Added to Creative Stoke, 5th May 2011

“Connect Forward” is a second series of professional development events designed and supported by Partners in Creative Learning (aka PiCL, formerly Creative Partnerships). The aim is to… “bring together teachers with leaders from the local cultural and creative sector”. There will be bursaries available for local creative practitioners — for more information on this please contact:

The first local date is Saturday 2nd July 2011 at Newcastle-under-Lyme. There will be a lecture by Professor Rob Pope of Oxford Brookes University, titled: “If culture and learning are about the same thing — making meaning of the world we live in — what does that mean for lead-learners and cultural providers?”

There are then a variety of similar events around England. There is a final and second local date, on Saturday 21st January 2012 at Newcastle-under-Lyme, when there will be a second chance to hear Professor Rob Pope’s lecture of 2nd July.

Application deadline: 27th May 2011. To apply, please fill out the booking-form (link is not currently live, but it should be in the near future) available here (Word .doc link) and return to:

Congratulations to Staffordshire artist and BIAD graduate Roxanne Gooderham for creating 100 charcoal horse and farm portraits in 100 days. The work has been featured in Horse and Hound magazine, will be on show at the Family Festival at Reaseheath Agricultural College (Nantwich) on Sunday 15th May 2011. Photographs of the pictures can also be viewed online via this Web page.

eFestivals online magazine has an interview with Mike Stephens, organiser of The Acoustic Festival of Britain. The Festival takes place at Uttoxeter on 20th – 22nd May 2011.

The veteran music paper NME is now searching for the best small live-music venue in the UK. There are plenty to suggest from Stoke and North Staffordshire, and there’s also a Midlands regional shortlist to aim for. A great opportunity for publicity, even if you only make the shortlist! Nominated venues have to hold less than 500 people.


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