Added to Creative Stoke, 19th December 2010

New! 19.12.10   
The Exchange artists’ shop is now open, located on Cheapside (just off Piccadilly) in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent. Stocked with the work of local artists, the shop offers an excellent opportunity for last-minute Christmas and New Year gifts!

The Exchange is also offering ‘hot desks’ for creative freelancers. Get a work desk at a daily rate of £7.50, with wi-fi, tea and coffee, desk and lamp all included. Discounts can be arranged for monthly users, and for those people willing to volunteer to work in the shop for a number of hours each month. If you are interested in booking desk time or finding out more please email:

New! 19.12.10   
Job:  Fairfield Infant and Nursery School — located in nearby Buxton — requires Inspirational Practitioners to… “explore opportunities for the school’s most vulnerable children and families to make a positive contribution to school life, helping them to enjoy their time in school.” Fee: a minimum of £9,000 (split between practitioners if more than one). Application deadline: 4th January 2011. Full details are online here (Word .doc)

New! 19.12.10   
Job:  Meadows Primary School and Nursery, Riddings Close — located in nearby Telford — require a Creative Practitioner to help answer the question: “How do we fire the imagination to enhance and improve writing across the school?” Fee: £4,000. Application deadline: not stated. Please email Sian Macfarlane for a full brief at

New! 19.12.10   
The Royal Shakespeare Theatre, located down at the other end of the West Midlands, has launched its RCS Open Stages project to embrace, develop and celebrate amateur theatre in the region. The RSC will run a programme of skills-sharing events and showcases, with amateur societies invited to produce their own RSC-branded Shakespeare-themed production. To register an interest, please visit

New! 19.12.10   
Dates have been announced for Dance 011, the region’s annual youth dance festival. These are 20th January – 29th January 2011, at the Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent. Last year saw 250 new works performed by over 90 dance schools, with 2,000 dancers taking part.

New! 19.12.10   
The Heart of England’s Grassroots Fund has grants available of up to £2,000. The fund is open until March 2011.

New! 19.12.10   
Innovation Networks grants of £10,000 are available to support product development and re-tooling in West Midlands small and medium-sized businesses. You must develop an innovative new product, process or service and provide benefits to the economy of the West Midlands. Interested? Contact Suzi Archer, Project Officer, at:

New! 19.12.10   
Over in the East Midlands, the Harold Martin Botanic Garden at the University of Leicester is calling for contemporary garden sculptures for summer 2011. The show hopes to… “present some of the most exceptional current contemporary practice”. If you wish to be considered please supply images of your works, a recent C.V. detailing your experience, an artist’s statement, and an indication of the sizes of your work. All works must be suitable for outdoors display. Deadline: 21st January 2011. For further information please contact Stella Couloutbanis at:

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