Midlanders go back to Skool:
Gosh, it’s “back to school time”. Or the nu meedja / creatives equivalent, anyway. All of a sudden I’m bombarded with Midlands creatives doing things….

Jane of Hereford’s Rural Media Company sends word that they’ll be advertising four posts in September. “For full details see our website, look for ‘New Jobs’, under Factfile & Contacts section.” Herefordshire is also about to plunge into a large open studios week.

Heist Shorts seems to be Birmingham-based and about short films; not the title of some whacky porn film about a shorts fetishist. Apparently the launch is soon.

Hunt Emerson is collaborating with Andy Wickett (the Duran Duran & World Service singer) on some 3D animation of his cartoon characters. My friends Nigel and Sabine say they’ve seen a short preview and were deeply impressed! When I interviewed Hunt earlier this year I think I suggested he could have his characters animated, or licence the rights to someone who could develop a pilot series. Firkin in 3D?

Six of the Intervention artists have a new show in the building near the old Intervention site: Vertical Hold will run from 6th – 21st September 2002. Details promised soon.

Also from Intervention, organiser Dave Pollard is just about recovered and is now working on a hush-hush commission for Public Arts West Midlands. He says he “expects to get into trouble” with this new art 😉 And Alisha Miller‘s new Transit Art 2, is being video-documented by my friends It’s About Time Productions. Watch out for the launch in October.

Last but not least, my friend Mark Wood has a new show, Fresh, in his home town of Leek (north Staffordshire, where the West Midlands meets the edge of the Peak District National Park), on 10th September 2002, along with Jon Braley and Paul Brooks. Fresh runs until 13th October. Fresh should have a web site by the time September arrives.

Leeds evolves:
Confirming the recent verdict that London has totally lost it to the regions where digital art is concerned; Leeds’ Film Festival is staging an ‘Evolution’ strand from 10th – 12th October 2002, at which you can hear… “pioneers and pivotal figures spanning 35 years in the history of multimedia and art & technology speak, alongside a unique series of curated film and video screenings, live performances and exhibitions from an array of international artists.”