Added to Creative Stoke, 1st March 2010

New! 01.03.10    
Want to encourage disabled volunteers to vounteer with your arts organisation? There’s currently up to £5,000 on offer from The Access to Volunteering Fund to do just that. Applicants must be actively using volunteers and be… “making an impact in the West Midlands area”. Application deadline: 19th April 2010. See the Access to Volunteering website for full details.

New! 01.03.10    
Added to the Events listing:  Staffordshire University and Praxis are running an arts & health seminar session titled: “Arts and Health: Visions of Reality” on 29th April 2010. The seminar will run from 2.00pm to 4.00pm at Staffordshire University’s Stoke-on-Trent campus. To book your place on this seminar please email the Creativity Team at:

New! 01.03.10    
Added to the Events listing: Packaging designers, especially those involved in food and drink, may be interested in the seminar event “Packaging: unwrapping savings through EcoDesign”. The half-day event will be held on 2nd Mar 2010 at 10.00am at Branston Golf & Country Club, near Burton-upon-Trent. More details here.

New! 01.03.10    
Added to the Events listing:  People from MusicLeader West Midlands will be visiting North Staffordshire on 29th April 2010. The “Question Time” session will run from 11.45am to 1.45 pm at the Staffordshire University Cafe in Stoke-on-Trent…

“Are you a musician who wants to develop your music leading career? Then this is your chance for a half hour, one-to-one session, to ask those burning questions about kick starting your career, or to find out a little more about what MusicLeader West Midlands has to offer you. To book your half-hour slot contact us on:”

New! 01.03.10    
It’s rather far away for a visit, but those who remember photographer and photography teacher Iain Macmillan will be interested to know that there’s a first outing for a major art gallery retrospective of his work in Dundee (until 3rd June 2010). Macmillan seems to have followed the path of many London creatives at the start of the 1970s, fleeing the decaying and heroin-satured hippy scene for a new rural or provincial life. In his case, he choose Stoke-on-Trent where he taught photography throughout the 1970s, at a time when the north Midlands (Derby, Stoke, Nottingham) was a creative hotbed for fine art photography — based around the first photography diploma courses such as those at Nottingham Trent Polytechnic, and the Derby College of Art, and Paul Hill’s “The Photographer’s Place” high in the Derbyshire Peak District.

New! 01.03.10    
Reality Films in association with Red Sky Productions are currently casting for a number of roles in experimental films that will be launched via DVD. The films will be… “thrillers, horrors and psychological film noir with plenty of scope”. They’re especially interested to hear of people who live in Stoke-on-Trent or the wider North Staffordshire area. There are no payments, but you will get film credits. They are looking for…

“both male and female who wish to push back the boundaries and are not afraid of some risky stuff. Cam Girl: The Movie is a recent example as well as The Stone. We are looking for relatively unknowns”.

Interested?  To find out more contact John Symes at:

New! 01.03.10    
Those in the rural parts of North Staffordshire and the Peak may be interested in Rural Culture‘s new Creative Rural Communities Report / Rural Cultural Strategy (2010). Sadly this is not available as a single PDF, and can only be rather awkwardly accessed in parts from the top menu of their website. Following on from the report, Rural Culture will be holding a Creative Rural Communities consultation seminar in the West Midlands in July 2010 (date tbc).

Those interested in rural enterprise and the creative economy may also be interested in the Women in Rural Enterprise national conference, coming up soon in nearby Shropshire on 22nd April 2010.

New! 01.03.10    
‘On Call’ is a new scheme which aims to enable theatre practitioners in Birmingham and the West Midlands to meet informally with experienced producers, directors and programmers for free impartial advice, support and exchange. For more information about On Call please email:

Those interested in the current state of theatre in the West Midlands may be interested to know that the notes from the November 2009 “The Challenge of Change: How Do We Create a Better Future for Theatre in the West Midlands?” event are now online.


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