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IMG_5132Performance, Screen Acting and Musical Theatre students at the University Of The West Of Scotland recently  had the good fortune to take part in an extended two day Screen Acting workshop with acting and voice coach  Mel Churcher.

Mel visited  UWS Ayr and held intensive coaching sessions in our new TV Studios on the 26th and 27th of February.

Mel can be seen here working with UWS students Debbie Lochran and Stephanie McBride.  Mel   is  is one of Britain’s foremost tutors of Screen Acting, and  also coaches a wide range of professionals from budding newcomers to top film stars like Daniel Craig, Angelina Jolie, Keira Knightley and Jet Li. She has coached presenters like Raymond Blanc and Goldie,  singers like Tricky and Joss Stone,  top corporate executives ,  lawyers and even  rugby union referees. She has worked recently on prestigious movie projects such as The Lady, The Door, Berberian Sound Studio, Sherlock Holmes, The Last Station and Control. 


The students admitted that they were “blown away”  by the sessions. “It was brilliant to be taught by such an experienced tutor who has worked with all these top actors ” said one 4th year Contemporary Screen Acting student.. As can be seen from the photo, the use of  wide screen  HD  is  at the centre of Mel’s teaching method. UWS Actresses Anna Kennedy and Claudie Baker-Park are featured here,  captured on screen  by UWS’s Studio  supervisor, Jamie Hare , to give a truly professional touch as befits a Drama UK Recognised institution.


For her part, Mel was delighted   with her visit to the £81 million Ayr Campus. “It was my first time at UWS Ayr, but it won’t be the last.  I was very impressed by the Studio facilities and back up technical  staff  at UWS which in my opinion  are second to none in the country. The students were mature, open and very exciting to work with.These UWS undergraduates were  working   at a similar level to the Post-Graduate MA students with whom I work  at the Central School Of Drama.”IMG_5128

The event was organised by UWS Senior Lecturer Jane Robertson,  who studied under Mel at Central. Jane  was delighted at the response of the students and the success of the visit. ” At UWS we have the best facilities available, and to couple that with such distinguished visiting tutors as Mel means that we are able to offer a fantastic learning experience for our performance students. We are already planning the content of  Mel’s next visit”

For more information on Musical Theatre at UWS visit the website here .

For Performance and Contemporary Screen Acting at UWS, please visit our  Website here .

DramaUK_Logo_Dev_2UWS Ayr is very fortunate to be welcoming internationally renowned Screen Acting tutor Mel Churcher over the next two days. Mel will be hosting an extended screen acting workshop in Performance Space 1 from 1.30 -4.30 pm on Tues 26th and 10am -4 pm on Weds 27th.

You can get full details of the 2 Years BA(Hons) degree in Contemporary Screen Acting at the University Of The West Of Scotland at the Drama UK website
Click Here

Very Important day today at UWSAyr in Scotland as it’s the first day of Auditions for the 2013/14 BA(Hons) Contemporary Screen Acting cohort. Drama UK recognition has meant a record-breaking year for candidate numbers ! Good luck to all applicants

Call for a Narrative Practices in Time-Based Media instructor with the Screenwriting Research Network. Anyone interested should send a brief cover letter and resume to Broderick Fox  ([email protected]) as soon as possible. 


Occidental’s Media Arts and Culture Program seeks a part-time faculty member for a one-year Narrative Practices in Time-Based Media appointment, helping to deepen the screenwriting trajectory of our major. We are seeking candidates with both critical (Ph.D. or M.A. in critical studies or equivalent field) and professional creative experiences writing for screen cultures.


The reason we call the courses “narrative practices” and not screenwriting outright is rooted in our aim to expand students’ notions of storytelling for the screen beyond their typical imaginings of the screenwriter. We want students to explore and develop the particular propensities of writing for screen cultures rather than via other modes of narrative expression (prose, playwriting, etc.). 


Inherent in the liberal arts history/theory/praxis model we seek to cultivate writers who are not only versed in structure and character development, but who ground their creative imagining in the global histories, politics, and cultural ideologies of screen genres and who actively seek to extend or challenge these traditions through their own innovative storytelling.  


The position would entail teaching three courses and mentoring senior thesis students writing feature-length screenplays. The candidate would teach our ArtM 220 Narrative Practices introductory course in the fall and another section of the 220 introductory class, along with a section of ArtM 320 Advanced Narrative Practices, our advanced course, in the spring. 


The candidate would also mentor our senior screenwriting thesis students over the course of the year as they critically and historically contextualize and write feature screenplays. We will likely have 3-4 screenwriting seniors in 2013-2014.


Full details on our program can be found at:


Dr. Broderick Fox
Media Arts and Culture Program
Department of Art History and Visual Arts
Occidental College
1600 Campus Road
Los Angeles, CA 90041

James Alexander, Sonja Crisp and Dan Jarvis MP...

James Alexander, Sonja Crisp and Dan Jarvis MP at the Launch of Aesthetica Film Festival (

ASFF 2013 Now Open for Entries

An  exciting opportunity for  students at University of the West of Scotland. Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2013 is now open for entries, and they would love to hear from Film students at University of the West of Scotland!

They are looking for films of 25 minutes and under to screen at ASFF 2013: an innovative international film festival that presents a fantastic opportunity for University of the West of Scotland students.

ASFF 2013 is a unique chance for budding filmmakers to connect with new, worldwide audiences and interact with some of the biggest personalities in the film industry today. Over 200 films will be screened at this unique event, in 15 iconic locations across the historic city of York from 7-10 November 2013. It’s a fantastic opportunity for  students to showcase their work in an impressive setting to an international audience. High profile ASFF attendees in 2012 included representatives from Warp, BAFTA, Channel 4 and Raindance.

In addition to great exposure at the festival, the Winner will receive £500 among other prizes and screenings at a number of other UK festivals; the People’s Choice Winner will receive £250. A shortlist of finalists will be included on the ASFF Sampler DVD, which will be distributed with the December 2013 issue of Aesthetica Magazine, the international arts and culture publication. Finalists will also be included in an editorial feature in the magazine, which has a worldwide audience of 140,000.


They’ve already had a great response from a range of organisations and filmmakers, both nationally and internationally, and ASFF 2013 is set to be their best yet!

Click here to download a poster to be displayed or to request printed flyers please email Eva Helen here  [email protected]

They are  happy to provide more information and images, so please get in touch.

Entry is £15 and the deadline for submissions is 31 May 2013. For more information, please visit

Eva Helen

PO Box 371

YO23 1WL

01904 479168

I am copying this email from Bob Davidson, Chief Executive of Renfrewshire Chamber Of Commerce.

Renfrewshire Chamber are delivering the Graduate Recruitment Incentive (GRI) – a Scottish Government incentive offering a £3K wage subsidy to Scottish based companies of 100 staff or less who create a new graduate level position


The graduates have to be 25 and under – they can come from anywhere in Scotland – must be a graduate


To help raise the profile of this amongst graduates and employers – we are hosting an event at my old alma mater – UWS Paisley (Paisley Tech when I was there – BABE ’90 grad)


The Chamber has a strong relationship with UWS – so I hope the University is pleased we are holding this event on campus ( thank you to those that have helped us organise the event to date)


There are other similar events taking place at the other UWS campus’s


More info on this free event (28/2 5-7pm in P block) is here -


Purpose of this email is 2 fold:


1)      To create awareness & support for the event

2)      To ask you to share this with any recent graduates you know that are looking for work – simply forward them this email, encourage them to attend

Bob Davidson
Chief Executive
Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce

Artist Networking Event
UWS Ayr Campus – Tuesday 5th February, 2013

4.00​​Arrive and register

4.15​ ​Tour of Studio facilities

4.45​​Presentations (GT25)

5.30​​Networking event (Atrium café)

Ruth Carslaw
Broadcast documentary filmmaker who also works in the social sector on creative community film projects.

E.g. Channel 4, BBC, Good Shepherd Services – New York, Mzuri Women’s Co-op – Uganda, Action for Children – London, Robert Burns Birthplace Museum – Alloway, Care and Share Recovery Group – Ayr.

Gordon Rogers
Visual artist and designer for feature films and television as well as project manager for large scale visual arts projects.

E.g. Glasgow International, Six Cities Design Festival, BBC, Channel 4, ITV,

We work separately in our own specialisms, but we also merge our expertise:

Together we make site specific film installation projects with a social conscience. We work with individuals whose lives are most directly affected by social and political change and whose voices are least heard.

Although devised as artistic projects we see our work as documentary – filmed for a presentation in a particular space on a particular occasion. The works are presented in a sculptural manor; they occupy space, have depth and texture. They have no frame or corners, they are an object in this space not a window to somewhere else. We work with the tiniest amount of intervention. We film in a manor that is observational, improvisational, confessional and honest.

In presentation, we seek to give these honest contributions highest visual impact, eloquence and gravity. We reference the era of magic lanterns, smoke and mirrors; the conjuring of visual phenomena that was the original drive for the development of television and video technology.

Although we make works that appear fantastical in their presentation, we work without manipulation, there is no image processing or superimposition. Everything is as the camera sees it and as the projector projects it. Our ‘effect’ comes solely from how we catch and throw light.

Our aim is to move participants and audiences to think differently and deepen our understanding of society through human stories and experiences.

E.g. Tate Britain, The National Galleries of Scotland, Roots in the Community – Govan, Burns Brightly Festival – Ayr.

‘..a tantalisingly beautiful elegy to Glasgow’s Sighthill’ – The Sunday Times

‘One of the most compelling, fascinating television programmes on screen this year.. a series that finds visual and social beauty in an area where almost no-one else would think to look’ – The List

Ayr artist Irene Walker

Open Studios Ayrshire
Ayr artist Irene Walker has been actively working with a group of artists as well as non-artists, including Alison McKenzie from Art at Croy to bring an Open Studios event to Ayrshire in March. The event will take place over 3 days 22/23/24 March and will include artists/ crafters/ photographers from Troon to Ballantrae. It is hoped to have 20- 25 artists to begin with, who will open their studios to the public. Artists who don’t have a studio are getting together to rent a suitable space for the event.
Taken from Ayr Converses Website 04.02.13

Let Donald Kay take you back to the 1200’s and show you how the town developed from two streets into the beautiful Royal Burgh you see today.

Discover where and when the charter was awarded and by whom.

Hear about Ayr’s many distinguished residents and visitors – Sir William Wallace, Robert the Bruce, Mary Queen of Scots, Oliver Cromwell, Maggie Osborne, John Macadam and others.

Enjoy the sights of the original fort and surrounding houses.

Admire the Covenanters and the history of the Auld Kirk of St. John the Baptist…and many more facts about the people of Auld Ayr

Not forgetting the bard himself…


2008 Voted by Tripadvisor No1 in Ayrshire to visit and 4th in Scotland to go see and do.
2009 Voted by Tripadvisor No1 in Ayrshire to visit and 4th in Scotland to go see and do.
2010 Voted by Tripadvisor No1 in Ayrshire to visit and 4th in Scotland to go see and do.

“I am writing to say thank you for coming to our Scotland day and telling us and the school the stories and poems. It was fantastic, I loved it .Thank you for dressing up as Rabbie Burns I loved it”
Courtney, Patna PS P4

Ian McNicol

Ian McNicol is a freelance artist specialising in printmaking.

Ian spent 12 years in professional practice with a Glasgow Architect before joining the Glasgow Print Studio where he is currently employed. He has over 10-years’ experience in Education and Outreach and works as In-House Tutor, publication work and Etching Technician.

David Powell

As an artist constructor David uses both natural and artificial materials to create time based performance works paintings and sculptural constructs of abstract and figurative form exploring ritual and celebration, annual cycles landscape, natural form and humanity’s mythological relationship with nature.

Come check me out on MySpace at

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