Added to Creative Stoke, 4th March 2011

The Exchange artists’ shop in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, has put out a “hot topic” call for volunteers. The shop currently requires people who are passionate about becoming involved in their local artistic community! The role will include a mixture of watching the shop and making sales, being on hand for the studio artists / hot-deskers, and helping facilitate the events that take place at The Exchange. If you can commit to a morning or an afternoon shift of around four hours each week, this role can help you gain invaluable work experience in customer service, retail, events management and marketing to boost your C.V. For full details please email Gemma at:

Added to the Directory: S3photography, aka Alex Richards, professional photographer based in Stoke-upon-Trent.

Hanley’s AirSpace Gallery has a free artist talk and book-launch on 12th March 2011 (12 noon – 1pm). Meet the artist behind the current exhibition The Journeymen, David Blandy. For Journeymen, Blandy has created an arcade game based on the relationship with his own character creations and the existing culture and mythology of Street Fighter. There will also be the launch of a publication to compliment Journeymen.

New Generation Space are offering Artist Development Bursaries. Application deadline: 31st March 2011. The bursary is of a maximum £100, and is intended to be a ‘helping hand’ for emerging artists. Application form is here (.doc link).

Staffordshire Business Innovation is co-hosting four intellectual property / product development events in 2011

1) 17th March 2011. What Intellectual Property Do Your Own? At Stafford.

2). 13th April 2011. Commercialisation of R&D. At Stafford.

3). 16th March 2011. New Product Development. At Newcastle-under-Lyme.

4). 2nd November 2011. New Product Development. At Stafford.

Booking now. Full details are online here.

Wolverhampton’s annual DeafFest is inviting deaf film-makers to submit their film to be shown at the festival. Visit the website for an application form. Deadline: 19th March 2011.

Job:  NHS Dudley is seeking experienced artists to work with Key Stage 2 school pupils. You’ll develop a set of interactive creative resources that promote and reinforce “the smoke-free home” message to primary school children. The project will run from April 2011 to July 2011, with resources distributed to schools across Dudley from September 2011. A fee of £10,000 is available for the project. Application deadline: 7 March 2011. Full information is online here.

Down at the other end of the Midlands, the annual Hereford Photography Festival is now accepting submissions for ‘Open Here‘, the Festival’s open exhibition (28th Oct to 26th Nov 2011). Entry Fee: £15. Deadline: 31st May 2011. All entries to be submitted via email only (.jpg or .pdf). Full details at the website.

Rea Garden Artist Residency programme — in Digbeth, Birmingham — is offering a canalside 10-week artist’s residency. This involves working on site at least one day a week, usually Friday, while the site is open to the public. The artist fee is £1,000, and there is a materials bursary of up to £500 available. Full details at the website.

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