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 April newsletter here

Local Creative News

Brandler Galleries in Brentwood has acquired a Banksy Mural from Nottingham, and the artwork is scheduled to be displayed at Basildons Eastgate Art Gallery.

Sam from Tern Heads has been doing various in conversations/interviews with various practitioners about there experience working in the creative industry. You can watch them here:

Sculpture studios have recently worked on a new Fantasy Face Tree Carving Sculpture – which you can watch how they made it here:

Colin Payn and Dawn Knox are both published writers and decided to attempt the unusual project of writing a book way outside their comfort zones, a novel based in the near future, which was completed during the time when Covid 19 meant they could not meet in person. The result is a powerful scenario of how the climate crisis may be resolved, but not necessarily by humans alone. The Future Brokers is available on Amazon at £7.99 for the paperback and £1.99 for the KIndle version, here:
They also have a promotional video here:   

Basildon History Group have a wonderful newly designed website you can check out here:
They have created wonderful pdf themed packs which include, the history on farms, pubs and train stations.

Local Author Lisa Horner has set up a podcast series titled Lisa Horner and Co, where she has spoken with an array creatives including Index Members Rose Cleary and Laura Whiting from Directions Bas. You can listen to all podcasts here:

Aaron Shrimpton new short film, S (for Southend) has recently been released with Historic England and Focal Point Gallery, and recently featured in Essex Magazine here:

Laura Mauro has won two British Fantasy Awards (BFAs) for her writing, Best Collection for Sing Your Sadness Deep and Best Short Fiction for The Pain-Eater’s Daughter. You can read more about it here:

Art and Culture Opportunities

Call for Proposals: Dunton Hills Commission
Deadline: Friday 30 April 2021
Apply Here:

Artist talk/panel discussions
Deadline: 10/04/2021
Apply Here:

Call and Response - a commissioned opportunity for two writers
Deadline: 15/04/2021
Apply Here:

Open Call for Artists - Engagement Programme for the Weymouth Public Art Trail
Deadline: 23/04/2021
Apply here:

Birkenhead International Film Festival (BIFF) Open call
Deadline: 25/04/2021
Apply here:

Call for content: writing on networked photography and digital culture
Deadline: 5 April 2021
Apply Here:

Artist Commission: Fabrica & The Living Coast Residency 2021
Deadline: 12 April 2021
Apply Here:

Engine House Offsite Residency 2021 (for an illustrator)
Deadline: 16 April 2021

East UK/London Cultural Jobs

Rebranding plus website design and development, Contemporary Visual Arts Network (CVAN)
Deadline: 9th April 2021
Apply Here:

Learning Operations & Events Coordinator, National Theatre
Deadline: 12th April 2021
Apply here:

Half Moon Theatre has an array of job opps such as Designer x 2, Composer / Sound Designer x 2, Writer x 4, Spoken Word Poet / Poet x 3, Assistant Director x 3, Trainee Dramaturg (Spoken Word Poetry) x 1 and Specialist Performer / Artist x 2 (those whose performative artform falls outside the above categories, i.e. puppetry, clowning, Kathak, hip-hop, DJ)
Deadline: 19th April 2021
Apply here:

Saturday Gallery Invigilator, Levy Gorvy
Deadline: 11th April 2021
Send CV and brief introductory email to Katie Holroyd

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


Graphic Designer call out: Paid Opportunity
Deadline: 7th April

Scriptwriter/Writer Callout: Paid Opportunity
Deadline: 5th April

Open Door is a chance for all artists, creatives and community members to talk to CPP about your ideas or projects. Join them on the second Wednesday of every month 6pm – 7pm.
Next Event is 14th April 2021

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: