Added to Creative Stoke, 21st April 2010

New! 21.04.10    
Newcastle-under-Lyme Museum & Art Gallery is having a launch event for its New Generation Project on 23rd April 2010 (11am – 4pm), to formally announce the launch of the New Generation Space galleries for young artists and makers. Find out more about the project, and see a live performance by Nottingham-based artist Chris Lewis Jones (noon to 1pm). More information from:   There will also be funding strategy and proposal-writing workshop — email:  to book a place.

New! 21.04.10    
The Phoenix Trust has an ambitious goal — to make the former North Staffordshire Coalfield a designated World Heritage Site. They are currently undertaking a heritage audit and photographic survey to record the region’s historical buildings, and are inviting the public to nominate local churches, schools, factories, shops and other buildings of note for inclusion in the survey. Buildings may be nominated by emailing:   When making a nomination, please give the building’s name and full address, along with your reasons for nominating it.

Readers may also be interested in the new nationwide volunteer effort to record all the old hand-painted wall signs of the British Isles, at Ghostsigns


New! 21.04.10    
CraftNet is a new networking organisation for crafts makers, being developed in partnership with the Crafts Council. The first afternoon meeting in the Midlands will be on Tuesday 5th May 2010, 1:45pm at the Mac arts centre in Edgbaston, Birmingham. All are welcome. Places are limited, so please RSVP by 26th April 2010 to Camilla Buchanan at:

New! 21.04.10    
Added to the Directory: Aspiring stage comedians in the West Midlands are invited to sign up for a unique series of stand-up comedy workshops. The Chuckles Workshops will be held in Birmingham in May and will feature a “graduation” performance at Birmingham’s biggest live comedy venue. For more information on course fees, dates, and to reserve your place; please contact Chuckles Tutor Liam Jones at:

New! 21.04.10    
The BBC is running free youth workshops in Stafford on Thursday 29th April 2010, as part of the nationwide Blast tour. Talented young people aged 13 -19 are invited to workshops such as: “Make a Horror Film”; along with other music, animation and VJ workshops. All workshops and showcases are free, for more details and to sign up please email:

New! 21.04.10    
Added to the Directory: The Pugin Singers, a chamber choir of around 30 mixed voices which was established in 2000. The Singers rehearse in the Shadow of St Giles R.C. Church in Cheadle, designed by Pugin and the church from which the choir takes its name. They have performed in the Staffordshire Moorlands, Stoke-on-Trent, and also further afield in Royal Festival Hall and at Limoges cathedral in France.

    Audio file: Rex Tremendae (Mozart Requiem) (MP3 format).

New! 21.04.10    
Added to the Directory: Hell Fire Photography, based in Stoke-on-Trent.

New! 21.04.10    
Added to the Directory: Angela Thompson’s “Glass at The Barn” is the website of an Alsager-based glass and jewellery maker, who runs a workshop at Carr Barn (formely Fizzpotzz) at Tissington in the Peak District. Angela’s work can also be seen at Leek Gallery and at the Burslem Arts shop in Stoke-on-Trent.


New! 21.04.10    
Singapore — famous for its rapid transition to prosperity — has just launched a major new animation production fund, and it’s open to the entire world. The Media Development Authority of Singapore (MDA) has launched the International Animation Fund (IAF). The fund…

“invites applications from all over the world for new animation content in any format — including television series, telemovies, theatrical features — will see MDA co-investing up to S$5 million (U.S. $3.5 million) for each qualifying project. … We look forward very much to co-creating new intellectual property … in partnership with like-minded members of the animation [industry]”

Applications for the International Animation Fund are now open. Deadline: 30th June 2010. All proposed projects must have a Singapore partner. Shortlisted applicants will be required to pitch face-to-face, in Singapore, to an evaluation panel.


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