Micro-finance scheme for creative entrepreneurs

Creative Industry Finance is a forthcoming Arts Council England initiative offering business development support and access to finance for creative industry enterprises.

The programme will provide practical advice and support for creative entrepreneurs wishing to develop and grow their business as a viable commercial enterprise.

In addition to the business support package, a limited number of business development loans of £5,000-25,000 will also be made available for successful applicants, repayable over a maximum of three years.

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Manchester Salon Weekend, 19-20th May 2012

Contemporary Visual Arts Manchester is pleased to announce the programme for the Manchester Salon Weekend, which will take place on 19th and 20th May 2012.

The Salon is being delivered as part of the North West Visual Arts Open 2012 and will be manifest in two days of artist led discussion, curator insights, technology and popcorn.

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Satellite Navigation – join the journey

Fancy doing something different this Sunday 29th April? Join Preston artists Susan Walsh, Lubaina Himid for the journey of this exhibition piece – a 14-foot cart which will be pulled by fellow artists David Henckel and Andy Greenacre, and photographed by artist Denise Swanson, from Latham Street to Oxheys Mill Studios on Stanhope Street, through Preston’s city centre on Sunday afternoon.

Part of the North by North West Visual Arts Open weekend, the cart will leave Latham Street near Avenham Park at 12pm and should arrive at Oxheys Mill Studios sometime between 2-3pm depending on how hard David and Andy pull it (and how hung over they are from the Art Picnic the day before!). Continue reading

Knowledge Sharing events kick off with a successful day in Newcastle

Turning Point Network’s series of Knowledge Sharing events kicked off in Newcastle and continues in Liverpool.

The event in Newcastle began with Dougald Hine offering an inspiring talk to a packed Riverside room at the BALTIC in Gateshead. He spoke about the human nature of knowledge sharing, referencing a number of his own projects – including Space Makers, School of Everything - as well as examples by peers with whom his work has overlapped, since he emerged from the London School of Art and Business.

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‘likeable’ @ Supercollider | Contemporary Art Projects

‘likeable’ is an exhibition of sculpture and painting by 9 emerging artists and is curated by Murray O’Grady and Matilda Moors. ‘likeable’ is on show now until 4th May at Supercollider | Contemporary Art Projects in Blackpool.

Supercollider | Contemporary Art Projects / FYCreatives / 154 – 158 Church Street / Blackpool  / FY1 3PS Hours: Mon – Fri 9am – 5pm (or by appointment).

Please note that the gallery is closed on 25th/26th April and 1st May. Supercollider apologises for any inconvenience caused.

North West Visual Arts Open – Preston, Thursday 26 to Sunday 29 April

An exciting weekend of art, poetry, music and real ale takes place in Preston from Thursday 26 to Sunday 29 April 2012 as part of the North West Visual Arts Open weekends.  A wide range of cultural events and activities, many of them free, are taking place in venues across the city to showcase and promote access to local and international artists and their work.

The main events take place on Saturday 28 April and include an Art Picnic at Avenham Pavilion from 2pm to 5pm where you can chat, draw and make music with artists and studio groups from across the North West. From 12pm The Harris Museum & Art Gallery is running a special series of tours, events and activities including a family-friendly pottery workshop.

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Putting the Art into the Community

My local pub is great. There is live music, open mic nights, banter and a real sense of community. And history. History oozes out of the building as it is a prime example of Victorian architecture (built 1897) with many original features remaining. There are three floors of large, high-ceiling rooms but only the ground floor is occupied by the pub.

The Vic, St. Annes

A Community Asset

The building is under threat of being demolished and replaced with a block of flats and the local community are challenging this decision under the new localism laws because they want to renovate and restore the building and use it as an arts centre.

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Yorkshire Humber bursaries for Turning Point Network Summit

Registration has opened for the 3rd Turning Point Network National Summit, to be held at City Hall London on 10 May. You can read the summit programme and book places HERE

Delegate places at the summit are free, but the Turning Point Network is also offering a small number of bursaries to offset expenses for visual artists based in Yorkshire and the Humber wishing to attend. Continue reading