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Leeds Beckett & LIFF Launch Prize to Create Experimental Film

Aspiring filmmakers across the UK are being invited to submit their ideas for a new, short, experimental film as the Northern Film School and Leeds International Film Festival (LIFF) launch the first annual Louis Le Prince prize.

The Northern Film School, at Leeds Beckett University, will commission an experimental film from the winning proposal, offering a total prize equivalent of £1,000 in production and processing costs, access to equipment, and expert mentoring.

The winning film, which will be shot on 16mm celluloid film, will be presented at the 2018 Leeds International Film Festival.

The prize has been created to honour Louis Le Prince, the cinema pioneer internationally-recognised for filming the world’s first moving images in Leeds in 1888.

“Louis Le Prince’s discovery sparked a revolution that changed so much, and is still changing things today,” Robert Shail, Professor of Film in the Northern Film School, explained. “The digital revolution has changed things further but it has not destroyed celluloid – if anything it has focused attention on what it can do. Filmmakers think so too: Spielberg, Nolan, Abrams, Andrea Arnold, to name a few, all work in celluloid today.”

“Experimental film is a dynamic and essential element within the Northern Film School’s production slate, encouraging experimentation and risk-taking in our students’ filmmaking and expanding their understanding and appreciation of the potential of moving image,” said Annabelle Pangborn, Head of the Northern Film School. “We look forward to working closely with the winning filmmaker here at the Northern Film School, offering bespoke mentorship within our world class facilities.”

The competition is open to all UK-based filmmakers, including students and non-EU citizens, and applications should be submitted by the closing date of Monday 18 December. The winner will be announced in January, with the film being made between February and September 2018. For more information, and to submit an entry, please visit

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The Walter Swan Short Story Prize Launches

The Walter Swan Short Story Prize 2017-18 will be launched at the Northern Short Story Festival on Saturday 3 June at the Carriageworks Theatre. Entries will be accepted from then until the closing date of 16th October 2017.

Walt Swan was passionate about writing and encouraging others to be creative, which he did throughout his life and particularly through his teaching and directing. He wrote poetry, plays, screenplays, short stories and regular articles as a freelance journalist. He also began work on two novels and has three published non-fiction books.

Walter died suddenly and unexpectedly on the 21 April 2014. The Walter Swan Trust was set up in his memory by his family and friends.

The Prize is run by the Northern Short Story Festival and the Leeds Big Bookend Festival in partnership with the Walter Swan Trust.

  • Stories should be a maximum of 2000 words
  • There is no theme and entries can be on any subject
  • All stories must be previously unpublished
  • Entry is open to everyone aged 18+
  • Fee £3
  • Submission is via Submittable portal. The link will go live on Saturday 3 June:

There will be a cash prize of £200, £100 and £50 for the three winners and the top 20 stories will be published in an anthology by Valley Press in March 2018.

The judges are Anna Chilvers, author of Tainted Love, and Angela Readman, winner of the Costa Short Story Prize 2013.

For more information about The Walter Swan Short Story Prize 2017-18:

For more information about The Walter Swan Trust:



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Leeds Mencap’s Corporate Challenge Is Back!


Zurich Insurance Company signing up with Catherine Storey, Leeds Mencap


The Leeds Mencap Apprentice challenge is back for a fourth year and seeking creative, entrepreneurial teams to battle it out for the top spot. Just how much money could you make in seven weeks with just a £50 loan?

As well as providing a fantastic opportunity to improve team working and fulfil corporate social responsibility aims, taking part in the challenge also raises much-needed funds to support people with learning disabilities.



Winston’s Solicitors 2016 Apprentice Challenge winners


Several teams have already signed up and are raring to go. Last year’s winners, Winston’s Solicitors, have entered for the fourth time hoping to retain their crown. Joining them are the HSBC Service Recovery team, Zurich Insurance Company, a Leeds Mencap team, and Re:Work an office furniture company. With more teams to come, the competition is going to be tough!

“This challenge is an enjoyable and fresh way for businesses to make a social impact, meet their internal engagement objectives and do something for a worthwhile cause,” said Mark Goldstone, Head of Business Representation & Policy, West & North Yorks Chamber of Commerce and Judge on Leeds Mencap Apprentice. “I would urge chamber businesses to get a team together and get involved.”

Leeds Mencap is inviting both large and small businesses to take part. For further information, call 0113 235 1331, or email or







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New Art Prize Announced by Opera north and The University of Leeds



The pioneering DARE partnership between the University of Leeds and Opera North has announced a new £15,000 prize aimed at challenging artists and scientists to work together on new approaches to the creative process.

The DARE Prize will be awarded to an innovative, ambitious, early-career artist who is motivated by the opportunity to work in partnership with leading scientific researchers at the University of Leeds.

The successful candidate will be matched with a researcher who shares their vision and can bring knowledge, expertise and networks to support the creation of something new. The winner will be announced in spring 2017 to coincide with the tenth anniversary of the DARE partnership, and the fruits of the year-long partnership will be revealed in March 2018.

There are no restrictions on the form of the outcome: depending on the interests of the collaborators and the direction that the work takes, it could be a dance performance, a poem, an interactive website or a cycle of new songs, but the project must be achievable within twelve months. It is expected that around £5,000 of the Award will be invested in the creation of new work.

“The challenges facing individuals and society in the 21st century can appear uniquely complex and chaotic,”, said Dominic Gray, Projects Director, Opera North. “Understanding ourselves and the world we live in calls for new visions and new collaborations. The notion of creativity crosses the false barriers between science and artistic endeavour, and with the DARE Prize we hope to generate new work and new working methods that can bring the sectors closer together.”

Individual, independent artists working in all disciplines are invited to apply by submitting a CV and a 500-word proposition that summarises the area of scientific interest – from astrophysics to climate change, microbiology to nutrition; an ambition to create something new and the germ of an idea of what this might be; and a genuine wish to engage with academic researchers, expertise and resources at the University of Leeds. Access to musicians, studio space and resources from Opera North may also be available.

Applications should be sent in the form of a pdf or Word document to Lesley Patrick, Partnerships Director at DARE:, before the deadline of 5 December 2016. Shortlist interviews will take place in the week commencing 9 January 2017, and the recipient will be announced in the week commencing 7 February.

For more information on the DARE Prize and the partnership, visit





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Dancers Urged to ‘Get Up and Dance’ and Help Hearts


 Dancers Can Audition online for National Competition

Dancers around Britain are being urged to showcase their talents in a national competition, which welcomes all styles of dance, as it celebrates the UK’s most diverse dance talents.

Launched by a former heart patient, the UK Dance Elite Championship, will raise money for Heart Research UK, as well as offering the overall winner a fantastic prize, consisting of £5,000 prize money and a dancing scholarship that includes master classes and agency showcases in Hollywood!

Last year’s entrants included Britain’s Got Talent finalists Jack Higgins and Balance Unity, who were scouted at the finals by the award winning TV show.

The competition is the brainchild of Anthony Mitchell, founder of UK Dance Elite Championship, who suffered a serious heart infection when he was just 26 and had to have surgery to replace one of his aortic valves.

Anthony is now calling on dancers of all styles, both professional and amateur to enter the competition by uploading a video of one of their routines to The closing date is 29th June 2016.   

A panel of top dance judges will assess all the entries and invite successful dancers to take part in the live regional auditions.

Regional auditions will be held throughout July and the top performers will be invited to perform at the semi-final on Sunday 4th September.  The judges will then choose 40 dance acts to perform at the grand final, on 9th October at the Broadway Theatre, Catford, London.

Judges will include Natalie Lowe from Strictly Come Dancing; Matt Flint, winner of ‘So You Think You Can Dance’; Lisa Welham, former choreographer for ‘So You think You Can Dance’; and Richard Marcel, a leading choreographer for Film, TV & Theatre.

A percentage of the ticket sales will be donated to Heart Research UK. The audience will also be encouraged to support the charity to continue its medical research into the prevention, treatment and cure of heart disease by making a text donation or giving to a bucket collection.

“A lot of young people only ever associate heart problems with older people”, said Anthony.  “I was in my twenties and very fit from dancing, I could never have predicted what happened to me. But, I went from being ill at the beginning of the year to sky diving, bungee jumping and traveling the world at the end.”


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The Woon Foundation Prize 2016 is Open for Applications

Dated: 02/07/2015 The Woon Art Prize 2015 winner Kayt Hughes and her piece ' Study Scores, 2nd Movement 2015 at Baltic 39 in Newcastle Upon Tyne. #NorthNewsAndPictures/2daymedia
Student artists from across the UK can now apply for one of the UK’s most generous arts prizes. The Woon Foundation Prize, jointly hosted by Northumbria University, Newcastle, and BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, offers an exceptional opportunity for final year undergraduate fine art and sculpture students.

The first prize is £20,000 cash and a 12-month studio space based in the Woon Tai Jee studio at BALTIC 39 in Newcastle city centre. The year-long fellowship includes mentoring from staff from both institutions and a final exhibition with catalogue at the end of the Fellowship. There are also two generous runner-up prizes of £9,000 and £6,000 plus a further £5,000 discretionary award.

Kayt Hughes and Mr Woon

Current Fellow Kayt Hughes with Mr Woon

The shortlisted artists will be selected by a panel of judges including Laurence Sillars, BALTIC Chief Curator, Christine Borland, Turner Prize-nominated artist and BALTIC Professor at Northumbria University, and Karen MacKinnon, Curator and Director, Artes Mundi.

Up to 12 artists will be shortlisted from the open submission for an exhibition at BALTIC’s project space at BALTIC 39 in summer 2016, with a solo exhibition concluding the Fellowship, at Northumbria’s Gallery North.

Now in its fourth year, the Prize is open to all UK undergraduate Fine Art students who are in their final year of study, graduating in summer 2016.
The Woon Foundation Prize 2016 is open for applications until 31 March 2016. For full terms and conditions and to enter visit:

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Yorkshire Has Talent!

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Friends and family of Gemma Newman have got together to run this fabulous event to raise funds for Gemma’s continuing treatment after she suffered a bleed to her brain in May 2014 and lost her mobility, speech and memory. Gemma is fighting back but it is a long road and takes a lot of intensive, expensive therapy.

With so much talent in Yorkshire, friends decided to stage a special Yorkshire Has Talent evening in Wetherby. Auditions take place on 7th and 14th December. Rehearsals are on 4th January and the full show is on 10th January, in front of celebrity judges. There’s also a £500 cash prize!

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So, if you have a talent, prepare to show it off! Book your audition now by contacting:

Kendra: 07703 234 691

Sarah: 07712 629 259


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More Mistletoe, Mince Pies & Mulled Wine at The Grand Arcade

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Our Handmade Collective in The Grand Arcade is holding a Christmas Shopping Event on Thursday 4th December, 4 – 8pm – More Mistletoe, Mince Pies & Mulled Wine!

There will be live music in the Arcade, 10% discount on most items in the shop, and in the run up to the event they are running a competition where 10 pairs of earrings can be won – winners will be picked at random throughout the evening. And, if you wear a Christmas jumper you get a prize! Plus there’s a raffle with prizes totaling over £200.

Fellow Grand Arcade retailers are also participating, with a percentage of sales being donated to the Save the Grand Clock appeal.

Full details can be found on Our Handmade Collective’s facebook page.

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Shop in Chapel Allerton and Win!


Chapel Allerton businesses have got together to put on a promotion where one lucky person can win a great Christmas treat. Participating businesses are all donating £20 in vouchers to spend in their shops, and the winner takes all!

Twelve businesses are taking part, including Armadillo Toys, Crust & Crumb, Radish, Chirpy, The Fruit Shop, Neil the Butcher, George & Joseph, Opposite, Margot and Miller, Glasshouse Gallery and Angels Too. And, still more businesses could join the promotion – so that’s at least £240 in vouchers!

Just pick up a loyalty card from one of the shops and collect 10 stamps from at least four different businesses, with a minimum spend of £5 for each stamp. Then hand the completed card back into one the businesses.

Look out for the posters in the shop windows. The prize draw will take place on the 20th December.

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Script Yorkshire Celebrates 25 Years!

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On 28th June, Script Yorkshire presents an exciting evening of new writing at The Theatre Royal Wakefield, in celebration of its their 25th Anniversary. A region-wide 25th Anniversary Competition for Script Yorkshire members will result in five professionally shortlisted, directed and performed 15 – 20 minute plays.

All plays have a cast of professional actors and are directed by Dominic Leclerc ( Coronation Street, Shameless and currently working on BBC TV The Village 2 with John Simms and Maxine Peake).  Dominic is sourcing actors for the event. The five shortlisted pieces will be judged by a panel including Gary Brown (Royal Court Theatre), David Nobbs (Reggie Perrin), Ian Kershaw (Shameless, Casualty, Holby City), and Lisa Holdsworth (Fat Friends, Midsomer Murders). Patrons, development producers, industry professionals, writing organizations, writers and regional drama makers and practitioners have been invited to attend.

So come and join us and help celebrate the evening and watch an exciting selection of new work.  (Winner will be mentored by BBC’s Gary Brown to develop their piece into a full-length play). The theatre bar will be open for drinks and networking from 6pm and the performances begin at 7pm.

Tickets are £5 (£2 concessions and Script Yorkshire members).

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