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.”

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