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Jobs @ AV Festival

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AV Festival are seeking two exceptional individuals to play a key part in the delivery of AV Festival 14 as Festival Producer and Festival & Publicity Assistant. This is an excellent opportunity to work in a dynamic Festival environment, with a range of cultural partners and international artists.

Festival Producer
This is an excellent opportunity for an experienced arts producer to take a leading role in the delivery of AV Festival 14, which takes place from 1-31 March 2014. You will be responsible for the management, delivery and documentation of all Festival artistic projects including new commissions, exhibitions, installations, concerts, screenings and talks.

To view the Festival Producer full job description, please click here.

Salary: £24,000 – £26,000 (pro rata, depending on experience)
Hours: Full Time
Tenure: Fixed Term, until May 2014

Festival & Publicity Assistant
This is an excellent opportunity for a talented individual to play a key part in the delivery of AV Festival 14. You will be part of the small Festival core team, and will work closely alongside the Festival Director on all aspects of the Festivals work, including assisting with the delivery of the marketing plan, press plan and artistic programme. The role includes assisting with visitor services, finance management, fundraising, evaluation, documentation and archive.

To view the Festival & Publicity Assistant full job description, please click here.

Salary: £15,000 (pro rata)
Hours: Full Time
Tenure: Fixed Term, until June 2014

For details on how to apply go to

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Calling all Wales – based Digital Producers

8:43 am in Events, Opportunities, Other, What's Exciting by bloc

Watershed and National Theatre Wales are looking for 12 brilliant creative Digital Producers, to take part in Wales’ very first Digital Producers Lab development programme, produced by Watershed.

Supported by Arts Council Wales, this programme offers the unique opportunity to undertake personal and professional development through skills swapping, networking and knowledge exchange. It will include a Meet up and Ideas Day at National Theatre Wales in Cardiff, followed by the chance to spend a week working with peers at Watershed’s Pervasive Media Studio in Bristol.

Participants will explore different aspects of creative technology production including: how to develop brilliant ideas, project management, making business sustainable, Intellectual Property, and pitching to clients and funders. They will also have the chance to unpick a host of best practice case studies and dabble in a little creative tech development of their own.

We are looking for producers from across art forms interested in broadening their networks, sharing skills and producing Wales’ digital cultural talent. We hope to find a mix of established and emerging practitioners with strong track records or strong ambition to deliver brilliant, innovative work. Producers interesting in applying must be Welsh or based in Wales, with an open, generous, curious and entrepreneurial approach.

Selected participants will receive a bursary towards the cost of travel, accommodation and expenses, as well as a programme of activities delivered by Watershed and National Theatre Wales.

For more information go to

Closing Date: 9am on Mon 8 Jul 2013

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A ‘DIY Festival’ of new performance with National Theatre Wales

9:35 am in Festivals, What's Exciting by bloc

This year NTW will be piloting a ‘DIY Festival’ of new performance (14 – 16 Jun) as part of the company’s residency on the Isle of Anglesey. They’re not quite sure what’s going to happen yet because that depends on who turns up, what they want to work on and how they want to share it.

NTW want to be able to create a new way for artists to come together, to make new work whilst finding different ways of sharing it between them and with a wider audience. This is an invitation to artists: writers, directors, actors, choreographers, designers, performance artists, installation-makers, multi-media experimenters, technologists and developers to embrace the homemade and lo-fi aesthetics and help NTW create something unique.

If you are interested in knowing more and perhaps being involved in the Festival, take a look at NTW’s website where you can register for a ticket and receive updates.

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2013 Technocamps/CAS Wales Conference

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“Supporting Computer Science for Schools in Wales”

Conference: Friday 5th July 2013, 9:30am-5:00pm
CPD: Saturday 6th July and Sunday 7th July
Swansea University

This third annual conference, hosted by Technocamps and Computing At School (CAS) Wales (after hugely successful events in 2012 and 2011), will provide teachers, leadership teams, HE/FE academics, examination boards, education policymakers and industry with a forum to highlight and discuss the important issues surrounding computer science education in Wales. This year’s conference is contextualised by the currently ongoing review of the ICT curriculum as part of the wider National Curriculum Review in Wales.

It will feature keynote talks from:

Eben Upton, Founder, Raspberry Pi Foundation
Welsh Government (TBC)

This year we have expanded the format: the main conference on the Friday will follow-on from the last two years by offering a forum to discuss issues around education and policy in Wales, as well as showcasing best-practice and initiatives for teaching computer science.

In addition, this year we are offering two days of low-cost/high-quality CPD for primary/secondary/FE teachers of ICT/Computing to develop subject knowledge and skills to teach computer science.


Swansea University, Swansea SA2 8PP:

Local information and how to get to Swansea University and campus map.


Main Conference:
Friday 5th July: 12:30-18:00

Saturday 6th July: 09:00-17:00
Sunday 7th July: 09:00-13:00

Conference PROGRAMME is online at

Teachers: what to EXPECT

Are you concerned about the recent announcements regarding Computer Science and ICT and the wide range of qualifications available?
Are you frustrated by current opportunities for the support of teaching Computer Science?
Want to know what is happening in Wales and how CAS and Technocamps can support you and your school?
Looking for inspiration to breathe more life into your lessons and engage your pupils?
Do you wish to enhance your own skills to keep pace with your students and the new qualifications and curricula?

Then join us, for a unique opportunity to connect with teachers and educators across Wales to discuss the key issues, learn new skills and help develop computer science in our schools. Come and share your ideas and experience!


The main conference is free!

It is expected that your employer will cover travel and/or accommodation expenses especially as we are making no charge for the main conference itself.

However, there is a charge for the Saturday/Sunday CPD sessions, but this includes accommodation, refreshments and lunch.

Please follow @CASWales and @Technocamps; the hashtag for the event will be: #tccas13


For further information please contact the Technocamps Communications Manager: Sian Jones ( or 01792 606652).

Technocamps is a £6m Convergence project led by Swansea University in partnership with the Universities of Bangor, Aberystwyth and Glamorgan. Technocamps will provide daily and weekly sessions to pupils aged 11-19 on a range of exciting topics in Computer Science, including robotics, games development, animation, digital forensics, software development and much more.

Backed by £3.9m from the European Social Fund through the Welsh Government, it will deliver a series of outreach programmes to schools and colleges, inspiring young people to study Computer Science-based topics underpinning and aligned with the STEM subjects and pursue a career in one of the strategic areas that drive economic growth and create wealth. For further information, please see: and @Technocamps.

Computing At School (CAS) is an organisation that promotes and supports the teaching of Computer Science in UK schools, supported by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT. Its memberships is diverse, with nearly 4000 members, including teachers at thousands of schools across the UK, as well as university academics, examination boards, industry, chartered/professional societies, parents and governors.

CAS seeks to work at a number of levels, including directly supporting teachers, as well advocacy at a national policy level. CAS Wales has been working in partnership with Technocamps since its formation to drive forward the CS education agenda in Wales. For further information regarding CAS and its activities, please see: and @CASWales/@CompAtSch.

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Beach Lab

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11am to 3pm, Sat 22 June 2013
The Bandstand and Promenade, Marine Terrace,
Aberystwyth, Ceredigion SY23 2BX
This event is bein” held as part of Aberystwyth University’s
Access All Areas – an open day for the local community:
or contact Lisa Fisher on: 01970 622454 /

Technocamps is a partnership project between the Universities of
Swansea, Aberystwyth, Ban!or, and Glamor!an that inspires young
people aged 11-19 to attend workshops on a range of exciting
computing-based topics.

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9:03 am in Opportunities, What's Exciting by bloc

Do you want to work in the Media Industry but don’t know how to get in?

16 apprenticeship vacancies with creative and digital employers in Wales now available!
This is a fantastic opportunity and too good to miss!
You will be working and training with the best teams and on the biggest productions in the UK!

Tell me about the Apprenticeship Vacancies!

Here is the full list of current vacancies. Go to the ‘Apprenticeship Vacancies‘ section to find the Job Descriptions for each role.

Please note that this apprenticeship programme is NOT open to graduates

Post Production Apprentice x2 – BBC Cymru Wales
Art Department Apprentice x2 – BBC Cymru Wales
Camera Apprentice x2 – BBC Cymru Wales
Costume Apprentice x2 – BBC Cymru Wales
Junior Presentation Scheduler Apprentice – Horse & Country TV
Assistant Editor Apprentice – Horse & Country TV
Production Assistant Apprentice – It’s My Shout Productions
Special Effects Trainee Apprentice – Real SFX
Production Apprentice – Real SFX
Edit Assistant Apprentice – Wales & Co
Junior Production Secretary/Runner Apprentice – Wales & Co
Junior Researcher Apprentice – Wales & Co

So why should you apply?

12 months paid work at a creative and digital company gaining practical ‘hands-on’ training and experience
Learning and developing technical and professional skills through the workplace and with CYFLE
Building a Show reel/portfolio for future employment
Reference from your placement employer at the end of the programme
Making Industry contacts
Improving your job prospects
Gaining a recognised qualification at the end of the apprenticeship programme

Please also ensure that you read the ‘How to Apply & FAQ’ section, which will give you a lot more information about how the Apprenticeship in Creative and Digital Media works.
Remember, the deadline for applications for all posts is –
12PM, TUESDAY 28th OF MAY 2013

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Bio-inspired Computing: Hackademia Retreat 11 – 17 November 2013, Snowdonia, UK.

11:28 am in Events, Opportunities, Other, What's Exciting by bloc

A “hackademia” retreat in Bio-inspired Computing at “Agatha Christiesque” Llanfendiagaid estate by the sea in Snowdonia this winter from 11th to 16th November.

All accommodation and food for self-catering is kindly provided by TRUCE, along with a Makerbot Replicator 2 3D printer and a generous equipment fund. There is space for about 12 people. Truce strongly encourage people not traditionally involved in academia to also apply to form mixed groups of hackademics.

Topics include, but are not exclusively

- Evolutionary computation and evolutionary robotics
- Artificial creativity and curiosity
- Artificial Life

The idea is that we will work in 3 groups of 4, building real physical systems, analysing them, with each group writing a scientific paper describing the results, taking turns to do unconventional cooking, going on walks, etc… Theoretical projects are also equally encouraged of-course.

Right now Truce invite people to submit project proposals that include the following information. Please send the following proposals to Truce by 1st June.

Contact Details:
Proposed project addressing open question in bio-inspired computing:
Equipment required with costing( < £1000 total): Suggested group members and locations: Truce will choose the most exciting, realistic and achievable projects. Look forwards to hearing from you Dr. Chrisantha Fernando Lecturer in Cognitive Robotics EECS, Queen Mary University of London

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Job at Owl Project HQ::Social Media Animateur

9:29 am in Jobs, Opportunities, What's Exciting by bloc

Opportunity to work a freelance contract, with 3 significant artists (Owl Project) to enhance their online creative profile, critical engagement and networks.

We are looking for expressions of interest from researchers, artists or curators interested in working with the Owl Project to develop our social media networks and links . Successful applicant will be expected to blog contextual research from the Owl Project website developing our self-curated context and will also be profiled on our website themselves.

You should have great communication skills and a strong understanding of art. The Owl Project interests are broad and explores themes such as DIY and open source electronic sonic technologies, woodworking, alternative musical interfaces and sculpture; so an interest in any of these areas would be useful.

Applicants should be at least a recent Art/Curatorial graduate or be studying an appropriate MA, and should have experience of curatorial processes and a track record of utilising social media to develop professional arts networks. Send a CV with a proposal or statement of interest, explaining what areas of research you might pursue in relation to Owl Project and how you would develop our social media links.

Fee is £1000 as external consultant and must cover any expenses/travel, we expect a half day bi-weekly engagement over a period of 20 weeks. Successful applicant will be offered a suitable perch at the studio in Manchester and be expected to use it several times over the project period.

Deadline: 19th May 2013

If you have not heard from us 2 weeks after this then we are sorry and you have not been successful.


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10:33 am in Events, Opportunities, Training, What's Exciting by bloc

Building on the success of past UK-wide events, YRS are running similar regional events to reach more young people — including events in Wales. The goal is the same: to encourage and support fifty young people who code, but with a local flavour — working with local Government open data.
It’s an excellent opportunity for you to make early connections with peers, businesses, government and academia and most of all its fun.

YRS are looking for 50 young people aged 18 or under from Wales who know how to program. Skills can range from being able to edit HTML to being a poly-coding genius — all are welcome.

‘Excellent initiative to find all those young geeks in the UK. If you are 18 or under and can code — go!’
– Stephen Fry

YRS will host you for a weekend, including (we hope) an overnight stay at the venue, where you will be mentored by developers and designers in-house, learn through peer to peer learning and build exciting projects using your skills.

Projects will be judged by a panel drawn from industry in a show and tell finalé on Sunday in which all the projects are presented in front of an audience of other participants, mentors, sponsors, Welsh government, the public, and a judging panel of industry experts. Prizes are awarded for the best projects in a number of categories.

The challenge is set to build digital products and prototypes, mobile and web, using at least one piece of open data from the welsh government.

The event is free.

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Call for proposals for the 2014 b-side multimedia arts festival…

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Artist opportunities

b-side is offering a number of commission and residency opportunities for artists to create new, temporary, site-responsive work in any media for the next b-side Festival on Portland in September 2014. The commissions will form the core programme of the 2014 Festival.

This year we have two commission categories:

Commissions up to £5500
Commissions with Residencies up to the value of £8500

The Festival

The 2014 festival will take place on Portland. Located just off the coast of Dorset and approached via a narrow causeway, this curious island has a very particular history and ecology offering huge scope for research and inspiration. We are looking for ideas that respond to and reveal all aspects of the island, which may include its relationship with mainland Weymouth.

Applications are invited from artists working across all media; visual art, performance/live art, digital, sound, film, text based work, social media and socially engaged practice. To see what b-side Festival looked like in 2010 and 2012 – have a look at the Festival 2012 film and Festival archive.

Artists at b-side multimedia arts festival

How to apply

To apply, download the brief and complete the application form at Please send your completed application form and proposal (max 6MB) by email only to, marking your email subject line “b-side FESTIVAL PROPOSAL”. Supporting documents may be sent in post if required – please include a SAE for return.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 5pm Tuesday 28th May 2013.
Proposals received after the deadline, in alternative formats or without completed application form will not be considered.