I think that the tenor of the Festival is changing a little, Under the previous artistic director, Jonathan Holloway, the plan was most definitely to build a high-profile International festival, which would impress programmers and media across the UK with its ambition. This was a great thing to do for the profile of Norwich and we had some fantastic shows during that time. There was also more money around and some fantastic European-style street performances livened us all up. But impressive as this was, it left much of the local community feeling as though the Festival maybe wasn't for them, and I think that William Galinsky, the current director has taken this on-board as there has been more involvement and development of local talent, and William says that he is keen to work with people and organisations more.
This year the festival hosted 'It's Your Festival' on the last day, throwing open the Spiegeltent and other Festival venues for people to strut their stuff, rather like a big open mic session, and all sorts of interesting work came out including lectures and experiments, Blocos and dance, music and much more.
The Festival, along with the Writers' Centre has also been convening a What Next? chapter here in Norwich. What Next? is a national movement to advocate for the value of arts and culture to our lives. Currently, a flexible group is meeting weekly at either the Writers' Centre or NORCA HQ in Colegate.
There is now a cycle of meetings - week one is about issues that affect artists and practitioners - anyone can attend but that is the topic, the following week is a project meeting - currently we are talking about how we can jointly evaluate the impact of culture to make more robust evidence available, the third week is a speaker and the fourth a joined up Norfolk & Suffolk meeting alternately in Norwich or Ipswich. It is an open group and doesn't belong to anybody specific though the Festival do the basic organisation so please come and find out more.
What Next? is an opportunity to talk about issues that affect us and our sector, and help to build the case for funding and support for arts-based activities. It will also be the springboard for sector-led activities to emerge. Nationally, it will lobby the Government and policy-makers to recognise the value of culture. If you are interested in attending meetings (and all are welcome) then please email@example.com. There is also a Facebook group to help people keep in touch.
One of the positive things you can do is talk to your own councillors (some recently elected) . Here is an article by Kenneth Tharp one of the founders of What Next? about making this argument and the importance of reminding our elected members what we think and what we value. Otherwise, much of what we do value is at risk of disappearing, and that includes the creative education of our children and also the creative people that make content for films and TV and the rich material we access everyday will go alongside the more occasionally-accessed opera, ballet and so-called higher arts. If we want to continue having a Festival and all of our many creative events, we need to shout loud and clear - we are lucky in Norwich to have great political support and Norwich spends more than most areas in the country (7th if you look at the 50p for culture website).
Anyway, off my soapbox and on with the show! And apologies, this should have gone out on Friday, but hope it is still useful
Lots of artists have sent me their Open Studio info and I would like to list them all but there is not room here. I will make a mention to a few - Artspace in Unthank Road (old Norketts building) is open everyday from 11am - well done Sophie Eade - and its on the Unthank Road Art Trail. Samia Malik, Anne Allanson, Brigitte Anne Hague, St Ethedredas, Dom Theobald - I have probably forgotten people but you can find out exactly who is where at www.nnopenstudios.org.uk. Hannah and Chris Hann are also at Wymondham Arts Centre 3-8 June.
Puppet Picnic at Norwich Puppet Theatre
It's half term and there has been all sorts going on for nippers this week. On Sunday 31st though, it's for all the family The Puppet Picnic with puppet-making, shows and food of course.. Check out details here
And they are looking for an education officer - see jobs section below
Opportunity for artists and makers
I met Geoff in the Tap House in Redwell Street and he told me that he is running an event at the Gibralter Gardens on Saturday 14 June called 'Summer Jam'. It's 2 pm till late. Geoff is looking for creative stallholders . If you are a producing artist, jeweller or maker or have something interesting to sell email firstname.lastname@example.org
Hard on its heels is the Art Car Boot on Sunday 15 June
We had a great load of submissions and we are excited. I have made 5o jars of Scotch Bonnet chilli jam and am getting my dal pans out again for the Comrade's Canteen occasional street food stall, but there will also be people from Feast on the Street - Proper Pizza Company and Harbercue and the lovely Hushwing Café in a Citroen H5 van. Plus work from artists such as Colin Self and many more, plus a whole day of music and Redwell beer. So pray for sunshine and come and join us down at Trowse - come by bus, it's easy, or park down Whitlingham Lane if you must come by car
see www.artcarboot.co.uk for details.
And from another Geoff, this time Geoffrey Dixon who runs the WoW Festival in July
It is that time of year when the wonderful WoW festival held near Diss announces its line-up and you read it here first on Culture Shift!
Headlining WoW in 2014 is Gentlemen’s Dub Club supported by Electric Swing Circus, Sunday Driver, Them Harvey Boys, Headspace and lots lots more to be found on the WoW website www.wow-arts.co.uk
WoW is 4/5/6 July and is held at the lovely Woolsey Bridge Fields, IP22 5SX and has weekend camping, campfires, sauna, locally produced foods, local ales and ciders and all at normal pub prices!
Friday night is all about local bands, Saturday is an eclectic mix of folk, blues, world and ska/reggae and Sunday just explodes to the fusion music of Sunday Driver and climaxes with Electric Swing Circus.
Helen is looking for someone to design a Christmas card with a Norwich feel to it She manages a charity Christmas Card shop which raises thousands of pounds for several Charities. She can't pay anything but can display the artist's leaflets which will be seen by over 10,000 customers and will try to get publicity in the Evening News. Anybody that would like to take up this opportunity to get their work in print please contact Helen Dingle at email@example.com
I have been doing a bit of work for Access Apprenticeships to encourage people to think about how an apprentice could help their business. Apprenticeship frameworks can be really flexible, enabling you to get the help you need while young people learn what they need to know about the world of work. There's an event on Tuesday 3 June, 5.30-7.30pm at Epic in Magdalen Street. Come and find out more about it - you might be surprised about how an apprentice might help you with all those tasks you can't get around to. Come along, it's free.
Jobs, lot's of 'em!
NORWICH THEATRE ROYAL require
COSTUME DESIGNER & SUPERVISOR (Pantomime)
We are looking for a talented individual to take on the costume design for our annual pantomime and to be our pantomime wardrobe supervisor. Working to a brief from the Director you will design in the region of a total of 90 costumes for the Principals, Ensemble and pantomime Babes. In addition to creative flair and excellent making credentials you will need strong people management and budgeting skills. The contract will run from approx 29th September until 20thDecember 2014.
The Design element of the role is paid at a fixed fee of £1,800. The Supervisor role is paid at a rate of £11.50 per hour and although the hours per week are variable the expected salary for the engagement is in the region of £6,000.
For full job description, please visit http://bit.ly/12Zoyhx
To apply please submit a covering letter, full c.v. and 3 or 4 examples of your finished work by email to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 13 June.
Education Officer - Norwich Puppet Theatre
£18-22k per annum pro rata (negotiable)
24 hours per week negotiable (potential flexible hours)
12 months initially, with 3 month probationary period
Norwich Puppet Theatre is an inspirational centre for the development and celebration of puppet theatre. For over thirty years the Theatre has provided a unique cultural venue in the East of England, uniquely placed as one of only a handful of dedicated puppet theatres in the country and the only one outside London. Norwich Puppet Theatre is a regional hub for the art form and a national focus for training and development.
Norwich Puppet Theatre is seeking a dynamic education and outreach professional who can use their skills and their passion for NPT's arts vision to carry through and further develop the popular and highly rated education programme both within a centre of excellence and leading producing puppet theatre.
Contact Norwich Puppet Theatre now and inspire us with your vision for success!
Closing date for applications 13th June 2014
For an information and application form http://www.puppettheatre.co.uk/support-us/vacancies- a Word version of this document is available by emailing email@example.com or telephoning 01603 615564 asking for Ian Woods, General Manager.
SeaChange Arts are offering a 6 month Marketing Assistant Internship, based in Great Yarmouth.
The role will entail working in the busy office of this leading circus and street arts organisation, assisting in the promotion of SeaChange’s regular classes, performances and projects, the Out There Festival and commercial and other activities as directed.
This is an exciting opportunity for the right individual interested in developing a career in the arts.
Applications are open to individuals aged 18-24 years and must be registered unemployed with Jobcentre Plus.
Application process: send a CV and covering letter outlining your interest/experience to firstname.lastname@example.org Deadline for applications: 13 June
For further information, visit http://www.seachangearts.org.uk/news-and-views/-seachange-arts-intern-vacancy
COMMUNICATIONS ASSISTANT WRITERS’ CENTRE NORWICH
£15,000 - £16,750 pa (permanent, full time)
Do you have a passion for literature and are keen to work in the sector? Do you want to learn more about the work of an arts organisation? Do you have at least one year’s experience in a communications support role? We have a full time vacancy in our busy team.
These are exciting times for WCN and the role of Communications Assistant is key to supporting the Communications Team in raising the profile of the organisation. This role provides an ideal opportunity for someone who is interested in pursuing a career in communications and marketing within the arts and literature sector, and offers the successful applicant unrivalled access to our diverse and innovative programme of work.
The successful applicant would be introduced to the complexities of an arts organisation, supported to develop valuable skills and work with an exciting range of stakeholders, partners, writers, readers and audiences.
You will have a strong interest in literature and a genuine interest in the marketing and communications functions of an arts organisation with at least one year’s experience of working in communications support role. You will bring excellent writing skills, experience of using web and social media, excellent administrative and IT skills, and the ability to manage a demanding workload in a professional manner. You will be self motivated with the ability to get on well with people of all ages and levels of experience, have a commitment to a high standard of work and an eye for detail.
Closing deadline: Monday June 16th 2014 at 5.00 PM
Short-list confirmed: By Friday June 27th
Selection interviews: Wednesday July 2nd
When you submit your application, please ensure that you are available to participate between 10am – 5pm on the selection day.
HOW TO APPLY
Full details and an application form can be found on our website:
There are several jobs at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts including paid invigilator roles for the current exhibition Monument which will be at the Undercroft in June. Details are for invigilators are here but for the Deputy Director and Development Manager roles please visit https://www.uea.ac.uk/hr/vacancies/management
Invigilators required for Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts exhibition
Monument: Aftermath of War and Conflict
14 June – 4 August
MONUMENT is dedicated to the commemorations on both sides of the Channel marking the
100th anniversary of the First World War as well as the 70th anniversary of the Normandy
landings. Rather than being literally devoted to the subject of the world wars, this exhibition
will approach the theme very broadly, interrogating the subject in terms of all the legacies
and ideas of war, all its vestiges, edifices, ruins and relics, and equally in terms of their
veneration and their rejection. The exhibition brings together a group of French and British
contemporary artists, all of whom create works based on the concept of monument.
We require two invigilators per day to open up the building, be present in the Undercroft
during all opening times and to lock up the end of the day. The core role will be to monitor
security of the building and the art on display, we would like to involve people who are able
to talk to people about the art on display and engage with the activities connected with the
artist’s residency and education programme.
We require one invigilator to undertake some co-ordination activities, for which the hourly
rate will be increased.
- Open up
- Maintain security, monitor maintenance and keep place tidy.
- Engage with visitors
- Talk about the work on display
- Lock at end of day
Successful applicants will receive training for the position. Dates will be advised when the
team is identified.
The exhibition period will last 14 June – 3 August (Closed Sundays and Mondays). This is broken down into 6 hour shifts:
1 hour preparation time
5 hours invigilation from 12-5pm
Hourly rate for Invigilator role: £7.4504
Hourly rate for Coordinator role: £8.1995
Payment will be made subject to the receipt of a completed claim form.