Added to Creative Stoke, 24th January 2011

Stoke College is set to run Saturday Courses, and one of these will be a “Certificate in Business Start-Up” (P1452). This is set to run on Saturdays from 9am-1pm at the Cauldon Campus, from 5th March 2011. Cost: £370. Interested? Please ring 01782 603675 or 01782 603642 for more details.

Staffordshire University Library is now offering a corporate membership scheme. Also notable is that members of the Workers’ Education Association can now join the library for free.

The Stoke-on-Trent Film Theatre is set to premiere a new documentary film by Inspired Film & Video, Staffordshire Writers. The film looks at major writers from Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent, ranging from Doctor Johnson and Arnold Bennett through to Arthur Berry. The date is 2nd February 2011, at 7.45pm.

The Stoke Your Fires film and animation festival programme is now available in PDF format (800kb). Animators Tristan Pritchard and Eleanor Leadbetter will be in residence at the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery from 19th February 2011, with workshops at the venue for under 16s (26th Feb) and Over 16s (12th March).

The Stoke Your Fires Convention (£35, or £15 per day) will also happen at the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery from 1st – 4th March 2011 — with the 3rd and 4th March being the “Focus on Animation” days. If you are a member of Birmingham’s Producers’ Forum, you can claim a free pass — to get your free conference pass please email Rebecca on

The Exchange artist’s shop in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, is set to run “What’s Your Creative Business” sessions for recent graduates…

“Have you recently finished University and [are you] unsure about how to make a living in the arts or creative industries? Do you want to use your skills to start your own business? Do you have [a] project you’d like to get started? The Exchange is running an exclusive evening event with creative industries champion, Helga Henry of Fierce, who can help you find the answers to those questions. Helga will run a short, tailored session that will motivate you to take your idea and turn it into a reality.”

The date will be the evening of 8th February 2011 (5.30pm to 8.30pm), and will include tea, coffee and biscuits. Places for the session are limited. Cost is £10, cash only. To book, please email:

Also at The Exchange — more life-drawing classes! Due to the success of the first Life Drawing session, Marcus is now planning to host the evening classes on a weekly basis. Classes are limited to ten people. The cost per class will be £5 for two hours of life drawing, and booking is essential. Participants must be 18 years of age or over, and are required to bring their own drawing equipment and tools including easels, small tables, drawing boards. For more information, dates, and to book your place please contact Marcus at:

Oliver Nicholls is currently on secondment with Big Lottery Fund’s West Midlands team, helping with the ‘Big Local’ work. He wants to know of any hyperlocal blogs or blogging / social media surgeries serving Chell Heath & Fegg Hays in Stoke-on-Trent. Know any? Contact Oliver here.

Birmingham’s Punch Records is offering between £500 and £3,000 for artists to present new work at its annual BASS Festival (British Arts and Street Sounds), to be held in Birmingham during June 2011. For 2011 the theme is ‘Revolution’, and BASS will commission creatives to make new music, dance, spoken word and theatre. There’s no “Birmingham only” in the details, so presumably it’s open to people throughout the West Midlands. Application deadline: 14th February 2011. Application forms and full details at the website.

Added to the Directory: Distinctive Designs, ornamental metal gate manufacturers of Stoke-on-Trent…

“We can cater for all tastes and preferences, so if you have a particular concept in mind that you would like realising, come to us for expert assistance.”


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