This website brings together the creative and digital communities of Brighton and Hove and the academic and student communities of local universities and colleges.
It is primarily aimed at students, researchers and academics, to let them know about some of the established creative and digital user groups who meet up regularly in Brighton. Students rarely attend these groups and that's a real shame, as the groups are open, friendly and welcome all newcomers.
The web address is: www.brightonbrains.org
Rehearsal Space London is a unique online directory of theatre companies, arts establishments and community sector groups with rehearsal space for hire.
Whatever your space-hire needs, Rehearsal Space London provides you with an accessible list of spaces, which suit a wide range of activities and budgets.
A useful resource for emerging directors, producers, artists and creative groups looking for London-based rehearsal space.
The site, which is free for all writers, allows users to upload their screenplays and to showcase their work to producers, agents and directors. Circalit allows writers to manage their fanbase, receive feedback, collaborate with other writers, share tips and become part of an ever-growing network of writers, critics and industry professionals.
Circalit is the first ever dedicated social networking site for screenwriters. Though a few other sites allow users to read and discuss their screenplays, Circalit is the first site to incorporate the next generation of social networking features, a comprehensive review and ratings system that allows you to break down your feedback into different categories, and the ability to selectively control who you want to share your screenplay with. Unlike the previous generation of social networking sites, Circalit is simple and intuitive and designed specifically for a single purpose - to empower screenwriters to take control over the way their screenplays are marketed.
The mission of Circalit is to digitalise, democratise and revolutionize the way screenplays are sold by writers to producers and agents.
Visit Circalit at: http://beta.circalit.com/
The Green Room is a a dedicated creative, digital & PR recruitment agency.
Named after the room where VIP's & performers wait until they are required on stage, The Green Room is a specialist, personal search and selection service.
With so much focus on the South East and London the creative and digital sector up North has often leaked talent. Dedicated to giving creative and digital professionals the chance to shine with some of the best-known agencies the Green Room is focused on keeping rising stars and our home-grown talent up North. Whilst also attracting new talent from the Southern regions.
"Great relationships are essential, there has to be chemistry. Whether you are a client looking to recruit new staff or a young star looking for a greater challenge it is important that the role is cast perfectly," explains Keith.
The Green Room specialises in permanent and freelance recruitment for the creative and digital sector in the North of England and Scotland.
Rhizome is an online platform for the global new media art community. Their programs support the creation, presentation, discussion and preservation of contemporary art that uses new technologies in significant ways. Mailing lists serve as a forum for the exchange of opportunities and resources, and also for new media art - related discussion and critical debate. Rhizome online publications cover the new media art field, and include original writing by artists, critics, curators and journalists.
Launched in November 2001, the Rhizome Commissions Program makes financial support available to artists for the creation of innovative new media artwork via panel - awarded commissions. Requests for proposals (RFPs) will change from year to year to reflect new developments in technology and the current cultural environment.
Founded in 1999, the ArtBase is an online archive of new media art including some 1,600 projects. Encompassing software art, websites, performance and websites by artists from around the world, the ArtBase is the largest and most diverse archive of its kind, and features artist statements and biographies along with each entry. The TextBase contains the discussion and critical writing that has passed through Rhizome's mailing lists which were both founded in 1996.
The organization takes its name from the botanical term for an underground stem that connects plants into living networks, a metaphor for the organization's non-hierarchical structure.
Visit Rhizome at: http://www.rhizome.org/
NESTA (the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts) is a unique and independent body with a mission to make the UK more innovative.
NESTA invests in early-stage companies, informs and shapes policy, and delivers practical programmes that inspire others to solve the big challenges of the future.
Visit the NESTA website to read the latest reports and publications on the future of innovation in the UK, find out about forthcoming events and check for vacancies.
Lindgren + Smith represent artists and illustrators.
Pat Lidgren and Piper Smith met in an art buyers office back in 1987 where they were both bidding on the same job. Afterwards, tired and hungry, they went out for a cup of coffee and Lindgren & Smith was born. (Much better to join forces than try to outbid one another!)
Lindgren & Smith represent some of the top commercial illustrators in the country and have world wide access to clients.
"Most of all, we are easy to talk to and will make every effort to make your assignment an award winner."
Take a look at their blog for an up to date look at what's happening now.
For representation inquiries: email one or two jpgs and a link to your site. If interested, Lindgren & Smith will reply.
If you wish to submit work for consideration please adhere to the following guidelines:
- Send an email to email@example.com
- Include one or two jpegs of your artwork
- If you have a website, please include the URL in the email as well.
Please be assured that Lindgren & Smith do look at these emails, but due to the volume, cannot respond to all inquiries.
Visit the website to see portfolios of illustrators currently represented by the artists' agency Lindgren + Smith:
Into The Storm is an online style magazine that combines intelligent writing with web-specific design innovations. The magazine asks philosophical questions, inviting the reader to ponder on, 'How far can you go when everyone has the same starting point?'
As well as strong editorial content the magazine offers links to event calendars and unique design features. Into The Storm is both stimulating and inspirational - a must for anyone studying creative arts or hoping to enter the industry.
Learn more online at: www.intothestorm.com
ipodscrubs.com is a new independent site which aims to create a
wealth of content for iPods whilst promoting the work of animators. Whilst
most of us still think of the iPod predominantly as an audio device, ipodscrubs
show how easy it is to create animation with an iPod.
The site is currently accepting submissions from animators, graphic and video artists,
and 3D designers. Visit the Gallery section of the site to sample some content
and see what works on your iPod.
Animations, and stills sequences that are selected are added to the site in the
'Gallery' area. The site draws thousands of unique visitors each day and is attracting
growing attention and good reviews worldwide. Your 'scrub' will be credited and
we provide a link to your site.
Tutorials are available at www.ipodscrubs.com
Submit your work via the site.
ACID (Anti Copying In Design) is a hard-hitting action group committed to fighting intellectual property (IP) theft.
The powerful ACID logo is an internationally recognised symbol of deterrence and design protection - helping to protect members from devastating financial damage inflicted by intellectual property infringement.
ACID has a broad, influential membership base - textile designers & manufacturers, jewellers, furniture manufacturers, giftware designers, architects, fashion designers, interior accessory producers, graphic designers... over 1,000+ member companies...... with one shared voice.
To date there have been over 300 settlements with over £3 million recovered in costs and damages and ACID has managed 2000+ mediations at grass roots. Less than 30% required further legal intervention.
ACID membership is by subscription but it does offer multiple benefits:
- Acid Branding
- Acid Legal Support
- Acid Design Data Bank
- Acid Legal Hotline
Knowledge of IP rights is a key strength providing a sound preventative and deterrent strategy against design theft. ACID has a formidable track record of successful settlements against IP theft.
This area of the British Council's website provides a wealth of up-to-date, accurate information about English Language Teaching qualifications. These pages are essential reading not only for those seeking work in the many British Council teaching centers but to any student or graduate trying to understand the difference between TEFL and TESOL or plan a career in English Language Teaching.
Your Creative Future is a basic (but useful) guide to education and career opportunities across the creative industries. You can use the site to find out more about the creative industries, discover the wide range of careers available, read interviews with creative people, link up to helpful websites and find guides to useful books, magazines and other sources of information.
There are also guides to a variety of educational paths into the creative industries.
The South West Arts Marketing site offers:
• downloadable guides
• market modelling data
• details of the region's groundbreaking audience development projects
- and much more.
SWAM's mission is to add value to arts marketing activity in the South West by providing strategic services and support to artists and arts organisations wishing to increase and broaden their audiences. For more information about the FREE services SWAM provide for individuals and organisations please visit: www.swam.org.uk
Every year NABS supports over 4,000 people working in advertising, design, direct and digital marketing, media sales, buying and planning, public relations and sales promotion and many more hoping to enter these fields.
If you are considering entering any aspect of the marketing industry the NABS graduate careers advisor is there to help you work out your strategy.
NABS provides a range of services for people in the marketing communications industry. These include providing the NABS Flatshare list, the Fast Forward training course, careers advice and use of computers and office space and a helpline for any question you may have (personal or professional).
"We support unsigned, undiscovered and under the radar music"
BBC Introducing has brought all of the BBC's supporters of unsigned music together to nurture the freshest artists across the UK. If you're making music, there are people here that want to hear from you.
Your music could be played on the family of BBC radio shows, broadcast nationwide every week.
If you can show real talent, you could even secure yourself a slot on the BBC Introducing stage at major events and festivals like Glastonbury, Reading & Leeds or the BBC's Electric Proms.
BBC Introducing also invites the very best new acts to record sessions at the BBC's world famous Maida Vale studios.
Also on the site is a list of the current festivals that the BBC are involved with around the UK, as well as the opportunity to get involved with your local BBC Introducing show and find out about other interesting new artists in your area.
So, what are you waiting for? Upload your music now and let people hear what you've got to offer.
A national development agency providing information on training and professional development opportunities for writers at all stages of their careers.
The site offers regularly updated information on courses, mentoring, critical appraisal services, conferences and events, jobs, commissions, residencies, competitions, organisations, networks, training providers, books, magazines, and funding for writers' professional development.
The Literary Consultancy, The UK’s leading manuscript assessment service, provides expert, market-aware editorial advice to writers at all levels writing in English.
Founded in 1996, The Literary Consultancy is recommended by The Arts Council England and major publishing houses, and holds a strong track record of helping writers get into print.
Carcanet is one of the outstanding independent literary publishers of our time. Carcanet's dynamic website offers writers (and readers) a huge variety of services and opportunities.
Author biographies, portraits, book descriptions and book covers, supplementary interviews, reviews and articles and a growing sound archive, make this a delightful and inexhaustible primary information, research and reader development resource for authors, poets, general readers, students and teachers.
The Carcanet site also provides a regular flow of news about contemporary literature and literary events and an opportunity to join their weekly e-letter.
Internship, work experience and manuscript submission guidelines and contact details are all detailed at:
A news and recruitment site for journalists working online and in print media.
Journalism.co.uk provides jobs listings, training information and editorial content including advice for those considering freelancing such as the excellent article 'How to Get Paid on Time' by John Thompson.
Over the past 12 years hundreds of thousands of English language teaching professionals have used TEFL.com as their primary resource for career advancement. Many who joined TEFL early on as new teachers have moved on to senior positions in institutions around the world, with some even creating their own language businesses in exotic locations.
Over the years, and in consultation with our members and visitors, TEFL has continued to innovate and provide today's teachers and employers with the tools necessary to stay ahead in the fast moving world of English Language Teaching (ELT).
TEFL is continuing to develop new and exciting career and enterprise tools for the new teacher; the experienced teacher; and the international language organisations who have all offered support over the past 12 years.
Skillset manages and distributes a range of training funds for the creative media industries which are supported by industry, Government and the National Lottery. Find out what funding you are eligible for.
Skillset is the Sector Skills Council (SSC) for Creative Media which comprises TV, film, radio, interactive media, animation, computer games, facilities, photo imaging and publishing.
Their aim is to support the improvements to the productivity of our industry to ensure that it remains globally competitive. They do this by influencing and leading; developing skills, training and education policy; and through opening up the industries to the UK's pool of diverse talent.
Skillset conducts consultation work with industry, publishes research and strategic documents, runs funding schemes and project work, and provides information about the challenges that face the industry and what is needed to overcome them.
They also provide impartial media careers advice for aspiring new entrants and established industry professionals, online, face to face and over the phone. Whether you are a freelancer looking for training information, a student seeking careers advice or a public agency partner, Skillset aims to provide you with easy access to the information you may require.
Arts Thread offers students and graduates an individual, well-designed online portfolio as well as additional benefits such as information on current design grants, competitions, internships and exhibitions, as well as practical how-to guides and live forums where they can interact with other creative students and graduates.
ARTS THREAD focuses on four main creative sectors:
Visual Communication (graphics, llustration, typography, digital, advertising)
Creative Torbay aims to connect Creative and Cultural producers and consumers across the S/W of England and beyond. It is free to register and at the heart of the site is a user driven creative and cultural directory. Members with profiles can launch events, add news and jobs items. These are bundled up weekly and sent out to everyone who has registered at the site in an e-bulletin.
There is also information about funding and career development opportunities for those in the Torbay area as well as a 'creative space agency' where you can list or appeal for space to work, rehearse or exhibit.
Beyond the PhD is a career resource tailored specifically for arts and humanities PhD researchers. This web resource, which is freely accessible, offers a rare opportunity to listen in on the experiences of people who have been through the PhD in an arts and humanities discipline and made the transition into a variety of work beyond it. Their candid personal reflections on facing challenges, responding to opportunities and reaching decisions are captured in almost 300 audio clips.
In addition to biographical interviews, this site also features articles by those with a personal or professional interest in the career development of PhD researchers. For example, how can we interpret the statistical data pertaining to the career destinations of arts and humanities PhDs? And do employers outside academia perceive PhD researchers in the arts and humanities as being over-educated but under-qualified? And, if so, how can this perception be challenged?
There are also video clips of small group discussions about similar issues from a professional perspective. In the first group, careers advisers discuss the nature of career guidance and what PhD researchers might expect to gain from it; the range of work that arts and humanities postgraduates are drawn into; and how the PhD thesis can be reframed, and the postgraduate experience translated, in applications for non-academic jobs.
Beyond the PhD is a good place to explore possible career paths within and outside academia, but it aims to complement rather than replace the existing support for PhD researchers. It brings together audio interviews, video discussions and articles aimed at making visible what happens to postgraduate researchers after they graduate.
A select list of related online and print resources is available via our links page.
Explore the site at: http://www.beyondthephd.co.uk
The Institute of Practitioners in Advertising (IPA) now has a new careers microsite, aimed at graduates interested in a career in the advertising industry. The site is divided into three main sections:
What exactly is advertising? How do I become part of it? How can the IPA help me?
All of these areas have subsections with advice and detailed information on the specific topic.The site offers is breakdown of the different agency types, details of different job functions within advertising and an interesting area called 'creative briefcase.'
The site is also the best place to find out about the latest industry news, read blogs written by leading figures and explore new vacancies.
The microsite is free to access, but you will need to complete the (free) registration process to view some content.
PR Couture is a respected online resource for successful, emerging and aspiring fashion publicists, designers, students, and educators to share tips, tricks, challenges, and commentary about the role of public relations in the fashion industry.
Launched in December 2006, PR Couture quickly evolved into an industry must-read: a true insiders' guide to the realities of the job. Featuring real-life examples of the power of smart, strategic PR, we tackle everything from how to self-promote as a designer to which courses and programs are best for students looking at fashion PR as a future career. Engaging interviews with successful fashion PR practitioners, fashion PR agency news, and insider tips from fashion editors and industry pioneers provides relevant, inspiring and authentic content.
PR Couture was created in response to the lack of a credible, honest, and engaging forum about fashion public relations online. PR Couture believes that by sharing ideas and engaging in relevant debate, we enhance our skills, and increase the value of community within our chosen field. They are also said to be tired of the stereotype that fashion publicists are more concerned with air-kisses than credibility. PR Couture aligns itself with the PRSA mission to unify, strengthen and advance the profession of public relations and believes that by providing a forum for the fashion public relations specialty online, we are in service of those goals.
Although the website is based in America (meaning that the jobs advertised are in the US), the information and insider blogs and tips can be useful to potential workers within fashion PR in Britain.
Profiles Creative is one of the UK's leading Creative Recruitment Consultancies. They are niche recruitment specialists covering the full creative spectrum - Creative, Marketing, PR and Fashion & Retail, with an extensive network of top candidates within the creative industry.
PC recruit across the full Creative spectrum with specialist sectors in Creative, Marketing, PR and Fashion & Retail. These are classed as specialist sectors within the 'Creative' branch as there is a consistent creative thread running through them all. Our clients span both agency and client side, ranging from start-ups to world-renowned organisations. Whether you want to recruit senior or junior, contract or permanent, Profiles Creative only recruit candidates that are at the top of their game. The client expectation is high: to provide candidates who will deliver on-time, on-budget and on-brief, produce fresh and innovative work and ultimately help them succeed in beating the competition. Today, more than ever, companies need specialised, professional service partners for their Creative recruitment needs. At Profiles Creative, you will find the experience and industry knowledge to expertly deliver on your briefs.
FashionPR is a portal specializing in the fashion industry and all its related cousins, including: photography, illustration, design, hair, beauty, lifestyle and the arts.
Whether you want to browse the latest batch of industry press releases, read about the new seasons trends or need PR assistance for your business, FashionPR is here to help. Along with providing services in-house we also work with industry professionals to ensure that we can cater to a wide range of PR needs.
The site provides a broad spectrum of information, insight and links related to journalism.
This small but packed website offers industry short and postgraduate courses in journalism, details of industry events, awards, and job vacancies.
The London College of Fashion's short courses are aimed at a wide variety of people interested in the fashion, make-up and life-style industries and encourage everyone, from beginners to industry professionals, to develop new or existing skills. Courses run in the evening, Saturdays or as intensive daytime workshops throughout the year to fit round your commitments.
For links to the short courses available, go to:
Now, more than ever, they are engaging with the creative, commercial and social issues that surround and shape the widening world of fashion. The Graduate School offers a broad variety of subject areas encouraging an interdisciplinary approach amongst courses. From 2009 the College is offering a NEW PG Diploma in Pattern Design and Garment Construction and from 2010 an Executive MBA Fashion aimed at managers in the fashion and retail industries.
For links to widely acclaimed graduate courses, ranging from 2 year MA's to 15 weeks PG Cert. -
This site tells you what it's like to teach at the Open University (OU) and about the duties of associate lecturers. (Associate lecturer is the formal title of the staff who tutor our students.)
As an associate lecturer you would offer learning support to students through:
- - teaching and assessment (online and for some courses by post )
- - individual contact by email, phone or post
- - group tutorials and day schools (face to face or online).
Associate lecturers are normally employed and supported by one of thirteen regional/national centres which are located throughout the UK and the Republic of Ireland. Our main campus is located in Milton Keynes.
For more information, visit: http://www3.open.ac.uk/employment/tutors/main_1.shtm
Engage is the lead professional association promoting understanding and enjoyment of the visual arts through advocacy, professional development, and action-research.
Engage has a membership of over 1200, including c. 500 galleries, museums and arts centres across the UK – listed on the teachers’ database www.galleryfinder.org - and a growing international membership.
Engage is core funded by Arts Council England, with project funders including Scottish Arts Council, Arts Council Wales and the European Commission (Socrates)
Engage has a vital role, nationally and internationally, to research and reflect on good practice and professionalism in the special contribution that the visual arts can make to education. - Sir Ken Robinson
Engage, 108 Old Brompton Road, London SW7 3RA, UK
phone: 0207 244 0110
For more details, including membership, visit: www.engage.org
A free job vacancies service provided for the education community. There is no cost to the user and it is free to employers wishing to advertise their vacancies.
Most of the vacancies advertised on the Vacancies service are within the UK academic sector. Jobs are arranged under subject headings based on the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) subject categories plus extra ones to include university services, support and administration, research posts and short-term contracts.
Each vacancy is listed with brief summary details for quick reference and with a link to a fuller description. Each job entry in the summary list includes the job title, location of job, salary and closing date for application. To find out more about each job the user should select the job title to see a fuller description including how to apply for that job. A job may appear in more than one subject area if appropriate. For users who browse the pages regularly the 'latest additions' list which covers each week's new jobs is an easy way of keeping up to date with recent advertisements.
East Street Arts (ESA) is a visual arts organisation that supports the careers of emerging and established artists by providing quality studio spaces, training, professional development and advice. Alongside this, ESA’s public programme strives to develop varied communities’ engagement in contemporary art through events such as exhibitions and participatory events in ESA’s project space and at off-site locations.
ESA Patrick Studios, St Marys Lane, Leeds LS9 7EH
+44 (0)113 248 0040
Doollee aims to list EVERY Play written or produced in English since 1956 including up to date information about Playwrights, Literary Agents and Play Publishers. Possibly the most extensive and meaningful Plays database in the world!
Use the site to search for any one of the 13,000+ Playwrights listed or information on over 43,000 modern Plays.
doollee.com is collaborating with Play Publishers to showcase their new plays and theatre books and to provide complete links for all their publications. As each new play is published links to a complete information page will give full details of characterisation, staging and synopsis with direct links to purchase the play from the publisher. There is also information about all the latest theatre books.
do-it.org.uk was launched in 2001 with the first, and still the only, national database of volunteering opportunities in the UK.
do-it.org.uk is part of the charity YouthNet. They are non-profit-making and do not charge organisations to register their opportunities or people to use the database.
The majority of opportunities on do-it come from local Volunteer Centres in England. These organisations have been provided with hardware, software and training by do-it so that they can upload their vacancies onto the do-it database. In addition, some national organisations post their opportunities directly on to do-it.
Read more about posting opportunities on www.do-it.org.uk
Devon Arts Culture is a dynamic and creative arts development programme offering visibility, opportunity and growth for creative practitioners working throughout the rural areas of Devon.
It aims to have real impact for artists, musicians and those in the craft sector by being a resource, a guide, a facilitator. Devon Arts Culture will protect and foster rural arts and bring the best, the traditional and the ground-breaking to the attention of a national and worldwide audience.
The Design Trust operates under the banner of Design-Nation to promote the excellence of British design internationally and to provide business support to designers wishing to set up in business. The Design Trust seeks out the best designers working in the UK to become members of Design-Nation and to promote their work and services nationally and internationally.
The Design Trust provides through its educational website www.designnation.co.uk business guidance to designers planning to set up in business. It also acts as a broker. The Design Trust has extensive experience in bridging the gap between designers and manufacturers. Advice can be provided to anyone, whether professional users, manufacturers or those who wish to commission a design, to help identify suitable designers for particular projects.
The Design Trust website contains the Business Start-Up Guide for Designers and a newsletter with information on awards, competitions, training, workshops, jobs and exhibitions. The Business Start-Up Guide, aimed at students and young designers, can be browsed online and downloaded without charge, or you can order a bound copy online, price £5 (inc. UK delivery).
You can subscribe to The Design Trust newsletter at www.thedesigntrust.co.uk/index.php?page=news and receive bi-monthly email notification that the latest newsletter is live on the site.
Demos is the think tank for everyday democracy. We believe everyone should be able to make personal choices in their daily lives that contribute to the common good. Our aim is to put this democratic idea into practice by working with organisations in ways that make them more effective and legitimate.
What we work on
We focus on six areas: public services; science and technology; cities and public space; people and communities; arts and culture; and global security.
Who we work with
Our partners include policy-makers, companies, public service providers and social entrepreneurs. Demos is not linked to any party but we work with politicians across political divides. Our international network which extends across eastern Europe, Scandinavia, Australia, Brazil, India and China provides a global perspective and enables us to work across borders.
How we work
Demos knows the importance of learning from experience. We test and improve our ideas in practice by working with people who can make change happen. Our collaborative approach means that our partners share in the creation and ownership of new ideas.
What we offer
We analyse social and political change, which we connect to innovation and learning in organisations. We help our partners show thought leadership and respond to emerging policy challenges.
How we communicate
As an independent voice, we can create debates that lead to real change. We use the media, public events, workshops and publications to communicate our ideas. All our books can be downloaded free.
This 'money map' attempts to list funding schemes that might be open to creative businesses. It also lists the funding schemes that are exclusive to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and the English regions.
At the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, we know from talking to creative businesses that raising finance can be a problem. This is because most high street banks tend to perceive them - unfairly - as a "high risk", possibly because they rely on intellectual property rather than fixed tangible assets. But there are alternatives to the traditional debt finance offered by the Banks.
We aim to update this site regularly and welcome your feedback and details of other funding schemes you may be aware of. We hope you will find it of use and will recommend it to your contacts.
Cybersoc is an online resources for social scientists and internet professionals interested in the study of cyberculture, cyberspace, computer mediated communication and online communities.
Cybersoc is edited by Robin Hamman MA MPhil. Robin has been actively involved in building, managing, and researching online communities since 1985. His articles about cyberspace have appeared in major newspapers, magazines, and five edited book collections. He's also been interviewed by the NY Times, Miami Herald, Harpers, BBC1 and others. Robin is a regular speaker at academic and industry conferences throughout Europe, has helped build communities for some of the World's leading brands, and currently works as a Community Producer at the BBC.
Culture South West's role is to help improve the quality and range of cultural activity available to those living in or visiting our region and support the further development of our creative industries.
The Cultural Enterprise Office is Scotland's specialist Business Development Service for creative and cultural practitioners and micro businesses. The service currently operates in Glasgow, Aberdeen, Dundee and Edinburgh. They provide an information and enquiry service and a Professional Development programme of seminars, training and networking events. Individuals and companies can also make an appointment for an advice session focusing on their particular business development needs.
Their website aims to complement the service by providing information resources for those setting up in business and by signposting to further sources of information and advice through the Info search.
'Creative People' is a national network providing information, advice and guidance to support all those who work in arts and craft industries in making the most of their careers.
'Creative People' is a national network of organisations. These organisations individually supply a training and professional development (CPD) information, advice and guidance service to current and aspiring arts and crafts practitioners. New knowledge and skills can greatly enhance your ability to earn a living.
The 'Creative People' network offers you a wealth of information on resources and events: workshops, conferences, courses, mentoring schemes, critical appraisal services and online toolkits. You will also find news about job opportunities and commissions. The arts connect search enables you to look for such information on the individual websites of our many partners.
Support in the art of learning a living...
Creative Capital is a free advice and information service for artists and creative professionals who live and work in London.
Creative Capital is a network of arts organisations that offer expert advice to people looking for professional career development and up-to-date information ontraining, learning and other relevant services and resources in London.
Who is it for?
Arts practitioners, creative professionals, freelancers & small creative businesses who want to:
• identify their professional development needs
• develop new skills and knowledge
• compete in the widest employment markets.
What can CreativeCapital offer you?
• access to specialist advice through the CreativeCapital network
• information about a wide range of professional development events and opportunities,through the Creative Capital egroup, website or large print monthly digest
• a directory of arts advisers and learning resources.
What is professional development?
Continuing professional development (CPD) comes in a variety of shapes and sizes, including:
• information, advice and guidance
• seminars and training
• business support
• research and publications
• conferences, away-days, retreats, summer schools
• funding for professional development
• mentoring & coaching
• apprenticeships / fellowships & other work-based learning
• networking opportunities, peer support & artist-led projects.
For more information:
You can receive regular information on opportunities, training and other professional development events by subscribing to the CreativeCapital e-group.
To subscribe, complete the form on the following page: www.creative-capital.org.uk/events.php
Creative Skills provides professional development support for practitioners from creative industries in Cornwall. They offer free information and advice, Training Needs Analysis service, business support, training courses and funding for individual development programmes. Creative Skills can provide part funding to help practitioners working in Cornwall's Creative Industries undertake training and professional development. The Skills Fund can be used to pay for an extremely wide range of activities, not just training days or courses.
In partnership with Tate St Ives we annually offer a number of free mentoring placements for graduates from the University College Falmouth Visual Arts BA and Contemporary Visual Arts MA courses.
The mentors are all established artists who as part of their professional practice are employed by the education department of Tate St Ives. There is an application process for places on the scheme.
For more information and contact details please visit: www.creativeskills.org.uk
Each year, up to ten established artists with a record of major achievement in their field are awarded £30,000 to provide them with a unique opportunity to realise their imaginative ideas in a major project. The Award may also be used to experiment, or to discover new talents. Each artist also receives a beautiful glass award created by Scottish glass artist Anita Pate.
Funded through the National Lottery, the Awards are made to artists working in many art forms, and often provide them with an opportunity to develop new collaborations, to develop their skills and to take their career in an entirely new direction and to a higher level. They can also facilitate the opportunity to work internationally.
These leading artists of distinction and originality already have an excellent reputation. The Awards are truly valued by artists as a mark of appreciation by their country and allow them to fulfill a cherished project.
The diversity of projects is stunning. A showcase of completed projects, as well as details of those projects yet to be finalised, can be found on this site. You can search by art form, by name of artist or by the year in which the Award was made.
Creative Partnerships is the Government’s flagship creativity programme for schools and young people, managed by Arts Council England and funded by the DfES and DCMS. It aims to develop the creativity of young people; the skills of teachers; schools' approaches to culture and creativity; and the skills, capacity and sustainability of the creative industries.
Creative Partnerships focuses on the most deprived communities in England.
The programme achieves its aims by nurturing the creativity of learners and educators, and developing creative approaches to teaching all aspects of the curriculum.
Creative Commons provides free tools that let authors, scientists, artists, and educators easily mark their creative work with the freedoms they want it to carry. You can use CC to change your copyright terms from "All Rights Reserved" to "Some Rights Reserved."
A single goal unites Creative Commons' current and future projects: to build a layer of reasonable, flexible copyright in the face of increasingly restrictive default rules.
To learn more about Creative Commons licensing and read the excellent overview of some of the legal issues surrounding licensing visit: www.creativecommons.org
Creative Arts East develops and delivers programmes aimed at engaging young people. CAE works in partnership with Community Music East to provide opportunities for young people to experience and participate in music-making activities as part of Music Wise the Youth Music Action Zone for Norfolk.
The Literature Development Team works to support the diverse literary creativity of Norfolk through a programme of events, workshops and projects in creative writing, storytelling, and performance. The quarterly literature NewsLetter and a comprehensive set of Fact Sheets, can be found on this site.
Creative Arts East also provides a register of Community Artists, arts marketing services, training events and sign-posting. In addition we give support to individual artists, voluntary groups and arts organisations to enable them to thrive.
This is a website for journalists and journalism students everywhere and offers free and unrestricted access to everyone. If you are working, or want to work, in the regional press, this is one of the best places to find out more about the industry.
They offer exclusive news stories about what is happening in the regional press, information on campaigning journalism and updates on breaking news.
If you are looking for a new job then this is the best place to come for regional journalism vacancies. The latest jobs are highlighted on the home page and there are many more in all areas of journalism in the dedicated vacancies section.
If you are looking for a job UK advertising, creative, design, media or web job then Creative Pool is the place to plan your next career move. They have hundreds of jobs everyday in the design, advertising, architecture, interiors, new media, games and print industries.
With over 9,000 individual CVs online and the 16,000 individual portfolio pieces they are the largest creative recruitment site in the UK.
Visit the pool at: http://www.creativepool.co.uk/
A searchable database run by the British Council, containing up-to-date profiles of some of the UK and Commonwealth's most important living writers - biographies, bibliographies, critical reviews, prizes and photographs.
Searchable by author, genre, nationality, gender, publisher, book title, date of publication and prize name and date, the site also includes writers from the Republic of Ireland that the British Council has worked with.
For more information, visit: www.contemporarywriters.com
CMU – or the College Music Update – was founded in 1998 to provide a link between the grass roots of the music world (especially the college music scene) and the mainstream music industry and music media.
The CMU provides invaluable, up to date information on upcoming music releases, the record labels and publicity companies used by record labels to promote their releases to radio stations, TV shows, journalists and club DJs. There is also a guide to official artist websites.
Membership of the CMU Music Network is free and open to anyone working in music - including artists, producers, promoters, pluggers, publicists, presenters, DJs, journalists, editors, marketers, and media and label execs. To join the network simply visit the site via the link below and subscribe by email. Once you're subscribed you're in!
For more information, visit: www.cmumusicnetwork.co.uk
The Cultural Industries Development Agency (CIDA) is the leading creative and cultural industries support agency in East London.
If you're a creative individual or are involved in a creative project and need help, you'll find it here, whatever stage you're at. CIDA support those working in all areas of the creative and cultural industries - in fact almost any creative sector you can think of!
Their services include an extensive directory for suppliers, business support, funding, and other contacts, East London's definitive events and training calendars, the latest information on jobs, creative opportunities, funding, events and more.
For more information. visit: www.cida.co.uk
Chew TV is the UK’s first broadband TV channel for young people (14 – 25), run by young people in the South West. Its aim is to improve media literacy amongst young people and create a forum where young people’s work is valued.
The channel is always looking for fresh ideas from the country's upcoming talent as well as practitioners to mentor and support young people on a range of film, video and animation projects. Students or recent graduates in film and media can also crew on projects and shadow mentors, as well as providing support to younger people on productions.
For more information, visit: www.chewtv.com
The Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) is the UK's public relations industry professional body and can provide you with an abundance of information on PR as a profession, helping you take that crucial first step on to the career ladder.
Visit www.cipr.co.uk/careers to find out exactly what PR is, what the job involves, average salaries, and how to get started - from work placement opportunities to recruitment agencies and on the job training.
For further information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information, visit: www.cipr.co.uk
Charity People specialise in a wide range of Temporary and Permanent jobs within the charity/not-for-profit sector.
For 18 years, Charity People has been placing skilled staff into meaningful and varied jobs. Now Charity People have become People Unlimited, working with NGOs, charities, arts, health, education, public sector and social care organisations.
Since its formation in 1990, Charity People has worked to promote the not-for-profit sector as a natural career choice for ambitious, talented professionals.
For more information, visit: www.charitypeople.com
Carcanet is one of the outstanding independent literary publishers of our time. Internship, work experience and manuscript submission guidelines and contact details are all outlined on the website.
The site also offers readers a full variety of services and opportunities. Their author biographies, portraits, book descriptions and book covers, and supplementary interviews, reviews and articles, and a growing sound archive, make this a delightful and inexhaustible primary information, research and reader development resource for general readers, booksellers, students and teachers.
They provide a regular flow of news about contemporary literature and literary events, and an opportunity to join their weekly e-letter. Email: email@example.com
For more information, visit: www.carcanet.co.uk
Bright Lights Film Journal is a popular-academic hybrid of movie analysis, history, and commentary, looking at classic and commercial, independent, exploitation, and international film from a wide range of vantage points from the aesthetic to the political.
A prime area of focus is on the connection between capitalist society and the images that reflect, support, or subvert it - movies as propaganda.
A highly idiosyncratic and personable voice permeates the whole site making Bright Lights a wonderful addition to the world of the film journal.
For more information, visit: www.brightlightsfilm.com
With more than 2,000 jobs in advertising, marketing, public relations and new media, the Brand Republic website is a job search resource. However, the site also offers a huge amount of additional information to aide your job research.
If you want to find out exactly how much you should be earning in your next job, check out Brand Republic's salary surveys. Here you will find surveys covering the digital, event, marketing, media and PR sectors of the industry.
The job guides may help you decide between positions within a general field. Are you more suited to media planning or media sales? Written by senior industry figures, these guides give you an idea of what it is like to actually work in the industry, giving you the 'ins and outs', and important facts covering each industry sector.
Guides featured include advertising, new media, direct marketing, events and PR.
For more information, visit: www.brandrepublic.com
BOUF is a Superboutique, specialising in limited-edition, niche, innovative, bespoke, eco-friendly and new-to-market items, from fashion, food and furniture to gadgets, footwear and gifts. Their ground-breaking Seller Account enables artists, designer-makers and niche brands sell their products quickly and easily to international consumers on the BOUF website.
For more information, visit: www.bouf.com
This website is designed to acompany BBC Radio 4's excellent art and drama coverage. It provides detailed programme listings as well as the excellent 'listen again' facility allowing you to listen to programs from the last seven days.
For more information, visit: www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/arts
Axis Graduates is an evolving showcase of recent MA art graduates.
A selected team of advisors nominate up to three students from a recent MA degree show. Graduates represents a range of artists from MA courses across the UK. In 2006 we will focus upon courses based in England and Wales.
All of the artists featured are chosen for the quality of their work and to reflect the diversity of new and exciting art being produced in the UK today.
Axis Graduates also presents information on the advisors who have nominated the artists, plus details about the university or college where the artist has graduated from. Advisors include artists, curators, academics and arts professionals.
Graduates will track how an artist's career develops after graduation. It presents comprehensive information and images and acts as a valuable resource. As new graduates are added, the programme will become a mapping document for the development of contemporary art practice in the UK.
For more information, visit: www.axisweb.org
The BAPLA (British Association of Picture Libraries and Agencies) can provide you with everything you need to know about finding, buying and selling pictures.
BAPLA is the UK trade association for picture libraries and the largest organisation of its kind in the world.
With over 400 member companies, it represents the vast majority of commercial picture libraries and agencies in the UK. Companies range from small specialists to multinationals, collectively managing in excess of 350 million images, within an industry estimated to be worth over £500million per year in domestic revenue alone.
For more information, visit: www.bapla.org.uk
Axis is the leading online guide to artists practising in the UK today.
As a national organisation for the visual arts, Axis provides a unique information service presenting new artists, new work and new trends. Helping artists and those who seek to engage with artists, Axis aims to increase awareness, understanding and stimulate interaction with visual arts practice.
In 1999 Axis launched its online service and now hosts the most comprehensive national database of UK artists.
All applications to join the database are assessed by a curatorial panel. Axis are looking for professional practising artists who live and work in the UK and who can demonstrate a critical engagement with contemporary practice.
As a professional practising artist you are expected to fulfil some or all of the following criteria:
• Hold a formal qualification in an art related subject (e.g. BA or MA) or equivalent.
• Exhibit your work regularly.
• Sell your work regularly.
• Receive commissions to produce work.
• Undertake residencies.
Artists who have recently graduated from an arts related degree must demonstrate that they are continuing to produce new work and are developing their practice.
For more information, visit: www.axisartists.org.uk
The AOI exists as a database of illustration resources for commissioners and practitioners.
The AOI was established in 1973 to advance and protect illustrator’s rights and encourage professional standards. The AOI is a non-profit making trade association dedicated to its members’ professional interests and the promotion of illustration.
Members consist primarily of freelance illustrators as well as agents, clients, students and lecturers. The AOI is run by an administrative staff responsible to a volunteer Council of Management.
For more information, visit: www.theaoi.com
This specialist store for books, magazines and videos on the contemporary visual arts is based over two sites in London but now offers online purchasing so it is accessible wherever you are in the country.
For more information, visit: www.artwords.co.uk
Arts Matrix is the continuing professional development agency for creative practitioners in the South West. They enable individuals working in the creative industries – designers, architects and actors, poets and painters, musicians, magicians, designers and dancers - to make the most of their careers.
Arts Matrix nurtures the tremendous creative talent in the South West through a programme of services that includes skills audits, professional development planning, mentoring, seminars, and online and print publications.
You can access a wealth of up-to-date and relevant information on every aspect of creative people’s career development, specialist networks, arts infrastructure and facilities, funding and jobs.
For more information, visit: www.artsmatrix.org.uk
Providing professional, emerging and student artists with a free platform to showcase and sell their exclusive and original artwork, Arts Hole is an online source for creative talent.
A website dedicated to promoting and selling the work of new and contemporary artists, it covers all degrees of art from fine art to design, pottery to photography, film to fashion and animation to illustration
For more information, visit: www.artshole.co.uk
This site is for arts organisations and venues who need to find consultants or trainers in a range of key skills.
It was started in 1998 by Arts Council England and The Scottish Arts Council to ensure that genuine consultants could be selected particularly in relation to lottery funding. It has been used as the definitive resource for information since then. There is no longer funding by these bodies and the site is funded by small annual subscriptions paid by the consultants on the register. They do not allow any other banner advertising on the site.
For arts organisations and venues the site is free to use and needs no registration.
For more information, visit: www.arts-consultants.org.uk
With financial support from Arts Council England and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Artsadmin runs an advice and information service for artists working in the area of live art, performance, time-based media and interdisciplinary arts.
The advice and information service is completely free. We can offer an informal session in person or over the phone. The content of sessions is geared to you - please contact one of the advisors with a brief outline of what you would like to discuss.
This can be an opportunity for you to discuss your work, and to gather information on sources of support, funding, appropriate mentors, curators, programmers and venues and networks supporting live art and interdisciplinary practices.
As part of the Artists' Advisory service, Artsadmin prepares and distributes a weekly 'e-digest' - a compendium of artists' opportunities and other useful information.
Artsadmin has been offering bursaries to artists based in the UK, working in live art and contemporary performance practices since 1998.
This bursary scheme is now divided into two strands; one for artists at an early stage in their career, and one for artists who have been practicing professionally for some years. The scheme aims to support artists working innovatively through providing small bursaries for research and process-based work. They provide time, space and support for artists to work in an open-ended way.
For more information, visit: www.artsadmin.co.uk
The recruitment service from ArtsProfessional, offering the widest range of jobs, invitations to tender and volunteer posts in the arts sector. Search for jobs in the arts, assess your salary, find voluntary opportunities and invitations to tender.
For more information, visit: www.artsjobfinder.co.uk
Arts Council England is the national development agency for the arts in England, distributing public money from Government and the National Lottery. Visit the national site to find out about Arts Council England in your region.
There is information on grants for the arts and other funding opportunities, current projects that are happening across the country, and who the regional arts council members are for each region.
You can read regional news, press releases and newsletters as well as finding out about national policy and practice.
For more information, visit: www.artscouncil.org.uk
A&B is the world's most successful and widespread creative network helping business people support the arts and the arts inspire business people.
Through 12 regional offices, Arts & Business acts as a crucible where businesses and arts organisations come together to create partnerships to benefit themselves and the community at large. Each A&B region runs A&B programmes and services, to bring together the arts and business communities locally.
To find out more, visit: www.aandb.org.uk
AAUK is an online database for disabled people that offers access information on the arts and cultural sector throughout the UK.
It is the first part of a larger programme of work by the National Disability Arts Forum that aims to assist cultural organisations in developing their understanding of disability issues and make it far easier for them to promote their work directly to disabled people.
AAUK also provides arts venues with an opportunity to illustrate the investment they have made in becoming more accessible and is an excellent way to reassure potential disabled customers that their access needs will be met.
In addition, organisations can submit events to our online arts events calendar.
To set up a free account please visit: www.artsaccessuk.org
Artis stimulates creativity and excellence in primary schools through the performing arts.
They recruit, train and support professional performing artists to deliver a specially-devised curriculum that fuses music, drama and movement on a weekly basis throughout the school year. Because of the progressive, ongoing nature of the Artis provision, children constantly develop their abilities within the performing arts, as well as gaining confidence and building communication, listening and leadership skills.
* are a performing artist open to new challenges
* are passionate about nurturing creativity in children
* have a flair for communicating with young people
* are looking to benefit from an award-winning training and development programme
* want access to an accredited performing arts education course
* appreciate excellent mentoring and networking opportunities
* want to work for an energetic, professional company that respects your creativity
* are seeking regular, favourable and flexible terms
Then visit: www.artiseducation.com
All about architecture and run by RIBA (the Royal Institute of British Architects) this is one of the world's most extensive built environment portals.
The careers area provides information about becoming an architect and jobs listings, and there are online debates to interest and involve anyone with experience of the built environment, as well as an exceptional reference area.
For more information, visit: www.architecture.com
Apples & Snakes is establishing a network for performance poetry across the country by appointing coordinators based in different regions, and has become England's leading organisation for performance poetry. At present they are predominantly London based.
Apples & Snakes focuses on working with emerging artists and commissions and produces new work. It regularly curates, hosts and acts as a partner to facilitate and promote performance poetry through live events. With education at the core of its mission, it works with schools, prisons, libraries and more to use performance poetry to develop literacy and communication skills, motivation and self-esteem.
"Important pioneering work" - Michael Rosen
To join their mailing list email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information, visit: www.applesandsnakes.org
Ambit Magazine is a quarterly, 96 page magazine that prints original poetry, short fiction, art and reviews.
Ambit exists to promote new writers and new writing. They do this by reading through mountains of unsolicited submissions and picking out the very best. Ambit is essential reading for students interested in new writing, publishing and creative writing.
Many university English departments subscribe to Ambit, as do many university libraries so you may find a copy there. Selected literary agents also subscribe to Ambit - each issue features many writers who do not yet have agents, but who need them.
Ambit was started in 1959 by Martin Bax. Other editors include J.G. Ballard, Carol Ann Duffy, Michael Foreman, Henry Graham and Geoff Nicholson.
For more information, visit: www.ambitmagazine.co.uk
Aesthetica Magazine is the UK's cultural arts magazine that features contemporary writing, art, music and film. It reports on what is happening in the arts and publishes features, interviews, news, articles and reviews that stir the imagination around current themes. Aesthetica Magazine is A4, glossy and full colour. It is distributed through Borders and WH Smith nationwide in the UK & Ireland.
The magazine is a great resource for students in the areas of English, Drama, Visual Arts and Media studies. Several colleges and universities have subscribed to the publication, as it provides current and up-to-date information for anyone studying or working in the creative sector.
At Aesthetica, we believe everyone in society has a voice, and a right for that voice to be heard. We are interested in what people have to say about their lives and experiences, and strive to make Aesthetica, in all its forms, a medium for that.
For more information, visit: www.aestheticamagazine.com
Acumen is a literary journal that places an emphasis on poetry. The magazine is edited by Patricia Oxley who has been editing the magazine for twenty years and has taken it into the twenty-first century with some of the best poetry and criticism being written today. She has published a varied and impressive list of poets and critics.
'For more than 20 years Acumen has served as a forum for poetry and writing about poetry.' - The Guardian.
'A strong and distinctive literary taste filtered through the actual choice of poems,' - Poetry Review.
The magazine is also known to be on the lookout for the new and unknown of all ages - in the search for fresh talent and quality work. Published three times a year (January, May and September) in A5 perfect bound, with at least 120pp per issue, the magazine contains approximately 50 new poems (including translations), reviews, poetry comment, and reader feedback.
The critical articles aim to be well written and readable which, we hope, will set the reader thinking and promote discussion within the correspondence columns of the magazine. Letters to Acumen are always welcome.
For more information, visit: www.acumen-poetry.co.uk
The Artist's Information Company provides advocacy and information for artists. The site has features about exhibitions, has a platform for new critical writing about the arts and a huge library of information sheets on all aspects of creative professional practice.
Their mission is to stimulate and support contemporary visual arts practice and affirm the value of artists in society.
For more information, visit: www.a-n.co.uk