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Midweek Links: Now, Near Now, and Later

beehives on shelves
sculpture from pipes at Backlit

from the House of the Flying Wheel exhibition at Backlit

Can you use your experience to become a trustee?  Of Backlit Gallery?  Backlit, a gallery in an interesting building in Sneinton, is “an artist led studio and gallery space that supports and develops emerging artists”.  They have featured in blogs here often – not least because of their participation in collaboration events with artists such as Gillian Wearing.  As well as cutting edge art, they are very mindful of the heritage of their building and Victorian Samuel Morley who commissioned it – a new digital archive project has just started.

They are currently recruiting three new trustees – but you will have to demonstrate your decisiveness, the deadline for applications is mid-day on Friday, 17 July 2015.  Update: deadline now mid-day, Monday, 20 July.  They are particularly looking for “experience and skills relating to; business development, financial, fundraising, education, audience building, PR and marketing”.  It is an unpaid position, and they meet quarterly.  If this sounds like something you could do, contact Suzanne Golden, Deputy Director, suzannebacklit AT gmail.com for further details and information about how to apply.

Glitch logoFrom the very short term action to a plan for September. One of our recent guest bloggers, Neil Rostance, Managing Director at  Fat Free Media, is launching a monthly meeting where people won’t be talking about technology but about “skills, craft, creativity and and everything that make our creative brains tick”. Neil says “The event is aimed at anyone who works in the digital/creative/marketing industries mostly, but welcome anyone from Copywriters, Illustrators, Marketing Managers and everyone in between.”  The meetings will be called “Glitch”, and Jon Burgerman will be speaking at the first event, on 22 September. Tickets to this free event will be released in September, see the website for more details and the chance to signup to email notifications.

Of course if you are both creative and technical, you probably know about Near Now at Broadway.  This week the Arts Council announced a pilot with three organisations, of which Near Now is one, to support “people working at the intersection of arts and technology”.  The announcement said

Broadway in Nottingham will evolve its Near Now Fellowship to develop an arts and technology studio, adopting best practice from human-centred design to critically explore emerging markets within the collaborative economy.

Studio members, with complementary skill sets and artistic practice, will progress individual and group projects through ideation, prototyping and production, supported by 1-2-1 coaching, peer workshops and expert-led business seminars examining value creation across arts and technology.

Near Now immediately put a new job opportunity out: a Studio Producer to help co-lead our new studio, details on their site.  There should be some interesting times ahead.

Finally, IdeasTap is finishing, but is re-emerging, phoenix like, in Hiive, with £100,000 worth of new funded opportunities in creative areas – some are open now, the rest will start later in 2015.  This news came from the Bees Make Honey newsletter, a go od read – you can subscribe on their site[And yes, I did notice: Hiive – Bees. My spelling isn’t good at the best of times, so it took a while before I noticed the double “i”.]

beehives on shelves

Beehives by debs-eye https://flic.kr/p/5tYwxu