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Links Round-Up: Opportunities

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The Links Round-Up today has opportunities for you to get involved in new artistic collaboration, get a loan, get a job, display your work and more.

Loans in the Creative Quarter

When the Creative Quarter was launched, there were many initiatives promised, and we are now starting to see them happen. Here is one: the £1M Loan Fund is now taking applications. Up to £25,000 a time will be available to start-up businesses and existing firms based in the area covered by the Creative Quarter. This Loan Fund will be managed by the First Enterprise Business Agency. Businesses interested in applying for loans should contact Neil Millington on 0115 942 3772 or e-mail A wider perspective is given by the post on Invest In Nottingham’s site.

Job in the Creative Quarter operating company

The Creative Quarter Company itself is looking for “a dynamic self-starter with a broad experience of office administration to fill the post of Administrator”. It is part-time (20 to 25 hours a week) with a £20K pro rata salary. The closing date is 2 May, and full details are available.

Display your work in a Virtual Gallery

We have often blogged about events and shows at the Crocus Gallery in Lenton. Not content with running the physical gallery, they are now launching a Virtual Gallery on their Facebook page.

 This will be a series of curated virtual exhibitions with submitted work being discussed and selected at our new Fortnightly ART meetings. Each exhibition will consist of a group of artists (3 -4) and last for 2 weeks. Images of selected work will be displayed periodically on the site over the course of the exhibition and will include links to artists own website.

If you want to be considered, further details and the contact email address are, no surprise, on their Facebook.

Selling Craft Now

The Craft Mafia are launching their shop inside Hopkinson’s Gallery on Station Street as part of the Great British Bonanza on 4 May. They are looking for new crafters and designers to sell work in our Craft Mafia Shop. E-mail: if you are interested. The Facebook for Craft Mafia seems more up to date than their website.

Selling All Sorts of Things in October (and chance to do collaborative work)

The Creative Co-operative, Bees Make Honey, is branching out into “organising events & opportunities for D.I.Y indie creatives in the real world as well as cyberspace”. One of these is their plan for

MEMORIES of the FUTURE – The Analogue meets Digital Pop-up Shop – Nottingham, UK – 15th -19th October 2013

Memories of the Future will be a pop-up shop exploring the relationship between traditional analogue formats & the digital revolution within the independent creative sector. This will take shape as a retail space in an empty shop selling products by musicians, filmmakers, photographers, storytellers & artists. It will also form an exhibition space & a base for collaborative work between mediums and formats.

There is a long page of opportunities in retail, exhibition, workshops and collaboration, this short paragraph can’t do it justice, so if you are interested, have a look. Their site also has the contact details.

Experimenting with Live Broadcast as Artwork

Field Broadcast have put a call out for artists who are

interested in experimenting with live broadcast as artwork. Artists can be working in any medium, but they must be willing to engage with creating artworks that take place as a live broadcast event, and to contribute to a collective, collaborative project.

Broadcasts will be developed through conversation and experimentation in PRIMARY House (Nottingham), an unremarkable field somewhere near the M1 [John: are there any remarkable fields near the M1?], and, finally, the desktops of the participants’ and public’s computers.

The description on the Broadway website goes on to explain:

Field Broadcast are working with Near Now at Broadway and PRIMARY to lead Domestic Pursuits; a project which will develop new approaches to live broadcasting through collective experimentation. Working from residency space, PRIMARY House, the project will consider the domestic contexts of broadcast reception and the infrastructure that enables its transmission.

There is a small honorarium available for artists who are selected, and who are able to commit to the full day during the week 9 – 14 May. The application information is on the Broadway website and the deadline is Thursday 25 April, 6pm. So if you are outstanding in your field, you can be out standing in a field.


Field by Mike Cattell

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