New CBeebies Range from Creativity International hits retail

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Leading manufacturer and distributor of educational craft here in the UK, Creativity International are delighted to announce the launch of their brand new craft range created under licence with BBC Worldwide to produce CBeebies licensed merchandise.

We truly feel that a partnership between the most watched children’s channel in the UK and ourselves is the perfect fit, especially when you consider the fact that one of the main aims of CBeebies is to encourage learning through play for children aged 6 and under – something we at Creativity hold in high regard.” Says Rob Ireland, Managing Director of Creativity.

There are 8 craft kits in total, with each one providing a different way of enhancing creativity in children. Each kit consists of an original design based around the iconic CBeebies’ Bugbies

for TRADE / RETAIL enquiries call Ben Cornwell on 01384 485 550

to buy the kits visit www.creativitycrafts.co.uk 

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PhotoAid Global partners with Workaid.

PhotoAid Global is the UK based photography service that connects photographers to charities and NGOs both here in the UK and abroad, and also curates exhibitions to drive awareness and revenue for good causes.

PhotoAid Partners with Workaid. Left to right Rob Levine of Workaid, Vanessa Champion of PhotoAid and David Newton lead trainer for PhotoAid who is running the first course. Photo credit Angus Thomson.

PhotoAid Partners with Workaid. Left to right Rob Levine of Workaid, Vanessa Champion of PhotoAid and David Newton lead trainer for PhotoAid who is running the first course. Photo credit Angus Thomson.

Workaid, winner of the Queens Award for Voluntary Service, tackles poverty by providing disadvantaged people with the tools they need to learn a skilled trade and earn a living. Since 1986, Workaid has helped around 100,000 disadvantaged people to break the cycle of poverty and build better lives for themselves and their families. 

How did the partnership come about?

Dr Vanessa Champion is founder of PhotoAid and lives in Tring in Hertfordshire, she was looking for someone to fix up the old cameras that PhotoAid receives as donations. Mutual friends recommended she contact Workaid, based in neighbouring Chesham. One brainstorming meeting later with Rob Levine, chairman of Workaid, a partnership was forged.

It’s great to form partnerships with organisations we have real synergies with and PhotoAid is definitely one of those.” Said Rob Levine. “At Workaid we are updating our website and social media presence; arresting and exciting photos are a critical part of that. When we connected with Vanessa it was clear that she had just the sort of skills and connections to help us down that path. Brilliantly, she is also building our own capabilities so that we are enabled to take better photos ourselves and can take advantage of opportunities whenever they arise. Ultimately all this will help us to attract more donors and volunteers, and give more meaningful and engaging feedback to those we already have.

I am so pleased to be partnering and supporting Workaid, their ethics and energy match ours,” said Vanessa. “We are running training workshops with their staff so they can take their own photos for website and social media collateral, plus running a ‘Volunteer’s Voice’, ‘If Tools could talk’, and hopefully helping to document the projects they are doing actually on the ground in Africa. Also Workaid are kindly storing the cameras people donate to us in their warehouse and helping to ship them to Africa for us. Note, that we also distribute our recycled cameras here in the UK and Europe.

One of PhotoAid’s main photographers is David Newton, known to many in the photography world. David teaches extensively for Canon and also presents for SanDisk, Manfrotto and Lastolite, giving presentations and workshops all over the world. He, along with Ness, is running the first workshop at Workaid.
In my work I spend a lot of time ‘taking’ pictures. The whole language around photography is in taking or capturing something, but there is very little giving.  PhotoAid, and the partnership with Workaid, offers me the opportunity to give something back instead.”

PhotoAid is heading out to India in April for the charity, Born to be Beautiful. Later in the year we are also curating an exhibition of photography in the UK from the children of Ana by Karma, a charity based in Bhutan.

If you have old cameras, would like to be part of PhotoAid as a photographer, supporter or other capacity, or can donate time to fix up old cameras do get in touch with Vanessa at PhotoAid makeadifference@photoaid.org.uk  “We all have something to give, and it’s like kick-starting positive karma, you give a little and buckets of goodness come back to you in return. Thanks to everyone in the industry who is supporting us, it means a lot.”

PhotoAid – Making a difference, one image at a time.

PhotoAid Partners with Workaid. Photo credit Angus Thomson.

PhotoAid Partners with Workaid. Photo credit Angus Thomson.

Some background on PhotoAid and Workaid:

PhotoAid  Our Mission – PhotoAid Global celebrates photojournalism which inspires understanding and action through visual documentary. Covering human and animal rights & environmental awareness.

PhotoAid Services: Photography and Video, Expertise, Opportunities (see more below)

www.photoaid.org.uk     make@difference@photoaid.org.uk

Workaid, winner of the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, tackles poverty by providing disadvantaged people with the tools they need to learn a skilled trade and earn a living. Since 1986, WORKAID has helped around 100,000 disadvantaged people to break the cycle of poverty and build better lives for themselves and their families. They accept donations of unwanted tools and equipment which are collected from all over the UK and refurbished by a team of dedicated volunteers at the Workaid workshop. The refurbished tools are then sent to vocational training projects where they help vulnerable and disadvantaged people to learn trade skills and start their own businesses.

 www.workaid.org

  1. Photography and Video

We source professional photographers in different parts of the world to document your charity’s story. We have been generously supported by Fujifilm UK, Loxley, Genesis Imaging, and others.

  1. Expertise

PhotoAid provides full service support from booking a photographer right through to the design of a book, organizing an exhibition or creating an event.

We also run educational programmes here in the UK and on location, with photographers and local people, from the youngest child to the oldest grandmother!

Talks – invite us to speak to your club or group. We give advice on how to monetise your photography when you return, raise awareness of your cause, and tell inspirational stories, of which there are many from standing in a deafening silence while surrounded by 200 Ankoli cattle in the heart of Africa to covert photography in a third-world prison  …

We know and work with highly trained and motivated photographers, all of whom have stories to tell. If you are interested in hosting a talk or lecture do get in touch. Read some fascinating stories on F8, the editorial and news publishing arm of PhotoAid.

One of our board of advisors is an expert on central and eastern Africa and can give valuable advice on the region, and who can also visit your company/ organisation to advise in more detail. We also have an expert on security in the Middle East and other conflict zones.  Confidentiality assured.

  1. Opportunities

PhotoAid Global helps broker photography with NGOs  doing good in remote places around the world. Offering unique life-changing experiences for the photographer and financial and awareness life-lines to these smaller charities who are working at grassroots level. A perfect symbiosis to pull all the threads together. On a global scale.

We also support local charities from Rotary to Youth football associations, amateur groups desperately needing promotional images through to helping give opportunities to up-and-coming photographers.

Our Founder, Dr Vanessa Champion, is a former London newspaper Editor, published writer, international art and photography judge, and documentary photographer. She is also Director of Dragonfly Communications, based in the UK and Direcotr of ARGENTA Fine Art. She will be your point of contact for marketing support and advice.

Connect on Social media:

Twitter @PhotoAidGlobal

Instagram @photoaid

Facebook PhotoaidGlobal

Worldwide launch of Shimmerdisc – Sign and Digital Show NEC stand K12

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Never before seen in the UK, the new printing technology and display product Shimmerdisc – Photographic Sequin Displays, will be unveiled for the first time at The Sign and Digital Show, NEC, Stand K12 19-21 April 2016.

This will be start of the World Wide launch of Shimmerdisc.

What is it? Shimmerdisc is a blanket of individually printed sequins. Each disc is individually printed creating pixel perfect images. Each module is reverse printed and optically clear. The finished effect presents a display that looks almost 3D and with the most amazing movement.

Come and see our 67,500 sequin display – Stand K12

With over 5000 sequins per square metre, Shimmerdisc offers Photographic quality shimmering brilliance using thousands of light-reflecting discs to create inspiring, eye-catching moving image displays. It is used to add the WOW factor to Boardrooms, VIP nightclub walls, Home Art, Retail POS, Outdoor Display, Theatre, Exhibitions, Gigs. Modular and scalable. Each disc is individually printed creating pixel-perfect images.

Interior designers, architects, photographers, artists and branding agencies now have a brand new tool in their display portfolio, Shimmerdisc.  Designers can exploit a full colour pallet including white to add depth, turning a plain foil sequin into a pixel of magic. Scalable to any size from 1 square metre to billboard size.

Already commissioned by household names, Shimmerdisc, adds animated brilliance to design.

Shimmerdisc new digital mosaic sequin display product Sign and Digital show display

http://www.shimmerdisc.com/

Our patented modular disc display can be custom printed – plain or reflective,” says Andrew Ainge, founder and inventor of Shimmerdisc. “The bigger the display the more impact it has. A 1000 x 1000mm display is the smallest we will do – 5625 discs. Wall Installations typically have around 100,000+ discs. Truly stunning.

Designers, architects, the press and branding agencies are invited to stand K12 to see the product demonstrated for themselves and take advantage of 10% off on all orders placed at the show.

Contact us to book an interview with the inventor, Andrew Ainge.

Shimmerdisc digital mosaic sequin display product Sign and Digital show display

Gok Wan to open International Art Prize

Gok Wan to open ArtGemini Prize 2014

Gok Wan to open International Art Prize

Gok Wan to open International Art and Photography Prize

The ArtGemini Prize is a celebration of international contemporary art for emerging and established artists around the world. Now in its second year, the finalists’ exhibition, showcasing the 48 works shortlisted for the main prize of £5000, takes place at the Biscuit Factory in Bermondsey from October 23rd-November 1st.

Gok Wan will be opening the private view of the finalists’ work on 23rd October at 6.30pm.

With over 760 entries from 44 countries, The Art Gemini Prize is one of the fastest growing international art prizes.  Judges include Zoe Wishaw, former European Director of Photography at Getty images.

20% of all sales go to Kidscape. Nikki Kerr, head of fundraising at Kidscape said: “We are delighted to be supported by Jimmy Lek and The ArtGemini Prize. The money donated from the art sales will make a big difference to our work as we strive to keep more children safe from bullying and abuse.”

For more information, including a preview of the finalists’ work, please visit www.artgeminiprize.com.

Images attached Adrian Scicluna (painting), Kevin Shepherd (photography)

To reserve a space at the PV please message info@dragonflycommunications.co.uk

Art Gemini PV – Biscuit Factory in Bermondsey from October 23rd-November 1st  6.30 – 8.30pm

Exhibition continues daily 11am – 6pm (closed Sunday)

  • The Art Gemini Prize is an independent International competition, open to all artists from anywhere in the world. There is no age limit for applicants. Promoting excellence in art and photography. www.artgeminiprize.com
  • A cash fund of £5000 will be awarded to the winners in four categories. The Public Choice Prize is open for voting by the public during the exhibition, and the winner will be announced at the close of the show.
  • Painting and Sculpture Prize: First prize £2000, second prize £1000
  • Photography Prize: First prize £1000, second prize £500
  • Young Artist Prize (under 25 years): £500
  • Public Choice Prize: £500
  • Judges and founders biographies see http://www.artgeminiprize.com/about/
  • Gok Wan is a Fashion expert, award-winning TV presenter, author and all round national treasure, Gok Wan has taken the fashion and TV world by storm and has become one of the UK’s most sought-after entertainers.  www.gokwan.com
  • Anti-bullying charity Kidscape is the charity partner for this year’s ArtGemini Prize and will receive 20% of the sale price of any piece sold during the exhibition.   www.kidscape.org.uk.

New Paper for London – TeamPlayer360

TeamPlayer 360 logo

TeamPlayer 360 logo

If you are in London look out for the new FREE printed newspaper for #London. Our director, Vanessa Champion, is the editor of the paper.

“TeamPlayer360 is a new voice for #recruitment and the sectors only free printed newspaper for #jobseekers and #HR industry professionals.  TeamPlayer360 covers topics core to the HR Industry as well as highlighting various market sectors, news, help and advice, #graduate placement, internships, #employment law, employers, management, leadership, training and much more. I lead a lively and robust group of recruitment professionals, press experts and specialist journalists.

Why did we launch a printed newspaper when everyone is digital? It’s just for that reason. Do you find yourself inundated with online content, emails, electronic marketing, mobile content, videos? We spend our life staring at screens. To engage in news and things that matter, in a different, more tactile format of a printed newspaper is such a relief. This is a fresh approach to recruitment and an accessible voice for jobseekers.

With the average turnover of staff rate expected to leap from 14% to 18% in the next few years reaching 4.7 million in 2018[1] and with 2.24 million unemployed in the UK today[2], there are over 8000 recruitment houses in the UK[3], the newspaper is aiming to fill a significant gap to get both sides interacting.

We have a 50,000 copy print run of TeamPlayer360 distribution with over one thousand direct industry points, including London and major city stations, HR Directors, CEOs, hotels, leisure centres. People wanting a copy can order through the Emblem Group contact below.

We are keeping the voice of the paper “conversational intelligent” and we hope that the classy design and the perceptive, relaxed content, will enhance the pleasure of the newspaper’s reading experience and will make TeamPlayer360 an important addition on the monthly ‘must-read’ media circuit.

We are turning the trend on its head and producing a high quality PRINTED newspaper. TeamPlayer360 is a unique and important new voice for HR professionals and Jobseekers and provides a platform for the industry helping to build an important interactive bridge between both sides of the playing field. We hope you enjoy the read. Write to us and let us know what you think or indeed you might like to contribute! If you would like a copy email us.”

Vanessa Champion, Editor, London, May 2014

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International Art Exhibition continues until 7 Feb – Final few days!

A huge crowd attended the private view of the finalists’ exhibition of the ArtGemini Prize 2013 at the Rebecca Hossack Gallery in London on 23 January. The winners were selected from 744 entries from 33 countries.

Rene Gonzalez

Rene Gonzalez

Read more about the winners here.  The ArtGemini Prize Finalists’ exhibition continues until 7 February at Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery2A Conway Street, London W1T 6BA.  Open daily 10am-6pm except Sunday, free entry.

Visitors to the exhibition may also cast their vote for the winner of the Public Choice Prize of £500. Voting closes 7 February 2014.

Kids Company logo - supporting vulnerable children

Kids Company logo – supporting vulnerable children

All artworks are for sale, and 20% of the sales will be donated to Kids Company.

Our partner – We are proud to announce that 20% of proceeds from all sales of ArtGemini Prize finalists’ works will be donated to our selected charity, Kids Company, London. 

ArtGemini Prize 2014

We are now starting to build support for the next ArtGemini Prize 2014, scheduled for launch in May 2014. If you would like to get involved through sponsorship, judging or media support, please email jimmy@artgeminiprize.com

 

News Post 31 – New electronic backdrop system for photographers from Creativity Backgrounds

#Photographers can now automate #backdrops in seconds with the Creativity Backgrounds Rotor Roller

Creativity rotor roller, phtographers can now automate their backdrops, using different coloured backgrounds. For use wall mounted or on the background stand. Electronic backdrop system.

Creativity rotor roller, phtographers can now automate their backdrops, using different coloured backgrounds. For use wall mounted or on the background stand. Electronic backdrop system.

Engagement with the #model is important to all #photographers, and being able to change the #background simply and remotely while still facing and engaging the model without having to disturb the energy of a shoot is an asset to any session.

A new Motorised Rotor Roller system for supporting photography background rolls in fixed #studio installations has just been launched by Creativity Backgrounds. It can be fixed to the wall or with mounted brackets or simply attached to background support stands using clamp brackets. 

View Video and see product: http://www.photography-backgrounds.co.uk/vmchk/Background-Stands/Motorised-Rotor-Roller.html

Mobile photographers can also benefit from the speed and convenience of using the Creativity Backgrounds Rotor Roller, this is especially useful with the full-width rolls. Event photographers will get a huge advantage from using the automated system. You can set up different colours before the event and change swiftly as the night progresses, flipping between white and greenscreen even.

The Rotor Roller of course also works on the Creativity car-friendly rolls as well

http://www.photography-backgrounds.co.uk/2.08-x-11metres.html

 

Creativity Backgrounds logo

Creativity Backgrounds logo

Photographers and videographers are invited to get in touch if they want more information or want to submit images to the gallery vanessa@creativitybackgrounds.co.uk

 

It will be showcased at the SWPP convention stand W2, Photovisions, The Photography Show and Photokina.

Creativity Backgrounds are the suppliers of Superior Seamless paper backgrounds, used by Professional Photographers for over 30 years. Guaranteed hotspot free, there are over 50 colours of Creativity Paper Backgrounds and new fabric and pattered designed ranges continue to expand the business. Creativity Backgrounds continue to gain good market share of loyal and growing business from leading award-winning fashion, product and portrait photographers as well as national institutions, agencies, film companies and fashion houses. 

www.creativitybackgrounds.co.uk 

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