Adventurous Artsy Anecdotes – part 2

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Here’s proof of my exploration!

      1)  Radost Restaurant      2) The Museum of Yugoslav History

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Adventurous Artsy Anecdotes

Week 1: Newcastle to Belgrade

I’m Alanna and I’m originally from Newcastle.

I am currently pursuing an artsy nomadic academic lifestyle; two weeks ago I was living in Dublin and now I live in Belgrade, Serbia.

 

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Here’s opinionated me exploring Belgrade. 

I’m a part of the last cohort of the International Performance Research Masters run by the University of Warwick, Trinity College Dublin and the University of the Arts Belgrade. In short, I study performing arts – academically, artistically, practically, and also from a curatorial perspective. Over the past 8 months, I’ve been inspired by so many wonderful artists, academics and amusing encounters along the way. I decided to start this blog to share experiences of my last semester here in Belgrade, which will be my home for the next three months before embarking upon my dissertation project.

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Lungs – A Call to North East Artists

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Lungs is an upcoming contemporary art publication based in Sunderland.  It exists to catalogue the work of emerging North East artists, and to provide a platform to exhibit to a wider audience.

With a limited print run, the catalogue will be distributed to local galleries, museums and art organisations, to serve as a reference of the innovative creative work happening on our own doorstep.

Photographer Angela Wingate is one of a team of three bringing “Lungs” together.  We asked her why this project is so important to her:

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“I think more than anything, we wanted to show what’s going on around here. Our curating class spent the week in London last month and the culture of the city is so arts focused.  Everywhere!  You don’t get that here.”
Angela Wingate, Photographer & Co-Founder of Lungs

“Everyone assumes you have to travel to London for arts and culture but there is some awesome work being created in the North East.  We want the galleries and art organisations to know that before they call out to artists down south, see what’s going on right here.

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A call for artists based in North East UK is now open until 15 April 2016. Submission guidelines can be found at lungsproject.org.

An exhibition of a selected works will coincide with the launch of the first Lungs issue in September 2016.  To find out more about the project, you can email the team – lungs.project@gmail.com

Want to help support us, & buy some snazzy stuff in the process?  Head over to our RedBubble – clothing, mugs, books, bags galore!  We’ll have some new designs on the site soon.

nyf-gold-award-jay-sykes-circle-crop1And, as always,
Stay productive, stay awesome!

Jay Sykes
Executive Producer, 99% Perspiration

A Day in the Life: Sophie Lisa Beresford, Artist

Following the recent What Next? Sunderland event on Wednesday, the latest and 36th branch of a national campaign to bring together artists and cultural players from grass-roots to those on the top of the trees, I left with a renewed passion.  I’d signed up as social media coordinator to help with the Sunderland effort, and am so excited to see how the community of artists and cultural players can influence arts here, in a city so often overlooked in the shadow of its more “culturally significant” cousin, Newcastle.

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Photo: Faith Rutherford

It was there that I met Sophie Lisa Beresford.  She told me about her upcoming art show “Geordie Mackem Magic” at Arts Centre Washington, and I was quickly won over and wanted to check it out; not in the least because she’s one of the most enthusiastic and engaging speakers I’ve ever met. Her work, she explained, explores her identity of “raggie” (a local term for chav (a national term for a downgraded member of working class society)), and how her art reaches past the barriers places on her by society to For more on this topic, I thoroughly recommend you check out Owen Jones’ ridiculously insightful “Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class”.

 

ChavsLong story short, Sophie’s now a member of our 99% Perspiration Facebook group, and was promoting her event.  Meanwhile, another Sophie, our guest blogger and journalism student Sophie Dishman, is searching for a new contributor to her A Day in the Life… blog series.  I introduced Sophie to Sophie and, voila, a connection was made.  That’s why I love the group.

A big thanks to 99% blogger Sophie Dishman for allowing us to reblog her Day in the Life series.  Over to you, Sophie!

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Chloe Lawrence: Opportunities for Emerging Artists

Thanks to Ryan Watson of Juice Festival for allowing us to repost their interview.

Being interested in working in the arts is a thing that can be really confusing to be interested in.

It’s really easy to volunteer for something, or get involved with a project here and there, those things are really valuable and a lot of fun to do.

But eventually it gets to the point where you start to wonder what you can do next. How you can draw on those experiences in order to help yourself progress? It’s something I wonder about and to be kind of honest, worry about quite a lot.

Meet Chloe Lawrence, programme manager at ARC. We chatted about ARCADE and the other opportunities ARC offers for emerging artists.

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Episode 18 – Never Stop

It might be one of the most “Disney” podcast names we’ve done yet, but “Episode 18 – Never Stop” is now online! And you know what? It might be cheesy, but it’s solid advice.

In Episode 18, you can hear Rute Correia & Stephen Pritchard. Ruth’s journey is so interesting and varied, it could have inspired Ronan Keating’s [un]forgettable classic.

Click here to listen to Rute Correia on 99% Perspiration

Click here to listen to Rute Correia on 99% Perspiration

After leaving her position as Junior Online Content Coordinator at Nintendo of Europe, Rute travelled to England to study an MA in Radio at the University of Sunderland. She now runs her own crafty company called Rute’s Loot, and creates the weekly White Market Podcast, all about creative commons music.

Click here to listen to Stephen Pritchard on 99% Perspiration

Click here to listen to Stephen Pritchard on 99% Perspiration

Stephen Pritchard is researching a PhD in socially engaged and participatory arts; if that’s an area you’re interested in, we thoroughly recommend following him on Twitter. He’s a very active, vocal tweeter, and has a great deal of insight to offer.

Stephen is also the Executive Director of Dot to Dot Active Arts, and writes a blog Colouring in Culture.

Stay productive, stay awesome!

Jay

Episode 7 – How to be a “Magnet”, not a “Hammer”

You can listen to episode 7 by clicking on our logo below.

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Johnny Woods is the Creative Director of Newton Aycliffe-based Thrive. The company are all about building brands; through web design, graphic design, social media and inbound marketing. You can find out all about Thrive, plus a whole host of handy free resources, on their website. Expect to see some extra content from Johnny on our blog in the near future.

Adam Wilson Holmes, a Sunderland-based fine artist. His work was recently featured in a SOLO Arts exhibition at Homeside Coffee. You can find Adam’s work via his Twitter & Tumblr. and his official fine art website. [Warning: Adam’s work contains sexual content.]

Ah Ah Ah Ah, Episode 5

Episode 5 is now available to listen to online!

And with this latest episode comes our excited announcement that 99% Perspiration is now available to listen to/download/enjoy on iTunes as a podcast.

So if you fancy following us on 99% Perspiration, there’s never been a better time – and you can get the latest episodes sent straight to your phone/tablet/computer etc!

Click on our lovely logo (designed by JP Media) to find our latest podcast.

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Episode 5:

Gem McNair of Crafty Wee Cow – based in Glasgow, it’s a somewhat new company, specialising in really awesome arts and craft work. Gem’s got tons of advice about competition, marketing & building up confidence if you’re trying to get your arts/crafts work sold.

Joe Collins, who jumbles two jobs simultaneously; he’s the co-owner of Homeside Coffee, an independent coffee shop in Sunderland, and also a member Lilliput. A realist at heart, Joe doesn’t hold back from sharing his opinions on the Sunderland music scene, and the positives and negatives of trying to fit music into your life.

The really quite kick-ass band that is Lilliput generously allowed us to use their music for this episode – and I really do recommend you check them out!

Until next time…

Stay productive, stay awesome!

– Jay

99% Extra – Funding Applications

Jan Williams from the Caravan Gallery is no stranger to funding applications. The whole reason she and partner Chris are able to travel the country bringing community-based art to locations across England is because of funding from the Arts Council.

So I wanted to ask Jan more about funding, and what advice she has to pass on, to make that funding application go more smoothly.

Until next time…

Stay productive, stay awesome!

Jay

Episode 4

Featuring Fab Lab Sunderland, the Caravan Gallery, freelance photographer Michael Davidson, and singer/songwriter Sinéad Livingston.

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We kick off with an interview with Jason Legget, Project Director of the new “Digital Fabrication” space which is arriving in Sunderland in just two months’ time. The project, known as the Fab Lab Sunderland, will bring 3D printing, last-cutting and many other new technologies to the university and city of Sunderland – their Twitter.

We also intereviewed Jan Williams from the Caravan Gallery, a travelling exhibition which aims to bring communities together through locally focussed art. For much more info, you can check out my previous article on this blog – Caravan of Connections – or visit their official website and Twitter.

I also chatted with freelance photographer Michael Davidson. Based in Sunderland, Michael also works part-time at the Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art. Michael has been working as freelance for the past few years, and honestly I found his advice so down-to-earth and honest. You can find Michael on Twitter, or peruse his recent artwork. We’ve got more content coming from Michael in the future.

Last but absolutely not least, this episode’s music was provided by Sinéad Livingston, a local singer/songwriter. Sinéad has recently begun her journey as a “community musician”, and you can hear all about her passion and advice for other musicians in the podcast. I brought my DSLR with me whilst she strummed and sang by the riverside, so you’ll be able to catch a video of her performance in the next few days. In the meantime, you can check out her recent performance on On’t Sofa – or visit her own YouTube or Twitter.

And if you’re a musician, singer, or play in a band, and are interested in getting your music on our podcast, do get in touch – our email is 99PercentPodcast@gmail.com

Until next time…

Stay productive, stay awesome!

– Jay