DOROTHY UNA RATCLIFFE ARTIST FELLOWSHIP

The National Trust is offering a 3-month artist residency and commission opportunity at Acorn Bank through its annual Dorothy Una Ratcliffe Artist Fellowship award. Artists at any stage in their professional careers, working in any discipline (or across them), who are living and working in the UK and not currently studying are welcome to apply.  This is a residential opportunity within a National Trust house in Cumbria, the former home of Dorothy Una Ratcliffe – author, poet and patron of the arts. The residency will take place from May – July 2017, with an exhibition/presentation period from August – October 2017.

 

The artist will be provided with accommodation and a studio on site. Indoor and outdoor locations across Acorn Bank can be considered for the final outcome. There is an artist fee of £3500 and a production budget of £4000 to cover the residency period and delivery of the presented outcome.

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/acorn-bank/features/call-for-applicants-for-the-2017-dorothy-una-ratcliffe-artist-fellowship-at-acorn-bank

DEADLINE 16 FEBRUARY 2017

 

TANKA POETRY CONTEST

For this contest you are challenged to write a Tanka poem. Tanka is a form of poetry that often follows a specific syllable count.

 

line 1 - 5 syllables

line 2 - 7 syllables

line 3 - 5 syllables

line 4 - 7 syllables

line 5 - 7 syllables

 

So it contains five unrhymed lines of five, seven, five, seven, and seven syllables. (5, 7, 5, 7, 7). This format is not required but a helpful guide. To approximate the Japanese model, some poets use approximately 20-22 syllables and a short-long-short-long-long structure or even just a free form structure using five lines.

Example:

Peaceful solitude (5)

intrinsic to our spirit (7)

lost in pensive thought (5)

standing on the edge of time (7)

the road to nowhere special. (7)

- by Cheri L. Ahner

 

Write about anything using this format. A tanka poem usually only has one stanza. But we are keeping the format open You can submit a traditional tanka poem or you can include additional stanzas. If you include additional stanzas they must follow the tanka format as specified above.

The winner takes away a $100 cash prize.

http://www.fanstory.com/contestdetails.jsp?id=103638

DEADLINE 16 FEBRUARY 2017

 

IDLEWILD TRUST GRANTS

The Idlewild Trust is a grant making trust that supports registered charities concerned with the encouragement of the performing and fine arts and crafts, the advancement of education within the arts and the preservation for the benefit of the public of lands, buildings and other objects of beauty or historic interest in the United Kingdom. The Trust awards around £120,000 each year in grants and makes grants of up to £5,000.

Deadlines: 16 February 2017, 7 September 2017

http://www.idlewildtrust.org.uk/

DEADLINE 16 FEBRUARY 2017

 

CHRISTOPHER TOWER POETRY COMPETITION 2017

All UK students, between 16-18, are encouraged to enter the 2016 Christopher Tower poetry competition. This year’s theme is ‘STONE’ and the judges are Sarah Howe and Vahni Capildeo. First prize £3,000; second prize £1,000 and third prize £500.

Entry Fee: £0

http://www.towerpoetry.org.uk/competitions/how-to-enter-stone-2017-competition/

DEADLINE 17 FEBRUARY 2017

 

SUMMER ACADEMY PAUL KLEE

Call for applications to a new two-year Summer Academy for artists, hosted by the Berne University of the Arts HKB and the Zentrum Paul Klee. The Summer Academy Paul Klee is a program for artists working at a postgraduate level, whether or not they have an official certificate saying so. Over two summer sessions – August 2017 and August 2018 – eight fellows are granted access to the university’s infrastructure and technical support, and will proceed to collectively author a public event scheduled for April 2019. Travel, visa expenses, room and board fully covered. There is also a collective production budget.

http://www.sommerakademie-paul-klee.ch/neu

DEADLINE 18 FEBRUARY 2017

 

FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS

The competition is open to everyone, amateurs and professionals alike. Entries are welcome from any country in the world.

 

20 categories divided for professional and amateur level of expertise: Abstract, Architecture, Cityscape, Conceptual, Fashion, Fine Art, Landscape, Nature, Night Photography, Nudes, Open Theme, Panoramic, People, Photojournalism, Photo manipulation, Portrait, Seascape, Street Photography, Travel, Wildlife/Animals.

http://fineartphotoawards.com/

DEADLINE 19 FEBRUARY 2017

 

THE HERITAGE LOTTERY FUND KICK THE DUST FUND

Kick the Dust is a £10million grants programme for ambitious youth-focused projects that transform how heritage organisations engage with young people. The HLF define young people as those aged 11-25. You will be able to apply for a grant from £500,000 to £1m as part of a consortium, which should include heritage and youth organisations. Kick the Dust is intended to:

 

Make heritage relevant to more and a greater diversity of young people, building on their needs and interests

Increase the ambition, scale and quality of youth engagement with heritage

Develop and embed sustainable, ongoing work with young people within heritage organisations

Evidence the value of youth engagement with heritage.

The guidance for this initiative will be available from 23 September 2016. There will be a mandatory project enquiry stage followed by an application process in two rounds. Project enquiries must be submitted by the 2nd December 2016, and the deadline for first-first-around applications will be the 20th February 2017.

https://www.hlf.org.uk/about-us/news-features/attend-our-kick-dust-workshops

DEADLINE 20 FEBRUARY 2017

 

STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS FOR HIGHER EDUCATION INNOVATION AND REFORM FUND

UK Universities and other Higher Education Institution will have the opportunity to participate in the latest call for proposals under the Strategic Partnerships for Higher Education Innovation and Reform (SPHEIR) programme. The Strategic Partnerships for Higher Education Innovation and Reform (SPHEIR) programme is a new competitive grant scheme established by the UK Department for International Development (DFID). It is designed to develop innovative ‘partnerships’ in low-income countries (LICs) to improve the performance, governance and influence of higher education systems and institutions. Grants of between £1 million and £5 million will be available and partnerships can last between two and four years. Proposals must focus primarily on beneficiaries in one or more of 24 low-income countries.

http://www.spheir.org.uk/apply/call-for-proposals?WT.mc_id=twitter

DEADLINE 20 FEBRUARY 2017

 

THE 32nd CHELSEA INTERNATIONAL FINE ART COMPETITION

Artists from across the globe are invited to enter the 32nd Annual Chelsea International Fine Art Competition. With a fierce dedication to promoting the arts and discovering and exposing new talent, the CIFAC continues its tradition of honouring selected artists and awarding prizes aimed at giving artists invaluable exposure to...

http://www.agora-gallery.com/competition

DEADLINE 21 FEBRUARY 2017

 

WRENS’S COMMUNITY FUND

The Community Fund makes grants of between £2,000 and £50,000 for projects that protect the environment and / or the provision, maintenance or improvement of a public park, or another public amenity. This could include:

 

Improvements to a village hall or community centre

The provision of children's play equipment in public open space

Construction of footpaths and cycle ways in a public park

Providing all-weather play surface for MUGA (multi use games area), etc.

Applications are accepted for projects within 10 miles of a FCC Environment landfill site in WREN's operating area. The fund is open to applications from not for profit organisations and Local Authorities. Information on WREN's Operating area can be found here.

Deadlines 2017: 22 February, 24 May, 23 August, 22 November

http://www.wren.org.uk/apply/wren-grant-scheme

DEADLINE 22 FEBRUARY 2017

 

ROYAL VICTORIA HALL FOUNDATION

The Royal Victoria Hall Foundation awards between twenty and thirty grants each year to smaller scale professional theatre projects based in London. There are two rounds of funding, with deadlines in February and August.

https://www.rvhf.org

DEADLINE 24 FEBRUARY 2017

 

VEOLIA ENVIRONMENTAL TRUST GRANTS

The Veolia Environmental Trust has announced that the next closing date for stage 1 applications is the 24th February 2017.

 

Constituted, not-for-profit groups within the vicinity of a qualifying Veolia site, can apply for grants for projects that support the natural, social and built environment. The type of activities that can be supported include:

 

Community buildings and rooms: such as community centres and village halls, etc.

Public parks, nature reserves, community gardens, footpaths, bridleways or cycle-paths

Play and recreation areas such as skateparks, Multi Use Games Areas (MUGAs), sports grounds, pavilions or changing rooms.

The grants available range from a minimum of £5,000 to a maximum grant of £50,000 and applicants must have secured 20% of funding towards the project prior to submitting a full (stage 2) application.

http://www.veoliatrust.org/funding/

DEADLINE 24 FEBRUARY 2017

 

ANTONYM POETRY CONTEST

Write a poem with the following format. A four line poem. The first line is only one word. Second and third line can be formatted as you wish. The last line is the antonym of the word on the first line. Words that are opposite or nearly opposite in meaning are called antonyms. Examples are big and small, or long and short. The winner takes away a $100 cash prize

http://www.fanstory.com/contestdetails.jsp?id=103663

DEADLINE 26 FEBRUARY 2017

 

GALAXY HOT CHOCOLATE FUND

We are looking to help small, local community projects and groups through our GALAXY Hot Chocolate Fund.

 

From November 7th 2016 until February 26th 2017, we are seeking to award a total of seventy, £300 donations to help community groups and people across UK and Ireland.

 

Five donations will be awarded each week, four by our panel of judges and one through the People’s Choice award to the organisation with the most weekly votes.

http://www.galaxyhotchocolate.com/

DEADLINE 26 FEBRUARY 2017

 

INTERSECTION COMMISSION

Intersection is a commission opportunity created by Fabrica, centre for contemporary art in Brighton & Hove, and Project Art Works, Hastings. They wish to co-commission an artwork for Fabrica’s space that will resonate with neurodiverse audiences. The work will be presented as an exhibition, at Fabrica during July and August 2017. The Artist Commission Fee to develop the concept, make and install the work (includes research and development period to work with people with complex needs supported and facilitated by Project Art Works) is £3,500. There is also a production budget as follows: Artist materials £2000; Budget for other fees and materials for installing the work: up to £15,000.

http://fabrica.org.uk/info-for-artists/artist-call/

DEADLINE 27 FEBRUARY 2017

 

ARTIST COMMISSION OPPORTUNITY – CALL FOR PROPOSALS,

FABRICA & PROJECT ART WORKS

office@fabrica.org.uk

Intersection is a commission opportunity created by Fabrica, centre for contemporary art in Brighton & Hove, and Project Art Works, Hastings, the UK’s leading visual artist-led organisations working with people who have complex needs and the people, systems and services that support them.

 

We wish to co-commission an artwork for Fabrica’s space that will resonate with neurodiverse audiences.  We anticipate this will be an immersive, sensually stimulating art installation that will invite audiences to interact with it and each other, non-verbally.

 

Through this commission we wish to consider two questions or themes: 

 

How architecture or constructed environments affect behaviour.

The nature of consciousness and communication: How the world might appear to someone who is unable to cognitively assimilate knowledge? How communication occurs between people who do, and who do not use spoken language? And in what ways that connection can occur?

The work will be presented as an exhibition, at Fabrica during July and August 2017. The exhibition will be accompanied by a programme of debates, events and hands-on activities that will be suitable for people with very different mental capacities.

 

We believe this commission to be an innovative and challenging proposition – for the selected artist, for us as the co-commissioners and for the audiences who will encounter it.  We wish to commission one artist (or a pre-existing artist group), with a strong track record. We are inviting artists to apply who are living and working in the UK, EU and/or Iceland, Norway, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, FYR Macedonia, Montenegro, Republic of Serbia, Turkey, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine.

http://fabrica.org.uk/info-for-artists/artist-call/

DEADLINE 27 FEBRUARY 2017           

 

192. POETS & PLAYERS POETRY COMPETITION 2017

1st Prize: £500 2nd Prize: £200 3rd Prize: £100. The judge, Michael Symmons Roberts will read all entries. Commended poets at the judge’s discretion. Poems can be on any subject, in any style or form. Maximum line length for individual poems is 40 lines. Winners will be informed by Friday 7 April 2017 and will be invited to read alongside Michael Symmons Roberts at a launch ceremony on the afternoon of 22 April 2017 at the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester where they will also receive their prize.

Entry Fee: £4 for one poem or £10 for three poems

Contact: For rules and details of postal and online entry see https://poetsandplayers.co/competition/competition-2017/

DEADLINE 27 FEBRUARY 2017

 

THE NATIONAL CHURCHES TRUST – COMMUNITY GRANTS PROGRAMME

The Community Grants Programme is for grants of between £5,000 and £20,000 for projects, which introduce facilities to enable increased community use of places of worship. Projects must have an estimated cost of at least £25,000 (including VAT and fees) to qualify. For example, St Michael’s church in the centre of West Bromwich received a grant of £10,000 towards the cost of a new kitchen extension, the provision of accessible toilet facilities, storage provision, general refurbishment and re-modelling of the lobby and entrance, in order to make it more accessible and usable for the local community. Community applicants can also be considered for a National Churches Trust Micro-Grant in Partnership with the Cinnamon Network. There are additional £2,000 micro-grants available to successful applicants to set up a Cinnamon Network Recognised Project that meets the needs of local people.

 

The micro-grants allow churches to set up social action projects such as CAP Money Courses, Make Lunch and Parish Nursing. Successful churches will also be able to access the support and training provided by Cinnamon Network’s regional Advisers and Trainers.

http://www.nationalchurchestrust.org/our-grants/community-grants

DEADLINE 27 FEBRUARY 2017

 

NATIONAL CHURCHES TRUST REPAIR GRANTS

The programme offers grants of between £5,000 and £40,000 to places of worship of any denomination and age towards the cost of urgent and essential structural repair projects, which have an estimated cost of at least £100,000. Applications will be considered from both listed and unlisted Christian places of worship across the UK and the trust is particularly interested in applications from North East England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, as well as from Baptist and Presbyterian churches. Applicants will need to have already raised 50% of the total project cost and projects must be led by a qualified professional who must have conservation accreditation if repairs are for a listed building.

http://www.nationalchurchestrust.org/our-grants/repair-grants

DEADLINE 27 FEBRUARY 2017

 

CHURCH OF ENGLAND CHURCH CARE

Church Care supports all those in parishes, dioceses and cathedrals caring for their buildings. The Fabric Repairs programme helps PCC’s with the eligible costs of essential fabric repairs in architecturally or historically significant Anglican churches in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Applications are considered on the grounds of the historic and architectural significance of the building and also on a parish’s engagement with the history and interpretation of the site/building. Works eligible for funding tend to be Category A or B recommendations in a quinquennial inspection report and include things such as:

Roof repairs

Masonry repairs

Rainwater disposal

Drainage.

http://www.churchcare.co.uk/churches/funding-and-grants/our-grants/fabric-repairs

DEADLINE 27 FEBRUARY 2017

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