news

22.04.14

Recent international funding opportunities

Applications of the following funding programmes will all be due in May. Visit the links below for eligibilities and other information of each programme.

news

22.04.14

Excellent Feedback for VA’s role as UK Cultural Contact Point

Visiting Arts received positive reviews from the European Commission Executive Agency for Education, Audiovisual and Culture for our role as the official UK Cultural Contact Point from 2010 to 2013, advising UK organisations on the EU Culture programme and Creative Europe.

opportunities

02.04.14

VA is hiring!

Visiting Arts is looking for a part-time Administration and Finance Officer. An experienced bookkeeper/administrator with a keen eye for detail and impeccable standards of consistency is required. A background in the arts and culture sector is a bonus and a passion for art and culture is essential. The ideal candidate will need to be self-motivated and highly organised, and comfortable working without direct supervision. See downloadable description for more information and to apply. Deadline 17 April at noon.

news

11.03.14

VA partners in Stories of Change project

£1.5M community research project to reignite energy debate

Visiting Arts is partnering on a new three-year research project led by The Open University which will challenge the terms of public debates about energy issues. “Stories of Change: Exploring energy and community in the past, present and future” has received nearly £1.5million in funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council to examine areas of conflict and make space for more diverse voices.  The project will explore energy choices through an innovative mix of social science and humanities research, digital storytelling, short films, and other creative work; and will be generating a publicly-accessible collection of stories.

news

11.03.14

Culture Works Connections

Culture Works Connections is a project linking the creative businesses in Africa, Caribbean and Pacific funded under the EU ACP Cultures+ programme. It runs for three years from 2014- 2017. There are four parts to the programme which, at its heart, aims to build stronger more sustainable creative businesses that are able to access a world markets and develop collaborations.

news

25.02.14

World Cultures Connect

World Cultures Connect is a new generation global cultural information site. It connects artists and cultural organizations across the globe. It allows them to promote their work, make new connections with other artists, identify opportunities for work and discover new partners, new markets and new audiences. It also gives the public a comprehensive insight into the cultural offer of countries and how to engage with arts and culture worldwide.

news

14.02.14

Creative Europe briefing note December 2013

Our final publication for the UK Cultural Contact Point (hosted by VA from 2010-2013) was this comprehensive briefing note on the new priorities for Creative Europe, and changes from the previous Culture programme. We highlighted:

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newsletters

01.01.14

Visiting Arts Newsletter

networking events

08.08.13

2013 International Producers Breakfast in Edinburgh

The annual International Producers Breakfast at the Edinburgh International Festival is approaching and we've shared our first newsletter, introducing the panel speakers, our networking ambassadors and the launch of the enhanced networking platform World Cultures Connect. We will also feature a #ConnectionBoard at this year's breakfast, helping participants to "promote, discover and connect" - their work, new work and artists and future collaborators. The first few entries are featured in this newsletter, as is a welcome from our CEO, Yvette Vaughan Jones.

seminars and conferences

21.05.13

Visiting Arts Intensives Summer 2013 Schedule

If your organisation is involved with or considering creating international collaborations and projects, the Visiting Arts Intensives can help with the latest intelligence in EU funding for culture and decades of experience in international working. While UK funds for the arts are becoming increasingly difficult to access, support programmes are available throughout the EU. Ranging from employability and skills to youth projects, step back from the daily search for trusts and foundations and learn about how EU funds could support your projects.

cultural contact point

08.05.13

Article from VA on Guardian Cultural Professionals Network

Article from Yvette Vaughan-Jones and the UK Cultural Contact Point: Why don't more UK arts, culture and heritage organisations apply to the EU Culture programme? And are things looking up for Creative Europe? Comments welcome on the blog:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/culture-professionals-network/culture-professi...

news

15.11.12

Young Euro-Med Entrepreneurs in Interculturality

The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations is organizing a 5-day training event in collaboration with the Fondazione CRT and the Italian Government, which will bring 20 young people from the Euro-Med region between the ages of 18 and 35 to enhance the skills needed to become a young social entrepreneur for intercultural and interfaith dialogue.

news

15.11.12

Open Call - International Artistic Residency in Beppu 2013

The Beppu Project is calling for international artists in the music, performing art and visual art fields to take over the theme: A COURSE THROUGHOUT BEPPU CITY. The idea of this residency is to create a poetic and artistic course throughout the city and its environment that will emerge from the imagination of artists who will discover the place with a fresh new look. 

More information on the Beppu Project website.

seminars and conferences

12.11.12

Visiting Arts Intensives - Gateshead 14 December

We've had great response from our Visiting Arts Intensives in Bristol, Leeds and London, and we are now bringing it to the North East! New date announced for Gateshead, 14 December at The Sage Gateshead. Gain confidence in your knowledge of international opportunities through in-depth and hands-on treatment of EU funding and wider international working in culture.

14 December, Gateshead

networking events

06.09.12

Snapshots of Edinburgh Producers' Breakfast

Th Edinburgh Producers' Breakfast featured networking sessions plus a discussion with Constantin Chiriac, General Manager for Radu Stanca National Theatre in Sibiu, Romania, Jane Connarty, Associate Director, NVA's Speed of Light, and Kerry Michael, Director and Chief Executive of Theatre Royal Stratford East. Some comments from the discussion are captured on our Twitter feed (hashtag #VAProducers). We look forward to returning next year!

seminars and conferences

07.08.12

Visiting Arts Intensives - London 5 September

New Visiting Arts Intensive announced for London, 5 September at The Place. Gain confidence in your knowledge of international opportunities through in-depth and hands-on treatment of EU funding and wider international working in culture.

5 September 2012, London

networking events

02.08.12

Edinburgh Producers' Breakfast 2012 - Speakers Announced

The Visiting Arts Producers Breakfast, presented in partnership with Creative Scotland, creates the opportunity for 200 UK and international producers, programmers and creators with a passion for international and intercultural performance to come together, make new connections and sow seeds of collaboration, exchange and partnership for the coming year.

Monday 20 August 2012
09:30 -11:30
Festival Theatre Edinburgh

Follow us on the day with live tweeting at #VAProducers

news

21.06.12

Visiting Arts Intensives - Bristol 9 July + Leeds 10 July

Registration for Visiting Arts Intensives now open for Bristol (9 July) and Leeds (10 July). Gain confidence in your knowledge of international opportunities for the arts & culture – Visiting Arts Intensives offer in-depth and hands-on treatment of EU funding and wider international working in culture.

200 Voices

22.03.12

Anne Lise Stenseth

"My coming film essay “Detour”, reflects on topics like labour, daily life in the factory and the workers position in society due to changes in the market, but also the symbolical value associated with the metaphor “life after death”.

The story of the shoe factory continues and becomes something else, recognizeable, unrecognizeable and creates different (hi)stories. 

It is a work about place, belonging, identity, migration, and the story takes place somewhere between the past, present, reality and fiction."

critical writing exchanges

07.03.12

Critical Thinking: Welsh Arts Critics’ Development Programme

Susie Wild, one of the participants for the Welsh Arts Critics' Development Programme, reports for Pioneer, the e-newsletter for Culture Colony

"Last month I completed the Welsh Arts Critics' Development Programme with Wales Arts International and Visiting Arts. Four new critics - Lowri Hâf Cooke, Amelia Forsbrook, Dylan Moore and myself - took part in the 6-month programme which was designed to develop coverage and critical discussion of Welsh arts.

visas

15.02.12

Launch of online applications for Tiers 2 and 5 of the points based system

A service to enable customers applying under Tiers 2 and 5 of the Points Based System and any dependants, who are already in the UK, to apply and pay on-line for further leave to remain has now been launched.

200 Voices

26.01.12

200 Voices - Artists

Ania Bas

 

Arno Baude

 

Chingiz

 

Duguld Ferguson

 

Fergus Jordan

 

Jael Orea Arenas

 

Hera Buyuktasciyan

 

Karen McLean

 

Morgana Ferrara

 

Paul Valadez

 

Ruchika Wason Singh

 

Sigal Yaar

 

Simohamed Fettaka

Stefano Morelli

Santiago Morilla

 

red tape

25.01.12

Biometric Residence Permit Changes

Upcoming changes to replace postal biometric appointments and Biometric Residence Permit help lines with online services


As part of the UK Border Agency's strategy to move services online, they are replacing the telephone biometric appointment booking service for postal applicants and the telephone BRP management and verification services with online services.

200 Voices

19.01.12

whats on

18.01.12

Leung Chi Wo - We must construct as well as destroy

The first solo exhibition in London by Chinese artist Leung Chi Wo opens on 20th January 2012 at ROKEBY Gallery. Leung Chi Wo is one of Hong Kong’s leading contemporary artists of a generation influenced by the territory’s post-1997 identity and politics.

For More information - http://www.rokebygallery.com/exhibitions/leung-chi-wo

200 Voices

12.01.12

Fergus Jordan

 

Darkness and light physically fragment the landscape in a manner that corresponds closely to the political connotations of division

a dialect that sits uncomfortably in this highly charged sectarian landscape.

200 Voices

12.01.12

Morgana Ferrara

 

“The cemetery of the forgotten boats”, is a plot on the island of Lampedusa where seized migrants’ boats are kept after they have made the treacherous journey from Africa to Europe - often boats and dead bodies are washed ashore serving as a constant reminder to the dangers posed to all who risk making the journey.

200 Voices

12.01.12

Sigal Yaar

The images show pieces of wood, recycled materials and found objects, which inspire my imagination.

In many ways, I feel that for me the world is a 'raw material'.

200 Voices

11.01.12

Karen Mclean

 

My local surroundings and context influence my work and practice in many ways. My interests lie in the connected history that I share with Britain, having grown up in the Caribbean and now residing in the UK.

 

I am keenly interested in the Caribbean community that came here during the Windrush period and their continued development and status as a minority community. My interests have allowed me to research as far back as slavery on the plantations and to question the continued effects of colonialism.

 

200 Voices

11.01.12

Cai and JJ

 

This image is a perfect poster for the London Olympics 2012. It represents our artistic journey from Beijing to London. We believe art is free, and creativity has no boundaries.

 

The image here is of our performance Two Artists Run Naked Across Westminster Bridge with a panda bear in 2000.

200 Voices

06.01.12

Ruchika Wason Singh

My works deal with the human habitat and existence and its relation with the environment.

As a practicing artist living and working in the urban setting of Delhi, my work has been impacted by the daily life and the processes of consumption therein.

200 Voices

05.01.12

Anna Sherbany

In “Empty Gestures” the ritual becomes a visual marker of what remains common to all people.

The singularity of the gesture is poetic as well as powerful. The increasing value of water is measured by its absence. 

The movement of the hands becomes a metaphor for human resilience.

200 Voices

30.12.11

Jael Orea Arenas

 

‘In all honesty, I don’t need much to make my work. I spend most of my time in the street, being surprised by almost everything.

I edit my photos using a very simple process, and when I need to visualize them more, I print them. I spend little time in my house, mostly at night. I like to read, listen to music, and draw.

I basically need a table, paper (to draw or write on), sunlight or light from a lamp (as I often work at night or first thing in the morning), and a computer. I also like plants, so I always have one.’

200 Voices

21.12.11

Ania Bas

This is the view from my live/work/sleep space in London.

I can't see much of the world outside whilst at my desk, to rest I usually just stare at the wall of evergreen shrubs. This keeps me focused.

My desk is my communications headquarters, R&D lab, my operations office and my conference room.

200 Voices

20.12.11

Amreen Khan

 

Amreen Khan investigates the concept of cultures, in particular her struggle between two contrasting societies, one being her origins in Pakistan and the Western society.

By looking at these cultures she is able to transfer her knowledge of these cultures into her paintings on canvas.

200 Voices

01.12.11

Susan Keshet- UK

‘I work next to Shoreham Harbour in Sussex - It's a busy harbour dealing with materials from all over the world for the construction industry.

My work addresses the world/reality as a construction so there are strong overlaps between my practice and my location.

critical writing exchanges

28.11.11

Welsh Arts Critics' Blogs from Hay Festival Kerala

Two participants of our current Welsh Arts Critics Development Programme 2011, Susie Wild and Dylan Moore, give their views from the recent Kerala edition of the Hay Festival


Susie is a freelance journalist, PR, poet, writer and editor, and a regular contributor to Buzz magazine.

Dylan is the founding editor CFUK; founding co-editor The Raconteur and alumnus of the National Theatre of Wales / Academi ‘New Critic’ scheme.

skills exchange in country

28.11.11

Curatorial exchange programme 2011: Alisa Savitskaya

Visiting Arts was delighted to support the placement of Alisa Savitskaya a senior research curator from the National Centre for Contemporary Arts (NCCA), in Russia. The program, initiated by British Council, Russia aims to support young curators from the EUNIC countries.

1mile2

28.11.11

1mile2 Cardiff

1mile² Cardiff 2011

Visiting Arts and Wales Millennium Centre hosted public events last month to celebrate the achievements of 1mile² Cardiff. Performances, activities and workshops took place on 28 & 30 October with newly commissioned dance works from India Dance Wales, Jukebox, National Dance Company Wales Associates, Nubrico, Shapez with Ballet Nimba, and Chloe Loftus with Planet Gymnastics Parkour Group.

 

200 Voices

23.11.11

Arno Baude - Vietnam

I live abroad, in South East Asia. Here, a ‘paradise’ is preserved for western tourists and investors in “amazing Thailand” and “wonderful Indonesia”. These sound like perfect getaways, but symbolize globalization to me. 

The tropics are home to extravagant plenitude as well as bitter destitution. My works show the ambivalence.

1mile2

23.11.11

1mile2 Bradford

Latest images from 1mile² Bradford

Participant David Collinson's images from the opening of Chen Hangfeng's exhibition Unnatural Selection at Cartwright Hall and pictures of the public and education workshops including Windfall co-led by Hangfeng in collaboration with local ecologist Charlie Gray.

1mile2

23.11.11

1mile2 Guelph

Latest news from 1mile² Guelph

1mile² Guelph has been running since March this year. The programme has involved a series of artists creating public interventions and events around St. George's Square and across a square mile of downtown Guelph.

 

1mile2

10.11.11

Unnatural Selection by Chen Hangfeng

Shanghai-based artist Chen Hangfeng was selected to participate in 1mile² Bradford 2009. His exhibition Unnatural Selection is now on at Cartwright Hall.

red tape

28.10.11

Red Tape - Working in the UK - Certificates of Sponsorship

Getting international artists to the UK can be a complex, difficult process and is one of the main enquiries Visiting Arts gets. This article offers guidance to how to go about the process and what you need to know as a prospective employer, and also gives you direct links to relevant web sites, to try and help you through the routes you have available.

1mile2

26.10.11

1mile2 Cardiff

1mile² Cardiff celebrations

Sunday 30 October 2011 | Wales Millennium Centre | 12:00 - 18:30

Join us for a day of free performances, workshops and exhibitions

 

This free public event will feature new dance works by award winning India Dance Wales and Jukebox Juniors – stars of TV’s Got To Dance - as well as local organisations Rubicon, Ballet Nimba, street dance trio Shapez and Chloe Loftus in collaboration with Planet Gymnastics Parkour Group. There will be a chance to try out a range of arts activities, including dance, textile and poetry workshops. The day will feature an exhibition of images of Cardiff by photographer Mahesh Shantaram (Bangalore).

 

1mile2

13.10.11

Windfall - Art & Ecology workshop, 1mile2 Bradford

Windfall - Art & Ecology Workshop

Join us for a free workshop with ecologist Charlie Gray and artist Chen Hangfeng.

The workshop is open to everyone aged 16+ on Wednesday 2 November 14:00 – 17:00

Venue: meet by the University of Bradford library entrance

 

networking events

03.10.11

Edinburgh Producers Breakfast 2011

Anna Lukaszewicz reports back from our recent Producers Breakfast in Edinburgh

contemporary myths

26.09.11

Contemporary Myths - Video

Video of the recent Contemporary Myths programme which took place in Farnham, Liverpool and Dartington

1mile2

15.09.11

1mile2 Cardiff walks

As part of 1mile² Cardiff, participants are leading a series of walks to places in the square mile significant to them.

We’re inviting you to nominate a site within Grangetown, Butetown, Adamsdown or Splott and join local artist Rabab Ghazoul and the team for a short walk to this spot. Come with friends, family, group or an individual and share why this place is important to you and why it’s worth looking at more closely.

 

visas

24.08.11

Arts Council England set to assess visa applications from foreign artists entering the UK

A new scheme will see the Arts Council assessing applications from artists applying for a visa to enter this country on the basis of their exceptional talent.

1mile2

15.08.11

1mile2 Cardiff

1mile² Cardiff is taking place until October this year in collaboration with photographer Mahesh Shantaram. 

Mahesh Shantaram is a photographer based in Bangalore, India. His work draws on the story-telling potential of landscape photography as a method of social documentary with many of his images focusing on public and social spaces. http://thecontrarian.in/

 

1mile² Cardiff takes place in Butetown, Grangetown and Splott and invites local people to participate online and in activities, events and performances. As part of the initiative, professional and community dance companies will create new work, inspired by the people of the square mile and in response to local and global cultural and environmental issues.

 

curators visits

03.08.11

Russian Federation Museum & Gallery Curators’ UK Study Visit

In May Visiting Arts, in partnership with British Council and the Vladimir Potanin Foundation Moscow, delivered a 10-day study visit for a group of museum curators from across the Russian Federation.

cultural contact point

03.08.11

Latest News from the Cultural Contact Point

Results for cooperation projects application published


The results for the 2010 call for cooperation projects have been published. The selected projects led by UK organisations are:

contemporary myths

03.08.11

Contemporary Myths III

The third edition of Visiting Arts’ Contemporary Myths programme took place this month in Farnham, Liverpool and Dartington.

news

03.08.11

Visiting Arts - State of Play

Since the Arts Council England’s decision to cut Visiting Arts from its portfolio, we have had a very great number of letters of support. In particular, from artists and arts organisations who have told us how much the work we do has benefitted them, their practice and their audiences. It is clear that the role of international artists in articulating the contemporary condition is more important now than ever and the Visiting Arts way of identifying those artists, linking them with UK artists, finding a platform for their work and creating conditions for the public to benefit from their experiences and perspectives is valued, valuable and current.

curators visits

01.08.11

LINKS Research trip to Ljubljana

LINKS Research trip to Ljubljana – 20th – 24th June


In partnership between Contemporary Art Society and The British Council, Slovenia


Visiting Arts, in partnership with The Contemporary Art Society, and The British council, Slovenia, invited10 UK based gallery and museum curators to attend the research and development programme in Ljubljana and Maribor, Slovenia.

critical writing exchanges

23.06.11

Welsh Arts Critics Development Programme 2011 Successful Participants Announcement

Visiting Arts, is working in partnership with Wales Arts International, to deliver a development programme for Welsh Arts Critics. Designed to develop coverage and critical discussion of Welsh arts, the intensive workshop and subsequent bespoke programme, will provide an opportunity to critique work together and explore the role of the art critic. The course will be led by Linda Christmas, a former arts journalist and experienced teacher of journalism.

1mile2

22.06.11

1mile2 Cardiff

1mile² Cardiff 2011

1mile² Cardiff launches with the arrival of photographer Mahesh Shantaram.

1mile² Cardiff is a new arts, environment and community programme that inspires people to explore their neighbourhoods. Taking place in Butetown, Grangetown and Splott until October, the project invites local people to participate in activities and events. Professional and community dancers will create new work, inspired by the square mile and in response to local and global cultural and environmental issues.

 

skills exchange in country

06.06.11

Korea-UK Connection 2011: Performing Arts Festivals Research Exchange Visit participants

Visiting Arts is working in partnership with the Korea Arts Management Service (KAMS) to encourage and support collaborative exchange in the performing arts between the two countries. Recruitment has now taken place for the 2011 exchange, and we are very pleased to announce that the following organisations will be taking part:

interviews

12.05.11

The Silent Zone of the World - Lemi Ponifasio

‘The Silent Zone of the World’

INTERVIEW WITH CHOREOGRAPHER LEMI PONIFASIO by Kelly Carmichael

fellowships

14.04.11

Roddy Buchanan/ Sharjah residency

By Kelly Carmichael

Robert Rauschenberg could not have put it more succinctly – "the artist's job is to be a witness to his time in history”. This idea of artist as witness is not a new one. Historically and across all art forms the role of artists to observe, announce, document and translate is central to our knowledge of the past. From Japanese floating world prints to hieroglyphics in Egyptian tombs, James Joyce’s Dubliners to Picasso’s Guernica, artists have contributed strongly to recording the existence of and providing evidence for our understanding of historical events and social circumstance. The artist, however, is more than a passive witness of events – whether monumental or everyday. They are an active participant in the unfolding of their own particular time in history.

artist to artist

11.04.11

Artist to Artist 2011 - The Participants

Visiting Arts and The Delfina Foundation are pleased to announce the participants of Artist to Artist International 2011. Building upon 6 previous years of intensely personal exchanges between UK and international artists, the 2011 Artist to Artist programme sees Onya McCausland host Khaled Hafez (Egypt) and Gayle Chong Kwan host Ines Jerray (Tunisia).

cultural profiles

04.04.11

Afghanistan Cultural Profile Re-Launch

The Afghanistan Cultural Profile is a comprehensive English-language guide to arts and cultural organisations in Afghanistan.

1mile2

31.03.11

1mile2 Guelph launches

1mile² Guelph launches as Canada's first square mile

On Wednesday 30 March, 1mile² Guelph was officially launched at Guelph Youth Music Centre. The event featured a lecture by artist Mary Mattingly as part of the Big Ideas on Art and Culture series and a multimedia performance by Bob Wiseman.

This innovative eight-month project will involve local and international artists exploring how we live, work and act together. Working collaboratively with local ecologists, architects, activists, community leaders, students and residents, the project will run until November 2011. The artists will engage Guelph's many communities through installations, conversations, workshops and public interventions about the city, its urban development, cultural legacy and sustainable future.

 

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news

30.03.11

Visiting Arts and Arts Council England National Portfolio

Visiting Arts is very disappointed at the ACE decision not to include us in its core portfolio.

We believe there is a need for an organisation championing international artists’ work in the UK now more than ever.

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1mile2

29.03.11

1mile2 Guelph

1mile² Guelph 2011 brings together international, Canadian and Guelph artists with community participants, activists, leaders, architects, facilitators, designers and creative researchers. Using collaborative processes, the artists will explore the limits of the built and natural environments of a square mile of downtown Guelph around St. George's Square.

working internationally

18.03.11

Call to organisations – How will you maintain your international working? How will we hear the international artists voices?

With recent events in the Middle East and beyond, there is a greater imperative for these international voices to be heard and, in particular for the voices of the artists to have a platform.

But, the current funding cuts from public and other bodies are starting to affect organisations up and down the United Kingdom. Where will you make your cuts internally? Is it the research and training budgets? The international links and residencies that will suffer? In addition, the mechanisms in place to finance bringing international work into the country are diminishing rapidly. Our research shows that the main funding for incoming work for international artists is now from the Arts Councils and with heavy demands on this reduced funding, will this strand of work suffer disproportionately?

interviews

10.03.11

Lost Languages And Other Voices - Joy Gregory Retrospective


If Visiting Arts’ ‘Future Thinking’ document is the philosophy behind artist residencies and intercultural dialogue, Joy Gregory is the practice. Over the last 25 years her work has evolved from and explored the characteristics and dynamics of international residencies and exemplified how ‘space’ can become ‘place’ when given connection, context and meaning. An upcoming interview with Joy Gregory will attempt to draw out exactly what is at the heart of an international residency experience and, at a time when dialogue has never been so important, what role residencies and cultural practitioners can play in intercultural understanding.

interviews

09.03.11

Artist Voices - Voices from the Middle East

Two young artists give contrasting views of how the current political events are affecting their practice

1mile2

07.02.11

Artists in Conversation - Gohar Dashti

Artist talk: Gohar Dashti in conversation with Adam Knights (Arts Projects Manager, Visiting Arts)
Thursday 24 February 2011, 19:00 - 20:00
The Delfina Foundation
29 Catherine Place, London SW1E 6DY
Free. Rsvp required.

Photographer Gohar Dashti has been in residence at Impressions Gallery, Bradford and will be artist-in-residence at The Delfina Foundation in February, taking part in 1mile², a Visiting Arts initiative that connects artists, ecologists and communities through creative engagement. At this event, Gohar will present past and present work and will reflect on her time in the UK exploring the influence of recent experiences on her practice.

producers visits

27.01.11

Eckhard Thiemann – Reflections On The UK Korea Producers Visit

By Kelly Carmichael

Visiting Arts runs a successful programme of ambitious research visits abroad which seek to provide UK curators and producers with an opportunity to expand their knowledge of international art practice in a specific overseas context. Having recently signed an agreement with the Korea Arts Management Service (KAMS) to promote and support collaborative exchange between the Korean and UK cultural scenes, a Producers’ Visit to the South Korean capital was undertaken in Autumn 2010. Working in partnership with KAMS, Visiting Arts sought to enable participants to develop professional networks between Korea and the UK and encourage collaborative exchange in the performing arts between the two countries.

1mile2

27.01.11

1mile2 Bradford - Gohar Dashti

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GOHAR DASHTI Profile - guest edited by Kelly Carmichael
The latest in a series of innovative residencies sees Iranian photographer Gohar Dashti head to Bradford in the north of England for four weeks from late January 2011. Part of Visiting Arts’ 1mile² (www.square-mile.net) programme, her residency is supported by City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council and DCMS. While in residence at Impressions Gallery, Dashti will collaborate with ecologist Charlie Gray and lead a photographic mapping project with Bradford’s local community.

news

12.01.11

Leading artists from around the world head up first commissions for the London 2012 Festival

Cate Blanchett, Toni Morrison, Olafur Eliasson, David Hockney, Mike Leigh, Jude Law and Damon Albarn, Rufus Norris & Jamie Hewlett head the line-up of artists featured in the first group of commissions and special projects for the London 2012 Festival, recently announced. The finale of the Cultural Olympiad, the London 2012 Festival will be a 12-week UK-wide cultural celebration. Opening on Midsummer’s Day 21 June 2012 and running until the last day of the London 2012 Paralympic Games on 9 September 2012, the Festival will provide an outstanding summer of arts and creativity in the UK.

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contemporary myths

10.01.11

Contemporary Myths 2011

Plans are going ahead for a new chapter of Contemporary Myths to take place next spring in Turkey.

Contemporary Myths is an intercultural and international collaboration project bringing together theatre makers from different countries to share practice, explore ideas and gain a deeper understanding of artistic contexts. The theme of myth is one which transcends cultural boundaries, providing a broad frame of reference to explore the use of myth or adaptation of myth in contemporary performance.

visas

10.01.11

Visa update - Biometric Residence Permit Rollout

From 14th December highly skilled workers, temporary workers and their dependants successfully applying to extend their stay under Tiers 1 and 5 of the Points Based System will receive a Biometric Residence Permit.

1mile2

06.01.11

1mile² Bradford update

During November, Impressions Gallery hosted a series of photography walks for local participants who explored and documented the diverse cultures and environments of Great Horton and Little Horton.

literature lab

05.01.11

Literature LAB - Writers Exchange 2010

Visiting Arts, West Dean College (West Sussex) worked together in inviting two poets who write in Arabic, to take part in a one week residency in the Sussex Downs for the first week of November 2010.

Nujoom al-Ghanem is an Emirati writer who combines popular writing with challenging contemporary verse. Fadhil al-Azzawi originally from Iraq, now based in Berlin, has developed an extraordinary international reputation for his perceptive and entertaining verse and performance.Nujoom and Fadhil participated in Poetry International at the South Bank Centre, London from Saturday 30 Oct to Sunday 7 Nov, where they discussed their practice as poets and they time at West Dean.

Below Greg Mosse writer, translator and creative writing teacher recalls his experience with the poets and their residency

cultural contact point

08.12.10

Would you like to promote your Culture programme supported event?

Would you like to promote your Culture programme supported event?

In order to promote ongoing European funded projects, the EU Cultural Contact Point would like to feature events and news related to these projects in its monthly newsletter.

1mile2

03.11.10

1mile2 Smethwick

1mile² Smethwick

Sunday 7 November 12:00 – 14:00

Paul Stephenson from the Wildlife Trust and local artist Melanie Tomlinson will be leading a nature walk as part of 1mile² Smethwick. Join the walk and explore the plants, insects, animals found in the area during autumn and help us plan a route for a new permanent art & nature trail for Smethwick.

Image © Arif Mahmood 2009

 

1mile2

26.10.10

1mile2 Bradford 2010 launches

1mile² Bradford 2010 launches Thursday 28 October

Impressions Gallery, ecologist Charlie Gray, photographer Gohar Dashti together with local people will explore the plants, people and cultures that make up the Little and Great Horton neighbourhoods of Bradford. Free workshops and events taking place between now and mid-December will include guided walks, photography workshops and discussions and take place at Impressions Gallery and around the square mile.

Find out more at the Open Day in the Studio at Impressions Gallery on 28 October 2010 from 11.30am to 2.00pm or contact sarahdeane@impressions-gallery.com or call Sarah Deane on 01274 737843.

Please see http://www.impressions-gallery.com/news/news.php?id=49 for more information

Image courtesy of Gohar Dashti

news

13.10.10

What people say about us - Jodi Myers

"In my experience Visiting Arts plays a key role in promoting and supporting cultural understanding and collaboration in increasingly innovative ways. Its small team is skilled and knowledgeable and the organisation is “light on its feet”, enabling it to get things done with the minimum of fuss" Jodi Myers, independent arts consultant

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cultural attache network

11.10.10

Cultural Attaché Visit to Liverpool, September 2010

Coinciding with the opening two days of the Liverpool Biennial Festival of Contemporary Art, Visiting Arts organised a visit to Liverpool by a group of nine cultural attachés on 18 – 20 September.

interviews

04.10.10

International Mobility

 

VA's European Information Officer, Christoph Jankowski talks about International mobility matters for the development of culture, creativity and best practise at home and abroad. First published in ArtsProfessional 221, 5 July 2010. www.artsprofessional.co.uk

producers visits

10.08.10

Korea-UK Connection 2010: Producers’ Research Visit

Visiting Arts is working in partnership with the Korea Arts Management Service (KAMS) to encourage and support collaborative exchange in the performing arts between the two countries.

curators visits

29.07.10

Russian Federation Museum Curators’ UK Study Visit

In June Visiting Arts, in partnership with British Council and the Vladimir Potanin Foundation Moscow, delivered a 10-day study visit for a group of museum curators from across the Russian Federation. The visit was a prize for the winners of the best submission to the Vladimir Potanin Foundation’s Changing Museums in a Changing World competition.

cultural attache network

28.07.10

Newsgathering: the inside story

On June 8, 15 cultural attachés joined Visiting Arts and the European Commission Representation in the UK at a visit to the ITN news studios.

newsletters

16.06.10

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Our free monthly e-newsletter has the latest information on VA's activities and opportunities, along with a whole host of news stories on the arts and culture sector in the UK and aboard: sector news, funding opportunities, calls for artists, key events and more!

sharing events

01.05.10

Perspectives on contemporary Iranian theatre practice

On 19 April 2010 Visiting Arts held a sharing session, hosted by Soho Theatre, about the experiences of UK directors and producers who travelled to Iran with Visiting Arts in January 2010. The event was attended by a group of over 30 UK producers, directors and cultural practitioners.

Image courtesy of Christa Holka. Left to right: Gavin Stride, Kevin Dyer, Sarah Chew, Sabrina Smith-Noble, Kate McGrath, Lisa Goldman, Jeremy Raison.

1mile2

20.04.10

1mile² - Richard Layzell in Shanghai

UK based artist Richard Layzell talks about his experience in Shanghai as part of the 1mile² programme 2009.

working internationally

20.04.10

Tips for approaching UK galleries and curators for international visual artists

Part of our series of helpsheets which are useful starting points for anyone planning to present arts in the UK

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working internationally

20.04.10

Tips for approaching music producers and presenters in the UK

Part of our series of helpsheets which are useful starting points for anyone planning to present arts in the UK

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working internationally

20.04.10

Tips for approaching UK producers and presenters: Theatre & Dance

Part of our series of helpsheets which are useful starting points for anyone planning to present arts in the UK

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twitter

09.03.10

producers visits

01.03.10

VA producers' visit to Infecting the City Festival, Cape Town, 2010

Visiting Arts led a delegation of nine practitioners on an inspiring week-long visit to Cape Town in February, 2010.

The first three days of the trip were a whirlwind tour of performances around the centre of the city, taking us to churches, monuments, shopping malls, street corners, gardens and public squares. The second day ended with Bill Gee, Andrew Mitchelson, and Bradley Hemmings on the couch with Brett Bailey for a critical discussion about festival curation, commissioning new performance in light of Infecting the City’s New Collaborative Works model.

critical writing exchanges

26.10.09

Rachel Apsden's journey to the heart of Islam

One of VA's original young critics, Rachel Apsden, travels to a remote madrasa in Yemen to find out what draws young western women to a life of strict religious study.

cultural leadership

30.09.09

International Exchange Placement Programme Update

The International Exchange Placement pilot programme, with support from the Cultural Leadership Programme (CLP) was run throughout 2009. It provided UK organisations with a three-month international exchange, followed by a three-month hosting period, with a focus on intercultural understanding, international leadership competencies and the art of intercultural hosting.

Organisations who took part in the programme were:

  • Central St Martin’s College of Art and Design with P3 art & environment/Beppu Project (Japan);
  • Jack Drum Arts with Listen Up! (USA);
  • Liverpool Biennial with Shanghai University College of Fine Art (China).

news

30.08.09

Understanding art and culture in Iraq-Kurdistan

Andrew Mitchelson of the Live Art Development Agency reports back on his research trip - part funded by VA - to Iraq Kurdistan earlier this year and the contemporary art scene that is thriving there against all the odds.

cultural profiles

02.04.09

Slovakia cultural profile launch

The Slovakia Cultural Profile is a joint initiative between Visiting Arts, British Council and the Ministry of Culture in Slovakia that was launched in Bratislava in March, as part of Visiting Arts' growing collection of country Cultural Profiles.