Added to Creative Stoke, 2nd October 2010

New! 02.10.10    
Staffordshire University’s CommuUniaims scheme is aiming to develop plans between local communities and Staffordshire University. Local people with a suitable project can apply for support and advice from university staff and students (inc. volunteers), use of buildings and equipment, and up to £50 in funding. Deadlines for the next rounds: 21st October 2010, and 26th November 2010 (noon). Application forms are available from:

New! 02.10.10    
Interested in micro mosaics? In October Stoke-on-Trent’s Gladstone Pottery Museum is to run a two-day workshop course with artists Saad Romany Mikhaiel from Cairo and Scarborough Mosaic Artist Gisela Gibbon

“This course will teach you the principles of turning any image, be it a portrait, landscape, human body, any other three dimensional object you can think of into a mosaic with depth. It will give you the understanding how to achieve perspective, features, depth and the subtleties of light and shade in your work. This is a truly unique course, a rare chance to meet Saad during his short time in the UK and to learn from such an incredible master mosaicist and a modern day artistic genius. All you need to bring is an A4 or A3 drawing pad and pens including pencil, felts and marker pen, Gisela and Saad will provide the rest. Please note, you will NOT produce a mosaic in such a short time, but there will be practical work and you will have practical reminders of the principles involved to take home and introduce into your style of working.”

Saad has been invited to speak on the BAMM (British Association for Modern Mosaics) AGM in London, and this is a rare opportunity to meet and work with him in the Midlands. This 2-day course costs £200 and are only secured by a 50% deposit on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. Payable by cheque or PayPal. Deadline: Oct 10th 2010. For more information please email Gisela at:

New! 02.10.10    
Sandwell Arts in West Bromwich, has a commission to animate Unit 26 (the Community Artspace shop) for 2-4 weeks in February / March 2011 (including invigilation). The successful applicant will make a new piece of work to tangibly benefit Queen’s Square shopping centre, e.g. increase passing trade, engage and benefit local people, have local focus, etc. This opportunity is open to all artists, including those from Sandwell who have already submitted work for the programme. If you have an arts idea that meets this criteria, please submit a written proposal on one side of A4, a budget breakdown along with your current C.V. and website links or examples of your work. Fee: £1,000 (including materials). Deadline for submissions: 25th October 2010. Email applications to:

New! 02.10.10    
Up to three filmmakers from the West Midlands will be selected to attend the BFI London Film Festival, to take part in Skillset’s Think-Shoot-Distribute training week (18th – 22nd October 2010). With support from Screen WM, up to three filmmakers from the West Midlands will be able to attend the programme with travel, accommodation and accreditation costs paid for. Participants will also examine and develop their feature-film project with course leaders and industry guests over the following 10 months. Cost if not supported by Screen WM: £250 / £175 concessions. Interested in applying? The deadline is 4th October 2010. See the web page for full details.


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