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R&D for Festival of Creative Technology

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bloc is pleased to announce that we have secured funding from Arts Council Wales to enable us to further our vision for a Festival of

Creative Technology in rural Wales.

Following bloc’s successful pilot event Machynlleth Mini Maker Faire at The Centre for Alternative Technology in Autumn 2013, bloc believes that there is a great demand for a Festival of Creative Technology that will encourage doing and making against the background of opportunity presented by technology and the countryside.

We will keep you up to date with our ideas this Spring along with inviting you to take part in 2 public consultations events this Summer to find out what you think

In the meantime, if you want to talk to us about our plans for the festival or have any exploratory conversations please get in touch with bloc’s Producer at

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DIY 11: 2014 Call for proposals

1:15 pm in Commission, Opportunities, What's Exciting by bloc

Professional development projects BY artists FOR artists

DIY is an opportunity for artists working in Live Art to conceive and run unusual training and professional development projects for other artists.

Deadline for proposals to run DIY 11 2014 projects: Noon Tuesday April 29th, 2014.

DIY is an opportunity for artists working in Live Art to conceive and run unusual training and professional development projects for other artists. DIY understands that the development of a Live Art practice is as much about the exploration of ideas and experiences as training in skills and techniques, and past DIY projects have proved to be invaluable experiences for project leaders, participants and organisers alike. We want to hear from you if have an idea for an exciting, innovative and idiosyncratic Live Art professional development project that offers something new and is geared to the eclectic and often unusual needs of artists whose practices are grounded in challenging and unconventional approaches, forms and concepts. If you think you can initiate and run a DIY professional development project then read the guidelines below and send us a proposal.

DIY 11 is a Live Art Development Agency (LADA) initiative developed in collaboration with the following national partners:Abandon Normal Devices (North West)
Artsadmin (national)
Arts Pavillion Bournemouth
Bury Art Museum/Bury Sculpture Centre
Cambridge Junction
Chelsea Theatre (London)
Colchester Arts Centre
Compass Live Art (Yorkshire)
Contact Manchester
Create Ireland
Duckie (London)
Folkestone Fringe
Forest Fringe (Scotland)
hÅb (Manchester)
KARST (Plymouth)
Live at LICA (North West)
National Theatre Studio (London)
National Theatre Wales
Norwich Arts Centre
Platform (national)
Sound and Music (national)
STUN (Manchester)
The Arches and BUZZCUT (Glasgow)
Yorkshire Sculpture Park

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Imagine 2020 Summer Labs

1:00 pm in Opportunities, Residency, What's Exciting by bloc

The Imagine 2020 Network are running a four-year programme of International Summer Labs for artists. This is an opportunity to join other artists, scientists, economists, philosophers, policy makers, NGO representatives from across Europe to learn new approaches to how we can bring together art, activism and science to tackle climate change and engage in a dialogue on global change. The Summer Labs are taking place from 2011 – 2014 in France, Portugal and Croatia and the UK.

Open Call for UK based Artists
Artistic Strategies in response to climate change
Imagine 2020 Summer Lab, 30th June – 4th July 2014
Sustainability Centre, Petersfield, UK

The Imagine 2020 Summer Lab 2014 is a 4-day residential lab, which brings together creative practitioners to explore varied artistic approaches to addressing climate change and its wider related issues, through daily guided sessions, workshops, performances and site visits in the South Downs National Park.

Artsadmin are offering 4 places for UK based artists to take part in the lab, and to propose a 2-3 hour session during the week based on their artistic approach to climate related issues including strategies towards a psychology of change, social justice, alternative ways of living and collectivity.

Photo by Sam Trotman.