SED Opportunity Digest – 12 March 2021

In an effort to help students focus by not sending too many emails we’ve stored up all the great opportunities into one short digest.

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Community Connections Funding: The Centre for Public Engagement (CPE) is pleased to share details of a new funding opportunity we hope you will be interested in – the Community Connections grant scheme.

With the decision not to hold the Festival of Communities in 2021, this alternative provides Queen Mary staff and students the opportunity to apply for up to £500 to develop and sustain relationships with local residents and community groups. The scheme is looking for activities that bring people together – generating conversations in person or remotely around shared experiences within our east London communities. These could be (but aren’t limited to) providing activity packs for local families to complete at home, a desire to bring neighbours in a building/street together to share an experience, planning for a celebratory event when COVID-19 restrictions allow or responding to practical community needs. 

If you have ideas and would like to apply, more details can be found at 

The closing date for applications is Thursday 15 April at 5pm. 

Practice in a Pandemic: a Queen Mary Drama alumni panel

On Wednesday 17 March, 5.30-7pm, we are holding a live online panel discussion of Drama alumni working in the theatre. This event will give you the opportunity to hear about the career journey and experiences of our brilliant panellists, how they have adapted in the past year, and gain their advice about actions you can take now to build your career during the pandemic. 

This session will not be recorded – please come along with your questions to the live event! Book your place here!


  • Beth Watton – Artistic Director at Poplar Union. Graduated from Queen Mary with MA Theatre and Performance, 2018.
  • Charlotte Potter, Freelance Producer; Marketing and Production Manager at COLAB Theatre Productions; Social Media Manager at Jury Games; Manager at Escape Rooms. Graduated Queen Mary with MA Theatre and Performance 2019.
  • Ellie Simpson, Producer at Pleasance Theatre. Graduated from Queen Mary with BA English and Drama 2009.
  • Lucy Dear – Applied Theatre Practitioner, currently working with Young Vic Theatre and Southwark Playhouse. Graduated from Queen Mary with BA Applied Drama, 2006.

Book your place here!

Tower Hamlets x National Portrait Gallery: Bangladesh 50 Years exhibition & events: 2011 English alumna Sabiya Khatun is a Citizen Researcher on the project. National Portrait Gallery and Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archive are commemorating 50 years of Bangladesh independence. The project remembers the activism and action of citizens from across Tower Hamlets in 1971 and the legacy of that significant event on the communities that came after.⁠

Citizen researchers, from the Bangladeshi community in Tower Hamlets, will delve into both archives and select material that speaks to them and the events of 1971.⁠ Supported by artist Ruhul Abdin, they will create a new artwork that will be shown locally, and eventually will come to the National Portrait Gallery when we re-open our doors. Ruhul founded participatory design and architecture studio Paraa and is based between Dhaka in Bangladesh and Bow in Tower Hamlets. He is also a portrait artist and has created works sensitively representing Bengali people and capturing events as they take place.⁠

Bangladesh 50 Years will be documented by Digital Producers Rainbow Collective. They will produce short films, images and interviews and share them as the project evolves.⁠

Get involved here

Writing Retreat with Daniel Oliver for all Drama students Wed 17 March from 1.30-3.30pm. Get motivated with a dedicated space to write and meet others. Email to join.

Outside QMUL

Advertising Masterclass: This new #advertising masterclass programme is a great opportunity for Black, Asian, and ethnically diverse students to learn with @BBCcreative!

  • Gain creative skills
  • Create portfolios
  • Develop contacts
  • Receive mentorship

Arcola Conversations provides a chance to reconnect with the community, explore big ideas and imagine the future together at this time of historic upheaval. 

Each hour-long conversation on Zoom grapples with a big and vital issue. We’ll be joined by guest speakers, before opening up the sessions for a discussion. Join us and contribute your thoughts, or just to listen in. Topics include:


BFI / National Lottery Film Forward Programme: ‘Our Film Forward programme is aimed at helping experienced Black, Asian or minority ethnic professionals in UK film advance into more senior roles, offering paid production placements and other support.’ Read more: Supported by the @bfi and #nationallottery

Comedy & Mental Health Panel Discussion – 8pm, Tuesday 23rd March, Free (PWYC) part of The Best Medicine Festival The panel will feature comedian and mental health campaigner Ruby Wax, comedian Kemah Bob, psychiatrist and comedian Dr Benji Waterhouse, comedian Ahir Shah and Angel Comedy co-founder and psychotherapist Sarah Pearce. Chaired by comedian and producer Martin Willis, these mental health professionals and comedians will be discussing the impact of the last year, what needs to change in the industry to support mental health and how we can contribute, as well as the impact and expectations of ‘sad clowns’ and soul-baring solo shows.

Flawlessly Imperfect – Writing Workshop via Poplar Union on Wednesday 10 March at 6pm – Pay what you feel Selina Brown will be running an online workshop challenging women’s view on self and others through fun and creative exercises to break down barriers and connect. Pay what you feel | Ages 18+ | Zoom

HACHETTE Paid Publishing Internships: Leading publisher @HachetteUK with @Waterstones & literary agency @CBGBooks are offering 10 year-long #PaidInternships ring-fenced for those under-represented in #publishing. Apply here:

Deadline 14/03


Free online events announced, including Drag and Feminism with RuPaul’s Drag Race superstars

Explore all the events here
We are thrilled to announce three free online events for March as an extension of our Covid-safe 2021 festival.

These online events are three special panel talks.

Drag and Feminism panel talk
Monday 29th March, 6 – 7pm
A one-of-a-kind panel discussion including five of the UK’s most exciting drag queens, exploring the relationship between Drag and Feminism. Featuring Jacob Mallinson Bird aka Dinah Lux, Bimini Bon Boulash, Asttina Mandella, Ginny Lemon and Tete Bang.

Is it good for you? panel talk about sexual empowerment Monday 22nd March, 6 – 7pm
This panel talk will be hosted by sex educator Ruby Rare, with Almaz Ohene, Lindsey Mendick and Rukiat Ashawe. This talk for all genders will explore agency, self pleasure and owning your orgasms.

How do we heal global trauma? panel talk Monday 15th March, 6 – 7pm
A year on from the first appearance of Covid-19 in the world, this talk will explore the emotional and physical impact of social distancing, and how something that has changed the whole world can be healed. Featuring Clarissa Renee, Jo Miller, Lena Chen, Megan Bradley, and Sivani Mata.

Producer Gathering: Marlborough Productions are very excited to announce Producer Gathering, a new online space for the sharing of resources, bursaries, training and discussions about the art of Producing in the UK Arts sector. #ProducerGathering


Staging the Future – Conference – 30 March, Free Online A one-day online symposium organised by Professor Jane Collins and Dr Sophie Jump, Wimbledon College of Arts, with UAL Professor Emerita, Eileen Hogan, Staging the Future will reflect on the experiences over the past year of those working in the field of theatre and performance design and speculate about the future.

Write Moves Weekend Digital Retreat with Rakhee Jasani & Vanio Papadelli on 21-22 March – Pay What you feel. Write Moves is back with a 2-day online course (4 sessions over one weekend) as part of our Women in Focus series celebrating International Women’s Day. The workshop is run by practitioners, Rakhee Jasani and Vanio Papadelli. Women of all ages (and anyone identifying as female) are invited to come together and through mindful movement, yoga and writing, explore roots, kinship and belonging.

Beyond! Writing Over the Binary With Lauren John Joseph and guests CN Lester & Nando Messias – 17 March Free online via HOME Manchester Beyond! is a queer literary salon, from your friend Lauren John Joseph. With three events over three weeks, they’ll be talking gender, autoficiton, and new transhistorical forms with the queer literati. Please do join us from the comfort of your living room/bed/cupboard under the stairs; it’s all free and it wouldn’t be the same with you, lover!

Further sources of interesting events, opportunities and jobs are…

Apples & Snakes Artists Newsletter | Arts Admin E-Digest | ArtsJobs | Creative Access (Jobs) | JournoResources | MediaBeans (media jobs) | Presspad | Tower Hamlets Arts | Write at Home (freelance writing opps)

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