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News and opportunities 


Global Cooking Theatre
Back by popular request, join our Artistic Nutritional Creatives (the Chefs!)  for six weeks of wit, wisdom and cooking this Autumn.
Saturday 10 October, 11am Online Via Zoom

This week’s session will be hosted by Warren who'll be cooking African / Caribbean Fried Chicken with USA biscuits, seasoned mash potato, collard greens and gravy. Many of you will know Warren for his ability as a vocalist, but on the 10th October he will be sharing his cooking skills with participants in the second of our weekly zoom sessions.  Warren who recently launched his own catering business called Alonzo's kitchen was born in the USA but raised in the UK. Two of his grandparents are from Jamaica, so his cooking reflects the tastes and flavours of a lot of different countries.

How does it work?
  • Reserve your place to receive a list of all the ingredients you’ll need and a link to the Zoom webinar. 
  • At 11am or 3pm each Saturday (depending on the session) join our Artistic Nutritional Creatives (The Chefs!) in a Zoom webinar, to learn how to prepare a mouth-watering array of delicious and affordable recipes a from four different continents: Europe, South Asia, Caribbean and Africa. 
  • Each week our Artistic Nutritional Creatives (The Chefs!) will dress up in their national traditional dress and give you on a tour of their culture, while sharing stories about their food and clothing with you.
  • While your meal is cooking, go offline to dress for dinner and serve up, re-joining the group to eat your meal together,  while the Chefs share stories about their food, clothing and culture with you.
 
This project was co-created by Vision Impression Black Expression (VIBE) and Slough Dominican Association (SDA) and HOME Slough.
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In Conversation With...
Podcast nights with Rochdale Alexis
Starting Friday 2nd October for 5 weeks
 on Youtube @homeslough.

Settle down to an evening in with Rochdale Alexis as she talks to members of the town's black community about Black History Month and what it means to them to be part of one of Slough's most inspirational communities. This week Rochdale will be taking to all the artists and creatives who took part in curating our celebration of the local Black community. Guests will include Slough based storyteller Christina Brooks-Abraham, graphic designer Calvin Ruan,  life coach Khalid Abdullah and poet/musician Aysen - Anyway Tha God.
Listen here

Check out our new window vinyls at HOME on the High Street designed by local artist and illustrator Calvin Ruan
 Local Black Heroes  - Story blogs by Christina Brooks-Abraham start next week


Our windows at HOME on the High Street underwent an amazing transformation this week, with the installation of a series of four full size window vinyls designed by local artist and graphic designer Calvin Ruan.
Calvin's beautiful vinyls were inspired by Slough based writer and storyteller, Christina Brooks-Abraham's weekly blogs for our newsletters (starting next week), called Local black Heroes, which celebrate the lives and achievements of some of the town’s most inspiring black male role models and heroes. This collaboration was inspired by Christina's desire to change the negative stigma often attached to black men in western society and by the mainstream media.
If you're in the High Street, please pop along and enjoy these wonderful vinyls for
yourself in all their glory.

BOOK NOW TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT!

Talks to celebrate Black History Month

Each Thursday, from 8th October for 4 weeks
7pm on Zoom
Join Khalid Abdullah, a relationship coach with over 25 years’ experience of providing one to one and group coaching, for a series of insightful talks that offer fresh,
thoughtful perspectives on black identity.
 
8th October - Black Lives Matter - How do you feel about it? Will it change anything?
Join the discussion and share your views on the movement that has sparked a discussion about race and inequality across the world.
 
15th October - How to change the world in a moment
During this session, Khalid will help participants identify and bring about a positive transformation on an issue of their choice. A brief mindfulness session is also included.
 
22nd October - Taking positive action in our communities
Join this discussion as we explore how to affect others in our environment and bring about positive change.
 
29th October - As a mirror collects dewdrops’
During this session participants will be encouraged to reflect and review the issues and themes that have emerged from our conversations and develop their ow n individual action plans for the future.
 
Khalid was a professional actor for 12 years before moving into relationship coaching. His is passionate about helping people identify and achieve personal goals, self-empowerment and emotional resilience through developing their skills, confidence and attitudes. 

How to take part
Reserve your place on Eventbrite and we'll send you details of how to access these sessions by email, shortly before each workshop.
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Three Black History Month Commissions Announced

This autumn, we are really excited to announce three commissions of £1200 each for three individuals, artists or groups from Slough’s black community. We are not looking for any creative output from these commissions, we simply want applicants to tell us how they would use the funds and what impact being selected would have on them. For example, these commissions could be used for training, or for spending time in a studio to focus on your music or photography skills, or for exploring an idea or a potential project with Slough's black community.

In addition, the three successful applicants will also receive:

  • 2 hours of free mentoring a month with HOME Slough for 6 months,
  • 2 hours of free professional coaching a month for 6 months and
  • 6 months of free working space at HOME on the High Street, when the venue reopens.

How to apply
The deadline for applications is 5pm on Sunday 18th October.
Applications will be assessed by the team who helped co-curate Black History Month 2020: Rochdale Alexis, Christina Brooks Abraham, Khalid Abdullah, Calvin Ruan and Aysen Will.
The successful applicants will be announced on Saturday 31st October.

Apply here
Exciting job opportunity announced
Relationship Manager, Creative Media
Salary: £32,615 per annum
Contract: Fixed term for 12 months, working 35 hours per week

Arts Council England (ACE) are seeking applicants for a Relationship Manager, Creative Media for twelve months. You will manage relationships with a range of organisations predominantly visual arts focus, though your Creative Media work will spread across artforms. ACE use the term ‘creative media’ to refer to artistic and cultural works and content created with new technology, and/or for digital platforms and/or for digital distribution. As such, you will need to keep up to date with new developments in technology - and the opportunities and challenges these may bring to the arts and every-day life – inputting this knowledge into ACS’s funding programmes and national agendas
To view Job Description please click here
To view recruitment pack please click here
The closing date for applications  is midnight on Sunday 4 October 2020 
Other news and opportunities 
Commonwealth citizens invited to join musical collaboration for healing
human spirit during COVID
The Secretariat is inviting applications from all Commonwealth citizens to represent their country in a mass musical and cultural performance
The ‘Uniting the Commonwealth through music during COVID-19’ project is a never-before attempted musical feat to combine the voices of 54 musicians from the 54 member countries in one powerful virtual performance.
Delivered in partnership with a professional music group, Dionysus Ensemble, the project will demonstrate the power of music and art to lift spirits, improve mental health and encourage international camaraderie, as countries face up to the challenges of the pandemic. Applicants will perform to a track produced by the Dionysus Ensemble. They will also be required to record a short video about themselves and their community. 
The Dionysus Ensemble are the first-ever Ensemble in Residence for The Commonwealth Resounds, the accredited music organisation within the Commonwealth, and therefore the first time that the Commonwealth has had a professional musical ensemble officially attached.
The Dionysus team are professional musicians working at the highest level within the UK, including performing at the Proms, recording at Abbey Road Studios & touring with artists such as Shirley Bassey & Jason Donovan and orchestras such as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra.
For further information and to enter by 25th October visit www.thedionysusensemble.com.

Calling all film buffs
Slough Sofa Cinema Club

Every Wednesday at 7pm on Zoom

Are you a fan of Film? Well every Wednesday night the Slough Sofa Cinema Club have a film chat (on zoom) and you're very welcome to join them! 
Members discuss some general film news, recent films they've watched and then have a discussion about a particular film  they've chosen prior to that weeks chat. The discussions are dictated by the group so they can be as deep or as light as members want them to be. 
To receive your Zoom link just join the Club's Facebook group or email them direct at  thecurve@slough.gov.uk.

Join now
'The Walnut Tree' by Nisha Anil
The Walnut Tree is a short story told through puppetry and music with no dialogue. It explores memories, love, new life and the mothering of nature.
After being inspired by a Paper Cinema workshop earlier in the year and working on her own Social Media live-streams during early lockdown, Theatre Practitioner Nisha Anil decided to collaborate with Music Composer Euan Smith: “I created the story with hand-drawn paper puppets and asked Euan to work on the music and editing of the film, all done and dusted in less than a week. It would have been a live puppetry and music performance but had to be adapted due to lockdown”.
The film was shown in July at a local online Festival, Lockdown Inside-Out online Festival 2020.
For more information email Nisha at  info@nishaanil.com
Watch here
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