Added to Creative Stoke, 15th March 2011

The Staffordshire University Festival of Performing Arts‘ Festival of Film is now calling on Staffordshire creatives to submit dramas, documentaries and animations. Ideally, films completed within the last two years. The programme of films will be shown at the Stoke Film Theatre on 11th May 2011. Short or feature-length films are welcome, and length is no bar to entry. If you are interested in submitting either a short or feature-length film please include your contact details and if possible a link to view your film online and email the details to:

There are now two lengthy blog posts and three videos online from the Age of Austerity event at The Exchange artists’ shop in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent — blog post one and blog post two, and video one and video two.

Your editor also has a report from the recent transmedia media production event held at The Exchange.

Disabled children are invited to the final SAT Arts Hub event, funded by Staffordshire County Council, on 26th March 2011. The Hub event is open to those aged 5-18 and living in Staffordshire. The venue is Blackfriars FE College, Bucknall. See the web page for full details.

Garden designers interested in garden history/restoration may be interested in a conference at the University of Birmingham on 18th June 2011, Gardens and Gardening in Early Modern England. This one-day conference will include several talks on West Midlands gardens, including Dr. Diane Barre on the use of ornamental water in early modern Staffordshire gardens, and another (as yet unconfirmed) speaker on the recent recreation of the Elizabethan gardens at Kenilworth Castle.

The Buxton Festival and the Visit Peak District & Derbyshire tourist board are now inviting submissions for the The Peak Photography Competition 2011. This year’s theme is ‘Fire and Light’. All ages are welcome, and it doesn’t matter if your pictures are in colour or black & white, but they must be digital and in RGB at 300dpi. Selected images will be printed by Peak Imaging, for display at a public exhibition at the Devonshire Dome during the Buxton Festival in July 2011. There are also cash prizes. There is an entry fee of of £3 per image, up to a maximum of three photographs per entrant. Anyone under 19 years of age by the closing date, can enter free of charge. The deadline for entries is 1st June 2011. Entry details are available here.


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