Added to Creative Stoke, 9th January 2011

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Added to the Directory:  The Hub, based at Stafford, is a new business support service for rural Staffordshire…

“The Hub has been set up to enable rural businesses to explore alternative business opportunities”

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The Business School at Staffordshire University has launched a new Business & Networking Club at its Stafford campus. This is…

“a free club for all businesses in the region to join and contribute to. Each month we have speakers from our business network talking on a particular theme which are useful to all members.”

More information from Laura Burgess at:

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Staffordshire University and the IET are planning the first Innovation Event for Staffordshire, to launch a club for inventors…

“you are encouraged to come along where you can share / demonstrate or present your ideas to other like-minded individuals with a view to perhaps forming partnerships to aid the realisation of your ideas.”

The date is 14th June 2011, at the Ruxton Technology Centre, on the Beaconside Stafford Campus of Staffordshire University. More details from: Sam Wane at:

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Staffordshire University is putting on a Be Inspired lecture with Miles Templeman, Directory General of the Institute of Directors

“Miles Templeman began his career as a marketing specialist and gained his pedigree leading such major consumer brands as Daz, Ribena and Lucozade, and was Marketing Director of Levi’s. … Miles is also a Board Member of Young Enterprise.”

A great opportunity to hear from someone passionate about entrepreneurship and brand marketing. Date: 2nd February 2011 at the Ashley Building, Staffordshire University’s Stoke-on-Trent campus. More details here.

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An IET North West Midlands Network event on 14th April 2011 may interest local musicians and composers. The title is ‘The Impact of Music Technology on Today’s Musicians and Composers’, and it will be given by Marten Joustra. Martin is a working Television Composer and has also worked on major videogames (Toy Story). The venue is Ruxton Technology Centre’s Television Studio at the Beaconside Stafford Campus of Staffordshire University. Full details from Dr. Dai Hitchings at:

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‘Landscape of Life’ is the name of a new residential Textile Study Group Summer School in nearby Shropshire in summer 2011. The organisers are the Textile Study Group, who say that the summer school will be… “open to everyone”. Dates are 25th – 29th July 2011 at Harper Adams University College. The cost is £468 | £368 (non-residential).

There are also a set of smaller textile courses taking place in Shropshire in 2011, at £165 for each 3-day course. These include:

  1. ‘Grids and Meshes’ on March 21st – 23rd 2011. “Using the simple unit of grids and meshes as a springboard, students will explore print, colour and stitch to create original and unexpected textile pieces … who enjoy imaginative exploration of stitched textile techniques.”

  2. ‘Working with a Broken Line’ on April 15th – 17th 2011. “This adventurous course, challenges perceptions of using the ‘broken line’. Students will experience and consider the direct and indirect use of line through mark-making, resists, print and stitch techniques onto paper and fabric.”

  3. ‘Fabric, Mark and Colour’ on May 6th – 8th 2011. “Exploring surface imagery and organic marks using mixed media, black, white and colour, combined with print and stitch. These coloured cloths are then transformed into 2D and 3D resolved works.”

  4. ‘Working Together Summer School’ on 13th – 16th July 2011. Followed by an exhibition of the group’s new work.

Bookings enquiries in the first instance to Ruth Issett at:

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Four ‘Babble and Dabble Days’ for West Midlands textile makers have been announced by The Midlands Textile Forum. The venue will be the Birmingham and Midland Institute (next to the main Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, in the city centre). Dates for 2011 are: 29th January, 30th April, 30th July and 29th October 2011. Places are limited for this very popular event and are allocated on a “first come, first served” basis. Full details from:

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Chatsworth House in the nearby Peak District (at Bakewell, just east of Buxton) is running three one-day workshops in textiles during 2011. Dates are: 16th June; 22nd Sept; and 17th Nov 2011. Cost is £60. More details the website.

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Local studio ceramicists and craft makers may be interested in taking sales stalls at some of the following local events, all of which now have dates for 2011:

  Buxton Artist and Designer Fair, 26th-27th March 2011.

  Quilts and Embroidery 2011. Uttoxeter Racecourse, 15th-17th April 2011.

  Acoustic Festival of Britain. Uttoxeter Racecourse, 20th-22nd May 2011.

  The Staffordshire County Show, 1st-2nd June 2011.

  Lichfield Festival Market, 10th-14th July 2011.

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Added to the Directory:  The Other Pottery | Gill McMillan, located at Barlaston. Gill will be opening her studio as part of the national Craft & Design Month in May 2011.

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Raku demonstrations and drop-in workshops are planned as part of the forthcoming Earthworks group ceramics exhibition. This will run at Arkwright Mill, Cromford, Derbyshire (15 miles east of Stoke-on-Trent), from 20th April – 8th May 2011. The show will feature ‘The Earthworks’ group of seven potters: Josie Walter, Andy Mason, Alan Birchall, Sue Blatherwick, Mary Johnson, Carl Gray and Jan Lewis-Eccleston. More details from Jan Lewis-Eccleston.

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Added to the Directory:  Janet Sutton, a freelance proofreader in Staffordshire.

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Registration is now open for the 4Talent Inspiration Day at the Stoke-on-Trent campus of Staffordshire University. The date is 21st February 2011, and on offer is…

“a full day of workshops for you to find out about what really goes on in media, to develop key skills that will help you get ahead. Open to interested people aged over 21.”

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Do you have a hankering to ‘Write and Perform in an Opera’? This is the title of a February 2011 half-term workshop opportunity at The Victoria Hall in Stoke-on-Trent. The sessions are for children aged 10+. Sessions start on 19th February 2011…

“Join us for a wonderful opportunity to extend your skills in singing, acting, moving and — if you are learning an instrument — playing! Ashley Thompson and Debbie McAndrew are the highly experienced artistic team who will be leading the project. Some experience would be valuable as the timescale is quite intensive, but if you are keen and prepared to work very hard and haven’t done anything like this before then we’d still like to hear from you.”

Cost: £40 | concessions £20. Pre booking essential. Full details from: Jo Blagg, Creative Learning Manager, at:

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Would you like to attend a ballet workshop with the Matthew Bourne company, one of the most celebrated dance companies in the world? That’s what on offer at The Victoria Hall in Stoke-on-Trent on 31st January 2011, from 5pm–8pm, prior to the first night performance of Cinderella at The Regent Theatre. Ticket: £5. Full details from: Jo Blagg, Creative Learning Manager, at:

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Places are available with the ‘R.T. Dashes’ over-11s theatre troupe at the Regent Theatre, who will be working on Mondays in the first half of 2011, toward a performance of Treasure Island in July 2011.

Also at The Victoria Hall and Regent Theatre in 2011 — a variety of short courses for children in performing dance routines for pop videos, scheduled for 23rd-25th February; 11th–16th April; and 13th–18th June 2011.

Full details on the above opportunities from Jo Blagg, Creative Learning Manager, at:

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Stoke-on-Trent’s DATFest have the programme online. This is Stoke’s first ever digital arts and social media festival, and it will feature performances by Keele University Music Technology Group and Bitjam, a walking-tour of Hanley with B Arts, and… “a full workshop programme that encourages all ages to join in and get creative”. See the website for details.

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Dates have been announced for the Three Counties Open Photography competition, 11th February – 23rd March 2011. An entry form should be available from the Keele University Gallery website soon. Futher details from:

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The nearby Shrewsbury International Cartoon Festival now has dates in 2011: 15th – 17th April 2011. Last year saw talks and masterclasses by some of the nation’s best cartoonists, and comics-creation workshops with experienced teachers such as John McCrea. Watch for booking details at the website.

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The Arnold Bennett Society will hold its 8th annual conference at the North Staffordshire Medical Institute (Hartshill, Stoke-on-Trent) on 11th June 2011. The conference will mark the centenary of the publication of The Card, a book later filmed with Alec Guinness in the lead role.

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The Regent Youth Theatres in Stoke-on-Trent now have places available for new participants in January 2011. Cost is: £65 | £60 concessions for a ten week term. Booking line: 01782 211214.

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The Regent Theatre’s Adult Drama Class has places available in 2011. Adult Drama costs: £80 | £74 concessions for a ten week term from January 2011. More details from Jo Blagg, Creative Learning Manager at:

Also available for adults is a ‘Dreaming on the Dot’ Impro (stage improvisation) evening workshop with local actor Pete Cliffe, for ages 17+. Places cost just £3 and the workshop takes place on 31st January 2011, from 6.15pm to 7.15pm at The Victoria Hall, Stoke-on-Trent. Pre booking essential. More details from Jo Blagg, Creative Learning Manager at:

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The Prince’s Trust is offering the opportunity to ‘win work’ via its Million Makers scheme. The scheme runs until February 2011 and offers young people the opportunity to… “use your entrepreneurial skills to win three weeks’ work-experience at a top firm.”


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