild and Mike Healey

Wed, 14 Nov 2018 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat2468451
The Goldsmiths' Centre Foundation Programme: Applications Open Applications are open for the Goldsmiths' Centre's fully-funded year-long skills training programme for 16-19 year olds.

Taught by some of the UK’s leading practising craftspeople, the Programme marks the first step to an apprenticeship, university degree or job.

Last year, over 80% of trainees progressed into employment within the industry, the majority into apprenticeships.

For more information visit the Goldsmiths Centre website.

Wed, 07 Nov 2018 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat2468422
The Yard Theatre - Front of House Volunteers Our Front of House volunteers are essential to the smooth running of theatre and events at The Yard.

In becoming a volunteer you’ll get to know the inner workings of the theatre, gain vital experience in a customer-facing role, meet members of The Yard team and interact with a network of people interested in the arts.

You’ll receive complimentary tickets to the theatre and a discount at the bar too.

For more information please read the Volunteering Pack, available on our website here

If you’re interested in volunteering, would like to sign up to our volunteer mailing list, or have any questions please contact:

These volunteer opportunities are ongoing, therefore there is no deadline to apply.

Fri, 02 Nov 2018 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat2468375
Wellcome Photography Prize 2019 We invite photographers and other image makers from all disciplines to enter the Wellcome Photography Prize, which celebrates compelling imagery that captures stories of health, medicine and science.

Previously the Wellcome Image Awards, our newly relaunched competition will reward pictures that show the importance of health in society and the impact health issues have on people and communities worldwide.

We’re looking for entries that can captivate people with stories of science and medicine, and start conversations about some of the health challenges humanity faces today.

Whether you are a research scientist, a documentary or clinical photographer, an artist, or a photojournalist, this is a great opportunity for you to inspire people to think differently about health, medicine and life.

Prizes and publicity

Images will be shortlisted and then winners chosen by a panel of high-profile judges.

The winner of each category will receive £1,250, with the overall winner receiving a prize of £15,000. Prizes will be presented at an awards ceremony in London on 3 July 2019.

All the winning and shortlisted entries will go on show in a major public exhibition at Lethaby Gallery, Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, from 4-13 July 2019.

If you’re a winner, we will also offer you opportunities to take part in events to showcase your work to a range of audiences. Our winning images receive extensive international media coverage each year.

The winner of the Medicine in Focus category will be invited to produce the Julie Dorrington commission, a photo story exploring and documenting a patient’s journey with their condition.

Deadline for entries : 17 December 2018

Thu, 01 Nov 2018 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat2468350
OPEN CALL: Ashurst Emerging Artist Prize 2019 The fifth anniversary of the internationally successful Ashurst Emerging Artist Prize is open for entries. The prize is open to artists working across all genres, styles and backgrounds. The overall deadline is 10 February, however all artists who enter before the 25 November will receive feedback on the application they submitted. This year the prize launch a new award - the New Media Award - open to artists who use technology within their practice. We are a prize that focuses on supporting not just winners but all artists involved.

Prize value increased to £7,500 prizes, for the Overall Winner, the Employee Choice Award, the Sculpture Award and the newly launched New Media Art Award with partners Rich Mix.
Includes £1,000 of vouchers from Cass Art for 3 Winners
Three month solo exhibitions in London, England
Group Show for 25 Shortlisted Artists in May - July 2019
Early entries will feature in our ongoing campaigns to clients, invitations to our informative talks.

For further information and the application form see here please email artprize@oaktreeandtiger.comwith questions.

Wed, 24 Oct 2018 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat2468284
The Royal Drawing School - The Foundation Year 2019-20: Applications Now Open Now in its seventh year, the Royal Drawing School’s foundation course, The Foundation Year, is one of the most prestigious in the UK. This pivotal year in a young creative's education paves the way to BA study and a career in the creative industries. We welcome applications from all students with an interest and aptitude for drawing and art and design. Our next Open Day is Wednesday 24 October

Application deadline: midnight on Sunday 17 February 2019 Apply Now

Wed, 10 Oct 2018 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat2468175
AOP Awards - Call for Entries OPEN, Association of Photographers PHOTOGRAPHY - MOTION - INNOVATION

There are a great many photography competitions out there for professionals and non-professionals alike, but the AOP Awards continues to be regarded as the original and the best - a celebration of exceptional work by the Industry's elite. Being selected for entry into the AOP Awards Book and accompanying exhibition is one of the highest accolades available to photographers around the world.

Being not-for-profit all revenues generated from the AOP Awards support our work promoting photographers and creators, copyright protection and business best practice.

Exhibition: 15 April - 31 May 2019. One Canada Square, Canary Wharf.

Entries Close: Photography Awards: 21 January 2019 / Open Awards: 25 February 2019

Contact Information:

AOP Office:
8-10 Sampson Street, London, E1W 1NA

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7739 6669
Awards enquiries:
Membership enquiries:
Press enquiries:

Deadline: 02/25/2019

Wed, 26 Sep 2018 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat2468003
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 +010 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 +010 tharts-fullcat2465948