Added to Creative Stoke, 10th October 2010

New! 10.10.10    
Beyond 2010 is a major conference in Birmingham, looking at how to used digital media as part of a strategy to cope with the coming funding cuts, and set to co-incide with the government’s announcement of the details of the all-important next Government Spending Review.

New! 10.10.10    
Job:  St Augustine’s Church of England First School in Draycott-in-the-Clay, East Staffordshire, requires Creative Partners to explore stimulating and imaginative ways of engaging with Science. Ideally they want a Designer/Maker and a Drama Practitioner, but will also welcome applications from other disciplines. Budget: £3,000. Application deadline: 1st November 2010. For a full brief and details on how to apply please visit PiCL.

New! 10.10.10     Job:  Hollinsclough Church of England Primary School, located in Staffordshire Peak District near Buxton, need a creative partner…

“who can use their creative practice to help us understand the needs, values and ideas of all our stakeholders. Once we have consulted with our pupils, their parents and our community we would like to come together in designing, building or personalising an outdoor classroom space.”

Fee: £2,850. Application deadline: 29th October 2010. For a full brief and details on how to apply please visit PiCL.

New! 10.10.10    
Jobs:  Merlin Studios North, part of the Alton Towers theme park and gardens, are advertising for freelance/fixed-term staff in areas such as sculpting, 3D prop-making, and scenic arts. Application deadline: 18th October 2010. Full details from: Edwin Kirham, Group Theming Production Manager, Merlin Studios North, Alton Towers, Alton, Staffordshire, ST10 4DB.

New! 10.10.10    
Margaret Drabble reviews Matthew Rice’s new book The Lost City of Stoke-on-Trent in this week’s Spectator. The review is available to read online…

“The Potteries are one of the strangest regions in the British Isles, and Matthew Rice’s The Lost City of Stoke-on-Trent celebrates their extraordinary oddity.”

New! 10.10.10    
Churnet Valley Books of Leek have published a new book of Arnold Bennett’s Uncollected Short Stories 1892-1932.

New! 10.10.10    
As part of the ongoing SHOP artists’ shop project in Stoke town centre, local artist Anna Francis will be offering several events. You do not need to book for these events, however if you could email so that there is an idea of numbers likely to be attending the event.

Event 1: Saturday, 16th October 2010:

1pm – 2.30pm — Anna Francis: Walking in the City.

3pm – 4.00pm — The first episode of Talking City Live.

Anna will give a talk about her practice to date which explores the impact of art and culture on regeneration. Anna will discuss
the varying activities that she finds herself undertaking in order to operate as an artist in the City.

Event 2: Saturday 23rd October 2010:

1pm – 2pm — Talking City: On Location in Stoke Town Tour

2pm – 5pm — Regenerating Stoke Town with Anna Francis

Anna will lead a tour of Stoke Town, which will attempt to point out the parts of the town that are working very well, as well as picking up on the areas which require the most interventions. This is a session for artists, encouraging new ways of looking and seeing. The afternoon will culminate in a re-visioning activity – to explore how artists could be involved in the regeneration process underway in the town.

New! 10.10.10    
Jobs:   Wolverhampton’s Art Gallery Team is seeking a qualified and enthusiastic Curator. You will work with the Head of Curatorial Services on the art exhibitions programme, and undertake exhibitions and associated activities. You must have at least one year of experience in curating exhibitions. A post-graduate qualification in Museum Studies or a related subject would be an advantage. Application deadline: 22nd October 2010.

New! 10.10.10    
Julia Smith at Stoke-on-Trent City Council writes to say she’s part of a group planning a ‘Dare to Scare’ day at the Sunday Market on Halloween, 31st October 2010 (11am to 3pm), with cookery demonstrations, decorations, face-painting, etc. As part of this they are seeking someone who can do fantastic pumpkin carving demonstrations. Interested? Please email: or phone 01782 233148.

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