Added to Creative Stoke, 2nd July 2010

New! 02.07.10    
Applications are now being invited from individuals, artists, arts organisations, theatres, clubs and communities across Staffordshire for a share of a fund for arts projects. Staffordshire County Council Arts and Museum Service’s Arts Grants Scheme, is open to any group or individual planning an arts project or event in Staffordshire (excluding Stoke-on-Trent). Applications for the Arts Grant Scheme will be accepted throughout the financial year, and your planned events must be scheduled to take place before 31st March 2011. For an application pack, please visit the Staffordshire Arts and Museum Service website.

New! 02.07.10    
East Staffordshire Arts has published a new draft Arts Strategy plan 2010-2013 (PDF link).

New! 02.07.10    
Job:  Staffordshire University’s Faculty of Arts, Media and Design requires an Assistant Foundation Degree Co-ordinator (one-year 0.4, Ref AMD09/23) at the Stoke-on-Trent campus. Deadline: 16th July 2010. See the website for full details.

New! 02.07.10    
Wolverhampton’s Light House arts centre and cinema has a series of film production one-day workshop for women, during the summer. Introduction to Video Production (27th July); Introduction to Post Production (3rd August); and Advanced Post Production (24th August 2010). They are not free, and will cost between £45 and £65 per day + VAT. For more information contact Kelly Jeffs at:  kelly@light-house.co.uk

New! 02.07.10    
Birmingham’s annual summer ArtsFest is calling for short film submissions. Your film needs to have… “some connection to the West Midlands”. Any genre including animation. 80 different shorts were featured last year. Films should be submitted on a UK-playable DVD and sent to: ArtsFest, Sam Groves, 129 Northfield Road, Kings Norton, Birmingham. B30 1EA. Deadline: 17th July 2010.

New! 02.07.10    
Want to employ artists to cut a children’s maze into long grass or scrubland each summer? Or make sculptural turfed earth-mounds, to serve as a low-maintainance green play-space? Ideas such as this could be realised via The Big Lottery Fund’s Community Spaces funding programme. It is now making its final call to applicants. Grant awards of up to £50,000 are available to transform or create green open spaces. Only genuine community groups in England are able to apply, and… “the programme is currently encouraging more applications from the West Midlands region”. Deadline: 28th January 2011.


Cow made of earth and grass sods.

New! 02.07.10    
The Philips Liveable Cities Award is offering cash awards to develop…

“practical, achievable ideas to improve the health and well-being of people living in cities. The Liveable Cities Award is aimed at ideas and concepts which have not yet been implemented. These ideas must: demonstrate a simple solution to the challenges of keeping cities liveable; be original, and not previously proposed or developed, either in whole or part, by anyone else; be implementable within a maximum of two years.”

The category “wellbeing outdoors — initiatives that will help citizens feel safe in public spaces, as well as initiatives that help create identity and a sense of belonging” seems the most suitable for artists and social entrepreurs. Can you think of a wholly original way to radically depart from the usual tedious “big sculpture by a road” approach to public art, and with a demonstrable health benefit? Each category winner will receive a grant of £60,000, and there will also be substantial grants for selected runners-up. Full information is available at the website. Deadline: 28th October 2010.

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