Added to Creative Stoke, 9th April 2010

New! 09.04.10    
Those working in the arts with pre-school children may be interested that the national Earlyarts organisation is set to run two professional development workshop days. The West Midlands Early Arts Hub will meet on 5th May 2010. Or there’s also a Cheshire Early Arts Hub (for “Cheshire and the surrounding areas”) meeting on 4th May 2010, if that’s more convenient for people in North Staffordshire. Cheshire has recently been chosen as a National Pathfinder for the new organisation. Please see the website for more details.

Earlyarts recently commissioned a major survey report on Early Arts provision, which is now online, Joined Up Future (PDF link).

New! 09.04.10    
The Staffordshire University temporary community radio station, Cre8 Radio (88.7 FM) is on the air now, and there are hopes for a permanent broadcast licence in 2011. There’s also a Cre8 FM YouTube channel. More information from Project Manager Jules MacCarthy at: j.c.mccarthy@staffs.ac.uk

New! 09.04.10    
Mad Half Hour are working with Creative Partnerships at Hollywall Primary School in Stoke-on-Trent. They are seeking a Visual Artist to work on a project called “Space For Wonder”, which involves the re-imagining of certain spaces within school. They need someone who can teach the staff how to make canvases, and can show staff and children a range of painting and 3D techniques on canvas. The fee for this is £200, plus money for materials. Please apply via: lyndi@madhalfhourtheatre.com    Please send photos of artwork or links to your artwork online. Deadline: 16th April 2010.

New! 09.04.10    
The 2012 Paralympic Games is inviting 11-25 year olds to make short films. There will be a programme of 100 free training workshops run around the British Isles — more details of these will be available in the Summer. In the meanwhile, 11-25 year olds are invited to start creating short films (no longer than three minutes) that celebrate the values of the Paralympic Games: respect, courage, excellence, friendship, equality, determination and inspiration. Any style will be welcome, including animation. Submissions will open in June, when the project website goes live, and the deadline for entries of films will be 1st October 2010. More details on Creative Stoke when they’re released.

New! 09.04.10    
Could you use your lifelong voluntary arts experience to help support organisations across Europe and Eastern Europe, including helping to build up nations whose social fabric is still recovering from the ravages of socialism? A one year e-Mentoring project is to be run by the UK’s National Council for Voluntary Organisations, training 20 people to act as e-Mentors. They’re especially looking for people who have in-depth experience of funding issues and collaboration between organisations. Application deadline: 12th April 2010.

New! 09.04.10    
Financial assistance is available to young muslim playwrights living in the West Midlands, if you are chosen to attend an 11-week playwriting workshop at The Royal Court, starting in May 2010. Each weekly session will involve sharing ideas, reading and talking about plays, and writing exercises. You will work towards writing a new play, which we will read in consideration for production at the Royal Court. The financial assistance can cover travel costs to the weekly workshops, which from Stoke-on-Trent to London could be considerable. Application deadline: 16th April 2010. Full details from: studio@royalcourttheatre.com

New! 09.04.10    
The Royal British Society of Sculptors has ten Bursary Awards available for early career sculptors. The package includes mentoring by senior members of the Society. Deadline: 18th May 2010. Full details at the website.

New! 09.04.10    
Creative Survival in Hard Times is a new report from New Deal of the Mind, commissioned by the Arts Council. It explores policy options for supporting young creatives in the UK, and the key useful suggestions are:

* “urge the next government to establish an enterprise scheme […] based on the Enterprise Allowance Scheme of 1983-91.” […] “Jobcentre Plus staff should be made aware of the value to the creative industries of encouraging some jobseekers to take a self-employed option.”

* “a national mentoring programme and call on larger employers to draw up guidelines of good practice that encourage their senior staff to participate.”

* “The creation of hubs, incubators and spaces where artists and creative entrepreneurs can work” […] “with grants where appropriate.”

* “Employers in the creative sector should ensure their professional skills training is readily available to [their] freelancers.”

* “The creative industries should investigate as a matter of urgency, the likely impact of two-year degree courses”

New! 09.04.10    
Added to the Directory: new Stoke-on-Trent based record label pro2Type Records.

New! 02.04.10    
Job:  The Stoke campus of Staffordshire University requires an Art Shop Technician (Ref. AMD09/10). This is a part-time post, working only during term-time. Application deadline: 14th April 2010.

New! 02.04.10    
The Staffordshire County Show (June 2010) has announced a special new Woodfest section, located in woodland adjacent to the site, which may interest crafts makers working in woodland and countryside crafts — and could be a good networking opportunity.

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