Added to Creative Stoke, 18th November 2009

New! 18.11.09    Added to the Events listing:  The National Association for Ceramics in Higher Education is hosting a Graduate Forum in Stoke-on-Trent, to co-incide with the graduate Fresh exhibition (see Creative Stoke’s photo gallery of the show) at Emma Bridgewater Pottery. The Forum will be at Emma Bridgewater Pottery and the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery on 27th November 2009, 11am – 5pm, and will… “provide an opportunity to examine the value of engagement with creative practice in schools, how this translates into higher education ceramic-based courses”. Cost: Free to students, others pay £10 to cover refreshments. Application deadline: 23rd November 2009. For further information and to book a place email:

New! 18.11.09     Do you deliver creative workshops and similar support to those with health problems? Are you concerned about how best to present the results to funders? Staffordshire County Council’s Health Development Team are planning to deliver free training for voluntary and community sector organisations who want to use the “Activities and Outcomes” database. This database was developed for small third sector organisations wanting to demonstrate their activities and outcomes, particularly their ‘softer’ improvements in mental health outcomes, to commissioners from Health and Social Care agencies. Interested? Full details are online here (Word .doc)

Readers may also like to know that community and voluntary organisations are being invited to submit bids to the Health for Older People grants scheme. This will aim to improve the lives of people aged 50 and over, living within the county. Small community groups can apply for grants of £500. Larger voluntary organisations can apply for grants between £1,000 and £10,000.

New! 18.11.09     Are you a young dance manager in the making? YDE Stride! is an annual dance programme for 14-19 year olds (or up to 24 years, for disabled applicants) which offers non-performance based skills such as leading and managing dance projects and activities. The programme is run by Youth Dance England and they are now inviting applications. Successful applicants will be provided with a mentor and will participate in an “action-packed” residential with one of the YDE Stride! hosts (Dance4, Dance South West or East London Dance with Sadler’s Wells), followed by a placement to help develop skills and experience essential to building a career in dance. You should be able to download an application from the Youth Dance England website from 2nd December 2009. Deadline for applications: 15th January 2010.

New! 18.11.09     Added to the Directory: Bernard Charnley is one of the key artists with a working studio at the AirSpace gallery in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent.

Bernard Charnley, photo by Stephanie Rushton of London.

New! 18.11.09    
Added to the Directory: Andrew Johnson is a freelance designer and illustrator based in Etruria, Stoke-on-Trent.

New! 18.11.09    Added to the Directory: Sew Kitch, a crafts unit at Slaters Craft Village, Baldwins Gate, where Lauren Chamberlain and Lavinia Miller produce crafts, art and handmade gifts. They can also run workshops in felt making, jewellery making, card and scrapbook design, and cushion-making.

New! 18.11.09    Added to the Directory: Mook 109 Design is an illustrator and graphic designer, based in Stoke-on-Trent.

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