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Artists Commissions – `Peninsula`

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Date: Sept 2005 –
Website: www.independentphotography.org.uk
Location: england

Outline:

‘Peninsula’ is a 2 year series of media arts commissions for artists to engage with the people and environment of the Greenwich Peninsula.

The focus for the programme is exploring change and identity of the

environment and its inhabitants. The area has seen much change, and is due to undergo further dramatic development. There are diverse and separated communities, some old and some emerging and the programme seeks to engage residents to explore new territories, cross boundaries and make new links and connections that can be sustained in the future.

These explorations will be made through a range of contemporary

artist’s commissions engaging with approaches to participative

collaboration, public art, mapping, psycho geography, intervention,

community information and digital technologies. A wireless

infrastructure will be created to allow participants and the wider

community to engage with the programme on many levels, and technical support available for artists working with new digital tools`

The programme will contain 6 commissions over the next 18 months. We are now accepting proposals for the first 2 commissions, `Community Media` and `Mapping`. The proposal deadline for both is Friday 9th Sept 05.

`Community Media` is for an artist to engage residents in exploring the possibilities with technology for local networking, information exchange and communication. This will be an on-going strand of Peninsula and this commission is for phase 1.

`Mapping` seeks an experienced artist whose practice is rooted in mapping and exploration, to engage residents in exploring new territories, crossing boundaries and creating new cartographies of the environment. This will be the launch project for `Peninsula` in March 2006.

For full briefs and information please contact:

Isabel Lilly / Andy Robinson

isabel@independentphotography.org.uk

andy@independentphotography.org.uk

Independent Photography

020 8858 2825

www.independentphotography.org.uk

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Quiet Revolution: Technology, Regeneration and Social Enterprise

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Date: Tuesday 17th January 2006
Time: 5 to 7.30pm
Venue:Beaufort Theatre
Partner: Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council | http://www.blaenau-gwent.gov.uk
Partner: Welsh Development Agency | http://www.wda.co.uk

This seminar will examine the ways in which the economics of regeneration interact with, and benefit from, online technologies and other digital media. The event will look at open source as a reducer in the barrier to enterprise; the benefits of collaborative software for the regeneration agenda and the potential of the market for creative technology practitioners in a regeneration economy.

Outline:

This seminar will examine the ways in which the economics of regeneration interact with, and benefit from, online technologies and other digital media.

Regeneration areas often attract high levels of public funding, an accompanying agency culture and more recently, a growth in social enterprise. Whilst the regeneration agencies’ focus is on revitalising economies and communities, this agenda is often accompanied by an increased need for the services of creatives (artists, web designers, film makers and others). Elsewhere technology has been utilised to share beneficial knowledge and ideas on a global and local scale.

The seminar will profile examples of good practice in enterprises which have a social outcome and which make use of digital technologies; ways in which online networks and social software can create economic and social benefits for regeneration areas; examine whether open source software can reduce the barriers to enterprise and ask whether there are other applications of technology to the regeneration agenda.

This seminar is part of a series of events programmed in Blaenau Gwent County by Southern Bloc for the Creative Technology sector.

Contributors:

Shannon Robinson | Chief Executive Officer, Community Enterprise Wales
http://www.communityenterprisewales.com/
Andrew Chainey | Director, Tantrwm
http://www.tantrwm.co.uk/
Mike Malloch and Alan Harris | KnowNet
http://www.knownet.com
Nick Temple | Network Development Manager, School for Social Entrepreneurs and Coordinator of the Global Ideas Bank
http://www.sse.org.uk

Sponsors:

Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council, Welsh Development Agency and NESTA (National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts)

The Southern Bloc seminar programme is supported by Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council, Welsh Development Agency (WDA) and NESTA (National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts).

Area: southern bloc

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All Together Now

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Date: Thursday 23 October 2008
Time: 2 – 8.30pm
Partner: Cyfle | http://www.cyfle.co.uk/
Partner: Technium CAST | http://www.techniumcast.com

Recent dramatic developments in online technologies have brought us together for social, business and educational purposes. Think Facebook, Flickr, De.li.cio.us, Wikipedia, WordPress and Blogger. Think again on Open Source, Crowdsourcing and Citizen Science. But is this just part of a wider change in society?

Book now! FREE but advance booking essential.

Outline:

– receive practical advice for your business and social networks
– get clued-in to the critical debate on business benefits and privacy issues
– experience real world networking with practitioners, businesses and students

Hands-on Workshops:
– An introduction to Social Media: Matthew Yeomans, Director, Custom Communications
– Getting Creative with Linux: North Wales Linux User’s Group

Speed Networking in partnership with the Welsh Assembly Government’s Local Supplier Development Project

Seminar:
– Peter Westwood, Lead Developer for WordPress
– Keir Whitaker, Event Manager at Large, Carsonified
– Tarek Cheniti, Sa‹d Business School, Oxford University

Timetable:
2 ´ 4pm Workshop
4 ´ 4.30pm Tea Break
4.30 ´ 6pm Networking
6 ´ 6.30pm Buffet
6.30 – 8.30pm Seminar

Contributors:

Workshop 1 / Gweithdy 1 | An Introduction to Social Media

Workshop 2 / Gweithdy 2 | Get Creative with Linux

Speed Networking Session / Sesiwn rhwydweithio cyflym |

Chair: Mandy Rose | Creative Director, Multi-Platform, BBC Cymru Wales
http://www.bbc.co.uk/wales/

Sponsors:

Arts Council of Wales, Conwy County Borough Council / Cyngor Celfyddydau Cymru, Cyngor Bwrdeistref Sirol Conwy

Area: northern bloc

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For the Love of Money: Blaenau Gwent

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Date: Wednesday 7th December 2005
Time: 5 to 7.30pm
Venue:VITCC (Valleys Information Technology and Communication Centre)
Partner: Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council | http://www.blaenau-gwent.gov.uk
Partner: Welsh Development Agency | http://www.wda.co.uk

This seminar will explore the issues facing creative practitioners who want to turn their ideas or products into mass-produced or mass-marketed products, software or services. The session will address the variety of approaches to marketing or mass-producing work; the research, invention and application of innovation in new media and the production of a ‘marketable idea’.

Outline:

This seminar will explore the issues facing creative practitioners who want to turn their ideas or products into mass-produced or mass-marketed products, software or services. The session will address the variety of approaches to marketing or mass-producing work; the research, invention and application of innovation in new media and the production of a ‘marketable idea’.

In this seminar, researchers, artists and business developers will discuss the methods for identifying marketable ideas and the means by which creative technology practitioners can develop their work for a commercial market.

Contributors:

Terence Dimmick | Arts Business Mentor for the South Wales Valleys, Cultural Enterprise
www.cultural-enterprise.com
Regine Debatty | blogger and freelance consultant from Italy / Belgium
www.we-make-money-not-art.com
Glenn Davidson and Anne Hayes | Artists, Artstation
www.artstation.org.uk
Evan Jones | Director, @Wales Digital Media Initiative
www.atwales.com

Sponsors:

Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council, Welsh Development Agency, NESTA (National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts)

Area: southern bloc

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For the Love of Money: Betws-Y-Coed, Conwy

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Date: Tuesday 6th December 2005
Time: 5pm to 7.30pm
Venue:Hosted by (Cynhelir gan y ) Rel Institiwt
Partner: Conwy County Borough Council | www.conwy.gov.uk
Partner: Arts Council of Wales | www.acw-ccc.org.uk

This seminar will explore the issues surrounding creative practitioners who want to develop, as yet, one-offs into more mass produced or mass marketed products/software/services. Routes to marketing work are varied ´ some creative practitioners are involved in continuing research, invention and application of new techniques in new media, others have produced a ‘marketable idea’ and some have received coverage for a work which became a product.

Outline:

This seminar will explore the issues surrounding creative practitioners who want to develop, as yet, one-offs into more mass produced or mass marketed products/software/services. Routes to marketing work are varied ´ some creative practitioners are involved in continuing research, invention and application of new techniques in new media, others have produced a ‘marketable idea’ and some have received coverage for a work which became a product.

In this seminar, researchers, artists and business developers will discuss the methods for identifying marketable ideas and the means by which creative technology practitioners can develop their work for market. Illustrated by examples, the panellists will explore the issues where creativity meets money.

Rather than explore IP issues (the subject of November’s seminar) this seminar will look at the mechanisms for developing, rather than protecting, good ideas.

This is the final Autumn seminar focusing on the commercialisation of ideas.

Welsh translation facilities will be available at this event.

Contributors:

Chair (Cadeirydd): Steve Keegan | Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader for MA Contemporary Applied Art, NEWI
www.newi.ac.uk/nwsad/staffprofiles.html
Régine Debatty | Blogger and freelance consultant from Italy/Belgium
www.we-make-money-not-art.com
Glenn Davidson and Anne Hayes | Directors, Artstation
www.artstation.org.uk
Richard Edwards, Technium CAST | Senior Project Manager, CAST (Centre for Advanced Software Technology)
www.techniumcast.com/

Sponsors:

Conwy County Borough Council, the Arts Council of Wales and NESTA

The Northern Bloc seminar programme is supported by Conwy County Borough Council, the Arts Council of Wales and NESTA (National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts).

This seminar is being hosted by Rel Institiwt – http://www.realinstitute.org/

Cefnogir Northern Bloc gan Gyngor Celfyddydau Cymru, Cyngor Bwrdeistref Sirol Conwy a NESTA(Gwaddol Cenedlaethol dros Wyddoniaeth, Technoleg a’r Celfyddydau).

Cynhelir y seminar gan y Rél Institiwt – www.realinstitute.org/.

Area: northern bloc