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  1. Molly says:

    ARCHIVE UPDATE from Tony Lidington

    For 2 years, we have been building towards making a funding proposal to Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) towards an archiving project for street arts – it’s been clear for some time that some old lags such as me are going greyer and becoming ever-more doddery: we all own large quantities of imagery and information pertaining to our work in outdoor arts over the last 3 or 4 decades, but much of it is stored in plastic bags and boxes in sheds and attics! As someone who researches and produces work on historical popular entertainment forms from archives across the country, I am keenly aware of the necessity to preserve and annotate these ephemeral items effectively for the future. This project will be a collaboration between NASA, Winchester & Exeter Universities, an archiving service (TBA) and possibly with support from ISAN. NASA would be the lead organisation. It is a 2-part project: Phase 1 would be a “self-archiving” process, where about 10-12 companies over 2 years would attend archiving workshops and receive training and materials to archive their own work effectively, so that the resources are in an appropriate format for Phase 2. Phase 2 would be the storage, management and digitisation of those (and other) companies’ archives at Winchester. Phase 11 is intended to be funded primarily by HLF, Phase 2 primarily by AHRC (Arts & Humanities Research Council) and would be led by the Universities. The membership of NASA have supported the development of the project and my aim is now to start negotiations and the application to HLF for Phase 1, with a view to trying to submit a proposal to them in the Summer of this year – this would mean that the project would effectively start in early 2015. There is a lot still to do and I try to fit the discussions around all my other work, but we have a lot of quite influential support and the idea is a good one, though I say so myself!

    In the meantime, listen out for my next BBC Radio 4 series about historical, itinerant, outdoor performers with ‘The Showman’s Parson – The Memoirs of The Reverend Thomas Horne’, a 3-part series about fairground sideshow life in the Nineteenth Century, due for broadcast on 2nd, 9th & 16th March 2014 7.45PM.”

  2. Dear colleagues,

    Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

    We would like to invite you to a networking meeting for all people working in or interested in the outdoor arts sector from across the region and beyond. This is an opportunity for artists, promoters, producers and any other interested parties to share information about events, shows, projects and collaborations as well as exploring how we can respond to opportunities and challenges. Everyone attending the meeting will have the opportunity to speak if desired, and we hope to have representatives from a number of event organisers from across the region, so feel free to bring promotional information about your work to this event.

    We will be at The Yard Theatre (M15 5RF) from 6pm – 9pm
    Light refreshments (tea, coffee and wine) will be provided at this free event so, to be sure we have enough glasses, can let us know you plan to come by emailing (title the email “Networking event”).

    The Yard Theatre, 41 Old Birley St, Hulme, Manchester, M15 5RF [Google maps:
    The venue is located within easy walking distance (15min) of Oxford Road Train Station and Piccadilly Station. Also 86 bus route stops at Old Birdley Street’s Garden Center, opposite the venue.
    Free on-street parking is available

    We’ll be in touch in January to let you know about our invited speakers, who will be sharing their perspectives on what is happening in the outdoor sector and updating us on developments relevant to our work. If you want to forward this to friends and colleagues please do so.

    Meantime, have a happy holiday. See you in January!

    Best Wishes,

    The XTRAX Team

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