Added to Creative Stoke, 15th April 2011

15.04.11   
“The Hidden Treasures of Festival Park, Stoke-on-Trent” is the title of a free photography-&-history walk being organised for 27th April 2011. Walk the site of the former National Garden Festival and the grounds of Etruria Hall, the home of the invention of photography. Meet at the China Garden pub on Festival Park / Trent & Mersey Canal at 6:30pm.

15.04.11   
The organisers of the Staffordshire Festival of Performing Arts are currently looking for dance & drama acts to take part in the Festival on the 8th of May 2011. Interested? Email:  staffordshirefestival@gmail.com

15.04.11   
Job:  Cheshire East Council’s Cultural Services unit requires an artist to create vinyl-applied window treatments at the entrance to the re-developed Nantwich Pool, accompanied by an interior wall artwork inspired by local heritage, with community consultation and workshops. For a full brief please contact Jocelyn McMillan at Cheshire East Council:  jocelyn.mcmillan@cheshireeast.gov.uk

15.04.11   
AirSpace Gallery, Hanley, is having a launch event tonight (15th April, 7pm-10pm) for the new exhibition by Jo Coupe & Linda Persson, “A Distance Between Two Points“. The show… “explores crossovers within art, the sciences and philosophy”, and the launch event seems like a good networking opportunity.

15.04.11   
Added to the Directory:  StaffordAV, a new video production company run by Steve Bradbury, who is fresh from spending the last ten years in charge of a video production unit at Staffordshire University, and who has now gone freelance. Steve can work with both linear and nonlinear edit suites, as well as compositing software such as Adobe After Effects. Steve also has thirty years of audio and sound engineer experience.

15.04.11   
Added to the Directory: Nic Dyde, a Stoke-on-Trent graphic designer with strong experience of producing print publications.

15.04.11   
Added to the Directory: Staffordshire University’s Art Supplies Shop welcomes local creatives dropping in to use their special photocopiers. The copiers can produce, among other things, colour transfers. Copier cards are available to buy from the shop for £3.48. You get £1.50 credit on the card initially, and you can top it up at the shop too… any value is OK, from 1p to £30. All they ask of those who are not students or staff, is that if you have high volume of copying you give prority to any students who need to use the copiers — especially at busy times. You can also buy art supplies at the same time! The shop is located on the Stoke-on-Trent campus — find the Film Theatre (can’t miss it) and then ask a passing student to direct you to the Henrion building. Paid parking is available on the Stoke train station car-parks, and free secure cycle-locking is available at the Film Theatre or the station.

15.04.11   
Interested in using film in education? The Light House at nearby Wolverhampton has a one-day seminar on this topic on 12th May 2011 (10am-3.30pm). This is aimed at West Midlands professionals already working with young people in schools and communities. Attendance is free but places are strictly limited. Full details from Ruth at:  ruth@21stcenturyliteracy.org.uk

15.04.11   
Job:  Nearby Telford requires a creative facilitator for the Telford Culture Zone. You’ll coordinate and lead on their next TCZ Partnership Event in June 2011. The TCZ events bring together local cultural organisations to develop projects for children. Specifically you will facilitate by examining the TCZ’s achievements to date and considering ways the partners can continue to work together. Fee: £250 per day (travel will not be included). Full details at the website.

15.04.11   
Oriel Wrecsam is looking for an artist to take part in their exhibition that aims to compliment the 2011 Welsh National Eisteddfod festival in Wrexham (about 35 miles west of Stoke). The exhibition’s theme will be centred around transformation or metamorphosis of space, and they are looking for work that examines sense-of-place or perception/experience of spaces, and how this can change over time and be influenced by different interventions or occurrences. Welsh-speaking applicants will have an advantage. Submission deadline: 16th April 2011. Full information from:  oriel.wrecsam@wrexham.gov.uk

Oriel Wrecsam is also looking for an artist to document and respond to the experiences of local people in the changing landscape of a residential area in Wrexham where local homes are being demolished by the Council. Submission deadline: 16th April 2011. Full information from:  oriel.wrecsam@wrexham.gov.uk

15.04.11   
The national Creative Campus Initiative is seeking project proposals for cultural collaborations between British universities and “the arts and sports”. Three to five large-scale projects will be selected for a start in 2011 and these will run into 2012. These projects are expected to have “regional reach” and potential for national development. With two major arts & design campuses in the area (MMU at Crewe and Staffordshire Uni at Stoke) and a very sports-focussed city in the form of Stoke with its two major football teams, our area seems to stand a good chance if suitable institutions could put together a joint bid. Proposal deadline: 29th April 2011. See the website for full information.

15.04.11   
The Birmingham European Festival is a new festival of international performers, brought to Birmingham from across Europe. The festival will also have a visual arts aspect, in partnership with metal-working firm A.E. Harris. Midlands-based visual artists are now invited to apply to present work at A.E. Harris during the Birmingham European Festival. Three artists will be selected, and work should address the theme of borders and crossing borders. Application deadline: 29th April 2011. Full details and application form at the website.

15.04.11   
Birmingham’s Shout Festival of queer culture is inviting Midlands filmmakers and animators to submit films of up to 20 minutes. The films will be shown at the festival in Birmingham during November 2011. All types of film are welcome, from those of any sexual orientation, but your film should reflect the Shout ethos of celebrating / exploring queer culture in all its forms. The film must also have been completed in 2009 or later and must be submitted on a DVD (i.e.: no web links). The festival doesn’t seem to request exclusivity, so the film can presumably have been previously screened at other events. Application deadline: 15th July 2011. See the Web link for full details.

15.04.11   
The Royal Birmingham Society of Artists invites submissions of work for its Open Ceramics 2011 show. They welcome fired ceramics, work produced in clay, raku, earthenware, stoneware, porcelain, etc. Entry fee is £20. Deadline: 28th April 2011. Full details at the website.

15.04.11   
Handmade: Digital | DIY | Craft is an interesting and unusual opportunity to exhibit craft-digital work in Manchester. Do you mix contemporary craft with digital hacking, interactivities and DIY maker culture? Handmade is looking for interactive objects, installations, and performances that explore the cross-fertilisation of digital and traditional media and materials. Application deadline: 18th April 2011. An online application form is available at the website, or contact:  info@futureeverything.org

15.04.11   
Chester is holding a National Exhibition of Wildlife Art 2011. Please note that this does not include pet portraits or botanical/flowers art. They invite submissions of painting, drawing, sculpture, and also prints (if printed by hand, e.g.: screen, woodblock, etching, monotype etc, and selected from small print runs). There also appears to be a Photography Award with a cash prize. Entry fee for the Exhibition is £25. Deadline: 8th June 2011. Full details at the website.

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