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Designersblock 2012 @ London Design Festival

Designersblock runs from the 20th through to the 23rd September 2012. Open daily from 10am to 7pm.

The 15th annual Designersblock will take place with Southbank Centre during the London Design Festival over a series of amazing spaces including the Royal Festival Hall and the Queen Elizabeth Hall, some of which have never been seen by the public. This is the most high profile and prestigious venue we have ever used, attracting over 22 million visitors every year. We will have a main exhibition space, a program of live events and installations, as well as taking over the Royal Festival Hall shop.

Spaces are available, send applications to

Entry is free with pre registration @ EVENTBRITE


Designersblock 2012
Southbank Centre
London SE1 8XX

The event will feature Furniture, Lighting, Ceramics, Product, Graphics, Installations and Events.

Keep an eye out for updates @ VERYDESIGNERSBLOCK.COM

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New Designers 2012 | Artsthread

New Designers is the UK’s most important graduate exhibition.

Taking place over two weeks, with nine distinct design zones and two prestigious Awards Evenings, New Designers is an event full of innovation and fresh thinking.  Over 3,500 of the most talented newly graduated designers from across the nation will come together under one roof for the 27th edition of New Designers.

New Designers are delighted to announce that we are working with a new partner, Arts Thread. Arts Thread is now hosting New Designers online graduate portfolios, providing a year round extension of New Designers the exhibition.

We are delighted to announce that we are working with a new partner, Arts Thread. Arts Thread is now hosting New Designers online graduate portfolios, providing a year round extension of New Designers the exhibition.

Arts Thread provides a comprehensive online directory for new and emerging design talent. For graduates, it offers invaluable advice and information for those dedicated to developing their career.

We are very pleased to have found a partner who shares our values in bringing graduate talent and business together.

New Designers Part 1: Wednesday 27 June – Saturday 30 June 2012

– Textiles, Fashion & Accessories
– Contemporary Applied Arts
– Ceramics & Glass
– Jewellery & Precious Metalwork
– One Year On

New Designers Part 2: Wednesday 4 July – Saturday 7 July 2012
– Product & Industrial Design
– Furniture Design
– Visual Communications
(incl. Graphic Design and Illustration)
– Spatial Design (including Architecture & Interior
– One Year On

NEW DESIGNERS to register your interest.

ARTSTHREAD WEBSITE [There are a few technical issues at the moment but please ignore any warnings you see regarding the website certificate..all safe]

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Wellcome Trust Arts Awards

The Wellcome Trust are a global charitable foundation dedicated to achieving extraordinary improvements in human and animal health. Arts Awards support imaginative and experimental arts projects that investigate biomedical science.

The scheme aims to:
stimulate interest, excitement and debate about biomedical science through the arts
examine the social, cultural, and ethical impact of biomedical science
support formal and informal learning
encourage new ways of thinking
encourage high quality interdisciplinary practice and collaborative partnerships in arts, science and/or education practice.

All art forms are covered by the programme: dance, drama, performance arts, visual arts, music, film, craft, photography, creative writing or digital media. The Trust invites applications for projects which engage adult audiences and/or young people.

We believe the arts are an effective way of stimulating debate and engaging people with biomedical science. Visual art, music, moving image, creative writing and performance can reach new audiences which may not traditionally be interested in science and provide new ways of thinking about the social, cultural and ethical issues around contemporary science. Collaborative and interdisciplinary practice across the arts and sciences can help to provide new perspectives on both fields. The arts can also provide imaginative ways of engaging and educating young people in the field of science.

The scheme is open to a wide range of people including, among others, artists, scientists, curators, filmmakers, writers, producers, directors, academics, science communicators, teachers, arts workers and education officers.

Applicants must be based in the UK or the Republic of Ireland and the activity must take place in the UK or the Republic of Ireland.

Applicants are usually affiliated to organisations, but can apply as individuals.

Organisations might include: museums and other cultural attractions; arts agencies; production companies; arts venues; broadcast media; schools; local education authorities; universities and colleges; youth clubs; community groups; research institutes; the NHS; and science centres.

Partnership projects (between different people and organisations, e.g. scientists and ethicists, educators and artists) are welcomed.

If this is the first time an organisation is applying to the Wellcome Trust an eligibility assessment will be carried out. For this assessment, the following documentation from the applying organisation should be submitted:
articles of association
audited accounts from the previous two years
details of similar projects/grant funding received
confirmation that no funding has been received or is scheduled to be received from any tobacco company.

Funding can be applied for at two levels:

Small to medium-sized projects (up to and including £30 000)
Funding can either be used to support the development of new project ideas, deliver small-scale productions or workshops, investigate and experiment with new methods of engagement through the arts, or develop new collaborative relationships between artists and scientists.

Applicants can apply for any amount within the above boundaries, for projects lasting a maximum of three years.

For small to medium-sized projects (up to and including £30 000) upcoming deadlines are:
28 October 2011
27 January 2012

Decisions will be made approximately three months after the relevant deadline.

For large projects (above £30 000) the deadline for 2011 has passed.

We are currently reviewing our process for large projects for 2012. This page will be updated at the end of September 2011 with further details.
Decisions will be made approximately six months after the deadline.

Full application details at:

[Creatives Inc are not connected to the Wellcome trust]

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Print & Pattern Blog

If you havent heard of it, then you must have been living in a cave in deepest Burundi for the last 5 years.

‘Bowie Style’ [not her real name!] has been photographing and logging the styles & trends of the gift, cards & textile industries for what seems like forever. We found the wonderful Michelle Romo through her website back in 2008.

Her perseverence in collecting information resulted in the Print & Pattern Book. She is now getting ready for the launch of Print & Pattern Book 2!

She was also cited by The Times last year as No 15 in the worlds most influential design blogs. We know that the biggest names in retail keep a close eye on her leads.

The website also doubles up a recruitment area for some of the largest publishers and agencies in the UK, so make sure you log in and don’t miss out on those opportunities.

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