Added to Creative Stoke, 17th October 2011

17.10.11   
The ArtWaves Gallery in Burslem currently has affordable artists’ work-spaces for hire. Resident artists are also promoted on the ArtWaves online gallery.

17.10.11   
Congratulations to Stoke firm Mushroom Digital on launching their very interesting new social networking site called FutureYear.com. This new site lets users post their future long-term plans online — such as birthdays, weddings, business and product launches, conferences, and much more. Then you can share and co-ordinate your year with friends and family. At the moment it’s “early days”, and it’s not immediately obvious how you add items to your timeline — but you add events by going to your “Profile” page and then clicking on the “+Plan” button.

17.10.11   
Congratulations to Crewe’s art-house cinema Big Cheese Film Club for attracting business sponsorship from Mornflake, who also sponsor the Crewe Alexandra football team.

17.10.11   
Added to the Directory: Illustrator and designer Lee Holland has recently graduated and returned to Stoke. He is keen to collaborate with other illustrators on projects.

Above: Lee’s proposed book design for a Penguin paperback, and his timeline of fossil fuels.

17.10.11   
Staffordshire Performing Arts is launching a new youth choir. Aspiring vocal harmonists aged 11 to 18 are invited to an audition on 19th October 2011. Full details at the website.

17.10.11   
Added to the Directory: Staffordshire University Creative Writing Society. They have an Open Mic Night coming up on 25th October 2011, which is linked to the B.A. Creative Writing degree course.

17.10.11   
The BBC’s new Ceramics: A Fragile History has broadcast its first episode, “The Story of Clay”. This BBC documentary is currently on the iPlayer, and Stoke-on-Trent is said to feature heavily. Part Two, “The Age of Wedgwood“, is scheduled for broadcast tonight.

17.10.11   
Job:  Bilston Craft Gallery, down in the Black Country near Wolverhampton, has a £2,000 commission available. You’ll work with the Exhibitions Officer and a specialist early years education team, to develop an interactive sensory area suitable for 0-5 year olds. Contact Carrie Jones for a full commission brief and application forms, at:  carrie.jones@wolverhampton.gov.uk

17.10.11   
Job:  Nearby Wolverhampton, which has just launched its new City Strategy on the back of its Enterprise Zone win, is seeking submissions from artists for their Project Dandelion public art project. This is for a commission they are calling the “Interactive Welcome“. Fee: £18,000 (including all materials, expenses and installation).

17.10.11   
Los Angeles-based artist Ed Rucha is giving a free talk at Wolverhampton Art Gallery on 21st October 2011.

17.10.11   
Wolverhampton Art Gallery is calling for crafts makers to participate in The Joy of Making exhibition (11th Feb to 14th Apr 2012). Full details and application forms at the Web page.

17.10.11   
Despite the £1.3m EU-funded Build Up North Staffordshire scheme, it seems Stoke City Council is still having problems in finding local suppliers. The North Staffordshire Chamber of Commerce is currently running an online survey on the Council’s behalf to… “share your experiences of the local procurement process and let us know how you think the current system can be improved”.

17.10.11   
The North Staffordshire Chamber of Commerce is running a Social Media for Profit in Business training day at their HQ on Festival Park. The date is 26th October 2011, and prices start at £222 inc. VAT.

17.10.11   
The Staffordshire Marketing Academy is running a second half-day Action for Business. This will be a ‘business growth through marketing’ event, and will be at the Moat House Hotel on Festival Park, Stoke-on-Trent. Cost is £35. Full details at the website.

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