Added to Creative Stoke, 29th April 2011

There will be a free talk by sculptor/carver/ceramicist Halima Cassell at Newcastle-under-Lyme Museum and Art Gallery on 4th May 2011 (5.30pm), accompanying her exhibition which runs to 5th May 2011. The flyer with full details is online here.

Stoke-on-Trent City Libraries are offering a chance to win a place on a creative writing course, includes one-on-one sessions with a published author and workshops, plus two leather-bound writing journals. A poem or a story story is invited (no more than 1,000 words) on the topic of “Summer in Stoke-on-Trent”. Deadline: 7th May 2011. Entries can be emailed to:   or handed in at the Wedgwood College (Barlaston), the City Centre Library in Stoke-on-Trent, the Gladstone Museum, or the city’s branch libraries at Meir, Bentilee, or Tunstall. Please note that any course-offer for the winner is not automatic — the course has a qualifying condition (a further qualifying 500-word piece must be submitted).

The Exchange artists’ shop in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, is to have its first Saturday brunch (breakfast/lunch) event. “All artists and associates are invited to come along to meet others, do a bit of networking and share ideas.” The date is 7th May 2011 (11am and 3pm) and the cost will be £2 per head — RSPV if possible, please. More details from:

Shropshire & Telford Artists in Residence programme is calling for Emerging Freelance Artists and Dancers. They have two placements for dance practitioners , with another five opportunities for practitioners in drama, music, new media and visual art. They aim to support dancers and artists who are at an early stage of their career, and who wish to develop their practice and work collaboratively with schools to learn about ways of developing creative curricula. Each placement involves 5 x 3 hour sessions in one allocated school, a total of 15 hours of work. Total fee for each placement is £270, travel is not included. Send an up-to-date C.V. detailing your artistic practice and a short statement explaining the following: Why you wish to apply for the position; Which preferred local area you wish to work in; What you would offer during a school placement; How would a placement benefit your future working practice. Deadline: 17th May 2011. Full details from Judy McFall at Telford Culture Zone at:

Dr. Fred Hohler, founder and chairman of the Public Catalogue foundation, will be giving a free talk about the PCF’s sterling work in recording and photographing the oil, acrylic and tempera paintings in Staffordshire’s publicly-owned museum and other collections. The date is Saturday 21st May 2011 (11am to 2pm, booking recommended) at the Shire Hall Gallery in Stafford town. The resulting heavily-illustrated book for Staffordshire is available to order online from the PFC, or can often be picked up in used condition from Amazon UK. Those interested in the book may also be interested in the earlier 2005 Public Sculpture of Staffordshire and the Black Country catalogue, which was researched and produced by the School of Theoretical and Historical Studies at Birmingham City University.

Are you a young Staffordshire artist interested in rural topics? The Royal Bath & West Festival has a 2011 scholarship available. You’ll be a practising young artist between the ages of 21 and 30 years old, inspired by any aspect of rural life or landscape in the British Isles. The Scholarship is worth £3,000 to help further your career, and you’ll also be offered your own exhibition in the gallery at the Royal Bath & West Show, with the opportunity to sell your work. See the website for full details.

Firm dates have been announced for the major Stoke-on-Trent Ceramics Biennial — 30th September to 13th November 2011. Application forms are now available at the Biennial website for the 2011 edition of Fresh, an exhibition of the work of 40 graduate ceramicists. Also now available at the website are application forms for the Research Residencies (deadline: 31st May 2011), in which artists will be commissioned…

“to undertake explorative research, with the freedom to work within the [ceramics] industry to explore, challenge and work with its materials, processes and products.”

There are also five small £1000 commissions for new work to be shown at the former Spode site from October 2011.

The Ideas Fund Innovators funding scheme is open to UK creatives aged between 16-25 who have a firm creative project that could do with a cash injection. They’re offering 10 x £1,000 each to help get projects launch. Application deadline: 20th June. The project must take place between July 2011 and February 2012. Full details from the website or:

Dogwoof are a leading UK film distributor for social issue films and documentaries, and they are currently looking…

“for bright, innovative, entrepreneurial people who are reliable, well-connected online and in their local area, and who are interested in film and/or social issues.”

Interested? Call 0207 326 5979 for further information.


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