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Golfer at the Disabled British Open 2009 by Steve Bailey

Golfer at the Disabled British Open 2009 by Steve Bailey

Issue 2: Opportunities and events

This section is to keep you up to date with opportunities and events linked to the Accentuate programme.

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‘Search and Discover in Gosport’ Creative Landscapes Project Seeks Deaf or Disabled Artist for Community Based Residency – deadline 5th April

A Deaf or disabled artist is being sought to lead a participatory residency from May to September in Gosport, Hampshire. The artist(s) will be based at the Gosport Discovery Centre and will run creative workshops for local participants, as well as doing their own work, exploring the theme of ‘Search and Discover in Gosport.’ Inspiration will be drawn from the local history collection and the historic environment of the town. The residency will culminate in an exhibition or event for Heritage Open Days, September 9th-12th 2010.

Applications are invited from Deaf and disabled artists working in photography, sound, music or spoken word, who are enthusiastic about participatory creative work and who wish to develop their practice. Emergent and early career artists are encouraged to apply and mentoring support will be provided. The fee is £6000 for 30 days work. The deadline for applications is Monday 5th April 2010.

Creative Landscapes is part of the Accentuate Programme and seeks to increase opportunities for engagement with heritage and the historic environment by Deaf and disabled people through creative exploration.

Liz Porter, artist and Creative Landscapes Disability Advisor, said:

‘This is an exciting opportunity for an artist to lead a residency that will involve local people, exploring local heritage through creative approaches. In particular, we encourage early career artists to apply and we can offer the successful applicant mentoring support as part of the residency.’

For more information and to request the residency brief, please contact Esther Gill, English Heritage Outreach Manager on 07500 097957 or email

Future dates for your diary:

Major Events: After the incredibly successful Disabled British Open Golf Tournament launched last year with Sky TV coverage, we are delighted to be supporting it again this year through the Major Events project. We now have confirmed dates of 21st and 22nd September 2010 at the exciting new venue, the East Sussex National near Uckfield.

There will be opportunities to get involved through volunteering, so save these dates in your diaries and watch this space. We will also be supporting the Disabled Shooting Tournament at Stoke Mandeville. We do not have exact dates at this moment, but it will be happening at some time in October.

Sync South East:

Sync South East individuals programme reaches its half way stage this month. We have worked our way through one ‘cycle’ of activity starting with our explorative sessions – looking inwards at ourselves and what we offer, moving through our entrepreneurial session – brushing up our business skills and working on our professionalism, and finishing with our exposition – enabling us to rethink what we present to the outside world – through our web presence and the way we handle face to face contact, all underpinned by one to one coaching and our on-line SyncTank community. Our individuals are now busy auditing themselves to see what has shifted over the last 8 months, and we’ll be starting the second cycle of activity after Easter.

Sync South East organisations programme doesn’t reach its half way point until the summer as it’s a slightly longer programme. We’ve just had our second all-organisations Groove day – this one focusing on how we feel about ‘the money’ – getting it, not getting it, spending it and accounting for it. The day had a planetary theme, and included our ‘star speaker’, Hilary Hodgson, formerly of the charitable trust Esmee Fairburn and now freelance.

“I really enjoyed the event today, the pace and energy is exactly what I needed. I feel inspired and energised to tackle money and funding within my organisation. Thank you!”

We are currently planning an ‘Ensembles’ day for July – where all our organisations will work together to share their stories of success with a wider audience. Interested in coming along? Contact Jo Verrent to go on the advance interest list.

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Participant at a recent Sync Groove event

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