New! 18.11.08  
The Arts Council are launching their Digital Content Development Programme for the West Midlands (previously piloted in South Yorkshire from 2005) at The Public in West Bromwich on Thursday 4th December 08. It’s a three-year programme, overseen by Steve Manthorp, and in South Yorkshire its remit was…

1) give annual research and development (R&D) awards of up to £50,000 to leading artistic, media and technical talent to explore the creative and economic possibilities of innovative content for new and emerging media platforms.

2) [smaller] awards help you take proposals from initial concept to pilot or prototype stage, where they could attract further development funding, production investment or full commissioning.

3) [enabling] creative and digital companies and individual practitioners to work with partners anywhere in the world.

At the West Bromwich launch there’ll also be talks by 4iP (which has already launched, in Birmingham on 24th October 08), and ideas-generation activities…

“This is your chance to find out about […] 4IP and the Digital Content Development Programme. Meet the funders and find out what they are looking for. The day will bring decision-makers from key regional arts organisations and digital agencies together […] Up to three winning ideas created at C:CUBED will be awarded £1,000 development grants”

Sadly the event is invitation-only, but it seems that the event is to be webcast…

“This event is invitation only, but sessions will be webcast live and available online.”


Moat Hall Primary School

New! 15.11.08  

    Job: Creative Partnerships Stoke-on-Trent is seeking creatives for an innovative and adventurous new project at Moat Hall Primary School…

1. A Professional Magician is required to work with three classes of Year 4 (8-9 year old) children over 8- 10 work days (including planning and evaluation time). The total budget is £2000 — to include planning, reflection and project evaluation.

2. A Ballroom Dancing Couple is required as part of a partnership project with a local performing arts high school and a local old people’s residence. The Ballroom Dancing Couple will build on the work of the Professional Magician, to specifically target confidence and performance skills with the pupils. The total budget available for this is £1000 (to cover both dancers), to include planning, reflection and project evaluation.

Deadline for applications: 4th December 08. Creative Stoke has the full brief (PDF link).

Make Some Noise need partners

New! 15.11.08  
Make Some Noise (the Youth Music Action Zone for Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent) is launching a new commissioning process to identify delivery partners. You’ll deliver activity under one of four key priority areas in 2008/10: excluded groups; one-off family learning days; extended schools project making new music; opera or music theatre. For more information, and an application pack, please contact Louise Jutton at:  louise.jutton@staffordshire.gov.uk or Tim Sharp at  tim.sharp@staffordshire.gov.uk   Deadline: 5th December 08.

Stoke-on-Trent: The Hidden History

New! 10.11.08  
    The city’s Keeper of Archaeology, David Barker, has a new book published very soon. There’s no Amazon blurb yet for Stoke-on-Trent: The Hidden History, but judging from the sub-title it seems likely that the book will be an overview of the area’s archeology. Perhaps a book for your Christmas wish-list?

Emma Day

New! 09.11.08  
    Added to the directory: Emma Day is a recent 2:1 graduate in Crafts, from Staffordshire University. Based in Stoke-on-Trent, Emma hand-makes contemporary jewellery from precious metals.

North Staffordshire Operatic Society – new website and forum

New! 09.11.08  
    The North Staffordshire Operatic Society has a new-look website at a new web address. One of the additions is a new online discussion forum.

Another four calls from Creative Partnerships

New! 09.11.08  

    Jobs: Creative Partnerships Stoke-on-Trent is seeking creatives for many new projects. Once again, Creative Stoke has PDF copies of the calls for the following new paid commissions…

1. Ounsdale High School in Wombourne, Staffordshire, requires creatives who can work in the areas of design & construction, automata making, and the engineered arts.

2. Pye Green Valley Primary School welcomes ideas for “Movement in space & time” projects, from creatives working in any medium.

3. Richard Clarke First School in Abbots Bromley has a general project about “Thinking beyond the boundaries”.

4. Thomas Alleyne’s High School in Uttoxeter requires a practitioner or a group of practitioners to work with Year 10 students and staff to make the teaching of Maths & English more interesting.