What’s On

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Head Candy:

‘Google has added a further 151 galleries and museums to its Art Project, which allows anyone with a computer to consider a virtual wander through the treasures of Versailles, the joys of the National Gallery in London or, if the mood takes them, Brazilian street graffiti in São Paulo.

The expansion of the project, which allows virtual access to artworks in 40 countries, means more than 30,000 objects are available to view, compared with 1,000 in the first version launched last year.’

‘It is absurd and insulting to assume artists are assisted by despair or hunger in a way that, say, plumbers are not’

  • This week’s shows in pictures, does what is says on the tin from The Guardian.
  • Anger as Arts Council chief is forced to quit by ministers
  • Who holds the Keys to the Future? The Capture: An exploration of the black female body   ‘When Florine Demosthene set off on a trip to Africa a few years ago, she did so with two main goals in mind:  To do some personal reflection after getting a divorce, and to gather material that would help her through a three-year case of severe artist’s block. “The real purpose of that whole trip was for me to come back with work,” she said. “I had to get away, experience something, and deal with myself so I could come back with work. I wanted to have something that I could work on for ten years. I didn’t just want to choose something, do it, and then get bored with it. I wanted something where I could really get into it, and then it could morph and become something else. And it took me a long time to figure out what the hell that could be.”’

Interactive:

This week has seen the launch of two exciting visual arts projects:

Just two days ago saw the start of brand new project ‘Road Trip West Midlands: A Search For The West Midlands Dream’. Artist Chris Poolman and writer Mark Ellis have taken ‘inspiration from four great American literary journeys examining the ‘American Dream’, the road trip will seek to discover the ‘West Midlands Dream’. Supported by Turning Point West Midlands and Writing West Midlands.

You can follow their shenanigans on twitter or on their website.

On Monday, 48 Sheets launched their billboards project beautifying consumerist commercial spaces with art from local, national and international visual artists. Images can be found here. Well done Clare and team at E-C Arts. We are very much looking forward to the launch party!

Children’s Lives – An exhibition of children’s lives at BMAG

‘Children’s Lives examines the lives of children from the 18th century to the present day and is the first major exhibition on childhood to be held in Birmingham.’

Style Africa: ‘…explores the rich textile heritage of West Africa.

/In this collaborative exhibition, curators from the museum have joined forces with young people to create new ways to present the significant West African textile collection from BMAG, the University of Birmingham and Craftspace.’

The Allotment spaces are into their second phase, you can learn more here and see photos here.

Opportunities:

Clarke Griffiths Levine offers residency in Birmingham UK in May 2012.

Dates: 7th May – 1st June 2012

Cost: £1000.

Deadline: Monday 9th April 2012, 5pm.

Send to: clarkegriffithslevine@gmail.com

 

FREELANCE MARKETING POST (The New Art Gallery, Walsall)

The New Art Gallery Walsall is looking for a freelance marketing professional to work with its staff on an exciting year-long project for young people, Young Damien – Audiences Black Country.

If you are interested in the above freelance contract post, please email your CV and a covering letter outlining your qualities, skills and suitability for the post to Ioannis Ioannou, Audience Development Curator ioannoui@walsall.gov.uk. If you have any queries re any of the above please call Ioannis on 01922 654404.

Deadline for applications is 9am, Wednesday 18th April 2012.

 

ARTIST IN RESIDENCE  (University of Birmingham)

‘The University of Birmingham is inviting expressions of interest from illustrative artists to undertake a residency on campus during summer 2012, culminating in an exhibition/event produced in partnership with the Deputy Curator.  This residency will be of interest to Artists whose work involves research-based practise with a focus on illustration and drawing.’

For further details, including how to apply, please e-mail Nicola Saunders at n.saunders@bham.ac.uk.

Closing date is Monday 23rd April.

 

PUBLIC ART COMMISSION (Colmore Business District, Birmingham)

 An opportunity to commission an artist, designer or photographer has been developed to create a unique visual arts intervention for the Livery Street wall, Birmingham.

The commissioner is open to submissions that provide an exciting, contemporary and dynamic artwork for the wall and will consider submissions from artists working in a variety of artforms and styles.

For an Artists Brief, with full information, please email enquiries@colmorebusinessdistrict.com

Deadline: Monday 30th April 2012  (before 5.00pm).

 

GRAPHIC DESIGNER REQUIRED (Creative Alliance, West Midlands)

‘Creative Alliance is looking for an individual to:

Design and produce a range of print materials: flyers, programme outlines, course materials. This includes presentation material and Powerpoint presentations.  Design and produce a range of web-based material and disseminating electronic communication through campaign monitor and social media.  Keep all aspects of the Creative Alliance website active and updated. This includes contributing to blog posts.  Work with the marketing assistant to create case studies of learners/employers and gather testimonials about their work.’

Deadline for applications is 6th April and interviews will take place on 11th April.

Full Job Description available on request.

Please contact info@creativealliance.org.uk or call 0121 2247308.

 

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