Added to Creative Stoke, 29th October 2009

New! 29.10.09    
Jobs:  Heath Park Business and Enterprise College, in nearby Wolverhampton, is seeking two Creative Practitioners, who have background in publishing work (journalism, writing, filmmaking, radio, etc) and good contacts in their respective industries, to work with two groups of Key Stage 3 children (age 11 to 14). The question the school is seeking to answer is: “Can we, through engaging with external partners in our publications project, improve our literacy?” Application deadline: 6th November 2009. The full brief can be obtained from: irisbertz.blogspot.com

New! 28.10.09    
There’s a good-looking new website for the Breaking the Mould photography exhibition now on in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent (9th Oct – 29th Nov 2009).

New! 28.10.09    
Nearby Shrewsbury-based DASH (Disability Arts in Shropshire) is celebrating the International Day of Disabled People on 3rd December 2009, with a fantastic creative and social day for disabled people. The day starts at 10am with welcome drinks, pastries, entertainment and speeches. Then take your pick from workshops about puppets, painting/drawing, photography or video. Lunch will be served at 12.15pm, with performances by local disabled artists creating a party atmosphere. In the afternoon session they will be finding out what makes YOU happy, what makes YOU smile, what YOU want DASH to do in the future. They will also be telling you about the work DASH has done in the past. To finish off the day there will be short films, performances, speeches and drinks. Book your place early by calling Mike, Paula or Paul on 01743 272939 or 01743 271676 or email admin@dasharts.org

New! 28.10.09    
Added to the Directory: The Textile Triangle is devoted to antique and contemporary work in textiles, originating from the textile towns of Macclesfield, Congleton and Leek. This up-to-date and attractive website is associated with the Three Shires Textiles Festival.

New! 28.10.09    
Added to the Directory: The Orme Art group is a… “group of people in Staffordshire and Cheshire who had outgrown ‘classes’ but were feeling isolated working alone. The group meets once a month for creative practice. Twice yearly exhibitions give us an opportunity to get feedback from the public and to offer work for sale.”

New! 28.10.09    
Added to the Directory: The Nantwich Museum which, as well as displaying local history, also shows contemporary work in its Millennium Gallery (currently showing work by the Threadmill group of 16 local textile artists) and Community Gallery (currently showing work by the Orme Art group from Cheshire and Staffordshire).

Also added to the list of nearby local museums showing contemporary work: Congleton Museum; The Shire Hall Gallery; and Buxton Museum and Art Gallery.


Additions to Creative Stoke, 28th October 2009

New! 28.10.09    
Added to the events page:  The Enterprise & Commercial Development unit at Staffordshire University is inviting people to a Creative IP Event on 18th November 2009 (4pm-6pm) in the Activity Space at Staffordshire University, Stoke-on-Trent. They will have three speakers on the topic of intellectual property and the creative industries. These include: Robert Sales (Swindell & Pearson); Ian King (Faculty Director, Law); and James Welch from www.redsauce.com. The event is open to local professionals as well as members of the university. To book a place, please email Naomi Arblaster at:  n.arblaster@staffs.ac.uk

New! 27.10.09    
Are you a small retailer who could use a grant of up to £50,000 to help deter or manage crime? The Small Retailer Grants Fund application deadline is 6th November 2009, and the Fund is open to partnerships of small retail businesses in the city of Stoke-on-Trent (not elsewhere in Staffordshire). Information on how to apply for a partnership group grant can be found here.

Place a text ad on Creative Stoke — just £6 a month!


Additions to Creative Stoke, 27th October 2009

New! 27.10.09    
Congratulations to Pamela Sambrook, who has just published her well-researched book The Staffordshire Oatcake: A History (Palatine Books, 128 pages).

New! 27.10.09    
Birmingham-based The Traditional Arts Team are searching for the best young storytellers from across the British Isles, leading up to a national event on Saturday 13th March 2010 at the Central Library Theatre in Birmingham city-centre. If you’re a young person who tell stories, or someone who knows a talented young storyteller, please contact Fiona on 01490 430551 / 07941 918159 or email:  fioan@tradartsteam.co.uk

The Traditional Arts Team also runs Peak Performance storytelling workshops in the nearby Peak District. Forthcoming dates are Sunday 1st November and Sunday 6th December 2009.

They are part of the English Storytelling Network, and also publish the Folk Monthly magazine of traditional folk activities.

New! 27.10.09    
The £1.3m Redundant Buildings Grant Scheme for Staffordshire helps to bring buildings back into productive economic use (e.g.: an art gallery, a workshop for a crafts maker). The scheme is coming to an end in March 2010, so now is a good time to apply if you’re planning to renovate a disused building. Grants are between £2,500 and £62,500. Staffordshire Moorlands Council has a leaflet on the scheme (PDF link). The scheme excludes Stoke-on-Trent.

New! 26.10.09    
The Staffordshire Community Foundation currently has a programme of Grassroots Grants available for small community groups. Grants of between £250 and £5,000 are available for volunteer-led community groups which work exclusively in the area of Stoke-On-Trent and Staffordshire.

New! 26.10.09    
YDE Young Creatives is a competition aimed at dance choreographers aged 15 to 19, who are creating dance with up to five dancers. The winners will be provided with mentoring, residential workshops and seminars, and major performance opportunities. The application deadline is 30th November 2009, and you’ll need to send video footage of your dance piece. Those selected from applications will then present informally at the Royal Opera House in January 2010, and finalists will perform publically in London in April 2010. Full details from Youth Dance England at:  claire@yde.org.uk

New! 26.10.09    
Would you like to learn some of the ways to teach children to write songs? There’s to be an afternoon Sing Up! Song Writing Workshop in nearby Telford, on Thursday 26th November 2009. It will be led by Mary Keith, and will be aimed at school teachers, singing leaders and community musicians who are working with children in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 (ages 5-11). You’ll explore different approaches to simple songwriting, looking at the basic building blocks (lyric, beat, rhythm, melody, harmony, structure, arrangement, accompaniment) and at different creative starting points. Cost is £20 per person. Interested? To book a place, email Telford & Wrekin’s Children’s Workforce Team at:  childrensworkforce.team@telford.gov.uk

New! 26.10.09    
Jobs:  Staffordshire’s Partners in Creative Learning (PiCL) has another three new opportunities at local schools:—

   1) Hagley Park Sports College (a secondary school located just south of Stafford) requires an Automotive Designer. The aim is to stage a “Formula Hagley Kart” event, in which the pupils will employ maths, science and technology to design, construct and test their vehicles to meet a series of challenges. The project will take place during Spring of 2010 and there is a budget of up to £3,600. Interested? For a full brief please email:  kevinmrayner@hotmail.com

   2) Leasowes Primary School in Stafford are seeking A Poet to help the school realise the full potential of their outside area. The project will take place during Spring of 2010. Fee: £3,700. Deadline: 2nd November 2009. Interested? For a full brief please email: Catherine Hill at:  chill71@btinternet.com

   3) The Phoenix Nursery in Wolverhampton are seeking a Creative Practitioner. All art forms will be considered. You’ll enable the school to think creatively about the use of ICT in an Early Years setting, where the children are draw from a high-unemployment neighbourhood. Delivery will be between January and March 2010, either in regular weekly sessions or in intensive blocks. Fee: £3,000. Deadline: 17th November 2009. Interested? For a full brief please email Lisa Harrison at:  lisaharrison@blueyonder.co.uk

New! 26.10.09   
To help cover web hosting costs, Creative Stoke has decided to experiment with some advertising.  Creative Stoke remains a non-profit project.  But now you can buy simple cheap adverts on the page which has the most attentive eyeballs – the What’s New page.

Want to advertise? Simply sign up with Addiply, write your advert, PayPal them the fee, — and your advert appears for one month! The placing will always be as part of the third item from the top on this What’s New? page. Reach a highly targeted audience, for about the same price as a coffee and a packet of posh sandwiches!

Creative Stoke can also arrange for your ad to be placed on the RSS feed for Creative Stoke.


Additions to Creative Stoke, 26th October 2009

New! 26.10.09   
Stoke-on-Trent’s Andrew Stuart is planning a documentary on photographers’ rights in the UK, police stopping photographers, and the fight to show that photography not a crime in public places. Andrew is a 2nd year Broadcast Journalism student at Staffordshire University. He would like to speak to people who have been stopped by the police while photographing. If you’ve had that experience, or know someone who has, then please contact him via his website’s contact page.

New! 26.10.09   
Script is running a one-day workshop event on “New Narrative Structures and Writing Opportunities in the Digital Age”. The event will be held in Birmingham, on the 7th November 2009 (10am-5pm). Tickets are £50 (£40 concessions). More details at the above web link. Due to the ongoing postal strike, those booking are asked to email your completed workshop booking form to:  catherine.edwards@scriptonline.net

New! 26.10.09   
Added to the Directory: Summer Bank Studios, a recording studio in Tunstall, Stoke-on-Trent. The studio is 40ft x 20ft x 15ft tall, has a vocal booth and a large 35ft control room, and also has various rehearsal rooms. The studio currently has a special pre-Christmas offer on the MySpace page.


Additions to Creative Stoke, 22nd October 2009

Additions to Creative Stoke, 22nd October 2009:

New! 22.10.09   
Added to the Directory:  The Interior Design Practice. Located in Stoke town, Stoke-on-Trent, The Interior Design Practice offers highly personalised transformations for everything from traditional houses to apartments and corporate interiors.

New! 22.10.09   
Added to the Directory:  Red Dog Photography. Located in Uttoxeter.

New! 22.10.09   
Added to the Directory:  James Kemp (Ceramic Materials). Located in Fenton, Stoke-on-Trent, James Kemp are suppliers of colours and pigments for use in a large range of applications — from ceramics to plastics, glass and enamels.

New! 22.10.09   
Added to the Directory:  James and Ward Architectural Consultants. With offices at the Staffordshire Business Village in Stoke-on-Trent, and at Walsall, James and Ward can offer a broad range of retail project experience, and also a team specialising in the design and procurement in specialist and private housing.

New! 22.10.09   
Added to the Directory:  Envisage Design. Located in Stoke-on-Trent, Envisage are specialists in display stands and conference/exhibition accessories.

New! 22.10.09   
Added to the Directory:  Bomark Studios. Located in Stoke-on-Trent, are providers of print, film and web services.

New! 22.10.09   
Added to the Directory:  Sculpted Steel. Located near Leek in the Staffordshire Moorlands, Sculpted Steel offers a combination of traditional blacksmithing skills and contemporary design techniques.

New! 22.10.09   
Added to the Directory:  Jacqueline Harold Designs. Located in Longport, Stoke-on-Trent, Jacqueline is a designer-maker of handmade tableware including automata, ceramic, resin, and silverware.

New! 22.10.09   
Are you the best Young DJ/MC in North Staffs? Stoke-on-Trent’s Young DJ/MC of the Year 2009 Competition is now open for entries. The competition is run by the Shelton-based DJ School and is open to any young local DJs and MCs/rappers between the ages of 12 and 25 years old, male or female. This year’s event will be held at Zen Nightclub in Foundry Street, Hanley, with special guest DJ and remixer Pete Bromley (Golden, Altern 8). Doors will open at 1pm for competition-entry bookings, and 2pm for guests. Price is £4 on the door. This year’s winner will receive: 1) a set of techniques decks and a mixer; 2) an agency contract with Verbal Arts. The best Young Rapper of the Year will receive: 1) a radio mic set; 2) a recording contract with Verbal Arts.

To register your interest as a competitor please send the following details to info@djschool.org.uk — 1. Full name; 2. Postal address; 3. Contact telephone number; 4. Age; 5. DJ or Rapper?

New! 22.10.09   
Added to the Events listing:  Interested in the arts and metal health? Breaking Cycles are staging a one-day conference in nearby Telford, titled “Using the Arts as an Aid to Mental Health & Well Being”. The event will be on 12th November 2009 at The Holiday Inn, Telford (9.30am to 3pm), and will explore the role the arts play in mental health and well-being by showcasing examples of good practice in Telford and Shropshire, and enabling discussion for future developments. For further information and booking forms, please contact Helen Chesters at:  helen.chesters@telford.gov.uk

New! 22.10.09   
Job:  Sundorne Infant School, in nearby Shrewsbury, are seeking an exceptional musician to help them explore their Creative Partnerships enquiry question: “To what extent can music be used to enhance the creative delivery of other curriculum areas in order to support the learning journey of our pupils?” You will be working with a mixed (Years 1 & 2) class of 28 pupils, and with the school music coordinator. A fee of £3,200 is available. Planning will begin in November, with activities during Jan – April 2010. Application deadline: 1st November 2009. For a full brief please contact Iain Armstrong at:  iaincp@phonoscope.co.uk

New! 22.10.09   
Added to the Directory:  Supply2Gov is an online search portal for all lower-value contracts offered by local and national government. Previously requiring a subscription, use of the portal is now free after a simple sign-up. Paid subscriptions are being retained only for wide-area email alerts for new contracts. Contracts are posted on the site by all local authorities including Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire Moorlands, Staffordshire, Newcastle-under-Lyme, and Cheshire East Council. The fourth edition of the free booklet Tendering for Public Contracts : A Guide for Small Businesses (PDF link) may be useful reading for those interested in Supply2Gov. Public sector organisations may also be interested in the free national OGC Contracts database.

New! 21.10.09   
The NoiseFloor Festival of sonic art will be held at Staffordshire University, from 16th to 17th January 2010. There will be a series of concerts throughout the weekend which will present eight-channel electroacoustic works. The concerts will progress to a less formal two-channel setting in the evening, where other forms of electronic music will be showcased. Interested in submitting fixed media or live works? Stereo and multi-channel audio or audio-visual works (up to 8 channels + sub) are invited for consideration. Equipment needed for diffusion of fixed media and audio-visual works will be provided — composers will need to provide their own laptop and performers for live pieces. Composer attendance is encouraged, but is not required. The submission deadline is: 20th November 2009 (postmarked). There is no submission fee. Full details are available here or contact Ben Ramsay at the Music Technology Department:  ben.ramsay@staffs.ac.uk


Additions to Creative Stoke, 21st October 2009

New! 21.10.09   
Jobs:  Staffordshire University at Stafford require three Technical Skills Specialists to provide technical support to students, in: Computing/Games Programming (Ref CET09/3c); Film/Television (Ref CET09/3a); and Music Studios/Laboratories (Ref CET09/3b). Application deadline: 5th November 2009.

New! 21.10.09   
Birmingham’s Shout lesbigay arts festival is offering a rare chance to attend a West Midlands symposium on queer theory and contemporary art, titled Troubling Desire(s) in Art : a Queer Symposium. It’ll be held on Saturday 14th November 2009 (9.30am to 4.30pm) and the price is just £5. At that price, tickets are likely to sell quickly and you should book as soon as possible.

New! 21.10.09   
Added to the Directory: the neighbouring Creative Shropshire website, which appears to have launched in late summer 2009.

New! 21.10.09   
Interested in a look behind the scenes at a thriving and profitable Stoke-on-Trent ceramics firm? Five new videos have been uploaded to the Emma Bridgewater YouTube channel in the past few days…

New! 21.10.09   
Added to the Directory:  Visual artists may be interested to know that Weston Park (famous for staging the annual V Festival) has launched its own visual arts gallery in a Heritage Lottery Fund -restored building. Situated on the Staffordshire/Shropshire border just SW of Stafford town, the free Granary Gallery (open daily, all year, 11am–4pm) is a white-walled gallery, and its selling shows change each month. Contemporary shows are accompanied by items from the Weston Park reserve collection of old masters, and from local private collections — made possible by the modern environment controls in the gallery. Exhibiting artists are currently handpicked by Gareth Williams, curator to the Weston Park Foundation. The Weston Park website is also encouraging volunteer assistants for the Granary Gallery in 2009/10.

New! 20.10.09   
There’s news today of a new £1-million Staffordshire Business Support Fund for small businesses in Staffordshire. The successful Black Country Reinvestment Society (BCRS) is joining with Staffordshire County Council, the European Regional Development Fund, and Advantage West Midlands to offer new loans across Staffordshire. The Fund will start to operate from November 2009, providing loans to small businesses of between £10,000 – £25,000 — repayable over four years. Businesses will have to be based in Staffordshire, employ fewer than fifty workers, and have been turned down for commercial loans by conventional banks. Watch for further details on Creative Stoke.

New! 20.10.09   
The Victoria Hall and Regent Theatre in Stoke-on-Trent are staging two half-term youth dance workshops…

1) Hip Hop Dance is from 26th to 29th Oct, 10am-3pm each day. “An intensive and creative four days of high energy, hip hop dance with choreographer and director Lucie Talbott (Director of Dance Nuvo). The piece you create will be premiered on stage at The Regent Theatre in 010 Dance, the annual youth dance festival, on Saturday 30 Jan. Suitable for boys, girls age 10 – 18 and while previous dance experience is useful it is not essential. Venues: The Victoria Hall (Mon-Tue) and St. Margaret Ward Catholic School, Tunstall (Wed-Thurs). Cost: £80 all inclusive (£75 for families receiving benefits) (£50 each when booking two places at once). Plus costume costs – these will remain as reasonable as possible.”

2) Comedy Drama Workshops at the Victoria Hall. Cost: £10 per person…

* 27th Oct, 10am-3pm. Ages 8-11. “This fun and lively taster workshop will look at comedy characters, accents, facial expressions and body language. Don’t miss your chance to play the fool!”

* 28th Oct 10am-3pm. Ages 12-18. “Working with professional actors you will look at some classic comedy scripts from English television and theatre, and focus on perfecting accents, body language, punch lines and timing.”


Additions to Creative Stoke, 20th October 2009

Additions to Creative Stoke, 20th October 2009:—

New! 20.10.09   
Stoke-on-Trent’s Stoke Your Fires festival of animation (Feb 2010) has opened the 2010 Stoke Your Fires Animation Awards for submissions. The categories include: Best Professional Regional Animation “Made in the Midlands”. Full information from:  info@stokeyourfires.com

New! 20.10.09   
Museums for Schools is a newly-launched online directory for the educational provision for schools offered by 150 museums in the West Midlands. Users can also filter their search, for museums able to offer activities for a specific educational stage…

New! 20.10.09   
Staffordshire Marquetry Group are running free workshops on 24th October 2009, at the Ancient High House in Stafford town centre. Participants will be introduced to the basic techniques of marquetry. All materials and tools are provided and participants will be able to make a simple coaster, pendant or keyring. Booking by email through the Group Secretary, Quentin Smith, at:  quentin@staffsmarq.freeserve.co.uk  Participants interested in learning more about marquetry, and joining the group, will be provided with further materials, and a DVD of the recent National Marquetry Exhibition. A gallery of group work will be on show in the Ancient High House from 20th – 24th October.

New! 20.10.09   
Added to the Events listing:  Next week sees the launch of the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Youth Dance Network meeting. To be held on Tuesday 27th October (4.30pm to 7pm) at the Victoria Hall, Stoke-on-Trent, the meeting invites dance leaders, practitioners, artists, teachers and anyone working with young people involved in youth dance to meet others in the area, find out what they are doing and how they might obtain funding. The evening will begin with a free development class from 4.30pm-6pm with Rachael Lines of Stoke-on-Trent’s FRONTLINEdance, followed by an hour for networking (complete with nibbles and refreshments). If you cannot attend the 4.30pm class, you can still come along for the networking and information session. To attend you need to let Hannah White know you are coming — email: hannahwhite@theambassadors.com  or phone 01782 211221.

New! 20.10.09   
Applications for U.Dance England 2010 (National Youth Dance Festival) are now open. U.Dance England will take place at the Birmingham Hippodrome from 1st to 4th July 2010. Dance pieces must be no longer than six minutes. The deadline for applications is: 30th November 2009. Those shortlisted will first perform at regional dance events, with the best being selected for the national event.

In Stoke-on-Trent our U.Dance regional dance event is on Saturday 16th January 2010 at The Victoria Hall, Stoke-on-Trent. U.Dance England 2010 finalists will be offered a three-night residential stay, a workshop/seminar programme leading to a high-profile public dance performance. Interested? The application forms are online here.