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Furtherfield Blog – Share the Journey…

12:00 am in Publication by bloc

Website: http://blog.furtherfield.org
Location: online

Outline:

Furtherfield Blog – Recent Posts of Interest on Media Art Practice and Culture.

A shared space for personal reflections on contemporary art practice as part of life: living it, breathing it, making it, curating it, translating it.

To read more visit – http://blog.furtherfield.org

Area: not in wales

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Group Mentoring Programme

12:00 am in Training by bloc

Date: 22 Sep 2009
Website: http://www.g39.org/
Location: wales

Outline:

Are you and your peers thinking of setting up an art project? Perhaps an exhibition, or a film screening? An off-site project, or a publication? Or maybe you would like to establish some new studio spaces or even a new artist-run space? If you are, please get in touch as our new Group Mentoring Programme will be able to help.

WARP’s Group Mentoring Programme is intended for any artistic group (two people or more) who wish to establish a cultural enterprise or business and would benefit from the guidance, advice and experience of the staff at g39 as well as its bank of mentors from across Wales and beyond.

Projects will be selected on an application basis but this is just to assess the project`s suitability. Please do not worry about your experience of filling in applications – that is what this programme is for. We can help you with administrative duties such as sourcing areas of possible funding, how to keep accounts and records, generating successful marketing and publicity as well as helping with the artistic side of the venture such as calling for artists and mounting a professional event. Whatever your proposal is we will help to support it.

Please register your interest by submitting
– A 400 word statement of application outlining your proposed venture and outcome. Mentors will be selected to meet the specific requirements of your projects so please outline here the areas of support you might need and how being a part of the group mentoring programme will benefit your project.
– A brief CV from each of the participants involved.
– Maximum of 4 pages of visual material

There are no restrictions as to the type of project that can be mentored, all we ask is for your commitment to the programme and a genuine enthusiasm for your venture.

The deadline for applications is 22nd September 2009. Three programmes will be mentored per year but all applications will be responded to. If you have any questions please contact sean@g39.org

Area: southern bloc

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Wales in the World Workshop, Caernarfon

12:00 am in Seminars by bloc

Date: 30 Mar 2010
Time: 5-6pm
Venue:Galeri

Calling all practitioners, academics, do-ers, thinkers and creatives!

bloc: Creative Technology Wales is now coming up with new commissions and we want to know what you have in mind. This workshop will be led by blocʼs new programme developer, Carolina Vasquez ´ come meet her and share your thoughts. The workshop will revolve around Wales in the World, your place in Wales, and Walesʼ place in the world. During the workshop we will play various games, come up with ideal commissions, and plot our thoughts on a large map of Wales and the world.

Itʼs FREE, but please RSVP carolina@bloc.org.uk

Area: northern bloc

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DIY Kenya Commission

12:00 am in Projects by bloc

Date: Deadline: 14 May 2010
Time: 1pm

The DIY Kenya commission is a new residency opportunity developed by bloc for technologists, creatives and collectives based in Wales to travel to rural Kenya. The aim of the residency is to develop innovative ideas, products, events, interventions or artworks in response to everyday African concerns.

What: A commission for a creative practitioner/s (2 people max) from Wales to be in residence in rural Kenya and develop an innovative project during a three-week period.

When: 18 July- 10 August, 2010

Where: Phase 1: 20 July ´ 3 August. Practitioners will be based at the Kwale Homeopathic College and Health Center – www.4kenia.nl
Phase 2: 4-10 August. Practitioners will be based in Nairobi and participating at Maker Faire Africa 2010 – www.makerfaireafrica.com

Please note that we are not currently able to offer the successful applicant a fee. However, all travel, accommodation and medical costs will be covered, along with a small materials budget. We will also provide comprehensive support during the duration of the residency.

For further information, eligibility criteria and an application form please go to http://www.bloc.org.uk/cgi-bin/showbig.cgi?id=109

Deadline for submissions: 1pm, 14 May 2010

This commission is supported by Wales Arts International and British Council Wales

Outline:

What will you be doing in Kenya?

The first phase of the commission is to research and develop your ideas by participating in village life and leading workshops with members of the Kwale Homeopathic College and Health Center. The Center opened its doors three years ago, as both a permanent homeopathic clinic and a full-time homeopathic college for local girls aged 18-29, which offers continuous and substantial health services for the region.

Your research should investigate the work of the Center and the community which it serves, and devise, with members of the community, a new, innovative and practical approach or intervention to a local issue. The work may involve the use of technology, but this is not a necessity. Preference will be given to approaches that are collaborative and open. Proposals that relate to communication, energy, water, agriculture, women, health or sustainable living will be of particular interest to the Center.

The second phase of the commission will be to present your work and participate in Maker Faire Africa in Nairobi, Kenya. This may be a finished piece or a work in progress. Maker Faire Africa is an inclusive, collaborative and interdisciplinary event with an emphasis on user-generated or open-source ways of working.

We would like to stress that applicants do not need homeopathic experience, however an open mind and willingness to experiment is essential.

What does the commission include? 


- Please note that we are not currently able to offer the successful applicant a fee. However, all the items listed below are included as well as comprehensive support during the duration of the residency.
- Return airfare London Heathrow ´ Nairobi
- Travel from Nairobi to Kwale as well as travel throughout Nairobi
- Accommodation at the Kwale Homeopathic College and Health Center
- Accommodation at a hostel near Maker Faire Africa
- A daily stipend fee for food throughout your stay in Kenya
- A single-entry visa into Kenya
- A small fee towards materials
- All Vaccinations prior to travel
- The opportunity to present work alongside makers at Maker Faire Africa
- Assistance and support by local Kenyans throughout your stay

Sponsors:

Wales Arts International, British Council Wales

Area: all wales

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Chair of the Board of Trustees for SAFLE

12:00 am in Jobs by bloc

Date: 25/09/09
Website: www.safle.com
Location: wales

Outline:

Safle’s founding Chair, Harry James, after guiding the organisation through its formative years, is now stepping down and the Board of Trustees is seeking a new Chair to support the company through its next phase of development.

The right candidate will have strategic vision and leadership skills, independent judgement and an ability to think creatively. They will need to demonstrate a broad knowledge and understanding of the issues surrounding artistic intervention in the built and rural environment in Wales, as well as in the UK and internationally.

The Chair is not remunerated, but reasonable expenses will be reimbursed.

For further information contact Dafydd Meredith on 0845 241 3684.

The deadline for applications is 12pm, Friday 25th September 2009.

Area: southern bloc

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DIY Kenya: Innovation, Collaborative Design and Making for Kenya

12:00 am in Seminars by bloc

Date: Tues 5 Oct, 2010
Time: 6-7pm
Venue:Chapter Arts Centre
Partner: 4Kenia | www.kenia.nl
Partner: Maker Faire Africa | www.makerfaireafrica.com

Join bloc for a one-hour presentation and discussion at Chapter Arts Centre to learn all about our recent commission: ‘DIY Kenya’.

The DIY Kenya team, Peter Hathaway, Stefhan Caddick, and Paul Granjon will be talking about their work and experiences and inviting questions and discussion from the audience, facilitated by Louise Wright .

The presentation will appeal particularly to anyone interested in human-centered design, social entrepreneurism and innovation, sustainable design development projects (particularly for Africa), robotics, low-cost methods of making, collaborative ways of working and open source solutions. Those attending are invited to join bloc for drinks following the event.

This event is supported by Chapter and is part of the Cardiff Design Festival programme – www.cardiffdesignfestival.org

Outline:

bloc recently commissioned product designer Peter Hathaway to instigate a participatory design project with the students of the Kwale School of Homeopathy situated in rural Kenya.

Over the course of three weeks this summer, Peter facilitated the Kwale students in a ‘Human Centered Design’ project. Working together, they identified a number of local community concerns and redefined these as opportunities for design. Through a programme of community engagement activities, creative workshops and collaboration with local makers, the students were able to generate a number of design solutions and prototypes.

Peter presented the DIY Kenya project at Maker Faire Africa in Nairobi in August´ a two-day event celebrating ‘African Ingenuity, Innovation and Invention (www.makerfaireafrica.com). He was joined at the Maker Faire by bloc members Paul Granjon and Stefhan Caddick who both ran the following collaborative projects at the event:
– ‘Nairobi Solar Machine: Automated Water Winch’ – Paul Granjon collaborated with Fab Lab and engineering students of the University of Nairobi to build an improvised solar-powered machine which manifested as an electrically powered bucket hoist for extracting water from a water hole.
– ‘Makers Online’ – Stefhan collaborated with staff and students of ‘Nairobits’ to put together simple, no-cost WordPress websites for exhibitors at the Maker Faire who do not have one already, and giving advice to those who do.

Peter, Paul and Stefhan documented the DIY Kenya projects on a WordPress blog, which can be viewed here: http://diykenya.wordpress.com

Contributors:

Peter Hathaway | Product Designer
www.hathawaydesign.co.uk
Paul Granjon | Artist
http://zprod.org
Stefhan Caddick | Artist
http://stefhancaddick.co.uk
Louise Wright | Senior Adviser, Arts, Creative Industries and New Media, British Council Wales

Sponsors:

The DIY Kenya commission and participation in Maker Faire Africa have been made possible with the support of British Council Wales and Wales Arts International. Project Partners include Maker Faire Africa, Kwale Homeopathic College and Health Center and Butterflyworks.

Area: southern bloc

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DIY Kenya

12:00 am in Projects by bloc

bloc has commissioned product designer Peter Hathaway (http://www.hathawaydesign.co.uk/) to instigate a participatory design project with the students of the Kwale Homeopathic College and Health Center (http://www.4kenia.nl/). Peter will be collaborating with the students at the Kwale Center whilst developing an innovative project during a three week period prior to attending Maker Faire Africa (http://www.makerfaireafrica.com/).

Follow the project`s progress at http://diykenya.wordpress.com/

Outline:

Additionally bloc will enable Stefhan Caddick, bloc’s Online Coordinator and Paul Granjon one of bloc’s Board Members to travel to Maker Faire Africa and together they will share a stall with Peter Hathaway.

Stefhan will lead workshops about developing a web presence using free, open source tools. The workshop will focus on developing low bandwidth sites appropriate for use in Africa or over a mobile network.

Paul Granjon is planning to run a demo and workshop of a crank-rechargeable audio amplifier and microphone system, and to develop an improvised on-site Arduino-controlled device.

Carolina Vasquez is DIY Kenya’s Project Manager. Liaising with Maker Faire Africa, Kwale Homeopathic College and Health Center, Butterflyworks, Wales Arts International, and British Council Wales, whilst raising the funds to deliver the project.

Last year, bloc’s founder, Emma Posey attended Maker Faire Africa in Ghana where she meet Alfred Sirleaf and Henry Barnor, amongst many others. Inspired by the event in Ghana, bloc held a festival of Creative Technology with the first Micro Maker Faire Wales at Chapter.

Project Partners include Maker Faire Africa, Kwale Homeopathic College and Health Center and Butterflyworks.

Sponsors:

Wales Arts International, British Council Wales

Funding for the DIY Kenya commission has been made possible with the support of Wales Arts International, British Council Wales, and Welsh Assembly Government.

Area: all wales

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northern bloc Virtual Balloon Race

12:00 am in Projects by bloc

Be one of the first to release your virtual balloon to race over google maps. Your balloon will travel, rise and fall dependent on weather data gathered from around the world. It will carry with it your six word short tale – a personal, poignant and even profound statement. Prizes will be awarded to owner of the balloon which travelled the furthest and to the stories deemed to be most evocative.

Outline:

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Cafe Artistique Newtown

12:00 am in Events by bloc

Date: 7pm – 22/09/09
Website: www.axisweb.org/cafeartistiquenewtown
Location: wales

Outline:

Join Axis and Oriel Davies Gallery in Newtown for an evening of lively discussion with guest speakers Heather & Ivan Morison and Manon Awst & Benjamin Walther, all about artist duos and collaborative practice.

Cafe Artistique is free and there is no need to book

Cafe Artistique Newtown is an Axis initiative delivered in partnership with Oriel Davies Gallery and funded by The Arts Council of Wales.

For more information, please contact info@axisweb.org

Area: northern bloc

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northern bloc 4 Launch Event

12:00 am in Projects by bloc

Date: 30 Mar 2010
Time: 3-4.30pm
Venue:Technium CAST

The next phase of the northern bloc project will be launched at Technium CAST, Bangor on 30 March. The event comprises: an interactive installation; a virtual balloon race; an actual balloon release plus the chance to find out about northern bloc’s programme of workshops, clinics and commissions. The event will be followed by an opportunity to take part in the Wales in the World workshop (http://www.bloc.org.uk/cgi-bin/showbig.cgi?id=106) at Galeri, Caernarfon at 5pm.

Outline:

Find out where we are and what we do. Take a balloon from room 120 (watch out for the performer). Exchange your balloon for refreshment in the ʻopen living areaʼ. ʻTagʼ your balloon in short tales – and interact with the digital projection. Join the physical balloon release on the balcony. Enter the virtual balloon race and maybe win a prize

If you canʼt make it in person to the northern bloc launch you could still: Be one of the first to release your virtual balloon to race over google maps. Your balloon will travel, rise and fall dependent on weather data gathered from around the world. It will carry with it your six word short tale – a personal, poignant and even profound statement. Prizes will be awarded to owner of the balloon which travelled the furthest and to the stories deemed to be most evocative.

We hope to see your balloon in virtual space!

The event is free to attend but please RSVP via email to tessa@bloc.org.uk

Area: northern bloc