Added to the What’s New page on Creative Stoke, 7th Oct 2009

New! 07.10.09     Keele University has announced its free public Inuagural Lecture Series for the 2009/10 academic year. The Inaugural Lectures are given by newly established professors within the University, and aim to give an illuminating account of the speaker’s subject specialism. All lectures start at 6pm in the Westminster Theatre. Admission is free; no ticket is required. Lectures likely to be of interest to local creatives are:

Tuesday, 10th November 2009. Professor Karen Hunt, History: “Telling The Many Stories of Dora Montefiore (1851-1933): history and life-writing”.

Wednesday, 12th May 2010. Professor David Shepherd, Cultural Theory: “The Theory of Culture and the Culture of Theory”.

New! 07.10.09    
Garden designers interested in the historical and local context of their profession may be interested to know that one of Keele’s forthcoming Short Courses for Adults is a four-day course, starting on 16th January 2010, on Garden History: The People who Shaped our Gardens. This will be followed by a 2010 summer school on Staffordshire’s Historic Gardens (with visits).

New! 07.10.09     Job:  Year 5 at Ridgeway Primary School, in Burntwood (near Cannock, Staffordshire), is looking for a Creative Partner! You’ll have special talent, energy, excellent teaching ability, and be child-friendly. They have an available budget of £3,000, which includes practitioner fees and travel expenses — plus an additional budget for resources to support the project. Deadline for applications: 16th October 2009. For the full brief and further details, or to arrange to visit, e-mail:  office@ridgeway.staffs.sch.uk

New! 07.10.09    
Job:  Packmoor Primary School in Stoke-on-Trent is seeking an environmental artist to work outdoors, as a Creative Partner on the school’s “Forever changing” project. The school has an available budget of £1,500, to include practitioner fees, travel and support resources. Deadline for applications: 19th October 2009. For the full brief and further details, email: Carly Wright at cwright5@sgfl.org.uk

New! 07.10.09    
Job:  A Fundraising Consultant is required by Cheshire West and Chester Council. You’ll produce a practical and effective fundraising strategy for Cheshire West and Chester (CW&C) arts and cultural organisations, including a specific action-plan for the Chester Mystery Plays. Deadline for submissions: 23rd October 2009. Final strategy document delivered: end February 2010. The total fee (inclusive of expenses) is £7,000. For a full project brief please contact:  emma.knight@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk

New! 07.10.09    
The FLIP Animation Festival in nearby Wolverhampton has just announced its three-day programme. FLIP is offering an all-day Games Design Workshop (11am-4pm) — for just £5! Run in conjunction with Wolverhampton University’s new Institute of Gaming and Animation, you’ll be introduced to the free Microsoft Xbox XNA game production platform, a sophisticated production platform for creating commercial videogames (PC and Xbox). Pre-booking is essential.

New! 06.10.09    
Added to the Directory: Rachel Dormor Ceramics, based in Stoke-on-Trent. Rachel designs and makes high-quality porcelain tableware. She recently visited the New York Gift Fair with the support of U.K. Trade & Investment, and has just signed a U.S. distribution deal. Some of her work can be purchased online at MyDeco.

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