Added to Creative Stoke, 17th February 2011

West Midlands artists who have Asperger’s Syndrome are invited to submit artwork for a small-scale exhibition at Solihull’s G2 Gallery, to be staged in April 2011. The work submitted can be on any theme and in any medium. The organisers welcome artwork that reflects the experience of living with AS, but this is not a requirement. There is no submission fee. The closing date for exhibition entries is:  25th February 2011. For further information and a submission form please contact Claire Hickey at:

Peak Directions have a full and wide-ranging roster of business training events scheduled for 2011. Those in the Staffordshire Moorlands and the Peak District can choose from a range of training events. Including ‘Short Film Production’ and ‘Adobe InDesign Basics’.

The Birmingham and Midland Institute is holding the art history conference “Drawing and the Victorian Artist” on 18th – 19th March 2011. The conference will examine the wider contexts of drawing in the nineteenth century, including the training of artists, the making and collecting of works on paper, and changing approaches to drawing at the beginning of the twentieth century. Tickets cost £30 for one day, £40 for both days (students £20 one day, £35 both days), inc. lunch and a private viewing of the “The Poetry of Drawing: Pre-Raphaelite Designs, Studies and Watercolours” exhibition (happening next door at the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery’s Gas Hall). To book call please email:

There’s an event over in the East Midlands that seems unusual enough to mention here. Nottingham is having a “Monster Make Up: the nuts and bolts of make-up in horror films” event on 24th February 2011. Speakers/demonstrators will include: director Simon Hunter (Lighthouse, Mutant Chronicles); prosthetic and special effects (SFX) make-up designer Paul Hyett (The Descent 1 & 2, Red Riding trilogy); and BAFTA-nominated make-up designer Jacqueline Fowler (Hunger, Harry Brown, Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll). Tickets cost £26. More details at the Talent Network.

The Adopt a Composer scheme should be open for 2011 applications in May 2011. The Adopt a Composer scheme pairs local amateur choirs, orchestras, and ensembles with a composer for one year. It is funded by the PRS for Music Foundation, and is run by Making Music and Sound and Music. It’d be great to see one of the many music groups in the Potteries getting one of these major opportunities to create new music.

Added to the Directory: Paul Horton, a Staffordshire artist.

“A Brief Moment in Time”.

Veteran Stoke band The Queensbury Rules have decided to call it a day, after 17 years and over 500 live shows. Their last gig will be at The Forum Theatre, Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, on Saturday 19th February 2011. This Saturday show will be a two and half hour retrospective. The band are also working on a final record, the The Six Towns E.P., featuring seven brand-new songs recorded to celebrate the centenary of the federation of Stoke-on-Trent. This should be out in October — more details later in the year.


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