#FundMyArt – Jamie Benson

“How do you fund your work as an individual artist?” – asked dance blog Stance on Dance.  And Jamie answered.

You might remember Jamie Benson from episode 14 of our podcast (if you haven’t heard it, please do, it’s one of my favourite episodes, all because he’s not afraid to tell it like it is!)

Well, Jamie has made a Funding 101 for dancers/choreographers, although it’s applicable to anyone looking for funding.

Jamie Benson

Jamie Benson

Why trust this guy?  Jamie’s probably one of the given his years of experience in writing grant applications for various organisations – his LinkedIn profile is extensive – so he knows some of the pitfalls and tricks that various individuals and groups face when looking for funding.

And that can be a daunting prospect for a lot of creatives, right?  Even if you’re used to it, it’s time-consuming, doesn’t offer a guaranteed pot of money, and full of hoops to jump through.

He quickly takes you through commissions, how to enhance your website,  fiscal sponsors, what to be wary of in grant applications, persistence in crowd funding…

Jamie Benson on “7 Way$ to Fund Your Art”.

For more on Jamie Benson, here’s his website, and for dancers/choreographers, we recommend you sign up to his marketing newsletter – especially if you live/work around New York City.

Finally, I’ve posted this on our website before, but here’s another snippet of solid funding advice; Jan Williams from the Caravan Gallery (an art gallery on wheels which tours all over the UK), on how to write successful funding applications;

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And, as always,

Stay productive, stay awesome!

Jay Sykes
Executive Producer, 99% Perspiration

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Episode 19 – Making the Most of your Creative Degree

It’s somewhat ironic that what followed the episode entitled “Never Stop” was an absence of podcasts for an entire month. Let me start with an apology. I’m one-man-band; making this podcast alongside everything else in my life. I’ve started a new semester at the University of Sunderland, where I’m now lecturing three radio/journalism classes, which has taken up a great deal of time & energy. I’m also working for the arts networking organisation ArtWorks-U, making occasional videos for the university, producing four weekly radio broadcasts, and sporadically working on a handful of other projects.

Life is chaotic, unpredictable and hectic… And I love it.

As such, I put 99% Perspiration on the back burner. To my own detriment, as much as yours. It’s not good practice, I know. But. The show must go on.

You can expect weekly episodes from 99% Perspiration once again.

Episode 19 is the very first live special of 99% Perspiration. It was broadcast during Freshers’ Week at the University of Sunderland, where I work as an Academic Tutor of radio. They invited us to create a special, live, one-off programme tailor-made to incoming students – “Making the Most of your Creative Degree”.

Click here to listen to Episode 19

Click here to listen to Episode 19

A big thanks is in order for Matthew Donnachie and Grant Lowery, who were our sound-designers on the project.

I’d love to hear back from you about whether this is useful (or not) if you’re not based at the University of Sunderland – our Twitter is @99Podcast.

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Our guests on Episode 19:

Click here to listen to Jill on Episode 19

Click here to listen to Jill on Episode 19

Jill Kirkham is the Programme Leader of Fashion Product & Promotion at the University of Sunderland, and there are tons of opportunities and tips available for fashion students which will be applicable to fashion-conscious listeners.

Click here to listen to Lily in episode 19

Click here to listen to Lily in episode 19

Lily Clifford is the Learning and Engagement Officer at the National Glass Centre, based in Sunderland.  Lily began volunteering at the NGC whilst she studied at the University, and this volunteering experience led her straight into her current role.

Click here to listen to Sarah on Episode 19

Click here to listen to Sarah on Episode 19

Sarah Heseltine is currently a Graduate Intern within the Student Recruitment team at the University of Sunderland.  She joined us to give us insight into extra-curricular opportunities at the University; in particular the Student Ambassador scheme which she was involved in.

Click here to listen to Episode 19

Click here to listen to Sinèad on Episode 19

Sinèad Livingston is a graduate from BA Community Music, in partnership with the Sage Gateshead.  She’s currently setting up a musicians’ creative network, and working alongside me on a radio programme called ArtyParti on Spark FM (Wednesdays at 3pm) – and you can hear more from Sinèad on episode 4 of 99% Perspiration.

Click here to listen to James on Episode 19

Click here to listen to James on Episode 19

James Hamilton is currently studying BA Journalism at the University of Sunderland, and currently presents Drive Time on the student/community radio station Spark FM.

Click here to listen to Rute Correia on 99% Perspiration

Click here to listen to Rute Correia on 99% Perspiration

And Rute Correia, who you can hear more from in Episode 18 of 99% Perspiration, is an incoming student of MA Radio (Production and Management).  She previously studied at Universidade Nova de Lisboa in Lisbon, Portugal, worked with Nintendo of Europe, and now creates the weekly White Market Podcast and runs creative company Rute’s Loot.

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

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

Caravan of Connections

Sometimes, I really wonder just how much is going on that I don’t know about. I feel like one of the human characters in a 21st century Borrowers adaptation. Why?

The Pride of Place Project is a collaborative exhibition between the Caravan Gallery and the Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, and has been open for anyone to walk in  Sunderland since the 3rd of April. For three weeks, it has been sat opposite independent record store Pop Recs, and I had no idea it was there. For three weeks, it has been accumulating work from its bare beginnings when they moved in, and now all the walls are covered in photography, stories and artwork – any artist can send in work and get it on display for anyone who walks in. And in just over a week, it’ll be gone again, as the group head to Bradford to begin the whole process for another few months in a new location.

A medium sized city-centre shop, full of about forty artistically minded individuals who attended the Caravan Gallery's open event

But this Tuesday (April 22nd), they held an open event which a few artistic types in my networks invited me to. Throughout the three hours of mingling, free wine and snacks, were presentations by several artists, photographers and poets:

Theresa Easton from the Sunderland Book Project – “The point of the Sunderland book project is so people have the freedom to pick up a handmade book and read all about Sunderland, without feeling like you can’t in a stuffy environment”, like a museum for instance. Theresa and her collection of handmade books by various artists travel around Sunderland so as many different people can experience the books as possible. If you’re interested in creating a book, Theresa believes it’s a project anyone can get involved in; “People who contribute books aren’t necessarily book-makers, or even artists.” I’d better not put one in then.

One vibrant example of a story about Sunderland; based on Alice in Wonderland

Alex Godchild, possibly the youngest member of the entire room, who warmed the crowd with hilarious limericks between poems. I’d quote one but, you know, intellectual property and all that. – “I don’t know why I started writing poetry, but I did.” 

Jill Gibson, talking about her contribution to a recent Australian art and feminism event, Taking Up Space – “I then had the challenge of transporting this 60 metre long tube to Australia… In the end I had this piece which was overtaking the building, and had a life of its own.”

Bob Lawson, who got rather invigorated and opinionated, and was very interesting to watch. – “My painting is not about letting the intellectual get in the way,” he says, shrugging away his artistic MA. And then he uses the word visceral. “You can listen to music or opera and it affects you – it’s visceral. Sometimes it can be the same, just with a bit of paint.”

Two attendees to the Caravan Gallery's event . Behind; a small crowd of people, a bookshelf containing several books with their fronts on display, and a wall of photographs and artwork.

Helen Schell, who showcased her recent project that involved lighting and livening up Victorian statues across the country – “I think Sunderland needs a big art project that everyone can get their hands on and enjoy”.

Sunderland-based photographer Mark Luck, who is “interested in the juxtaposition between the natural & the man-made, the industrial and the wild.”

And a group of arts students from the 80 Metres Above Sea Level project at the University of Sunderland, an awesome project with a couple dozensof students presenting their work in various locations across the city. Including one that received a few seconds of good laughter from the room – “If anyone wants to see my work, it’s in the toilets in the Bridges!” *

* Sunderland’s Shopping Centre

Some coloured pencils and surveys on the table at the Caravan Gallery's open event. In the background, some people are chatting and looking at the photography on display

It’s because of nights like this at the Caravan Gallery that these artists can get their workout. Not only can artists showcase their work, but they’re for enabling artists and creative types to network, get together, discuss projects, and potentially even collaborate.

Once you begin going to events like this, you get used to the faces. That’s the power of networking at local events in action. And if you’ve got a keen interest in pursuing the arts, showing your face and meeting people at gatherings like this are so essential. Projects like this exist. Often, quite surprisingly. I was lucky enough to be invited, to know the right people. Once you’re in, you’re more securely in. If you think there’s nothing in your city, chances are you’re probably mistaken. If you’re interested in art, photography, creative writing; do some research, see what’s on in your nearest city/town/tiny little village hall… And let us know if you find anything that inspires you!

If you do happen to live in/near/around Sunderland, you’ve still got just over a week to check it out, as Caravan leave on May 1st. Their next two stops are Bradford and Cardiff.

An article about the Caravan Gallery near its inception, titled "A Little Extra{Ordinary}". The article features a picture of a small, travelling yellow caravan.

 

You can (literally) hear more from the Caravan Gallery’s organiser on next week’s 99%Podcast (Mon 2pm on Spark FM, Thu 6:30pm on Hive Radio. I’ll be interviewing them in a few hours, and squeezing out some juicy advice for artistic types who want to get themselves noticed in the arts world!

Until next time…

Stay productive, and stay awesome!

– Jay