Calling theatre makers based in the Midlands – China Plate’s 2014 pan-Midlands producer training programme open for applications closes: 03.10.2014

The Optimists 2014

China Plate are looking for up to 15 individuals, either recent graduates or members of emerging theatre companies to participate in our 2014 pan-Midlands producer training programme.

The Optimists 2014 offers a vital introduction to the craft of making work in a professional context and building your professional network.

This scheme is targeting emerging artists (individual theatre artists or theatre company members) or producers based in the Midlands who are at the start of their professional careers – having graduated or decided to become professional makers within the last two years.

The Midlands
Friday, October 3, 2014 – 17:30
Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Theatre Commission with Safer Wolverhampton

Midlands based theatre company for new commission to be developed with City of Wolverhampton College, West Midlands Police and the Safer Wolverhampton Partnership.

Anticipated delivery February 2015 in a central venue – for a year 10 audience.

The fee available for this commission is £6,000.00.

For more details please contact

Artists wanted to run one day Drawing/Visual Arts workshops in West Midlands Schools

Artists are wanted to run one day drawing/visiual arts workshops in schools and/or with the general public in Lichfield City Centre for the Big Draw.

The theme is IT’S OUR WORLD which is open to interpretation. 

Workshops should teach new skills to participants and be of a high quality.

Please send your workshop ideas/proposals along with evidence of Public Liability insurance and DBS check.  Please say whether your workshop is for a school or a drop-in activity with the general public or could be adaptable for both.

Fees including materials for each one day workshop is £250

The deadline for application is Sunday 21st September.

If you are interested then please contact Celia Houghton on

An Invitation to Enter Optimism @ City Arcadia with Coventry Artspace (@CovArtspace)

Launch event
Thursday 11th September 2014
5:30pm onwards
at City Arcadia, 32 City Arcade, Coventry, CV1 3HW

Artspace’s curators, Laura Elliott and Michael Mayhew announce the launch of City Arcadia, a bold new programme of creative responses to Coventry city centre’s – Past, Present and imagined Future.

They are planning and commissioning an 18 month Arts Council England and Coventry City Council funded programme that will inspire new imaginings, insights, and perceptions of a city in transition. At the launch they will release an open call for artists to engage with the themes and conversations of City Arcadia, a new City Arcadia dossier and (river), a collaboration with artist Kathryn Hawkins to create a sculptural installation that exposes, reveals and illuminates the hidden undercurrent beneath Coventry city’s foundations.

They invite you to ‘Enter Optimism’ with us on Thursday 11th September from 5:30pm onwards and start a journey into the unknown future…

Stephanie Skura – Professional Workshop, Decoda (@Decoda_Team)

Stephanie Skura

Saturday 20th September and Sunday 21st September in Coventry

Weekend Workshop: OPEN SOURCE FORMS

Stephanie Skura developed Open Source Forms (OSF) after 12 years working closely with SRT creator Joan Skinner as core faculty & teacher-trainer, & decades of radical performance practice. Fluidly expanded from Skinner Releasing Technique, OSF is about cross-fertilizations and deep commonalities of SRT and creative process: shedding outer layers, finding primal energy, agility navigating subconscious realms, and imagery as powerful tool for transformation. This work celebrates diversity, collaboration, and individual empowerment: free of inhibition, accessing intuition, and inviting the mind to collaborate. Taking time for depth of technique to catalyze creative work, these sessions offer tools to access freedom, specificity, and courage in movement, vocal practice and performance. With a progression of experiments in surprising pathways between conscious and subconscious, movement, writing, and voice, witnessing and participating. Sessions will include working with scores as a remarkable and fertile way to find content, method and structure that’s unique for each idea.

Please bring paper and pens along for writing and drawing.

More info on

More info on Open Source


The workshop will take place in the Institute for Creative Enterprise (ICE) at Coventry University. Click here to see a map of the location.


To book your place please email

Call for Birmingham based Graffiti Artists – Leaveners and Aerosol Ali (@aerosolali)

Social Architects // A collaboration between Leaveners and Aerosol Ali

For the first time the Birmingham’s Quaker movement comes together with Birmingham’s other faith communities to celebrate the city’s struggle for social equality. Leaveners and renowned graffiti artist Mohammed Ali (aka Aerosol Ali) are working together to create a new iconic artwork for Birmingham by reclaiming and regenerating a disused building. This is a unique opportunity for 18 to 25 year olds to work directly with Mohammed to create meaningful public art for the city of Birmingham.

The aim of the project is to use Art to bring together young people from diverse backgrounds and gives them the opportunity to explore the link between faith and social equality. From the vision and values of Birmingham’s Cadbury family to Birmingham’s post riot hero Tariq Jahan, individuals and organisations have used faith to affect positive social change. Together with Mohammed Ali young people will create a dynamic new mural inspired by the passion of and desire for a better society.

They are seeking 8 enthusiastic young people from across Birmingham to participate in the project and are inviting applications now! (It is essential that you have some experience of working with spray paint)

To apply please submit a maximum of three images of your artwork, with a short artists statement of no more than 250 words, by email to Adam Clarke at

The deadline for applications is Friday 26th September 2014. 

The project is expected to run for 6 consecutive days at the end of October 2014.

Call for Submissions – Print Fair at Malt Cross (@maltcross)

The Malt Cross Gallery are now accepting submissions for their Christmas Print Fair. This is a brilliant opportunity for printmakers to showcase and sell their work in a busy city centre location.

 Please email for an application pack. Deadline for submissions is Wednesday 1st October.




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