Added to Creative Stoke, 14th March 2011

Job:  South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust requires an artist to lead a weekly art group over nine months at Brocton and Chebsey House at St George’s Hospital, Stafford. The wards offer inpatient care for adults with acute mental-health diagnoses. The group will run for 1 to 2 hours in the afternoon. The suggested timescale is April 2011 until December 2011, but there room for is some flexibility within that for the right person. Budget: £2,000 to include artist fees and materials (with some materials available through centralized arts stores). Application deadline: 25th March 2011. For more information and a full artist’s brief please contact Eleanor Babb, Arts for Health Project Worker at:

Artist/poet Alec Finlay has launched the Dark Peak / White Peak project website. Alec has worked collaboratively with eighteen poets to create a hybrid ‘word-map’ of the nearby Peak District national park. In an innovative combination of walking, letterboxing, poems, and audio field-recordings, sixty-eight poems can be accessed using twenty ‘letterboxes’ — small wooden boxes at locations across the Peak District — and also via the project’s website, or through a printed catalogue.

The government is expected to announce plans to exempt creative micro-businesses from a raft of expensive regulations, at the Budget on 23th March. The “Small Enterprise Exemption Initiative” would see firms with just a handful of employees — said to be five or less — exempted from a wide range of red tape and regulatory burdens on staffing. More news on this soon.


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