Added to Creative Stoke, 14th December 2010

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There’s a 2011 opportunity to draw on a walk around Ilam Park (in the nearby Peak District) with help from local artist Margaret Sharples. “Looking with an Artist’s Eye” will happen on 21st May 2011. Drawing materials will be provided for the day (10am-4pm), if needed. Cost: £25. Interested? Contact Jenny Gerrans on 01433 637907 or highpeaksestate@nationaltrust.org.uk

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A new mentoring scheme is offering to help a West Midlands writer to tackle critical arts writing for publication. The selected writer will receive three x half-day mentoring sessions, and another two x half-day mentoring sessions to focus on writing practice. The writer will be expected to produce three pieces of critical writing, which will be published. You will be required to write: i) a 500-word review of Birmingham’s Flatpack or Fierce Festival; ii) a 1000-word interview/feature on a West Midlands practitioner or artist-led organisation; iii) a 1000-word review of all, or a part of Birmingham’s The Event 2011. Application deadline: 14th January 2011. Full details from:  jamessmith.lon@googlemail.com

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Job:   PiCL are looking for two dynamic practitioners from any form of creative practice, who are interested in the Staffordshire Hoard. They are working with four teachers and groups of students who have been doing work about the Staffordshire Hoard, and we would now like to recruit two practitioners who will help us to dig deeper and find out more, using their creative practice. Why is the hoard important to us? Why should we care about it? What can we learn about ourselves and our world by discovering more about it? How can students respond to brilliant stimuli like the hoard? Application deadline: 16th December 2010. For a full brief, please contact Rachel Billington at:  rachel@picl.uk.com

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Those seeking ‘crowdfunding’ solutions for medium-sized arts projects may like to know about the new UK-oriented We Fund. It joins the established services such as Kickstarter and Ulule, which also reach the huge U.S. audience.

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Congratulations to the Leek-based Borderland Voices, whose “A Breath of Fresh Air” project has been funded by mental health charity Mind (using Lottery funds). “A Breath of Fresh Air” will undertake projects in which people, with or without mental health issues, will work together with professional artists and crafts makers in environmental and arts sessions. The resulting work is planned for display at major public events in Leek and the Staffordshire Moorlands. “A Breath of Fresh Air” will be starting in April 2011, and monthly newsletters and the Borderland Voices website will be reporting the the latest news soon.

New! 14.12.10   
Added to the Directory:  Sajja Arts Collective, based in nearby Stafford. They have a recording studio for hire, and write… “We run a number of community-based projects across the Midlands in a variety of art forms. We have received backing from the Foundation of Youth Music, Staffordshire Council, Stafford Arts and The Arts Council and have helped over 5,000 young people gain new skills.”

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The Jobling Gowler Art Competition 2011 is now open, and is themed “East Cheshire: its Plain and Peaks”. Jobling Gowler are solicitors based in nearby Macclesfield, and they ran their first competition in conjunction with the Three Shires Textiles Festival in 2009. They have now decided to make it a biennial art competition. The overall prize winner in 2011 will receive £500, and there are category prizes of £200. The closing date for entries is 25th March 2011. Full details are available at the website.

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Stained-glass artist Dave Griffin is holding a three-day weekend event at Bakewell in the nearby Peak District, offering an introduction to the design and making of decorative stained glass panels. Cost is £325. Dates for 2011 are: 8th – 10th April 2011, or 23rd – 25th September 2011.

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