Added to Creative Stoke, 27th July 2010

New! 27.07.10    
The new government has announced the abolition of the Film Council. Established by Labour in 2000 to distribute Lottery money, over the last decade it has dished out £160m to various British films — almost all of which saw little critical or box-office success. This funding ran alongside Labour’s tax breaks and similar film-making incentive schemes, which have since been estimated to have been worth around £5 billion between 2003 and 2005, and which probably totalled around £10 billion of public subsidy in the whole of the 2000s — the bulk of which was reported to have been fraudulently gained for tax dodging purposes, on film projects that were intended to fail.

The Film Council’s distribution of Lottery income — currently around £32m each year — will be taken over by the British Film Institute, with the aim of establishing a new “direct and less bureaucratic relationship” with film-makers. The future of Screen West Midlands (funded via the UK Film Council, and the soon-to-be-abolished Advantage West Midlands) is thus currently uncertain. More details on this when Creative Stoke gets them.

New! 27.07.10    
The new government has announced the abolition of the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council, which operates from offices in Birmingham. The aim is to spend the money instead on “front-line, essential services” in arts and museums. There will also be a government report in September, on the viability of developing new financial instruments which will enable endowments for arts institutions.

New! 27.07.10    
SHOP‘s artist-in-residence will be holding a series of “Exploring the Green Men of Stoke” events in Stoke old town, from 31st July to 14th August 2010. There will be a free “Create Your Own Green Man” day on 4th August 2010, all day from 10.30am to 4pm. There will also be maps and sightseeing trails. SHOP is also asking people to contribute relevant photographs of Stoke Town — particularly the Church Street area — and these will be used to create a new piece of artwork.To find out more, pop in for a cup of tea any time to 116 Church Street, Stoke Town, (ST4 1BU – with parking on the car-park behind, and safe bicycle-locking at the nearby Council House or Sainsburys) or email Gemma Thomas:  shop@shop-stoke.co.uk

New! 27.07.10    
If you’re in Newcastle-under-Lyme town centre this summer, be sure to seek out Christopher Guest and Darren Washington’s animation of empty shop windows. This new project has a Tumblr blog, and the windows will feature graffiti, drawings, photography, cut-outs, and digital media projections.

New! 27.07.10    
Job: Stoke-on-Trent -based Rideout (Creative Arts for Rehabilitation) is one of the country’s leading arts organisations, specialising in work in prisons and within the criminal justice system. They are currently building their pool of freelance arts workers, for work likely to be available from Autumn 2010 onward. If you are interested in joining the pool, please send your up-to-date C.V. and a covering email outlining relevant experience to:  saul@rideout.org.uk

New! 27.07.10    
If you were interested in NESTA’s recently-announced “Make It Local” scheme (featured on Creative Stoke about ten days ago), then you may want to know that Digital Birmingham is holding an event at Faraday Wharf (Holt Street, Birmingham Science Park at Aston) on Friday 30th July 2010, 1pm onwards. The aim of the afternoon will be to get people together to come up with some ideas about bids for the funding. More details at the EventBrite page.

New! 27.07.10    
Do you make big art? Departure Gallery is seeking contemporary artists to exhibit in “a major warehouse show” taking place in…

“two gigantic industrial units, one mile north-east of Birmingham city centre — this August! These spaces are particularly suited to large-scale sculptures, performances, digital projection and installations”

Application deadline: 31st July 2010.

New! 27.07.10    
A snippet of advance news from Bill Cawley on Pits ‘n Pots

Urban Vision North Staffordshire is holding a conference in the autumn, looking at ways in which redundant heritage assets of the area could be bought back into sustainable use for the benefit of the community. The plan will be to identify a number of potential assets in the area, and look at ways in which Urban Vision can work with community groups to develop a heritage project that can meet a recognised need”

New! 27.07.10    
The Zoom Short Film Scheme is now open for applications. The scheme aims to support the production of six new short films accessible to deaf people, and will provide successful filmmakers with £2,000 of funding. The films must be made in British sign language. The films are likely to feature at Wolverhampton’s annual Deaffest film festival in May 2011. The deadline for applications is 17th September 2010.

New! 27.07.10    
Jobs:   Are you aged 18 to 24 years old, a ‘Stage 3’ claimant of job seekers allowance and looking for work? Light House in Wolverhampton, in partnership with Future Jobs Fund, have the following vacancies available:

Community Liaison Officer – WEL/53637
Web Developer – WEL/53638
Graphic Designer -WEL/53640
MCA – WEL/53642
Press Assistant – WEL/53643
Web Designer – WEL/53644

All vacancies are part time, 25 hours per week and are funded through the Future Jobs Fund. To be eligible to apply, you must be a ‘Stage 3’ claimant of Job Seekers Allowance (i.e.: unemployed for between 26 to 50 weeks). To check your eligibility, get further information and/or apply for any of the vacancies please contact your local Jobcentre Plus, quoting the vacancy title & reference number above. Please note you are required to book an appointment with your advisor, and application packs will only be sent out to people referred by them. Closing date for all vacancies is: Friday 20th August 2010.

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