Added to Creative Stoke, 19th April 2011

Place, Space and Identity 3 is the latest in a series of Stoke-on-Trent arts commissions connected with attempts to regenerate the city. There are six new commissions available to artists. The organisers are seeking proposals for… “exciting, visible, temporary and beautiful experiences” based on “ambitious, visible and physical interventions”. Commission fees/budgets will range from around £7,000 to £23,000. Application deadline: 9th May 2011. Full details and application forms from: Note that there is a requirement of the artists that… “They will positively promote the work of RENEW” — which may be a significant ethical hurdle for those who know of Renew’s treatment of vulnerable communities in places such as Middleport, and of Renew’s broader failure in relation to the city’s regeneration.

Added to the Directory:  Ripping Yarns is a knitting and textiles group, new in 2011. They meet on the first and third Saturday of each month, at the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery in Stoke-on-Trent.

Staffordshire Marketing Academy is holding an Action For Business event on 27th May 2011 at The Moat House on Festival Park, Stoke-on-Trent. The event costs £20, with profits going to charities. Action For Business will feature… “lively, short, interactive sessions” offering marketing ideas that any business can undertake.

The Collections Trust is offering volunteering opportunities at OpenCulture 2011, a major Birmingham conference to be held on the 6th, 7th and 8th June 2011. Application deadline: 26th April 2011.

Fledgling entrepreneurs looking for spaces that provide free wi-fi for netbooks/laptops/Kindles, without having to constantly spend on coffees, may be interested to know that all Staffordshire libraries now offer free wi-fi net connections. The only exceptions are the outlying libraries at Gnosall and Knutton. Stoke-on-Trent libraries don’t currently seem to offer this useful service — a search for “wi-fi” on produces zero hits.


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