Added to Creative Stoke, 30th January 2011

Congleton town is inviting artists, schools, and local firms to purchase and decorate a giant bear, for the town’s forthcoming Bearfest arts festival. A 5ft bear costs £600, and the Bearfest plans to have up to 75 bears around the town. Just over 50 have already been snapped up. About the same cost as a full-page magazine advert, and potentially offering a larger local audience!

The Light House in nearby Wolverhampton is running several one-day courses in the coming months:

* Digital Cinematography Workshop on 15th February 2011 (10am – 4pm) Cost: £55 + VAT. To book please contact the Box Office at:  01902 716055

* Introduction to Lighting Techniques for Video and Photography on 15th March 2011 (10am – 4pm). Cost: £45 + VAT.

The government has announced a new £1 million scheme to encourage cultural organisations to use digital technologies to increase their audiences. This will apparently be administered by NESTA, so watch their website for news of how to apply. Recent substantial reports on the topic are Audience 2.0 : How Technology Influences Arts Participation (USA); Digital audiences : engagement with arts and culture online (UK); and Beyond live : Digital innovation in the performing arts (UK).

NESTA is looking for UK videogame developers who might be willing to join together to form a single publisher. Deadline for expressions of interest: 14th February 2011. NESTA is also getting set for the London launch of their Livingstone-Hope Skills Review of Video Games and Visual Effects, which aims to suggest a strategy by which… “the UK can be transformed into the world’s leading talent hub for videogames”, on 1st February 2011.

Job:  IciniTV are looking for an experienced motion designer to join the creative digital video team at their mid Staffordshire studio at Burton-on-Trent. You’ll have at least three years of experience in delivering creative work for TV / promos; expertise with Cinema 4D (or equivalent), After Effects, Photoshop and Illustrator. Please send them your C.V., and a link to your demo reel.

Job:  Wolverhampton’s Creative Health CIC wishes to appoint an artist or creative practitioner to join its team in order to document and record a unique programme of arts and health work. A fee of £3,000 is available. The deadline for applications is: 4th February 2011. The full details are available here (PDF link).

Job:  East Staffordshire Borough Council with Staffordshire County Council requires an External Evaluator to undertake an impact evaluation on the Falls Prevention Dance Group, and to produce an outcome focused report that will act as an “exemplar” evaluation for an arts, health & wellbeing project. The Falls Prevention Dance Group meets on a weekly basis at the Brewhouse in Burton-upon-Trent, and members are between 68 – 91 years old. Application deadline: 4th February 2011. Payment: £2,500 including travel and sundry expenses. Full details from: Owen Hurcombe, County Arts Development Officer, Heritage and Arts, Staffordshire County Council, at:

Staffordshire Open Studios are now offering memberships for 2011/12. This costs £100, and gives you listings in several print publications. The deadline for purchasing a membership that includes an entry in the annual brochure appears to be 31st March 2011.


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