Added to Creative Stoke, 22nd February 2010

New! 22.02.10     The Staffordshire Hoard is currently on show at the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, and also at the British Museum in London. The donations total is growing, but the appeal to puchase the Hoard for Staffordshire still needs to raise another £2.5m by April. Sadly there’s still no sign yet of PayPal as a donation option, but you can donate online by credit card here.

North Staffordshire’s Chamber of Commerce Business Broker Team are holding a Staffordshire Hoard “Business Breakfast Event” on 26th February 2010 (£10 inc. VAT), enabling local business people to beat the crowds.

New! 22.02.10     Added to the Events list:  In partnership with the Design Council, North Staffs Chamber of Commerce is holding a “Design Your Way Out of the Downturn” morning on 13th April 2010 (9am – 12am at Commerce House, Festival Park, Stoke-on-Trent). This is a free event and will be led by an experienced design manager with a background in solving business problems.

New! 22.02.10    
Job: Cheshire Dance is seeking an exceptional full-time Youth Dance Development Officer (£23k – £26k p.a., contract until March 2011). You will working with a partnership involving YDE, The Lowry, ACE, Cheshire West and Chester, Cheshire East, Warrington and Halton Borough Councils. Application deadline: 22nd March 2010. For an application form please contact Lesley-Ann Parry at:

New! 22.02.10    
Birmingham-based Maverick TV are seeking innovative Midlands inventors / product designers to appear on a new BBC Retail series. See how your original new product sells, when placed on the shelves of leading High St. shops! For more details please contact:

New! 22.02.10     Keele Hall, at Keele University, is organising a one-week retreat for writers. The intensive residential retreat will run from 25th July to 30th July 2010. Poets Jacob Polley and James Sheard, and authors Gwendoline Riley and Joe Stretch, will lead workshops and mentor participants. All have extensive experience of the teaching of creative writing, as well as being established writers in their fields. Writing undertaken during the writing retreat can also be converted into credits towards Keele’s M.A. degree in Creative Writing. The retreat costs £525, inclusive of accommodation and meals. There will be a discount available for local writers who do not require accommodation. Further information about the Keele Writing Retreat can be had from Kath McKeown at:

New! 22.02.10    
Arrow Small Business Finance is a Midlands investment firm which currently has over £600,000 to lend between now and the end of March 2011. The not-for-profit fund is looking for entrepreneurs who want to set up or grow a small business. Loans of up to £10,000 are available to small businesses that cannot obtain the finance they need through the banks. These can be part of a package of finance, or standalone. Further information from:

New! 22.02.10    
Job: The Arts Development Team at nearby Telford & Wrekin Council are looking for a self-employed person with who can lead Kreative Kidz. Kreative Kidz is an established project providing disabled children and young people with opportunities to work with professional artists, to explore creativity outside of school hours. You’ll work on the Kreative Kidz project with a team of five artists, and will manage the coordination of the arts development and delivery from April 2010 to April 2011. Project budget: up to £12,000, at £12 per hour. Closing date for applications: 17th March 2010. For full brief and how to apply, please contact: Naomi Middleton at

New! 22.02.10     Job: Chirbury Primary School, a small rural school located south-west of Shrewsbury, is seeking four all-ages Creative Practitioners for a 2.5 day project between March – July 2010. The fee is £240 per day, plus travel, subsistence and accommodation where necessary. The school wishes to examine hidden meanings and double-meanings in the arts, and to be able to discuss the arts in a deeper manner. The project will be partly linked with Maths teaching. Interested? Deadline for applications: 11th March 2010. For further information please contact Felix Pepler (Creative Agent) on: 01562 700400 or 07967 36415.

New! 22.02.10     Added to the Directory: Crewe & Nantwich MMU ceramics student Katrina Nowotynski.


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