Added to Creative Stoke, 14th April 2011

Stoke-on-Trent’s Ceramics Biennial now has its BCB Ceramic Awards 2011 application form online (PDF link). The Festival will take place in October/November 2011. The BCB Awards celebrate the energy and innovation of contemporary British ceramics, in the context of its long history in Stoke-on-Trent, and offer a total cash award of £10,000 across three categories…

 1. Art: one-off ceramics, ideas, installations
 2. Craft: studio production
 3. Design: ceramic design for production

Deadline for applications: 31st May 2011.

Job:  Chester Festivals require a Chester Literature Festival Manager for the literature festival which takes place annually in October. Full details from Tracy Lynn at:

The Art Fund has announced it will increase its acquisition fund by 50 percent by 2014, with the help of the Wolfson Foundation (set up by the Great Universal Stores chain), committing £7 million a year to the acquisition fund. The fund helps to purchase art and archaeological finds (such as the Staffordshire Hoard) for gallery collections.

This move comes with new commitment by The Art Fund to support regional curatorial development — beginning with a new partnership with the National Gallery to nurture curatorial talent in regional museums. It’s possible that some of this new support may reach North Staffordshire.

The Art Fund has launched a special National Art Pass for those aged under-26, and this is available from today from just £18.75 a year. The pass gives free access to a variety of galleries, heritage attractions, and some National Trust properties. This includes The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, which is reported to be considering entrance changes from July 2011. The pass also gives half-price entrance to selected ticket-only exhibitions, such as major London exhibitions.

Birmingham City University is reportedly accepting enquiries now for its M.A. in Music Radio, taught at the Perry Barr campus in the north of the city. This new course is said to be the only Masters degree in the UK that focusses on music radio.

Congratulations to Martin Carver for the publication of his major new book The Birth of a Borough: an archaeological study of Anglo-Saxon Stafford. The book can be previewed on Google Books. The hardback is rather expensive, but the paperback edition is forthcoming and will be accompanied by a substantial exhibition of Mercian artefacts at the Ancient High House museum in Stafford town (opening 28th June 2011), in association with the Potteries Museum and The British Museum. The exhibition will also have accompanying “Anglo-Saxon Artisans” children’s arts & crafts workshops in July.

Garden designers in North Staffordshire may be interested in advance notice of the dates of a series of talks at the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery on 11th, 12th and 13th July 2011. These talks will be part of a celebration and exhibition (11th June – 24th July 2011) of the work of James Bateman of Biddulph Grange Gardens, on his 200th birthday. Bateman was also the designer of the first ever public park in England, the Arboretum at Derby.


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