StoneCrabs is commissioning a group of young creatives on the Isle of Wight to respond to the Playdoh: Young Directors Festival 2021. The themes for the festival are language, confinement, politics, roots and identity. You could be a director, actor, producer or designer, so long as you are in charge of your digital artistic response.
They are offering a fee of £494 to cover all expenses related to the commission, along with weekly training and mentoring and a day’s artistic exchange with other young artists.
You must commit to: creating/producing a 5-10 minute long artistic response to the festival’s themes; attending the training/mentoring; producing and promoting the online festival; watching the live stream of the Festival, and making sure you are available for the artistic exchange. The work will be streamed live at a local venue and online. There will be an opportunity for further development after the project is completed.
Isle of Wight charity and IWCEP member, Independent Arts has announced a major new project that will allow people from across the Island to get involved with creative programmes.
The new Independent Arts Creative Hub will be located at the former Monsoon building in Newport. The building, situated at the corner of the High Street and St James’ Square is being refurbished November 2020 and will be open to the public as soon as regulations allow.
The Creative Hub will feature exhibitions from Independent Arts community programmes across the Island, as well as opportunities to engage with arts for well being activities. Independent Arts are delighted to be launching this major new project, which it hopes, can contribute to the regeneration of the High Street. To ensure the Creative Hub can reach its potential and be financially sustainable, Independent Arts has welcomed three new team members this month. Amy Normanton and Kerry Weston will share the day to day running of the Creative Hub and Ralph Ridler has started his role as Community Fundraiser.
Charity Chief Executive, Lisa Gagliani MBE said,
This is a major step forward for Independent Arts, in our strategy to improve health and well-being on the Isle of Wight through the arts. For too long, most of our activities have been hidden from public view, taking place in village halls and care homes. We look forward to welcoming you to the Creative Hub, where you will meet familiar and new faces of the Independent Arts team.
Independent Arts is the Isle of Wight charity focussed on using the arts to improve wellbeing, quality of life and to reduce social isolation. Supported by volunteers, fantastic practitioners and a small staff team in Newport, the charity engages with up to 1,700 people every month across the Island.
Like many organisations, the charity has been affected by the pandemic and subsequent lockdowns. In response, the charity’s much-loved community services, including SingAbout and DanceMakers, have moved online during the pandemic reaching thousands of people who might otherwise have been isolated.
The response to these plans from Independent Arts stakeholders, supporters and the public has been phenomenal. The charity is grateful for the support in this endeavour of The Tudor Trust, The Julia & Hans Rausing Trust and Arts Council England, as well as the Island Community who have raised £600 through a crowdfunding appeal. Donations can be made up 26th November to through this link or afterwards via the Independent Arts website at www.independentarts.org
LAStheatre presents a beautiful, outdoor performance in schools for children in Reception to Year 2 from September – November 2020. The performance is accompanied by an in-depth creative learning pack with a focus on dealing with change and facing fears. This pack covers the curriculum subjects of PSHE, Science, English, and Art.
LAStheatre have obtained the rights to create an outdoor theatre performance of Rachel Bright’s ‘The Lion Inside’ illustrated by Jim Field. This story is about confidence, self-esteem, and a shy little mouse who sets out on a journey to find his roar.
LAStheatre’s production creatively and playfully explores the following themes:
Dealing with change
Celebrating our differences and similarities
Playfully help pupils transition back into school post-lockdown
All this is available on the Isle of Wight now!
The performance and education pack are designed to support Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 pupils as they digest what has happened during lockdown and transition back to school, whilst providing a vocabulary in the show and creative learning activity pack that encourages conversation about our thoughts and feelings.
The creative learning activity pack is designed to be used in class after the performance to further interrogate the themes of the show, linking with the EYFS and KS1 curriculum in English, Science, Art and PSHE
This project is available to state primary schools in Kent, London and the Isle of Wight from 28 September 2020 to 1 November 2020.
Up to 4 performances in school in 1 day: £650 (up to 240 pupils)
2 performances in school (½ day) – subject to availability: £435 (up to 120 pupils)
1 performance in school (½ day) – subject to availability: £225 (up to 60 pupils)
The performance is subsidised to make it as affordable to schools as possible.
Bursaries are available: To apply for a bursary of up to 100% please complete our application form here: https://bit.ly/2QmMYgK
COVID-19 precautions & performance location
Alongside government guidelines this performance will take place outside on a caravan set measuring 2.4m x 6.5m (closed), 4.1m x 7.5m (open). The show will need a space of at least 8m x 9m and the ability to drive into the space. Please see our ground plan in the information pack here or get in touch with Liz Bate for more information.
For more information, to book a performance or to discuss bursaries please get in touch with Liz Bate:
We wanted to give other people, especially IWCEP members and teachers the opportunity to vote on their favourite logo design. Created by Tayla Smith, Marketing and Media Co-ordinator from Quay Arts, here’s the selection to vote from (numbered 1 to 7).
Let us know via Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or email which of the three logos you like best; 1 being your favourite, 2 as second favourite and 3 being your third choice.
The 2020 Mike Howley Trust awards are now open for applications.
Mike Howley, who worked for many years as Director of Cultural Services for the Isle of Wight Council, died in May 2013 , leaving part of his estate “for the specific benefit of aspiring young actors, musicians, dancers and writers, between the ages of 18 and 30, living on the Isle of Wight”.
Trustees welcome applications from people within the stated age range and art forms for investment in areas such as training, equipment, marketing & promotion, recording, rehearsal space, staging, publishing costs, or simply time to create. If you fit the bill and have an idea you are burning to put into action, we would like to hear from you.
This year’s application process will be different from previous years; instead of a written application Quay Arts is hosting the Mike Howley Conversations. You are invited to come in for a 15 minute conversation with the selection panel, to discuss what it is you would like to do, who will benefit from it, and how much you need to make it happen. If the panel wants to take your application further, you will be asked for more details.
Once again this year, priority will be given to applicants whose projects celebrate, explore or interpret our unique Island cultural heritage.
The conversations will take place on Wednesday 18th March, between 11am and 5pm at Quay Arts and the deadline for applications is midday on Tue 31st March.
Comments from recipients of the 2019/20 Mike Howley awards:
“Your funding helped me to produce an entertaining show, and made it possible forme to bring new contemporary circus to the Isle of Wight. Something I will always be thankful for.” Thorne Bailey
“I cannot stress enough just how valuable having this time to work on my bookhas been. Without the money the Mike Howley Trust awarded me, I would simply not be in the position I am now with my work.” Harriet Bradley