Added to Creative Stoke, 24th July 2010

New! 24.07.10    
The new Government has announced the excellent news that Lord Heseltine (*) will chair the Independent Approval Panel for the forthcoming £1bn Regional Growth Fund, which is to replace Advantage West Midlands. There is to be a forthcoming White Paper on regional economic growth, which will set out more details on the Growth Fund, as well as local enterprise partnerships (LEPs). There is now a consultation period, and local businesses and organisations are invited to suggest how the Fund can create new and genuine private-sector jobs and respond intelligently to the different needs of specific local areas. As things are being reorganised, there are many ‘turf wars’ going on behind the scenes at present — and Birmingham City Council even appears to be angling to cut North Staffordshire out of the wider picture. This suggests that businesses should include in their representations some comments about the need for robust connections with the greater Birmingham area — as was suggested in the conclusion of Chapter 4 of July 2009’s West Midlands: Fit for the Future? Positioning The Region For Economic Recovery. Deadline for submissions: 6th September 2010. Responses should be sent to:  growthfund@bis.gsi.gov.uk

  (*) Heseltine was behind a lot of fresh and dynamic business ideas ahead of the mid/late 1980s boom, including the Garden Festivals — one of which which was highly successful in Stoke-on-Trent, and which historians credit with vigorously kick-starting the regeneration of the city.

New! 24.07.10    
Added to the Directory: Mother Town blog.

New! 24.07.10    
For The Girls is holding an erotic film competition, for new short films that depict an erotic subject from a female point of view…

“We are seeking original high quality short films up to 10 minutes in length that offer an erotic experience from a female perspective. Films do not have to be explicit but should deal with erotic or sexual themes in some way. Ideally we want to see arousing, thought-proving and moving films that capture a woman’s experience of sex or sexuality. Entries don’t have to be made by professionals. First-time filmmakers are welcome. We are happy to see submissions from anyone with a desire to create good female-friendly erotic art. There are no fees to enter this competition. Deadline: 16th August 2010.”

Animation or impressionistic/fragmented film styles are also welcome. See the website for the full rules.

New! 24.07.10    
SHOP, the new artists’ shop in Stoke old town, is to hold free “One Small Leap” workshops. These will… “investigate the alternative way of exchanging ideas and working with artists and creative practitioners” in a one-to-one professional development discussions, looking at promotion, branding and career development. Interested? Book a two hour sessions with Mark Brereton in August, September or October 2010. Full details and dates from: mark@shop-stoke.co.uk

New! 24.07.10    
A new artists’ commission is on offer at the new Health and Wellbeing Centre in Newcastle-under-Lyme. Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council are looking for an artist or artists, to create a design for the windows of the new Centre — which is due to be built on Brunswick Street and completed by December 2011. The designs will either be etched or fritted onto the glass up to a total area of around 328 feet. The budget for the design commission is up to £10k. The deadline for the draft design: 13th August 2010. To express your interest and to receive more in-depth information about the project you are strongly recommended to attend a meeting on 30th July 2010 at 10am at Newcastle Borough Council Civic Offices in Merrial Street, Newcastle-under-Lyme. To confirm your attendance at the meeting or for further information please contact Delyth Copp or Teresa Mason at:  nulmuseum@newcastle-staffs.gov.uk

New! 24.07.10    
Job:  Creative Stoke doesn’t normally carry details of jobs punted for anonymous companies by unknown recruitment agencies. But this one looks rather curious and interesting…

“a Graduate Digital Marketing Assistant is required by a plumbing and bathroom company based in Stoke-on-Trent. The PR/Website Blogger will work in a small marketing team, feeding back ideas to the business, re-cycling and improving concepts, and helping to launch new ideas, activities and environment. Candidates will need to have a strong knowledge and confidence in Photoshop and multimedia packages, and Dreamweaver would be an advantage.”

New! 24.07.10    
Job:  A Teacher of Art is required, to cover maternity leave from October 2010 to July 2011, at Alleyne’s High School in Stone, near Stoke-on-Trent. Deadline: 7th September 2010.

New! 24.07.10    
South Staffordshire and Shropshire NHS is running a 2010 Visual Art Competition. Selected entries will be displayed at Shelton Hospital, and the top entries will receive awards worth up to £50. Deadline: 29th July 2010. Full details and rules are available here.

South Staffordshire and Shropshire NHS also have an excellent new set of arts web pages, which round up the details of all their Arts for Health projects.

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