Added to Creative Stoke, 30th November 2010

New! 30.11.10   
Job:  British Waterways is seeking a Willow Sculptor, to engage with local community groups to create site-specific willow sculptures on the two canals running through the City Waterside and Middleport areas of Stoke-on-Trent. Application deadline: 7th January 2011. Artist Fee: £10,000. Further information and a detailed brief from Louise North at:  louise.north@britishwaterways.co.uk

New! 30.11.10   
Job:  Applications are invited for Casual Learning Development Leaders who can deliver formal sessions for groups (inc. children) visiting Stoke-on-Trent’s museums. This post is casual and work is not guaranteed. For application pack and full details, see www.jobsonline.stoke.gov.uk

New! 30.11.10   
Job:  Professional male dance artists are required as leads for Boys Dancing, West Midlands. This project will involve boys in contemporary dance across the West Midlands — including Staffordshire — from early 2011 through to Summer 2012. The organisers say that…

“There is a substantial amount of activity due to take place in North Shropshire, South Shropshire, Worcestershire and Staffordshire and we are particularly interested to hear from artists that would be able to work in these areas.”

Full details at this Web page.

New! 30.11.10   
Dates for Staffordshire University Music Technology department’s second NoiseFloor Festival. The festival will be happening 12th – 14th January 2011, presenting a range of sonic arts, contemporary experimental composers, and academic papers on the contemporary sonic arts. The submission deadline has passed, but more details can be had from the website.


Added to Creative Stoke, 29th November 2010

New! 29.11.10   
Unemployed, over 21, and have a passion for media production? Channel 4’s 4 Talent : Kick Start programme Stoke-on-Trent section is open for applications on 1st December 2010. If successful you’ll attend an ‘Inspiration Day’ media skills workshop on 21st February 2011, at Staffordshire University (Stoke Campus).

New! 29.11.10   
Standpoint Futures is offering residencies in London, to visual artists living and working outside the capital. Application deadline: 30th November 2010. See the Web page for full details.

New! 29.11.10   
Stoke-on-Trent’s Stoke Your Fires film and animation festival has a new-look website, and an extended deadline for the 2011 festival: 24th December 2010.

New! 29.11.10   
Job:  Woden Primary School — located in Wolverhampton — requires a creative partner who can help create a community-based radio station based within the school. A project fee of £4,000 is available, plus a separate budget of £3,000 is for materials and resources. The project will be delivered January – June 2011. Full details from Lisa Handley (Schools Project Coordinator) on:  01902 556495.

New! 25.11.10   
The DCMS has announced today that the British Film Institute will be taking over from the old UK Film Council, as a conduit for the distribution of Lottery subsidies to film-makers. The Lottery subsidies (in the form of tax credits) for films are set to increase from around £27 million to around £43 million per year, by 2014. There will also be a government review of the “future priorities” for Lottery funding in film.

The existing regional screen agencies, including Screen West Midlands, will be absorbed into a new organisation called Creative England. Part of this will be Creative Central, which will cover film-making in the West and East Midlands, and will also reportedly have a far wider remit than simply film. Creative England will reportedly support production in… “film, videogames, interactive new media, design, and fashion”. Creative England is likely to emerge in early 2011.

Film London will in 2011 be given the responsibility for promoting the UK as a film-making destination, as a whole.


Added to Creative Stoke, 25th November 2010

New! 25.11.10   
Standing Tone Performing Arts Company — located in Stafford — is offering an opportunity to aspiring contemporary dancers in Staffordshire. Hold Out is a performance at the The Gatehouse Theatre, Stafford, and is based on the paths that we walk through life from childhood to the elderly. The performance will consist of four music tracks which will correlate with he stages of life: childhood; teenage; adulthood; elderly. You must also be free to rehearse every Monday starting from the 17th January till the performance date of Tuesday 29th March, excluding the 21st February for half term.There will be a small charge of £4 per week for the workshop session. These will be held at the Copeland suite in the Gatehouse, from 7pm-9pm. If you are interested in this great opportunity then send your details and a couple of lines to say why you would be perfect for this great opportunity to: standingtone@gmail.com with the subject HOLD OUT! Please make sure that you are free for all of the workshop classes:

Audition: January 17th 2011.

Workshops are every Monday:

January 2011 – 24th, 31st.
February 2011 – 7th, 14th, 28th.
March 2011 – 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th.

Performance Date: 29th March 2011.

New! 24.11.10   
Staffordshire University’s Creative Writing Dept. runs a monthly open microphone event at the White Star pub in Stoke-upon-Trent (Stoke town) on the first Tuesday of each month. The organisers welcome spoken-word artists, musicians, and performers of all kinds. The next event is Tuesday 7th December 2010. For enquiries please contact:  l.s.mansell@staffs.ac.uk

New! 24.11.10   
Fancy a taxpayer-funded trip to SXSW 2011 — the annual music, film, and interactive conference and festival held in Austin, Texas? Those who work in the film, music or interactive media sectors in the West Midlands are invited to come along on 1st December 2010 to the Fazeley Studios in Birmingham, to hear more about the West Midlands’ Creative Mission to SXSW 2011. This is an opportunity to speak to the organisers about the mission, find out how to apply, and ask any questions you have.

New! 24.11.10   
The National Symposium for the Participatory and Community Arts is a one-day event on Monday 29th November at The Crossing at St Pauls, Walsall. The event is free. Email:  jane@empaf.com or call 07984 199477 to book.

New! 24.11.10   
Added to the Directory: am:pm graphics.

New! 24.11.10   
Would you like to be an observer at one of the Burslem-based Urban Vision’s Design Review Panel sessions? If you are interested in taking part or would like to know more about what our Design Review service can provide, please visit the DRP web page or download the Observers Programme factsheet (PDF link). Forthcoming Panel Dates are: Thursday 16th December 2010 / Thursday 20th January 2011.


Added to Creative Stoke, 24th November 2010 – part two

New! 24.11.10   
Blood and Bone China is a vampire drama series currently being filmed in Stoke-on-Trent. Blood and Bone China is a twelve part web-drama series, created and directed by award-winning Stoke-On-Trent based film-maker Chris Stone and starring TV’s Rachel Shenton as Anna Fitzgerald. The series is scheduled to begin in March 2011.


Above: Anthony Miles as Newlyn Howell. John James Woodward as Alexander Pyre.

There’s also a Facebook page for the series.

New! 24.11.10   
Job:  Leek College are seeking a part-time Photography Lecturer. 9 hours per week, teaching at A level and BTEC Level 3. Further information from Liz Brian on:  01538 398866.

New! 24.11.10   
Job:  Parker Software of Stoke-on-Trent require a Web Developer / Webmaster with .NET, VB.NET, ability to install and debug JavaScript, SEO skills, plus the other skills that are usual for such a job. More information from:  careers@parker-software.com

New! 24.11.10   
Job:  Chase Terrace Technology College — located in Burntwood, Staffordshire — requires a Broadcast Journalist to work with the existing school radio station and to help in improving presenting skills. The radio is completely student-run, and they are currently interviewing for presenters, journalists, year representatives and IT/graphic technicians. Application deadline: 3rd December 2010, with interviews held on Friday 10th December 2010. Fee: £2,500 is available for practitioner fees and expenses. To apply, send your C.V. along with a letter of interest outlining your skills and how you might work with us to Antonia Coyne at:   ct_radio@hotmail.co.uk

New! 24.11.10   
The National Youth Theatre is now recruiting for their 2011/2012 company. The closing date for applications is 7th January 2011, with auditions and interviews taking place at venues across the country in January and February 2011. For more information and to apply online, visit the website.

New! 24.11.10   
Job:  The Students’ Union at Staffordshire University is looking for two Web Designers at £6.00 per hour plus holiday pay. Full details at this website.

New! 24.11.10   
Urban Vision North Staffordshire now have the presentations online, from their recent one-day conference A Future For Our Heritage, about bringing North Staffordshire’s under-used and vacant heritage assets back into use. Scroll to the bottom of central panel, to see the links to the presentations.

New! 24.11.10   
Stoke-on-Trent artist Chris Parkes will give a free talk about his work for the upcoming “Leave No Trace” exhibition at the The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent. The date for the Potteries Museum talk is 2nd December 2010 (2pm – time to be confirmed).


Added to Creative Stoke, 24th November 2010

New! 24.11.10   The artists’ SHOP at Stoke-upon-Trent is looking for proposals from a range of artists who are interested in… “intervening in everyday life and subversively engaging with the public.” The projects must be a means of signposting and increasing the visibility of the SHOP project, of Stoke town (the journey into the town from the intercity train Station), and must leave a legacy. You are invited to be as creative as possible within the budget, and the proposal should identify a site or sites for the intervention or commission to take place. The commissions offer a fee of £100 each (with a budget of £75 each for materials, printing or any other costs associated with the project). Delivery period: 10th Dec 2010 – 28th January 2011. Please mark your proposed date of your project clearly. To be considered for the commission please send 3 to 5 images of your previous work, a two-page C.V., and a short proposal. Your proposal should print on no more than one side of A4 paper. Please email your proposal and information to:  shop@shop-stoke.co.uk or send by post to:  116 Church Street, Stoke Town, Stoke on Trent, ST4 1BU. Deadline for proposals: Monday 6th December 2010, 10am.

New! 24.11.10   
The Stoke Your Fires festival returns in February 2011. For the first time the Festival will expand to include film and digital media, as well as animation. There is still time to enter your film or animation — the deadline for submissions is: Friday 24th December 2010. The Stoke Your Fires film and animation award categories are:

  • Best short (less than 30 minutes) animation.

  • Best professional animation.

  • Best fine art/experimental.

  • Best student animation.

  • Best short film (less than 30 minutes) – drama.

  • Best short film (less than 30 minutes) – documentary.

  • Best student film.

  • Best ‘Made In The Midlands’ film or animation.

    New! 24.11.10   
    St. Mary’s Catholic Primary School Stanier Street, Newcastle-under-Lyme, is seeing a Creative Partner in any discipline to focus on the relationship with a school in Tamazi, Ghana. The creative partner will be working closely with the staff and children in Year 3 – two classes of around 30 children each, devising a programme of work with the staff and children. Deadline for applications: 25th November 2010. Full information at this web page.

    New! 24.11.10   
    The European Union Media programme is calling for submissions for Single Project Development Funding. This is aimed at independent media production companies which have produced at least one previous media project (distributed recently), and which now wish to invest in the development of another project. Application deadline: 29th November 2010.

    New! 24.11.10   
    Jobs:  Staffordshire University requires practising specialists in the areas of: (a) Compositing for Film (job ref: AMD10/02) and (b) 3D Computer Modelling and Texturing for Games (job ref:AMD10/09) to teach two days a week each on the successful B.A. (Hons.) VFX and Animation awards. Application deadline: 5th December 2010. Full details are available here.


    Added to Creative Stoke, 22nd November 2010

    New! 22.11.10   Congratulations to Richard Talbot on the launch of his mammoth local history book, the 394-page The Royal Manor of Penkhull. The book is the product of 40 years of research, and is currently available for pre-order on Amazon UK at £25 + free postage.

    New! 22.11.10   
    Added to Directory: Times Square, a Stoke-on-Trent company providing high-quality screen printing on a variety of substrates including ceramics.

    New! 22.11.10   
    Job: Blue Bay Travel require a full-time Web Developer. Two years of experience needed, and the usual baseline software and coding skills. Based at Trentham, Stoke-on-Trent. Full information from:  careers@bluebaytravel.co.uk

    New! 22.11.10   
    Jobs:  Sarah Armitt of the Shelton DJ School writes to tell Creative Stoke about three new jobs:

    1. Freelance IT support tutor, to work with challenging groups of people and help to deliver the DJ Schools program along side the leading arts practitioner. Applicants should have appropriate in IT and relevant teaching qualifications. Also applicants must have experience of working in challenging environments with vulnerable people. Further training will be available regarding all duties, policy and procedures. All relevant training and checks will be provided. Fee: to be arranged. Application deadline: 10th January 2011. For application pack contact Sarah on 01782 205675 info@djschool.org.uk

    2. Drama Tutor (Intern). An intern is required with relevant qualifications. You will work along leading arts practitioner. This is an opportunity to gain experience of working in a challenging environment. Applicants will be working with vulnerable individuals. All relevant training and checks will be provided regarding all duties, policy and procedures. Fee: to be arranged. Deadline: 10th January 2011. For application pack contact Sarah on 01782 205675 info@djschool.org.uk

    3. Commission-based Fundraisers, to raise funds for the charity DJ School Association. To find opportunities to enhance DJ Schools’ profile, and to support the activities and objects of the DJ School Association. Deadline: 10th January 2011. All relevant training and checks will be provided regarding all duties, policy and procedures. For application pack contact Sarah on 01782 205675 info@djschool.org.uk

    New! 22.11.10   
    Mark Brereton has launched his new website at www.photosensor.org.uk

    New! 22.11.10   
    Jobs:  Bishop’s Castle Primary School — located in nearby Shropshire — are looking for…

    1. a Creative Writer to work across the whole school to inspire and enable pupils and staff to become more confident writers, and who is able to work with pupils and staff across all phases from Reception to Year 6. The school would also accept joint applications from two practitioners, to ensure the provision of a range of skills and approaches appropriate for all ages e.g.: storytelling/creating with younger children. A total project budget of £8,000 is available to include planning, delivery (25 days), evaluation, expenses, materials and resources. Delivery: Spring term 2011. Deadline for applications: 8th December 2010. For a full brief including application procedures and any further information please contact the Creative Agent, Iain Armstrong at:  iaincp@phonoscope.co.uk

    2. an Artistic Director to help the school devise and produce a spectacular whole-school performance as part of the Creative Partnerships programme, developing skills in dance, music and drama/physical theatre. Delivery: Spring/Summer 2011. Deadline for applications: 8th December 2010. A total project budget of £10,000 is available. For a full brief including application procedures and any further information please contact the Creative Agent, Iain Armstrong at:  iaincp@phonoscope.co.uk

    New! 22.11.10   
    A call for expressions of interest in workshop space in mid Staffordshire in 2011. Based in “a stunning rural location”, just outside Stafford. The studio is attached to a crafts gallery, and there will be opportunities to use the workshop space for running your own art workshops, at a discounted rate. Makers must be from a craft discipline and will go thorough a selection process. You will be required to use the space a minimum of one day a week, in exchange for a very reasonable rent, and the opportunity to sell from your studio space. To register your interest, please contact:  jcolliertextiles@yahoo.co.uk

    New! 22.11.10   
    Voluntary Action Stoke-on-Trent has grants of from £5,000 to £30,000 available for social enterprises. Apply before the end of March 2011.

    New! 22.11.10   
    Local crafts makers may be interested in Craft Rally : the Industry of Making, a one-day event in Manchester on 8th December 2010…

    “join us for a day exploring the makers’ role in the creation of consumer goods and developing relationships with industry to make extraordinary objects.”

    Tickets via the website.

    New! 22.11.10   
    Job:  University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust seeks expressions of interest from artists wishing to undertake the commission of site specific art work for a main corridor. The Trust also seeks expressions of interest from artists to undertake the commission of a piece of art work for a hub area, a commemorative piece of work along a forget-me-not shrub theme. Application deadline 22nd November 2010. Full details can be downloaded here.

    New! 22.11.10    
    The Red House Glass Cone, located at a unique heritage site in South Staffordshire, has studio space to rent for glass makers. For further information call 01384 815343 or email:  tracey.webb@dudley.gov.uk

    New! 22.11.10    
    10th Annual Rural Social Enterprise Conference 2010 is happening in nearby Shropshire on 25th November 2010. The website is still saying: “A limited number of free tickets are available for West Midlands based organisations”.

    New! 18.11.10    
    20 photos from Stoke-on-Trent’s Light Night launch events.


    Light Night photos

    New! 18.11.10    
    20 photos from tonight’s Light Night events in Stoke-on-Trent.