ACAVA Newsletter 13 Jan 2021
Rita Parniczky, Lockdown No. III, 2020

Dear subscribers,

In this issue we share 10 useful resources for creatives which we hope will prove useful as we enter the new year.



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Nicola Naismith, Artists in Leadership, Taken from a-n's website

Brexit Guidance for Artists

a-n have been collating useful information to serve as guidance for creatives as the UK exits the European Union, read it here.

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Image by Isabel Permuy, 2020, Taken from Wellcome's website

Wellcome Photography Prize

Wellcome Photography Prize is accepting new work exploring the human side of mental health problems, infectious diseases and global heating. This opportunity ends on 18 January, more information here.

[Image description: Profile portrait of two people sitting on the floor in a narrow hallway leaning against light maroon walls, one looking at the camera.]


Newcastle Common Residency 2

Appetite are seeking artists to take residence in empty shops in the centre of Newcastle-under-Lyme, hoping to activate empty spaces whilst engaging the local community. Apply by 22 January, more information here.

Image taken from The Mayor of London's website

Make London Project Grants 

The Mayor of London is looking for community-led ideas to help London recover from the Covid-19 crisis. Submit details of your project by 28 January, more information here.

[Image description: Photograph taken in the middle of the road of a cheery crowd marching together, some people wearing costumes, in a residential neighbourhood.]


Netflix Documentary Talent Fund

Netflix is seeking new documentary ideas from UK resident filmmakers. Submit your synopsis by 31 January, more information here.


Air Gallery Open Exhibition

Air Gallery is accepting applications from North West graduates to participate in a group show at the gallery in March. This opportunity ends on 31 January, more information here.

Image taken from Babylon Arts' website

I Matter

Black curator and artist Olu Taiwo is seeking innovative creative responses to the theme of 'I Matter', specifically aimed at artists and groups from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds and communities residing in the UK. This opportunity ends on 31 January, more information here.

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Image taken from TACO!'s website

Experimental Artists Writing Open Call

TACO! have launched an open call for experimental arts writing in response to theme of ‘Soft Tissue’. Submit your text by 1 February, more information here.

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Suki Chan, Trees, Image taken from ACE's website

Developing Your Creative Practice Fund

Arts Council England has opened applications for round nine of the DYCP fund for individual practitioners. Apply by 18 February, more information here.

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Zai Tang and Arnont Nongyao performing, Image courtesy of Andrea Fam

Singapore Art Museum Residencies

Singapore Art Museum is seeking applications for this year's art, community and research residencies themed on intimacy and infrastructure, and the impact of technology on contemporary life. Submit your application by 28 February, more information here.

[Image description: Performance view of two people standing besides tables on opposite sides of a stage with a backdrop in the middle, delivering a live sound performance.]


Stoke-on-Trent Midweek Pow-Downs

Midweek Pow-Down's have been set up by writer and poet Gabriella Gay to encourage the arts communities of Stoke-on-Trent to stay connected during lockdown. The next session is happening today at 5pm, visit this page for more information.

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Image taken from filmpro's event page

filmpro Online Commissions Launch

filmpro are hosting an online event on 19 January featuring new work by Tink Flaherty, Tobi Adebajo and Calum Perrin. This event is free but needs booking, more information here.

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Ash Morris, Nowt, Video still

News From Our Artists

Ash Morris (Spode Works Studios, Stoke-on-Trent) has released a new short movie on the rise of food banks in Stoke-on-Trent and beyond, watch 'Nowt' here.

Rita Parniczky (Hetley Road Studios, London) has been selected by Selections Arts to feature on one of their digital viewing rooms, view it here.

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Ari Melenciano, Audiovisual Machines, Taken from Art && Code: Homemade's website

ACAVA Recommends

Art && Code: Homemade is a free online festival of talks by a diverse group of new media arts creators who combine cutting-edge computational techniques with the language of craft, DIY culture, and the neo-homemade. Amongst this years creators are Ari Melenciano, Odd_Jayy, Max Bittker and Hannah Epstein, view the full list here. The festival runs on 14, 15 and 16 January, more information here.

'Maelfa' is a meditative silent film made by artist Sean Edwards of the everyday reality of a shopping centre and the people who inhabit it. Watch it here until 30 January.

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