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Links Round-Up: Verbs for May

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umbrella in the desertSee: Sunscreen, a new commission for EM15 (a partnership of artist-led spaces and institutions from the East Midlands) at the 56th Venice Biennale.  It gives “everyone the opportunity to own and collect up to 40 digital artworks for free”.  Including some location dependent screensavers if you turn on the location functionality in your device. Sunscreen was conceived by artist Candice Jacobs.  A long list of artist are involved, including Yelena Popova who was a guest blogger for us in 2011.

Do: Any dodgem car experience?  City Arts are “searching for a fleet of shop-mobility scooter users to perform in the City Arts & Can Samba “Flying Free” Carnival Troupe. The Flying Free creative team will design and build a spectacular costume around your scooter and you will become the centrepiece for this years troupe.  If interested, email (booking AT or ring them (0115 9505 251) – details on their site of this and other summer activities.dodgems2

Do: Join the Free Friday Workshops for 15 – 25 year olds at Nottingham Contemporary, inspired by the current exhibition Glenn Ligon: Encounters and Collisions. The workshops will be led by artist Barby Asante and “sorryyoufeeluncomfortable”, a collective of young artists, thinkers and writers. It’s a chance to be creative in fun, informal sessions.  The free workshops will run from 6pm – 8pm on Friday 8, 15 and 22 May. Food and drinks will be provided. To find out more or sign up, email becky AT

Learn: Second Wednesday have arranged a repeat of last year’s Shopify workshop with Keir Whitaker for designers, developers.  Shopify is used by over 85,000 online stores.  The workshop, which assumes you have a knowledge of HTML and CSS (and are probably a web designers or front-end developer).  And you will need to bring your own laptops for the workshop which will cover all aspects of building a theme, from the basics right through to more advanced techniques and introduce attenders to the Shopify Partner Program. Date: 10 June, free tickets on their Eventbrite page.

Grow: Are you running an “inspiring creative businesses in Nottinghamshire”?  Can you get some one to say so?  Ten companies will be selected to form the “Creative Class 2015” the latest version of the programme now co-supported by the Creative Quarter and Nottingham Means Business (sponsored by PwC).  More details are on their site, and the nomination forms are here (deadline 22 May).

Grow: The ENTER festival is the “UK’s first festival to shine a spotlight on the growing number of young people in Britain who are choosing more entrepreneurial paths for themselves rather than taking on more conventional employment.”  Launch night tonight, Friday 1 May  at Cobden Chambers (Pelham Street) at 4 – 6pm. And there is also the  ENTER fair, running in the same place from noon today.  Don’t worry if you have to miss the festivities today, there is a full guide to the events across May and June on the Creative Quarter website.

Pitch: Do you live in Nottingham and have an idea for a business with a social mission – one that will help make a difference to people’s lives?  Would you like to pitch your idea at the Social Business “Dragons’ Den” at Waterstones on 14 May from 6-9pm?  Cash and other prizes.  If the thought of making a pitch puts you off, they are offering a Pitch Perfect workshop on 11 May in Nottingham’s Writers Studio.  Details on their website.

That’s enough for me – I’m out.

dragons made from bricks

Photo credits:  Sunscreen in desert – Nancy Dodgems – Ronald Saunders Dragons jovian