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Volunteers need for Al Weiwei action

Tate are planning a special event to mark the disappearance of the artist Ai Weiwei on the final weekend of his installation 'Sunflower Seeds' at Tate Modern.

'Sunflower Seeds' is on display in Tate Modern's Turbine Hall until 2 May. To mark its final weekend, on Saturday 30 April Hamish Fulton will present an action from 12 noon to 2pm entitled Slowalk (In support of Ai Weiwei).
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Train with creatives in South Kilburn

Would you like to be a trainee at South Kilburn Studios?

The Architecture Foundation, South Kilburn Neighbourhood Trust, Brent Council and Practice Architecture have transformed the site of 2a Canterbury Road in South Kilburn, into studio spaces available to those in the creative industries.

The tenants of South Kilburn Studios have each promised to train a local young person whilst receiving six months free rent. Each tenant will take on one trainee and teach them the skills of their profession working with them to build up a strong portfolio of work in their chosen trade.

To become a trainee you must live in Brent and be between the ages of 18 and 25. No prior knowledge of the subject you are interested in is needed so please fill in this form if you are interested in becoming involved.
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Sky launches new arts fund

Sky has announced a major new programme to support new arts projects and emerging artists.

The programme involves the creation of a new arts fund, Sky Arts Ignition, with two distinct and complementary strands: The Sky Arts Ignition Series and Sky Arts Ignition: Futures Fund.

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Warwickshire photographers and painters wanted

BRINK, a not for profit, contemporary arts organisation, based in Kenilworth, is seeking works by Warwickshire-based painters and photographers for a 30-day showcase in an interesting and stylish venue in Kenilworth.

Works can be on any theme and there is also the possibility of exhibiting small sculptural works. All works must be available for sale.
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Interested In Filmmaking?

Film Colchester is a new filmmaking group based in Colchester, Essex.

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Artist and editor of Dan Thompson has been crowned the ‘Unsung Coastal Hero’ in the Coast Awards 2011, in association with Joules.

The award was given in recognition of his work to use the arts to support regeneration in his hometown of Worthing, and for his wider work to bring empty shops across the country back into use.

Dan has worked in the arts since the age of 13, when he joined a community arts project at the Connaught Theatre. He is a founder of Rainbow Shakespeare, whose inaugural production was Twelfth Night on Worthing Beach. He was also involved in Shoreham's Beach Dreams Festival for many years. Since 2000, he has run Revolutionary Arts, which has founded trails of open houses and studios in Horsham and Worthing, as well as pioneering the use of empty shops for arts projects.

The annual Coast Awards celebrate the people and places that represent all that is innovative, valuable and exciting around the British coastline. This year’s ten categories include Best Boutique Hotel by the Sea, Best-Loved Pier, Best Green Marine Campaign, Unsung Coastal Hero and the Joules Award for Best Coastal Path.

Coast magazine was inundated with thousands of votes from across the UK and, searching for the very best Britain’s coast has to offer, a panel of seven experts – including TV presenter Michaela Strachan, Director of The Twentieth Century Society Catherine Croft, Managing Director of Joules Tom Joule and Director of Strategy and Communications at VisitBritain Patricia Yates.

The ‘Best British Beach’ and ‘Best Seaside Holiday Destination’ categories were decided on Coast reader votes alone.

TV presenter Michaela Strachan awarded the winners their prizes at the Coast Awards 2011 ceremony, which was held at the Country Living Fair in London.
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North Somerset Arts Week

The biennial North Somerset Arts Week is from 29th April to 8th May this year. Over 300 artists are opening their homes and studios to exhibit a diverse and vibrant set of work.
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Edgy Hamlet at Worthing's Connaught Theatre

Icarus Theatre Collective stop off at Worthing's Connaught Theatre as part of their national tour with a fresh and gritty production of Shakespeares Hamletl.

The tale of the young Prince Hamlet avenging his father’s death and confronting his uncle, the new King who stole his throne. is told in one of Shakespeare’s greatest works.

Icarus Theatre Collective’s kinetic, accessible and fresh new production blends inventive physical theatre techniques, a modern soundtrack and innovative design, making the streamlined and subversive production perfect for audiences new to Hamlet and those already well acquainted with Shakespeare’s iconic tragedy.
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The Caravan Gallery Q&A are asking interesting artists, creatives and people working in the arts, heritage and creative sector some essential questions.

This interview was originally completed as part of Made In South Kilburn, a Made Labs project for the Empty Shops Network's Workshop 24 space in South Kilburn. 

The Caravan Gallery is a mobile exhibition space, visual arts project and event space run by artists Jan Williams and Chris Teasdale. So, we ask Jan and Chris from The Caravan Gallery to tell us about themselves:

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Character clowning and prime silliness in store at comedy club

Gigs sell out regularly now at Matt's Comedy Club, Worthing's family-friendly night out, and they're promising a cracker of a night for their next show on Thursday 28 April.

Headliner will be wonderful character comedian Joanna Neary (below right), who comes highly recommended following a string of Edinburgh Festival shows, and TV appearances on That Mitchell & Webb Look and Skins.