Added to Creative Stoke, 23rd December 2010

New! 23.12.10   
Your editor’s seasonal greetings e-card, to readers of Creative Stoke…

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New! 23.12.10   
News of the Staffordshire Open 2011, a competition for artists born, living, working or studying in Staffordshire. Up to three works may be entered in any media, including painting, sculpture, photography, film, and animation. £5 per entry, concessions £4. Handing in days are April 1st and 2nd April 2011, at the Shire Hall Gallery in Stafford. Exhibition dates are 30th April to 19th June 2011. Application forms can be downloaded from

New! 23.12.10   
Advance news of the Derbyshire Open 2011, at the Buxton Museum & Art Gallery. This is an open art exhibition for amateur and professional artists of all ages. There’s no mention of a Derbyshire residency requirement, but works entered must be… “on a Derbyshire theme”. Up to two works may be submitted, and entry is free. The top prize is worth £750, and winning work is usually acquired for one of the museum’s collections. Handing-in day: 10th and 11th June 2011. Exhibition dates: 25th June to 2nd September 2011. Entry forms will be available to download from website closer to event, at

New! 23.12.10   
With privately funded space-flight quite literally ‘taking off’, it’s great to hear that Staffordshire University journalism students are offering a space industry -themed news app for the Apple iPad. Their “Spaced” app features rolling news from NASA, the European Space Agency, the UK Space Agency and other spaced-related outlets, along with video and data updates. “Spaced” is available now on the iTunes App Store, at a cost of 99 cents.

New! 23.12.10   
Are you a third-year student planning to complete your degree disseration over the holidays? Need more sources? Your editor’s JURN search-engine is now indexing over 3,800 free academic ejournals in the arts and humanities. Over 2,500 are in English, and most won’t be found in your university’s journal service or via Google Scholar.

New! 23.12.10   
Job:  Shropshire Council requires an artist or arts organisation who can transform Shrewsbury’s Quarry Park with site decorations, as part of the Shropshire Olympian Festival. There is an inclusive budget of £18,000 to cover all aspects of this commission. Deadline: 20th January 2011. See the website for more details.

New! 23.12.10   
Job:  Shropshire Council requires a freelance Music Director and Composer for the Shropshire Olympian Festival. This offers about 12 days of paid work, from February – June 2011, with the festival taking place on 17th-19th June 2011. and celebrates the historic 1864 Shropshire Olympian Festival. The Music Director will also co-compose the music for the Festival Anthem. Fee is up to £2,500, with some travel expenses. Deadline: noon on 20th January 2011. Full details from:


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