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Blackburn's Paint the Town Event Goes Online

Blackburn's Paint the Town Event Goes Online

11 May 2020

Organised by The Bureau Centre for the Arts and supported by Blackburn Bid, Paint the Town @ Home is a challenge to artists of all ages and abilities to capture Blackburn and its people in one day - at home! This year it's taking place on Saturday 30th May.

FLASHBACK: Acid House Stories

FLASHBACK: Acid House Stories

07 May 2020

Flashback was created by Un-cultured Creatives (Jamie Holman & Alex Zawadzki), in response to the British Textile Biennial 2019 programme. An audio archive of the human stories behind Blackburn’s Acid House parties. A record of this revolutionary scene, generated straight from the mouths of the people who lived and breathed the era.

Open Call - CreativeXR

Open Call - CreativeXR

07 May 2020

Digital Catapult and Arts Council England invite content creators to apply with ground-breaking project ideas to this third unique round of CreativeXR. Focused on the creative industries, particularly the arts and culture sector, CreativeXR has been designed to allow the best creative teams to develop concepts and prototypes of immersive content using virtual, augmented and mixed reality technologies. Deadline: 17 May

Creatives in Residence #03: Andy Walmsley - Wash Studio

Creatives in Residence #03: Andy Walmsley - Wash Studio

06 May 2020

For the next in our 'Creatives in Residence' kitchen table stories from Lancashire's creative community in lock-down, Andy Walmsley, Creative Director of award-winning Wash Studio shares how he and is team are re-channelling energy and looking at things differently.

Creatives In Residence #02: Fiona Candy - Artist

Creatives In Residence #02: Fiona Candy - Artist

01 May 2020

In the second of our 'Creatives in Residence' kitchen table stories from Lancashire's creative community in lock-down, Preston based artist Fiona Candy, tells us how she has been progressing her creative practice and staying positive during this difficult time. Fiona has been a designer in the textile and fashion industry, a lecturer in art and design and is now a full time artist.

Making Music with Steve Brown

Making Music with Steve Brown

01 May 2020

Steve Brown is a musician and educator based in Lancashire. For the past few weeks Steve has been creating free online films for primary age children to continue learning and enjoying music. The films are fun, engaging with plenty of opportunities to join in at home.

ICE-Olation Short Films About Not Going Out

ICE-Olation Short Films About Not Going Out

27 April 2020

The Institute for Creative Enterprise has produced a short film documenting the responses of the student community to isolation as a result of the threat of Covid-19.

BBC launches Northern Voices

BBC launches Northern Voices

27 April 2020

BBC Three and BBC England are collaborating for the first time to launch Northern Voices, the Factual Development Scheme for the North of England. The new partnership is creating a commission opportunity for local independent production companies to submit ideas that reflect the life experiences of 16-24 year-olds in the region.

Standfast & Barracks awarded with Queen's Award

Standfast & Barracks awarded with Queen's Award

27 April 2020

Standfast & Barracks was recently awarded the prestigious Queen's Award for International Trade - the highest official UK awards for British businesses. The Queen’s Awards are for outstanding achievement by UK businesses, and are valid for 5 years. Lancashire hosts more Queen's Awards for Enterprise this year than ever before.

Creatives In Residence #01: Tom Stables - 3manfactory

Creatives In Residence #01: Tom Stables - 3manfactory

24 April 2020

In the first in a new series of 'Creatives In Residence' blog posts to share kitchen table stories from Lancashire's creative community in lock-down, Tom Stables, Creative Director of 3manfactory and Chair of Digital Lancashire, gives an insight into how he and his team are adapting their work practice and coping under the current conditions.

Spot On Stories: Short Shows with Lancashire Libraries

Spot On Stories: Short Shows with Lancashire Libraries

24 April 2020

Spot On Lancashire, who bring professional performances to rural communities and library spaces all over the county, have launched a brand new digital project. In partnership with Lancashire Libraries, Spot On bring great art and stories to your couch, your kitchen, and your back garden - basically wherever you choose!

There’s a Lot You Would Say No To. A film by Henry Iddon

There’s a Lot You Would Say No To. A film by Henry Iddon

24 April 2020

Fylde based filmmaker, Henry Iddon, ​has created a short film made over the recent Bank Holiday in Blackpool. "Nothing really happens… which is remarkable in itself!"

ICG launch Create Great Sweet Shop

ICG launch Create Great Sweet Shop

24 April 2020

Director, Simon Couchman, and the team at ICG have produced a little activity pack for kids to do during the lockdown. "We are all trying to do our bit to help each other right now and we know from experience how difficult it is to keep the kids motivated and entertained."

The #OurWorldWithout Campaign

The #OurWorldWithout Campaign

23 April 2020

The Creative Industries Federation have launched a new campaign calling on government for urgent funding for the creative industries. The #OurWorldWithout campaign is in aid of creative organisations and professionals who are facing particularly challenging times as a result of Covid-19.

R&D funding to increase digital reach for cultural organisations

R&D funding to increase digital reach for cultural organisations

14 April 2020

The Space Low-Cost R&D commissioning round is currently open for applications until 7th May 2020. Funded by Arts Council England, the fund is for cultural organisations in England looking to increase their digital reach. Funding available up to £11,000 (ex. VAT).