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 Thu, 22 Feb 2018 15:38:29 +010 Thu, 22 Feb 2018 15:38:29 +010 Zealous Have Launched Emerge, an Open Call Competition For Creatives Zealous set up Emerge in response to the changing nature of the UK’s relationship with Europe. The aim of the competition is to safeguard the creative industries and promote new generations of diverse creative talent from all backgrounds across the UK.

Read our thoughts on why supporting emerging talent has never been so important

Together, let's remind the world that the UK’s creative industries are best in class, worth supporting and open for business.

The Competition

12 Emerge prize categories are open to all creative talent residing in the UK.

All of the categories will be shortlisted to 15, from which industry judges will select the top 3 finalists.

The individual winners of each prize category will be announced at an exclusive awards ceremony in central London.


Digital Art

£12,000+ in cash prizes

A minimum of £1,000 for the winner of each category (more based on confirmed sponsorships).

Exposure to Industry Judges

Shortlisted candidates will have their work seen by 3 top industry judges.

Coverage in the Media

We’re hard at work confirming partners to celebrate the winners across media related to their craft.

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat2466340
Urban Makers East Spring Market - Call for Eco Friendly Designer Makers We are thrilled to be back at the Ecology Pavilion, Mile End Park this Spring, on the weekend of April 21st and 22nd. April 22nd is Earth Day and to celebrate we are curating the market with a green agenda. There will be over ninety eco friendly designer makers, a different line up each day, green workshops and pond dipping for children. Applications close February 26th at midnight For more information and to apply click here:

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat2466341
The Emcees – Arts & Culture Awards for Excellence in Fundraising 2018 sponsored by ProActive Resolutions

=mc and The National Arts Fundraising School are delighted to announce the launch of the third annual Emcees Awards. Designed to celebrate the outstanding efforts of arts and culture fundraisers, we need you to nominate the campaigns, partnerships, individuals and organisations that truly deserve to be recognised.

To find out more about the awards and see who won last year, visit the Emcees webpage

This year there are 7 categories to choose from:
• Best Fundraising Campaign over £100,000
o Have you successfully raised over £100,000 through a capital or revenue campaign? If so, this is the award for you.
• Best Fundraising Campaign under £100,000
o Whether it’s an event or project, this award is for any campaign which successfully raised up to £100,000.
• Best Corporate Partnership
o Have you run or been part of a successful or unique partnership between a business and arts/cultural organisation? Then apply for this award.
• Best Supporter/Membership Scheme
o Whether it’s £100 or £10,000 a year to join, this award is in recognition of an engaging, thriving and successful supporter scheme.
• Best ‘Donor Love’ example
o Have you got a memorable and special way of saying ‘Thank You’ to a supporter? Maybe you have launched an innovative stewardship campaign? If so, this is the award for you.
• Best Volunteer Fundraiser
o This award is not just for those volunteer fundraisers who have climbed a mountain, run a special event or reached out to peers and asked. It can include anyone whose efforts raise vital funds for your work.
• National Arts Fundraising School Best Alumni Fundraiser
o This award is in recognition of our previous participants on
=mc’s National Arts Fundraising School. Have you, or an alumni you know, had significant fundraising success since attending the school? If so, apply for this award.


To be eligible, the campaign or partnership must have been active at any time between 1 January 2016 and 31 December 2017.
The winners will be decided by a panel of judges, including Bernard Ross, (Director of =mc & National Arts Fundraising School), Francis Runacres (Executive Director, Enterprise & Innovation at Arts Council England), Marina Jones (Head of Trusts & Foundations at Royal Opera House), Rachel Cockett, (Director of Development at Birmingham Museums Trust) and Michelle Wright (CEO, Cause4).

The deadline for nominations is 5pm on Friday 16 March 2018. The winners will be announced on Tuesday 1st May 2018 at a special event held at Ovalhouse in London.

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat2466342
Sound Connections IMPACT Bursary Programme - applications open! After a successful launch breakfast, we are pleased to invite applications for our new IMPACT Bursary Programme. If you are working with people age 0-25 in London, through music, you can apply for a bursary of up to £600 to develop your evaluation and impact knowledge, skills and confidence. The bursaries can cover a range of activities from attending relevant training to receiving evaluation coaching, or doing a small piece of action research focused on impact measurement. Sound Connections can connect you to different impact and evaluation experts to support bursary activity. If you think you would like to apply but want to check your eligibility or discuss your options, please contact to arrange a time to speak with a member of our team.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday 9 March 2018.

To find out more and apply please click here to download the information and application pack

We are grateful to the City of London Corporation’s charity, City Bridge Trust for funding this work.

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat2466352
The Live Art Almanac: Volume 5 - Call For Submissions Deadline for Submissions: Wednesday 28 February 2018

This is your final opportunity to recommend material to include in the Almanac Volume 5, to be published by LADA in Autumn 2018.

The Almanac series draws together all kinds of ‘found’ writing about and around Live Art from a wide range of sources. If you’ve read something that engaged, provoked, excited or amused you, or made you rethink Live Art and radical performance then we want to hear about it.

Your recommendation can be for any writing that was published, shared, sent or spread between January 2015 and December 2017.

View Live Art Almanac Series

More information

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat2466354
Submissions now open for A Season of Bangla Drama 2018 Today is International Mother Language Day (IMLD); a worldwide annual observance held on 21 February to promote awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity and promote multilingualism. It is observed on February 21 to recognize the 1952 Bengali Language Movement in Bangladesh.

We are therefore delighted to announce that submissions open today for A Season of Bangla Drama, 2018, which shares many of the same aims as IMLD. This November will see another great festival of theatre across Tower Hamlets delivered by the Council’s Arts, Park and Events Team, as a celebration of internationalism, the power of words and the oral traditions of storytelling in a global, 21st century context. We welcome Expressions of Interest which can be submitted at any time from now until 22 May, at 9am.

This unique month-long event is has been running each year since 2003 and more recently, in collaboration with the Drama Department at Queen Mary, University of London. We are seeking a dynamic range of different perspectives of contemporary British Bengali life from local and national artists and playwrights. From hard-hitting to light-hearted content, we are keen to profile any themes which strike a chord with an East London audience.

A Season of Bangla Drama can help local groups to develop their expertise and skills in theatre production and provides a fantastic opportunity to showcase new writing as well as re-telling old favourites to both established and emerging audiences from all communities.

As one of the biggest arts festivals outside Bangladesh, it also offers an amazing platform to test ideas. Previous participants have taken work debuted as part of SBD on tour to the Edinburgh Fringe and beyond.

Those that are interested in getting involved in 2018 should download the Expression of Interest Form and guidelines below.

One of the 2017 participants, Jaki Chowdhury, stated “Brilliant. SBD is nurturing arts, artists and arts organisations to continue to develop their practice.”

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat2466355
Live Drafts, The Yard Theatre Live Drafts Festival: 30 April - 12 May

Deadline for Submissions: 26 February

Live Drafts is a chance for new shows to be developed and tested in front of an audience. This could be the first time it’s been put before an audience, or it could be the second, third or fourth time you’ve tried it out. Either way, your idea is a working, live, draft.

We’ll offer artistic/producing/technical resource (e.g. tech time, reading your ACE applications), rehearsal space, and the theatre space for 1 night in double bill with another artist, so you can present a sharing of your work.

Live Drafts is for all kinds of artists. Whether you identify as a writer or a performer, a director or a maker. Whether you feel you make ‘new writing’ or ‘live art’. Whether you’re just starting out, or you’ve made a few shows before but you want to try something new.

Live Drafts is the start of a journey with us: shows seeded as part of Live Drafts will go on to fuel all aspects of The Yard’s programme, from a few nights at NEXT festival to a five week production.

For further information visit The Yard Theatre Artists Page :

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat2466272
Aldgate Square Festival – Have your Say! Aldgate Square Festival is a fun-filled community celebration of all that the East End has to offer. It will launch the new Aldgate public square in summer 2018.

- What would you like to see at the festival?
- How can it best represent your community?
- Would you like to take part?

Join us. Come along to one of our open meetings to have your say, and to find out more.

Tuesday 20th February, 4-6pm
Upstairs at Portsoken Health and Community Centre, Little Somerset Street, E1 8AH

Tuesday 27th February, 4-6pm
BBC Community Centre, 16 Toynbee St, E1 7NR

Thursday 1st March, 406pm
Toynbee Hall, The Community Centre, 52 Old Castle Street, E1 7AJ

Thursday 6th March, 1-3pm
Brady Arts Centre, 192-196 Hanbury Street, E1 5HU


Wed, 14 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat2466282
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 +010 tharts-fullcat2466250
Arts Based Poetry Project on Loneliness Tower Hamlets Council hosted a Tackling loneliness and social isolation stakeholder event in November 2017 as part of its commitment to tackling this issue. As part of the event we held a poetry competition on loneliness and received 10 poems from local residents and staff. Please find attached slides about the event – the poems are included in report too. We have permission to use the poems. We are keen to use the poems in a creative way as a means of of engaging with the public on loneliness and raising awareness of the issue.

If you work in the arts sector and are interested, I’d be grateful if you could reply with following information (and anything else that might be useful):

• Details on how the poems could be shared with the wider public (format/medium)
• What the costs might be
• Timescales – how long it will take? when can the work begin?
• Any examples of existing work would be appreciated

I am happy to have a telephone conversation with interested individuals. My email address is

This is an exploratory conversation and LBTH would not be committed to enter into any formal contractual relationship with anyone or any organisation at this stage. The poems presented on the slides are for information only and cannot be copied or reproduced.

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat2466239
Director's Office Volunteer, Whitechapel Gallery The Director’s Office Volunteer will gain skills and work experience in the busy Director’s Office, supporting the Director’s Assistant in daily administration duties and research projects set out by the Director. This is an unpaid opportunity for up to two days per week, up to six months.

Voluntary placements at the Whitechapel Gallery are an opportunity for candidates to gain training, skills and experience in a specific aspect of the workings of a public gallery. Volunteers will also gain an insight into the different career paths available in the arts sector, and have the opportunity to be mentored by experienced professionals.

You will have an interest in working in arts administration and a demonstrable interest in contemporary art and the work of the Whitechapel Gallery.

As part of your placement you will learn:

Transferable administrative skills
Transferable research skills

For a full role outline please visit the website:

The Whitechapel Gallery strives to be an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. Charity number: 312162 Company number: 4093862

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat2466211
Call for Entries - Mark Tanner Sculpture Award 2018-19, Standpoint Gallery The most significant award for emerging artists working in the field of sculpture in the UK: offering £8,000 in financial support towards the making of new work and a solo show in 2019.

Deadline 31 March 2018

The Mark Tanner Sculpture Award is unique in its combination of offering both financial support towards the production of new work and a solo exhibition to an exceptional emerging sculptor. We seek to reward outstanding and innovative practice in the field of sculpture and are particularly interested in work that demonstrates a commitment to process and materials.

There is no age limit, applicants will be judged on the quality of their work and the ability of the award to make beneficial impact on their practice and future development. The financial award to assist in the production of a new body of work is £8,000, made in 3 payments over the course of the year, at the end of which there will be a solo exhibition at Standpoint Gallery.

Standpoint will maintain a supportive, mentoring role over the twelve month period of the award, including studio visits to discuss progress towards the exhibition.

The selection panel

The selection panel for the 2018/19 award is:

Clare Lilley Director of Programme, Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Cathie Pilkington RA artist
Frances Richardson MTSA winner 2017
Rebecca Scott artist / Mark Tanner Trust

The panel will be chaired by Michael Taylor, director of Standpoint


Applicants must be established residents of the UK. We are now able to accept applications from all artists based in the UK. Students in current education are not eligible to apply. This applies to BA and MA students or equivalent, but NOT to those undertaking postgraduate research work leading to a PhD/Mphil/MLitt/ MRes or equivalent

Selection Procedure

For more information about the application process, and previous MTSA winners, visit

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat2466222
Volunteer Front of House, Wilton's Music Hall Here at Wilton's a team of volunteer ushers help to make the experience magical for our visitors. It's a great opportunity to develop new skills, gain experience of working front of house in a busy theatre, meet new people... and you get the opportunity to see the show you are volunteering on. All we ask is that you commit to volunteer for at least one shift per month. We have a wide range of volunteers ushering for us who come from all backgrounds, ages and areas of London and beyond. We are a friendly place and all are welcome! To apply, read the job description and complete the online application form.

Download job description from our website:

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat2466223
BFI London Screenings London Screenings is the only export market dedicated to UK film.

Now in its 15th year, the annual four-day export event provides a platform to celebrate and promote British films to the international market.

Buyers from all over the world come to see an exciting selection of new British films, meet UK sales companies, and negotiate international distribution deals. It also provides a market for over 60 British sales companies.

London Screenings will take place at BFI Southbank Monday 18 – Thursday 21 June 2018.

Breakthrough for emerging filmmakers

The Breakthrough strand of London Screenings is a showcase for completed feature films from emerging British filmmakers seeking sales representation and international film festival exposure.

It also provides sales companies, buyers and festival directors from across the globe the chance to monitor new talent.

Breakthrough applications are open until Friday 16 March 2018

Please read the Terms & Conditions before applying.

Find out more and apply for Breakthrough

London Screenings is funded and supported by the BFI, Mayor of London, Film Export UK and Department for International Trade.

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat2466234
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
Film Submissions Open - 3rd London Bengali Film Festival The 3rd London Bengali Film Festival is open for submissions and the final deadline is on the 28th of February 2018.

Submissions details are on our website:

We're extremely excited as not only is this the third year of celebrating Bengali cinema in the UK but also as the festival coincides with the Bengali New Year (14th April), this year we are opening the festival with a red carpet ceremony at the prestigious Barbican in the City of London Corporation.

Please show your support by sharing the news and our website.

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat2466165
New Programme Launching For 12-16 Year Olds at The Yard Theatre Yard Youth is The Yard Theatre’s new programme for radical theatre-makers.

We are looking for young people from Hackney and Tower Hamlets to join Yard Youth and work alongside world-class artists to tear up everything you thought theatre could be, then build something extraordinary in its place.

Starting in February 2018, we will meet weekly at Hub67, our community centre in Hackney Wick, to experiment, play and create a phenomenal new world.
Come and join in.

Please send this information on to anyone you think might be interested.
This programme is free of charge. More information here:

To apply to take to part, please fill in this form :

If you have any questions, please email us at or call/text 07462 051997.

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat2466177
Young artists... Artsadmin's Youth Board Young artists... Artsadmin's Youth Board is a team of creatives aged 16 to 25 years old who curate and produce live art events and support one another to develop their own creative practices. Find out how you can get involved:

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat2466179
Fee-waiver Award Critical Theory in Contemporary Art Practice We’re pleased to invite applications for a fee-waiver award for the upcoming course Critical Theory in Contemporary Art Practice.

The award is open to anyone over the age of 18. The fee-waiver is awarded to the applicant who will benefit most from participating in the course, regardless of previous experience, background or education.

The course runs from 19 April to 14 June 2018, on Thursday evenings for 9 weeks, including off-site visits on Saturday, 5 May 2018. The course will take place at Kupfer, Arch 213, Ponsford Street, London E9 6JU.

For more information and to apply, please visit our website.

Tue, 30 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat2466156
Help Co-Produce Tower Hamlets Council's New Grants Policy Tower Hamlets Council has committed to co-producing its new Grants Policy with local VCS groups and community members. This is a good opportunity to be part of ensuring the future of grants in the borough is fair and responsive to everyone in the borough.

As part of this process, THCVS is asking as many people as possible who might be affected by, or who might want to apply for council funded grants to get involved. We need your experience and ideas about:

• What should be funded through grants rather than commissioning
• What the eligibility criteria for grants should include
• What works at the moment and what could be improved on

We would like to see everyone's interests represented. The Council is also particularly keen to work with smaller community groups and groups representing people with protected equalities characteristics.

The process will be in two stages. First we are asking about the broader policy framework (until mid-December 2017) and in early 2018 we will be asking about the process of measuring impact, application forms and other details.

For more information about Events and how you can participate please visit the website here:

Wed, 24 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat2466080
Writeidea Festival 2018 - We'd like your author suggestions! This year will be our tenth Writeidea Festival and it'll be our biggest and best yet.

We're in the process of commissioning speakers and authors for 2018 and this is where you come in.

Is there a particular author you'd like to see at the festival this year?
Anyone you'd love to hear?

We're open to suggestions - just email us at by the end of February and we'll see what we can do.


The Writeidea Festival Team

Wed, 24 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat2466098
Victoria Park Bandstand Season 2018 – Call Out For Bands! Now in it’s seventh year Victoria Park Friends Group organises bandstand concerts over 12 days in the summer. Informal, family friendly Sunday afternoon music in the much loved park.

We welcome all types of music and we generally have two bands on each
day, although sometimes more, we try to fit in as many bands as
possible. The bandstand is fully accessible and has mains power.

If you are interested in performing please complete the google doc below and submit before 27th February.

We look forward to hearing from you!


Wed, 24 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat2466099
Desk Space Available (Sole Use) Desk space available with some shelf storage for creative artist, designer or administrator doing clean work.

You would have the space to yourself, 24 hour access, quiet, wifi. In artist studio complex, clean, good light, modern and secure.

Share with artist who only uses it approx once a week. Would share a calendar so no crossover. £150 a month negotiable depending on use, Located in Hackney Homerton E9 postcode.

Short term or long term arrangement.
Contact to arrange a visit

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat2465979
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
Open House London 2018 Call Out for New Buildings Open House London is the capital's largest architecture festival, the dates for 2018 are the 22nd-23rd of September. We are looking for new buildings, places and walks for the programme next year.
To put forward a building click here or for more information about the event and how to get involved contact the Open House team

Wed, 20 Dec 2017 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat2465893
Call for Submissions for Open City Documentary Festival 2018 Made a documentary you want to share with the world? Submissions for Open City Documentary Festival 2018 are now open.

Open City Documentary Festival creates an open space to nurture and champion the art of creative documentary and non-fiction filmmakers, and over 4,000 people attended last year's festival to enjoy some of the very best in contemporary and international documentary.

Submit your film and you'll have the chance to share your work with our festival audience and get it seen by our jury of key industry figures, including leading filmmakers, artists, distribution and exhibition experts and commissioning editors. 2017 ​jurors included Veton Nurkollari (DokuFest Kosovo), Stella Bruzzi (Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, UCL), Mania Akbari (Filmmaker), Marc Schmidt (Filmmaker), Bec Evans (Dazed), Beadie Finzi (Doc Society), Xiaolu Guo (Filmmaker), Nico Marzano (ICA), Gustavo Beck (Programmer), Katarzyna Wilk (Krakow Film Festival), Philip Ilson (London Short Film Festival), Alice Cabanas (British Council), Tristan Anderson (DocHeads), Matimba Kabalika (BFI Network) and Peter Middleton (Filmmaker). Putting your short film or feature in front of our panel really can help ensure Open City Documentary Festival is just the start of your film's life.


Early Bird Deadline 18 December 2017

Regular Deadline 8 April 2017

Late Deadline 7 May 2018

The 2018 festival will take place from 4th-9th September at venues across London.

To find out more visit our website Submit your film via our page on FilmFreeway

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat2465808
Burlington Contemporary Art Writing Prize 2018 Open for Entries The Burlington Contemporary Art Writing Prize seeks to discover talented young writers on contemporary art, with the winner receiving £1,000 and the opportunity to publish a review of a contemporary art exhibition in The Burlington Magazine.

Since its founding in 1903, The Burlington Magazine has always considered the art of the present to be as worthy of study as the art of the past. The Burlington Contemporary Art Writing Prize advances our commitment to the study of contemporary art by encouraging aspiring young writers to engage critically with its forms and concepts. The Prize promotes clear, concise and well-structured writing that is able to navigate sophisticated ideas without recourse to over-complex language.

2018 Prize

The judges of the 2017 Burlington Contemporary Art Writing Prize are Fiona Banner and Jenni Lomax.

Fiona Banner is an artist who works with sculpture, drawing, installation and writing. She has shown internationally at venues including Tate Britain, London, and MoMA, New York, and at the Venice Biennale. In 1997 she founded The Vanity Press, through which she publishes her own works.

Jenni Lomax is the former Director of Camden Art Centre, London (1990–2017). During her time there, Lomax championed new and challenging art, while insisting on its accessibility and relevance to a wide audience. As Director, Lomax oversaw the first exhibitions in London of artists such as Marlene Dumas, Kara Walker and Kerry James Marshall.

The deadline for submissions is Monday 26th February 2018

The winner of the £1,000 Prize will be announced in May 2018

Submission Requirements

Contenders – who must be no older than 35 years of age on 26th February 2018 and have published no more than six exhibition reviews – should submit one unpublished review of a contemporary art exhibition, no more than 1,000 words in length with up to three low-resolution images. ‘Contemporary’ is defined as art produced since 2000. The submitted review must be written in English (although the art considered may be international) and emailed as a Word document, clearly stating the name, age, country of residence and occupation of the writer, to

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat2465748
The Sunny Art Prize A fine art award that is a global platform, giving an opportunity to emerging and established artists to showcase their talents to a wider audience.

The Sunny Art Prize is an international art competition hosted by Sunny Art Centre, London. This fine art award is a global platform, giving an opportunity to emerging and established artists to showcase their talents to a wider audience. The Prize aims to display artistic and cultural diversity to the international art scenes of London, Beijing, Guangzhou and Macau. Sunny Art Award will promote an exchange in creativity between Western and Eastern cultures.

The Prize is looking for a variety of submissions which can range from two-dimensional works such as paintings, drawings and photographs, to three-dimensional sculptures, ceramics and jewellery.

The group exhibitions will be held at the Sunny Art Centre in London, as well as its partner galleries. This includes the Haidian District Art Centre in Beijing, Chen Centre for Contemporary Art in Beijing, the AIP Art Centre in Guangzhou or the Blanc Art Gallery in Macau.

The one-month artist residency programme will be organised in collaboration with the partnering galleries.

First Prize: The winner will receive £3,000, a public solo exhibition at Sunny Art Centre in London, a one-month residency along with a show at a partner gallery.

Second Prize: The winner will receive £2,000, a group exhibition, a one-month residency and a show at a partner gallery.

Third Prize: The winner will receive £1,000, a group exhibition, a one-month residency and a show at a partner gallery.

30 Shortlisted Artists’ works will be exhibited during the summer at Sunny Art Centre, London.

For more information, please see the website:

Deadline for submissions: 20 June 2018.

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat2465691

Derwent, internationally renowned fine art brand, are proud to announce that the fourth instalment of the Derwent Art Prize is now open for entries.

The Derwent Art Prize was conceived in 2012 and aims to reward excellence by showcasing the very best 2D & 3D artworks created with any pencil or coloured pencil as well as water soluble, pastel, graphite and charcoal.

From the submitted artworks, approximately eighty will be selected for display at the Mall Galleries, London from 18th – 23rd September 2018. Alongside the chosen artworks being hung in a public display, prizes totalling £12,500 ($16,350) will be awarded in a private awards ceremony on the opening night of the exhibition.

Since the Derwent Art Prize began five years ago, the competition has attracted more than 7000 entries from over 67 countries, with the third edition of the opportunity attracting 3,299 entries by 1,193 artists worldwide. Derwent are excited to see both domestic and international entries for the 2018 prize.

Astri Saunders, Head of Marketing at Derwent, said “We are proud to launch the Derwent Art Prize for the fourth year. Our aim of the exhibition is to showcase artworks created in pencil and increase the profile and importance of drawing as a fine art medium”.

This year’s entries will be judged by a distinguished panel of selectors.

Previous First Prize (£6,000) winners of the award include Agim Sulaj (Albania/Italy), Brian Fay (Ireland) and Chrys Allen (UK) who have subsequently had successful solo and group exhibitions since winning the prize. Prizes are also awarded for Second Prize (£3,000), Third Prize (£1500), the People’s Choice Award (£750), a Young Artist Award (£750) for the best artwork from an artist under the age of 25 and a Coloured Pencil Award for Excellence (£500).

The deadline for entries is 8th May 2018, 5pm and artists can submit up to six of their works. For further details and full terms and conditions on entry requirements, please visit:

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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.

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Poplar UnionScratch, Crackle and POP! – Women in Focus : Call For Performers As part of our Women in Focus Festival in celebration of International Women’s Day, we will be showcasing work looking at gender, identity, politics and representation.

Scratch, Crackle & 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 March scratch night are now OPEN.

Please send the following information to by Wednesday 28 February for the chance to take part in the March scratch night:
•The type & 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 Monday 5 March, 2018. The show will take place on Thursday 22 March, 7pm-9pm.

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