Morwenna Kearsley – artist & photographer

Morwenna Kearsley is working with Renfrewshire Council and the THCARs2 Regeneration team on a free 12-week photography course PICTURING PAISLEY that explores Paisley’s textile and architectural heritage.

Morwenna Kearsley wants to work with adult participants in a group to consider the photo-essay as a means to tell stories and discover more about Paisley’s past, present, and future. Participants will look at and visit archives to get a sense of Paisley’s rich history, make new photographs together by getting out and about and will experiment with a range of creative techniques to make their own unique photo-essay.

Participants will have the opportunity to learn more about:

  • The history of photography and the photo-essay
  • How to use a camera and compose creative photographs
  • How to use an archive and find interesting stories and photographs from the past
  • Paisley’s history in textile and thread manufacturing (thinking in particular about the architecture associated with this)
  • Creative writing techniques
  • Editing your photographs into a photo-essay
    And much more!

This course would suit both complete beginners in photography and those with some experience. The main emphasis is on having fun, developing some new skills and reflecting on the rich cultural heritage of Paisley in a safe and relaxed group environment.

Morwenna is an artist and photographer based in Glasgow. She studied for a degree in Photography & Filmmaking at Napier University in Edinburgh and later she obtained a scholarship to study on the Master of Fine Art course at The Glasgow School of Art. She still loves to make photographs using analogue film and darkroom printing techniques, as well as using digital technologies and creative writing.

Her work and research attempts to understand the complexity of image-making and image-receiving, often through writing: weaving archival research with autobiographical events to agitate and disrupt my understanding of what a photographed or filmed image can be and how it acts on our collective memory, our homes, and our towns and cities. As well as exhibiting regularly, nationally and internationally, she also works as an arts educator for adults and children, across a wide range of organisations.

Workshop Programme

  • Venue: POP, Unit 35-36, The Piazza, Central Way, Paisley PA1 1EL
  • Times: 10.30am-12noon on each occasion (unless otherwise stated)
  • Booking: 12 places available book mailto:contact@outspokenarts.org

Dates

Monday 9th Sept 2019
Monday 16th Sept 2019
Monday 23rd Sept 2019
BREAK
Monday 7th Oct 2019
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Monday 21st Oct 2019
Monday 28th Oct 2019
Monday 4th Nov 2019
Monday 11th Nov 2019
Monday 18th Nov 2019
Monday 25th Nov 2019
Monday 2nd Dec 2019
Monday 9th Dec 2019

Paisley Youth Arts Festival: Design Competition

PAISLEY YOUTH ARTS FESTIVAL NEEDS YOU!

DESIGN COMPETITION LAUNCHED TO CREATE IDENTITY FOR THE EVENT

A design competition has been launched to create the visual style for the inaugural Paisley Youth Arts Festival (PYAF) 2019 which will take place in Paisley town centre, from 1-15th September 2019.

Targeted at young people from the age of 5 – 25, the festival will feature exciting events including: fringe theatre shows; music gigs and open mic nights; a gaming and film zone; workshops on music; art; gaming; a food offering and much more! The full programme will be launched in August 2019. 

Following on from last month’s Youth Consultation event at The Wynd, festival organisers are reaching out to young people in the local community to enter the competition.  The young designer’s artwork will be used throughout the festival and will be included in posters; brochures and merchandise. The brief is to come up with a catchy name for the festival; design of a festival logo and an A3 or A4 poster, which should be colourful and eye-catching.

Local arts organisations involved in the festival include:  Brick Lane Studios; Create Paisley; Erskine Music and Media; Loud n Proud; Outspoken Arts Scotland; PACE; Renfrewshire Leisure and University of West of Scotland (UWS).

Steven Thomson, Creative Director, Outspoken Arts Scotland, commented: “This is a great opportunity for a young designer, under the age of 25, to create the visual style for the festival they would want to see and visit. We want those who enter to take inspiration from what’s going to be in the programme and put their own creative spin on it.”

The winner will see their work on the front cover of festival brochures and posters and will receive £100 and a free festival pass, six runners up will receive a free festival pass

Deadline is 5pm on Wednesday 1st May 2019.  Submit your entries via email to: contact@outspokenarts.org or by post to:  Design Competition, Paisley Youth Arts Festival, c/o Outspoken Arts Scotland, Suite 33, Sir James Clark Building, Abbeymill Business Centre, Seedhill, Paisley, PA1 1TJ

For further information, contact: Lisa Watt, Outspoken Arts on either 0141 847 1122 or 07903 206615 or via email:  marketing@outspokenarts.org

Consultation: Paisley Youth Arts Festival

The Paisley Youth Arts Festival idea is one of those magical community driven initiatives that brings together passionate actors and young minds to create one of the most genuine experiences and maybe, shape some of their future life decisions. We want to bring this atmosphere to life: a happy end of summer festival, jumping about, sitting in cafes, playing music and games, acting, taking part in workshops and seeing people fall in love with all things Paisley.

An independent arts consultation is taking place at
PACE Youth Theatre, on Monday 18 February 2019 at 6-8.30pm
The Wynd Centre, School Wynd Paisley PA1

The consultation will be to discuss a new YOUTH ARTS FESTIVAL for Paisley to take place mid-late September 2019. The festival is open to young people, under the age of 25, and will take place at various venues throughout Paisley. The programme will include: gaming, indoor activity and outdoor activity; workshops, pop-up events, theatre, music, film and dance.

The festival is being supported by arts leaders from:

• PACE Youth Theatre
• Erskine Music & Media Studios
• Brick Lane Studios
• Create Paisley
• Loud and Proud
• Renfrewshire Leisure
• Outspoken Arts Scotland

We are looking for collaborators, acts, youth workers, potential sponsors and partner organisations to take part in the event.

All local organisations and interested individuals are invited to attend.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Refreshments will be served. 6-6.30pm

Note: Certified and accredited youth leaders from partner organisations will co-host the event.
Parents are welcome to attend as chaperones if they wish.
Facilities for the disabled are provided.

There will be a media photo opportunity during the consultation event.

FREE NO TICKET REQUIRED – sign up here

Call For Entries: The Pride Plays

The Pride Plays are looking for submissions of plays from writers who identify as LGBTQI+. The plays will be performed as part of LGBT History Month Scotland at the Traverse Theatre in February 2019.

As part of LGBT History Month Scotland (February 2019), we are hosting The Pride Plays – 3 evenings of originally written plays by LGBTQI+ writers at the Traverse Theatre.

The plays will be rehearsed in the space during the day and, each night (over the 21/22/23 February 2019), two plays will be performed, as a rehearsed reading, in Traverse 2. The plays will then be followed by a post-show discussion led by the director and playwright.

The Pride Plays will give people who identify as LGBTQI+ a platform for their voices to be heard in Scottish theatre as well as building the amount of plays written by LGBT+ people in Scotland. We want to give the stage to voices of a community who currently feel under represented in Scottish theatre.

So, we are looking for 6 new plays from people who identify as LGBTQI+.

Writers brief:
• Originally written play (a draft of the play you’d like to develop)
• 45-55 minutes in length

The writers of the 6 chosen plays will be invited to a development day in January, where an established playwright and representatives from LGBTQI+ organisations will provide feedback and support on the texts.

This opportunity is intended to provide development time and support for emerging LGBTQI+ writers. Writers will receive a fee for the development day. All rights will remain with the playwright.

Please email scripts to theprideplays@gmail.com by 14 December 2018. All scripts received will be read anonymously. Please ensure that your name and contact details are not on the script itself, and that your play is formatted with page numbers and cast list.

The theme for LGBT History Month Scotland 2019 is CATALYST: 50 Years of activism. This is to mark the anniversary of the Stonewall uprisings in New York, and to look at people or events that have been “catalysts” for change over those decades. Please feel free to respond to this theme, however there is no need to be restricted by it – above all, the Pride Plays are about giving LGBTQI+ voices a platform to tell the stories that they have to tell.

If you have any questions, please contact theprideplays@gmail.com

Location: All Scotland

For further information, please contact theprideplays@gmail.com (Connel Burnett & Sarah Masson),

The deadline is Friday 14 December 2018 at 23:55.

(Via Creative Scotland)

Call for Creative Volunteers

We are on the lookout for new volunteers interested in making creative work themed around mental health topics for a readership of 18-25 year-olds.

We particularly need more volunteers creating visual work that translates well to screen; this opportunity may suit amateur or beginner illustrators, photographers, cartoonists and graphic design enthusiasts who believe in feminism, creativity, social enterprise initiatives and would like to share their work and become part of a community supporting and forging positive social change.

About Fearless Femme:
Fearless Femme is a social enterprise based in Scotland and it’s taking a sledgehammer to the systemic problems around recognising and constructively addressing mental ill-health, particularly among young female and non-binary people.

Fearless Femme is mostly commonly met through our website which speaks directly to our target audience, letting them know they are not alone and that it’s ok to be exactly themselves. We also produce a digital magazine for subscribers on a not-for-profit basis as well as conducting research on mental health challenges and policies to define how the social context around mental health for young people can be improved. Written, designed, organised and edited by a part-time team of people in different stages of being affected by and recovering from mental illness, Fearless Femme has struck a chord (and a nerve) with those in society who care deeply about the impact of poor mental health.

What we are looking for:
This is an opportunity for young people who are interested in social causes, specifically mental health affecting young people.

Benefits of volunteering with Fearless Femme:
You will gain experience in working with a team empowering young women and people identifying as non-binary to overcome mental health problems through breaking down mental-health stigma and offering positive connections and resilience in its place. You will also be able to enhance your knowledge of the creative arts and your talent, and you will join a creative community connected for a social purpose with opportunities to explore new connections and collaborations with other creatives. Your creative work will be showcased to up to 10,000 website viewers monthly and you will gain experience with developing ideas, the editing process and taking active part in the discourse around mental health, publishing and equality topics, all in a supportive, nurturing context.

Voluntary commitments:
Your volunteering period starts and ends when you wish. Fearless Femme doesn’t stipulate any minimum period or time for volunteering with us.

Location: All Scotland ,England, Wales, Northern Ireland, International

For further information, please contact info@fearlessfemme.co.uk or visit http://www.fearlessfemme.co.uk

The deadline is Monday 31 December 2018 at 23:45.

(Via Creative Scotland)

Call Out for Non-Fiction Submissions

The Selkie is looking for submissions!

Established earlier this year in Edinburgh but accepting and publishing work from all over the world, The Selkie is one of the newest and most exciting voices in online independent publishing, committed to diversifying the field by representing writers from traditionally marginalised backgrounds, and amplifying their voices and stories. This includes writers who are women, people of colour; minorities in predominantly white nations; refugees and first-generation immigrants; LGBTQIA+; those living with mental illness, or physical or other disabilities; those persecuted for their political or religious beliefs; victims of violence, or domestic or sexual abuse; and those without access to higher education degrees, living below the poverty line, or who are/have been homeless or incarcerated. 

Our first anthology, based around the theme of Transformation, is coming out soon, but now we are looking again for stimulating, thought-provoking, and vibrant nonfiction writing, on all themes and in all its forms, including personal essays, biography, critical and opinion pieces. Submissions should be roughly between 1,000 and 2,000 words and should be emailed to nonfiction@theselkie.co.uk.

Unfortunately at this time we are unable to offer payment for submissions, but published authors will enjoy a readership of 2000 views a month; dedicated authorial support and promotion, including publicising any other features, publications, and pieces written by the author; and no submission fees. Become part of our writing and reading community.

Head to http://theselkie.co.uk/ to explore our collection, find out more about what we do, including workshops for New Writers looking for that extra bit of support, and for details of how to submit fiction, poetry, features and artwork.

Find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter
@TheSelkieUK

Location: All Scotland ,England, Wales, Northern Ireland, International

For further information, please contact samlebutt@theselkie.co.uk (Sam Le Butt), or call 07858953607, or visit http://theselkie.co.uk/

The deadline is Monday 31 December 2018 at 14:00.

(Via Creative Scotland Opportunities)