Added to Creative Stoke, 21st January 2010

New! 21.01.10    Crewe Amateur Dramatics Society is looking for young male actors (17 years and up) for a production of Hello Dolly (Crewe Lyceum, 16th-20th March 2010). Rehearsals are on Thursdays from 7.30pm, at St Michael’s Church Hall, Ford Lane, Crewe. More details from: 01270 763837 or 07850 185860.

New! 21.01.10    
The Performing Rights Society “Awards to Promoters” scheme is now open for 2010 applications. You can apply for £3,000 if you: have at least one year’s track record of promoting events; will be promoting at least eight events over a 12 month period; and will be programming new British music of any genre. The first deadline is 12th February 2010. Full details are available at the website.

New! 21.01.10    Job:  A musician or music industry professional is being sought to establish a pilot record company at a school in nearby Telford, Shropshire. This project involves a core team of 10 children and supporting staff, and will support school-based musicians to develop their understanding of the music business and also offer opportunities for career development. The position is paid at £220 per day, for an inital contract of up to 12 days (with the possibility of further days pending) between January and July 2010. For further information about the school and project contact either Felix Pepler (Creative Agent) on 01562 700400 / 07967 364315 or Andy Calderbank (Head of Music) on 01952 387400.

New! 21.01.10     In the 2nd Annual Stoke-on-Trent Ceramics Lecture, Terry Woolliscroft will tell “The Tale of the Toilet”. Delving deep into the city’s archives, the talk will trace the milestones in the history of this vital element of bathroom product design, and the role of the Thomas Twyford’s famous factory at Cliffe Vale (Stoke-on-Trent) in inventing and designing the flushing toilet. The venue is Stoke-on-Trent City Archives (Hanley public library) on Weds 10th February 2010, 2pm. Further details from: natalie.baker@stoke.gov.uk   Tickets cost £4.

New! 20.01.10    
PiCL (formerly Creative Partnerships Stoke-on-Trent) is offering a series of seven free learning events to local creative practitioners in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire. More details from the web page above, or from Programme Coordinator Iain Perry at:   iain@picl.uk.com

New! 20.01.10     Job:  An experienced West Midlands Film Producer is wanted for a short film to be made in association with Screen West Midlands and the UK Film Council. An award-winning Director and Cinematographer are attached to the £8,000-£10,000 budget project. The Producer fee is negotiable. You need to start as soon as possible, and be available until the film’s completion. Filming will take place in the West Midlands. More details from:  ryan.vernava@googlemail.com

New! 20.01.10    Keele University is to provide up to 30 PhD studentships across the four research Institutes that make up the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. Expressions of interest for these highly competitive awards are now invited, for research proposals in the following areas: cultural and social history from the local to the global; musicology since 1900; creative applications of music technologies; and interdisciplinary approaches to life-writing. Application deadline: 28th February 2010. Full information from:  h.farrell@ilpj.keele.ac.uk

New! 20.01.10    
The Coalfields Regeneration Trust is inviting applications from local groups in North Staffordshire to apply for up to £30,000 capital or revenue funding. This is a one-off opportunity. Grants will be paid on 1st April 2010 and will run for a maximum of 12 months. Projects should address a need arising from the current recession. Applications deadline: 5th February 2010. Full details from: neil.topliss@coalfields-regen.org.uk

New! 20.01.10    Keele University has launched a new graduate internship scheme in the West Midlands, called “Project Future Industry Training” (FIT). FIT will provide unemployed graduates with six-week work experience placements in local firms in the digital industries, professional services, and the ceramics industry. Formal applications are not yet being invited, since these industry placements will run from April and September 2010. But companies and graduates can register their interest now, by emailing:  internships@uso.keele.ac.uk

New! 20.01.10    There’s to be a second Pecha Kucha night at Fat Cats bar in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent (7-10pm, 11th March). Each participant will give a short presentation (20 slides in just over 6 minutes). If you’re interested, please email: stokepechakucha@yahoo.co.uk

New! 20.01.10    
Stoke-based Anna Francis is inviting all photographers to obtain one of her “There is Beauty In The City” magnetic labels, and to photograph your magnet in a beautiful location in Stoke-on-Trent or any other city you may visit. Send the photo in to thereisbeautyinthecity@yahoo.co.uk (as a normal .jpg file, no more than 2Mb). You can get your magnet by emailing your postal address to the artist Anna Francis, and she will send you one; alternatively, you can download the template from her blog and print out your own ‘There is Beauty’ sign. In 2010 the project aims to exhibit in the UK and beyond, and is also considering a publication.

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