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Jessica Ogden: Still

31-33 Church St, London NW8 8ES

26 May – 23 June 2017 (11.00 – 18.00 Thursday, Friday, Saturday)

Private View: Thursday 25 May 2017, 18.00 – 20.00 (RSVP to [email protected])

May 2017 sees the opening of an exhibition by Jessica Ogden in London. Entitled Still, it acts as an exploration of Jessica’s work through the static display of archive and current works, alongside a series of workshops. Church Street, Marylebone plays host to the experience, which was born out of a long running conversation between Jessica and Professor Carol Tulloch, writer and curator at Chelsea College of Arts, UAL, who will curate the exhibition. The space is designed by Professor Judith Clark, a London-based curator, who collaborated closely with Jessica.

Born and raised in Jamaica, Jessica began her career in fashion reusing the old to create the new. In 1992, after graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design and the Byam Shaw School of Art, she joined Oxfam’s NoLoGo project. Working with donated clothes, Jessica found herself at the forefront of what was then termed customising. The following year Ogden launched her own label using traditional stitching, hand printing and layering techniques and often appropriating old garments such as quilts. Soon after the label’s launch, Ogden staged catwalk shows and presentations as part of London Fashion Week from 1996-2006. Her work continued with cult French label A.P.C., with whom after moving to Paris, she deepened her work to include a line of quilts made from archive A.P.C. fabrics, another example of her continuing obsession with repurposing in fashion.

In 2016 Jessica made the decision to return to live in Jamaica, taking over the running of Harmony Hall, her mother’s gallery which champions local Jamaican art, alongside continuing her fashion projects. Perhaps it was this move that offered Jessica the perspective to look back on her journey thus far. A large theme running through all of Jessica’s work is story telling. In the same way, the exhibition will act as an autobiographical study through the selection and display of pivotal work. Alongside this, Jessica will hold free workshops for the visitors to the exhibition, which in themselves will provide insight and inspiration into her unique practice. Workshops will include free hemming and customisation, amongst other activities. Three workshops will be led by Ogden and places are limited.

To illustrate and further explain the exhibition Jessica and Carol have worked on a publication with accompanying imagery by Syd Shelton and text by Tamsin Blanchard.

Jessica Ogden: Still has been curated by Professor Carol Tulloch and is a Camberwell, Chelsea, Wimbledon Graduate School project.

Press enquiries: [email protected] | Exhibition or workshop enquiries: [email protected]

 

British Council Residency Programme at FLORA

The British Council will support two British artists for the academic year 2017,  from February to December 2017.

Artists born in Northern Ireland, Wales, Scotland or England are invited to participate, as well as artists who have been residents of any of the UK regions for at least 10 years and identify as British.

The application to the residency is open from October 3 to November 10, 2016.

The name of the selected artist will be published on November 30, 2016.

The residency will start in February 2017 and last until December 2017.

Many of the talks, seminars and studio visits will be done in Spanish, so a working knowledge of the language is preferable.

The selected artist must get the appropriate visa to stay in Colombia for one year and a health insurance as well. British Council and FLORA will provide a letter confirming his or her acceptance to the programme.

The residency programme INCLUDES:

  • A studio with utilities included from February to December 2017.
  • Participation in the Escuela FLORA independent study programme.
  • A monthly allowance for housing, transportation and per diems of $ 1.400.000 COP for (10) ten months.

The residency program DOES NOT include:

  • Airline tickets to Bogotá and back to the UK
  • Honorarium
  • Production budget

Follow the link for more info: http://arteflora.org/british-council-residency-programme-at-flora/

Arts Council England | Artists’ International Development Fund

The Artists’ international development fund is a jointly funded programme between the British Council and Arts Council England. This programme supports the shared objectives of the British Council and Arts Council England.

The Artists’ international development fund offers early stage development opportunities for individual freelance and self-employed artists and/or creative practitioners (including, for example: producers, curators, publishers, editors, translators, choreographers) based in England to spend time building links with artists, organisations and/or creative practitioners in another country.

Individual applicants who are employed by arts and culture organisations are now eligible to apply; a limited number of awards will be made to individual applicants working for organisations. However, our ambition to achieve a success rate of not less than 30% for individual freelance and self-employed artists and/or creative practitioners will be maintained.

 

Design Connections Istanbul | British Council

In partnership with IKSV, the British Council are seeking expressions of interest for senior curators, programmers and heads of design organisations from the UK to join a delegation visiting Istanbul Design Biennial between 19 – 23 October 2016.

The purpose of the delegation is to connect key individuals from the UK to designers and organisations, with the aim of brokering new collaborations and partnerships, as well as providing the opportunity for networking, learning and sharing with international counterparts. The British Council will fund travel, accommodation and per diems for delegates.

Five individuals will be selected to join an industry networking programme, visiting the Biennial itself and leading designer organisations and studios in Istanbul.

To express interest please email [email protected] by 9 September with a short professional profile.

About Istanbul Design Biennial 2016

The 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial, curated by Mark Wigley and Beatriz Colomina, explores the intimate relationship between the concepts of “design” and “human.” Design always presents itself as serving the human but its real ambition is to redesign the human. The history of design is therefore a history of evolving conceptions of the human. To talk about design is to talk about the state of our species.

About İKSV

Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) is a non-profit cultural institution that was founded in 1973. The general objectives of the Foundation are: to make Istanbul one of the world’s foremost capitals of culture and the arts; to create continuous interaction between national and universal values and traditional and contemporary values via culture and the arts; and to contribute actively to the development of cultural policies. With these objectives, İKSV organises the Istanbul Festivals of Music, Film, Theatre and Jazz, as well as the Istanbul Biennial, the Istanbul Design Biennial, Leyla Gencer Voice Competition, autumn film week Filmekimi and one-off events throughout the year. The Foundation hosts cultural and artistic events at its performance venue Salon, located at the Nejat Eczacıbaşı Building. İKSV also organises the Pavilion of Turkey at la Biennale di Venezia and coordinates an artist residency programme at Cité International des Arts, France. Furthermore, İKSV conducts studies and drafts reports with the aim of contributing to cultural policy development.

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new Art new Audiences Scheme 2016 – Now Open

This award scheme is administered through the British Council. The British Council is an international organisation with the purpose of providing educational opportunities and securing cultural relations. new Art new Audiences makes up one of the three funding opportunities of the British Council’s East Africa Arts Programme, which is British Council’s framework for working with Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Ethiopia and the United Kingdom.

The intention behind this grant scheme is to build connections between modern East African and British culture in order to increase knowledge and understanding within the creative industries. It is expected that this scheme will allow artists to make new partnerships. Projects should produce new art either within or across the relevant art forms.

Artists, musicians, film makers and cultural organisations are eligible to apply. The art form in question should fall within one of the following categories: architecture, design fashion, film, music, dance and theatre, creative economy, cultural skills unit, literature and visual arts. Individuals may apply as long as they have sufficient experience of managing projects of a significant, comparable scale. They should also have a bank account.

Projects should work across two East African countries and one country in the United Kingdom and should be conceptualised, managed and administered by one East African or United Kingdom based partner. The audience and participants who will be involved within the project should be between the ages of 18 and 35. The applicant may however be of any age.

Grants worth between £2,000 and £20,000 are available. Expression of interest forms can be downloaded from the British Council website. After the deadline has passed, the judging panel will prepare a shortlist who will then be invited to submit full new Art new Audiences application forms. Partnership will need to be secured by this stage. Successful projects should run within a twelve month period between October 2016 and September 2017. Match funding may be available for some projects.

The deadline for expression of interest forms will be 31 July 2016.

Follow this link for further information and guidance:

https://www.britishcouncil.co.ke/programmes/arts/east-africa-arts 

British Academy Sustainable Development Programme

http://www.britac.ac.uk/sustainable-development-programme

The British Academy Sustainable Development Programme, open to UK researchers, will provide grants to interdisciplinary, policy-oriented UK research, aimed at addressing the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and advancing the UK’s Aid Strategy.

Focusing on the areas of sustainable governance, sustainable growth and sustainable human development, it will:

  • fund grants that deliver research excellence with development impact, aimed at reducing poverty and advancing socio-economic development,
  • strengthen the evidence base on what works in addressing sustainable development goals,
  • provide the evidence and insights needed to enable policymakers to design and implement effective interventions in developing countries.

Value: Up to £360,000

Deadline: 20 July 2016 (!) – this is the deadline for outline applications

Global Challenges Research Fund, Building Resilience Call

http://www.esrc.ac.uk/funding/funding-opportunities/gcrf-building-resilience-call/

The call is open to proposals addressing resilience to natural and man-made environmental hazards in a range of developing world contexts. The focus is on how to build resilience in relation to both sudden and slow-onset environmental hazards (eg land-degradation, deforestation, drought, hurricanes, climate change) taking into account the intersections and relationships with other contexts such as conflict and fragility, poverty and famine, urbanisation, economics and health / disease risks.

Value: up to £250,000

Deadline: 1 Nov 2016

Open Call for Applications: Winston Churchill Fellowships 2017

Applications are now open for the 2017 Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowships, which include a strand for Designers in partnership with the British Council. This is the third and final year of the partnership.

The Design Fellowships are awarded for projects that add to international collaboration and understanding, and also bring back knowledge and best practice for the benefit of others in the UK. Designers in the following applied arts are eligible to apply:

  • Architecture
  • Interiors
  • Product
  • Graphic Design

Successful applicants will be able to apply to the British Council’s Architecture Design Fashion department for a follow-up grant to help with events, exhibitions and further international collaboration to further the outcomes of their Churchill Fellowship.

2016 Fellows in the Design category include:

  • Marc Cairns, Pidgin Perfect. The multidisciplinary designer, who is based in Glasgow, will be travelling to Albania, Serbia, Azerbaijan and Turkey investigating public engagement in architecture and planning.
  • Alexander Groves, Studio Swine. The London-based designer will be travelling to Brazil to research design projects which promote sustainable products from the Amazon Rainforest.

The closing date for applications is 5pm on Tuesday 20 September 2016.

Full details and how to apply can be found on the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust website.

UK – India 2017 Digital Open Call | British Council

Digital Project funding opportunity. British Council open call for project proposals for a seed funding opportntiy worth £10,000…
“In 2017, the UK and India will celebrate a major bilateral year of cultural exchange. India and the UK have a long and rich history.  The India – UK Year will enrich relationships at all levels of society, their institutions and government, building a shared future for generations to come.
 
This is the culmination of a five-year British Council programme to introduce a new, young, Indian audience to the best of contemporary UK creativity. We want to present the UK as a diverse, creative and contemporary country and reach a large audience across India during 2016 and 2017.
 
We have ambitious targets for our online audience – 10 million people in 2016 and 50 million people in 2017. In order to meet our ambitions the British Council is looking for brilliant, creative, digital ideas.
 
Projects can have any theme but must:
 
• Have creativity and culture at their heart
• Be intended for an audience primarily in India, though they can have a wider reach than this
• Respond to the aims and outcomes in the background section below.
 
In order to be eligible to apply, you must be based in the UK or India and have a track record of developing new digital projects or experiences that have successfully reached new audiences (though not necessarily at this scale before).
 
Five projects will be selected for seed funding of £10,000 each by the end of June. In return for this seed funding, we would like to see a prototype or proof of concept of your project that we can test with potential audiences in September/October 2016. Following user testing in the autumn, we will make a number of commissions based on potential audiences and costs of the projects. Full commissions must launch during 2017.
 
For full background and application details please download our open call briefing here.
Ext: 7124

Cultural Protection Fund: 2016 – 2020 | British Council

“In partnership with the Department for Culture Media and Sport., the British Council will be launching the Cultural Protection Fund on Monday 27 June 2016. Our objective for the new £30 million fund is to help to create opportunities for economic and social development through building capacity to foster, safeguard and promote cultural heritage in conflict-affected regions overseas.
The intrinsic value of cultural heritage is immeasurable. Socially, it can embody the identities and histories of people and communities to support post-war recovery through cohesion and wellbeing. Economically, cultural heritage sites and buildings can provide opportunities for sustainable development, tourism and regeneration.
Initially the Fund will be focussed on UK organisations working in partnership with bodies in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, specifically Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Iraq, Palestinian Territories, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey and Yemen.
Fund Design
The Cultural Protection Fund will invite applications for both smaller projects, grants under 100K, and larger projects, grants over 100k. It will be a two stage process. Applicants will be asked to complete an Expression of Interest Form, to confirm eligibility, before being invited to complete a full Application Form. These forms will be available to download on this webpage from 27 June.
It will be essential for applicants to have existing partners in the target countries. Information on the experience and credentials of these partnerships, as well as a strong knowledge and understanding of local context, will need to be provided.
Applicants will need to provide a clear project plan and timeline, evidence of demand and delivery capability including a full budget breakdown, and information on how security risks will be managed monitored and evaluated.
It will be possible to apply for multi-year grants and the anticipated maximum for any such application will be £3m. The anticipated maximum for an application in any one round will be £500K.
Timeline
2016
In the fund’s first year, there will be only one funding round for larger project applications. The deadline will be at the end of August, with the intention that awards will be made at the end of October / November 2016.
Rolling assessments will take place for smaller project applications in August, October and December 2016.
In order to strengthen the knowledge base for the Fund, British Council and DCMS have agreed to commission detailed country surveys in the first year. The surveys will provide information about needs, existing activity and potential partners. It will inform assessment and evaluation as well as supporting applicants to develop relevant and impactful projects
2017 onwards
There will be two grant application rounds for larger project applications in each financial year. Other than in the first year, the awards will be made for larger projects at the beginning of April and October in each financial year. In order to ensure maximum time for applicants to put together proposals, the rounds will open in proceeding September and March.
For smaller project applications will be reviewed on a rolling assessment programme every quarter (September, December, April and July).
About our work in Culture and Development
Our Culture and Development team support the building of creative, open, inclusive and secure societies. We currently operate thirteen Official Development AssistanceOpens in a new tab or window. projects in some of the most difficult operating environments across the globe. Our work focuses on ambitious, artistic and creative initiatives that foster social cohesion, freedom of expression, inclusive institutions, dynamic communities, and improved social and economic well-being. We develop structured and sustainable programmes that encourage engagement and a strong sense of cultural identity at an individual and a community level. Our approach includes safely connecting with the past in order to explore new futures and to generate new opportunities. This helps to build individual resilience, encourage community engagement, protect vital cultural heritage, and support policy development.”