Added to Creative Stoke, 19th June 2010

New! 19.06.10    
Keele Hall at Keele University has places available on a week-long writing retreat, 25th July – 30th July 2010. The cost is £525 including accommodation and meals. Jacob Polley, James Sheard, Gwendoline Riley, and Joe Stretch will lead workshops. Full details from Kath McKeown at: k.c.mckeown@his.keele.ac.uk

New! 19.06.10    
There’s to be a Crafts Curators Day at Bilston Craft Gallery, near Wolverhampton, on Tuesday 29th June 2010. There will be opportunities to hear from current artists exhibiting at the Gallery, and to learn more about a national programme of exhibitions exploring… “the distinctive contribution artists make to influence or reflect national identity, the inter-cultural nature of British society and its connection with global cultures through a series of exhibitions, installations and events between 2006 and 2011”. Full details from Emma Syer, at:  emma@theshapeofthings.org.uk

New! 19.06.10    
Abbots Bromley School for Girls and the Abbots Bromley Arts Society invite Staffordshire artists to participate in “Imagining the Landscape”, a painting and creative writing summer school. David Gleeson and Paul Henry will lead two days of individual tuition in small friendly groups. The weekend costs £65, and there are also prices available for those who just want some of the day and evening activities. For full information please email:  elizabethgodwin@abbotsbromley.staffs.sch.uk

New! 19.06.10    
Staffordshire Arts and Museum Service would like to hear from textile artists who produce innovative 2D or 3D work around the theme of “drawing with thread”. Applications are encouraged from textile artists who explore the relationship between drawing and stitch. Suitable work will be selected for inclusion in a group exhibition at the Shire Hall Gallery. To apply: post or email up to 6 images, C.V. and artists’ statement to: Kim Gould, Gallery & Exhibitions Development Officer, at:  kim.gould@staffordshire.gov.uk

New! 19.06.10    
Nearby Macclesfield has a “Macclesfield: A New View” photography competition. Last entries: 3rd July 2010. Full details at the web page.

New! 19.06.10    
DACS Payback launches its 2010 payback on 21st June 2010. The scheme allows visual creatives to claim a share of the £3-million DACS Payback fund. If you’ve had an image of your work published in a British magazine or newspaper, or seen on a TV programme, yet not been paid for it — then applying could get you a DACS cheque. The Payback cash is raised from the annual photocopying & video/TV/DVD duplication licenses paid for by British schools & colleges.

New! 19.06.10    
Just a remind that the Artists’ Access to Art Colleges scheme should be inviting applications from around the end of July. The list of 2010/11 participating institutions is here. The nearest to North Staffordshire are Derby and Wolverhampton.

New! 19.06.10    
Profusion is an innovative rural arts exhibition now on at Calke Abbey in Derbyshire, and they need volunteers. Beacon requires volunteer assistance until 11th July 2010, ideally for five days during that time….

“The duties will involve spending the day at Calke Abbey, invigilating the art exhibits round the Calke Abbey estate and informing the public about the artwork and the exhibition. If you are interested in contemporary visual art, enjoy talking about art, are friendly and reliable, this will offer you invaluable experience of working with a visual arts organisation. It will be a fantastic opportunity to meet leading artists too. You will be required from 10am until 5pm on the days you assist and we recommend you bring a packed lunch. Beacon will help with transport to Calke Abbey where possible. Please email us at:  info@beaconartproject.com

New! 19.06.10    
Shoot the Street is a new street photography contest from the British Journal of Photography. Entry costs £20, and entries should be submitted before 30th June 2010.

New! 19.06.10    
Urban Vision North Staffordshire will be delivering “continuing professional development” sessions suitable for teachers, educationalists, and creative practitioners, at Wolverhampton Art Gallery on 19th July 2010. Full details at the website.

New! 19.06.10    
Stoke-on-Trent City Council has a new scheme to encourage small to medium-sized local businesses to take on graduates. A wage subsidy of £1,000 is available for each full-time, permanent graduate job. For further details, contact Grad Central on: 01675 461500 or phone Steve Lovatt at Stoke-on-Trent City Council on: 01782 236632.

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