Buisness cards

For the last exhibition I was involved with at the Corn Exchange in Manchester, I created some business cards that complimented the work on show, so that they were a visual reference to the work visitors had seen, thus aiding their memory of myself as the creator of the work.

 

Using that same template I have made some more for my FMP exhibition.

 

The framework and design of the card remains the same, only the image changes to compliment the work they are being used in support of.

 

This is something I think is an effective way of promoting myself and aiding the viewers of my work in remembering my name and it’s connection to my images – often I take business cards from exhibitions, and at a later date remembering the work have no idea who’s card and details correspond to the work I am searching for.

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above is the design from the previous exhibition – where i displayed my dog’s home series

 

 

Below are the three designs for my FMP show. Each one is a still from the 3 video clips that make up my final piece.

 

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As you can see, all that changes is the image on the reverse and the colour of some of the text on the front – this font colour can alternate to suit the hue of the image,

for example, some earlier samples I tried out for my FMP using photographs I had captured to go in my accompanying book.

 

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Cover letter

From looking online I have found cover letters are job specific and for that reason will have prepare a new one, for each role that requires it.

As an example of what I could write if i was applying for a photography job I have prepared a basic template of things I may include and how I could word and structure it.

 

 

Elizabeth Chandler
100 Tweedle Hill Road
Higher Blackley
Manchester
M98LG

07716089410 / 01617950432

elizabethchandlerphotography@live.co.uk OR lizz_850@msn.com  (depending on role)

LINK to online portfolio/website (if appropriate)

NAME/COMPANY
DEPARTMENT
ADDRESS
(of prospective employer)

(DATE 00/00/00)

To whom it may concern / Dear Sir/Madam (OR name if known)

I wish to apply for advertised post (—————-) with your company.
Please find attached a copy of my current CV / completed application as requested (And examples of work – if appropriate)

I am applying for the above post as I feel my experiences and personal attributes would be an asset to your company.

Having studied the specification for this position, I am confident I am able to fulfil the role, whilst meeting all the essential and desirable criteria listed.

After looking into your company, I am excited at the potential opportunity to work and develop my career within your company.

(could outline relevant experience as applicable)

I am a conscientious person who works hard and pays attention to detail. I’m flexible, quick to pick up new skills and eager to learn from others. I also have lots of ideas and enthusiasm. I’m keen to work for a company with a great reputation and high profile like [insert company name].

Thank you for taking the time to consider this application and I look forward to hearing from you in the near future.

I have excellent references which I would be delighted to provide upon request.

Yours sincerely,
Elizabeth Chandler.

 

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applying for photography jobs on cruise ships

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I have applied for two photography positions on cruise ships for multiple reasons, as previously explained, my ambition is to go on to further study, a Masters degree and teaching qualification with the aim of going on to lecture in photography. Being aware of the competitiveness of this industry I am looking to broaden my photographic experience whilst earning to save for further education and developing my own personal portfolio of projects.

I plan to seek volunteer opportunities through internships and placements either in the art sector or education as both of these will provide experience and further knowledge that will better equip me for a future career in arts education.

 

As much as embarking on a Masters degree immediately upon graduating from my BA, financially this isn’t possible. Therefore I need to look at ways to generate income whilst gaining experience.

 

 

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Elevator pitch / Artist statement

As part of one of our recent group sessions, we were allotted a short period of time to write an artist statement regarding our work for our final major projects. Below is what I produced during that session.

 

” Elizabeth Chandler, a fine art photographer who’s work deals with human behaviour, reaction and observation. Interested in exploring the ability of technology to encourage further reading of expression and reaction, as well as engaging a wider audience in fine art photography. Much of her work reflects an intense curiosity about human beings, with an interest in the ways in which culturally nurtured values and beliefs can implicate and sculpt reaction and opinion.
‘The Working Orifice’ is a series of work, compromising three video installments and sensor operated video capture technology to visually explore culturally nurtured values of humans.
The exploration, which is engaged via visual and auditory stimulus, induces reactions and offers a platform for further examination of human behaviour using scientific studies of body language and facial expression.
This exhibit offers opportunity to scrutinise our own thoughts and responses to given examples of everyday activity surrounding the mouth.
Such scenarios, when presented in a particular context encourage further consideration of our own behaviour and reactions.
With the emphasis on the mouth, ‘The Working Orifice’ is interested in encouraging us to reconsider ourselves in relation to everyday activity whilst using technology to engage a wider audience. ”

Revision

After giving some consideration to the above statement, I have decided to keep it in third person but have revised it to make it more appropriate now that my work has developed significantly

” Elizabeth Chandler, a fine art photographer who’s work deals with human behaviour, reaction and observation. Interested in exploring the ability of technology to encourage further reading of expression and reaction, whilst engaging a wider audience in fine art photography. Much of her work reflects an intense curiosity about human beings, with an interest in the ways in which culturally nurtured values and beliefs can implicate and sculpt reaction and opinion.
‘The Working Orifice’ is a series of work, compromising three video instalments and sensor operated video capture technology offering the audience a unique opportunity to scrutinise, noting elements often missed, thus questioning themselves and their behavior in relation to such activity. The project focuses on notions of forced voyeurism with an emphasis on everyday activity involving the mouth. The pieces aim to present elements of the grotesque associated with activity often viewed as pleasurable. “

This could be consolidated further to make the text more direct and forward.

“The Working Orifice deals with human behaviour, reaction and observation. Interested in exploring the ability of technology to encourage further reading of expression and reaction. Much of her work reflects an intense curiosity about human beings, with an interest in the ways in which culturally nurtured values and beliefs can implicate and sculpt reaction and opinion. ‘The Working Orifice’ compromising three video instalments offering the audience a unique opportunity to scrutinise, noting elements often missed, thus questioning themselves and their behaviour in relation to such activity. The project focuses on notions of forced voyeurism with an emphasis on everyday activity involving the mouth. The pieces aim to present elements of the grotesque associated with activity often viewed as pleasurable.”

These are specific to my Final Major Project and I needed to create one that was more generally about myself as a practitioner and my work as a collective.

“My work deals with human behaviour, often taking a critical view of social, political and cultural issues. In my work, I deconstruct ideas surrounding humans and the relationships with their environments, examining various modes of social display and questioning where the boundaries between learned and genetic etiquette lie and often blur. Having engaged with a diverse variety of subjects, my work compromises a visual study of social and cognitive conduct exploring the numerous  affecting factors which come into play in different circumstances. “

In third person I could alter this statement to something like…

” Elizabeth Chandler, a fine art photographer who’s work often explores human behavior, frequently looking at social, cultural and political issues from a critical view point. In her work, ideas surrounding humans and their relationships with the environment are deconstructed in order to examine modes of social display. Her work often questions where the boundaries between learned and genetic etiquette lie and often blur. Having engaged with various diverse subjects, her work compromises a visual study of social and cognitive conduct, whilst exploring the numerous affecting factors which may come into play in different circumstances.”

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Potential exhibition opportunity

A man who comes into work, Lee has a lot of involvement with the LGBT and Manchester pride.

He approached me a few days ago asking if I would be interested in potentially exhibiting some work as part of Manchester Prides Fringe festival which runs throughout August.

 

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LGBT art is not all about being controversial! Off Kilter exhibition at Manchester Pride Fringe Festival

By Ana Hine

The event may be called Off Kilter, but LGBT art doesn’t always have to be controversial or provocative, claims the curator of Manchester Pride Fringe Festival’s art exhibition.

Carefully curated by artist Ian Rayer-Smith, the exhibition features paintings, photography and sculptural pieces from eight different artists.

The dynamic show, Off Kilter, is part of Manchester’s rapidly expanding Fringe events, the arts and cultural arm of the annual Pride celebrations for the Big Weekend.

Rayer-Smith explained on his blog: “We have moved on, gay art no longer feels the need to be exclusively political or controversial.

“These artists show that their work can have a much wider appeal in our homogenous society. This exhibition shows that in Manchester there are a wide range of exciting artists living and working here.”

Yet featuring art made from the hair of friends and relatives of the artist, as well as David Hoyle’s powerful work, often adversarial towards mainstream gay culture and tackling mental health, the exhibitions are likely to be anything but run-of-the-mill.

Speaking to MM Rayer-Smith elaborated on the point that the show is not typically gay, saying: “Over the last twenty years our society has seen a gradual shift towards the general acceptance of minorities, gayness is now part of everyday culture. It’s a lot cooler to be ‘queer’ these days. Art that is deliberately provocative or which fights ‘the cause’ is not required anymore, that has been done.

“Off Kilter is the theme of this exhibition and yes, there are obvious connections with the ‘queer’ aspect as part of the Pride Fringe Festival. But this collection of work reveals a deep sensitivity of human existence that is very real, that may seem slightly off kilter with mainstream expectations.”

The artists exhibiting in Off Kilter are not from any single academic institution, studio or collective. Emily Pitts hails from Manchester School of Architecture, while David Hoyle recently finished a residency at Warehouse9 in Copenhagen.

Hoyle’s work references trauma, inequality and mental health in his raw and honest paintings. A Pro-Love Activist, Hoyle uses painting as a form of expression. The work he is exhibiting in Off Kilter is very powerful.

Pitts, meanwhile, draws on many different mediums – such as written and spoken word –to explore ideas of the body, of relationships and of issues that are socially uncomfortable. Among the work she will be showing in Off Kilter are ‘objects’ made from the hair of her family, friends and acquaintances.

Lee Baxter has a solo show running during the Pride Fringe at the same time as Off Kilter. ‘Gays of Manchester’ runs from August 19-27 at 2022NQ in The Basement on Dale Street.

The show features photographic portraits of members of Manchester’s LGBT community and looks at the way those within the community support people living with HIV. His pieces in Off Kilter will be of a similar nature.

Rayer-Smith’s own work explores issues of fantasy, human consciousness, adult play and themes of deviation. He works primarily in the medium of painting, particularly the ‘seductive physicality and colour’ of paint as well as the challenges and unpredictability of the media.

Speaking of the choice of artists, Rayer-Smith wrote on his blog: “I wanted to select artists who I did not just admire, but who created work with an underlying sensitivity which would challenge us to ask questions rather than immediately give obvious answers.

“The diversity of these artists’ backgrounds, working processes and approaches to art makes for interesting individual subjects which also make strong connections with each other. I am thrilled to have these artists showing together, and there is certainly something here for everyone.”

 

 

http://www.mancunianmatters.co.uk/content/060867540-lgbt-art-not-all-about-being-controversial-kilter-exhibition-manchester-pride

 

 

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Schools direct – info

School Direct –

This new path into teaching is a great way to gain the qualifications and practical skills you need to become a teacher.  It allows those who have just finished a degree, or have been working in a career to combine teacher training with actually doing and learning on the job.
If you are considering teaching as a career, come and train with our outstanding St Ambrose Barlow RC High Teaching School Alliance!
We are looking for applications from enthusiastic, well qualified, potential trainee teachers who have a passion for their subject.
 

Why choose School Direct as a way to train?

  • You will spend more time in school than trainees on a ‘traditional’ PGCE route.
  • You will be training alongside outstanding teachers and lead professionals.
  • You will receive excellent professional development within our Alliance schools and with our University Partners.
  • You will experience the diversity of excellent education providers in different types of schools with different specialisms within our Teaching School Alliance.
  • You will still have access to University facilities e.g. libraries, lectures etc
  • You will gain a PGCE with Masters Accreditation through either the University of Manchester or Manchester Metropolitan University (both of which are graded as Outstanding for all areas of Initial Teacher Training).
  • There are tax-free bursaries of up to £20,000 for candidates with top degrees in priority subjects (Chemistry, Physics, Maths).
  • You will be supported in seeking employment on successful completion of training.

 

Our available placements for 2014-2015

Primary:  – two places (HEI partner Manchester Metropolitan University)
Secondary:
Biology – one place.  Design Technology – one place
(HEI partner The University of Manchester) Location: Swinton
Mathematics – two places. PE – one place. Geography – one place. Art – one place.
(HEI partner The University of Manchester) Location: Bolton and Swinton
English – one place.  Modern Languages – two places.
(HEI partner Buille Hill and Salford City College SCITT) Location: Bolton and Swinton
 
Please note that these placements are not salaried.

Apply online from 21st November 2013 for a Sept 2014 start.
 

Entry Requirements for Secondary School Direct

  • A minimum of a 2:2 degree (preferably a 2:1 degree) in the subject
  • GCSE A*-C grade in Mathematics and English Language

You must meet the University’s general entry requirements for PGCE. Recent school experience e.g. observations, voluntary assistance, learning support in UK schools is desirable for both primary and secondary applicants.
 

Your placement will be in one of our alliance schools

It is important that you are able to travel as placements will be in Alliance schools within Greater Manchester, and trainees may also have joint professional development sessions in Alliance schools. Placements will be in schools of contrasting natures and you will have the opportunity to benefit from first-class professional development.
During the Autumn and Summer Term you will be on placement as specified in the subject and schools below. During the Spring Term you will be on placement in a different school within our alliance. You will also gain 6th Form, Primary and Secondary experience.

 

Expectation to Employ

  • There is an ‘expectation’ (but not a guarantee) of employment on successful completion of the programme within the wider network of schools. You would have to complete a full application process for any vacancy, the same as all other applicants.

Other sites :
http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught/2014/11209/ – MMU PGCE Secondary Art and Design : 1 year at £9,000

http://www.manchester.ac.uk/study/masters/courses/list/09323/pgce-secondary-school-direct-design-and-technology-11-16/ – Manchester University – PGCE Secondary School Direct Design & Technology (11-16) : 10 months at £9,000

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