Thursday, 26 May 2011

Propose to me

Amazing! Wow! Jeeze-Louise!

Here is the form with which you may submit ideas to the CAA.

Application Pack and Form (please download it to view and fill out. It looks odd on Google Docs)

There is information in there about what we're looking for and tips on places you can source materials from. Please pass it on, around and everywhere.

Please note the following things:

  • The CAA is a not-for-profit event. All events will be free of charge for participants.
  • The CAA is predominantly an art school, with the emphasis on interaction and participation. However, installations and exhibits that will make it a more exciting venue are very welcome. 
  • You don't have to be from the Shoreham area to take part, though if you are travelling from somewhere else you will have to pay for your own expenses.
  • Don't be afraid to suggest something. No idea is a bad idea.
Application deadline: 10th July 2011

Seems that bullet-pointed lists are trés de jour on this blog.

Speech! Speech!

Here is an email I have sent out in search of people to give talks at the CAA. Please read, copy and forward.

The Common Academy of Art will be a temporary art school popping up in an empty shop in Shoreham-on-Sea this August. The timetable of the Academy will be composed of activities proposed and led by anyone with a great idea. Thanks to a bursary from American Express and other fund raising activity we are able to fund materials and equipment to facilitate all sorts of ideas. Mornings and afternoons will be mainly aimed at children, young people and families, whilst the evenings will be reserved for screenings, talks and more grown up classes. 

I am looking for anyone who would like to give a talk or presentation during one of the evening sessions. Talks can be as long or short as you like - 5 minutes? 2 hours? - and be on any subject. We will have projection equipment and WiFi available too. 

As the Common Academy of Art is an art school talks on visual art, literature, media, music and performing arts would be fantastic, though please don't feel limited to these areas. Local history, travel essays, arts education, the current issues faced by the arts, empty shops and regeneration, craft, gardening, the day you met 5 people called Gladys. Anything! If you have an idea for a talk that could interest, inspire, inform and/or entertain then I'd love to hear it. 

The Academy will take place over five days, from August 3rd to 7th. Although I can't offer payment for contributors I can pay for travel costs and hopefully an interesting and unusual evening.
If you would like further information about the project or want to propose an idea then please email me at You can also keep up to date with developments on our blog, and follow us on Twitter, @commonacademy


Come talk! I look forward to hearing from you.

Monday, 23 May 2011

New Logo

As you can see at the top of the page, the CAA now has a logo, carefully made with the help of some potatoes.

Some exciting ideas are being suggested and formulated for the Academy's timetable, and there will be a form available through which to submit your ideas very soon.

Some things to note:

  • There is funding available to support any ideas you have.
  • The content of the Academy is limited only by our imaginations! Talks, workshops, screenings, installations, tea parties, glow-in-the-dark owl assisted sugar sculpting...
  • The Academy is not just for kids. Daytimes will be focused at families, children and young people, but the evenings will be reserved for the grown ups. Things can get a bit more intellectual, or naughty, or silly, in the night times.

Until the website and form goes live feel free to email me at with any thoughts and ideas.

Monday, 16 May 2011

Full steam ahead!

It is decided.

The Common Academy of Art
3rd - 7th of August
Workshop 1a
1a New Road, Shoreham by Sea

Now that the space has been found and dates set it is time to fill the timetable of the CAA with many a wondrous thing. I am going to create a website that provide you with all the information you need to submit ideas for activities that could be held at the Academy.

Workshop 1a is very spacious, and has a large main area, double fronted shop windows, a smaller workroom upstairs and a lovely outdoor space. So get your thinking caps on and start thinking up ways of using this wonderful space.

Thanks to Amex and other fundraising activities we can provide funding for materials and other things you might need to turn your ideas into a reality.

How very, very exciting.