The Arts Council has partnered with BBC MediaCity to offer three writers – one based in the North East, one in the North West, one in Yorkshire – the opportunity to generate vibrant new work which reflects something unique about Northern culture.
Poets, spoken word practitioners, fiction writers and artists who use words and sound will be given a generous bursary to write a new piece for radio broadcast and live showcase, appearing on Ian McMillan’s programme The Verb.
Radio 3 voice coaches and producers will work alongside five National Portfolio Organisations to support the performance skills of the chosen artists, who will appear on platforms across the North and digitally in 2014.
Deadline for submissions: 5pm on Friday 13 December 2013
|FREUD IN BLACKPOOL SYMPOSIUM
Sat 2nd November, Grundy Art Gallery.
On Saturday 2nd November, to mark the close of our current exhibition, Zoe Beloff’s DREAMLAND: The Coney Island Amateur Pyschoanalytic Society and the Blackpool Chapter, the gallery will host Freud In Blackpool; a day-long symposium. Organised in consultation with the Freud Museum in London, the event will be the first of its kind to be staged by the gallery and will explore in greater depth both the exhibition and the history of Freud’s visits to Blackpool, together with an examination of broader themes and questions arising from the interconnection between the fairground and Freud’s theories of psychoanalysis. A range of writers, artists and historians will discuss this unlikely conjunction in relation to literature, film and visual culture.
With a performance
from MOUTH (Edia Connole and Scott Wilson) and a reading from ‘Memories, Dreams and Reflections’, a new play by Blackpool-based playwright David Riley.
Zoe Beloff is an artist working in a range of media including film, projection, performance, installation and drawing. Her work has been featured in international exhibitions and screening at venues including the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, the MHKA Museum, Antwerp and the Pompidou Center, Paris. She is a professor at Queens College CUNY, New York.
Professor Vanessa Toulmin is Research Director of the National Fairground Archive, Sheffield, a national research facility for the study of folklore, customs and language. She comes from a Lancashire showland family, and completed her PhD researching the social history of travelling showpeople. She was awarded the Chancellor’s Medal in 1997 for outstanding achievement.
Scott Wilson is Professor in Media and Cultural Studies at Kingston University, London. His research interests include cultural and critical theory, particularly psychoanalysis and the legacy of Georges Bataille. Recent books include: ‘The Order of Joy: Beyond adn the Cultural Politics of Enjoyment’ and ‘Great Satan’s Rage: American negativity and rap/metal in the age of supercapitalism’. He is co-editor of the Journel for Cultural Research and co-editor of The Bataille Reader.
MOUTH is an actionist art project in culinary divinomics formed in March 2012 by Edia Connole and Scott Wilson. Recent events include: Land: A Scarcity Banquet, Prosperity Project, Dublin (2013), The Other North Symposium with Jesse Jones, CCA Derry (2013), ‘Break Bread Open’, FACT, Liverpool Biennial (2012). http://www.mmmouth.wordpress.com
David Riley is a writer, poet and historian based in Blackpool. His play ‘Memories, Dreams, Reflections imagines the recollections of Freud thinking back to his visits to Blackpool, amongst other moments in the psychoanalyst’s life.
Culture Shops has been hard at work in partnership with Blackpool Neighbourhoods Service, CVS and The Big Local Revoe, with support from Ward Councillors Graham Cain and John Jones, to get the new Information Hub at 77-81 Central Drive ready and ship-shape for its official launch on Saturday 15 June.
Volunteers have been working tirelessly to create a friendly hub where people from the local community can come and find out more about the Revoe Big Local and how they can get involved and make a difference.
The Revoe Big Local is being opened by The Worshipful the Mayor of Blackpool, Councillor Eddie Collett at 1pm, and there will be entertainment, activities and refreshments for all the family.
This is also the last weekend that the Round 2 Culture Shops artists will have their work on display before the new round of artists install their work next week, so please do come and have a look at the fantastic installations by Boz & Mr Dee, Aunty Social and Brendan Bunting.
The Big Local Revolution Information Hub launch is Saturday 15 June, 1-4pm, and thereafter it will be staffed by volunteers every Thursday, Friday & Saturday afternoon.