Friday, 22 August 2014

Charnwood Arts - Craftivist Garden

Charnwood Arts is a regional coordinator in a project run by the Craftivist Collective and Falmouth  University. Please follow the link for full project details.

We would like you to make flowers for the Craftivist  Garden. They can be stitched/embroidered onto fabric, or crocheted, or knitted. Examples can be viewed on the Craftivist Collective web-site (above).

Your flowers don't need to be complicated and no bigger than 15cm in diameter. We would like you to focus on these five questions about well-being whilst you are crafting:

1.       What does it mean to realise our potential?

2.       What does it mean to cope with daily stress?

3.       What does it mean to contribute productively to society?

4.       How has crafting helped you engage with the issue of well-being?

5.       Is there anything you want to tell us about your crafting story?

As well as collecting the flowers we are gathering up the answers to these questions to add to the study being done by Falmouth  University and the Craftivist Collective.

All of the flowers will be exhibited as gardens in London ,at Clarence House in January 2015. The work will be presented as a kind of petition to parliament to explain to MP's the importance of crafting to well-being. 

We would like you to send them to Charnwood Arts (address can be found at the bottom of this post or on the Charnwood Arts web-site) in a freezer bag along with your responses to the five questions and your own crafting story along with your name and a contact email address.

Please also download the App which can be found on the web-site (follow the link above) this will register you as part of the project, your location etc. Don’t worry too much if you can’t do this, you can still join the project, just post us your flower and we will do the rest.

We won’t be able to send the flowers back to you but they will all be exhibited again as part of The Big Knitting Groups exhibition at Charnwood  Museum in June/July 2015. "Our Knitted Story" Is a  collaboration between Charnwood Arts Big Knitting Group and the artist Sarah Green. Sarah has been working closely with Charnwood Arts as part of her MA studies (Art in the Public Sphere)

The flowers will be used as part of an installation "The Enchanted Garden" That will feature not only flowers but magical creatures and will be a storytelling environment in the exhibition space. The installation will be utilised during the show by storytellers and groups. 

The deadline for your flowers is Friday December the 19th 2014

Cank Street Gallery - Open Exhibition

Open Art Exhibition

October 2014

On 26th July, Leicester's new Richard III Visitor Centre opened just a few steps from our doors.  Here at the Cank Street Gallery we want to celebrate by showing off Leicester's artists to visitors expected to come from all over the world.

We are already showing many new original works by local artists on our walls at the Cank Street Gallery, but, have decided to go a step further and invite Leicester's artists and makers to compete for an opportunity to show their work in the Cank Street Gallery's first Open Art Exhibition.  

The exhibition is open to all ages and we hope to attract new, emerging and established artists.  All works will be for sale in the exhibition and a prize of £500 will be awarded to the overall winner.

The closing date for entries is Saturday, 27th September and the exhibition will run from 7th - 25th October. 
Email for more details.

2Funky Arts FREE training course for people aged 16+

2Funky Arts are running a FREE training course for people aged 16+ who are interested in a career in the arts, events and/ or festivals. The 7 week course will run on Saturdays, 2-5pm, from 13 September to 25 October 2014, at SEED Creativity Hub (95 Humberstone Gate). It will include sessions, run by experts and guest speakers, on topics such as marketing, programming, photography, front of house and stewarding, as well as CV development. It will also include work experience at Midlands Best Dance Crew (Curve Theatre) on Saturday 4 October and at Festival2Funky (Braunstone Gate) on Saturday 18 October.

Volunteers will gain valuable skills and experience that will give them an advantage in this competitive field of work. The autumn programme, which is the first of 4 courses of its kind, will be led by professional arts managers. Director of Seed Creativity, Dan Lamoon is a media production specialist and editor for From Dusk 2 Dawn online magazine. Vijay Mistry is Director of 2Funky Arts and a successful promoter of comedy, music and dance shows for established venues.  He has managed a variety of high profile shows, including The Real McCoy at De Montfort Hall.

Light refreshments will be provided at all sessions.  This opportunity is free but places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. To sign up, contact Vijay Mistry on

SLAMbassadors slam championships

‘SLAMbassadors UK is the Poetry Society’s national youth slam championships, the longest running in the country. Established in 2002 it is committed to finding and nurturing the next generation of spoken word artists. Entries are submitted via filmed poem on the theme of Identity, and will be judged by a panel of artists including Kate Tempest. The 6 final winners will be invited to London to attend a master class led by poet Joelle Taylor, before performing a debut professional set at the Royal Festival Hall on October 31st. Open to all 12 -18 year olds resident in England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Closing date: midnight October 10th 2014. Entry details:

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Kaleidoscope Arts presents - Leicester’s Cosmopolitan Carnival

Kaleidoscope Arts presents - ‘Leicester’s Cosmopolitan Carnival’
Saturday 23rd August 20142.00pm-9.00pm
Leicester City Centre: Jubilee Square, High Street, Silver Arcade and St Martins Square.
According to the 2011 census, Leicester is one of the most culturally diverse cities in the country. To celebrate this Kaleidoscope Arts are hosting the Cosmopolitan Carnival, a free event to bring the city centre alive with every imaginable art form, showcasing Leicester’s vibrant cultural mix, breaking down racial barriers and promoting cultural understanding.

The Cosmopolitan Carnival promises to be a fun and fantastic day out for all the family, showcasing the best
of Leicester’s local talent, definitely one not to be missed!

For more information visit:
or contact Amanda:

Facebook: Kaleidoscopy Arts

CDS Student Exhibition Opportunity

Student Exhibition

CDS Gallery and Studio are looking for a selection of talented student designer makers and/or new graduates who are interested in an opportunity to sell their work within a gallery space amongst established and high profile
UK makers!

The winning students will have their work for sale and on exhibition at CDS for 12 weeks (unless sold prior)

CDS will promote you and your work via websites, social media, newsletters, creative Leicestershire, design factory and will also host a private view.

To apply you must be:

Over 18
A design/crafts/art undergraduate/new graduate
2D and 3D art and craft welcome
If successful be able to submit 1 – 6 pieces depending on size and medium
Pay a £10 non-refundable admin fee

Please submit your application by 5pm on August 25th 2014

All applicants will be informed of the outcome by August 29th
Successful applicants must deliver pieces on or before September 5th with the private view taking place on September 12th 6pm – late and will be part of CDS first year birthday celebrations, The Stable yard open evening and the /heritage open weekend!

You may arrange to post work if more suitable

Just email
for an application form

Friday, 8 August 2014

Our August ebulletin is out now!

Check out our August ebulletin! Out now - featuring over 20 creative jobs, loads of opportunities, networking, funding and more!! Plus the first of our Autumn/Winter 2014 workshops coming your way in September & October!

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