Added to Creative Stoke, 17th March 2011

The Craft Council’s Hothouse 2011 scheme is now calling for applications. Hothouse will select thirty emerging craft makers, and provide them with a six-month programme of focused business skills and creative development. You have to have two years in practice, and be based in England. Application deadline: 15th April 2011. Full details and application forms at the website.

The national Arts Award offers funding for organisations and community groups engaging in arts activities with young people, and they have an ‘Arts Award On The Road’ portfolio surgery in Staffordshire/Stoke on 22nd March 2011. This will provide… “tips for creative evidencing to get those portfolios ready for moderation”. Translated into plain English, this appears to mean that they’ll tell you how to make the projects portfolio more impressive to the funders. The surgery is intended for those planning ways to collect evidence as part of an arts project, and those considering introducing Arts Award “for large-group delivery” in schools. Full details at:

The forming of a new West Midlands Participatory Arts Forum is being proposed. If you work in participatory or community arts, the initial consultation meeting is on 23rd March 2011 (7pm), at the Escape Workshop in Shakespeare Street, Stratford-upon-Avon. More details from Cathryn Ravenhall at:

Birmingham Institute of Art and Design (BIAD) is inviting applications to be an Artist in Residence at the Jewellery School in the city-centre. BIAD is the UK’s largest university art & design teaching/research centre outside London. You’ll get space and facilities in exchange for a small teaching-assistant input. Application deadline: 1st May 2011. Full details from the Artist-in-Residence Coordinator, Jo Pond at:


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