Juliana Stobel – Work Experience Bursary

Opera Holland Park is a small opera production company that stages 4 shows each summer on their temporary stage at Holland House in Kensington. I joined the company as an intern for three weeks; while they were in the midst of securing artists, stage crew and production team. It was particularly interesting for me, as a Creative Producing for Theatre MA student, to gain access and insight into contracts, interviews and negotiations. The benefits of working with a smaller company are that every department is located within the same office. Communication channels are short and it is easy to keep up with the progress of everyone around. I am able to gain a full insight into the entire workings of the company. My individual tasks included sending out contracts and music sheets, filing returned contracts, chasing up uncompleted documents and updating the database on the on-going progress. Other tasks included researching potential short operas for a specific collaboration project, as well as researching various different theatres and opera houses in Europe for a potential tour of their family opera of Alice’s adventures in Wonderland.

Opera Holland Park sets itself apart by making opera accessible to all audiences. They aim to change the perception of opera being prestigious and elite to something that is accessible and for everyone to enjoy. While working at the Opera Holland Park office, I found great interest in the Inspire programme they are running, which is an education program that aims to inspire and encourage all members of the community to experience, discover and actively participate in opera and classical music, developing their taste and knowledge and bringing the art from to as wide an audience as possible. I was very fortunate that I was able to attend one of their quarterly community concerts hosted at the St Cuthberts Church in Kensington. The event was organised by Age UK and as the host of the event explained importance of acknowledging loneliness within a community of elderly, it became clear to me that this valentine’s themed concert was more than just a display of excellent opera music.

This placement is a mandatory part of my course and my placement made me realise the benefits of completing a placement at this point in time. It enables me to make contacts in an industry I am aiming to work in shortly after I graduate and it opens doors at a perfect point in time. The University of Kent bursary scheme helps a great deal, while it is absolutely manageable to commute from Canterbury to London within an hour – it comes at a high price. The financial contribution towards my expenses enabled me to fully enjoy this placement and not worry too much about my bank account.

£2000 Bursaries for Beijing Internship

This year the Careers and Employability Service, in conjunction with the Dean for Internationalisation, has offered 3 bursaries of £2000 to students wishing to undertake a 1 month summer internship experience in Beijing with CRCC Asia, starting 20 July 2017. In addition to the internship, pre-departure language and culture training opportunities have been provided through the Centre for English and World Languages.

For more details click here: https://www.kent.ac.uk/ces/kewchina.html

Deadline 3rd April.

Arts Scholarships for Students 2017

Applications are invited from Young People aged 14 – 25 years resident  or studying in the Canterbury District

The awards are designed to assist with the cost of a special course, a workshop or a project  involving any of the arts :

Music | Dance | Drama | Visual Arts | Multimedia

Auditions will be held on 24th March 2017

Closing date for applications is 12th March 2017

Awards will be announced in April 2017

Application forms available from www.canterburyartscouncil.org.uk  or by

emailing The Scholarship Administrator  scholarships@canterburyartscouncil.org.uk


Win €150 with Study in Europe’s Film Competition

‘I love studying in Europe because…’

Send a ‘60-second Film’ to the world and you could win 150 Euro!

Are you a student studying at a higher education institution in Europe? Want to show the world why you love studying here?

We are looking for fun, fresh short films that celebrate why it is great to study abroad in Europe.

Your mission is to create a ‘short film’ (60 seconds or less) to show other students around the world what you love about studying in Europe.  We want to know what inspired you to come to Europe and hear about any long-term ambitions you have achieved here or any personal challenges you have overcome while studying in Europe.

Please choose from one or more of the following categories:

  1. Making friends from different countries… introduce us to some of the international friends you have met and tell us why they are so important to you.
  2. Training for your perfect career… how is studying in Europe helping you achieve your aspirations?  What experiences have you had that will help you in the future?
  3. Discovering new cultures… show us how passionate you are about meeting new people and learning about the different cultures across Europe.
  4. Enjoying new hobbies and interests…. Tell us about your new interests you have developed and how they have added to your experience of living in Europe.
  5. Student life… explain to us what student life is like for you.  Do you have any top tips for students thinking about coming to study in Europe?

Be in with a chance to win!

We plan to select and publish between 10 and 30 films. Each film we publish will receive a prize of a voucher to the value of 150 Euro.

For filming tips and full details on how to enter go to: https://ec.europa.eu/education/study-in-europe/news-views/video-competition_en

The closing date for entries is 10 February 2017

Good luck!

We look forward to seeing your films!

Start-Up Support to Kick Start Your Creative Career from Deutsche Bank Creative Awards

The Deutsche Bank Creative Awards is a national Awards scheme for final year creative students and first year graduates, it aims to support creative graduates starting their career, those setting up their first business or starting out as a creative practitioner with their first not-for-profit initiative.

You could be in with a chance to win £10,000 plus business training and mentoring to turn your ideas into reality. The Award categories are:

  • Art & Photography
  • Craft & Design
  • Film
  • Music
  • Performance

This Award is open to all Final Year BA or MA creative degree students or recent graduates (after April 2016).

If you are interested and would like to find out more then come along to an induction workshop on Wednesday 8th February 12.00-13.00, Cornwallis East Seminar Room 1 Canterbury Campus, or contact unikenthub@kent.ac.uk

Ivan Juritz Prize

Postgraduates from institutions throughout the EU are invited to submit projects that exhibit formal or creative daring. These might include creative writing (up to 2000 words), images, films (up to 15 minutes), digital artefacts, performances, or musical compositions.

The prize is a collaboration between the Centre for Modern Literature and Culture at King’s College London and Cove Park, Scotland’s International Artist Residency Centre. Winners receive £1000 and spend the first two weeks of September at Cove Park, engaging in a residency and showcase. All shortlisted works are given a public performance at the prize-giving and are written up in the journal Textual Practice.

The prize will judged by Lisa Appignanesi, Michael Berkeley, Rachel Cusk, Dexter Dalwood, Julian Forrester, Jeremy Harding, Deborah Levy, Stephen Romer, and Fiona Shaw.

The deadline for the prize is Friday 31 March 2017. Entries should be submitted to modern@kcl.ac.uk (or posted to Dr Lara Feigel, Director of the Centre for Modern Literature and Culture, English Department, 22 Kingsway, London, WC2B 6LE).

You are also warmly invited to our prize launch on Wed 16 November at 6.30pm at King’s College London.
Dexter Dalwood and Eimear McBride in conversation with Lara Feigel
Free discussion followed by a drinks reception
To book please visit https://2017prize.eventbrite.co.uk
100 tickets reserved for students eligible to enter the Ivan Juritz Prize

How important or possible is it for the contemporary artist or writer to keep breaking formal boundaries? Is this compatible with the demands of the marketplace and how does this differ in the art world and the literary world?  How can we recognise the new when we are necessarily steeped in the old? Here acclaimed artist Dexter Dalwood and writer Eimear McBride will explore these questions in a discussion that launches the 2017 Ivan Juritz Prize.

Please see www.ivanjuritzprize.co.uk for more details about the prize and the Centre, and for details of the November event.

See Flyer here; ivanjuritzprizeflyer