The town of Stafford will host an event for those involved in delivering youth arts, on 14th September 09. This free information event will be held at the Gatehouse Theatre, supported by the Staffordshire County Council’s Arts and Museum Service, and the Youth Service. Attendees will be able to hear from a variety of community arts practitioners about what works in projects that engage young people. Sessions are available from 2pm-5pm and 6pm-9pm. Places are limited, and can be booked via Sarah Bonam at: email@example.com
Could you offer a young worker a job, if the job were to be supported by the Future Jobs Fund? GECKO, on behalf of the Fund, aims to create 200 jobs in the Midlands with voluntary-sector creative, cultural, heritage and media organisations. The Fund provides the wages (at least minimum wage, for 25 hours per week) and N.I., and may also include materials and supervision for a period of six months. If you are interested in offering Future Jobs employment within your creative or cultural organisation, please call Nick Roberts at GECKO on: 01902 837402.
Job: Local commercial radio station Signal Radio is looking for a passionate Broadcast Journalist with a great voice and punchy writing skills to be part of the news team. Deadline: 14th September 09. To request an application pack contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Many graduates and lecturers will be aware of Erasmus, the European exchange-scheme offering students a semester at another university. Now Erasmus has launched Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs, a new and similar European exchange-scheme aimed at helping new entrepreneurs acquire relevant skills for managing a small firm, by spending time working in a European country with an experienced entrepreneur. You’re eligible if you’re firmly planning to set up your own business, or have started your own business within the last three years. More details and application forms can be found at the website.
Advantage West Midlands is inviting enquiries from top venture-capital managers, to manage a new £45m business-support fund for the West Midlands. The fund will offer around £300,000 per successful firm. It will be aimed at small businesses which find it difficult to access loans from more traditional sources — such as creative industries firms, among others. Retail businesses are to be excluded from support. This new fund will replace a variety of current investment schemes (but not the Mercia Technology Seed Fund and the Advantage Enterprise & Innovation Fund), most of which have now been closed after helping 200 businesses over the past decade. The fund will be split into: early growth (£8m); growth equity (£9.2m), and a mezzanine fund (£9.2m). The European Regional Development Fund will help match some funding, if the firm is located in a priority area (presumably including areas such as Stoke-on-Trent). The application deadline for fund managers is: 16th September 09. The fund aims to make a profit, and there will be performance-related bonuses to fund managers.
Crudgington Primary School, in nearby Telford, is seeking a drama practitioner and documentation assistant. The school has a budget for the project of £2,900 (to include fees, travel and materials). Application deadline: 10th September 09. More details from: email@example.com
Gladstone Pottery Museum, in Longton, Stoke-on-Trent, is seeking casual crafts demonstrators, in the following areas of ceramics production: Throwers; Hand Painters; Flower Makers; and Casters. Pay is £6.91 per hour. Vacancies are available on a rolling basis and have no closing date. Applications will be accepted at any time.
The New Art Gallery Walsall is inviting proposals from disabled artists in the West Midlands, for its Outside IN scheme. On offer is the chance to develop your art over one year, with the aid of £5,000 plus expenses & materials, and in partnership with the gallery and its audiences. Artist will have access to the Artists’ Studio in Walsall, and will potentially contribute to the gallery’s events programme.
New! 24.08.09 The organisers of the Birmingham Black International Film Festival 2009 are calling for film submissions from black film-makers in the West Midlands. Film types that are acceptable are: Short Films, First Features, Documentaries, Music Video. Selected films will be screened throughout the festival in October and November. Deadline: 26th September 09. More information from Ashley Simmons at: firstname.lastname@example.org
New! 24.08.09 Many in and around Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, will remember the dapper Derek Bradbury. Derek owned and ran the scrupulously-presented antiques centre opposite Ceramica. Sadly Derek died in March 2009, on his 67th birthday. Derek’s shop is now closed, and his enormous and discriminating personal collection of fine ceramics, much of it locally acquired and locally made, is to be auctioned off by Peter Wilson in Nantwich on 10th September 09. For more information about the auction contact 01270 623878 or email email@example.com
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New! 23.08.09 News from Maggie Lackey of Manchester-based Actors Centre North. Their popular training workshops will resume again in the Midlands in Autumn 09, thanks to a grant from the Equity Charitable Trust. The programme is not yet in place, so there is still time to send in suggestions for training needs and likely trainers. More information from: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Arts Marketing Association is running a one-day training event in Birmingham, designed to help West Midlands visual arts organisations with collecting, analysing and interpreting audience data, and offers guidance on how to use it to inform strategic planning.The day will be on 4th November 09 at the C.B.S.O. Centre in Birmingham, and will cost £65 + VAT per person. More details from Emma at: email@example.com
Staffordshire University will host a conference on “Women’s Life and Leisure in the Twentieth Century“, with a special focus on the Midlands region. Obviously the media and the arts may feature as one aspect of the discussion. The conference will be held at the Stoke-on-Trent campus on 21st November 09. More details from Maggie Andrews at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Newcastle-under-Lyme Camera Club starts its Autumn season on 14th September 09, at Merrial Street in Newcastle-under-Lyme. Everyone is welcome, and the meeting starts from 7pm. For more information phone: 01782 613069.
Added to the Events list: Are you a North Staffordshire firm interested in participating in social networking websites, to develop your business? Learn more at a free breakfast seminar at Keele University Science and Business Park. The speakers will be: Kevin Holdridge, MD of Science Park-based internet company Kent House; Linda Jones, MD of local P.R. agency Passionate Media; and Keele University’s media and communications officer Hannah Hiles. This free event will be held in the new Ballroom in Keele Hall on 9th September 2009. A full English breakfast will be available from 8am, ahead of the seminar which will start at 8.30am. Early registration is recommended. To reserve your place, please email: email@example.com to register.
All the external web links in the Directory have been checked for viability. The following dead/domain-jacked links have been removed from the Directory:- Fired Up Marketing; George F. Holden; Association for Ceramic Training and Development; City of Stoke-on-Trent Male Voice Choir; the Media & Communications Centre website at Keele University; Red Workshop (crafts); and Fulmination Records. If anyone knows the new online whereabouts of these websites, please contact Creative Stoke.
Keele University is now inviting enquiries for its Bellringing courses in Summer 2010. These short courses are designed for ringers who already have some, possibly limited, experience of change ringing and who are keen to improve their method ringing and striking. Special emphasis will also be given to the development of students’ listening skills.
There’s a new Midlands Federation of Museums and Art Galleries.
New! 21.08.09 Local university student Simon Ward is seeking the help of a local ceramics firm. Can you supply Simon with bisque dinner-plates at a very low subsidised rate, for a student art project? In exchange for placement of your firm’s name and logo, and possible media coverage when the art project is realised? Please contact Simon at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Job: The Light House media centre, in nearby Wolverhampton, need two Events Researchers. The
posts are unpaid and so might suit those who are currently unemployed. There are two strands of research, to be completed by December 2009 —
‘Alternative Screen Content’, and ‘New Markets within the Facility Hire Sector’. Researching these will
involve qualitative & quantitative data collection and analysis, leading to and the production of a 3,000-word
report for each subject. Your reports will be used as a foundation to increase the entertainment and facility hire income opportunities at The Light House.
Each research task will take no longer than eight weeks, approx seven hours per week. Progress meetings will take place every two weeks.
Candidates are requested to email a statement of 300 words (maximum) explaining why they want the position, along with an up-to-date C.V., to Kimberly Forlini-Softley,
Light House Administrator. More information from: email@example.com Application deadline: 4th September 09, for interviews on 25th September 09.
Stoke-on-Trent film-maker and musician Jon Aldersea has established a YouTube channel for his videos. The latest July 09
addition is his recent video The Canal Key, a film funded by The Heritage Lottery Fund and coordinated by Groundwork Stoke-on-Trent.
Staffordshire University has two Open Days in Stoke-on-Trent
coming up soon, on Saturday 22nd August 09 and Thursday 27th August 09, offering talks and tours related to the many creative degree courses at the Stoke campus. The
programme can be downloaded here (PDF file).
Cheshire East Council is offering arts grants to voluntary organisations in the Congleton area, to engage the services of professional artists
to run community arts workshops. Up to £300 is on offer. Deadline: 28th August 09.
The Genesis Centre is a new serviced office development for start-ups and small businesses in North Staffordshire, located at
Chatterley Valley near Tunstall. The Centre opens in August 09 and currently has ‘Reroot’ business relocation grants on offer, offering up to £25,000 to cover up to 50% of the
costs of relocating your business within North Staffordshire.
West Midlands Graduate Internships launched on 13th July 09. The Advantage West Midlands
-supported scheme aims to find 250 internship places in suitable West Midlands firms, for unemployed students who graduated this summer. See the website for full details.
A few more stragglers added today…
The ‘Art in Empty Spaces’ initiative, aiming to find innovative and creative ways to re-use empty High Street shops, is now accepting applications. Stoke-on-Trent has £52,000 to spend on the initiative.
New! 20.08.09 Birmingham-based First Light provides grants to groups of young people to produce short digital films. Several strands of their Youth Film Fund will be open for applications from 24th August 09.
New! 20.08.09 The Mix Mediabox scheme offers funding to community organisations, offering between £5,000 – £20,000 for youth-led (13-19 year olds) media production projects promoting community cohesion. Mix Mediabox opened for applications on 10th August 09.
New! 20.08.09 Derby Hospitals Foundation Trust is now seeking statements-of-interest from contemporary visual artists who would like to exhibit, sell and/or tender for commissions. There is no deadline to statements-of-interest; however, many departments are keen at summer 09 to start their arts enhancement programs as soon as possible. More information from: Juliet Cooper, Arts Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org
Digital Mentors is a two-year nationwide programme to 2011, funding community-based digital media production projects in troubled areas of England such as Stoke-on-Trent. There will be one grant of up to £61,000, and 40 x £500 grants. More details at the website.
Added today to: http://www.creativestoke.org.uk/whatsnew.html…
Stoke Cine and Video Society are joining with Stoke-on-Trent’s Film Theatre to present a 90-minute screening of the best films produced by Staffordshire University graduates in 2008/9. This is a free event on 16th September 09. Sure to be a good networking and talent-spotting opportunity.
Stoke-on-Trent’s Film Theatre is putting on a free season of classic silent and early sound films this Autumn, shown on a big screen as originally intended. Titles include: George Formby’s No Limit (1935); James Cagney’s The Public Enemy (1935); Hitchcock’s Blackmail (1929); and Keaton’s The General (1926). This is in addition to the Staffordshire Film Archive programme of screenings of vintage local documentary footage.
Birmingham City Council now has an invitation to tender online, for those capable of delivering a £100k “bold and inspiring public participatory programme” around Birmingham’s ‘Hello Digital’ festival (formerly the Birmingham Film Festival), including outreach to the rest of the West Midlands. Deadline: 1st September 09.
Deadlines are coming up fast for two major young entrepreneur awards. The British Council’s Young Entrepreneur of 2009 (21st Sept 09) which has a specific focus on the visual arts; and the Shell LiveWIRE Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2009 (11th Sept 09).
Added to the Directory: Craig Faulkner is a newly-qualified Certified Master Teacher in
Estill Voice Training, a training methods used in the West End theatre, on Broadway, at Covent Garden, and in pop and rock music. Now certified Estill training
is available here in Stoke-on-Trent, with Craig able to offer regular practice groups for anybody who has done at least a Level 1 course.
The Traditional Vocations blog has the inspiring story of how a fine church was built ‘from the ground up’, and decorated by local people in Stoke-on-Trent during the Great Depression, part of a wider wave of fine ceramic decoration of British churches in the 20th century…
Carmel’s research … resulted in a booklet entitled The Forsyths at St Joseph’s Church, Burslem.
It tells the incredible story of father and daughter artists joining forces with a priest and the local Member of Parliament to produce one of the
city’s little-known treasures. … it was paid for by subscription and congregation collection, and it was constructed by the hands of the unemployed
men of Burslem, brought together during a time of distress and mass unemployment … and paid with a daily bowl of soup and a chunk of bread.
… St Joseph’s rose from the ruins of an old pottery factory. Father Browne even got the men to demolish the potbank first as they daily got
stuck-in with pick and shovel. And as the church building grew, the newly appointed Burslem School of Art principal, Gordon Forsyth (1879-1952),
watched with interest, as did the newly-elected Burslem MP Andrew MacLaren. It was MacLaren who later suggested to Father Browne that because
the church had been built by Burslem’s unemployed men, they should be the ones to decorate it … He said they should be enrolled in the
School of Art so they could be taught the skills to make the stained-glass windows. Naturally there was no money to fund this notion
so MacLaren took his plan to Forsyth. Soon a free Saturday morning class at the Wedgwood Institute was up and running for 50 St. Joseph’s parishioners.”
There’s no sign of the Forsyths at St Joseph booklet on the web, but once the Franciscans arrive to take over the church (soon, according to the blog), doubtless they’ll be having heritage Open Days at which the booklet will be available for purchase.
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Added to the Directory: North Staffs Decorative & Fine Arts Society. The Society has a substantial series of trips and talks during 2009 and into 2010, including lectures on church architecture, British sculpture parks, 19th Century American Art, and William Cavendish.
Are you selling visual arts via an online showcase of your work? PhotoShelter has undertaken an in-depth 2009 survey of 500 buyers and websites, to figure out what buyers want in terms of website usability. I’m sure you can guess at least one result. A whopping 96% of potential buyers hate seeing Flash. A free copy of the report is available by email.
Added to the Directory: Camila Prada / Vanila, a ceramic designer based in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent.
Added to the Directory: Michelle Saxon, an expert and highly-qualified crafts demonstrator based in based in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent.
Added to the Directory: Ieva Alksne, a ceramic maker based in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent.
Added to the Directory: Big Red Studio Animation, an animation provider based in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent.
Added to the Directory: Nic Winstanley, a freelance illustrator based in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent.
Added to the Directory: Adam Pryce, a freelance illustrator based in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent.
Added to the Directory: Alex Shimwell, a maker of ceramic Raku-type ware and based in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent.
Added to the Directory: Burslem Pottery. Fine stoneware based on Burslem Pottery / Moorcroft classics, hand-painted by Tracy Bentley and her team.
Added to the Directory: Rob Pointon, a freelance artist based in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent.