Added to Creative Stoke, 9th June 2011

09.06.11    
Tonight at the Burslem School of Art, Stoke-on-Trent, there will be a free talk by three artists from Sheffield who are currently exhibiting at the School. Simon Kent is a self-taught sculptor who creates his large scale artwork in wood, Brian Holland is a professional ceramic artist, and Bernhard Culshaw is a painter. Their free talks will run from 5pm – 7pm.

09.06.11    
Staffordshire University now has the PDF catalogue online (PDF link, 4Mb) for the 2011 art & design graduation shows. The shows open on Friday evening at the Stoke campus (just around the corner from Stoke’s intercity train station).

09.06.11    
North Staffordshire’s Rideout prison arts organisation is seeking a designer or Lego enthusiast to design two small Lego models for then, using the Lego software. This software is free and easy to download. This work can be done from home and is to be paid via a fee-per-model. Please enquire for more details from Chris Johnston at:  chris@rideout.org.uk

09.06.11    
500 organisations recently joined forces to chide Arts Council England about its lack of concern for the regular funding of digital culture…

“We the undersigned believe that clear national policies need to be developed to ensure that the UK can remain at the forefront of digital culture, globally, and that these must take account of the key role creative practices play in driving digital innovation. Whilst we appreciate that digital technologies have created exciting opportunities to engage with audiences, and to disseminate and distribute arts programmes in new ways, it is critical that funders and policy-makers understand that this is not the extent of digital culture. If we are to make the most of the digital opportunity, it needs to be recognised at a national policy level that digital culture is about more than extending the reach of existing arts practices. It is about entirely new forms of production, expression, practice and critical reflection that digital technologies have made possible. We are concerned about the place of art, creative practice, criticality and risk-taking in current and future funding policies.”

In what would appear to be a first response Arts Council England has now brought in the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA) to run a new £500,000 ‘Digital R&D Fund for Arts and Culture’. NESTA will fund digital research and development projects which… “have the potential to produce new data and research insights that can be shared with and benefit other arts and cultural organisations”. The deadline for applications is 2nd September 2011, and organisations can apply via NESTA’s Web page for the Fund.

09.06.11    
The Light House in nearby Wolverhampton is running a one day Photographing People workshop. The workshop will run on Friday 17th June 2011 (10am – 4pm). The cost is £40 + VAT. See the website for full details.

09.06.11    
The BBC’s Performing Arts Fund is now accepting applications for community dance projects. The Fund has up to £200,000 to award, with grants of £500 to £5,000 available across the UK. Deadline: 12th July 2011.

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