Added to Creative Stoke, 19th January 2010

New! 19.01.10    
The Crafts Council is undertaking a major national research project ahead of the 2010 General Election, to help make the case for public-funding of crafts in the UK. The project is titled Making Value : the economic and social contribution of craft makers, and for it the Council is now seeking to profile: independent crafts makers who have a portfolio practice; makers who apply their craft skills in community arts activities and workshops; crafts makers in industry (e.g.: ceramics, architecture); and back-stage crafts workers engaged in set-design, model-making or prop-making for films and TV. They also want to hear from people working in ways that are ‘off the radar’ of official bodies. A key element of the research will be short telephone interviews. Research documentation, including case studies, will be launched at a Crafts Council conference on 22nd June 2010. Interested? Please contact research@craftscouncil.org.uk by 15th February 2010.

New! 18.01.10    
“The Art of Microbudget Filmmaking” is a rare West Midlands event on the topic. The day of screenings and seminars will be held at The Electric Cinema in Birmingham city-centre (at the back of New St. station) on 25th January 2010, from 9.30am until 4pm. Members of Birmingham’s Producers Forum get a free ticket, and for everyone else the cost is £80 + VAT for the day. More details from:  info@producersforum.org.uk

New! 18.01.10    
The first national conference for Creative Partnerships schools, of which there are many in North and Mid Staffordshire, will be held on 3rd March 2010, at the ICC in Birmingham city-centre. The registration form is here.

New! 18.01.10    
The Victoria Mill Art Centre is a new arts centre in Congleton. The Centre is now seeking tenants for the few final remaining studio-spaces, before the opening day. The new centre will be launched as part of Cheshire East Council’s Artsweek (from 20th February 2010).

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