Meet audio producer & poet Stuart Russell – the second in a mini-series of posts, dedicated to the audio producers & artists whose work will be showcased at Solo Arts’ Audio Cinema night, Tuesday 2nd May 2018.
Meet audio producer Larnie Moles – the first of a mini-series, showcasing the guests behind Solo Arts’ upcoming Audio Cinema night, Tuesday 2nd May 2018.
I was 14 when I told my parents I didn’t want to do the family route and study science. I finally admitted them I wanted to write and it freaked them a bit, because they didn’t know how to get me where I wanted to be, whereas in pharmacy/nursing they know people.
You can consider me the black sheep in the family if you will. Myself and my cousin both take media courses – herself journalism and me studying Broadcast Media Production.
I won’t lie, I was scared breaking out in the media industry. Taking an easy route into a job wasn’t what I wanted to do and I wanted a challenge. Since joining Spark Sunderland in 2013, I’ve clocked up a whole calendar of hours (I’ve stopped counting since 150) of radio, and working behind the scenes. I love doing it. I love choosing the songs for playlist for my Urban Show on a Monday, choosing what content I should put in my daytime show, being in control of all the specialist programming, I just love it.
But the one thing that bothers me? I’m one of the seven ethnic minority in the station. Media is not solely focused on BAME [Black and Ethnic Minority], and many just assume to put us in the Urban setting.
So, when given the chance to go down to London to attend a masterclass held by BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra, I jumped at the chance. It was a masterclass hosted by creative access, a programme committed to providing the best advice, experience and internship for BAME industry beginners.
The first day in London, I panicked. Well, of course I did, I was in King’s Cross and was about to burst into tears because I didn’t have enough money to catch the tube home. Oh how stupid I was, thinking that I could be so comfortable down in London on my own.
Eventually, I got to my aunt’s house. And my cousin was so excited for this masterclass that she wasn’t even going to. “You’re going to make it, Steph, believe me.” I tried. I really did.
On the day, I wanted to look really good. I mean, I’m going to my future workplace, I wanted to stand out. Before making down in London I went to Newcastle and bought a whole new outfit, that screamed “I KNOW WHAT I WANT AND I’M GOING TO GET IT.” Continue reading “Meet Stephanie Chungu.”
Hello, Creatives! This one is stolen from the lovely folk at Cuckoo Young Writers, an organisation that exists to develop emerging writing talent in the North of the UK. If you’re interested in writing/journalism, aged 15 – 23, please read on!
(If you’re outside North UK, or outside Cuckoo’s age bracket, there are dozens of opportunities our there, and The Write Life have compiled a handy list of top-notch places to start: 26 Amazing Writing Residencies You Should Apply for This Year.)
“Become a Reviewer in Residence at the Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art (NGCA) in Sunderland!”
At 8pm GMT this evening, content marketing expert Chris Marr will be talking live about Effective Content Marketing.
You might remember Chris from episode 8 of 99% Perspiration; and if you haven’t heard it, it’s worth checking out. Content Marketing, also known as inbound marketing, is quite a new word in the world of marketing – the basic idea is bringing customers to your business through getting content out there, even if your business has nothing to do with content generation – and you couldn’t pick a better guide than Chris Marr.
“TV is all about relationships. We’re helping you kick-start those relationships.”
That’s Campbell Glennie of the annual Edinburgh TV Festival – every August, the @EdinburghTVFest is one of the highlights of the TV industry, bringing together around 2,000 people who work in TV across the UK and beyond, to network & celebrate.
Creative Futures, lovely folks as they are, kindly invited me to attend Campbell’s talk earlier today on their intense talent development scheme which runs alongside the festival, “The Network“. If you live in the UK, and want to work in TV, this could be the gateway for you.
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.
“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.
“We want the Lungs catalogue to kind of serve as a reminder… like, ‘Hey, we’re here!’ Hopefully, it will be received well and we will be able make Lungs an annual publication. And we’re really excited.”
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 – firstname.lastname@example.org
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And, as always,
Stay productive, stay awesome!
Executive Producer, 99% Perspiration
Happy International Women’s Day, Creatives! Join us in celebrating this important campaign, which attempts year on year to help bring society ever closer to parity.
I spoke to female creatives across various industries to find out what International Women’s Day means to them, and what advice they have in store for emerging female creatives.
“In this day and age you’d be hard pressed to find someone who doesn’t consume some sort of media every day. That’s why I think we as an industry have to be incredibly hot on issues such as gender parity.
“Not only do we have to work on equality for those who work for us (for instance, only 36% of people in your typical newsroom are female), but we also need to improve how women are portrayed in our documentaries and dramas.
“No one should be confined to playing the swooning doctor’s assistant or the
damsel in distress. Of course, many of us will be able to think of women whose contributions to TV and film are far from tokenism, but there’s still a long way to go.”
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.
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”.
Long 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!