Added to Creative Stoke, 18th May 2010

New! 18.05.10    
The Lichfield Festival Watercolour Challenge (11th July 2010) is seeking expressions of interest from watercolour artists interested in a unique painting competition which will take place during the 2010 Lichfield Festival. Artists will be invited to produce an original painting on Sunday 11th July 2010, in the area around Lichfield Cathedral’s Close. Artists must provide their own easel and painting materials. At the end of the event artists will be bring their work together and a small panel will select a winning artwork. During the event the general public will also be invited to select their favourite artwork. Cash prizes will be awarded to both the winning artwork and the artwork selected by the public. The winning artist will also have an opportunity to have their artwork produced as a limited edition print. Both professional and amateur artists may enter. In the first instance, artists should send a brief outline about their art, along with no more than three clear JPG images of their present work and an artist C.V. in PDF format. Application deadline: 15th June 2010. Selected artists will be notified the week after and invited to the event on the 11th June. Please forward applications to:  info@52weeksofart.com

New! 18.05.10    
Shire Hall Gallery, in Stafford town centre, has a new opportunity for artists & designer/makers. They are now seeking people for their pre-Christmas “Handmade” event, a contemporary art & craft fair set to be held on 5th – 6th November 2010. Application deadline: 30th June 2010. Full information from:  lyndsey.catchpole@staffordshire.gov.uk

New! 18.05.10    
Noted British novelist Ewan Morrison has teamed up with heavyweight media producers Blackwatch Media to offer writers a chance to see their story made into an animation. Ewan’s Tales of the Mall project wants your everyday stories of shopping-mall life…

“Anecdotes, jokes, urban myths, tales of horror, boredom, infatuation or even just shopping […] stories of love and hate; of how communities have been transformed for the better or completely destroyed by malls.” […] Your stories could be just a paragraph or a page, or something longer. These don’t have to be stories of momentous occasions […] they could equally well be small stories, say about your best ever day of shopping, or a description of regular routine work in a shop or mall. Your story could be one of a case of mistaken identity, or of revenge, or of being accused of shoplifting; it could be about what it’s like to be a security guard in a mall or a shopper; it could be about committing some forbidden act or being a victim of a crime. These could also be stories about how malls work, how they are built, and what effect the coming of a mall has had on your community.”

The top five stories will be made into animations by Blackwatch, and the writer will also receive a free pack of Morrison’s novels. Email your tales to:  malltales@yahoo.com

New! 18.05.10    
Job:  East Staffordshire Borough Council require a Poet. Arts East Staffs is running “Away Pitch”, a sports and arts collaboration, from May to August 2010. 20 visual artists will be donating 20 artworks to be placed with 20 Staffordshire sportsmen and sportswomen, in their homes or workplaces. The recipients will record their response to the artwork, in notebooks and audio diaries. Arts East Staffs is seeking an enthusiastic and personable creative writer to write a series of short poems. Inclusive Fee: £1600 (minimum 8 days). Interested? Please send a C.V. together with a covering letter (2 sides of A4 maximum), outlining your interest in and suitability for the role. Applications to be received by 5pm on 28th May 2010 to:  naomi.wilds@eaststaffsbc.gov.uk

New! 18.05.10    
“Arts Den” at the Lichfield Festival (17th July 2010) is now inviting expressions of interest from artists, for a competition in which short-listed artists will be invited to give a brief presentation of their artwork to a small panel of commissioning representatives and an audience at the Garrick Theatre. At the end of the interviewing process the commissioning panel will present a £1,000 commission to the selected artist. In the first instance, artists should send a brief outline about their artwork, along with no more than 6 JPG images of present work and an artist C.V. in PDF format by the 18th June 2010, to:  info@52weeksofart.com

New! 18.05.10    
The Staffordshire Connections to Opportunities project is a new “back to work” project, delivered by local voluntary services led by Staffordshire Moorlands Community and Voluntary Services and VAST (Voluntary Action for Stoke-on-Trent). They are now seeking to recruit “buddies” who will go into the community and offer their help and support to 500 people who have been on incapacity benefit for more than two years. This could range from just initial advice to offering mentoring and training, or helping them start up their own businesses. The project will be fully operational in the summer of 2010.

The Stoke-on-Trent project began in May 2010, and will provide business mentoring to potential social entrepreneurs. It will also provide an Investment Fund award of up to £30,000 for new or existing social enterprises to help with suitable job creation and training.

New! 18.05.10    
Added to the Directory: newly-formed DK Design are based in Newcastle-Under-Lyme and provide design services in design, web, print, and signage.

New! 18.05.10    
“Laugh out Loud” is a new regular live-comedy event in Stoke-on-Trent, put on by Stoke Gigs. The first night, 29th May 2010, will see headline acts from Canada’s Tom Stade (seen on BBC1’s Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow) and Burger Van Owner, Angelos Epithemiou (of BBC2’s Shooting Stars). This first launch event seeks likely to also be a good “foyer networking event” for those interested in local stand-up comedy. Tickets from the Regent Theatre by calling 0844 871 7627 or 01782 213808.

New! 18.05.10    
Hanley’s Mitchell Memorial Theatre is shortly to be handed over from the Council to the board of a new charitable trust, before re-opening in 2011. The trust is now seeking Trustees. Interested? Please phone: 01782 238204.

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