Saturday, 17 January 2015

…the little things in life

Unexpected Outcomes
A number of you will be aware that I’m involved in a piece of research called Dementia and Imagination, (D & I) which is going from strength to strength. As part of that work I am exploring what I’m calling the Unexpected Outcomes of the research engagement with people affected by dementia. In other words, what are all the things that happen around a visual arts intervention, but that aren’t necessarily what the research is formally investigating; things like small moments of disinhibition, revelatory and sometimes poetic reflections - negative and positive moments in people’s lives, and the moments often swept under the carpet - irritation, dissent and ‘inappropriate’ behaviours  Whilst my primary focus is on people participating in D & I, I would be very interested to hear more widely from artists, health/care professionals, researchers and people affected by dementia who may have personal perspectives and stories about their engagement with the arts more broadly than the visual arts (of which D & I is focused). Please feel free to email at

I’m rather chuffed to say that the Chaos and Comfort event here at MMU on the 12th February is now sold out, but as someone who’s organised free events before, I know there’s a chance that people may drop-out at the last minute, so please feel free to join our waiting list by clicking on the black, red and white image above. And if you can't make it, please cancel your ticket on the eventbrite page. Thank you to everyone who has asked to share their practice/research at the event. I’ll be emailing you all next Monday to respond.
It will of course be a full day and inevitably chaotic, but I hope - absorbing and stimulating. Next week’s blog will have a run down of what you can expect!

Lead Artist(s) required for Early Years Outreach 
Co-commission for Big Imaginations in the NW
Contract: up to £8000
Closes Monday 26 January 2015 
Contact: Zoe on 01612261912 or email
Big Imaginations is a network of 16 venues working together to bring brilliant children's theatre to the North West. Big Imaginations are recruiting for an energetic and creative lead-artist(s) based in the North of England to research, develop and perform a brand-new piece of interactive performance for early years (0 to 4) children that can be performed in community and non-theatre settings such as libraries, nurseries and village halls. Alongside the performance will be an outreach programme to engage hard to reach and non-engaged children and families in each of the community settings. The outreach programme could be delivered by the lead artist, or the lead artist could guide the delivery by workshop leaders if appropriate. The successful artist will be provided with a budget of up to £8000 to cover research and develop and to make the performance, including 14 performances (1 at each community venue). For all the details and how to apply, click on the ancient tree, by Beth Moon above. the application deadline is short and is Monday 26th January 12noon.

The Birth Rites Collection is the first and only collection of contemporary artwork dedicated to the subject of childbirth. The collection currently comprises of photography, sculpture, painting, wallpaper, drawing, new media, documentary and experimental film. It is housed between the Royal College of Gynaecologists and Obstetricians in London and Salford University Midwifery Department. 

Submissions for our Bi-annual award are now open!
Artwork can be submitted in any medium. 
DEADLINE 7th February 2015. Entrance fee £10
The winner will receive a residency at the Women’s Art Library, Goldsmiths University, London plus a stipend and winning work to be included in the Birth Rites Collection, Salford University. Shortlisted artists will have their work screened digitally at Media CityUK in the Egg Suite in March 2015. Judges: Helen Knowles BRC Curator & Althea Greenan, Women's Art Library, Goldsmiths University, London.
All the details can be found by clicking on the photograph above by Dominika Dzikowska, part of her Warm Wet Velvet series of images from the Birth Rites Collection.

Applications Invited for 2015/15 Clore Fellowships
Are you an exceptional individual with the potential and desire to lead within culture? The Clore Fellowship brings together some of the most creative and dynamic cultural leaders in the UK and beyond for a life-changing adventure - it is a personal and professional learning experience unlike any other. The Fellowship will support you to be the leader you have the potential to be, through in-depth learning tailored to your individual needs, aspirations and circumstances. For more information simply tap your cursor over the cosmos above - maybe, just maybe you are that exceptional individual that they're after! Deadline for applications is 12 noon, 2nd February 2015.

Reassembling the Self  

The Lauriston Gallery
Saturday 7 February - Saturday 30 May
Monday - Saturday 10am - 5pm (8pm on performance nights)

To think of schizophrenia as a fragmented mind and then to focus on isolated fragments – the altered visual perceptions, heard voices, paranoid delusions – is to miss the whole experience… All of the work [in this exhibition] is at heart about human identity, the sense of self and how it holds itself together.
    Professor Anya Hurlbert 
    Institute of Neuroscience
    Newcastle University

Reassembling the Self is an exhibition centred on a study of the condition of schizophrenia, which weaves together art, science, psychiatry and individual histories in an extraordinary exploration of self, perception and the fragility of human identity. Find out more by clicking on the image, Reassembling the Self 1 by Susan Aldworth, above.

Postcode Community Trust Community Grants Scheme 
(North of England, Scotland & Wales)
The Postcode Community Trust has announced that its new Community Grants Scheme is open for applications. Funding of between £500 and £20,000 is available for innovative and engaging projects (lasting for up to one year) in the north of England, Scotland and Wales that bring a positive impact to local communities. Charities and community groups that support environmental protection, community development, engagement in sport, advancement of health, promotion of human rights and prevention of poverty, can apply. The deadline for applications is Friday 30th January 2015. Read more at: 

BBC Children in Need Small Grants Programme
The next deadline for applications to the BBC Children in Need Small Grants programme is the 1st March 2014. Through the Small Grants programme, funding up to £10,000 is available for projects that combat disadvantage and improve children and young people's lives. In particular, grants are available for projects that help children and young people experiencing:
Illness, distress, abuse or neglect
Any kind of disability
Behavioural or psychological difficulties
And / or living in situations of deprivation


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