Added to the “What’s New” page on Creative Stoke, 1st Oct 2009

New! 01.10.09    
The Ceramic Industry Forum (CIF) and Birmingham City University have jointly launched the £2.6m New Pathways Project, to encourage collaboration, innovation and diversification in the interiors and lifestyle market. The project was launched a few days ago at the new £10m Wedgwood Museum in Barlaston, Stoke-on-Trent, and it will give businesses access to free expert advice intended to help them unlock new overseas markets in interiors and lifestyle, or explore new innovative technologies. The Project has been made possible by a £1.5 million grant from Regional Development Agency Advantage West Midlands and a further £1.1 million contribution from the European Regional Development Fund — which will fund the project for the next three years. Firms interested in finding out more about the initiative should contact the Ceramics Industry Forum in the first instance on 01782 415210 or e-mail:

New! 01.10.09    
Job:  Gladstone Primary School, located in Sandford Hill, Stoke-on-Trent, need a “wow factor” Creative Partner for their Flashpoint of Creation arts project. You could be from any specialist discipline, and you will work alongside and support the school in developing the pupils’ love of writing and learning — through creative and innovative approaches. The project will be planned in the school during Nov/Dec 2009, and the project will start in Spring 2010. Budget available: There is £3000 available to support the work to include practitioner fees, travel and any resources. Deadline: 12 noon on 21st October 2009. Interested? For a full brief please contact: Sharon Ayres, Creative Agent at: Please use the email subject header “GLADSTONE Brief”.

New! 01.10.09    
Do you know of a creative product currently being made in Longton, Stoke-on-Trent? If so, the Made in Longton project would like to hear from you…

“The project will gather products Made In Longton, along with related stories of the people who made them. These will then be displayed in a key location in the town centre to form a unique exhibition. All the collected information will also be published online. We will soon start collecting. The product can be anything but it must have been made within the area of Longton. People must also provide a brief description of the item and explain what it means to them, along with a photograph of the people who made it.”

Also happening in Longton are Urban Vision‘s “Longton Buzzes” artist commissions, which includes an eight-week residency by textile artist Rachel Grant in Longton Indoor Market (from 30th Sept), and a forthcoming Longton Festival of Pastimes. More details from Urban Vision.

New! 01.10.09    
Free tickets! B Arts are presenting a second staging of their “Clay” outdoor site specific performance in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, on 16th and 17th October 2009 (7pm). The shows are free, and you can reserve tickets from:

“Clay” in Burslem, Feb 2008. Photo: Liz & Mishka.

Clay will be preceded by public creative writing, lantern-making, and textiles workshops at the Burslem School of Art, from 5th to 9th October (4pm-6.30pm).

New! 01.10.09    
Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council are offering access to grants of up to £1,200 to help stage creative events or projects in the community. These grants are available to arts and community groups (not to individual artists) that are planning creative activities within the Borough of Newcastle-under-Lyme and for the benefit of the local community. They are particularly keen this year to receive applications for projects which are dance, drama, visual arts, history or media/film based. Applications can be sent in at any time, however the Grants Assessment Panel only meet four times during the year to determine the outcome of grant requests. The next panel meeting is planned for early November 2009, so applications should be sent in by mid October 2009 at the latest, to be received in time. For more information, contact Tina on: 01782 619 705.

New! 01.10.09    
Job:  Rage Arts are now casting for their 13th annual Christmas tour of primary schools throughout the West Midlands and surrounding areas. They need lead actors to play the roles of Merlin, Arthur, and Morgana, as well as one versatile actor who can cover many roles in a single Arthurian production. Director: Jennifer Rigby. Actors must have be local to the West Midlands, and be prepared to assist with get-ins and outs. Deadline for submissions: Tuesday 13th October 2009. Auditions: Thursday 15th October in Birmingham. Rehearsing in Birmingham from the 16th November. Touring from a Birmingham base to the West Midlands surrounding counties, with shows Monday to Saturday from 5th December to 19th December 2009. This is a profit share, with a guaranteed total fee of £300. Interested? Apply by email with a covering letter to with a photo attached.

New! 01.10.09    
Added to the ‘Spaces’ page of the Directory: The new £10m Wedgwood Museum has opened a new on-site conference suite at Barlaston, Stoke-on-Trent. The 1930 sq.ft. events space can be used as a conference suite or a private dining area, and can take up to 150 people in ‘theatre style’. Delegates attending daytime events will have free entry to the museum’s galleries, and staff can also provide guided tours of the attraction.

New! 01.10.09    
Birmingham’s annual Clothes Show Live event has announced a new Clothes Show Live Design Awards, aimed at young creatives aged between 13 and 25. The Awards feature six different categories including Young Artist of the Year, Prom Award, Handbag Designer Award, Journalist of the Year Award. Students are invited to enter their work from now until November 2009. The entries will be short listed by a judging panel made up of industry experts, they will then be short-listed in November.

New! 01.10.09    
Wolverhampton’s Flip Animation Festival is offering animators free Portfolio Review Sessions, on 6th November 2009 at 4.30pm. Flip introduced this review session last year, for the first time, and it went down very well. It’s a great opportunity to have your showreel reviewed by a panel of industry professionals, to get expert feedback, and open doors to new and valuable contacts. The idea (and the catch!) is that you present your showreel to a panel in front of a live audience — who also receive the benefit of the panels’ wisdom. This offer is only open to animators based in the West Midlands. Interested? contact Peter McLuskie at:


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