Sunday, 6 March 2016

...the brutalist manchester edition

A chockablock blog this week with no room for me to get my two-penneth in! Thanks for all the email - great to hear from those of you in far-flung places - and those of you nearer to home. For those who might have missed it, (no, not Mussolini) there is a potential PhD opportunity to work with me on the arts, health and devolution agenda across Greater Manchester. If you’re interested, you don’t have long to apply, so follow the instructions and advice HERE. For those of you interested in the devolution agenda, but perhaps not a PhD, I’ll be hosting an event in May where we can explore the arts health terrain across Greater Manchester in terms of devolution. More details on this blog very, very soon.

Arts Council England opens conversation with arts & culture sector on investment from 2018
Arts Council England is asking the arts and culture sector to respond to proposals published today about its investment in arts and culture from 2018 onwards. The Arts Council’s current investment cycle ends in 2018.  In preparation, it is looking at its three main investment strands - strategic funds, grants for the arts and its national portfolio.  All three strands, and any changes to them from 2018, will continue to support the Arts Council’s 10 year strategy, Achieving Great Art and Culture for Everyone, which was developed in consultation with the public and the arts and culture sector.
Four-year funding contracts, a tiered framework for NPOs and a ring-fenced budget for individual artists, and integrating funding for arts, museums and libraries, and the focus of strategic funds are just some of the proposals being put forward for discussion as Arts Council England consults on its plans. The full proposals document can be found by clicking on Rowlandsway House above.

Our next national exhibition showcasing artists facing barriers to the art world opens at Pallant House Gallery in Chichester on 12 March. It is on for 3 months and is titled ‘Radical Craft: Altnerative Ways of Making.’ Further information on the exhibition can be found by clicking on the view of Clifford Court below.

A free Study Book from MAPSI
Managing art projects with societal impact is about creating and managing the power of art projects to change individuals and societies. This book offers insights, tools and case studies to explain how to influences and to raise your own reflections and new questions. Funded with the generous financial aid of the European Commission, this book is freely distributed in its online version (293 pages with conceptual discussions, methods and case studies). Click on the Swinton building below for details.

Call for Papers: Rediscovering the Radical 
1st – 3rd September 2016
March 3, 2016
Rediscovering the Radical
1 – 3rd September 2016, Liverpool
Rediscovering the Radical is an international conference exploring how theatre can contribute to radical social and political change in the 21st Century.
Hosted by Collective Encounters and LIPA (Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts) in conjunction with Unity Theatre, Rediscovering the Radical will be an inspirational and agitational weekend of international performances, papers, workshops and discussion. It will be a unique opportunity for artists, activists, academics, participants, change-makers, researchers and arts managers to share their thinking and their practice, to learn from each other, and to develop new cross-cutting ideas around Theatre for Social Change (TFSC)> Click on M&S below for all the details.

Applied Drama Practitioner - Valley and Vale Community Arts ‘Bridging the Gap’ Project
Valley and Vale Community Arts is looking for a skilled and committed Applied Drama Practitioner with experience of working with children and young people with ASD. The project is based in Bridgend and surrounding areas, working in partnership with The Bridge Alternative Provision in Bridgend, and is funded by The Paul Hamlyn Foundation, with support from The Arts Council of Wales and Bridgend County Borough Council.For detailsCLICK HERE. 

Funding for Project that Support Children and Young People (UK)
Registered Charities that work with young people have the opportunity to apply for grants through the DM Thomas Foundation for Young People Central Grants Programme. Registered Charities can apply for grants ranging from a few hundred pounds up to £30,000 per year for up to 2 years that are working in the areas of education or health with one of the Foundation' four chosen focus groups. These are:

•Children and young people with disabilities
•Children and young people who are sick in hospital
•Employability and training programmes for disadvantaged young people
•Children and young people who are life limited (requiring palliative care).
The next closing date for applications is 5.30 pm on the 10th May 2016. Read more by clicking on the young tyke below by Shirley Baker in 1967.

Funding for Digital Projects with a Social Impact (UK)
The Nominet Trust which provides funding and support to technology with a social benefit, has announced that its Social Tech Seed Investment Programme will re-open for applications on the 14th March 2016. Social Tech Seed is an investment programme that offers early-stage investment of between £15,000 and £50,000 to social entrepreneurs and charitable organisations who are looking to develop new ideas to use digital technology for social benefits. This programme provides funding and support to help entrepreneurs nurture, develop and test their ideas. Applicants may also be able to apply to a discretionary fund of up to £5,000 should they need access to specific expertise to support their early-stage development.
The Trust is looking for applications that demonstrate the potential of technology to tackle some of the big social issues in sectors including:
•Environment and sustainability
•Wellbeing and healthcare.
Read more by clicking on the Hulme Crescents below...


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