Added to Creative Stoke, 1st September 2011

01.09.11   The new July 2011 edition of “A Guide To Sources Of Small Business Finance In The West Midlands” is now available. Everything you need to know about the current funding landscape for small firms.

01.09.11   Job:  The Stoke-on-Trent British Ceramics Biennial has a Resident Artist Opportunity, deadline 7th September 2011. They are seeking an experienced mid-career maker with an interest in using, exploring and adapting ceramic processes and/or clay for a residency at Willow Bank CIC medical centre. Full details are online here

01.09.11   M.A. in Creative Futures at Staffordshire University.
Recruiting now for September! Specialist pathways and awards available in: Design; Ceramic Design; Graphic Design; Product Design; Surface Pattern Design; Textile Design; 3D Design; Advertising and Brand Management; Illustration; Animation; VFX; Photography; Contemporary Art Practice; Writing; Heritage and Culture; and Applied Theatre.

01.09.11   Job:  The University of Wolverhampton’s School of Art and Design requires a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Applied Arts (Ceramics) (Ref A5701). You should have a relevant Masters degree or equivalent, a PhD is desirable, plus a relevant track record and teaching skills. You will also be required to teach in glass and 3D design. Deadline: 16th September 2011.

01.09.11   Are you a nerd, geek, or techie? Know your Kindle from your dongle? GeekUp Staffordshire is having a meeting at Alsager, just north of Stoke-on-Trent, on Wednesday 27th September 2011 (7pm).

01.09.11   Barewall in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, has is taking part in the Open Studios weekend on 17th-18th September 2011. This will included live demonstrations by Rob Pointon and Kevin Millward, 10am – 4.30pm in the Barewall Studio. There will be a further Open Studios weekend at the same venue on 24th-25th September 2011.

01.09.11   Staffordshire Open Studios weekends are coming up fast, with the first on 17th-18th September 2011. The online PDF brochure for 2011/12 can be downloaded here (PDF link, 12Mb).

01.09.11   A new centre for the arts opens this year in an imposing Edwardian building in the Staffordshire Moorlands market town of Leek. The first event will be Saturday October 15th 2011 (10am-4pm). Borderland Voices and the Leek Community Benefit Society extend an invitation to high quality crafts makers to promote and sell their original work at this new and exciting venue in the centre of town, on a date which coincides with the monthly Fine Food Market. Tables are initially at the special introductory price of £10. Its hoped this will lead to quarterly Craft Fairs. If you are interested in booking a place please email:  by Monday 5th September 2011, with a description of your craft and a Web-link if you have one. They will then send a booking form together with a publicity flyer and further details.

01.09.11   The Borough Museum and Art Gallery, Newcastle-under-Lyme, are holding their ‘Open Art and Craft’ exhibition for artists and crafts people from the Borough and the whole of Staffordshire. The show will run from 17th September to 6th November 2011. To enter simply fill in a form available from the Museum reception from 1st August onwards, a downloadable version is also be available from their website. Delivery date for submissions: Saturday 3rd – 6th September 2011. Full details at their website.

01.09.11   As part of the national Artist’s Access to Art Colleges scheme, Arts in the Peak will be offering four placements to artists and designer-makers. Any area of practice will be considered. Closing date for applications is: 21st September 2011. For an application pack please contact them directly at:  This is a rare local opportunity, since Artist’s Access to Art Colleges usually comes nowhere near North Staffordshire. The other nearest participating institutions in 2011 are Derby, Birmingham, and Chester.

01.09.11   Birmingham’s First Light are looking for people 16-25 years of age with some knowledge or experience of working in the film industry? Is that you? Would you like the opportunity to learn from award winning producers ‘just what it takes’ to become a film producer on a 4-day course?

The LAB will offer participants the opportunity to learn all about the role of the producer, how to develop, produce and distribute a short film, how to build a career as a film producer and the skills and experience required to work in the film industry. Through a series of case studies of short films, sessions from guest speakers, role play and project work participants will spend 4 days getting to grips with just what it takes to be a film producer. The Birmingham course will run 21st-22nd September & 28th-29th September 2011. Each day will run from 10-6 and you must be available to attend all hours on all four days. This course is free of charge to successful applicants and some travel bursaries may be available. Apply with a one-page C.V. and a letter stating why the course would be useful to you. Please send to: with SECOND LIGHT LAB in the header subject-line. Your application should arrive no later than Friday 2nd September at 5pm.

01.09.11   Nearby Wolverhampton’s Flip! Animation Festival is on from 27th to 29th October 2011, including guest talks by creatives at Aardman (confirmed). Check the website for full details of the talks and events.

01.09.11   Birmingham City University’s BIAD School of Jewellery is seeking a mid-career Jeweller/Silversmith and a Textile Artist/Designer (both with a minimum of 5 years experience) for a residency in Oct 2011 – Mar 2012. The programme will offer nine residencies to “explore commissioning models”, followed by a touring exhibition and opportunities for students, graduates and professional makers.

01.09.11   Red Door Studios, in Burton-on-Trent, is holding a September Weekend Animation School, for any age and ability. Students will have the opportunity to try their hand at drawn, stop-motion, and cut-out animation and more. Individual tuition £26 per hour, group sessions available. Price includes materials, equipment, software, time in a working animation house, and an ‘end of term’ DVD and showcase featuring your work!

01.09.11   The following free artists’ talks will take place at the newly refurbished Mitchell Arts Centre (formerly the Mitchell Memorial Theatre) in Stoke-on-Trent , in September 2011…

* Thursday 8th September, 6pm: Anoushka Athique
* Thursday 22nd September, 6pm: B. Arts

There is also an on-site “Meet the Artist” event outside the main Stoke-on-Trent train station: Rich White on 20th September 2011 from 6pm to 7.30pm. (Meet at Platform 4 outside the train station). Rich will be talking about his new sculpture incorporating the Wedgwood statue in Winton Square.

Full information at: Place, Space, Identity.

01.09.11   Praxis is holding an arts & health event on 27th September 2011 (Staffordshire University, 10am–12.30pm), to… “Explore how to market yourself as an artist in health and wellbeing contexts and how to use social networking to promote you and your work.”

They also have a session on “Tender Writing: Changes in the NHS” (artists will be invited to tender for health based work in future) on 8th November 2011 (6pm–8.30pm, Pie and Ale House, Stafford).

To book a place or for more information, contact Sarah-Jane Watkinson, Praxis Events Co-ordinator at:

01.09.11   Job:  In the autumn of 2011, Women of Wolverhampton are working with artists from Laundry on a project on the Scotlands estate as part of the Dreams and Realities project. They would like to offer a bursary of £900 to a young and emerging locally-based artist to participate in this project on the Scotlands estate. They have no preference for artform. We are more interested in artists seeking to expand their practice within a social context. Deadline for full submissions: 16th September 2011. For further project details, contact: Beverley Harvey, Participation Project Officer for WOW at:

01.09.11   Stoke-on-Trent City Libraries are looking for volunteers to read to housebound and elderly people in the city. Starting September 2011. Interested? Call: 01782 234567.

01.09.11   The Arvon Foundation grant fund has some bursaries available specifically to help writers from the West Midlands. Successful applicants will be given grant of for up to 90% of the course fees. They have a relatively local residential centre in Shropshire. If you would like to attend an Arvon residential creative writing course on theatre, film, comedy, TV or radio and you live in the West Midlands, please contact:

01.09.11   Your editor has a new history book available now. Walking With Cthulhu : H.P. Lovecraft as psychogeographer, New York City 1924-26 is 55,000 words, 198 pages, illustrated, and heavily referenced. I’m experimenting with giving it away free, for a limited time. Yes, that’s right the whole book for free, at least in PDF form. In exchange… please consider putting a web link to the paperback version on your blog, or mentioning it to your Facebook friends? Download it free (PDF, 4Mb) — or buy a new paperback copy here! The contents list is here.

Also published over the summer, my new book of miscellaneous essays on Lovecraft. This also includes a new and original 5,000-word fantasy-horror short story, and has a new cover illustration, both by myself. Lovecraft in Historical Context: Further Essays and Notes. is available now in paperback.

01.09.11   Staffordshire horror author Phil Emery, based in Newcastle-under-Lyme, has a new novel out called The Shadow Cycles. This is a follow-up novel to writer and lecturer Emery’s Stoke-on-Trent-set novel Necromantra (2006). The Shadow Cycles is a complex novel that updates the sword-&-sorcery genre for the twenty-first century, and is published by Stafford-based Immanion Press.

01.09.11   A new Arts Council funded research-paper on the economy and value of the small-scale visual arts sector in the UK, Size Matters: Notes towards a Better Understanding of the Value, Operation and Potential of Small Visual Arts Organisations.

01.09.11   Staffordshire is set to join new ‘Web archiving’ pilot scheme, being introduced by the UK National Archives. The aim is to archive suitable community websites. Staff from the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Stoke Archive Service will now be trained in how to develop a curated web archive of local sites. More news on this as it comes in.

01.09.11   Added to the Directory: Natasha Tideswell at Jeeberella’s Craft Castle and her blog.

01.09.11   Added to the Directory:  PS Mag is a new lesbigay magazine for Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire. Regular editorial meetings are being held in Hanley in advance of the launch.

01.09.11   Added to the Directory:  Philip Kempson sends details of The Chameleon Project, a new video-production project in Stoke-on-Trent.

01.09.11   Added to the Directory:   Jewellery by Helen Smith.

01.09.11   Added to the Directory:   TISCOart is what appears to be (after a little digging) a locally-based blog, with excellent interviews with pop surrealist and lowbrow artists.

01.09.11   Added to the Directory:   Adam Pigford Bay is a specialist in urban design and graphic design practices, and has recently graduated from an M.A. in Design. His work can be seen online at his Flickr gallery. He’s based in Whitley, Staffordshire.

01.09.11   Added to the Directory:  Rebecca Lancaster Designs. Rebecca is a Leek-based illustrator and greetings card designer.

01.09.11   Added to the Directory:  Vizz Books is a new “independent reviewer, dealer and specialist in creative publications” based in Stoke-on-Trent.

01.09.11   Added to the Directory:  Assorted Records is a new independent record label for Staffordshire.

01.09.11   Added to the Directory:  The village of Madeley now has its own choir.

01.09.11   Added to the Directory:   Digital Delight are a creative digital agency based in Newcastle-under-Lyme.

01.09.11   All the Directory web links on Creative Stoke were checked by hand, and repaired if needed, at the end of July 2011.


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