Added to Creative Stoke, 11th November 2009

New! 11.11.09    
Staffordshire Arts and Museum Service would like to hear from all visual artists and makers who wish to create new work for the summer 2010 “Sense of Place” exhibition at The Shire Hall Gallery, located in Stafford town centre. The show will focus on Staffordshire’s many different environments. Full information from: Kim Gould, Gallery & Exhibitions Development Officer, at:

New! 11.11.09    
Young Staffordshire musicians may be interested in a couple of dates for their 2010 diary. Staffordshire Performing Arts should be able to put you on the mailing-list for details on how to involve your school in these events…

   1) The rock music event ‘Staffordshire Rocks Grand Final‘ will be on 26th June 2010 at The Gatehouse Theatre, Stafford.

   2) The ‘Staffordshire Young Musicians Final’ will be on the 17th July 2010 at The Gatehouse Theatre, Stafford.

New! 11.11.09    
Job:  A Senior Web Developer is required by a company in Trentham Lakes, Stoke-on-Trent.

New! 11.11.09    
Congratulations to a group of students from Staffordshire University’s Stafford campus, who have won a leading prize at the regional final of The Royal Television Society Awards. Their film “Olivia” won in the fiction category. They were presented with the award at the ceremony attended by industry professionals representing BBC, ITV, Channel 4, and Screen West Midlands, among others.

Click to play “Olivia”, made by the winning B.Sc. (Hons.) Film Production Technology team of Oliver Trusswell, Stuart Hackshaw, Alistair Little and Matt Holmes.

New! 11.11.09    
Game modders seeking to move from modding to full-blown ‘back bedroom’ games production will be interested to hear that the popular Unreal Engine 3 has just been released for free in the form of the Unreal Development Kit. It has everything you need to make a professional videogame — but if you release your game commercially you pay Unreal 25% of revenue after you make your first $5000. Other than your own labour, though, there are no up-front costs involved in developing a game. Now is an excellent time to start developing for a PC release circa 2012 — given that the next generation of gaming consoles are likely to be delayed by around two years due to the recession, the PC as an open gaming platform is likely to hit a sweet spot by about 2012. The Unreal Dev Kit joins the ranks of a variety of free commercial-grade game development kits, ranging from
Microsoft’s XNA to the royalty-free indie point & click engine Wintermute.

New! 11.11.09    
Creative Stoke has junked the Addiply ad system — it was an interesting two-week experiment, but a hand-picked selection of relevant Amazon books seems much more suitable for the site. You’ll see them featured in sidebars and on the front page. If you click through to Amazon and buy a featured book, then Creative Stoke will get a tiny slice of what you spend.


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