Added to Creative Stoke, 11th January 2011

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The Burslem School of Art, Stoke-on-Trent, has four new arts & crafts classes for adults running in 2011:

* Learn Modern Marquetry with Quentin Smith

* Learn the Art of Bookbinding with Michelle Saxon Holland

* Beginners Course in Ceramics with Ieva Alksne

* Beginners course of Drawing and Painting with Sue Law Webb

Full details at the website, where you can also find application forms.

Tutor Quentin Smith will also be running a Further Marquetry Techniques summer school later in 2011, during which students will learn more advanced marquetry techniques including sand-shading, hot-air shading, fine-line detailing, fragmentation, etc. This will happen 31st Aug – 2nd Sept 2011 at Westhope Craft College, Craven Arms, in nearby Shropshire.

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Are you designing or developing a videogame? Do you need to play-test and stress-test it on a variety of kit? Or perhaps you need to precisely measure player reactions? Staffordshire University can offer a state-of-the-art facility at their Games Development and Usability Lab. With funding from AWM and the Higher Education Innovation Fund, the University has fitted out the lab with an Alienware gaming PC, an Xbox 360, Xbox, PS2 & PS3, Nintendo Wii; and an iMac with the latest software. For viewing games there is a 50-inch plasma screen, and a further five TV screens enabling up to 24 players on a LAN. There are also state-of-the-art Gametrak motion-sensors, and various cameras to film player facial reactions and body movements. Senior Lecturer in Computing and the brainchild behind the lab, Dr. Clive Chandler, is able to assist with game testing and analyse player reactions using a PA system, face-reading software and bio-metric sensors. A variety of commercial packages and price points are available. Interested? Find out more from:

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Added to the Directory: David Bethell of Stoke-on-Trent. David creates work that… “explores the relationship between nature and urban environments, ranging from the objects to the characteristics that can be found within these spaces”.

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Dane Coppice Crafts Group is running a ‘Rushwork Workshop Day’ at Brereton Heath on 29th January 2011. The location is about six miles north of Stoke-on-Trent. The day will be led by Averil Otiv. Booking essential. There is a charge for tuition and materials, and you will need to bring your own packed lunch. Booking via Aileen Thompson on: 01270 760810. There is normally a charge payable in advance of the event, and places are limited.

Photo from a previous rushwork workshop.

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Sound It Out’s popular training programme ‘New Horizons’ is now recruiting for early 2011. The next New Horizons course starts in nearby Wolverhampton from February 2011, funded by Wolverhampton Music Service, Sandwell Youth Music and Staffordshire Performing Arts. New Horizons is a training programme for proficient freelance/sole trader musicians who have a desire to teach instruments/voice within the formal education sector. The closing date for applying for the next course is 21st January 2011. If you are interested in finding out more about the course, or want to request an application pack, please contact Nic at:

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The Heritage Lottery Fund is offering archive traineeships of £13,500 p.a. Thirteen places are available nationwide, and the nearest placements to North Staffordshire are either Birmingham or Manchester. More details at the Opening Up Archives website.

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Planning to set up in business as a co-operative? The Co-operative Enterprise Hub is having its funding increased by 50% in 2011, and can offer up to four days of free business consultancy for potential co-operative enterprises.

The Co-op also funds the £1.2m Co-op Community Fund.

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Derbyshire Open Arts 2011 will be holding their open studios weekend on 28th-30th May 2011. If you’re reading this from just over the border in the Derbyshire Peak District, or know someone who is, you may like to know that applications for the Derbyshire Open Arts 2011 are now invited. The application deadline is 14th January 2011.

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There’s a new Alt.Fiction Writing residential weekend being held on 20th-22nd May 2011. The venue is Chesterfield in Derbyshire, about 20 miles north-east from Stoke-on-Trent on the other side of the Peaks. The main guest speaker will be Simon Clark. Costs is £180 for the weekend including accommodation, all meals and a full programme of writing activity featuring two guest speakers. Bookings via Alex on: 07896 228367…

“an ideal opportunity for writers of science fiction, fantasy and horror to get away from it all, meet and work with like-minded people and
enjoy workshops and talks with established authors in the field. Offering workshops, feedback sessions and expert advice.”


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