Tuesday, 18 November 2014

FTM Dance Christmas Family Fundraising Day 2014

FTM Dance are pleased to announce that on Sunday December 7th 2014, we will be hosting our first family fundraising event at The Playbarn Adventure Playground,Gypsy Lane,Leicester. 
All money raised will go towards our fundraising events for our Curve Performance and Our DisneyLand Paris event next year. 
So far we have confirmed that we will be having a photo booth where people can wear fun items which are provided and their pictures taken, we have a sweet cart joining us selling lots of lovely treats ready for the festive period, we have an amazing face painter to recreate those famous festive characters, we have some parents baking cakes and selling them, we have a fab raffle and off course we have santa clause and his grotto for the young people to meet. We will be having lots of festive food also. 
If anybody would like a stall at our event then please do let us know, the more the merrier, or if
you can help with manning any of the stalls also please do let us know.
Leanne Evans

Contact Number: 07543068872

Where does the Music Industry go from here?

Streaming service Spotify is paying artists miniscule sums, album sales are at an all-time low, and record labels are investing less and less money in their acts.  So, what’s next for the Music industry?
A new academy called The British Centre for Music and Enterprise in Leicester is fighting against this downturn and training their students in the essential and diverse skills needed to not only survive but thrive in this fast evolving industry. Students at The BCME are taught to think outside the box, develop sound business plans, work effectively with new technology and approach projects in a bold and confident way.
There are many excellent music colleges across the UK, however most don’t even touch on the business aspects that EVERY musician, producer, business person now needs to forge a career in music. Gone are the days of it being enough to be a great player, it now takes a creative business brain to maximise earning potential.
Students currently studying on the 6 month intensive Music Business course at The BCME are already in the process of developing their own projects including a one-stop-shop incorporating rehearsal space, recording studios, production services and a record label.
Whether you’re a drummer, guitarist, bassist, singer or aspiring entrepreneur that dreams of working in music The British Centre for Music and Enterprise is the place for you.

The BCME is currently accepting applications for its 6 month Music Business course, which runs again in January 2015, with up to 100% of the course fees funded via their bursary scheme.   With music performance and business degrees launching in September 2015, anyone interested in learning more about The BCME and its unique ethos should register for their exciting Open Evening on 4th December 2015.

For more information email or call 0116 253 5657.

Leicester Sketch Club - help us find a suitable exhibition venue for 2015

The Leicester Sketch Club is searching for a venue within the centre of Leicester to hold their annual art exhibition of paintings in 2015. If anyone could recommend a suitable venue, we would be very grateful if you could let us know by contacting Emma Fitzpatrick at 
We have our own stands on which to hang our work but happy to display onto existing white walls if available. We require a space approximately 10m x 10m or to accommodate around 130 paintings. It needs to be within  Leicester’s towncentre, physically accessible, have some natural lighting and/or track lighting and ‘reasonably’ priced for hiring for one to two weeks. We look forward to hearing from you with any suggestions to our enquiry.

'Us and Them' performance, hosted by Tetrad - 23rd November

Tetrad warmly invite you to attend the first instalment of a new scratch performance evening for Midlands based artists 'Us and Them', hosted by Tetrad. The event will take place at 7pm on Sunday 23rd November and we look forward to creating space for local, emerging artists to share their new work with you! 

Line up of performances:

Lewys Holt - Of, Or At A Fairly Low Temperature
Adam Gough - Take Me With You (One-to-one performance in interval) 
Tom Morgan - Sisyphus/Hanged
James Hisset - Diary 23.11.14

There will also be an opportunity to engage in Q&A discussions on the artist's work and practice and to partake in a networking activity. To keep up to date with our preparation in leading up to the event please connect with us via our blog, facebook page and twitter links below. We also have an 'Us and Them' facebook event which you can join and be updated with the artists rehearsals and short interviews as they prepare to share their new work! We are very excited! 

Studio 1  
Embrace Arts
35 Lancaster Rd, 
Leicester LE1 7HA 

Make sure to purchase your ticket here!

Rhythm of Life - 23rd November

The New Incunable Print Shop - Exhibition at Lightbox Studios, LCB Depot

The New Incunable Print Shop is a participatory exhibition, from Phoenix and Juneau Projects, that invites people to design 3D printed woodblocks then use them to create original artworks, posters and prints.

Throughout the exhibition, a unique collection of prints and posters will grow recording events around Leicester’s Cultural Quarter and further afield.  The New Incunable Print Shop will create one-off designs on request – orders can be submitted online at  These designs will be produced by members of the public and supplied as a digital file; they may also be displayed in the exhibition.  There is no charge for this service.

The New Incunable Print Shopruns from 6-29 November at Lightbox Studios, LCB Depot, 31 Rutland Street, Leicester LE1 1RE.  Opening times: 12-5.30pm on Tuesdays – Saturdays. Free entry.
For more information about The New Incunable Print Shop visit

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

£8,000 raised for Leicester Print Workshop’s Big Move

Leicester Print Workshop has raised £8,000 for its Big Move at the print studio’s annual Bazaar. Extended to take place over two days the Bazaar provided attendees with the opportunity to buy original artworks for as little as £25. The first event in a programme of fundraising activity, the Bazaar has kick-started public facing plans to raise the final £75,000 required to move to new premises in the Cultural Quarter in 2015.

Over 400 original prints were on sale, each donated by Leicester Print Workshop’s family of acclaimed artists. An online catalogue previewed the artworks and Leicester Print Workshop opened its doors for the sale on Friday 31stOctober and Saturday 1st November. With prints laid out in studio racks, tables and boxes attendees browsed or searched for lithographs, linocuts and other print works all showcasing the talent of artists as well as the wealth of resources on offer to them at Leicester Print Workshop.
Buyers were also introduced to Leicester Print Workshop’s plans for the Big Move. Supported by the Arts Council of England and Leicester City Council, the studio will relocate from St. Stephen’s Road to new fit for purpose premises in St. George’s Street in the city’s Cultural Quarter. Photographs and architectural drawings were on display enabling staff to talk to interested artists and visitors about plans and designs for a fully accessible studio with education and exhibition spaces. Busy and bustling throughout, the Bazaar illustrated the passion for print in Leicester and the interest and support that exists for Leicester Print Workshop’s future.
Lucy Phillips, Director at Leicester Print Workshop commented “We are thrilled with the level of support from all involved. This is a very exciting time for us as we plan for our Big Move and we are extremely grateful to donors, buyers, volunteers and friends for all their contributions.”
There are still original artworks available to buy online and these can be viewed                                            If you are interested in purchasing any of the prints, please contact Leicester Print Workshop on 0116 255 3634 or by email
The Big Move has financial support from the Arts Council of England and Leicester City Council and Leicester Print Workshop has secured grants from a range of trusts and foundations. Continuing their partnership approach to fundraising the Workshop is now looking to work with friends, artists, volunteers, trustees and staff to raise the final amount. There are many other ways to get involved with the Leicester Print Workshop’s Big Move. More information can be found at
For more information, please contact Kate Slovak via email or on 07803 082834.

Handmade Christmas Shopping Event

Explore our open studio & start your Christmas Shopping!
Selection of handcrafted gifts & decorations!

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Leicester City Culture 2015 Fund

Leicester City Council has announced details of its Culture 2015 Fund to help local organisations deliver arts activities to support key cultural programmes in Leicester in 2015.  Further information is available at:  

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Our November ebulletin is out now!

Our November ebulletin is out now for your essential dose of creative news and opportunities! Find out what's on offer in Leicester, Leicestershire, Rutland and beyond......

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Monday, 3 November 2014

On Repeat :: An exhibition by Ornamentum

Ornamentum are a group of eight Leicestershire-based professional makers working in jewellery, textiles, paper and ceramics. The exhibition is the culmination of a 12-month collaboration project following a theme of pattern and repeat. The eight members have been working in pairs to create new work for this show. Each pair has taken a different approach to collaboration, some sharing techniques, some swapping work, some sharing ideas and inspirations. Working in collaboration allows supportive creative development, helps makers learn new techniques, try new ideas and experiment in a supportive environment as well as resulting in exciting new pieces. On Repeat is part of a larger project funded by Arts Council England, including 12 months of professional mentoring. Ornamentum are: Samantha Robinson, Ruth Singer, Anna Calvert, Kelly McRobie, Sharyn Dunn, Amelia Kirk, Katie Almond & Bridget McVey.

Key Dates:
Exhibition at Snibston community gallery 2nd-24th December 2014. Every day 10am-3pm.
Expanded exhibition at LCB Depot, Rutland St, Leicester. 6th -30th January 2015. Monday to Friday 9am-5.30pm and on open days as below
LCB Exhibition preview evening. Tuesday 6th January 5-7pm.
LCB Exhibition open day for schools, colleges and universities. Friday 16th January 11am- 3pm. Meet the makers and discuss their inspirations, techniques and the work on display.
LCB Exhibition open day for all. Saturday 17th January, 11am-3pm. Meet the makers, see
technique demonstrations & try craft activities. Suitable for all ages.

rethinkyourmind Launch 2014

We are delighted to tell you that the rethinkyourmind project is launching again on the Friday 14th of November 2014 with a new Yellow book being published in 2015. The prize presentation for the project is taking place at the House of Lords with Professor Lord Patel of Bradford OBE in 2015. To feature in the new Yellow book create your poetry/artwork/photography, this year's brief to reflect on is: 'I feel better when I am ...' and upload to the rethinkyourmind website where you can find out more information about the project. Join us for the launch of rethinkyourmind 2014 at 1:30pm on 14th November at The Cookie, High Street Leicester, full details here.

Free Networking Event for Leicester Makers