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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 September newsletter here

Local Creative News

(Header Image) Radical Histories of Basildon Part 2 is an event that brings together community groups, local activists, writers and historians in a discussion about Basildon’s history.
Sunday 12th September at Colors Basildon between 4 and 6pm.
Index members Rose Cleary and Lisa Horner are both speakers. You can book a ticket here:

Directions_Bas Basildon Film Shorts 2 is an evening which will present new and recent moving image work and short films by local filmmakers or those familiar with the town.
Sunday 12th September at Colors Basildon between 7 to 10pm
Index members Daisy Howarth, Chris Michael, and Maz Murray are all screening work.
You can book a ticket here:

The volunteers from the Friends of the Langdon Reserve will be giving a tour of their lovely sensory garden, orchard and a meadow. You will also have the opportunity to get stuck in and get your hands dirty in the garden. John Little will give a talk about the work he does locally via Grass Roof co. Saturday 11th September 11am to 2pm includes a free lunch. You can book a ticket here:

You are invited to join Gloucester Park Community Group who 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. You will also have the opportunity to get stuck in and help out on an activity. Sunday 19th September 10am to 1pm includes a free lunch. You can book a ticket here:

Speed Crafting at Craft Shed on Thursday 9th September 7-9:30pm.
The Craft Shed is bringing you an evening that is jam packed with a variety of crafts, some you may have seen before, but they will be taken to a whole new level and Brand New Ideas that will be transformed into Brand New workshops.
Head to to book a space

It is coming up to a years anniversary since Basildon Writers Group launched It Happened in Essex which has sold 172 copies and raised £182.04 for Basildon Hospital Radio. You can still purchase a copy here:

On Saturday 31st July 2021, Dave Chappel's "Poacher Woodsman" Sculpture was unveiled in Langdon Hills Country Park. It has been 12 years since the sculpture was last on display in St Martin's Square in Basildon's town centre.  You can read more about it here:
Vin Harrop has also shared a short text about the unveiling of the artwork, which you can read here

Art and Culture Opportunities

Lakeland Arts Creative Tender for Place and Pause
Deadline 03 September 2021
Apply here:

Call for Entries - 25th Japan Media Arts Festival
Deadline 03 September 2021
Apply here:

Sparks Illustrator Brief for Thackray Medical Museum
Deadline: 05/09/2021
Apply here:

Open Call- Queer photography and zine
Deadline: 5th September
Apply here:

Hidden Histories | Digital Artist in Residence | Museum of Oxford & Digital Artist Residency
Deadline: 05/09/2021
Apply here:

Contemporary British Painting Prize 2021
Deadline: 05/09/2021
Apply here:

ROSL Photography Competition 2021
Deadline 06 September 2021
Apply here:

fourbythree: fully-funded exhibition for early career artists
Deadline 12 September 2021
Apply here:

BADA Art Prize 2021
Deadline 13 September 2021
Apply here:

CUVO Videoart Festival - Open Call 2021
Deadline 30 September 2021
Apply here:

East UK/London Cultural Jobs

Apply here:

Technical Coordinator (Part-time), Brentwood Theatre
Deadline: 8th September 2021
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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

New Town Sounds Festival will take place on Saturday 11th September between 11am to 11pm in multiple venues across the town centre. You can find out more via social media platforms at @creativebasildon

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 8th September, 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: