Added to Creative Stoke, 4th October 2011

The Stoke-on-Trent Ceramics Biennial is now underway in Stoke-on-Trent. See the website for the full programme of exhibitions, demonstrations and open days.

Adult creative workshops are:—

* Re-Mould (Saturday 29th October, £15): “Join us for an afternoon of making. Inspired by the mould store at the original Spode factory site”

* Re-Design (23rd October, £15): “Join us for an afternoon of design, learn how to make your own ceramic transfer.”

There will also be two talks and a symposium:—

* 13th October 2011. “Artists and Industry : a constructive relationship?”, at The Potters Club, very near the university and Stoke train station. £25. This will offer “presentations by artists and industry figures showcasing their experiences, followed by lively panel discussions and opportunities for questions from the floor.”.

* 21st October 2011. “Ceramics Practice as Research”, at Staffordshire University. £25. This one-day “symposium will provide an opportunity to examine the nature of ceramics practice as research”.

* 3rd November 2011. “Education Platform” at the old Spode factory in Stoke old town, a short walk from the main train station. £25. This afternoon talk “focuses on the promotion and use of ceramics and craft processes within formal and informal education”.

The Ceramic Review magazine is also offering a writing prize. Entrants should write a 650-word text that explores the Stoke-on-Trent Ceramics Biennial or the ceramic heritage of the city. Submit to:   Deadline for submission: 13th November 2011.

There is also a one-day Ceramics 2011 expo for the industry, on 10th November 2011. The venue will be the Britannia Stadium, Stoke-on-Trent.

The Three Counties Open Art Exhibition 2011 will be opening at Keele University Art Gallery on 8th November 2011, and will run through until 13th December 2011. Receiving days for the exhibition are Friday 21st October (between 10am and 4pm) and Saturday 22nd October (between 10am and 1pm). 2011 sees the added attraction of a major new prize. The Arthur Berry Prize is worth £1,000, and the prize-winner will be selected from all entrants to the exhibition who are aged over 16 years. Entry forms from:

Families Magazine Staffordshire is a new magazine for those with young children. This might be a useful vehicle for those seeking targetted advertising opportunities in this area.

Stoke-on-Trent City Council are currently offering a Travel Plan Grant Scheme to local businesses. You can bid for up to £5,000 to help give employees greener methods of travelling to work (such as secure bicycle-locking facilities, etc). Full details and an application form from:

The North Staffordshire Chamber of Commerce has a new online survey to try and find out more about the local companies already involved in the export market.

Stoke-on-Trent Libraries will host a workshop titled “Newly Self-Employed: The Basics”, between 10am and 12.30pm on Friday 28th October 2011. This will focus mainly on practical tax and registration matters. The venue is the City Central Library, and booking is essential. To book a free place telephone 01782 238455.

From this week, the distribution of Lottery funds to support film production has transfered to the new Creative England body. Their new national Film Culture funding scheme opens for applications from festivals and art-house cinemas from 17th October 2011, and will…

“aim to ensure audiences have access to a wide and diverse range of film content, to deepen and enrich audiences’ experience through education opportunities, and to integrate the unique resources of regional screen heritage into wider film provision.”

From November 2011 there will also be a national Talent Development Fund, offering…

“support for organisations and networks working with talent on a local/regional level”

Staffordshire University is offering new innovation vouchers that are… “worth £3,000”. These vouchers will enable qualifying businesses to purchase innovation consultancy support from Staffordshire University. To be eligible you must be a small to medium sized firm (i.e.: already employing 10 to 250 employees), be planning substantial growth over the next 12 months, and be located within the ST1 to ST21 postcode areas. The following areas of research expertise are available from the university, among others: design-led innovation; digital media; and intellectual property advice. Vouchers will be allocated on a “first come, first served” basis to qualifying firms. For further information please contact Libby Griffin at:

Ashbourne Arts, up in nearby Derbyshire, is seeking street performers for their Ashbourne Festival. The aim of the commission is to create an original performance that is unique to Ashbourne and reflects the character, history and environment of the town making use of its character and public spaces. The new work will be performed on both the 23rd and 24th of June 2012. There is an inclusive fee of £6,000. Application deadline: 28th October 2011. For a full brief please contact Tim Challans at:

Exhibition space is available at the Brewhouse Arts Centre in Burton-upon-Trent, Staffordshire. Arts East Staffs is looking for exhibiting artists to show their work in our extensive exhibition spaces. They are open to regional as well as local artists, and have exhibition slots in 2012. In 2012 they have four hireable exhibition spaces on offer for a period of five weeks. Prices start from £80, and cost is dependent on space — but included is hanging of your work, inclusion in Arts East Staffs publicity material and the opportunity to sell. For more information and an application pack please contact Paul Challacombe at:


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