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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 May newsletter here

Draft Cultural Strategy
We recently sent out an additional mailout in relation to the Draft Cultural Strategy Consultation, which you can read more about here

Local Creative News

‘Precarious straits ~ survival on Southend’s new coast, Southend-under-Sea’, is a collaboration with TOMA, and The Old Waterworks, Launching Saturday 22 May 2021
The project includes an exhibition, events, workshops, care package and writers in residence. Index Members: Maz and Hava (The Right Lube), Ruth Hazel, Holly Firmin and Rose Cleary are all participating with graphic design work by Dan Harding organised by Warren Harper from (TOW). More info here on how to book tickets and slots:

Janet Howson, a Member of Basildon Writer's Group, has a new book out called Dramatic Episodes. This is the story of thirteen members of an Amateur Dramatic Group whose own lives are far more dramatic than the parts they play on stage. This is available on Amazon Books.

Lisa Horner and Co have recently interviewed Index members Vin Harrop from EastGate Art Gallery, and James Nason from Basildon History Group. You can listen to their conversations here:

Craft Arena and Alchemy Gallery at Barleylands have lots going on - Header Image
Unlocked will be an exhibition of Craft Arena customer's work undertaken during the Covid19 epidemic and is planned to be held during May. More info here:
They also have an open call/competition to exhibit as part of the exhibition Tantalising Textiles between Saturday 3rd July 2021 until Saturday 31st July 2021. To submit work you can download an entry form here:

Therapy in Musical Expression (TIME) will be participating in the CPP Open Labs working on a project titled Basildon Audio Visual Music Machine. Check out more here:

Gateway 97.8 have won 3 gold awards from the Community Radio Awards for Young Person Speech, Journalism and Election Coverage.

The Craft Shed – Lockdown Baby Prints on Saturday 8th May 10am to 5pm.
Booking required. Message FB page here.

Estuary Festival - 23 Days of Art, Music, Literature and Film between 22nd May to 13th June, across South Essex and Kent including Wat Tyler Country park in Pitsea. More info here:

Rowan Fortune recently reviewed Laura Mauros books On the Shoulders of Otava & Naming the Bones. You can read the review here:

Fusion Walls premiered a new spray paint piece via Youtube Live QnA on 18th April, which you can check out here:

Daisy Howarth has a new website which you can check out here:

‘Infinite Beings’ Morl’s first film is acquired by Southend Museums
George Morl’s film ‘Infinite Beings’ (2020), produced as part of a residency with The Old Waterworks (TOW) is acquired by Southend Museums. You can read more about it here:

Art and Culture Opportunities

Artist Wanted! Summer Residency
Officina Neukölln, Berlin
Deadline: 4 May 2021
Apply here:

SHINE Emerging Artist Programme 2021
United Kingdom  |  Light Up The North
Deadline: 4th May 2021
Apply here:

Call for Entry: Jerwood/Photoworks Awards
Deadline: 12 May 2021
Apply here:

Deptford X Supported (Exhibition Opportunity)
Deptford X, UK, London
Deadline: 16 May 2021
Apply here:

Open call for submissions on the theme of REBORN (Exhibition Opportunity)
The Hive, Shropshire, UK
Deadline: 16 May 2021
Apply here:

Open Call for SIMUPOEMS
Distributed Device Screening/Streaming for one day only 11th June
Deadline: 23 May 2021
Apply here:

Thame Town Council Commission: Art Leading Wayfinding (commission)
Thame Town Council
Deadline: 25 May 2021
Apply here:

Environment Fund, Thames Vision (project call out)
Port of London Authority
Deadline: 28th May 2021
Apply here:

ONE WORK – Arts Writer Open Call (prize/award)
Prospect Art, Los Angeles, US
Deadline: 30 May 2021
Apply here:

Eastbourne Open - Exhibition Opportunity
VOLT Gallery and Project Space, Eastbourne
Deadline: 31 May 2021
Apply here:

East UK/London Cultural Jobs

Art Foundation Year Studio Technician (Fixed Term), Royal Drawing School
Deadline 6th May 2021
Apply here:

Craft Workshop Leader Opportunities / UK wide, The Crafty Hen
Deadline 9th May 2021
Apply here:

The Albany London Deptford, has 3 job vacancies – Producer (artist development), Administrative Producer and Co-ordinator.
Apply here:

Assistant Producer, Sadler's Wells
Deadline 9th May 2021
Apply here:

Fundraising and Projects Lead, Essex County Council
Deadline 9th May 2021
Location: Chelmsford
Apply Here:

Volunteer Coordinator, FESTIVAL.ORG
Deadline 12th may 2021
Apply here:

Mercury Theatre are looking for an array of Technicians.
Deadline: 12th May 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


CPP is looking for Photographer and Videographers. Drop Cassie an email at for more info.

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 12th May 2021

Open Labs - CPP have recently announced all creatives participating in the Open Labs programme. You can read more about it 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: