Added to Creative Stoke, 7th January 2011

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Stoke-on-Trent’s Urban Vision has a ‘Green’ Photographic Competition for 2011…

“for our 6th annual photographic competition & exhibition, we want you to focus on and document whatever is ‘Green’ in North Staffordshire. … including green spaces and places, parks,
gardens, buildings, canals, public art and sculpture, schools, colleges, events and festivals and anything else that you consider to be ‘Green’.”

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Added to the Directory:  Local aspiring stage magicians may be interested in the South Staffordshire Society of Magicians, described as “a progressive magic club covering Staffordshire and the West Midlands”. They hold fortnightly meetings at Cannock.

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Hanley’s The Exchange artists’ shop project is seeking suggestions for skill swaps or exchanges that local creatives would like to see happen…

“for 2011 — what skill would you like to swap or are you looking for a new collaborator? If so, can we help you find those people? The Exchange has some time and space for us to match you with someone you can learn from and/or collaborate with.”

The suggestions form is online here, and the completed form should be sent to:  mail@thisisexchange.co.uk

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Jobs:  Writing West Midlands is looking for fifteen poets to work on the ‘Well Versed’ project that will place poets in primary schools. Poets will want to develop their skills in this area and will currently have only limited experience of working in primary schools. Interested? please send the following: an ‘Artistic Statement’ of up to 250 words about your development so far as a poet; ‘A Statement of Interest in Writing in Education’ of up to 250 words about your interest in working with young people and creative writing; ‘A Writing C.V.’ which places emphasis on your writing, in addition to the usual details. Deadline: 17th January 2011. These items, with a brief covering note, should be send to Jonathan Davidson at:  jonathan@writingwestmidlands.org

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Job:  C&T is seeking a Professional Drama Practitioner (or Practitioners) with experience of working with primary-aged children from Reception to Year 6. You’ll work in primary schools in Telford through a mixture of afternoon classroom work and term-time after-school drama sessions. C&T is seeking either one practitioner to complete these four afternoons of work, or two practitioners to each take on fewer schools. In addition the practitioner(s) in each school will run a 5-day drama week during the school holidays. Please email:  info@candt.org  with your full contact and availability details to register interest. C&T welcome a C.V., or links to sites about you and your practice. Application deadline: 8th January 2011.

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Job:  Cheshire East Council and Congleton Town Council require an Artist / Creative Interpreter to tell the story of Congleton Town Hall. A total fee of £8,000 is available. Deadline: 28th January 2011. Full details can be had from either Helen Paton (Arts, Heritage and Museums Manager) at:  helen.paton@cheshireeast.gov.uk  or Jocelyn McMillan (Senior Arts Officer) at:  jocelyn.mcmillan@cheshireeast.gov.uk

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‘Consequences: Participation in Action’ is a forthcoming arts and health conference at Staffordshire University. The date is 13th January 2011, and the cost in £10 to individuals or £30 for a four-ticket organisation ticket. Juliet Michaelson from the New Economics Foundation think-tank will deliver a keynote presentation on the Foundation’s Five Ways to Wellbeing programme. You will then have an opportunity to choose from a number of workshops throughout the afternoon. There are also have “a limited number of free places” for students. More details and a booking form are available at the website.

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‘Learn How to Write Successful Funding Applications’ is an event being held in Birmingham on 18th January 2011. It’s billed as… “suitable for West Midlands-based small to medium sized enterprises that work with digital or screen media” and is “designed for those currently working on a funding application.” Cost is £25. Contact Helga at Fierce Earth:  helga@fierceearth.com

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Local Britannia Building Society branches are inviting community groups and schools to apply for grants. For donations up to £1,000, Britannia’s Community Fund offers a quick and simple application process, while the Britannia Foundation awards larger grants and donations between £1,000 and £25,000. Pick up details from any Britannia branch, or phone Elaine Clews at Britannia on:  01538 391806.

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Consultants URBED now have a Web page for the plans and visualisations for the empty Spode factory site and Stoke-upon-Trent town centre. Part of the proposals are for small-scale creative production uses for the Spode site. Online feedback is invited. The link to the feedback page is in tiny type and is easily missed, so here’s a pointer to help you find it…

Also, the Spode re:claim performance project now has dates. 27th and 28th May 2011, at the disused Spode ceramics factory in Stoke-upon-Trent.

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Local museum curators and gallerists may be interested in the ‘Mounting Objects workshop’ to be held at Shugborough Hall, Staffordshire, on 25th January 2011. From the description: “as well as obscuring detail and detracting from the aesthetics of a display, inappropriate mounting techniques can lead to damage to objects.” Details from:  duncan_slarke@birmingham.gov.uk

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The New Art Gallery, Walsall, is holding a New Ways of Curating one-day conference on 27th January 2011.

New! 07.01.11   
Local poets may be interested to hear of two substantial local/affordable conferences happening in the Midlands in spring 2011:

  April 2011: “It Gives Us the Other”: Poetry and Translation conference — Nottingham. £15 student participant; £25 other participant.

  May 2011: 2nd International Symposium on Poetry and Medicine — Coventry. £50.

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Academic publishers, digital humanities academics, proofreaders and indexers may like to know that the international Society of Indexers Conference is to be held at Keele University in September 2011.

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Garden designers may be interested to know that the The Garden History Society Summer Conference will be held at Keele University in July 2011. There will also be a Graduate Symposium.

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Crafts makers, looking for suitable summer selling opportunities, may like to know that there are now dates for the Acoustic Festival of Britain, to be held at the Uttoxeter Racecourse, Staffordshire — 20th – 22nd May 2011.

New! 07.01.11   
Congratulations to Raymond Johnson, for being awarded an MBE in the Queen’s New Years Honours list for his work on the Staffordshire Film Archive.

New! 07.01.11   
The government has just announced that twice as many unemployed people as previously planned will receive government funding to help them set up a self-employed business. The new Enterprise Allowance will now be available for up to 40,000 new business entrepreneurs before 2013.

New! 07.01.11   
The FEAT (Freelancer’s Estimation Assistance Tool) is a free software tool to aid in the process of calculating expenses and setting a profit margin for your work.

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