Added to Creative Stoke, 26th August 2010

New! 26.08.10    
Do you have photographs of the field barns of the nearby Peak District? John Dawson writes to suggest that readers might like to submit their photos to the Flickr group feildbarnsUK

“Lots of field barns are decaying through neglect, because they have fallen out of economic use. I’m interested in gathering our photographs together. Please add geographical information if possible. By doing this we can get an overview of the state of Field Barns. And by adding your pictures to the group, it may lead to your pictured barn gaining a new use for the 21st century.”

New! 26.08.10    
Interface Financial Group now has a new West Midlands presence. Dave Pearce, area developer, IFG West Midlands fronts the U.S.-based funding programme in the Midlands, which provides working capital directly as needed to growing businesses.

New! 26.08.10    
Hanley Public Library and the Potteries Museum will be hosting a series of public talks in the Autumn of 2010, on the history of the Stoke-on-Trent Federation. The series will include “Progress and Pride, 1910-1925” (16th October 2010, Forum theatre in the Potteries Museum), in which Ray Johnson, Professor of Film Heritage and Documentary at Staffordshire University, will…

“look at an important film produced by the city in 1925/26, reflecting on progress since 1910, together with extracts from Professor Johnson’s forthcoming documentary film on Federation.”

Tickets for the series of five talks will cost £17 and tickets for individual talks can also be purchased for £4.

New! 26.08.10    
The Burslem-based Urban Vision is set to run a series of placemaking/regeneration masterclasses in the Autumn. Creative Stoke has the flyer

New! 26.08.10    
Your editor has recently published two books of essays on the works of the author H.P. Lovecraft. Each book is fronted by a new short story in the style and mythos of Lovecraft.

New! 26.08.10    
Birmingham’s International Queer Video Open 2010 is seeking original and imaginative video work (1 to 5 mins) made in response to the theme of ‘queer’ and the idea of ‘invisible/visible’, and which is capable of being show in a cinema setting. Your work will be showcased alongside international artists such as Ali Cherri, Anne Guest, Michael Robinson and Steve Reinke. Deadline: 2nd October 2010. Submissions must be sent on a standard DVD-r disc containing .avi or .mov file-format versions of the work. Further information from Dan at:  dan@danauluk.co.uk  The postal address to send all work to is: c/o Dave Viney, Birmingham LGBT, 420 Scott House, Custard Factory, Birmingham. B9 4AA.

New! 26.08.10    
The local political blog Pits n’ Pots is taking to the airwaves this autumn. Its editors will be broadcasting as part of the 6 Towns Radio community radio station, in September 2010. Shows will be broadcast from 7pm to 9pm every Wednesday. Full details at the new 6 Towns Radio website.

New! 26.08.10    
The next Jelly event is at the Moat House on Festival Park, Stoke-on-Trent on Jelly is… “a chance to get out of the (home) office and work alongside other like-minded business people”. It’s free to attend, with £10 payable to the hotel to cover nibbles, drinks, and wi-fi.

New! 26.08.10    
Job:  Longhouse/Multistory (based in West Bromwich, formerly The Public) is inviting applications from West Midlands artists who wish to undertake a period of action research. Five bursaries will be available, and each bursary will run from October 2010 – March 2011. Artists will be required to… “pro-actively discover new contexts for their work via the exploration of different approaches to socially engaged practice in the public realm.” The total fee is £2,000 (inclusive of all materials, expenses and VAT). Application deadline: 17th September 2010. Full details at the website.

New! 26.08.10    
Job:  Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery requires an artist to make an audio-visual “map” which… “encapsulates Nottingham” [and] “features comments from people on a particular artwork they love or what they see on the journey between the British Art Show venues”. The fee is £4,500. Application deadline: 21st September 2010. Full information from Michelle Bowen at:   michelle@nae.org.uk

New! 26.08.10    
Those interested in regional theatre may be interested in a major research project being undertaken by academics and researchers at Keele University, and partners, Ages and stages: the place of theatre in representations and recollections of ageing. The project runs to July 2012, and will focus on the unique industrial community of The Potteries — to explore how older people, place and theatre come together to co-construct, represent and reflect on ageing and old age. Full details at the Web page, and Keele also has its own website for the project.

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