SED Opportunity Digest – 13 May 2023 – Concise Version

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From QMUL, Partners & Friends

Staging Decadence: Dress to Kill

24th May 2023 – 17:00 – 19:30

(Doors will open at 17:00 to explore the space, films and exhibition, the performances and discussion will begin at 18:00)

In person at Queen Mary University of London, Film and Drama Studio, Arts 2 Building, Mile End Road, Bethnal Green, London, E1 4PA.

Online via Zoom.

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Poster design by Tara Fatehi.

Unmissable SED Careers Event on 22 May with Faber & Faber, The Guardian, Camden People’s Theatre and Arts Council

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Book event: From Sylhet to Spitalfields by Shabna Begum – 19/5, 7pm

Using oral history interviews and archival research, From Sylhet to Spitalfields looks at the Bengali community’s contribution to this little-known episode of East End history, and how it can inform present-day housing struggles.

Shabna Begum is Head of Research at the Runnymede Trust, the UK’s leading race equality think tank.

Jumanah Younis is books editor at Lawrence Wishart and a trainee therapist.

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People’s Palace Projects at Queen Mary University of London, in partnership with the ICA, are proud to present the second edition of ECHOES Indigenous Film Festival.

19-21 May 2023 

Featuring 18 thought-provoking works from 21 filmmakers, representing 13 ethnic groups across 10 regions in Brazil and neighbouring countries Bolivia, Peru, Colombia, and Argentina. Almost three-quarters of the featured filmmakers are women. 

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Raphael Samuel Memorial Lecture 2023Walking Against the Expulsive Environment: Refugee Tales and the Politics of WelcomeProfessor David Herd

Monday 12 June, 6.00pm followed by a reception

Peston Lecture Theatre, Graduate Centre, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Road, London E1 4NS

All welcome; registration essential. 

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This event is part of Migration: a public history festival, a series of lectures, exhibitions, workshops and walks around London supported by the Raphael Samuel History Centre


Fri, 19 May 2023 09:30am

School of English and Drama

This event brings together a range of scholars to reflect on Professor Barrett’s pioneering interdisciplinary research and celebrate her major contributions to literary studies, feminist theory and the history of the First World War. 

Peston Lecture Theatre, Graduate Centre, Mile End Campus.

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Hunker in Your Bunker: Doomsday Prepping in the United States
School of Politics and International Relations

In the middle of the 20th century, the United States asked people to build domestic fallout shelters in case of nuclear war. But the US never had to use these bunkers for their intended purpose. This led to the phenomenon of “bunkerization,” where people started thinking of their homes as bunker spaces. This talk explores the political implications of this trend. Wed, 24 May 2023 5:30pm, The Hitchcock Theatre, Arts One Building, Room G.19,  Mile End Campus. 

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 Creativity and Wellbeing Week 2023 – 15-21 May

  • Tuesday 16th May: NCCH APPG roundtable exploring Leadership and Strategy (Free, online) BOOK NOW
  • Tuesday 16th May: Creativity in a health crisis: What does the research tell us? (Free, online) BOOK NOW
  • Tuesday 16th May: Arts & Health Hub present: The Value of Lived Experience (Free, online) BOOK NOW
  • Wednesday 17th May: Creative Health Sandpit, big London meet-up (Free, at City Hall) BOOK NOW
  • Thursday 18th May: How to establish a Creative Health City Region, perspectives from Manchester (Free, online) BOOK NOW
  • Friday 19th May: Creativity and Dementia (Free, online) BOOK NOW
  • Friday 19th May: Writing for Wellbeing. BOOK NOW
  • Friday 19th May: Launch of the ‘Queering Creative Health’ report (Free, in-person at QUEERCIRCLE) BOOK NOW
  • Saturday 20th May: Arts and Health Hub present: Crystallised Intelligence, Long Covid. BOOK NOW
  • Sunday 21st May: Arts and Health Hub present: Crystallised Intelligence: GUTS! BOOK NOW

Worldmaking in Languages, Literatures and Cultures

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Outside QMUL

Free online workshop: Career Planning for Screen Industries

Mon 15 May | Zoom

Join us online to learn how best to begin planning your career in the screen industries. Industry expert Sue Russo will talk about where to look for work and the different routes in, shining a light on the networks that you should be a part of. Free to attend.

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Facet Launch at Alumni run Live Art Space in South London

Image courtesy of June Lam.

RSVP to the inaugural FACET launch event

FACET is an innovative nine-month project, presented by VSSL Studio in partnership with Arts Council England, designed to centre and elevate queer people and art. From May 2023 to January 2024, VSSL Studio will collaborate with five contemporary visual artists to co-produce a series of five exhibitions, exploring the ever-evolving and myriad spectrum of contemporary queer expression.

Journalism Workshop: Using Social Media Effectively To Find & Promote Your Stories -Carla Jenkins

In a follow-up to our popular social media series, Carla Jenkins will run through:

  • The current social media landscape and which platforms work best for journalists finding stories or promoting work,
  • How to identify trends and emerging stories on social media,
  • Finding interviewees on social media, and best practices for approaching them,
  • How to drive engagement with your published work and grow an audience.

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Judy’s Vintage Fairs at The Mile End Pavilions

Judy's Vintage Fairs and Kilo Sale at The Pavilions

After their successful debut in February, we welcome Judy’s Vintage Fairs back to the Pavilions in Mile End Park. Shop affordable, vintage, handmade and reworked at carefully curated marketplaces.

Judy’s Vintage Market at The Ecology Pavilion on 14 May

From vintage fashion and homewares to handmade jewellery and lifestyle products – unique ideas cross paths with a sustainable ideology, small-batch and preloved.

The Vintage Furniture Flea at The Art Pavilion on 14 May

Voted ‘Best Fair’ by the Vintage Guide to London. Doing away with expensive replicas and focusing on quality and affordability, the Flea provides an antidote; a celebration of mid-century living from the 50s and beyond, the event offers up top vintage traders, all offering furniture and homewares without costing the earth. 

One ticket for 14 May gets you into the events at both pavilions.

Genesis Cinema Birthday £2.50 Screenings

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BFI NETWORK Short Film Fund

The BFI NETWORK England short film funding is now open! Applications for amounts from £5,000 up to a maximum of £25,000, of any length up to a maximum of 15 minutes, can be made.

Deadline: Tuesday 23 May

Essential Magazine for those wanting to get into Publishing


Issue 71 is here! Follow the link to read, or click here to read articles via our website! 

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International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia Event on May 17th 2023 

Wednesday 17th May – 7.00 – 8.30pm – St Margaret’s House, The Mulberry Hall, 21 Old Ford Road, E2 9PL – Free

There will be SHORT FILM SCREENINGS followed by a PANEL DISCUSSION with speakers from:

  • Human Dignity Trust
  • Micro Rainbow
  • House of Rainbow

Please book your free ticket by noon 16th May here:

Jobs and Opps Closing Soon

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Updated: Further sources of interesting events, opportunities and jobs are…

Apples & Snakes Artists Newsletter | Arts Admin E-Digest | ArtsJobs | BBC Academy | Creative Access (Jobs) | Creative Lives in Progress | Creative Mentor Network | ERIC – Career + Opportunities App | Film London | IlikeNetworking | JournoResources | Lectures.London | MediaBeans (media jobs) | QMUL Careers | Presspad | Run the Check | ScreenSkills | Society of Young Publishers | Startup Jobs | Tower Hamlets Arts | Write at Home (freelance writing opps)

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