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Full Circle Arts Young Artist Development Programme

March 9, 2012

May 20011 to May 2012


‘A twelve month arts development opportunity for 18 to 30 year olds who want to progress in further arts participation, training, education or a career in the arts”







This Saturday between 11am and 3:30pm the Young Artist Development Programme will be taking place again. Hosted by John Leyland from Blank Media


The session will be held in the Theatre Space at Zion Arts Centre and will see 9 presenters from the creative industry present their career journey to the group on the Young Artist Development Programme. 


If you are 18 to 30 and have an interest in the arts why not drop by? 


You are very welcome to attend, please sign up by emailing today! 




11am –  Miz DeShannon – Arts Manager and project management – 8 years, experience in the creative sector, set up @MAPSFestival. Miz will present her Career overview with a specific focus on self- management


11:15am – Rebekka Platt  – Dance Artist – Career overview with a specific focus on key things to consider when exploring dance practice, dance opportunities available in Manchester and how this has helped Rebekka’s own career


11:30am  – Andrew Smith – Music Practitioner – Career journey to date – specific focus on music facilitation/education and the setting up of a new company. Andrew will be joined in the second part of the day by Tom Northey who will provide further information on business set up, marketing, self promotion and funding


11:45am  – John Franklin  – Arts Producer and Manager – John has a decades work experience in the creative sector and recently set up as a freelancer, he will provide a detailed overview of his career, work and connections with orgs such as PANDA, hAb, pigeon theatre etc..  and share advice about the world of freelancing


12:00pm – Rachel Gibson  – Writer and Director of short animated films. Rachel will provide a look into her career journey and a specific focus on script development through to production as well as her role at Bury Scriptwriters.


12:15pm  – Debbie Sharp  – Visual Artist working with photography, sound and text. Co-founder at Kraak Gallery, currently studying an MA in photography. Debbie will provide a career overview and a specific focus around promotion and presentation of work. Networks available


12:30pm  – David Slack  – Producer at 24/7 theatre festival and trained actor, David will present his career journey, specifically focusing on a change in career, the lack of opportunity available to emerging performing artists, ways of developing skill technique as an actor, knowledge and networks required and the how and why 24/7 came about. (Kathryn Worthington will be speaking in place of David )


12:45pm  – Selina Campbell – Jewellery designer/maker: Selina to present her career overview, how she started and where she is now. Sharing networks, advice and guidance to emerging designers. Building an image, and pricing.


1pm  – Rosanne Robertson – Visual Artist – Brief background and history of education both foundation Art and Design and Fine Art BA (hons). Leading into her story and experiences as a graduating artist. Main: Summary of practice including visual examples and video. How to document and communicate visual art practice- particularly the building of a portfolio. Pitfalls and barriers whilst developing into a practicing visual artist. networks and resources that I have experienced as beneficial to new artists.





We will continue to post info about our sessions here and on twitter. 


You are welcome to join us. Professional artists and organisations may have some links, info, opportunities and advice to pass on to the group; other young emerging practitioners are welcome to join the conversation here. Follow @full_circle_art    #fcaYAD


Watch this space


February 29, 2012


image of a shed with the words hackshack written on it

a full circle arts project


Do you get frustrated with using, doing or making something because nobody thought of your needs when designing a product?

Do you want to create something but get annoyed that doing so is un-necessarily difficult for you?

Tell us…

It could be anything, for example; if I want to film something, as a wheelchair user, it’s impossible to move and hold the camera/my phone at the same time.

It would be nice, if the problem you tell us about is with doing or taking part in a creative activity, but it doesn’t have to be, it could be something everyday like opening a Tetra pack.

Full Circle Arts have got three highly creative, makers, inventors, hackers, tinkerers together to work with us to solve some problems and address your design needs in our Hackshack…

Dave Murray-Rust is a scientist and creative technologist with an interest in the interactions between people and technology. As well as cutting edge interfaces and kinetic sculpture, he has created technological interventions for and with disabled people.

Matthew Venn is a full time professional inventor and maker. As well as making cool stuff like the polargraph energy monitor, maze puzzle box and snowflake simulators, he is a great science communicator; designing and delivering science workshops to thousands of children worldwide.

Stuart Childs is a creative technologist with a passion for fun and arty projects. Past projects include FriiSpray, an open source virtual graffiti project and LED scratchies – small customisable lights that anybody can make. He enjoys taking new challenges and designing solutions for problems, making sure there’s tea to hand and fun to be had along the way.

As a team, they are looking to solve your problems with their creative and technological experience. They are looking for things that may be difficult for you on a day-to-day basis, something that annoys you about how objects are designed for the ‘average person’ (if such a thing exists), or similar issues.

So, we want you to submit your problems, no matter how big or small and we will review the submissions to see which, and how many problems we can solve in a weekend of full on hacking, designing, prototyping and experimenting. The more information you can give us, the better – so submit photos, drawings / diagrams, words to describe your ‘problem’ so we can understand what you want.

Although we have got three wonderfully creative people, they are not miracle workers, and we do not have access to unlimited resources, but as well as being creative, they do have plenty of experience in designing stuff and working together on technological projects.

Your problem/ideas should be submitted in any format, pictures, text, film, audio to us at Full Circle Arts email info ‘at’ or via snail mail to Hackshack, Full Circle Arts, 7 Schoolhouse, Second Avenue, Trafford Park Village, Manchester. M17 1DZ

By 12 noon on Thursday the 22 March, 2012.

We will then get our heads together to see which problems we can work on.

All ideas and submissions will be published on our website (you never know if we can’t solve it someone may be interested in doing so).

The Process

Out of all the submissions we will select 2 to 3 problems/design needs that we think we can work on. Then, if your submission is selected, on the 18th April we will bring you together with the team for half a day for a chat, a brew or two, and working together to make sure we’ve got a good idea of what you want. The team will then beaver away for 2/3 days in the ‘hackshack’ working on designs.

We will then bring you and the team back together for half a day on Saturday 22nd April, to test things out, get feedback, review, etc. The team will then spend another day finalising and testing the final product / prototype. You will then have a prototype product, which we would love you to keep. We hope you will test it and report back to us on any snags, good points and usability.


Full Circle Arts • 7 Schoolhouse • Second Avenue • Trafford Park Village • Manchester • M17 !DZ • Email info ‘at’ • Twitter @full_circle_art

Telephone 0161 872 0326

Full Circle Arts Young Artist Development Programme

February 23, 2012

The session aimed to 


Explore the concept of networking in the arts, how it can be used, why it is useful and the potential benefits.

Look at different approaches to networking and encourage group discussion around these.

Provide top ten tips of networking.

Encourage learning throughout the session through practical exercise and group discussion.

Offer a platform where participants revisit how they profile themselves and consider the guidance and networks they require.

Prepare participants to network with professional artists at the March YAD session.

Encourage peer support and feedback to encourage development and confidence.

The day began with a quick call to Monique who would be joining the rest of the group via Skype. We had no previous experience of digital participation for an entire days workshop so at this stage we could only hope that it would prove a success and that Monique would be able to access all material, contribute to discussion and activity as well as feel completely included throughout the day.


We were fortunate on all accounts.

The group continued to explore the Idea of Networking, some more familiar with networking than others and for some networking was of higher priority. All agreed regardless of their position in the arts Networking played an important part in developing knowledge, sharing ideas and presenting oneself as well as receiving support, information and guidance to increase opportunity and develop connections.


“ Networking is making and maintaining connections with those around you ”

The group revisited their goals and how networking could help them to move towards them.

It helped participants to remember their reasons for being part of the Young Artist Development Programme and what they wanted to achieve in the future.

For some that was to increase their knowledge and understanding of arts opportunities, to build on specific skills, improve confidence and to access further arts activities as participants.

For others; to gain an insight into the arts outside their education, to begin exploring the arts industries in a professional context, learning from emerging and established practitioners. Assessing their work, the work of others, their skills, needs and the opportunities available to support their learning.

And for those who are beginning or already establishing themselves as freelance arts practitioners and creative organisations: requiring more specific skill, knowledge and training development to encourage continued development in their careers.

The group continued to think about different types of networking from informal, networking events through to social media, identifying difficulties and strengths, how these platforms could be used to network and highlighting the commonalities. At the core we sensed it was about sharing, communicating image, work and ideas, and engaging in real conversations, listening and questioning to assist moving forward.

The workshop progressed into set tasks. Here consideration of the artist profile, individual statements, goals and needs. All areas had been considered in previous workshops were now proving beneficial when planning and preparing to network.


Time was spent working in pairs, presenting work, profiles, needs and ideas. The group found this practical exercise really useful and soon realised that through informal conversation further information about work, ideas and needs appeared. Natural rapports were built during this time and the exercise highlighted some practical and important things to consider for the future.


Blank Media Presented 


Some Do’s and Don’ts for Networking

DO show your originality

DON’T be negative about peers or industry professionals

DO have a clear idea of what to say

DON’T stick to it too rigidly

DO have an “exit strategy”

DON’T make excuses

DO set goals

DON’T expect too much of people

DO connect people to each other

DON’T be cagey

DO find a networking buddy

DON’T hide behind them

DO connect with people online

DON’T be a stalker

DO read the room

DON’T compare yourself to others

DO target specific people

DON’T dismiss anyone as irrelevant

DO follow your instincts

DON’T be a sheep

The day resulted in all participants having an increased understanding of networking, it’s uses and having developed ways of approaching it that was comfortable, honest and natural to them. Individuals had carefully thought out their reasons, needs and ways of approaching networking through practical exercises and peer support and left the session with further information about themselves and their practice. Online resources were provided for further research and a list of potential networks/organisations that might be of interest to them.

This workshop leads directly to the next session on the Young Artist Development Programme, where a number of arts professional have been invited to present their career journeys and share their current practice and to spend time networking with the group on the Young Artist Development Programme.

If you are an arts practitioner who would like to share your experience and practice with our group, and who missed out on expressing your interest in presenting, we are still welcoming people to attend the second part of the day to network with the those on YAD.

Full Circle Arts would like to say a huge thank you to John Leyland  and a special thanks to Blank Media Collective for hosting this month’s Young Artist Development Session.

We will continue to post info about our sessions here and on twitter.

You are welcome to join us. Professional artists and organisations may have some links, info, opportunities and advice to pass on to the group; other young emerging practitioners are welcome to join the conversation here. Follow @full_circle_art    #fcaYAD

If you have any questions regarding our Young Artist Development Programme please contact 


Note: Vicki McCorkell is no longer a permanent member of staff at Full Circle Arts. Vicki will be working freelance to manage the Young Artist Development Programme until August 2012.  If your enquiry is regarding the Young Artist Development Programme Vicki will reply to you during her working days of Tuesdays and Wednesdays. If your enquiry is regarding anything else, please get in touch with Full Circle Arts. 

+Culture Shots

February 22, 2012

by Mari Elliott


A couple of weeks ago (6-12 February) I was in and out of hospital like never before. Don’t rush out to get me Get Well Soon cards though! I was actually attending some very exciting events there. +Culture Shots was a week-long series of creative events run by museums and galleries in Manchester’s University Hospitals.

But why hospitals?

History and Health session at +Culture Shots 2012

Patients from the Past: David Govier from Manchester Archives shows us an old hospital register

The reason for this unconventional venue was because the sessions were designed to give visitors the “chance to discover how culture can enhance your own life, your professional practice, and your patients’ health and wellbeing” and were aimed at hospital patients, arts practitioners, health workers and hospital staff.

With increasing amounts of research being carried out into the impact of creativity, culture and the arts on health and wellbeing by groups such as MMU’s Arts for Health and the development of the Arts On Prescription scheme, it suggests that the arts are gradually being recognised for their benefit to public health.

Museums and galleries in the North West have been heavily involved in getting the arts recognised within the health sector. Indeed, museums/galleries such as Whitworth Art Gallery, Bolton Museum and People’s History Museum, to name but a few, have been instrumental in advancing the cause through their work with vulnerable people ranging from adult mental health groups, (formerly) homeless groups, children with chronic illnesses, and elderly people.

In the +Culture Shots session How Can Museum Artefacts Help Patients?, which took place in Galaxy House on Thursday 9th Feb., Professor Lynn Froggett from the University of Central Lancashire talked about the projects run by six museums and galleries in the North West which set out to make a difference to health and wellbeing. Among the projects she introduced was Manchester Museum’s collaborative project with StartHealth Rocks which looked at ways in which the museum’s collection of fossils and minerals could inspire a creative response in adult mental health patients.  The work led by Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery in Carlisle in partnership with carers and care homes was also inspiring. The projects aimed not only to provide an opportunity for care home patients to take part in creative activities, but also offered training for health care professionals to run their own activities with clients, thereby enabling carers to be self-sufficient in offering creative activities and also enabling the activities to go on beyond the timescale the museum could invest. Given that the talk was only given a half hour timeslot, a lot of material was covered and sparked some interesting discussions from the artists, health professionals and museum staff present. For a more detailed report on the work carried out by museums and galleries, take a look at this document – Who Cares? Museums, Health and Wellbeing Research Project.

My interest was also piqued by Outside Art, a session in which Bryony Bond, curator at the Whitworth introduced to us the gallery’s Outsider Art collection. For those of you who are unfamiliar with outsider art, it was a term coined by art critic Roger Cardinal in 1972 as the English alternative to the French art brut. Cardinal’s definition differs from the original French, however. Whereas Cardinal describes outsider art simply as art produced by self-taught or non-institutionalised artists who have little or no contact with the mainstream art world, Jean Dubuffet’s art brut refers more specifically to art created by individuals with mental health problems that existed almost completely outside of society.

Among the artworks Bryony showed us were works by Johann Hauser and Oswald Tschirtner, both of whom were interred at the Artists’ House at Gugging, which was a sanitorium and care home at the time. Founder of Gugging, Leo Navratil, was particularly interested in the psychopathology of expression and allowed patients to draw as a form of self-expression. He later went on to publish a book titled Schizophrenia and Art (1965). The Artists’ House still exists, although now it is structured as a social care centre for people with chronic psychiatric illnesses, and will apparently only stay open as long as its current residents remain. The Artists’ House is interesting because it not only encouraged patients to draw, but also sold the works created and reinvested the money into the maintenance of the sanitorium.

Bryony Bond introduces the Whitworth's Outsider Art collection during +Culture Shots

The interesting question raised during this session was whether artists such as Hauser stop being an ‘outsider’ once their work becomes recognised within the mainstream art world and are sold to and displayed by galleries such as the Whitworth. What do you think?


Though I only managed to attend a handful of the events offered by +Culture Shots, I found the variety and content to be stimulating and inspiring. On a personal level, I have a huge interest in the way art and museum collections can be used in different ways for different people, and so I find the application of culture to the health sector fascinating. With funding cuts prevalent in the arts, there’s an increasing sense of worry that projects run in collaboration between museums and health organisations will suffer, but with the rise in academic and scientific interest in the subject, hopefully they will be able to beat the cuts and continue to use culture to help and inspire public wellbeing.

Did you attend any of +Culture Shots?

Do you have any stories/opinions to share?

Please leave a comment below!

PS. You may also be interested in reading this —> Invest to Save: Arts in Health Evaluation

The SNIJect project: inspired by SNIJ lab’s laser cut plywood hinge technique.

February 17, 2012


Image above is an edited version of this image, originally by SNIJlabs.

Stuart Childs, in collaboration with Full Circle Arts have put a wiki ( ) together as a central collaboration point for people to experiment with the SNIJ labs’ laser cut plywood notebook project.

The design is shared under a Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0 Unported license – for more details on the Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0 Unported license:



This project is running from 01 Feb 2012 – 01 May 2012 for designs to be entered into a competition to win prizes and be included in a final report / presentation about the project. The wiki will be left up after that to keep the designs shared and available to others.

We ultimately want to present this work at Future Everything 2012 festival in Manchester – highlighting how current technology and sharing practices are changing the way things are done.

To find out more visit the wiki and start collaborating! 

Young Artist Development Programme

February 14, 2012

May 20011 to May 2012


‘A twelve month arts development opportunity for 18 to 30 year olds who want to progress in further arts participation, training, education and a career in the arts”


YAD Update February 2012


Opportunity at our Networking event March 10th

Blank Media Collective have been working with Full Circle Arts on our Young Artist Development Programme. 


Blank Media have hosted four development sessions for the group and will host two further sessions on Saturday 11th February and Saturday 10th March.


We shall be meeting again for a Networking event on Saturday 10th March, 11am to 3:30pm in Manchester and believe you may be interested in playing a supportive role in the development of young artists.


We are welcoming arts professionals to attend our event, to share their career journeys, experience, opportunities, organisations and networks with the group.


We would be particularly interested in hearing from experienced creative practitioners working in the following specialities who could deliver a twelve minute presentation as well as provide information, advice and guidance when networking with the group throughout the remainder of the day.




Music professional, with experience of performance, song writing and music facilitation

Crafts/jewellery designer/maker, in business

Photographer and Visual Artist producing work for exhibition.

Drama and Dance practitioner, ideally with experience of facilitating

Person or people who have gone through the process of setting up their own creative company, ideally running projects/events. Who could provide funding advice and information on building the foundations of a business.

Writer or a producing organisation familiar with receiving scripts, providing critique and supporting the production of new work in comedy, radio or theatre.


We shall select presenters based on experience, ideas for presentation and the needs of the group on the Young Artist Development Programme. Full Circle Arts can offer a small gratitude fee of £60 to those who are selected to present and available for the day.


If you are an arts organisation or artist and not available or selected to present on the day but would still like to attend the second part of the day to share information during networking, we would be very pleased to hear from you. Also if you have any further attendees who you think our Young Artists group might benefit from speaking to informally on the day then please let us know.


In the first instance please respond to and to express your interest. If you could get back in touch initially by next Friday, 17th February 2012.


You can read about the Young Artist Development Programme amongst the posts from FCA here:



If you have any questions regarding our Young Artist Development Programme please contact 



 Note: Vicki McCorkell is no longer a permanent member of staff at Full Circle Arts. Vicki will be working freelance to manage  the Young Artist Development Programme until August 2012.  If your enquiry is regarding the Young Artist Development Programme Vicki will reply to you during her working days of Tuesdays and Wednesdays. If your enquiry is regarding anything else, please get in touch with Full Circle Arts.