Added to Creative Stoke, 14th October 2011

Your editor has a taster gallery of 12 pictures made at the huge ‘Fresh’ ceramics exhibition — which is now on at the old Spode factory in Stoke town, as part of the Ceramics Biennial 2011. The work of 41 ceramics graduates is on show, alongside displays of bricks and ceramics made by leading commercial firmsin the UK. There is a cafe, and much of the ground floor of the factory is open to photographers. The entrance is near the King’s Hall.

Don’t forget that paper tax returns for the self-employed are due in by 31st October 2011. Also of note is that the taxman has an amnesty on now for art, music and dance teachers who may have been taking “cash-in-hand” for lessons and not declaring it on their tax returns.

Mark Riley writes to say that “The Dance Floor” in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, is a new 3,000 sq.ft venue for hire in the town…

“Ideal for rehearsal space for drama or dance groups. Potential for a photographic studio.”

Interested? Call Mark on:  0775 115 2634  or email:

Advance notice of a major funding stream, called Catalyst. Some types of applications are already invited. Catalyst will help arts and heritage organisations to source private-sector money and sponsorship, and is described as a…

“private giving investment programme aimed at helping cultural organisations diversify their income streams and access more funding from private sources.”

Application opening dates are…

* Heritage applications opened: 29th September 2011.
* Arts applications open: 1st November 2011.
* Capacity building and match funding scheme open: 1st November 2011.
* Heritage fundraising capacity building grants open: 1st April 2012.

Full details at the website, including eligibility details.

Blitz Games, one of the biggest videogames makers in the Midlands, now has its registration open for its Student Open Days.

The Arts Council has released its 2010-11 spending figures for Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent. Spending in Staffordshire has been nearly cut in half — from £402,968 in 2009/10, to £214,935 in 2010/11. Spending in Stoke-on-Trent has increased from £213,150 in 2009/10 to £332,608 in 2010/11, but £100k of that increase is accounted for by the fact that the Ceramics Biennial falls in 2011.


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