Added to Creative Stoke, 25th January 2010

New! 25.01.10    
Job:  British Waterways is seeking a creative community artist to design site-specific art pieces to be located along the two canals which run through the City Waterside and Middleport areas of the city of Stoke-on-Trent. Through a series of workshops, the successful artist would be required to involve, engage and consult the remaining members of the local community in these areas. Consultation and workshops would start in February / March 2010, with the finished design completed in May 2010. Artist Fee: £7,000 to include all development work, workshops, workshop materials, production of designs, installation supervision and expenses. Application deadline: 8th February 2010. Full details from:

New! 25.01.10    
Added to the Directory: Chris Hepburn is a talented young photographer from Staffordshire. He has a special talent for making stock images, and his work is for sale at iStockphoto and Getty Images.

New! 25.01.10    
Added to the Directory: Staffordshire Moorlands photographer Chris Lees has a new website for his special boudoir photography services.

New! 25.01.10    
Added to the Directory: Klair Scattergood is a local children’s artist and illustrator. Klair also has an Etsy shop selling her unique artwork, jewellery pieces, journals and cards. Klair can also teach workshops in creative bookmaking and bookbinding classes for adults, both online and in the classroom.

“Time for a brew” by Klair Scattergood.

New! 24.01.10    
Job:  Over in the East Midlands, Nottingham Castle is offering a £9,000 Fellowship for a 6-month guest curator. This is timed to coincide with the re-hanging of the permanent collection at the Nottingham Castle Museum & Art Gallery. The Curatorial Fellow will work with the team to plan the new installation of the collection and devise a new exhibition for the Museum and Art Gallery for the 2011 programme. Application deadline: 8th February 2010. The start date is negotiable, but is anticipated to be in September 2010. More information from:

New! 22.01.10    
Want to do a professional Masters degree in a creative subject? There may be a rare funded opportunity at Lincoln. The Arts and Humanities Research Council are currently offering funding to universities which do not hold a Block Grant Partnership (BGPs are allocations of postgraduate studentships in specific subjects). The AHRC states that it…

“expects the majority of successful proposals to be in the area of Creative and Performing Arts, and that the awards will tend to be Professional Preparation Masters Schemes.”

The deadline is 6th May 2010, but there are likely to be internal application deadlines before that. All eligible universities have been capped on the number of submissions — many will only be allowed to submit five applications to the AHRC, making this scheme as fiercely competitive as other AHRC-funded funded studentships are. Currently, from the West and East Midlands only Lincoln University is known to be bidding. Lincoln is somewhat accessible (2hrs 50mins) via train from Stoke-on-Trent station — and the main Lincoln campus is right next to the train station.

New! 22.01.10    
As of this week, all of the DAZ 3D human base-models are now free. These are add-on packs for the free DAZ Studio 3.0. DAZ Studio has proven to be very useful human-figure reference software, used by figurative artists ranging from painters to graphic novelists.

New! 22.01.10    
Added to the Directory: University of the Third Age branches in Alsager, Congleton, Crewe, and Leek — several of which offer many affordable (£1 per session) classes in crafts and creative activities. Sadly, there doesn’t appear to be a UTA branch in the Potteries?

New! 22.01.10    
The best young crime writers in North Staffordshire are being sought in a national micro-story competition, organised by the Crime Writers’ Association. The competition is open to anyone aged 18. Deadline: 19th February 2010. Stories can be up to 1,000 words, and can be submitted via any of Stoke-on-Trent’s local libraries.

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