Monthly Archives: May 2008

Competition: Free Tickets to the Education Day at Graduate Fashion Week!

Fused Magazine is giving away 25 pairs of tickets for the Education Day at Graduate Fashion Week on the 12th June. The Education day is organised for those working towards a career in the fashion industry, providing the chance to get up close and personal with some of the fashion industry’s biggest names.

The day includes three Gala shows, as well as a Career Clinic made up of an exciting number of fashion influencer’s, such as Richard Bradbury CBE, CEO of River Island, Henry Holland, House of Holland and Lorraine Candy, editor-in-chief of Elle, amongst a host of others.

They will be able to give students information on potential career paths such as design, buying, retail, styling, marketing and the internet. The National Magazine Company will also be holding ‘Careers Speed Dating’ on its stand, where students can meet with key figures from their magazines.

Graduate Fashion Week has become the world’s greatest showcase of young up and coming fashion and design talent. In the biggest showcase of young talent in the world Graduate Fashion Week will celebrate the work of more than 1000 of the finest BA Degree fashion students from 49 universities across the UK.

For your chance to get your hands on tickets just email your name and address to Deadline for entries is the 5th June at midday.


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I went to Ikon Eastside last night and all I got were some flip flops

The launch of Ikon’s new Eastside space in Birmingham last night was quite a lot for the senses to take in.

Turning up at about 8.30pm the space was in almost complete darkness with people sitting on the floor and milling around looking bemused. Having managed not to trip over the bodies on the floor – and with my eyes getting used to the lack of light – I realised that I was indeed walking over Soi Project’s Island and nobody seemed to mind… until the lights came up.

The work is made up of 3-dimensional Islands on the ground which are covered in Google Earth images. Visitors navigate their way around the islands via the sea and are invited to put stickers on the island to influence the useage of the space. But the really clever thing is that over 24 minutes (rather than hours) the passage of time is simulated using the lighting in the space which takes us from almost pitch black to bright daylight – and the warming effects of the light almost feel like sun (although i’m not sure that was the intention).

So when daylight arrived I was spotted and promptly directed to the door to collect some flip flops (I was wearing heels – big faux pas for this particular exhibition). The flip flops (I assume) are to be worn so you don’t damage the work as you walk around it or on top of it which also seemed to be encouraged.

But don’t be alarmed the flip flops were new and I was allowed to take them home with me which felt like a little gift to remember the work by.

The space used for Ikon Eastside is soon to be ‘Fazeley Studios’ (owned by the Custard Factory) – a large complex of office and workshop space which will be completed in about 6 weeks.


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Ikon Eastside Opening Party

Tonight sees the openin of Ikon’s new Eastside space at 183 Fazeley Street, Digbeth, Birmingham. The opening exhibition is SOI PROJECT Island comprises a 3D island covered in satellite images from Google Earth.

Established in 2003 by Japanese architect Jiro Endo and Thai artist Wit Pimkanchanapong, Soi Project is a group of artists, musicians, architects and designers engaging audiences in interactive and social situations. Soi launches Ikon’s new Eastside space with a three-dimensional island, an imaginary land mass made from a composite of satellite images drawn from Google Earth™. The passage of time on the island is simulated through the use of lighting that gradually shifts from night time darkness through brilliant daylight over a 24 minute cycle. Visitors are encouraged to influence the landscape and occupy areas of their choice by attaching templates of buildings, swimming pools and beach umbrellas.

There is a free bus running (7.30pm & 8.00pm) from Ikon Brindleyplace – where there is also a private view of the Lutz and Guggisberg exhibition.

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Flip Animation Festival 2008: Call for Entries

Organisers of the Flip Animation Festival, Light House, Wolverhampton, are urging animators to submit work for this year’s open submissions category.  The closing date for entries is 8 August 2008.

Flip will run over 3 days between 6 – 8 November 2008 at Light House and other venues across Wolverhampton and Birmingham. In the festival’s 5th year there will be an even more varied programme including the C-Games Conference, an animation symposium, as well as screenings, talks and workshops, and with a particular focus on writing for animation.

Entry forms can be downloaded from, and the closing date for festival submissions is 8 August 2008.

For more information about the submitting work and to join the mailing list, contact Alice Trueman at Light House on 01902 716055

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FLY53 Tour 2008

Getting bored of the same old gigs and same old bands well Fly53 and Vice Magazine wanna give you an injection of new blood.

The line-ups will not be influenced by anything in particular other than the bands, artists and DJ’s being too good for you to ignore. The dates will not go on and on forever. They will be curt, high-octane bursts of galvanising activity. Like little musical happy slaps. That are actually happy and don’t hurt. Oh. And you have to pay NOTHING to see this thoughtfully put together package of amazingness.

The Fly53 Tour is ongoing and its little guerrilla attacks on the humdrum UK live scene will take place every few months. As soon as a line-up that is too good to ignore comes together the tour will be mobilised. Just when you think it’s time to give up hope again the Fly53 Tour will be there to save both your soul and your night out.

The first round in this continuing campaign features Portuguese kuduru ghettotech pioneers Buraka Som Sistema, club beats from recent Modular signings Bumblebeez and up and coming shiny hip pop talent Mapei plus exclusive special guest DJs to be revealed on the night. Not bad for £0 eh?

To get your free tickets all you need to do is register online. Go to NOW to register.

Thursday 29 May
The Other Rooms
Times Square, Scotswood Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4EP

Friday 30 May
Mint Lounge
46-50 Oldham St, Manchester, M4 1LE.

Saturday 31 May
The Rainbow
160 Digbeth High Street, Birmingham, B12 0LD

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Rock Posters Rock On

The prolific rock poster creators Firehouse Kustom Rockart Company will be blazing through the UK in June/July as part of the UK’s first rock art poster tour. The creative-genius behind the company, Chuck Sperry and Ron Donovan who are based in San Franciso, were so impressed by the talent they met at the Brighton Fringe Festival that they immediately started planning the tour.

The pair hope to share their silkscreen artistry with the exciting new breed of British rock poster artists.

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Meet the Futureheads

Don’t miss the chance to meet post-punk four piece The Futureheads at a free show and signing at HMV 28th May. The band are promoting their third album featuring their most recent single, ‘The Beginning Of The Twist’, ahead of their headline tour across the UK in the following months.

The gig kicks off at 5.30 pm and is followed by a signing session.

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