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Opportunities relating to diversity, disability and arts and health.

Starting Block film opportunity - updated 17 May
Glasgow Equality Networks Forum (ENF) Blog - updated 5 June
Access Scottish Theatre - updated 5 June
Gateway Exchange Fund
A new casting agency for disabled artists
Art in Healthcare volunteer opportunities 

Starting Block film opportunity

  • Are you looking for your first short film commision?
  • Do you have a film idea on the theme of 'Diversity'?
  • Are you aged 16+?
  • Starting Block provides access to filmmaking skills training in an informal, community based environment and aims to nurture and develop new filmmaking talent across Scotland.

    Starting Block will be running a series of two-day Film schools in Glasgow, Fife and Dunfries and Galloway to help local talent develop their ideas to submit to a nationwide call for projects.

    Starting Block encourages ideas for films that are innovative, cross-cultural and inter-generational and aims to inspire collabvorative work in and across the regions.

    Starting Block is for people who are not in full-time education, employment or already on media-related training.

    For further programme information in your area and participation guidelines...

    visit www.diversityfilms.org.uk
    Email sarah@diversityfilms.org.uk
    Phone: 0141 357 7299

    Deadline for applications is 12th July 2010

    Glasgow Equality Networks Forum (ENF) Blog

    The Glasgow Equality Network blog provides news from the Glasgow Equality Networks, and news and views on equalities issues in Glasgow, Scotland, the UK (and internationally).   

    Access Scottish Theatre

    The Access Scottish Theatre guide provides audiences with information about accessible performances and access at participating venues.  The first guide launched on 4 April 2009 and includes listings of 88 Captioned, BSL interpreted and Audio Described performances across 14 venues.  The venue access pages of the guide contain useful information about getting to, booking and access at individual venues.  These pages include feedback from audiences or information about how to get involved.
    Access Scottish Theatre are also running a variety of information points, open days and familiarisation events.

    Visit the Access Scottish Theatre website to download the latest guide and events information, view accessible performance listings and sign up for the Access Scottish Theatre e-bulletin.

    Gateway Exchange Fund

    The Gateway Exchange Fund aims to support those who are seeking funding assistance to promote healing, creative self expression, transformation and renewal through innovative projects which can make a difference in areas of deprivation and need throughout Scotland.

    Grant awards of up to £5,000 will be available to constitution, not for profit groups. Priority for grant awards will be given to projects which seek to involve or empower people to move on with their lives or fulfil their potential, where they would otherwise not have the opportunity. For example, ex-offenders, people recovering from addiction or individuals with mental health problems or recovering from abuse. In particular, creative projects involving the arts or those with therapeutic, healing and spiritual benefits will be a priority.

    The fund does not receive direct applications, so please apply via the Scottish Community Foundation on 0131 524 0300 or 0141 225 6670.

    A new casting agency for disabled actors

    Dianne Kasperowicz, a second assistant director in the film industry was recently charged with finding supporting actors for the children's BBC drama 'Desperadoes', a series about a wheelchair using basketball team. Casting disabled actors has raised her awareness of the lack of opportunity disabled actors face and the difficulties directors have of casting them. Her answer is to start a new agency that will work with rather than in competition to the two similar agencies that exist.

    There will be no joining fee or subscriptions, just the usual industry standard percentage deduction. Her problem is locating actors to join the new agency's books.

    If this is for you please email Dianne Kasperowicz or telephone 07847 473 641

    Art in Healthcare volunteer opportunities

    Art in Healthcare (formerly Paintings in Hospitals Scotland) is a forward-looking arts-in-health organisation working with healthcare communities to create opportunities for patients, visitors and staff to enjoy and engage with the visual arts.

    The organisation is currently looking to recruit volunteers to be involved with its work around Scotland.

    AiH would like to hear from people who are passionate about visual art, interested in improving their local hospitals and looking for an enjoyable volunteering experience.

    They have Scotland-wide opportunities to be involved with:

    • Overseeing the hanging of artwork in local hospitals and healthcare centres
    • Advising staff and patients on where best to place work
    • Providing regular checks on the artwork
    • Recruiting and training local volunteers
    • Encouraging hospitals to use visual art to improve their working environments.

    They will provide you with the training and support you need and reimburse out of pocket expenses.

    For further information please call 0131 554 5481, email Art in Healthcare, or write to:

    Kate Watson
    Volunteer Network
    32-36 Dalmeny Street
    Edinburgh EH6 8RG

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