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An international one-day conference exploring visual representations of displacement,  migration, location and identity, organized by Professor Gen Doy and Lala Meredith-Vula, De Montfort University.

Friday 17 March, 10 am – 5 pm at Phoenix Arts Centre, Upper Brown Street, Leicester LE1 5TE, UK, www.phoenix.org.uk 

Internationally famous artists, curators and cultural theorists present imagery, debates and strategies concerned with representing what can sometimes be unrepresentable  – exile, marginalization, invisibility, lack of citizenship, (lack of) hospitality, and  ‘belonging’.  Focusing primarily on issues concerning lens-based work, speakers include  Dr. Mary  Richards, lecturer and writer; Gen Doy, researcher and writer;  Lala Meredith-Vula, internationally exhibiting photographer; Edi Muka, Head Curator of National Gallery of Art, Tirana, Albania; Adrian Paci, internationally exhibiting artist; Keith Piper, internationally exhibiting digital artist.  In the evening, there will be a screening of a recent prize-winning film from Albania on the theme of migration and displacement.


Booking essential - contact Ms Mandy Stuart, Secretary, Department of Imaging and Communication Design, De Montfort University, Leicester LE1 9BH, UK.  Tel No.: 0116-257-7671.  From outside UK 00 44 116-257-7671.            Email astuart@dmu.ac.uk

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With facilitator Moniza Alvi. Fridays from 7.30 to 9.30. Contact: jennifer@exiledwriters.fsnet.co.uk
Perform your work at Foyles, Charing Cross Road.
Where? At the Poetry Café Studio, Poetry Café 22 Betterton Street, London WC2 (nearest tube: Covent Garden)
When? For weekly sessions from 27th January to 7th April 2006
Every Friday from 7.30 to 9.30
What? We shall explore the ever-important theme of exile.
Study examples of work from a wide range of poets such as W.H.Auden, Nazim Hikmet, Mahmoud Darwish, Derek Walcott, Grace Nichols, Jackie Kay and George Szirtes.

Writing activities will be suggested and constructive feedback will be given within a supportive atmosphere.
Improve your technical skills.
Information about the UK poetry publishing world.
Performance: Perform your work at Foyles on Sunday 9th April at
3 pm. Actors Anna Carteret and Stella Maris will help you improve your performance skills.
How much? Free
Who? Exiled poets who want to develop their work in English.
To find out how to register, please e-mail to Jennifer@exiledwriters.fsnet.co.uk


Blank Slate a unique digital shorts film scheme, produced by B3 media, is aimed at supporting the next generation of black and minority ethnic filmmakers and is funded by the UK Film Council and Arts Council England. Blank Slate, now in its third year, has also become a UK-wide digital shorts scheme.

As a strategic partner to the UK Film Council's Digital Shorts Scheme and with co-funding from the Arts Council England, B3 media are looking for up to 8 ethnically diverse filmmaking teams to produce a cutting edge short film, shot and edited digitally.

B3 media is one of eleven other regional and national Digital Shorts partners supported by the UK Film Council's New Cinema Fund in nurturing new and existing short filmmaking talent. Filmmakers who apply successfully to BLANK SLATE will be offered bespoke training in the development of their idea from script to screen.

Blank Slate is open to applicants from today.  Production of the commissioned shorts will be completed by Spring 2006.   Full details about how to apply can be found on the UK Film Council’s website at: www.ukfilmcouncil.org.uk/shorts/digitalshorts/  or from b3media’s website: www.b3media.net

Overall, it is anticipated that eight new short films will be commissioned through the £80,000 scheme funded by UK Film Council’s New Cinema Fund and b3 media.

Blank Slate is part of the UK Film Council’s UK-wide programme for digital shorts supported by the New Cinema Fund.  Encouraging a greater level of diversity in both film production and in filmmaking talent is a key UK Film Council aim. Opportunities for talented filmmakers from all backgrounds to get involved in film are improving, but minority ethnic groups are still under-represented. Blank Slate responds to this by encouraging talent from minority ethnic groups to initiate and submit new projects.

b3 media is a media arts production network supporting filmmakers and digital artists, from the black and minority ethnic communities, by providing a unique platform for cutting-edge work.

Artists' Employment Agency
Oxford House is setting up an artists' employment agency which will identify earning opportunities for artists in London and absorb some of the admin load that can come with public arts projects.

We are inviting artists who have experience in working collaboratively with community groups to come to Oxford House and discuss how such an agency could provide support and assistance.  We would like to look at ways in which we can develop a regular programme of new workshops throughout London to provide artists with a regular income whilst supporting and informing other areas of their practice.

CONTACT: If you are interested in this project, please  Emmy Minton, at  e-mail: emmy.minton@oxfordhouse.org.uk.  Website: www.oxfordhouse.org.uk . Address: Oxford House, Derbyshire Street, Bethnal Green, E2 6HG.

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