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Visual Art Open

OPEN CALL artists opportunity for the annual Visual Arts Open Prize 2020, submissions closing soon.

Now in its 4th year, VAO art competition is a not for profit event open emerging artists based in the UK and internationally. The aim is to give artists the ultimate platform to develop their passion and career in the arts sector. Winners will benefit from exhibiting, selling and showcasing their work to art critics and art buyers alike. Artists can apply at www.visualartopen.com

Art Prize Fund value of £5,000
6 categories:

  • Painting/Mixed Media/Printmaking
  • Illustration/Drawing
  • Sculpture
  • Photography/Digital Art
  • Young Artist (16-24 years old)
  • Children’s Award (15 years and under)

All finalists invited to exhibit at the UKs largest artist art fair in November 2020 plus receive a annual membership to the Visual Artists Association www.visual-artists.org

Overall winner of the VAO will be awarded: Annual Mentorship Package, Cash prize of £1,000.00 to support the production of new works, plus solo show at Chester Art Fair 2021
£250.00 will be awarded for category winners

ALL SUBMISSIONS will receive promotion on social media and email coverage to 50,000, plus an invitation to the annual show

No age restrictions – all welcome to apply!

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Audacious Women Festival 2020

The 5th Audacious Women Festival will be held in Edinburgh on 20 – 23 February 2020.

The Festival, which encourages and supports women to Do What You Always Wish You Dared, includes a wide range of workshops offering women an opportunity to try out something new in a safe, supportive space. They range from the Art of Batik, through creative writing, to a Rope Access taster session.  There are two full day workshops:  Silver Jewellery, Jewellery in Action where, as well as learning how to make your own silver pendant, you will have an opportunity to hear about how jewellery can be used for social good. And secondly, Freda O’Byrne, Artistic Director of Tragic Carpet, (based in St Margaret’s House, EH7 6AE) is running an all day Visual Theatre workshop, and will introduce some exercises and games with the emphasis on fun and  mutual support. There will also be talks, exhibitions,  theatre and musical performances celebrating audacious women.

Full details can be found here!

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Theatre Workshop for Women

Led by Freda O’Byrne, Artistic Director of Tragic Carpet as part of the Audacious Women Festival

Location: City Arts Centre Friday 21st February 10.30 to 16.30 £45

No drama, no texts but a lot of fun! We will get to know each other through theatre games and exercises with the emphasis on fun, mutual support and curiosity. Participants will learn about visual performance by working together supportively in groups and solo, exploring ideas through subtle movement exercises, improvising around themes and placing our work within the space in different ways. Prior experience is not necessary but it is also welcome. The most important thing to bring along is yourself!

This workshop is focussed on process and not on an end result, leaving us free to play with ideas and see where they go. We will be exploring creative exercises in a light and playful way, shaping the day to match where our enthusiasm runs.

Tickets here:
https://audaciouswomen.scot/content/visual-theatre-workshop-tragic-carpet-visual-theatre-company

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Open House at 525 Ferry Road

Are you looking for office, studio or desk space? Come along to the Open House at 525 Ferry Road! People Know How will be hosting tours and providing information about the building, a modern 100,000 sq foot office building with open plan and single unit studio spaces available now.

Find out more, click here.

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Art Wednesdays at the Anatomical Museum

Anatomy@Edinburgh and the Anatomical Museum, University of Edinburgh, have launched Art Wednesdays. An afternoon of non-tutored drawing from the unique and historic collections of the Anatomical Museum, out with our public opening times. All abilities welcome!

Website – https://www.ed.ac.uk/biomedical-sciences/anatomy/public-engagement/art-wednesdays 

These sessions are £8 per session, with the inclusion of refreshments and a very unique opportunity to see and draw from our reserve collections, usually not on display, with the objects changing each session (a very rare opportunity!). Dates are Wednesday 5th February, 4th March and 8th April 2020. All money goes straight to the Anatomical Museum to aid in its curation.

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Desk Space Available

Available from February 2020.

Key information:

  • One window space.
  • 5th floor.
  • The studio will be available from Monday to Friday (and from 8am to 1pm) from the 3rd February. But I am happy to discuss other times / days if needed. For instance, Sundays may be possible.
  • The fee would depend on the hours needed but would be a minimum of £60.
  • There is a digital radio that can be used and space can be allocated at the desk if needed.
  • Kettle & microwave in 5th floor kitchen (with mugs and dishes in studio).

This is a One Window space, on the super quiet 5th floor, which would suit a creative person working at the desk and doesn’t mind the presence of fabrics around.
There is also room to lie down if needed!

For more info, please contact Tania:
mail: tania.czajka@gmail.com
OR
phone: 07910045743

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EXPLORING PLAY LABORATORY

A weekend of play, improvisation and fun!!!

We are super excited to invite you to our Exploring Play Laboratory  to take place on 22nd & 23th Feb  at  St. Margaret’s House (Edinburgh)  from 10 am – 4 pm

During the weekend, we will work with improvisation and grounding exercises, simplicity, movement, stillness and rhythm, playfulness, games, clown techniques, energy levels and the art of being oneself.

By the end of the workshop, you will feel more confident, relaxed, grounded and connected with your inner joy!

You would have:

  • Worked on your improvisation skills.
  • Taking risks safely.
  • Built presence.
  • Worked on your communication skills.
  • Experienced a state of joy and discovery.
  • Connected with yourself, your inner child, your authenticity and the spontaneous place within you.
  • CREATED JOYFUL ANARCHY!

Who is this for?

For you if:

  • You are into self-development
  • You are an artist/performer
  • You do public speaking
  • You work with children
  • You are a tour guide
  • YOU LOVE BEING PLAYFUL!


“I felt the workshop took me out of myself and gave me more confidence and skills for communicating effectively in social interactions.” John Morrison

This opportunity is perfect for you if you love getting out of your comfort zone in a safe environment and have an urge to play and try out something new.

To make this offer irresistible for you, we want to offer you an Early Bird Price.  Book your place by this Sunday 19th of January and you’ll get the two-days workshop for £90 (or one-day for £50).
Do hurry up, because after this Sunday 19th the price goes up to £120 for two days (£70 for one day).

You need to email us to reserve your space to hello@sarasfeijoo.com


“Supportive atmosphere, positive feedback, authenticity. The workshop has a lot of healing potential.” Laura Davis

P.S. Got a friend who’d love the workshop too? You can get £10 off for every friend you refer. Make the workshop even more special for you and your friends. Just tell them to mention your name when contacting us.

P.S.2. Are you reading this at St. Margaret’s House Newsletter? Mentioned this on your email and get extra £10 off!

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