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New! 20.08.09    
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.

New! 20.08.09    
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.

New! 20.08.09    
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.

New! 20.08.09    
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).

New! 20.08.09    
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.

New! 20.08.09    
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.

If you’re interested in church decoration in the area, North Staffs Decorative & Fine Arts Society runs a church recording sub-group.


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