Added to Creative Stoke, 20th February 2011

Well-known Potteries radio presenter Sam Plank has sadly lost his battle with cancer, aged 67. For those who wish to pay their last respects, but who can’t get to Burslem, Sam’s funeral is being broadcast live by BBC Radio Stoke on 21st February 2010.

Laura, the editor of the forthcoming Prototype Magazine for creative students (age 16-24) in North Staffordshire, is interested in material from local students in creative writing, photography, fashion design, amateur dramatics, graphics design, or even activities “completely new and interesting”. Please e-mail Laura at:   Please include your name, age, location and what work you wish to submit. The theme of the forthcoming issue is “Neon”, and as part of this Laura has a Fashion Designer Competition with a difference…

“Remember the cut-out pages we had in magazines when we were little, where you cut out the clothes and stick them on to the cutout doll? Well, I’m hoping to create a similar thing in Prototype. If you fancy your chances at getting your designs published, please email me your designs at Please draw them as working drawings, indicate colour/pattern. Winning design will be published! Remember you are designing for either a male or female student — aged 16-24, this issue’s theme is Neon.”

Stoke’s new vampire series Blood & Bone China now has a date for the premiere of the first episodes — 2nd March 2011 at The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery. And Episode One is pencilled in to appear online on 3rd March 2011 at 9pm.

Julia Griffin is starting a new dance class at Stoke-on-Trent College’s Burslem Dance Studio, running from 28th February – 4th April 2011 (5.30pm – 7pm). Cost is £25 or £15 for members of the Staffordshire Dance Collective. The main goal of the class will be to emphasize the joy of dancing and to allow participants to find pleasure in movement. The course is suitable for dance artists, teachers, recent graduates or third-year dance students. Places are limited. To book please email Clare at:

Interested in digitising and using Midlands film & TV archives? “Home, Identity and Citizenship: Preserving, using and making a regional screen heritage” is a free one-day conference on 5th March 2011 (11am – 4.30pm), at the Margaret Street Campus of BIAD in Birmingham city centre. There will be screenings, presentations and workshops, and a special focus on film and TV materials concerning the popular music of Birmingham, and documentary material featuring workplaces such as Cadbury and BBC Pebble Mill.

The Government has announced an increase in the Heritage Lottery’s share of Lottery good-causes income from 16.7% to 20% by 2012-2013. Now the Heritage Lottery Fund are asking the public what the extra annual £50m in cash should spent on. The online consultation is open now and runs until 26th April 2011.

Lichfield Festival Chorus needs 100 singers to join the CBSO in a performance of William Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast, on Thursday 7th July 2011 at Lichfield Cathedral. This will be the opening night concert of the 30th Lichfield Festival. Chorus members will need to commit to regular rehearsals on Friday evenings, beginning on 6th May 2011. Singers should be fairly confident and will need to be able to read from sheet music, but all are welcome. There will be a limit on numbers in each section, as for this work a balanced choir is needed. Men are particularly needed. To register your interest in being part of the Festival Chorus this year please email Pam Easto at:

Added to the Directory: Chris Godber, an abstract artist based in Congleton. Chris has a solo show opening on 26th February 2011 (7pm) at the Victoria Mill Arts Centre, Congleton. The show then runs until 4th March 2011.

“Combust 01” (2010) by Chris Godber.

Added to the Directory: Jacki Clarke, of Congleton.

By Jacki Clarke.

Added to the Directory: Bruce Lyons, of Congleton.

“Wreck” by Bruce Lyons


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