Added to Creative Stoke, 17th January 2011

Local ceramics maker Denise O’Sullivan will be running a ‘New Generation Space’ workshop and giving a talk at the Borough Museum and Art Gallery, Newcastle-Under-Lyme, on Saturday 22nd January 2011 (10.30-4.00pm). Booking is essential for this Contemporary Ceramics Workshop

“The day will consist of a chance to explore different ceramic techniques that can be used to produce a variety of forms, these will include slab built pieces, slip casting, the use of slip to create surface, different glazes, and the use of transfer imagery to create your own plate design. […] no previous knowledge of working with clay and ceramics is required”

To book, please email:

Residents of Longton are being offered free ballroom dancing classes at Longton Town Hall, Stoke-on-Trent. The ‘Learn to Ballroom Dance’ sessions will happen on Monday afternoons (12pm-1pm) between 7th February and 28th March 2011. To book a place call Vanessa Darlington on 01782 236156 or email:

Derby, a relatively short hop on a direct train from Stoke-on-Trent station, now has its Format Photography 2011 conference and workshops programme online. Format will run from 4th March — 3rd April 2011 and it takes the timely theme of public photography, Right Here, Right Now’: Exposures from the public realm. Includes…

“The Magnum Workshop Derby, a five-day intensive, practice-oriented workshop focusing specifically on the popular theme of street photography.”

Birmingham’s VIVID are calling for Midlands artists and film-makers who would like temporary project-based studio space at Vivid (in Digbeth, Birmingham), and a £500 bursary to cover travel/meals etc…

“we aim to provoke the evolution of new thinking, curatorial development and exchange, social interaction and critical engagement, new collaborations and emerging networks. The scheme encourages risk taking and aims to showcase a wide array of aesthetics from both the city’s vibrant visual, sound and film culture and far beyond. Projects can be activated in February-March, August-September and December 2011.”

Application deadline: 28th January 2011. Full details are here (PDF link).

The 5th Art of Nurture competition is a national visual art competition developed by Lloyds TSB Commercial Finance in partnership with Arts & Business. It’s for students currently attending UK art colleges, and recent graduates. There are cash prizes, and winners will have the opportunity to present their work to the business world as part of the commercial marketing campaigns of Lloyds TSB Commercial Finance. Deadline for entries: 31st January 2011. Full details at the website.

17.01.11 are set to run CulturEuro funding seminars in 2011, outlining the details of…

“30 different EU [trans-national] funding programmes or schemes that have provided support for arts and culture projects and activities” [with a] “special focus on the EU’s Culture programme (2007-2013) which has a budget of 400 million Euros”

The nearest venues to North Staffordshire are: Manchester (3rd February at Cornerhouse); Birmingham (5th May, CBSO); Manchester (30th June, Cornerhouse). The seminars cost £85 per person (£65 if booked before 31st January 2011). See the website for full details.


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