Added to Creative Stoke, 1st April 2011

01.04.11   
A new YouTube video of entrepreneur Ness Butler, talking about her regeneration of Nile Street in Burslem, which has been aided by Heritage Lottery and AWM grants. These newly refurbished spaces in Stoke-on-Trent are aimed at providing recent graduates and young entrepreneurs with live-work spaces…

Interesting in renting one of these live-work units? The managing and letting agents can be contacted on:  01782 810221.

01.04.11   
‘OPEN 2011: works by selected artists based in the West Midlands’, is a forthcoming exhibition at the Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum. The show will run from 21st April until 12th June 2011, and will feature work by artists based in the West Midlands. The exhibition is open to all professional artists based in the West Midlands, with the stipulation that work must have been completed after January 2010. Entrants can submit one or two works in any medium on Thursday 14th April between 1.30pm and 7.30pm. Entry forms are available from the gallery desk at the Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum or by phoning:  01926 742700

01.04.11   
Added to the Directory: Modern Glass are an authentic stained-glass and glass-painting firm, based in Northwood, Stoke-on-Trent. They can work on new or old properties, and are currently undertaking a new stained-glass installation in a local school, and a special memorial window for a widow in a very old church.

01.04.11   
Basketmaker and willow-weaver Rachel Evans of Oakamoor, Staffordshire, will be running a “Making Willow Garden items” workshop on Friday 6th May 2011 at Oakamoor Village Hall. The workshop will be based around make plant supports, a sculpture to display in your garden, and a plant-pot snail. Cost is £50 per person, and there are currently only three places left! Please contact Rachel at:  07779 121031 or  wheatcroftwillow@googlemail.com   Rachel is a trained basket-maker and runs courses in basketmaking and creating willow sculptures, and can also make traditional and contemporary baskets to order.

01.04.11   
AirSpace Gallery in Stoke-on-Trent is running a Lo-Fi Photography Workshop on 2nd April 2011. This will be an introduction to an historic ‘camera-less’ way of producing a photographic picture. The “cyanotypes” are sometimes called “sun-pictures”, because the photographic image in fixed onto paper using sunlight. The resulting image is called a photogram. The process was pioneered by a Stoke-on-Trent man, the photographic pioneer Thomas Wedgwood, in the 1790s. Please bring along your own objects to make these prints, such as leaves, flowers and feathers. Only ten places are available. To book please email:  newgenerationspace@googlemail.com

01.04.11   
Job:  Geese Theatre — a Birmingham-based theatre group that had increased funding in this week’s Arts Council settlement — requires a team of actors and group workers who present interactive drama and conduct workshops, staff training and consultation within the Criminal Justice System. Full training will be provided. Application deadline: 18th April 2011. Further information from:  mailbox@geese.co.uk

01.04.11   
The Wirksworth Festival in Derbyshire (near Matlock) is seeking proposals for new and existing place-based work for their curated arts programme for 2011, and for the 2011 Film & Video Salon. They are interested in site-responsive, site-specific works that might encompass sites and non-sites, sense-of-place and locality, context and time, and discoveries involving surprise, awe and humour. Some approaches may possibly start from the early Situationist strategies of the derive, or could involve cartography, maps and charts. There may be possibilities of generating friction rather than cordial relations. See the website for full details.

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