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Capsule Job Opportunity

2010.12.27 | 0 comments
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Marketing and Audience Development Assistant, Capsule + Home of Metal

F/T to August 2011 (Mid Jan start required)
£5.80 p/hour (£11,310.00 pro rata)

This is an exciting Future Jobs Fund Opportunity for anyone aged 18-25 who has been unemployed for a minimum of 6 months and is looking to forge a career in the arts.

You will work closely with the Programme Directors at Capsule on all aspects of Capsule’s day-to-day activities with a particular focus on ‘Home Of Metal – an exhibition across the West Midlands.

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Duties will include general administration, research, copywriting, artist and artwork logistics.  You must be able to work unsupervised, have a good understanding of how to use social networking tools, copywriting skills, basic photoshop, passion for music and the arts, an eye for detail and excellent communication skills. Degree level or equivalent is preferred.

To apply for this position please send your CV and a covering letter / statement outlining your interest and experience to:
Lisa Meyer, using ‘Marketing and Audience Development Assistant’ in the subject.

Deadline for receipt of CV and covering letter              - 5th Jan
Shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend an interview on     - 7th Jan
Initial briefing with successful candidate                - 14th Jan

For more information please contact:
Lisa Meyer, or 0121 248 2252

This post is offered through the Future Jobs Fund. To be eligible to apply you must be aged 18-24 and be claiming job seekers allowance. The post is offered for 6 months from January 2011. 30 hrs per week at minimum wage rates.

Supersonic review in The Wire

2010.12.20 | 0 comments
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In the latest issue of The Wire Magazine a review from Supersonic Festival 2010, in which they refer to the Eastside creative community -

The West Midlands and Birmingham in particular are ‘the Home Of Metal‘ – where founding fathers like Black sabbath and Judas Priest played their first shows and a second wave, including Napalm Death and Godflesh, spawned numerous subgenres…We get a sense of the diverse musical and artistic interest that fed into the Birmingham scene. It’s clear that the city’s current music community, or at least the one centred around the Custard Factory, is equally openminded – something which the organisers Capsule both cater to and take inspiration from.

Supersonic confirms that there’s certainly something in the air in Birmingham, or, as one of the organisers suggests, in the city’s architecture, that makes even the older artists come across as fresh. That’s because you’re not observing them on display in a ‘zoo’, but working in their natural habitat: a post-industrial space. So many other music festivals offer what you expect to hear, merely affirming your good taste in music, Supersonic is a place to be educated and surprised: new, experimental and intellectually nourishing material is cleverly smuggled in under a black cloak of fist-pumping riffs and cathartic noise.

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Project Pigeon Volunteering

2010.12.19 | 0 comments
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Project Pigeon is recruiting some pigeon friendly people to help with some exciting pigeon activities between January and May 2011.  We will taylor your volunteering to your interests, skills and things you want to learn.  Work will include things like assisting with arranging workshops in pigeon fancying, assisting with our ‘Community/ United Nations Pigeon Loft‘ designing and building project, learning the basics of pigeon keeping (if you don’t already know them), assisting with marketing (updating sites, mail-outs etc), assisting with applications and evaluations, helping build an office space (a shed), assisting with forthcoming exhibitions/events etc.

You need to be a flexible person with experience of working with a range of people, be able to do a range of things (or one necessary thing very well!), have some experience of helping run a project, be able to commit either a block of time or at least half a day a week over a period of time to the project sometime between January and April.

To apply please email Alex and Ian at by Saturday 15th January with a paragraph or two about yourself and why you want to volunteer with Project Pigeon and your CV.  If you miss this initial deadline please do still get in touch as there will be further opportunities.

As well as gaining experience, having fun, having the possibility of attending site visits and trips with us you will get your own pigeon and be an honorary member of Project Pigeon Syndicate (worth £20- but if you pick a fast pigeon you might win a few pounds!) and get discounts on Project Pigeon products (e.g. thermal underwear, DVD’s, t-shirts!).

Project Pigeon Prizes

2010.12.19 | 0 comments
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It was the Aston and District Pigeon Flying club prize giving on Friday night, we collected two certificates.  One of our pigeons came 6th out of 212 pigeons on a 75 mile race from Swainswick and another came 4th out of 279 pigeons in a 114 mile race from Taunton.  We are very happy with the results.

(The jumper I’m wearing is one of a range of things we have made for British Homing World Show of the Year- in Blackpool at the end of January – where we’ll be having a stall)

Newer Alphabets

2010.12.17 | 0 comments
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Here is a nice little collaboration from Eastside Projects’ (and We Are Eastside’s) graphic designer, James Langdon, and the Dutch-based duo of Karl Nawrot and Radim Pesko.

In 1976 Dutch designer Wim Crouwel made the experimental typeface, ‘New Alphabet‘. Using a tiny 5 by 9 grid it toyed with cathode ray tube technology, though was largely unreadable. 34 years on, Nawrot and Pesko have created ‘Newer Alphabets’, and the typeface “Lÿon”, which has a family of four wildly different styles: ULYS(es 13), STAN(ley Kubrick), WALT (Disney) and JEAN (Arp).

The typeface is collected and presented in ‘Newer Alphabets’, which is supplement to issue 16 of the Korean journal GRAPHIC, with a written introduction by James Langdon. Check out the Lÿon family above, and order the magazine online!

VIVID’s Nightmare Before Christmas

2010.12.17 | 0 comments
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Join VIVID on Saturday 18th December (8.30pm – late) for Nightmare Before Christmas, a Christmas knees up to mark the close of its 2010 programme. 

Nightmare Before Christmas will play host to a warped line up of winter horror, creepy electronica and spectral pop with DJ sets from COLOUR ; Lärmlicht; John Napier and Dan Le Trap  – expect a heady mix of jagged, dark, and drowsy sounds combined with intense, psychedelic, and ethereal footage. To get you in the mood, The Princes of Risborough have compiled ‘Jugend Horror Mix’ – a free playlist available for download.

Tickets cost £5 and are available in advance from

 The party closes VIVID’s LANGUAGE season (03-18 December 2010) which ends with work and performance by artist Aura Satz ( Satz’s work explores ghostly presence and illusions through performance and sound and is often focussed on unusual sonic devices, early musical instruments and automata.

Nightmare Before Christmas is presented as part of ‘The Garage Presents’, a brand new strand of one off events embracing music, live arts, installation, performance, digital and sonic media. Join VIVID’s mailing list at to keep up to date with all future events.



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Exhibition making

2010.12.15 | 0 comments
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Install images from the Carey Young exhibition currently at Eastside Projects.

Exhibition making can be a physical game. It took a team of 5 gallery staff, 5 technicians, 2 carpet fitters and 3 dedicated volunteers, 19 days to transform Eastside Projects into a multi-roomed cinema space. Visit now to see the finished article. Carey Young ‘Memento Park’ continues until Saturday 18 December, and opens up again from 6 to 29 January 2011 (open Thursday to Saturday).

Writing mentorship scheme – Call for new writers

2010.12.14 | 0 comments
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Self Service and This is Tomorrow are piloting a mentoring scheme for new writers, which offers an opportunity for a new or emerging writer to develop skills in critical writing for publication.

The scheme intends to encourage writing practice within the West Midlands, giving a platform for new writers to gain public exposure, experience and professional development, whilst simultaneously promoting arts activity in the region to a wider audience.

The writer will receive 3 half-day mentoring sessions from the This is Tomorrow team:

-James Smith (focus on research, planning and editorial).
-Lorena Munoz-Alonso (focus on artists interviews / features).
-Josephine Breese (focus on reviews and writing style).

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In addition the writer will have two half-day mentoring sessions with Sally O’Reilly which will focus on writing practice.

The writer will be expected to produce three pieces of critical writing (as detailed below), which will be published on and

-A review of Flatpack or Fierce Festival (500words), March 2011

-An interview/feature on a West Midlands based practitioner or artist-led organisation (1000 words), June 2011

-A review of all, or a part of The Event 2011 (1000 words),  October 2011

Application process

Applicants should send:

-A short letter of application stating why you have applied for this opportunity and what you hope to gain from it.

-Two examples of critical writing (around 500 words each).

-An up to date CV


Deadline: Friday 14th January 2011

Man jumping over cars in Digbeth

2010.12.10 | 3 comments
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Clearly we don’t condone this sort of thing.

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Although apparently he has since been offered a trial by Birchfield Harriers.

A Blonde Farewell at Ikon Eastside

2010.12.10 | 0 comments
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Thanks to all who came to A Blonde Farewell last week as we prepared to close up Ikon Eastside for the winter – we’ll be open again for the Flatpack Festival in the spring, see you there.

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