Aberystwyth Arts Centre – Opportunities

Call for Art Work

The Aberystwyth Arts Centre exhibitions department has published a call for work which responds to the current situation of living in world under siege by the coronavirus.

With the galleries closed for the time being, the Arts Centre wants to give artists a special opportunity to respond to the pandemic. This can be a response to any aspect of the pandemic; from the virus and illness, to the lockdown and a new way of life; from the international, to the local, to the individual. The call is open to visual art entries of any medium.

To present an artwork, artists can share it on Instagram or Twitter, using the hashtag #oriel_lockdown, or it can be emailed to [email protected].

The closing date is August 10th. The Arts Centre exhibition curators will select the best work to display in a special exhibition when the Arts Centre opens again to the public. A prize of £500 will be awarded to a winning work, and a People’s Choice Aware will be available as well.

Closing date: 10/08/2020

Applications Open for the Ian McKellan Award 2020

Applications are now open for Aberystwyth Arts Centre’s Ian McKellen Award, which is open to a young person between the ages of 16 – 25 who intends to continue their vocational training in the creative arts.

When Sir Ian McKellen came to perform at the Arts Centre in February 2019, all the money raised from ticket sales and donations during his visit was kept safe to be used for supporting the Arts Centre’s work with young people.   

In honour of such an inspirational man, we established Aberystwyth Arts Centre’s Ian McKellen Award. This special award is open to a young person between the ages of 16 – 25 who intends to continue their vocational training in the creative arts – including, but not limited to, theatre, dance and the visual arts.

One award of £500 will be given annually to an individual who can demonstrate artistic promise and the passion for their artform, and who are in receipt of a place for study during the following academic year.

The standard of last year’s applications was so high that the prize was shared between two young people – Owain Gruffydd, who now studies for a bachelor degree in Acting at Northampton University, and Laura Baker, who studies for a degree in Ballet Education at the Royal Academy of Dance.

Owain said “Being able to meet Sir Ian McKellen when he came to Aberystwyth Arts Centre was something I’ll never forget, and an inspiration to me as a young actor, as well as all the other great experiences I had with the Youth Theatre and the Arts Centre over the years. Winning the Ian McKellen Award last year was an honour and I’m grateful for all the opportunities I received from the Arts Centre. I’m enjoying my acting course at Northampton University and I’m looking forward to being able to continue with the work in September. I encourage all young actors to go for it!”

Laura said “I was incredibly grateful to receive the award as it helped contribute towards my ballet syllabus, books and resources. It also allowed me to gain practical experience alongside my studies, by taking part in additional Ballet workshops and training opportunities in London. The Sir Ian McKellen award is a fantastic opportunity as it helps young people pursue a career in the Arts that they love.”

To apply, please submit an application form and return it to Aberystwyth Arts Centre by 7th August 2020. Applicants will be required to attend a short interview to discuss their application during August 2020.  Visit the website for further information https://www.aberystwythartscentre.co.uk/gwobr-ian-mckellen-award or email [email protected].

Closing date: 07/08/2020
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