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Local Creative News

Basildon Borough Heritage will be running a series of talks at the green centre at Wat Tyler Country park where you will also receive a tour of their space and displays.
Saturday 9th October 11am to 2pm
You can book a free ticket here:

Gloucester Park Community Group will be giving a tour of the park which will include the history of the area, exploring local biodiversity and the history of the group, what they do and how they do it.
Sunday 10 October, 10am to 1pm. You can book a free ticket here:

Basildon Natural History Society will be giving a tour of Marks Hill Wood, a 43-acre nature reserve, which is run on an entirely voluntary basis. The terrain varies, and includes sections of ancient coppice woodland, more recent woodland, former plotland, hay meadow and ponds.
Sunday 17th October, 10am to 1pm
You can book a free ticket here -

Metal Southend curretly has two vacancies Artistic Director and CEO plus Southend Administrator. Apply here:

Squarity Art Publishing and New Waverley Studios are collaborating to publish artworks in order to to help fund unique Essex based short films. Check out the artworks here:

Lisa Horner has recently re-designed website their author website which you can check out here:

Denise Gannon from Craft Arena will be chatting with Lisa Horner via On your Doorstep podcast on 14th October. You can read more about the work Denise does here:

Warren Harper has his collaborative project with Gabriella Hirst, How to make a bomb, currently on exhibited at Focal Point Gallery as part of Tip of the Iceberg.
and has co organised an upcoming online event titled Rose Garden Conference on 23rd October. More info here:

Lu Williams and Fanny Von Beaverhausen aka Ruth Hazel are both exhibiting in the TOMA Final Show “Tend to it” - is on untill 15th Jan 2022

Jordan Hemingway will be performing at The Edge as part of Hippy Joe Live and Unsigned on 6th October.

Phil Burdett & Ralph Dartford recently performed Hidden Music at Bloomsbury theatre and studio in London, which you can read more about here:

Holly Firmin new text titled Peoples Republic of Southend can be read here:

Rose Cleary new text titled Pompeii can be read here:

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George Morl was awarded Jerwood Newlyn Residency 2021, which you can read more about here:
George will spread his residency over three periods in Penzance: 31 Jul – 15 Aug 2021 and 30 Oct – 14 Nov 2021, with a final month-long visit from June 2022.

Numerous Index members recently screened moving image work at the recent Directions Bas Shorts 2 event which included:
Ray by Daisy Howarth -
Regen a ration by Emma Hale
Redux by Chris Michael -
Maz Murray screened an excerpt from an upcoming film titled Poppets

Springboard is a skills based drama group for young adults aged 19-25. Each week we cover a different theatre skill including improvisation, characterisation and physical theatre. It's a weekly £3 PAYG group and post-covid we really want to shout about the new opportunities we have. You can read more here

Ben Stewart/Fusion Walls recently did a live painting for Our Towns Bas Street Art Festival, which you can check out here:

Art and Culture Opportunities

Open call for group exhibition - VERTICAL MERGER
Deadline: 08/10/2021
Apply here:

Enclave Land Art Artistic Residency 2021
Deadline 10 October 2021
Apply here:

English Riviera Winter Open 2021
Deadline: 10/10/2021
Apply here:

SENSING call for artists
Deadline: 12/10/2021
Apply here:

Freelance Curator: Fresh Air Sculpture Show
Deadline: 15/10/2021
Apply here:

Norfolk Way Art Trail Commissions
Deadline 20 October 2021
Apply here:

The Next Thing Moving Image Award
Deadline: 22/10/2021
Apply here:

Deadline 25 October 2021
Apply here:

apexart's NYC Open Call for Exhibition Proposals and up to $10k budget
Deadline 31 October 2021
Apply here:

East UK/London Cultural Jobs

School Programme Coordinator at Artists in Residence (AiR)
Deadline 10 October 2021
Apply here:

Junior Exhibitions Project Manager, The Design Museum
Deadline: 17th October 2021
Apply here:

New Theatre Peterborough has numerous jobs available
Deadline Various
Apply here:

Britten Pears Arts has numerous jobs available
Deadline Various
Apply here:

sales assistant, Jackson's Fulham Ltd
Deadline: 29th October 2021
Apply here:

Below are some info/opps from the Creative People and Places team. If you have any questions about below info, please do email Christine at

Our Towns Street Art Festival and New Town Sounds Festival took place on Saturday 11th September in multiple venues/areas across the town centre. 

CPP are running a survey which closes on 19th November 2021, and if you complete it, you have a chance of winning £150 in theatre tokens.

CPP has an opportunities page which includes info about volunteering and being a community voice. Visit here:

The Next Open Door event is on Wednesday 13th October, which you can find out more info here:

COVID19 - Links and Support
Support in Basildon
A mutual aid group has been set up on facebook for Basildon
CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) - Basildon Council service and information updates.

Support and Resources
A facebook group titled "Anti-viral work for freelancers and small businesses" has been set up, which may be a useful space for freelancers to share concerns / advice / ideas for best practice etc. Just click Join Group.
Independent Arts Projects have set up a resorce page with links to Government Support & Benefits and Official Response from Arts Funding Bodies, Unions & Membership Organisations.
Creative Industries Federation guidance:

Southend artist Elsa James has created a downloadable poster to help show support + commitment in fighting racism and inequality. You can read more and download it HERE

Bas-Arts-Index stands in solidarity with black communities and does not tolerate racism. As an art project based in and around Basildon, we acknowledge that the Index is predominantly utilised by white people. We aim to recognise this, and to work harder at supporting a more diverse group of creatives.

Below we have added links to resources which have been helpful for us, but if we have missed anything, please do let us know, by emailing

Online Resources including reading, useful links, email templates: