Latest What’s New? additions to Creative Stoke

Latest additions. See the What’s New page on the Creative Stoke website [ ] for full web links and any images…

New! 19.06.09 Those involved in the heritage side of the cultural economy may be interested in Heritage Counts 2008, the annual English Heritage survey of the state of England’s historic environment and the services and attractions associated with it. There’s a special report on the West Midlands, along with previous West Midlands reports dating back to 2002.

New! 18.06.09 A new Midlands festival is being launched in Stratford-upon-Avon, the Falstaff International Film Festival. The submissions deadline is 15th September 09.

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New! 19.06.09 Details are now online for Stoke-on-Trent’s British Ceramics Biennial “Fresh” competitive show for work by recent graduates.

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The show will happen at the Emma Bridgewater Pottery, Stoke-on-Trent, from 3rd Oct to 13th Dec 09. Entrants must have…

“graduated in or after 2008 from Higher Education Institutes studying ceramics or related clay-based activities (including postgraduate programmes) at colleges within the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland.”

Deadline: 29th June 09. Application form here (Word .doc).

New! 19.06.09 Details are now online for Stoke-on-Trent’s British Ceramics Biennial project strands, with details of the artists who have been invited to participate…

BCB: Place will see artists make “new site-specific works, raising the profile of ceramics in the city, and giving new identity to locations.” BCB: Explore will see artists “take part in research within the ceramics industry”. BCB: Public will see community workshops across the city. BCB: Start will “support the setting up of nine new creative ceramics businesses between 2009 and 2013”. And BCB: Scrapbank will be a Recycle Resource Project in Burslem, where “discarded and surplus materials, tools, equipment and ceramics will be collected, sorted, and distributed for re-use in the BCB projects and programme”.

New! 18.06.09 Script, the regional development agency for dramatic writers in the West Midlands, is running a screenwriting workshop at the New Vic Theatre in Newcastle-under-Lyme, on 4th July 09. The day (10am to 5pm) and will be run by TV/Film Producer Claire Ingham, with Dan Lawson (Screen WM)…

“What kinds of feature films are currently being approved in the UK? Who’s funding them, and how do you get your foot on the ladder as a new writer? An overview of the films that have been made in the last few years: trends, funders, writing schemes – and how to gain access to development funding, commissioners and producers.”

Cost: £60 (workshop + ticket for The Wicked Lady), or £50 (workshop only). Booking forms here.

New! 18.06.09 The venerable academic journal Midland History has quietly made some 350 back-issue articles freely available online in full-text PDF form (the section Existing Subscribers / Browse issues by Year now freely offers up the linked PDFs). Among the scholarly articles are “Surviving the Slump: An Oral History of Stoke-on-Trent Between the Wars” by Angus McInnes.


Latest additions to the What’s New page

Latest additions. See the What’s New page on the Creative Stoke website [ ] for full web links and any images…

New! 18.06.09 Congratulations to the new Wedgwood Museum in Barlaston, which has this week won the ‘Art Fund Museum of the Year Award’. The museum is dedicated to the people who have made objects of great beauty from the soil of Staffordshire, and celebrates the enterprise and tenacity of the universally-famous Wedgwood name. Sure to be a stop of your list of local outings this summer!

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New! 16.06.09 Added to the directory: Stoke-on-Trent Camera Club, which has been running since 1945, now has a website…

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They’ll be having an Open Evening on 16th July 09.

New! 16.06.09 Added to the directory: Jo Williams writes from Audley, to say that after many years as a textile and show-home designer, she is now offering her work as an equestrian artist, via her new website. Jo is also looking for suitable studio space in Stoke-on-Trent — please contact her if you have a space available.

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New! 16.06.09 Added to the directory: Amanda Woakes writes from Woore (near Stoke-on-Trent), to say she has a new website. Amanda crafts jewellery using silver, suede, and new and antique buttons.

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New! 16.06.09 Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Museum & Art Gallery now has a webpage detailing their cultural grants for organisations.

New! 16.06.09 From January 2010 onwards, the existing ‘Hall Gallery’ at the Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Museum & Art Gallery will solely be used as a showcasing space for young / emerging artists. The exhibition opportunities will also be accompanied by a supporting professional development programme for the young artists. Details for this are still being developed — but if you would like to discuss this or recommend a young artist, please get in touch with the gallery.

New! 16.06.09 Andrew Latham is looking for dancers, musicians, theatre and performers to perform and take part in the Crewe Carnival Parade on Saturday 29th August 09. Interested? Email or phone 01270 537846.

New! 16.06.09 Longhouse / Multistory (formerly Jubilee Arts / Public Art : West Midlands) have a call out for their annual round of action-research artist commissions. Five bursaries available for 2009/10, for West Midlands artists to… “discover new contexts for their work via the exploration of different approaches to socially engaged practice in the public realm”. The research will take place over a period of six months from August 2009 to January 2010. The artist must document their project online Applicants are requested to include the following:

Covering letter with full address and contact details.
Recent C.V. (no longer than two sides of A4).
Up to four printed or digital images of your work (if visual).
Expression of Interest statement (maximum 600 words).

The Expression of Interest should include:

An outline of your proposed action research idea (based around one of the themes: Environment, Access, Digital, Regeneration, Health). How you propose to present or create online content for the Longhouse website to record and document (or as part of) your research. Your thoughts on how you expect this bursary will impact you and your practice in both the short and long term.

Deadline: Monday 22nd June 2009. Both post and email applications will be accepted. Email to:

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an informal interview at Multistory in West Bromwich, week commencing Monday 6 July 2009.

New! 16.06.09 23rd June 09 is the date for CreativeAmbition 3, for providers of professional development training to those in the creative and cultural industries. It’s at the Birmingham Hippodrome.

New! 16.06.09 It may not yet be midsummer’s day, but Christmas is ‘a coming!

1) Paul Challacombe is inviting bookings for the Christmas Craft Exhibition at the Brewhouse arts centre in Burton-upon-Trent. Deadline: 19th June 09. The exhibition will run from 21st Nov 09 to 19th Dec 09. Work will be needed by 13th Nov 09. For more details, contact Paul at

2) Another near-Christmas opportunity is at The Shire Hall Gallery, in Stafford. They will be hosting a contemporary art and craft fair on Friday 6th & Saturday 7th November 2009. If you are an Artist / Designer maker and would like to request an application form, please contact Lyndsey Catchpole, Exhibitions Co-ordinator at: Deadline for returning application forms is: 5pm on 30th June 09.