Added to Creative Stoke, 13th January 2011

Added to the Directory: the QR Codes Stoke project blog, an arts project in which ten mobile-phone -readable ‘code pictures‘ will be used to create a walking tour of Stoke town.

The 2nd Young Journalist Awards competition is underway in North Staffordshire. Run by The Sentinel newspaper with Staffordshire University, young reporters are asked to submit… “a story [400+ words] or picture of a subject matter which affects their life — at home, in education or as part of a community.” The best entries will be published in The Sentinel on 4th February 2011. Prizes include cameras and netbook PCs. The address for entries is:  Young Journalist Awards, Newsdesk, The Sentinel, Sentinel House, Forge Lane Etruria, Stoke-on-Trent, ST1 5SS.

Stoke-on-Trent Libraries now have their Spring Term 2011 Adult Learning Course Guide online. A wide variety of basic introductory and short creative courses are on offer — including a five-week Face Painting course, and a ten-week Fancy Dress & Costume Making course. The new list includes short courses held at the Wedgwood Memorial College, Barlaston.

The 2011 British Ceramics Biennial will include an exhibition of portraits of ex-Spode workers, made by Sentinel photographer Alex Severn. Alex is currently seeking any workers not already photographed. Those wanting to be included can email Alex at:

Does your arts project regularly use volunteers? How do you best support them? The Staffordshire Volunteer Centre Network is offering a training workshop in ‘Supporting Volunteers’ at Staffordshire University (Stafford campus), on 27th January 2011 (1.15 pm to 4.30pm). For more information please contact Sue Willis or Jan Wright on 01785 279934 or e-mail:

Microsoft’s BizSpark scheme supplies free software and production/hosting licenses to new start-up software businesses in the UK. The Microsoft Dreamspark scheme can also supply free software to students, including the XNA Game Studio for developing videogames. Yesterday Microsoft pledged to create 4,000 new apprenticeships in the UK, as part of its Britain Works scheme. Watch for more news of these apprenticeships soon.


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