Added to Creative Stoke, 8th July 2010

New! 08.07.10    
The Department for Work and Pensions has an employee volunteering scheme called Community 5000. They can offer DWP staff as one-day volunteers to a charity, voluntary or community organisation which are linked to communities served by the Department for Work and Pensions. Volunteer placements can be for individuals or teams. Interested? Please contact Kate Thompson at:

New! 08.07.10    
The Stoke-on-Trent arts organisation, Rideout, will be hosting two x two-day events in October 2010. “For Those Who Like to Say No: The Art of Engagement in Custodial Settings” will mark the publication of Chris Johnston’s new book on working with difficult groups, and Rideout will present two days of workshops on their creative practice in prisons. The first two-day event will be in North London on 12th – 13th October 2010. The second two-day event will be in central Birmingham on 20th – 21st October 2010. Cost for each event is £75/£50 conc. (both days) or £45/£30 conc. (one day). Your fee includes the course, refreshments, plus a free copy of For Those Who Like To Say No and other goodies. Two free discretionary places are available on application to ex-offenders, or others without funds. Interested? To register a place on this course please email:

New! 08.07.10    
The Burslem-based Urban Vision North Staffordshire is giving early notice of their annual photographic competition and exhibition. The theme for the 2011 competition and exhibition is “Green”, inspired by everything that is “green” in North Staffordshire — including green spaces and places, parks, gardens, buildings, canals, public art and sculpture, education, people, events and festivals. Entry forms will be available from UVNS in December 2010. Submissions must be attached to an entry form and will be accepted from December 2010. The exhibition will take place in March 2011.

New! 08.07.10    
The temporary artists’ Shop, in Stoke Town, Stoke-on-Trent, is set to have their launch event from 3.30pm on 14th July 2010. Programme Manager, Gemma Thomas and Kevin Bell, Regeneration Manager for Stoke Town will both be speaking. To join in, email:

New! 08.07.10    
Care to enjoy a summer’s evening drink and chat with fellow animators at the next Animation Forum West Midlands event, “Out of Hours”? It’s on Thursday 15th July 2010 (6.30-9pm) at the Light House, Wolverhampton. This free after-work event, run in conjunction with Light House, will begin with a screening of the best of Flip 2009 featuring award winning films from across the world. The screenings will be followed by a talk from Light House’s Animator-in-Residence Drew Roper. Drew has just completed his first commercial commission in between stints on The Fantastic Mr Fox and Tim Burtons’ latest Disney production. Drew will show his three and a half minute stop-motion short, and the sets and puppets will be on display. There will also be the official launch of the 2010 edition of “The Great Animation Challenge”; much like last year’s, but “with an exciting twist”! All this, plus the chance to chat with fellow Forum members in the Light House’s pleasant covered courtyard. To reserve a place, please email:

New! 08.07.10    
The Midlands Women’s History Network will be holding a one-day symposium in Stoke-on-Trent in November. “Twentieth Century Women: Culture, Media and Leisure” will explore the the significant changes in culture and media during the century. The event will be on Saturday 20th November 2010, at the University of Staffordshire, Stoke-on-Trent campus. Papers are invited, with a deadline of 1st September 2010. An abstract of approximately 250 words should in the first instance be sent via email to Dr Maggie Andrews at:


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