Additions for 5th September 2009

Newly added to the Creative Stoke “What’s New?” page:—

New! 05.09.09    
The Uttoxeter Gate Way Commission is seeking a creative community artist or artists to consult (via workshops with Uttoxeter residents) to design and to produce two focal-point feature pieces at the gateway to this Staffordshire town. Interested artists and organisations are requested to submit an initial response to the brief, and the selection committee will shortlist and invite to interview. After this process a short list of artists would be expected to develop their idea further and present this at interview for final selection. You will have a proven track record in delivering public and community arts projects and will be an accomplished visual artist. The budget for this Commission is in the region of £95,000 for two sites. Please send your current C.V., a short proposed budget for the fee, current images of public artwork produced or managed. Please give any details of your participatory arts experience and your initial response to the brief and two references. Deadline for submissions: 5th October 2009. More information from Paul Challacombe at:

New! 05.09.09    
The West Midlands Festival of New Theatre Work is offering a new new commissioning opportunity for theatre companies from the West Midlands. If chosen, you’ll present your new work on the 12th November 2009 at Stan’s Cafe in Birmingham. Each company selected to present work will be paid £250 to cover their expenses. Two of the programmed companies will then be chosen to receive a commission of £3,000 each from Midlands Arts Centre and Warwick Arts Centre, to develop the work and to present it in its next stage, alongside a showcase of new performance work at Warwick Arts Centre in March 2010. Deadline: 25th September 2009. More information from:

New! 05.09.09    
The Light House in nearby Wolverhampton (a short hop on the train from Stoke) has two training courses in working with high-definition video, scheduled for October 2009. “Camera and Lighting with High Definition” is a two-day course on Mon 12th and Tues 13th October 2009. “Post Production for High Definition” is on Mon 16th and Tues 17th October 2009. Courses cost £105 + VAT, with lunch included.

New! 05.09.09    
The Performing Right Society Foundation has just announced that its Awards for New Works is now open to applications. The Awards are open to constituted not-for-profit organisations, to oversee the commissioning and first performance of a new adventurous and innovative musical work of the highest standard. Eligible applicants can apply for up to £15,000 towards the commissioning process. Support is offered during the commissioning process. This includes the commission fee paid to the music creator, and the costs relating to the first performance, including; fees to musicians; extra rehearsal costs; venue hire; and production of performance parts. Deadline: 9th October 2009.

New! 04.09.09    
Keele University is offering a Postgraduate Certificate in Leadership and Management — taught entirely on Saturdays. The course is designed for the aspiring and practising manager who needs to acquire further skills and build their C.V. Participants can take modules in: leading people; people, processes and operations; transformation and change; and managing finance, as well as completing a course project. The certificate can be completed as either a full course or on a modular basis. The next intake of students for the certificate will be in September. Further details can be
found at the website.


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