ArtyParti – Putting Southwick on the Map, Thinking Digital Arts & Free Pinhole Photography

Hello, Creatives!  One of my side projects alongside running 99% Perspiration is a weekly radio programme called ArtyParti.  We invite guests to chat about artistic & cultural events in the North East of the UK.

Here’s the latest, episode 39;

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Become a Reviewer in Residence at the Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art

CuckooHello, 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!

The Write Life.jpg(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!”

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99% Extra – Mike Pinchin, Video-Game Designer

12606959_10153928402063552_264623515_nA few times a semester (fancy talk for “a third of a year”), our radio classes at the University of Sunderland feature guest lecturers, usually people who are active in the creative industries.  Our last:  Mike Duddy, who recently shared a boom-handling session with our students.

But last week’s session excited me a lot.  And I mean a lot.

Mike Pinchin designs video games.  I remember a lecture with him back when I was a student, from 2010.  He’d recreated the university campus, and had Daleks patrolling the media building.  Since then, he’s been making money from releasing his own games on mobile platforms.  He designs the characters, the aesthetics, the sound…  And he joined our class to show us just how important sound is to enhance the immersive experience.  “There are people doing all kinds of awesome sound design in video games – whether they’re actual video games or interactive experiences.”

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Episode 12 – The Power of Persistence

Click here to listen to Episode 12 of 99% Perspiration

Click here to listen to Episode 12 of 99% Perspiration

Advice from two employees of Eutechnyx, a videogame production company based in Gateshead, UK. Luke Withington is a games programmer, and Erin Turnbull is a HR manager. They’ve got tons of advice if you’re interested in working in videogame design, or programming – and they also offer an awesome sounding graduate scheme, Level Up.

And a brief clip of my gold award-winning radio drama, “SeaBurn“. In the podcast you’ll hear it had made “finalist” but since recording the podcast before leaving for the Big Apple, I took the gold award in the New York Festivals World’s Best Radio Programs awards for “Best Student Drama Program”.

The music this week comes from John Carl Toth – an incredible music composer from Tennessee, who specialises in creating soundtracks.

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