Added to Creative Stoke, 24th February 2011

The Technology Strategy Board has a new £200k contest, IC tomorrow. Digital entrepreneurs are invited to join this new Government-backed £200,000 effort to bring innovative UK applications and services to market. The Technology Strategy Board will invest £10,000 each in up to 20 consumer trials across creative market sectors including music, TV/film, publishing, and “wild card”. The competition is looking for genuinely innovative digital business models that open new markets, and that encourage new forms of digital content use. Application deadline: 11th March 2011. Approximately 40 applications will be chosen to go through to the selection panel. Full details at the website.

Sarah Nadin of re:claim is running Art & Set Design Workshops in Stoke town, ahead of re:claim’s performance at the former Spode site in May 2011. These free and open workshops start this Saturday, 26th February 2011.

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Black and Asian poets who write with a regional angle are invited to submit poems that focus in some way on region / locale / sense-of-place in the British Isles, for a new Bloodaxe anthology. Out of Bounds aims to create a new ‘map of poetry’ in Britain, and they are particularly interested in poems that directly or indirectly evoke a particular place, landscape, symbolic site, building, region, or city in the Midlands. The editors of the anthology are Jackie Kay, James Procter and Gemma Robinson. A maximum of five poems per submission are requested (these can be previously published or unpublished), and you should include a short biography (max. 100 words). Submission deadline: 15th March 2011. All work should be labelled with your name and title of work on each page, and should be sent as an email attachment to:

A new youth theatre company, The Young Rep, has been set up in Stoke-on-Trent. This is a spin-off of the adult group based at The Rep Theatre. Want to be part of it? They are set to audition for a performance of Kes, and open auditions will be held at the theatre between 7pm and 9pm on 9th March 2011. No experience is necessary. For more information, call: 01782 209897.

Job:  Cheshire East Councils and Brereton Parish Community Interest Group are seeking to commission a public artist with a specialism in wood, to create a high quality permanent piece of art as a gateway to the Brereton Community Space development. For a full brief please contact:

Creative England is starting to emerge. Creative England is the major new national body that will support new production in… “film, videogames, interactive new media, design, and fashion”. They are currently running a consultation on Strategic Priorities for Film for 2011/12, which is available on their website. Responses from the film industry and film-makers can be made online until 31st March 2011.

Added to the Directory:  Congleton artist Bruce Lyons has a new website at

Bruce Lyons
Autumn Frivolity, by Bruce Lyons.

Susan Laughton, an artist based in Congleton. Susan is inspired by landscapes of dramatic moorlands and brooding/liminal weather.

Drifting 1, by Susan Laughton.


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