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Are you a BAME director/practitioner with an interest in becoming an Artistic Director of a producing theatre building?

If the answer is YES, then join Iain Bloomfield (Head of Arts and Artistic Director Theatre in the Mill), Javaad Alipoor (Artistic Director of Northern Lines) and Simeilia Hodge-Dallaway (Founder/Artistic Director of Artistic Directors of the Future) at the Artistic Directors of the Future development session at Theatre of the Mill.

The session will focus on pathways in becoming an Artistic Director, as well as the artistic development implemented at Theatre in the Mill, to demonstrate how this process provides a strong relationship with audiences.

This is a fun, informative and practical development session, set in a safe and informal environment to encourage discussion, brain-storming and networking.

At:  Theatre in the Mill, Off Shearbridge Road, Bradford, BD7 1NX
On: Tuesday 2 February 2016, 2-5pm.
Tickets: This is a free event but booking is essential –  BOOK NOW

For further information about Theatre in the Mill
, call 01274 233200 or email

About Artistic Directors of the Future

Artistic Directors of the Future is dedicated to increasing the number of BAME Artistic Directors in mainstream producing theatres across the UK. With the support of the Bush Theatre, Theatre Royal Stratford East, Young Vic Theatre and the Regional Theatre Young Directors Scheme, we aim to support, nurture and promote the existing pool of talented, culturally diverse theatre directors in the UK.

This initiative has been well received by many arts organisations including: Arts Council England, Theatre in the Mill, Royal Exchange Manchester, Curve Theatre, Royal Court Theatre, Donmar Warehouse, Bush Theatre, Lyric Hammersmith, Unicorn Theatre, Theatre Royal Stratford East and the Young Vic Theatre. / @adofthefuture

**Last minute spaces now available – deadline to apply 12 noon Thursday 19 November**


If you are an artist living or working in the North West, there are two spaces available on a masterclass with Benji Reid, taking place at STUN Studio (at Z-arts, Manchester M15 5ZA) Monday 23 – Friday 27 November, 10am – 5pm each day.

This is a unique opportunity to work in a small group with leading physical theatre practitioner Benji Reid, offering you a chance to:
– share specific challenges in your artistic journey
– benefit from coaching from your peers
– work on and explore issues that are directly relevant to you.

The week will culminate in a small public sharing at 2pm on Friday 27 November, with feedback and discussion.

To apply please send us (*you can apply as an individual or as part of a group):
– A short summary of what you’d like to explore (max 200 words)
– an up-to-date CV
– any images or weblinks that feature your work.

Applications should be sent to Benji Reid, c/o, by 12 noon on Thursday 19 November.


Workshop Sharing:
Friday 27 November 2pm
STUN Studio at Z-arts

Artists and audiences are invited to join us for a small public sharing and feedback of the week-long Benji Reid masterclass.


More Information: A Question of Black Physical Theatre
Over the past 30 years Black Physical Theatre has been delivered through the vision and politics of some of the world’s most interesting theatre makers, such as Denise Wong, Amani Napthali, and Benji Reid. Whilst many of these archives have been chronicled there has been very little documented about what one might call the engineering behind the art form, namely the energies and ideas motivating works in the Black Theatre canon such as ‘Ragamuffin’ and ‘Super Heroes’.

– Is there a distinctive art form that is sufficiently unique and nuanced to be called Black Physical Theatre?
– What are its processes and products?
– Who are its champions and challengers?

A Question of Black Physical Theatre brings together a creative team led by Benji Reid and Sustained Theatre Up North (STUN) to offer a selection of opportunities.

Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

BReidOver the past 30 years Black Physical Theatre has been delivered through the vision and politics of some of the world’s most interesting theatre makers, such as Denise Wong, Amani Napthali, and Benji Reid. Whilst many of these archives have been chronicled there has been very little documented about what one might call the engineering behind the art form, namely the energies and ideas motivating works in the Black Theatre cannon such as ‘Ragamuffin’ and ‘Super Heroes’.  Is there a distinctive art form that is sufficiently unique and nuanced to be called Black Physical Theatre? What are its processes and products? Who are its champions and challengers?


‘A Question of Black Physical Theatre’ brings together a creative team led by Benji Reid and Sustained Theatre Up North (STUN) to offer a selection of opportunities.  It is an Arts Council England supported project.


Week long master-class with Benji Reid: for emerging artists, up to 5 people

Please note: This opportunity is open to artist’s living/ working in the North West only

This master-class will encourage individual artists to share specific challenges in their artistic journeys and benefit from coaching from their peers.  This will be a unique opportunity for a small group of emerging artists to work with Benji Reid, a leading practitioner in physical theatre. Over a week, artists will be given the opportunity to work on issues that are directly relevant to them, exploring these in a small team.

This week runs from Monday the 23rd till Friday the 27th November and takes place at the STUN Studio’s at Z-Arts in Manchester (

Following this, artists will connect with a small audience to strike up a two way conversation about the work, what it says and what it means. This critical dialogue will take place on Friday 4th December, and will involve a discussion on the process and the inspiration behind the programme.  The final showing of work produced by STUN, with Benji Reid, will take place at Manchester’s the STUN studio’s, Z Arts.


To apply, (*you can apply as an individual or as part of a group) please send us:  

  • An up to date CV
  • Any images/ CD/ website that features your work


 ‘Appetite’, Small Commission for a mid career artist to work with Benji Reid

A commission for an artist to create a new piece of work that will be presented to an audience as part of a work-in-progress piece.  The theme is ‘Appetite’ and artists are asked to respond viscerally, in ways that explore emotional and physical longing for an idea, place or thing.

Applicants should pick upon something autobiographical – for example, the wish to appease a need, desire or inclination. We are looking for an artist who is able to explore their physical and emotional selves in ways which stretch their imagination – as well as those around them – to produce new experiences for audiences. The work should seek to transform thinking around an idea, using the experience of physical narrative storytelling. The artist may come from a background of dance, sports, theatre or live art, or a combination of all of these.

The successful artist will be required to contribute to a video diary. Artists will be required to work independently and spend a week working intensively with director Benji Reid.  This week has been scheduled and will run from Monday the 30th November to Friday the 4th December.  The sessions will take place at the STUN Studios, Z-Arts in Manchester.

The final day, Friday, will be an opportunity to share the work with an invited audience of up to 50 guests, this will take the form of a critical dialogue, performance led session.

There is a budget of £875


How to apply

Please send us the following information:

  • An outline of how you would respond (max 500 words)
  • A loose budget
  • An up to date CV
  • Images/ CD/ website featuring your work


The Deadline for both opportunities 9am, Tuesday 6th October

TO:  Benji Reid, C/O 27-29 Saint Mary’s Row, Moseley, Birmingham, B13 8JT  

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PandaProducing work for unusual spaces that take performance to the audience is increasingly popular and brings it’s own challenges and rewards.

This workshop will enable you to hear from a panel of people experienced in different aspects of this topic, discuss the unique issues around such work, your own experience, how to overcome some of the obstacles and share tips and ideas on all aspects of the making, promotion and presentation of work in/for non-traditional arts spaces.

1.30 – 4.30pm on Friday 31st October 

Manchester Central Library (read more…)

MayaAAs part of Black History Month and as a celebration of the life of Maya Angelou (4 April 1928 – 28 May 2014), we are holding two poetry workshops led by Commonword/Young Identity. Each workshop will last for one and a half hours, from 1-2:30 and from 3:00-4:30, and will use the work of Maya Angelou as inspiration for the creation of your own poetry. Workshop participants will be encouraged to share their work at the open mic session in the performance space later in the day.

The workshops will be held in the beautiful surroundings of the Chief Librarian’s Office, on the 3rd floor.

There are limited numbers for the workshops, so places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. If you have a preference for the first or second session please indicate this when booking your place. (read more…)

AF&PlogoFundraising from trusts, foundations and statutory funders is essential in the arts sector.  Our Funders & Networks training will help improve your application-writing skills and increase your confidence in presenting your case to funders and donors.


“Looking at the possibilities with trusts and foundations, strategic funds and tender opportunities highlights how your organisation can grow but still remain true to its focus.  Having case studies to work from was really valuable.” 

Laura Sweeney, Lead Producer, Chisenhale Dance Space

From: Deirdre Osborne

In the lead up to the MA Black British Writing 2015, 

Deirdre Osborne and Joan Anim-Addo would like to invite all interested students and staff to their continuing cultural programme, 

Black British Writers in Conversation’. 

We begin our evening with acclaimed authors

Bernardine Evaristo (Mr Loverman;Blonde Roots) and Andrea Stuart (Sugar in the BloodThe Rose of Martinique).

WHERE – the George Wood Theatre

It is FREE and can be booked through:

Please see attached pdf for more details and any difficulties in booking, please contact Deirdre directly

Dr Deirdre Osborne

Senior Lecturer;

Convenor: MA Black British


Associate Editor; Women’s Writing

(Taylor and Francis)


Equality and Diversity Officer GUCU;

Chair of Examinations, Drama and Theatre Arts degree and postgraduate programmes;


Goldsmiths, University of London

New Cross, London, SE14 6NW.

44 207 9197429 or 7414


burjestaThis 11 week course will coincide with the centenary of the First World War. This course offers a series of workshops featuring the theatre, cinema, literature, poetry and painting from 1914 – 1918 and how art reflected the realities of a wartime Europe. The course will also include session on a
selection of scenes from an adaptation of All Quiet on The Western Front.

Run by WEA – course enrolment number is C3836667, course starts Tuesday 16th September at The Casa, Hope Street, Liverpool, 7pm to 9pm.  Course costs £36 for 11 weeks or free for those entitled.

Enrol online at  or by telephoning 0151 243 5340

Contact: Mikyla Durkan

stay-clear-e1353412436161The Virtual Incubator has been commissioned by STAY for the development and/or support of up to a maximum of 16 new or established creative businesses across Yorkshire.



This Programme Consists of Four Steps

Step 1

Fill out the relevant online application form:

Step 2

Your application will first be assessed by the Executive Director of STAY as the funder of the programme who will determine your suitability for this programme.

The Chief Executive of CidaCo will then be asked to assess your application from a business perspective, to ensure that CidaCo is likely to be able to help you

Step 3

You will be invited to a 1:1 diagnostic session, lasting about one hour, with your CidaCo Mentor who will make the final decision about inviting you on to the programme.

Step 4

If you are successful, your CidaCo Mentor will agree a programme with you alongside a mutually designed Mentoring Agreement. (read more…)

Theatre of the Oppressed – WorkshopsTheatre of the Oppressed (TO) is a powerful and dynamic use of theatre used to examine and challenge abusive behaviour, first in the rehearsal room then in real life. Pioneered by Brazilian theatre maker, Augusto Boal TO has become a key approach to making theatre with people who are excluded from the mainstream of life.

Next Workshop 14-16 March 2014Theatre of the Oppressed – An introductory training weekend delivered at (read more…)

hear me now 2014Community Arts North West is back for a third year with their epic Young Peoples Mixed Media Performing Arts Programme; offering an intensely creative 10 week programme of free workshops in Drama, Spoken Word, Mc-ing, Beat Boxing, Digital Arts and Dance for 12-18 year olds.

Come along to the Launch Day on Saturday 12th April 2014 from 11am-5pm at STUN Studio based at Z-arts. This will be followed up by further workshops which will take place every Thursday 17th April 2013 from 5-8pm. We will also (read more…)

BenjiExpress Yourself

Benji Reid – Masterclass

STUN is running a two hour masterclass lead by Benji Reid.  If you’re interested in developing your practice from conception to competition, utilising different theatre and physical techniques – then this is the masterclass for you.

  • Place:             STUN Studio,  Z-arts 335 Stretford Road, M15 5ZA
  • Date:               6th December 2013
  • Time:              2pm – 4pm
  • Price:              Free  16+
  • Contact:         STUN for booking a space on 07977 122 723 (spaces are limited)

Benji is currently the Artistic Director of Mars. (Manchester Artistic Research Studios).

Mars is a theatre-making program aimed (read more…)

the-hat-Factory-Wh-Hi-ResCall Out to Actors!, The Hat Factory, Luton

South East, London Closes Tuesday 26 November 2013 Paid (£10k-15k pro rata) Part time Artform: music, theatre   Contact: Oluwatoyin Odunsi

We will be doing a rehearsed reading of a new play called ‘Also By Mail’ by Olumide Popoola @ The Hat Factory on Thursday 5th December 2013.

Also by Mail

This play tells the tale of Nigerian/German history (read more…)


An association between Let's Dance International Festival and regional dance agency,
Dance4, Signatures is a platform that nurtures and supports undiscovered talent,
enabling emerging artists to realise their creative potential. Signatures showcases
the work of emerging dancers, choreographers and recent dance graduates. The artists
are selected on the strength of their concepts and their desire to succeed in the
arts industry.

Signatures is offering  (read more...)
logo-candellaWhen: 14th & 15th November 2013

Location: Manchester

A highly practical course to assist students and professionals alike develop skills to further their career in the UK Film and TV industry. (read more…)

PandaWordPress Workshop
To be held at:

Manchester Academy of English
5 Newton Street
M1 1HL Manchester

Wednesday, 23 October 2013 from 10:00 to 13:00 (read more…)

panda arts logoDo you have an upcoming project which you need to promote? Do you wish to raise your organisations profile? Do you need to extend your companies reach? Or perhaps you need to increase your audience?

This social media workshop will (read more…)

panda arts logoFind out the latest information and guidance regarding the new EU funding programs coming online in 2014 and be informed on what you need to do to start preparing for the first calls (expected in late 2013 or early 2014). As well as information, there will be opportunities for questions and discussions around project ideas you might be considering.

This seminar is suitable for (read more…)

BWC-flyer-Commonword/Cultureword in association with Manchester Literature Festival & Contact presents

Cultureword Black & Asian Writers Conference 2013

Saturday 19th October

10:30am to 5pm

Contact Theatre, Manchester

How To book:
tel: 016127440600

The 7th Black Writers Conference & Festival will be the biggest yet.   Major writers including Malorie Blackman, Fred D’Aguiar, Sujata Bhatt, Bali Rai, Samuel Shimon, Dorothea Smartt and Thomas Glave will be participating.  They will join Penguin publishers, literary agents, two young writers’ workshops, three book launches, information stalls, a young writers performance, and  an evening Festival  that includes  Slam Champion Stephanie Dogfoot, Malika Booker, Sujata Bhatt, J P Cooper, Pocket Soul, Young Identity and many more (read more…)

Couture-commoword workshopURBANITES: Workshops
7pm – 9pm
Sidnie Co Couture, 18 Upper Chorlton Rd, Manchester M16 7RN
Cost: £5 per payable on the day
Book via Sidnie 0161 226 7775
Urbanites Workshop,  18th Sep 2013 at  Sidnie Co. Couture, 18 Upper Chorlton Rd, Manchester M7 RN   From 7pm  (its opp the big pub on the corner called The Whalley Pub)
Join us on 18/09, 7pm for a thought provoking workshop exploring – through objects on display at Sidnie Co. Couture – 200 years of Black writing in Manchester.
It will also include an illustrated reflection on the role of writers, artists + historians as curators of a history still considered as hidden. But.. is it hidden or neglected?
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Date: Tuesday 13 August from 6 to 8pm
Venue: Royal Exchange Theatre, St Anns Square  Manchester M2 7DH

Speaker: Joanne Grubb of J G Creative
Subject: What is Brand and why is it important for your charity?

Brands, what are they and why do you need one? Why branding is so important for your charity and some hints and tips to manage your brand

Booking: £10 via Eventbrite – IOF individual members will get this back when signing in at the event.

Notes about booking:
Places are limited so please book your place as soon as possible.  The event is free to IoF Members and £10 to non IoF Members.  Please note our booking system. IoF members will be asked to pay £10 booking deposit, which will then be reimbursed direct to your credit card as long as you turn up for the event. This system helps ensure that everyone who wants to attend is able to do so. If we get fully booked, we operate a wait list.  Our cancellation policy is that we will give a full refund if you cancel prior to 10am on the Monday before the event (12 August). This applies to members and non-members.

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Commonword/Cultureword in association with Manchester Literature Festival & Contact presents

Cultureword Black & Asian Writers Conference 2013

Saturday 19th October

Contact Theatre, Manchester

How To book: Contact Theatre website from July 2013.

The 7th Black Writers Conference & Festival will be the biggest yet.   Major writers including Malorie Blackman, Fred D’Aguiar, Sujata Bhatt, Bali Rai, Samuel Shimon, Dorothea Smartt and Thomas Glave will be participating.  They will join Penguin publishers, literary agents, two young writers’ workshops, three book launches, information stalls, a young writers performance, and  an evening Festival  that includes  Slam Champion Stephanie Dogfoot, Malika Booker, Sujata Bhatt, J P Cooper, Speakeasy band, Young Identity and many more…

The Conference will feature the following debates and workshops:  Writing For Children:   How do we get more diversity into published children’s writing?  Women poets and the stage:  the reception and subtle exclusions that female spoken word artists face in public space that remains dominated by men.  Queer writing:  What space does the black queer writer occupy? Is there ‘room at the inn’ for black queer writers? How does ‘double discrimination’ inform and undermine our writing?  Freedom and Resistance:   ‘Tortured, the Truth, Remains  And Will Free Itself. How has the relationship of writing and resistance  changed in the 21st century?

There are two specific young writers’ workshops and a performance opportunity all  led by Young Identity young writers group.

To see the programme for the day please click here

We are holding a get together for those who took part in our event during the WoW Festival called ‘Where are you from and what’s your story? It was aimed at refugees, asylum seekers and those who work in this area. We want to launch a new writing project and are having a consultation on Tuesday 31st July, 6pm at The Kuumba Imani centre on Princes Road. all welcome, even if you didn’t manage to attend the last one. Tel 0151 703 0020 for more information.
Applications invited

young enigmaManchester’s leading collective of emerging writers and performers, Young Enigma, is recruiting new writers to take part in its upcoming shows in Manchester.

This is an exciting opportunity for five young women writers to join our troupe of poets, playwrights, novelists and word artists.

This will be your chance to take part in an ambitious programme of activities, and to receive one-to-one career development tailored to your own needs. You will be invited to take part in free writing workshops, receive editorial support, and contribute to a range of activities in collaboration with theatres, libraries and festivals. (read more…)

header2psd (1)Creative Sharing day for Performing Arts Practitioners

Thursday 8th August 2013


Free event (booking essential)

Venue;  Performance building University Campus Oldham Cromwell Street Oldham OL1 1BB

Suitable for; Performing arts Practitioners working in early years & primary settings.

Aim; To meet & share ideas, activities & tips with other like minded practitioners.

For more information & to book your free place

please contact Abi Crayon

07889 647 692


To mark the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr’s historic ‘I Have a Dream’ speech, Writing on the Wall and National Museums Liverpool invite you to create a poetic response to these powerful words. Poet and Spoken Word artist Curtis Watt will lead a workshop day on Tuesday 20th August from 10am – 4pm at The International Slavery Museum, Albert Dock, L3 4AX.

Participants will then be given the opportunity to showcase their poems during a public performance on the anniversary of the speech on Wednesday 28th August.
This event will be part of a day of activities at the Marin Luther King building at the Albert Dock, organised by National Museums Liverpool and a range of artistic and cultural partners from across the city.
There are a limited number of places for these workshops so please book a place by emailing or phoning us on 0151 703 0020.

WFASpring      April – June 2013

2 Day Introduction to Digital Video (DV)

Production Skills2 Day Introduction to Final Cut Pro

2 Day Sound Recording for Video

2 Day Lighting Skills and Chromakey

2 Day Introduction to Adobe CS5/CS6 Premiere Pro2 Day Introduction to Final Cut Pro X

Advanced and tailor made courses can be designed & delivered to meet your  specific requirements & timetable,  following a  formal training needs analysis.
Cost ex VAT: 1 day, Rate B: £190, Rate C: £280, 2 day, Rate B: £380, Rate C: £560 (read more…)

mpaThe Music Publishers Association (“MPA”) has launched the first industry approved course in music publishing editorial and production.   The MPA Graduate Certificate in Editorial and Production is the only course in the UK offering extended, specialist training in these areas. Designed by music publishers and delivered by highly experienced and respected industry experts, this new course provides a comprehensive programme for those entering or furthering a career in the editorial and production areas of printed music publishing.
Kadija G20 April 2013 @ Central Brighton 11am – 2pm

Want to see your writing in print? Then you must book on to this half day workshop.

Inscribe co-director and SABLE LitMag publisher, Kadija George will present you with the basics needed to organise and strategise your time, so you can more effectively find and select the most appropriate magazines, journals, and anthologies to submit to. (read more…)

North West Artform: Arts, Cultural or Media Award


Do you work with young people? Support their creative development with Arts Award. Arts Award is for all young people and can work through any arts, cultural or media activity.

Training as an adviser is the first step in getting going: advisers support each young person and assess their progress. This course is suitable for those working with young people aged 7-25. Book now for training on the following dates:

Cumbria-19 March

Salford-26 March




PROTECT: young people in the arts, youth and cultural sectors

North West Regional Training Event

Thursday 25th May 2013, 10 am- 3.30 pm

Cornerhouse, Manchester

This regional child protection and safeguarding event is being delivered in partnership with Artswork, the Safe Network and Voluntary Arts.  It is aimed at people working or volunteering with children and young people in the youth, arts and cultural sectors.

Jam-packed with relevant child protection and safeguarding information and advice, this event will help to ensure that you and your organisation are demonstrating best practice in your work with children and young people.

The morning session will include important legislative updates around the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA), the Duty to Refer, the Disclosure and Barring Service and Criminal Record Bureau Checks (CRB). There will also be invaluable guidance on working with and engaging volunteers, as well as safer internet use when working with children and young people.

The afternoon session will offer delegates a choice from two exciting breakout workshops – either Safe Social Networking or Child Protection Policy Writing.

There is a special delegate rate of £50 to attend this event. To book your place on this event, please contact Rachel Hall, Manager, Learning and Skills, Artswork via: 02380 332491 /

The Clore Leadership Programme is now accepting applications for 2013/14 Fellowships.

The Arts Council is supporting up to eight Fellowships in 2013/14 through the Developing resilient Leadership programme for external candidates. We are specifically funding fellowships for artists, museum, library and arts organisation leaders.

Building a diverse and resilient cultural sector

The Fellowships support the personal and professional development of leaders with the aim of building a diverse and resilient cultural sector.

Fellows take a total of approximately eight months away from work to focus on the programme. A bursary or compensation to their employer of £15,000 is available to all Fellows.

Supporting personal and professional development

The Fellowship Programme supports the personal and professional development of leaders through in-depth learning, tailored to the needs, aspirations and circumstances of around 25 individuals a year, with the aim of building an innovative and resilient cultural sector. Fellows benefit from unparalleled access to senior cultural leaders, a diverse peer group and extensive networks.

Talking of their time on a past fellowship one participant said: ‘The Fellowship helped me to realise and stretch my intellectual capacity, to go out of my comfort zone knowing that I have found a way to manage and thrive in challenging circumstances. I feel excited and inspired by the future.’

Developing Resilient Leadership

The Fellowships supported by Arts Council England in 2013/14 as part of a national programme for developing resilient leadership are:

  • • General Fellowships – open to candidates from a wide range of cultural activity
  • • Artist Fellowship – open to artists from any creative or cultural area, who wish to develop as leaders
  • • Libraries Fellowship – open to individuals with the potential to take on a significant leadership role within Libraries
  • • Two Museums Fellowships – open to individuals with the potential to take on a significant leadership role within Museums

Details of the opportunity and how to apply are available on the Clore Leadership website. The deadline for applications is 5.30pm on 22 February 2013.

Free Training Event for women interested in getting politically active but don’t know where to start?

Are you a woman from a BME background; refugee/asylum seeker woman, or female migrant?

Frustrated by the lack of BME women in the political arena?

Annoyed by the lack of interest in ‘your’ issues?

For more information click here



music120th October 2012 until 21st October 2012

Location: Lancashire



A weekend of (read more…)

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