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New! 03.03.09 Creative Stoke’s current front-cover interviewee, Paine Proffitt, has a show of new work on now. We’ve only just heard about it, but apparently the show opened last night and continues until 26th March 09. “A Quiet Heart” is at the Burslem School of Art, Stoke-on-Trent, and should be open during normal gallery hours.

New! 03.03.09 Jobs: The British Ceramics Biennial (to be held in Stoke-on-Trent) is reportedly calling for participants in “Commissions, Residencies and Workshops”, with a closing date for applications of 30th March 09. They also require a Marketing Manager and a Projects Manager — deadline for applications for these jobs is 23rd March 09. More information from Jeremy Theophilus (Director) at jeremy _at_

New! 03.03.09 Staffordshire Library and Information Services is staging a “Young Teen Fiction Award Celebration Day” on Tuesday 7th July 2009, for readers and writers aged 11-14 years old. They require… “one male and one female author for the day. One would talk in the morning for 40 minutes and the other would talk during the afternoon, again for 40 minutes.” Interested? Contact them via their website.

New! 03.03.09 Added to the directory: Looking for some especially imaginative artwork for your ad campaign? Or a beautiful Flash animation? Cheshire Studios is based in Leek, Staffordshire, and has an impressive photomontage portfolio online. Also providing radio, print and web design.

New! 03.03.09 Added to the directory: Penkhull, Stoke on Trent, has a new dance school — the Urban Burn Dance School (Flash-only website). Located within St. Peter’s Church of England High School, the school offers a variety of dance styles, and even choreography for performances.

New! 03.03.09 With Stoke-on-Trent’s Mitchell Memorial Theatre currently undergoing renovation and rebuilding (via £2m of Lottery funding), Planet Sound has now completed a move to the Burslem School of Art, also in Stoke-on-Trent. They write…

“The Drum School due to start back on Sunday 1st March 2009 at 4pm, with the recently formed ‘Samba Cultura’ taking place on alternate Sundays. Both are due to take place in the School of Art”.

New! 03.03.09 Added to the directory: Sara Myatt Glass Design is based in Leek, Staffordshire, and offers her own unique kiln-formed glass art — incorporating metals such as copper, silver and gold. Bowls, hangings, and jewellery are available.

New! 25.02.09 Your editor has been building a new project at JURN is a specialist search-engine that searches over 1800 electronic academic journals in the arts and humanities — most of which are free. It’s still “in beta”, but is potentially rather useful if you’re a student or lecturer at one of our local universities — such as Staffordshire, Keele, or MMU at Crewe. It works just like Google.

New! 25.02.09 There’s a new Facebook group: “The Potteries : a ceramic past and present”, set up by Stoke’s Iconic Images.

New! 25.02.09 Added to the directory: Need dance, drama and voice training or workshops? Sarah Marie Cole writes to say that she’s based in Stoke-on-Trent and… “is a professional, trained performer with experience in theatre and television.” She has… “taught workshops with all age groups and levels in dance, drama and voice.”

New! 25.02.09 Added to the directory: Design by Jack, based in Meir Heath. DbJ is a… “graphic design agency, specialising in identity, banding and advertising”.

New! 06.02.09 Den Cartlidge writes to tell Creative Stoke readers about a new local creative-writing group. Leek Writers Group aims to be an informal and friendly local society, dedicated to promoting writing and writers in North Staffordshire. Interested? Contact Den at:

New! 06.02.09 Added to the directory: Craig Faulkner write to say that he has a new website and has…

“been teaching singing for a number of years in the West Midlands and am now based in Staffordshire. I welcome students of all ages, experience and voice types. I have worked for a number of schools and sixth-forms, and also as a singing teacher for Stagecoach Theatre Arts […] I prepare students for GCSE, A Level and auditions […] and am on the pathway to becoming a Certified Master Teacher in Estill Voice Training — a method used in many leading full-time drama schools.”

Interested? Phone Craig on: 01782 777062 or email Craig at:

New! 06.02.09 Gareth Mayer, from Newcastle-under-Lyme, writes to say that he’s a comedian who’s seeking others to participate in comedy sketches and film — and also people to work behind a camera. The aim is to support two events to raise money for breast cancer research and the Bobby Moore Fund. Interested? Contact Gareth at:

New! 06.02.09 The “Legacy Trust: People Dancing” programme is set to launch in the West Midlands. The launch will be at the Stafford Gatehouse Theatre on 2nd March 09, from 10.30pm to 12.30pm…

“If you have an interest in the development of opportunities in dance in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent, I would encourage you to attend and find out more about how to access the funding and resources available through the Legacy Trust.”

More information from: Paul Kaynes, West Midlands Creative Programmer, at


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