This noticeboard is primarily for creative opportunities, news and resources.
If you would like anything added, please do email

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. We aim to listen and learn to help educate ourselves, starting with our Bas-Film-Club, which will now focus on BAME Filmmakers and Creatives. The Film club is open to everyone, and anyone can suggest a film to watch.

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:

This noticeboard also doubles up as our monthly newsletter, which goes out at the beginning of every month. You can read the August newsletter here

Local Creative News

Metal Residencies: Open Call - 2021 -2022
Apply by 2nd August 2021.

More info Here:
7 opportunities to creatives who live and/or work locally to Metal in South Essex.
(Basildon, Brentwood, Castle Point, Rochford, Southend-on-Sea Borough, Thurrock)

Job Vacancies at Towngate Theatre include: Theatre Administrator, Box Office & Sales Supervisor, Stage Door Receptionist, Chef.
Apply Here:
Deadline: 10th August

Lisa Horner and Co have continued running a wonderful podcast which has recently included chats with Ken Porter head of Basildon Heritage. You can find out more info here:

Alchemy Gallery at Barleylands next exhibition will be August 2021 1st year show: Emily Johnson.

Phil Burdett has recently released a new album titled Tall Tales from a low county, which you can purchase here:

Carl Merry was recently invited to tell a tale on the Tales From The Dragonfly podcast on June 10th. You can listen to it here:

For anyone working in the film industry you can join a new group called Essex Film Collective, which you can check out here:

Sculpture Studios recently worked on a Giant gloss black stallion horse, and giant orange egg, created as theatre stage props for the Garsington Opera's performance of Handel's Amadigi, from the 19th June to 24th July 2021. Video link here:

If you need a space for doing a creative event/activity with a small group, there is a space in the back of Basildon library called Creator Space. It has lots of great facilities which can be used. Details here:

(Header Image) La Danse Fantastique are now offering Adult Beginner Ballet Clases, which start on 6th September. You can book via

Art and Culture Opportunities

Becontree Estate August Residency in partnership with Barking and Dagenham Council
Deadline 01 August 2021
Apply here:

The South London Gallery Postgraduate Residency
Deadline 02 August 2021
Apply here:

Abstract Open Call
Deadline: 04/08/2021
Fronteer Gallery are looking for abstract artworks for a three week exhibition in September and October 2021.
Apply here:

Opportunity to exhibit in the Seven Hills Gallery at Northern General Hospital in Sheffield
Deadline: 08/08/2021
The Seven Hills Gallery - Northern General Hospital
Apply here:

Open Call for Video Art and Experiment Film Event
Deadline 16 August 2021
Apply here:

Society of Wildlife Artists Annual Exhibition
Deadline 20 August 2021
Apply here:

Artychoke Zine - Spotlight Feature Callout
Artychoke Zine is on the lookout for visual artists (of any discipline) for the Spotlight feature of our Autumn Issue.
Deadline: 20/08/2021 
Apply here:

Exhibit your art at the Seafront Gallery in Worthing
Deadline: 31 August 2021
Apply here:

Apply now to be a part of Round Lemon’s second artist talk series
Deadline: 31/08/2021
Apply here:

East UK/London Cultural Jobs

Designer, National Portrait Gallery
Apply Here:
Deadline: 11th August 2021

Casual Technician, Beck Theatre
Deadline: 13th August 2021
Apply here:

Creative Designer, ARTIQ
Deadline: 27th August 2021
Apply here:

Development and Projects Assistant, NMC Recordings
Deadline: 31st August 2021
Apply here:

Facilities Assistant, Museum of the Home
Deadline: 11th August 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: Launching in Basildon Town Centre during July 2021 is ‘Our Towns’ a brand new street art project from the CPP Team. You can read more about it here:

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

The Next Open Door event is on 11th August, which you can find out more info here:

Other Opps
CPP is also looking for Volunteers and Community Voices which you can read more about 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: