Additions to Creative Stoke, 13th November 2009

New! 13.11.09    
Film students and amateur film makers are being invited by Staffordshire University to produce a short (3 minutes or less) widescreen film on “Cycling in Stoke on Trent”. There are currently 77 miles of new local and National Cycle Network (mostly off-road) bicycle paths throughout the city. Together with the adjacent Newcastle-under-Lyme, there over 100 miles of paths in our immediate area. The following are all possible topics you could consider, or you can think up others on your own:

  * The health benefits of cycling
  * Great cycle routes in Stoke-on-Trent
  * Recreation cycling
  * Air quality and cycling
  * Advice for motorists on considering cyclists
  * Themed routes (i.e.: devise your own themed route)
  * Cycling and the new University Quarter

You are encouraged to be as creative as possible — feel free to use animation or CGI effects, etc. The winning entries will be hosted on websites and receive cash prizes: 1st Prize £300; 2nd Prize £200; and 3rd Prize £100. The deadline for submitting films is: 16th April 2010. This is set as a long deadline, so that lecturers and teachers can incorporate the competition into assessment schedules. Full rules are available from the website or from Jon Fairburn at:

New! 11.11.09    
Job:  Trefonen Church of England Primary School in nearby Shropshire are looking for a Creative Practitioner (or team) to work with a class of Year 3/4 children on their Creative Partnerships enquiry project. You’ll help them explore the question: “How can we use skipping to develop children’s sense of rhythm and rhyme and increase their confidence?”. For example, work could be developed by creating new skipping rhymes, which could then develop into performance, writing or recordings. Fee: £3,200, with a separate budget for materials and resources. Activity must take place during the second half of Spring term 2010. Application deadline: 3rd December 2009. For a full brief please email the Creative Agent, Kate Buttolph, at:

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