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Comment by James Bloomfield on June 1, 2010 at 14:05

An exhibition of Woodcut Prints and drawings
By Gorton Visual arts Group

at Victoria Baths

Preview Evening Thursday the 3rd June 6.30- 8.30pm,

Exhibition Continues Saturday 5th June 12pm - 4pm

Sunday 6th June 10am - 4pm £2 admission for Adults free for Children Open Day and Vintage Fair

An exhibition of Victoria Baths Inspired Woodcut Prints and Drawings by the Prolific Art Group Gorton Visual Arts. Gorton Visual Arts visited the Baths late 2009 and spent a number of days documenting the baths with drawings and paintings. These were then used as the starting point for creating the woodcuts and limited edition prints.

A great opportunity to view some fantastic work in one of Manchester's most Iconic Buildings.

Limited Edition Prints available to purchase. Refreshments provided. All welcome.

Victoria Baths
Hathersage Road
M13 0FE

for more information :

Comment by Frank Collins on May 13, 2010 at 17:01

Liverpool Design Festival

The Design Show: 19th – 21st November 2010

The Call For Entries application pack can be downloaded from HERE

Alternatively, if you want a pack emailing to you please email Frank Collins with your contact details and the pack will be emailed or posted to you.

Our standard exhibition shell schemes, complete with power, lighting and name board, at 3m x 1m will be available and you’ll be able to purchase additional square metres to create bigger stands. We can also offer you a space only option allowing you to create and install your own stand.

The deadlines for applications and price points:
Apply before May 31st and if you’re selected you’ll qualify for the Early Bird Offer of a standard shell scheme of 3m x 1m at £250 plus £50 per additional square metre required.
Prices will revert to the standard charge of £350 per 3m x 1m shell scheme plus £50 per additional square metre required if you successfully apply after May 31st.
We welcome applications from group exhibitors and stand sharers conditional on all exhibitors on the stand being successfully selected by the panel.

The Liverpool Design Festival was launched in November 2009 as a new annual design and contemporary craft festival in Liverpool. In 2009 the Festival incorporated, in its first year, over a dozen events in Liverpool city centre and wider Merseyside area and nearly 8000 people visited or participated in exhibitions, workshops, debates and talks and the Festival saw hundreds of designers from across the UK showcase their work.

The 2010 Festival, building on the success of the previous year’s events, celebrates and promotes quality design, encouraging an appreciation of craft and design by the widest possible audience, providing opportunities for participation, particularly by young people, in design and artistic appreciation whilst also supporting new and emerging practitioners.

The Liverpool Design Festival will run from the 18th November to 27th November 2010.

The Design Show will be the signature event of the Festival and aims to showcase the best in contemporary design from the North West and the rest of the UK. It will present a selection of exciting and inspiring interior products, glass, ceramics, furniture, lighting, jewellery, textiles and fashion and will run from 19th to 21st November 2010.

The event will also welcome designers producing innovative new work and those that incorporate eco-design practices at the heart of their business. We offer an opportunity to launch new ranges in the UK and a high profile event that supports emerging talent and established designers.

For interior products and design and contemporary craft (including furniture, glass, ceramics, lighting, jewellery, textiles and wall coverings) our independent selection panel includes:
Maureen Bampton, Director - Bluecoat Display Centre, Liverpool
Beatrice Mayfield, Maker Development Manager - Crafts Council
Frank Collins, Design Show Project Manager - Design Initiative
David Grimshaw, Programme Leader, 3D Design - MMU
Dick Mawdsley, Director - Utility
Claire Norcross, Designer - Jerwood Prize exhibitor

We also have an independent selection panel looking at specifically at designer fashion and fashion accessories (e.g. jewellery, other wearables and bags) including:
Joanne Watkinson, Head Buyer for mywardrobe.com
Kirsty Doyle, Luxury womenswear designer and winner Project Catwalk 2006 - www.kirsty-doyle.com

More judges will be announced soon.

The Design Show will take place at the Grade 1 listed St.George’s Hall in the city centre of Liverpool. St.George's Hall is widely regarded as one of the finest neo-classical buildings in the world and stands 169ft long and 74ft wide with a tunnel vaulted ceiling - the largest of its kind in Europe. St George's Hall is central to Liverpool's Cultural Quarter and is a key part of the area which is a designated World Heritage Site. It offers a ‘must see’ event to visitors and a not to be missed opportunity for designers to show and sell their work, promote their businesses and network with trade and public visitors in a breathtakingly beautiful setting.

In 2009 the Festival generated the advertising value equivalent of approximately £130,000 in print, web and broadcast media coverage across 60 on and off-line publications, including The Guardian, Easy Jet Traveller Magazine, Big Issue, Your Move, BBC Radio Merseyside, BBC Radio 4, Liverpool Echo, Liverpool Daily Post, Lancashire Telegraph and sites such as Pure Design, Creative Boom and ArtInLiverpool.Com. The Festival will again expect to achieve press and media coverage at local and regional levels as well as attracting significant national interest in 2010.

If you need further details please contact:

Frank Collins
0161 834 3722

You can also sign up to Festival bulletins on the Festival website www.liverpooldesignfestival.com
Comment by Frank Collins on May 11, 2010 at 17:38
Stockport Creative Industries Network in association with Design Initiative invites you to attend the upcoming seminar for designer-makers and creative practitioners

“Marketing to the visitor economy”
Wednesday May 26th 2009, 10am – 4.00pm
Conference Room
Stockport Business Incubator
3rd Floor Broadstone Mill, Broadstone Road
Houldsworth Village

The visitor economy is a vital and vibrant part of the wider economy both locally and of the UK as a whole. The latest figures for 2006 from the NWDA showed visitors generated £11.6 billion for the North West region alone. The UK as a whole is committed to improving the visitor business and leisure experience whether it is through public sector legacy projects or retail improvement initiatives. So how could designer-makers and visual artists get involved in this multi-billion pound sector?

This specialist workshop will introduce the concept of working with local, regional and UK wide attractions and initiatives to supply to the visiting public. It will cover how to market your work to buyers and work within its market constraints. So if you are a designer-maker or visual artist who has ever wondered just how to get your work into some of the most visited craft and design arenas in the UK, this workshop will show you how.

Those practitioners with the skills to deliver to the demands of an area’s visitors will be in a strong position to take advantage of the opportunities available. The assembled speakers all have strong knowledge and experience of working on or are recruiting for current visitor projects.

Speakers will include:
Helen Palmer, Palmer Squared. A cultural and tourism marketing specialist
Sarah Thirlwell, Designer (www.sarahthirlwell.com)
Marcus Chase, Principle Manager Enterprises & Performance, Manchester Art Gallery. Part of an NWDA funded project to raise the standard of buying for all North West visitor outlets.

This event, funded by Stockport Council, has been organised by Stockport Creative Industries Network in association with Design Initiative and is targeted at designers, makers and visual artists working in all fields. Lunch and refreshments will be provided as well as an opportunity to network after the event.

This event is free to members of the Stockport Creative Network. Places are limited so advanced booking is essential.

New members are also welcome to attend but must be working or resident in Stockport. Please contact the email address below for more details.

To book your place please email your details to Chris Lethbridge at: stockportcreatives@me.com


About Stockport Creative Industries Network
Stockport Creative Industries Network was established in 2007 by Stockport Council, and Stockport Economic Alliance. The network was the outcome of research identifying Stockport as home to the second largest concentration of creative professionals/businesses in Greater Manchester and demonstrating demand for local networking opportunities. To date the network has a database of approximately 400 businesses, organisations and individuals professionally involved with the creative sector.

Following on from the its previous networking and seminar programmes, the Network has been successful in securing funding from Arts Council England North West, to provide a unique seminar programme for creatives across Stockport. This programme is about helping creative practitioners to reach new markets, sell more work and market themselves effectively.
Comment by Harriet Taggart on March 31, 2010 at 11:40

Comment by Harriet Taggart on March 31, 2010 at 11:29
Get Umbro Industries working for you!

Umbro Industries is a bursary scheme funding creative projects in the Manchester area. Every 3 months £10,000 is up for grabs to fund anything from a theatre project of new music label to a new night of exhibition.
Applications can be made on the Umbro Industries website where ideas are appraised and the finalists pitch their ideas in front of a panel:

Closing date is April 11th so get applying!
Comment by Michael Trainor on March 23, 2010 at 15:37
**Space Alert**
Office/Studio space available in The Northern Quarter’s Cultural Headquarters
The Department Store Building

General Description: This space occupies the Edge Street side of the building with views out to the Manchester Craft and Design Centre and the roof garden. Originally the offices of a fabric merchant dating from around 1850 it was extensively modernised in 2000 but still has exposed timber beams and brickwork along with contemporary features such as lift access, its own small kitchen area plus a bookable meeting room and roof garden (shared with other tenants).

Would Suit: architect’s practices, graphic designers, cultural organisations, film and new media companies, performing arts organisations, fashion labels, music industry, design agency etc.

Terms: Leasehold. Minimum 1 year, multiples of 3 years preferred. Available from 15th March 2010.

Size: Approximately 14.06 sq m ( 152 sq ft.) – (around one or two desk spaces.)

Annual Rental: £3,000 per year plus VAT @17.5%. This is equivalent to net £250.00 pcm.


Contact: For viewings or questions please contact Katherine or Michael of The Department Store Ltd. on 0161 835 9245 or email art@popempires.org to arrange an appointment (please note we are not estate agents).

Additional costs: The ratable value for a similar size space is £1525 so the annual rates for this space would be approximately £719.80 however, there is at present a discount scheme of around 50% in operation. The non domestic business rates are payable directly to Manchester City Council. Interested parties should make their own enquiries with the valuation office www.VOA.gov.uk and Manchester City Council www.manchester.gov.uk .
Please note: this space is not currently part of the rating list.
The Department Store Ltd also operate and maintain a number of services for the benefits of tenants from lift maintenance and cleaning of common parts to buildings insurance – these shared costs are distributed out proportionally amongst tenants quarterly on an ‘at cost’ basis. Details of this are available on request.
Utilities (water, electricity and gas where applicable) are metered for each tenant and paid to The Department Store Ltd quarterly at the same charge rate as the utility supplier.
Accessibility: This 2nd floor space has level access from the street to the foyer and to and from the passenger lift on all floors. The bookable meeting room is also accessible to wheel chair users.
Additional Features: Adjacent lift, own kitchen area, radiators, and a bookable meeting room with roof garden at very discounted rates for tenants.
About The Department Store: The Department store building was purchased in 1998 by some of the original founders of the Northern Quarter Association which began promoting this area of Manchester as a creative quarter in 1992. The building is specifically aimed at Cultural and Creative Industries and houses a number of arts organisations, galleries and retail.
Other Department Store Tenants include – SHISHA, Liverpool and Manchester Design Initiative, Richard Goodall Gallery, Jonathan Keenan Photography, Manchester Pride.
About the Northern Quarter: The Northern Quarter (NQ) in Manchester City Centre is home to a large number of independent small businesses from fashion to graphic design as well as cultural institutions and, crucially, a lot of interesting bars and places to eat. (The Department Store directors recommend coffee at CUP, lunchtime curry at Kabana, hot piadinas at Bread and Butter, and too many bars to mention).
Near neighbours include Manchester Craft and Design Centre, The Chinese Arts Centre, Arts Council England Northwest (shortly).
Comment by David Parrish on March 2, 2010 at 6:44
T-Shirts and Suits® Northern Creatives™
NorthernNet Collaboration Events

Join with other creative entrepreneurs in the North of England to explore the business issues involved in devising profitable creative partnerships and to find potential collaborators.

As part of a group in Leeds, Liverpool, Salford or Sheffield you will be connected through NorthernNet to a group in another city, enabling a wider range of views to be shared and new business connections to be made.

These interactive events will be facilitated by David Parrish, international creative industries consultant and co-ordinator of the T-Shirts and Suits® Northern Creatives™ project.

Monday 8th March. 5.00 - 8.00 pm
Salford – MediaCityUK
Leeds – Round Foundry

Monday 22nd March. 10.00 - 1.00 pm
Liverpool – FACT
Sheffield – Electric Works

These events will provide you with an opportunity to learn more about, and share your experiences of, the business issues involved in creative collaboration - including contracting, intellectual property, project management and cultural ‘fit’.

The events will be organised to maximize networking opportunities, both with other creative businesses in your own location and with people in the group in the city linked up through NorthernNet.

NorthernNet is a new high-speed telecommunications infrastructure, offering a reliable symmetric network of 100Mbs upgradeable to 1 Gbps. NorthernNet has been designed to enable collaboration across the North West, Yorkshire and the North East. For more information see: www.northernnet.co.uk

Book Now – for Free!

These short interactive events are free to attend.

Refreshments will be provided. Numbers in each venue are limited, so book early to avoid disappointment.

Contact Susie Kennedy to reserve your place:

0844 395 0385
Comment by Les Selby on February 16, 2010 at 9:34
Freelance Businesses who can: 3DS Max Character Animation and 3d Photo visualisation

Alba Associates has been approached by two separate with the following request / calls for collaborations

Call for Collaboration 5:
Manchester business is looking to work with freelance based in Manchester area that offers 3D photo visualisation generated from a computer image

Call for Collaboration No 6:
Lancashire business is looking to use a Freelance 3DS Max character animators

If you are interest please contact Les Selby at Alba Associates. Les.selby@albaassoc.com

Interested parties would be expected to provide a copy of their Business Profiles and attend a future Wired City Reconnected event to meet with the business concerned, and where there may be other interested businesses wishing to meet freelancers

Manchester Wired City Reconnected – Thursday 4th March
Burnley Wired City Reconnected – Tuesday 23rd March

You can book places via: www.albaassoc.com/events

Please note that Alba Associates is not a recruitment agency....and does not charge for any introductions provided.. Alba Associates holds no other information on the business...and will forward interested collaborators business profile and arrange for introductions.

Alba Associate organise and deliver Wired City Reconnected events…please view via http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-P-RVlexrJY ... or visit www.albaassoc.com or the LinkedIn Events page

Best Regards

Comment by Ruth Churchill Dower on November 24, 2009 at 21:05
Earlyarts is a professional development network for those working creatively with young children and families. We are delighted to invite tenders for two dynamic new roles in the Earlyarts team as it expands to fill a rather large but lovely pair of national boots. One is for PR and Marketing, and the other for IT and Social Media. This is a chance ot be part of something Really Big! Details at: www.earlyarts.co.uk
Comment by Samantha Mills on November 23, 2009 at 13:23

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