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Tender for bloc Online Development – Deadline Extended

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Date: Extended deadline: Monday 14 February 2011

bloc is looking to renew its online presence with a new website developed using an open source CMS such as WordPress or Drupal. We need a new, more flexible solution for our website and are seeking tender submissions from developers with experience in this area.

Outline:

bloc’s current website has been in place since 2002. The current website has served us well but, due to it`s reliance on a bespoke CMS system, changes to the website can be expensive and time consuming. The core technologies underpinning the website are also becoming increasingly out of date and we find it difficult to respond to new technological developments such as RSS, social media, permalinks etc. We would like to use an open source CMS.

bloc has had an interest in open source for a number of years and would like this to be reflected in our web presence. We also wish to use open source in
order to:
– be able to update the core system (WordPress for example) easily and therefore
relatively cheaply
– augment the site more easily via a plugin system for example
– not be tied to one developer/company`s ways of working

In the light of this we will require commented code or some other form of documentation, where possible and relevant.

The intended users of the website include artists, designers, programmers and academics. They use bloc’s website and bulletin to gather information relevant to the creative technology sector as well as respond to bloc’s commissioning and opportunity calls. bloc uses the website to market its events and opportunities, and to communicate with its members and the wider public.

For more details on what we`re looking for and how to make a submission please download the tender document.

Sponsors:

This opportunity is supported by the Arts Council of Wales and Powys Connections

Area: all wales

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Virtual bloc

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Date: Deadline 24th February 2011

Call for ideas: this is a fantastic opportunity for artists and/or creative technologists to create new work for bloc.

bloc is inviting innovative, experimental and compact ideas for three new online commissions that explore connectivity, networks, communication and culture within coastal, rural and virtual environments.

We are looking for artists or creative technologists to propose energetic, memorable and playful ideas that can be realised by April 2011 in response to the virtual bloc rulebase.

Outline:

The virtual bloc rulebase:

All ideas must:
• Start and/or finish online
• Be compact, neat and well formed
• Be achievable yet thrilling
• Be experimental, energetic, playful and memorable
• Celebrate the coast/the edge
• Develop a dialogue and engagement with online users
• Use technology creatively

All applicants must:
• Explain their idea in under 1000 characters providing a url to examples of past work
• Deliver the project by April 2011
• Participate in an online interview with bloc
• Engage in bloc`s social networks

£400 artist stipend is available on agreement of a full proposal

Eligibility Criteria:
• Creative practitioners from all disciplines are eligible to apply as long as they are working with technology
• Ideas are welcome from artists from across the UK and abroad, those working as an individual or as a collective
• Applicants are eligible to submit more than one idea. Please make an application for each idea.

Virtual bloc aims:
To commission new online work that tests the potential of online participation and production to engage, inspire and rethink possibilities for online cultural engagement.
To encourage a dialogue between bloc`s commissioned works and its artists/audiences/members.
To seed fund inspiring ideas for online engagement and intervention.
To commission new work that has the power to reach local, national and international audiences through viral activity.
To commission new online work that has the potential to connect with, respond to, play with social networks and media.
To create great quality, exciting and experiential online work.
To build bloc`s online programme,audiences and engagement.
To see what artists/creative technologists can achieve online within a short time frame.

Selection Panel:

Kathryn Lambert, Project Leader, bloc
Emma Posey, Founder and Chair, bloc

Paul Granjon, Artist and bloc board member
Mathilde Lopez, Creative Associate at National Theatre Wales and bloc board member
Beth Charlesworth, Co Director, Little Bird Told Me, Social Media Sorcerers

How to Apply:
Only online submissions will be accepted via the online ideas generator Get Ping.
To apply visit www.getping.net and sign up.
All ideas submitted to Get Ping are private, they will not appear in public and will only be seen by bloc.

Please fill out all required fields and ensure all submitted information is correct, as you will not be able to edit anything once uploaded. A confirmation email will be automatically sent out in response to your submission.

Incomplete or late entries will not be considered.

All copyright will remain with the artist.
For further information or to join bloc online:
Follow blocuk on Twitter
Find bloc on facebook
Email Kathryn Lambert, bloc Project Leader at kathryn@bloc.org.uk


Supported by Arts Council of Wales / Cyngor Celfyddydau Cymru

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New bloc family member – Kathryn Lambert

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Happy New Year to all our members and to celebrate we have some great news for you all as we welcome Kathryn Lambert as to the bloc team. Kathryn has been appointed Project Leader for our 2011 main and micro commissions and brings over 10 years of experience of working in the arts as a commissioner, collaborator and curator of art and technology with her. She is an experienced producer, project manager and fund raiser and has extensive experience of working with artists, partners, funders and the public.

Kathryn has been Creative Director of folly (http://www.folly.co.uk/) since 2005 where she has been responsible for the artistic direction of the organisation.

Outline:

She has initiated and developed projects such as Abandon Normal Devices, Portable Pixel Playground and Digital Artists Handbook and is currently working on developing a new artistic policy for 2011 ´ 14, establishing a national taskforce for Digital Participation throughout the arts and realising Current; an experiment in collecting digital art. She has previously worked at folly (2003 ´ present), Arts Council England (2002-05) and as a practitioner.

Kathryn has worked with artists such as UBERMORGEN.COM, James Coupe, boredomresearch, Andy Best and Merja Puustinen, The Owl Project, Hamilton and Southern, 8gg, blink, Tob Heys and Robert Saucier and many more.

Kathryn is passionate about presenting compelling work with brilliant artists outside of the gallery in both challenging and rural environments and online and is committed to seeking out and taking risks with new modes of production, presentation and distribution.

You can contact Kathyn on kathryn@bloc.org.uk. We`re very excited to have her on board and feel she will be a real asset to the bloc family. You`ll be hearing more from Kathryn and the 2011 major and micro commissions very soon, so watch this space.

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Welcome a new member to the bloc team!

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Happy New Year to all our members and to celebrate we have some great news for you all as we welcome Kathryn Lambert as to the bloc team.

Kathryn has been appointed Project Leader for our 2011 micro commissions and brings over 10 years of experience of working in the arts as a commissioner, collaborator and curator of art and technology with her. She is an experienced producer, project manager and fund raiser and has extensive experience of working with artists, partners, funders and the public.

Kathryn has been Creative Director of folly (http://www.folly.co.uk/) since 2005 where she has been responsible for the artistic direction of the organisation. She has initiated and developed projects such as Abandon Normal Devices, Portable Pixel Playground and Digital Artists Handbook and is currently working on developing a new artistic policy for 2011 ´ 14, establishing a national taskforce for Digital Participation throught the arts and realising Current; an experiment in collecting digital art. She has previously worked at folly (2003 ´ present), Arts Council England (2002-05) and as a practitioner.

Kathryn has worked with artists such as UBERMORGEN.COM, James Coupe, boredomresearch, Andy Best and Merja Puustinen, The Owl Project, Hamilton and Southern, 8gg, blink, Tob Heys and Robert Saucier and many more.

Kathryn is passionate about presenting compelling work with brilliant artists outside of the gallery in both challenging and rural environments and online and is committed to seeking out and taking risks with new modes of production, presentation and distribution. 



We`re very excited to have her on board and feel she will be a real asset to the bloc family. You`ll be hearing more from Kathryn and the 2011 micro commissions very soon, so watch this space.

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Virtual bloc

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Call for ideas for online commissions coming soon.
Watch this space

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northern bloc Performance Commission 2010

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Date: 12 Nov 2010
Venue:Scala Cinema and Arts Centre
Partner: Scala Cinema and Arts Centre | www.scalaprestatyn.co.uk
Partner: Glyndŵr University – North Wales School of Art and Design | www.glyndwr.ac.uk

northern bloc is seeking applications from artists and performers based in Wales, who are eager to work with digital projection in the development and realisation of a performance. The work will be premièred at the Scala Cinema and Arts Centre, Prestatyn in March 2011 as part of the northern bloc digital season.

Creative practitioners from all disciplines are eligible to apply – from an art, dance, sound or theatre performance backgrounds – working as an individual or as a collective.

Deadline: 10am, 12th November 2010
Interviews: 26th November 2010, Scala, Prestatyn

Outline:

What we are specifically looking for is an innovative performance project that will explore interactivity, digital technology, live performance and location, within the context of the Scala, Prestatyn.

The selected performance will take place in Studio 2, the home of Live Performance at the Scala, a 150 seat theatre with a large sprung dance floor, flexible lighting, sound and high quality digital projection, including a possible live satellite feed.

The project should also be able to:
– make exciting use of the contemporary performance space at the Scala
– be realised in the given time frame
– leave a lasting trace on-line

The development period of the project is 4 months ( December 2010 to March 2011), with a commission fee of £1,000 to cover all expenses.

The commission aims to provide time, skills development, space and resources, together with advice from experts in the field of creative digital technology and performance. Where necessary, visual elements for the performance ( animation, video, interaction etc ) can be developed in conjunction with members of the North Wales School of Art and Design, Glyndŵr University, Wrexham.

Deadline: 10am, 12th November 2010
Interviews: 26th November 2010, Scala, Prestatyn

To apply: e-mail your CV with links to images of your past work, a 500 word project proposal, including an outline of how the performance will leave a lasting trace online to tessa@bloc.org.uk

People on the performance steering committee and selection panel include:
– Karine Décorne, Director Dawns I Bawb and Migrations
– Tessa Elliott, Artist and northern bloc 4 co-ordinator
– Danny Hale, Technical Manager, Scala
– Mathilde Lopez, Creative Associate, National Theatre Wales
– John McClenaghen, Artist and Head of Fine Art, Glyndŵr University
– Jan Miller, Filmmaker and Creative Director of Scala Education Film Unit
– Emma Posey, Chair, bloc
– Kevin Roberts, Media Development / Design Officer, Scala

For further information or to discuss the commission please contact Tessa Elliott, northern bloc co-ordinator by e-mail tessa@bloc.org.uk

Scala Cinema and Arts Centre
One of the landmark buildings on the North Wales Coast, the Scala was originally opened in 1913 and has now become Walesʼ first fully digital cinema and arts venue, with superb facilities and exciting activities. For a full technical specification of Scala Studio 2 go to the website /cinema-facilities.php
www.scalaprestatyn.co.uk

Glyndŵr University – North Wales School of Art and Design
The School an international reputation for innovation and excellence, and specialises in the areas of Computer Generated Imagery, Communication and Interactive Design. A new Creative Industries Centre is due to open at Glyndŵr in January 2011
www.glyndwr.ac.uk

Sponsors:

Arts Council of Wales / Cyngor Celfyddydau Cymru

Area: northern bloc