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Links Round-Up: Opportunities to win, to learn, to network (plus yarn bombing)

envelope with hand drawn sketches
envelope with hand drawn sketches

Not my competition entry (envelope by rabbitdan

Our Round-Up of opportunities this week starts with at bang, or to give it the correct title: Bang! The Short Film Festival for 2014 in November.  Submissions are now open for films up to 20 mins, there doesn’t seem to be a deadline date on their website, but all the other details are there.

Naturally if you are an avant-garde filmmaker, you push the envelope of what is possible. If you simply want to design an envelope, and you are between 15 and 25 years old, Nottingham Contemporary have just the competition for you.  They want a design for the cover of their envelopes, so the winning entry will be put to use.  Deadline for submissions is 1 April, details are on their website.

If you think that was easy, you may want to joint the ‘Stop Pretending Art Is Hard’ party tomorrow night, 21 March, 7 to 10 pm, at the Hopkinson Gallery on Station Street.  They are launching The Dilettante Gazette, and promise

an intimate evening of intrigue, entertainment, creative meanderings, and merriment to help us transform a beautiful empty space into a dilettante gallery. Materials provided, no talent required!


Let them know you are coming, and get more details, on their Facebook wall.

If however, you think that art, or running a business is hard, you may want to attend the first ever Science of Entrepreneurship Conference at BioCity on 27 March. Run by the Next Business Generation programme, it offers the opportunity to learn about the developing approaches to launching new businesses, products and services.  The event is aimed at entrepreneurs, existing businesses, investors and economic development policy makers (ie natural readers of this blog). Speakers include:

Ted Zoller the Director of the Centre for Entrepreneurial Studies at the Kenan-Flagler School of Business, at the University of North Carolina. Previously teaching at the European Summer School of Advanced Management in Denmark, he has also developed venture academies in Europe, not to mention founding CommonWeal Ventures, a venture accelerator and private equity firm.

Peter Torstensen, another influential speaker, has an extensive network within the Danish investment community and he was formerly the Deputy Department Secretary at the Danish ministry of economic and business affairs. He is the CEO and co-founder of Accelerace, the leading Scandinavian Accelerator and early stage investor for high tech start-ups.

Further details are on the Next Business Generation website and ticket registration is here.

Once you have mastered the science, you may want to let New Art Exchange know.  They are calling for expressions of interest from Industry Experts to provide professional and enterprise development support for participants of its creative business support programmes, Real Creative Futures and ExperiMentor.  The programme is described as

a transformational programme of support for Nottingham’s creative businesses and practitioners from New Art Exchange, NBV and Nottingham City Council, with funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

ExperiMentor scheme – designed to provide space, time and resources for research and development to encourage evolution, experimentation and production of new work by visual artists, performance artists and other creative practitioners.

Details and the form are on their website, and the deadline is also 27 March, at noon (so you will have to learn the science quickly).

Whether or not you become an industry expert, you might just want to find out more about this initiative, so go along to the launch on Thursday 10 April.  There will be speeches by Cllr Nick McDonald, Portfolio Holder for Jobs and Growth at Nottingham City Council, Skinder Hundal, Chief Executive at NAE and Richard Dearden, Chief Executive of NBV Enterprise Solutions Ltd (but they also promise “a glass of wine or refreshing juice”). And there will be presentations from the pilot programme from Ben Harriott, Feng– Ru Lee, Shan Bansil and the artist collaboration Sidelong.  You can reserve a place by sending an email to Kate AT or call Kate Lockhart on 0115 924 8630 for any enquiries.

And after some or all of this, you will be perfectly placed to play a full part in the Imagining The City afternoon on Friday, 4 April at the Vintage Warehouse on Lower Parliament Street.  This Creative Quarter event, in conjunction with Next Business Generation, asks: How can we create a sustainable, vibrant Nottingham for the future?. Details on the CQ website and the ticket link is here.

Finally, as promised, the art form du jour is Yarnbombing (search our site on “yarn” to see our extensive earlier coverage) and the latest big project is at Green’s Mill in Sneinton on Saturday, 29 March.  The Post article gives some of the background to this particular effort.  I have been struggling to find some words to link the mathematics of George Green with the precision of crochet, but can’t seem to knit the two concepts together.tank with knitted yarn cover