The Outdoor Gig and The Album Artwork

Yes it’s that time again, the time when we let you know what has been going on in and around Stow over the past week.  We don’t have as much to tell you as we did last week, but let’s get started.

First up this week we have news from Natasha Cowie of an event she is involved in organising.  Stow College Presents: D3VILMAYCRY and The High Rollers on Wednesday the 9th of May 2012 at 12.00 pm.  This is a FREE Outdoor Gig, which will be held at Stow College (weather permitting, if weather conditions are unreasonable, the gig will be moved inside the college).  There will be two experienced bands playing a set each during lunch time.  For more information then have a look at Natasha’s Facebook Event page.

Next a great opportunity for some of Stow’s performers.  Urban Fairytale Theatre Company are a new company based in Glasgow city centre and they are looking for talented individuals to become company members.  You need to be over 16 and have an interest in film making, writing or production arts.  You could get the chance to devise original material and make a mark on contemporary Scottish Theatre.  Auditions will be held in SPACE studio in Buchanan Street on Monday the 14th of May at 7.00 pm.  For more information contact or visit their website.

Now some fantastic news about one of our students, John Urquhart, who is studying HND Music Business.  John decided to put forward his artwork as part of a promotional campaign called ‘Show Us Yours’, which was run on the Ting Tings website. The initiative, which encourages students to contribute designs and ideas, was launched by the band following their own experiences of creativity when they were students.  The Ting Tings are now using John Urquhart’s colourful sketch as part of their album artwork after band members and fans were so impressed with the design.

John said: “I found about the Show Us Yours campaign when the Ting Tings came into the College last year to talk about their work, including their upcoming album. They talked personally about how creative everyone and everything was back when they were at college themselves and wanted to show this in their upcoming album, rather than just using artwork that had been created or approved by their record company. After I uploaded my design I couldn’t believe the reaction I got. The Ting Tings took my picture and uploaded it to their own Facebook page getting even more positive reactions from fans.”

Following the great response, John was contacted by bosses at Sony Music Entertainment UK and informed that his drawing had been chosen to be used as part of the artwork on the new album ‘Sounds From No-wheresville’. The picture features on the second page inside the album booklet and on the same page as the lyrics of the band’s debut single ‘Hang It Up’.  Congratulations to John on his success!!

Another event now which may interest some of you, Antifascistas – this tells the story of the 2,500 volunteers from the British Isles who joined the legendary International Brigades to defend democracy during the Spanish Civil War of 1936-39.  It will be held at the International Brigade Memorial Trust Exhibition, hosted by Glasgow City UNISON, 84 Bell Street, Glasgow.  This will take place from Saturday 28th April until Sunday 29th April from 12.00 to 4.00 pm and on Monday 30th April until Thursday 3rd May from 9.30 am to 4.00 pm.  For more information see the attached leaflet.

Finally for this week, Learner Services has asked that we let you know about the H.E. Funding Workshops it intends on  holding on Wednesday the 9th of May.  If you are progressing on to an HNC, HND or Degree course next year you will need to apply for an SAAS grant and these workshops will tell you how.  Spaces will be limited so please contact Learner Services to book a space.

Well that’s us for this week, but check back again next Friday for more Stow news.