Added to Creative Stoke, 8th September 2011

Staffordshire County Council is offering places on a course that can lead to a recognised qualification in the arts. The ‘Bronze Arts Award’ is open to young people aged between 11 and 14, and fully funded places are available. It takes place at the Shire Hall Gallery in Stafford town between September and October 2011. There are four stages to the programme which include: taking part in an a practical, hands-on workshop; attending an arts event; researching arts heroes and heroines; and sharing or demonstrating their creative skills to others. Interested? Contact Laura Hilton at:

The annual Arnold Bennett Weekend October Seminar is to be held at Wedgwood College and Conference Centre, near Stoke-on-Trent, on 8th/9th October 2011. The title is Eighty Years On: The Enduring Legacy of Arnold Bennett. The Society also has dates for its 2012 annual conference, which will take place on 9th June 2012 at the North Staffordshire Medical Institute in Hartshill.

There will be a one-day Arts & Health conference in Stoke-on-Trent, at the newly refurbished Mitchell Arts Centre, Hanley, on 12th October 2011. Full information at the conference Web page.

A substantial ‘taster’ for Stoke-on-Trent’s new Prototype magazine issue 1 is now available for the Kindle, directly from the Amazon store. It can’t be priced as free, but it’s set at the lowest possible price of 89p.

Staffordshire University is to get an extra £1.2m each year (until 2015) from the Higher Education Innovation Fund. This will help fund student research placements and internships in industry. The money will also help support existing ways for local firms to consult with university staff. The new funds can be spent on areas such as digital media and design, among others.

Keele University has a Postgraduate Open Afternoon on 14th September 2011 (3.30pm-6.30pm) in the Chancellor’s Building, manned by representatives from the Faculties of Humanities and Social Sciences, and the Natural Sciences.

Keele University will be hosting a talk on the new European Horizon 2020 funding scheme on 12th October 2011. Horizon 2020 will be a new integrated EU funding system that will cover all research and innovation funding. The new programme will subsume the EU’s previous Programme for Research and Technical Development (PRTD), the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP), and the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). It will come into force (if the EU doesn’t collapse first) in 2014. Funds are to be increased by 46% above the previous schemes.

Advance news on a creative/history conference in Stoke-on-Trent, Exporting Stoke and Beyond: Tiles and Architectural Ceramics in the World Context. This is a Tiles and Architectural Ceramics Society conference, and will be held on 12th November 2011 at the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, Hanley. The conference seeks to place tile making in the city in context of the history of world trade, including the British Empire and its vigourous promotion of free trade.

The Burslem School of Art is having a competitive Open Art Exhibition. Entries are invited for ‘bringing in’ on 27th & 28th October 2011 (10am-5pm). The work must be: by someone from Stoke-on-Trent; completed within the last year; be professionally framed; and be for sale to the public. There is a hanging fee of £15 if selected. See the Web page for full details.


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