Added to Creative Stoke, 10th January 2011

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A new Staffordshire Images Picture Library website has just launched, offering a commercial image-library shopping service for around 100 works of art in the holdings of Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Museum and Art Gallery and Stoke-on-Trent Museums Service…

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Added to the Directory:  the weblog of writer James Montgomery. James is a features writer for Staffordshire Life magazine, and has kindly made available for free a recent feature article on the Barewall Art Gallery, Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent

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The Exchange artist’s shop in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, is putting on a life drawing class on 19th January 2011, from 7pm to 9pm. The class is limited to ten people. The cost (per class) is £5, you must be 18 years old or older, and you must bring your own drawing equipment and tools. More information from Marcus at:

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Thread artist Debbie Smyth is running a ‘Drawing with Thread’ workshop in Stafford on 26th March 2011 (10am-4pm). Cost is £15. Booking essential. Full information from:

“Using drawings of Stafford, you’ll complete the full creative process from plotting, pinning and threading to make your own unique A3 threaded drawing.”

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‘Cream of the Crop : Staffordshire University Graduates 2000-2010’ is a survey exhibition of some of the best art, craft and design work from Staffordshire University over the last decade. The show opens on 15th January 2011 at the Shire Hall Gallery, Stafford, and the launch event seems like it might be a good networking opportunity for local creatives. Contact the Gallery for more details, at:

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The Trentham Gardens estate in Stoke-on-Trent, together with the Deer Society, is offering a number of Deer Society Photography Workshops at Trentham during spring 2011…

“Join wildlife photographer Craig Jones and the Trentham Deer Society for a day-long photography workshop, featuring Trentham’s black fallow deer. Learn tracking and camera techniques to capture their beauty, expressions and behaviour in this stunning natural environment. Cost £99 per person including tea/coffee and lunch. Must pre-book in advance by contacting 01782 646646.”

The dates are: 28th January; 25th February; and 25th March 2011.

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Shropshire Museums are taking bookings now for a variety of courses and workshops for adults in rural skills in 2011, including: Smocks & Smocking; Introduction to Whitework (embroidery); Introduction to Decorative Straw Work; Introduction to Handstitching Leather; and the three-day course Make a Leather Satchel or Traditional Milkman’s Moneybag, among many others. More information from:

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Architects and landscape designers may be interested in the Trees, People, and the Built Environment: Urban Tree Research conference, to be held on 13th & 14th April 2011 in Birmingham. It may also be possible for suitable artists to display posters summarising and illustrating their project work with urban trees — contact the organisers.

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Added to the Directory:  Potteye blog, a blog with an eye out for the politics of Stoke-on-Trent.

New! 10.01.11   
Sixty awards of up to £60,000 are available nationwide to voluntary groups, for projects to be run in the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Year of 2012. Proposed projects must improve the lives of their local communities. A shortlist of Midlands applicants will be shown on ITV regional news in summer 2011, with the final winners being decided by a public vote. The Jubilee Millions deadline for submissions is 4th February 2011. See the website for full details.


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