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Digital Producer Labs: Introducing the Cohort

10:42 am in Events, What's Exciting by bloc

National Theatre Wales are delighted to announce the cohort of Digital Producers, who will join them and Watershed in a new programme that fosters digital talent, and aims to catalyse development of creative technology projects in Wales.

Supported by Arts Council Wales, Watershed’s Digital Producers Lab is the first programme of its kind to take place in the country. It aims to train a brilliant cohort of Digital Producers, who will go on to support each other, create new business opportunities and enable audiences to enjoy extraordinary new cultural experiences.

The twelve participants are:

Alison John, Co-founder of yello brick creative marketing agency and Cardiff’s annual PlayARK games festival.
Tom Rack, Creative Director of NoFit State Circus and recent recipient of a prestigious Creative Wales Award.
Matt Ball, Freelance theatre maker and until recently, Creative Associate at National Theatre Wales (where he set up WalesLab) prior to joining NTW, Matt was Artistic Director of Camden People’s Theatre.
David Massey, Digital Manager at Welsh National Opera.
Craig Morrison, Artist and curator of blinc digital festival in Conwy.
Ruth Lloyd, New to Wales and setting up as a freelance producer, building of ten years of experience gained at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum.
Lisa Heledd Jones, Director of Storyworks, a fledgling company that presents personal stories creatively, innovatively and appropriately, through short film, digital stories, performance and installation.
Anne Siegel, Independent filmmaker, events producer and Education & Creative Technology Manager at Ffotogallery in Cardiff.
Laura Cotton, Development editor for Touchpaper Television and producer of Codi Pais, a comedy-drama series for S4C, to broadcast in early 2015.
Sarah Jane Leigh, Freelance Arts Producer and Promoter, currently working on good cop bad cop and Chapter Arts Centre’s Dylan Thomas 100 project, Teifi Emerald and Acts of Beauty’s production WiLD, Buddug James Jones’ production Hiraeth and Youth of Creative Arts’ Project Fio.
Michael Cousin, Founder and producer of Outcasting and co-founder of Outcasting: Fourth Wall (O:4W), Wales’ first artists’ moving image festival.
Catryn Ramasut, Founder of ie ie productions, a Cardiff-based production company set up with partner Gruff Rhys in 2006. Prior work included roles within radio, television, print and advertising for BBC Radio 1, Marmalade Magazine and M&C Saatchi.

For more information on the programme, please head over to Watershed’s page. The Digital Producers Lab runs between September and November 2013 and bloc is excited to see what comes out of this programme.

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Director for Aberystwyth Arts Centre

10:37 am in Jobs, Opportunities, What's Exciting by bloc

Competitive Package

Aberystwyth University is seeking to appoint an inspirational Director of Aberystwyth Arts Centre with a clear artistic vision to lead the Arts Centre to its next stage of development, building on the Centre’s reputation as one of the UK’s leading venues for the arts.

The importance of the Arts Centre to Aberystwyth University and the wider community cannot be overstated. The Arts Centre’s programme extends across the full range of the arts and creative industries, and includes festivals, residencies and in house productions.

Set in beautiful Mid-Wales, the Arts Centre welcomes over 650,000 visitors a year and makes a unique contribution in a vibrant academic environment which includes over 10,000 students. With its renowned community arts and education programme the Arts Centre enjoys a significant reputation as one of the largest arts education providers in United Kingdom and foremost organisations in Wales for encouraging public engagement in the arts.

For information and application forms please go to

Ref: AC.13.02
Closing Date: 12pm, 5 September 2013
Interview Date: 19 September 2013

Aberystwyth University is a registered charity. No 1145141.
Bilingual Institution which operates a Welsh Language Scheme. Committed to Equal Opportunities.
Job description here–EXT-15.08.13.pdf

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Developing your Digital Footprint:

10:27 am in Opportunities, Training, What's Exciting by bloc

Creating and presenting engaging digital content
10.15am – 4pm Tuesday 17 September 2013
Chapter, Market Road, Cardiff, CF5 1QE
A digital workshop led by Axisweb and digital consultant Emma Hutson.

Axisweb are running a free digital workshop in Cardiff for art professionals and hope you’d like to join them…
This practical workshop, led by Axisweb and digital consultant Emma Hutson, offers professionals working in the visual arts advice on how to plan and produce engaging and affordable digital content.

The day will provide guidance on planning, measuring and disseminating content to enable you to build audiences, encourage visitor interaction and develop your digital footprint.

The workshop is an opportunity to engage, interact and share with peers and colleagues.

This event is for you if you want to…

Understand how you can use the web to reach and engage with audiences
Explore the changing nature of content and how it’s consumed
Increase the impact of your digital activities
Collaborate, share your knowledge and ideas with other art professionals
Get some practical tips to help you develop your digital footprint

The workshop will cover:

Producing engaging content
Film production
Making the most of your assets
Using and measuring the impact of social media
Using Google Analytics

Space is limited and booking is essential.

Developing a Digital Footprint is free to attend for art professionals working in the visual arts and has been funded by the Arts Council of Wales.


Contact for more information.

For more information and to book go to:

Contact: Ruth Wilbur, Projects and Media Producer or 0113 242 9830

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Eyebeam Request for Proposals

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PRISM Break Up
Working with: Heather Dewey-Hagborg, Ramsey Nasser
Research group: Open Culture
PRISM Break Up
October 3-6, 2013

Request for Proposals

On October 3-6, 2013, Eyebeam Art and Technology Center will host the first event of its kind PRISM Break Up, a series of art and technology events dedicated to exploring and providing forms of protection from overreaching surveillance. The gathering will bring together a wide spectrum of artists, hackers, academics, activists, security analysts and journalists for a long weekend of meaningful conversation, hands-on workshops and art installations.

Visit for more information and details on how to apply.

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Call for Makers – Deadline Extended!

10:11 am in Events, Programme by bloc

We have extended our Call for Makers to join us at Machynlleth Mini Maker Faire on Saturday 28th September 2013 from 10am-4pm at The Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT).
Machynlleth Mini Maker Faire has been devised to inspire and attract the best makers, producers and creative technologists from across Wales and beyond and to capitalise on the burgeoning DIY culture in the countryside. There will be loads of stalls packed with hands on inventions located in the beautiful Wales Institute of Sustainable Education (WISE).
Maker Faire showcases the amazing work of all kinds and ages of makers — anyone who is embracing the do-it-yourself (or do-it-together) spirit. Machynlleth Mini Maker Faire is the only Maker Faire in Wales and is inviting Makers to take part.

For further details and to complete an online application form visit

Deadline for applications Friday 30th August 2013.

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Re-Inventing Rural Service Delivery Workshop

2:30 pm in Events, Events, Programme, What's Exciting by bloc

Inventorium present a ‘A workshop for rural Wales’ in association with bloc as part of Machynlleth Mini Maker Faire.

Re-Inventing Rural Service Delivery

Plas Machynlleth, Machynlleth, Friday 27th September: 10:30 to 16:00

To book a place visit:

Deliver more?

Deliver smarter?

Deliver with less money?

Create new enterprise?

There has never been more pressure on service delivery to deliver better with less resource. We have heard of Smart Cities – What about Smart Rural?

Over the next five years good broadband and good mobile signal will be available across rural Wales. How can we exceed our aspirations for service delivery?

Our aim is Open Innovation

To bring together service providers with innovative thinking
To bring new ideas that can develop into new business – both commercial and social enterprises.
50% of the world and 20% of the UK is rural – it’s a big market.

Who should come?

People seeking innovation across the public sector – elected members, executives, problem solvers and problem owners – bring your aspirations and your hard problems.
People in rural business delivering services to rural communities
People who live in rural areas who know what are the important issues to be tackled
People with creative and innovative ideas for using technologies make new opportunities for products and service delivery – artists, designers, hackers, makers, doers.

The Outcomes

New networks of people to work together to create great products and services
An agenda for future engagement.

This is a first step in a developing programme that will exploit the new opportunities open to us. Your participation is the day’s schedule.

For more information, please contact:

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playARK applications open

11:29 am in Events, Festivals, Opportunities, What's Exciting by bloc

ThinkARK are delighted to announce a number of opportunities available to creatives and artists for playARK festival 2013. They are commissioning game designers and experience makers to bring their games to Cardiff this November. The games can be anything from pervasive street games to computer assisted games. During playARK festival 2013 they will be programming two headline games, five pop-in games and then two games specifically for family orientated audiences. So if you have a game that you have already designed or you want to bring something new that will premiere at playARK they want to hear from you.

Below is a link for application packed full of further information on what they are looking for.

The deadline for applications is 12 noon August 30th

Find Out More and Apply Here

If you have any queries regarding this opportunity please contact Natalie

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Creative Media Worker

11:13 am in Jobs, Opportunities, What's Exciting by bloc

At Ffotogallery.
44 days at £250 per day plus travel expenses
Deadline: 19th August 2013

To work with Ffotogallery and Chepstow Museum on ‘Hidden Presence Wales’ Public Engagement Programme.

Hidden Presence aims to extend people’s understanding of Nathaniel Wells, a 18th & 19th Century Welsh nobleman of mixed heritage – son of a Welsh plantation owner and Black Slave, and explore the importance of his life in the context of Wales today. The successful applicant will be engaged for 44 days from Aug ’13 – March ‘15 to develop links with communities in Monmouthshire and Newport, to devise and lead workshops and with a web programmer generate an online resource housing work generated by these participants.

For full application details and job spec visit

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Public Art Commission

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University of South Wales, ATRiuM ; The Faculty of Creative & Cultural Industries, Cardiff, Wales – Public Art Commission.

The University of South Wales has appointed EMP Projects to work with them to

develop and manage a public art commission for the ATRiuM Campus, Cardiff.

The ATRiuM 1 & 2 is a facility that will cater to an increasing need for graduates in the

creative and cultural industries and the growing needs of the financial and professional

services sector in the Cardiff City’s enterprise zone.

This is an opportunity for a professional artist (or artist group) with a strong,

international reputation to design and implement innovative and site responsive

artworks in the public realm. The permanent public artwork, or series of works and an

associated engagement project should aid in the deliver a memorable built environment

and be distinctive to the ATRiuM, University of South Wales, and the wider City.

The overall budget for this commission is £68,000.00 (ex vat).

To receive an expression of interest application pack, please email Emma M Price via email to

Quote&Ref: ATRiuM&Public&Art&Commission.

Deadline for the submission of your expression of interest application: 12th August 2013 at 5pm.

The Selection Panel intends to select a maximum of four artists for interview. The

interviews will take place at ATRiuM, Faculty of Creative & Cultural Industries,

University of South Wales, Adam Street, Cardiff, Wales, CF24 2FN, on the 17

September 2013.

If you need help, guidance or advice with regard to submitting your expression of

interest please contact Rachel Harris via email:

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IDMAA – Call for proposals and presentations

10:44 am in Conferences, Opportunities, What's Exciting by bloc

The eleventh annual International Digital Media and Arts Association Conference will be held November 6-8, 2013 in Laguna Beach, California. iDMAa invites you to share your thoughts and work in digital media and arts.

The deadline for accepting submissions for panel proposals and presentations is midnight, Sunday, September 1, 2013. To ensure rich dialog and exchange, we ask that presentations conform to 20 slides, 20 seconds per slide format. (See the link on pechu kucha format for more information). Authors interested in organizing panels will need to submit single word file containing an abstract and vita for each panel participant.

The conference will include keynote speakers, lively pecha kucha presentations, a juried art exhibition highlighting creative research in interactive media and digital arts, topical discussions focused both on future of digital media in the industry and also evolving pedagogies in academia.

Call for Papers and Projects:

While we welcome papers and projects whose focus is on “the future,” we are equally interested in papers and projects that question and subvert this idea of what lies before us. From disruptive technologies to neo-luddite practices, the conference wants to examine all sides of our unquestioning inclination to privilege “progress” and to look forward. Where is it that we are hurrying to arrive-and do we really want to arrive there? This year’s conference theme is both a celebration of that which we build and study that brings about this halcyon future, and a joyous, subversive questioning of those practices and beliefs that underlie this impulse to look forward.

Creative research that demonstrates the convergence of different disciplines, media, cultures, and technologies is particularly encouraged. The conference will contain several tracks of programming that expand on the conference theme in the following areas:

art and design (process talks, history of digital art, algorithmic art, motion graphic design, video game design/theory/research, data visualization)
education (pedagogy, curriculum, software-as-service, digital humanities, promotion and tenure, digital media and arts pedagogy/curriculum)
narrative (electronic/digital/interactive literature, transmedia storytelling, motion graphics/comics, second screen viewing, narrative and sense-making)
media practices (mobile, advertising and pr, augmented reality, natural user interfaces, interaction/experience design, privacy in the 21st century, citizen journalism, social media activism)

All abstracts will be refereed for acceptance and should report on the results of creative or research projects that explore innovative areas of new media and will be posted as is on the conference website.

Submission guidelines:

1. Submit your abstract (maximum 500 words) online ( as a word document by midnight, September 1, 2013. Panel proposals should be submitted as one file.

2. All abstracts should follow the formatting conventions found in the latest edition of the Chicago Manual of Style (documentary note), include keywords and a bio (maximum 100 words).

3. Authors will be notified via email of their submissions’ status by approximately September 9.

4. Authors should confirm attendance by October 6.

5. To be reviewed for possible publication in The Journal of the International Digital Media and Arts Association selected conference proceedings, accepted papers of no more than 3500 words must be submitted in their final form (as a word document using your last name in the file name) by December 21. Details forthcoming at