Added to Creative Stoke, 3rd February 2011

The Exchange artists’ shop in Hanley is to host a Stoke Your Fires festival event on 3rd March 2011 (2pm-6pm) for transmedia entrepreneurs and artists. This free Switchboard event is ticket-only, and registration is now open.

Transmedia is linked storytelling that runs across different forms of media. For instance, the blockbuster film Tron Legacy (2010) has its story linked to that of the original Tron film (1982) by a new graphic novel and a new videogame. It was difficult to understand the plot of Tron Legacy unless you’d seen/read/played all three previous stories. The 3rd March event will also suggest ways of crowd-funding such transmedia projects, through the likes of: Kickstarter; Ulule; We Fund; and 8-bit.

The Peak District Artisans‘ Young Artist of the Year competition is now open, to those aged 16-19 who are resident… “in and around the Peak District”. Young artists are invited to submit work on any subject matter and in any creative discipline, both 2D and 3D. The PDA are especially seeking work that… “demonstrates a unique insight and creative vision as well as skill with materials”. There is a £200 cash prize, and the opportunity to take part in the annual PDA exhibition. Full details can be found here.

Weston Park is running the Halls Fine Art Open Competition in 2011. Entry deadline: 30th June 2011. Artists’ awards and prizes include a £2,000 first prize; a £500 Shropshire or Staffordshire based winner; and a Junior Award for artists under 16s. For full details and an entry form contact: Mary Peace at Weston Park, Weston-under-Lizard, Shifnal, Shropshire TF11 8LE. There will be an accompanying gallery exhibition, 1st – 31st August 2011. The competition and exhibition are sponsored by Halls — the Estate Agents, Chartered Surveyors, Auctioneers and Valuers.

Birmingham’s Rhubarb Rhubarb photographers agency is running a one-day seminar at the Quad in Derby, easily accessible on the train from Stoke-on-Trent. Photography: Still Moving will… “will explore just how still photographers from all disciplines can make the leap to digital storytelling”, and is set for 19th March 2011 (10.30am – 4.30pm). Cost is £45.00 for the day. See the Web page for more details.

A little later, Rhubarb Rhubarb will also be running “The Crossing” seminar day in Birmingham on 26th March 2011 (11am – 6pm). This will… “consider the issues facing regional artists” with a focus on “the skills and awareness necessary to fulfil the creative aspirations and goals of artists working with photography and digital imaging”. £10 per ticket for West Midlands participants, which includes return coach transport for those travelling from Wolverhampton or Stoke-on-Trent. To book, please visit this Web page.

The West Midlands Animation Forum is set to hold a meeting titled “Setting up an Animation Studio Outside the Capital”, on 21st February 2011. Full details are available here.

The Lichfield Festival’s commercial sponsor BMW requires an experienced community artist to work with its BMW Plant Hams Hall. You’ll work with the local community to create a piece of work for the Lichfield Festival (7th-17th July 2011). The new work should be inspired by the visual, aural and social character of the Hams Hall factory. Fee offered: £2,500. Deadline: 21st February 2011. Full details are available here.

Down in South Staffordshire, there’s a £15,000 arts commission up for grabs at Stourbridge College. The College requires an artist to create a piece of work for the new Art & Design campus at Brierley Hill. Application deadline: 1st March 2011. The budget is £15,000. Full details are available here.


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