Added to Creative Stoke, 12th April 2010

New! 12.04.10    
The 8th Buxton Puppet Festival has announced dates, 26th to 31st July 2010. A full programme will be available from 1st June. Programmes in previous years have contained several masterclass workshops for adults, with internationally-acclaimed puppeteers from Japan and India.

New! 12.04.10    
Added to the Directory: Redstone Willows. Located on the Cheshire / Staffordshire border, they grow in excess of 100 varieties of willow, many of which are ideal for basketry, earth-art sculptures and community arts structures. They also run workshops, and can install living-willow structures and make willow sculptures on commission.

New! 12.04.10    
Added to the Directory: Jon Weinel at Keele University, doing all sorts of interesting things with sonic art.

New! 12.04.10    
Nigel Peever of Crewe has just generously published his huge collection of vintage English toy-theatre sheets and associated cut-outs, as a 400-page print-on-demand book.

New! 12.04.10    
The Skillset Sector Skills Council will expand further from the beginning of April, to encompass fashion and textiles, enabling the organisation to bid for new funds for training Skillset will be carrying out research to identify skills needs in fashion and textiles, and producing an annual assessment of needs and skills-shortages. Skillset recently produced a new Strategic Skills Assessment for the Fashion and Textiles Sector in the UK document.

New! 09.04.10    
The Light House in nearby Wolverhampton is the venue for the UK’s 7th Flip Animation Festival (4th to 6th November 2010), and the organisers are now inviting animators to submit animated films (up to 15 minutes in length) to the Open Shorts section. And for the first time, Flip is also accepting submissions from children, to be judged in a special category. Submissions are welcome from across the world — however, good-quality English subtitles will be required. There is no entry fee. Entry deadline: 9th July 2010.

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