Carnival opportunity for artists

Dorian Kelly (Artistic Director for Colchester Carnival) has asked for this news to be passed around as widely as possible:

Artists opportunity from Illuminati Creative Arts in conjunction with Colchester Carnival 2011, Slack Space, and Firstsite.

Artists who live or work in the Essex and Suffolk area are invited to apply to take part in a 3 day Carnival Arts training course, There are spaces for 12 people. The course, normally costing £300, is fully funded and is completely free .

The training takes place at Slack Space in Colchester in from Sunday 15th May to Tuesday 17th May inclusive, and is led by professional trainers from Rampage Mas Band from Luton – the home of British carnival. The work covers design and construction of carnival costume and props. It will be very intensive but extremely rewarding, leading to an optional opportunity to create and show something special for Colchester Carnival, which takes place on July 16th 2011, The Colchester Free Festival on August 27th and potentially for the “Sparks Will Fly” , the Essex Big Event in 2012.

The course includes basic materials and notes. You will be expected to attend each day from 10.00 – 17.00 with a break. There may be opportunities for you to work on independently until later. Tea and coffee will be provided, but artists will be responsible for their own meals.

Although the training is free, the quid pro quo is that the artists will have to commit to at least three evenings, or one complete day on a weekend in the weeks leading up to the Colchester carnival, working in one of the local community centres with the local carnival groups cascading your knowledge and helping them design and make carnival costumes and paradable objects.

To apply, email CV and up to six images of previous work ( which need not be carnival-based but which shows style and imagination) to marking the subject line “Carnival Training” with a short piece, no more than 100 words about why you would like this training. Applicants must be sure that they will be available on these dates.

Applications must be received by April 22nd. The successful artists will be informed by April 27th.

Dorian Kelly

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