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ARTIST OPPORTUNITIES: OPEN CALL

The VIA Arts Prize Open call for Visual Artists is an open call Ibero-American themed contest. Submit original works on the theme ‘Dialogues’. We accept painting, sculpture, photography, mixed media, collage, drawing, engraving, digital print, textiles and tapestry. Film and performance art is not accepted.

1st prize £5,000, 2nd £2,000.

visit: http://www.viaartsprize.org/

**Deadline 22 October 2018

B&R Productions – Time to Stare Bursary

open call for visual artists

Residential bursaries for small to medium-sized arts companies. However, applications are welcome from individual practitioners and arts partnerships.  Especially from those seeking to develop the first stage of a new work.

B&R Productions acknowledge the need for practitioners to become more resilient and innovative. Generally, seeking sustainable ways that do not compromise an original passion or creative process. So to enable this, we have secured Arts Council England. This funding is to launch residential bursaries for the development of a specific project or work. The programme responds to the need for small/medium sized companies. Including arts partnerships to escape from the daily demands of management and delivery.

The 5-day residency, valued at £2,000, includes mentor sessions and project reviews with B&R
Productions directors, and 5 nights self-catering accommodation in East Sussex, in February 2019.
Find out more here: www.bandrproductions.co.uk/the-studio/time-to-stare-bursary/

**Deadline for this open call for visual artists 19 October 2018

Qube Arts Open

AIR GALLERY, Altrincham
Open call for visual artists: MONITOR
We are seeking artworks that explore the relationship between ourselves and the technology we use.
Examples of topics could include:
 Social Media
 Avatars and online presence
 Internet
 Virtual selves vs reality
 Impact of technology on our lives
 Our reliance on technology
 VR and fictional worlds
 The act of monitoring others online and how online services monitor us
 And anything else that could fall into the overall theme.
This is free to enter. Artists must provide their own equipment. All art forms are welcome.
DEADLINE: 1 November 2018

Call for Artists: PLAY
We are seeking sculptural work that explores the theme of Play.
However, we are particularly interested in work(s) that encompasses one of the following:
 Encourage new thinking about sculpture or sculpture history
 Raising public awareness and/or appreciation of sculpture
 Has an element of interactivity
 Has an element of public engagement.
 Is a unique approach to sculpture and/or pushes the boundaries of sculpture today.
Artists can enter up to three works for consideration. Artists can also enter new works or concepts for works as long as they have a track record of completing projects and can provide a detailed description of what they are proposing to do. So this is free to enter for an exhibition in late 2019. For more information, please visit our website: www.airgallery.space/airopen2018

 **Deadline 11 November 2018

Lightnight 2019, Liverpool

Artist commissions

LightNight is a free one-night arts festival. Namely, it aims to shine a spotlight on Liverpool and celebrating its world-class cultural offer. Furthermore, LightNight is back in Liverpool on 17 May 2019. The theme for the festival is ‘Ritual’. We are looking to offer commissions to individual artists or collectives (£1 – 3k). This will be for a small number of new works to be presented at next year’s festival. Proposals are welcome across all art forms. Coupled with visual arts, including performance, sculpture, spoken word, technology, installation, light art or any combination of these.

For more information, read the full brief on our website: lightnightliverpool.co.uk/

** DEADLINE: 5 November 2018

OPEN CALL FOR VISUAL ARTISTS, PHOTOGRAPHERS & FILMMAKERS

Jerwood/Photoworks Awards

These awards support photographers, or artists using photography. However, it is intended for those who make new work and explore new experimental approaches to photography. The Awards are open to arts practitioners using photography who are within 10 years of establishing their practice. There is no application fee. As a result, two Awardees will each receive:
 £10,000 to support the making of new work
 Access to an additional production fund of £5,000
PLUS High-profile mentoring support, a two-person exhibition in London and a UK joint exhibition tour.
Visit the website for full information: www.jerwoodvisualarts.org/opportunities/jerwoodphotoworks-awards/

** DEADLINE: 5 November 2018

OPEN CALL FOR WRITERS

WRITERS Online
Adult Fairytale Competition 2018

Can you bring a classic up to date? Or weave a magical fantasy world entirely of your own devising? The choice is yours, but entries for this competition will need to meet a definition of fairytales. Including, a length between 1,500- 1,700 words. Furthermore, the winner will receive £200.
** DEADLINE: 15 October 2018

Picture Book Prize 2018

Do you want to win a consultation with literary agent Julia Churchill? Or maybe a critique from children’s author Amy Sparkes in our exclusive Picture Book Prize. So then, the award is open to all unpublished writers. Including, un-agented writers. Furthermore, it is an opportunity for you to submit picture book texts. Similarly, entries must reflect traditionally published picture book texts which do not rely on pop-ups. Including tabs or touch to help deliver the story. Above all, the story should be fiction and can be rhyming or non-rhyming. Thus, the word count should be no more than 800 words.

So the first prize winner will be offered a lunch consultation with top children’s fiction agent Julia Churchill, including a year’s subscription to Writing Magazine and £200.

**DEADLINE: 31 October 2018

Autumn Poetry Competition

First of all, submit poems in any style but on autumn themes. The season has provided creative fuel for generations of poets. So then, your biggest challenge will be finding something new to say, or a new way to say it. Finally, there are no restrictions other than the 40-line limit. The winner receives £100.
** DEADLINE: 15 November 2018

Flash Fiction Open Call Competition

Write on any subject or theme you wish. Similarly, in any genre or style. However, keep it tight, because your length limit is just 500 words. The winner will receive £200.
** DEADLINE: 15 November 2018

Entry fee £5. To see details of all our writing contests, visit:
www.writers-online.co.uk/Writing-Competitions/Open-Competitions/

JOBS & VOLUNTEERING

DIDSBURY ARTS FESTIVAL

Freelance Festival Manager
First of all, we are looking for a Freelance Festival Manager to join the delivery team for DAF 2019.
Furthermore, the Festival Manager will oversee the coordination of the festival programme. Thus, ensuring logistics and requirements are managed effectively. Hence all events must run smoothly. Finally, we are looking for someone with:
 Firstly, at least 2 years’ experience working on a Festival, or other arts-related events/projects in a
coordination/management role.
 Secondly, experience in working with a wide range of partners and organisations.
 Flexible approach to working thus willing to work weekends and evenings as and when required.
 Excellent time management and prioritisation skills.
 Good IT skills.
 Good communication skills.
 Positive and enthusiastic attitude.
 Finally, some technical knowledge of sound and venue equipment.
For more details, visit: www.didsburyartsfestival.org/

**DEADLINE: 15 October 2018

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I recently attended a course in Aberystwyth run by Super Fast  Wales.  It’s social media marketing but with analytics on steroids. So, what has that got to do with art? Well, thanks to the internet I don’t have to live and work in the major cities. I can enjoy life in the rural mountains of Wales where there is little footfall. Yet, thanks to Super Fast Wales, I am able to target the London and New York art market. Traditional galleries are struggling. Online markets and art fairs are becoming the new norm.

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Getting on Page 1

More than 95% of consumers and businesses search the internet before buying a new product or service. They type in their keywords for a particular search. They receive a list of relevant websites. Folks tend
to visit the sites that appear on page 1, because they seem to be relevant to their search.

However, for businesses trying to compete for a piece of the pie,  most will find their competitors at the top of these lists. Research proves, that your website needs to be at the top of these if you want to stand a chance of selling. Otherwise, you’ll never reach your customers online.

Why do your competitors rank is better than yours? It’s due to a marketing technique called SEO. SEO refers to search engine optimization. Thanks to Super Fast Wales, a business initiative, courses are there to train you to become an SEO expert.

This intensive technique helps to rank your site above the millions of other sites in response to certain
keywords. When a term is searched online, the search engine will crawl and collect information about each and every page on the web. It can help people find exactly what they’re searching for.

So, when your site achieves higher rankings, it enables others to locate you. In order to get higher
rankings your website should have all the attributes that search engines are crawling for.

SEO

This is where SEO steps in. SEO looks for all the text contents, including hyperlinks. It searches page
titles as well as other pieces of relevant information that are contained within the HTML code
on your website. So, when someone searches for a keyword the search engine will narrow the results to show pages that contain the words searched for.

In order to get more business, your site has to get onto the first page of all the major search engines for those particular keywords. Without SEO, your site will never be found by potential customers. It important to realise this. I am thankful to Super Fast Wales and the opportunity they offered with SEO training.

Become your own expert

In today’s competitive market you definitely require solid SEO techniques in order to get your site to
the top of the search results. You have to become a specialist in SEO so you are more visible on the internet. Yes, you can pay someone to do it for you. But even then there are no guarantees. I have invested hours of my own time. But, it has paid off as now my page ranks on page 1 of the search engines.

As the night draws to a close, I find myself sat here still working on my site. I have been anchored to this seat for almost ten hours. I am putting into practice the techniques I learned from Super Fast Wales. Just as well it rained for most of that time!

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