Added to Creative Stoke, 14th January 2011

Job:  The Chatterley Valley business park (aka Blue Planet) in Tunstall, Stoke-on-Trent is seeking… “an artist of the highest calibre” for a public arts commission…

“The art work will dramatically animate the development of Chatterley Valley as a strategic gateway location”.

Deadline for submissions: 24th January 2011. Full details from Paul Bailey at:

Job:  The Koestler Trust works in prisons, and has been running an UK Arts Mentoring project for the past three years with the support of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation. This project supports prisoners who are set to make the transition from prison to community. The Trust now requires professional potters and ceramic sculptors to work as unpaid volunteer mentors. You’d supply ten mentoring sessions over one year. Initial mentoring sessions may take place in a prison setting, although the majority will occur in the community. You’ll recieve full training and support. Interested? Visit the website for full information.

Job:  North Staffordshire’s ‘Place, Space & Identity 3’ is now open for applications to run the programme. The successful artist/organisation will manage a programme of temporary arts interventions and installations in Stoke-on-Trent. As part of this you’ll provide opportunities for artists to engage with local communities… “to facilitate a creative response to social, economic and environmental changes taking place in Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire”. Fee: no more than £106,000, excluding VAT. Application deadline: 31st January 2011. Full details from Heather at:

The Midlands Federation of Museums and Art Galleries now has conference bursaries available for its personal members…

“Is there a major conference that you have always wanted to attend, but never been able to afford? Personal members of the Federation can apply for a bursary for their first attendance at any residential conference organised by a museum-related group with a UK national remit. … The bursary can be for any amount up to the total advertised cost of the conference, including conference and residential fees (travel to the venue is not included).”

Do people laugh at your craft objects? The authors of a new book titled Humour in Craft are seeking submissions. They’re also open to essays on the topic. The book is scheduled to be on the market in 2012. Deadline for applications: 15th February 2011. Full details at

Jennifer Collier is offering a one-day workshop in ‘Experimental Textile Techniques’ on 29th January 2011, at Unit Twelve, Tixall Heath Farm, Staffordshire…

“you will be shown many different techniques, including bonding, trapping, waxing and latexing recycled materials, including plastics, fabrics and papers.”

The cost is £35 for the day, inc. all materials and equipment. Bookings can be made via:  07811 460494.

Job:  The Mitchell Arts Centre will be re-opening in Spring 2011. Formerly known as the Mitchell Memorial Theatre, and based in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, the building has been undergoing a major refurbishment — funded by the Big Lottery Fund, the Coalfields Regeneration Trust, and a national government Community Assets Grant from the Cabinet Office. The Board of Trustees is now seeking an Executive Officer on a salary of £28,000-£31,000. Application deadline: 21st January 2011. Full details from John Holmes at:

Job:  The nearby University of Wolverhampton has an opportunity for a Post Doctoral Research Fellow in Glass. They’re looking for practitioner researchers with an excellent knowledge of the field, specifically where technical innovation and creative application indicate future practices for glass crafts. You must also be able to teach. Salary: £31,671-£37,839. Application deadline: 14th January 2011 (today!). Full details from:

The National Federation of Artists’ Studio Providers have posted a summary report from their 6th December event and AGM in Birmingham.


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