Added to Creative Stoke, 13th November 2011

Producers’ Lab is a forthcoming two-day free workshop for aspiring film producers, as part of the Stoke Your Fires film festival in Stoke-on-Trent. Dates are 20th and 21st February 2012 (10am – 6pm). It will give participants…

“the opportunity to learn all about the role of the producer and how to prepare, produce and distribute a short film. The workshops will be delivered through a series of interactive sessions, screenings of award-winning short films, and case studies.”

Tickets are by application only, and you must be able to attend all hours on both days. Application deadline: 20th January 2012. To apply, email  with a…

“one-page document listing your experience to date, why you want to take part in this programme, and how you think it will help you in the future.”

“Write The World” is a new local competition being held by the Stoke-on-Trent City Library archives. Young people (age 12-19) are invited to write a new text (a poem, story, etc) inspired by documents held in the city’s archives department in Hanley (on the third floor of the library). There’s a £100 prize on offer, and your work will be displayed. Full details from Anne Mackey at:

Self-employed creatives who are expecting or who have low earnings (below £5,315 in the tax year to 5th April 2012) can apply not to pay Class 2 National Insurance payments. You do this by completing form CF10 and submitting it to HMRC.

Burslem School of Art in Stoke-on-Trent is offering new short courses in digital photography (40 places) or ceramics (90 places) to local unemployed people. These part-time courses have been funded by the government’s Skills Funding Agency, and thus presumably won’t affect your dole money. Full information from the School of Art office on:  01782 810808 or email:

Three textile felt workshops for advanced crafts makers are to be held in Lichfield, Staffordshire. The three “Exploring Surface Texture” days are all between 16th-30th November 2011.

Job: In what might be quite a relevant commision for large-scale ceramic makers, sculptural proposals are invited for a new public artwork that will form a large-scale floor work of the UK Geological Map. Your editor can envisage patterned ceramic base elements holding shaped and cut rocks, for something like this. Fee: £20,000, inclusive of rock-cutting costs. Proposal deadline: 6th January 2012. Full details from Dr. Darren Grocke at:

Redstone Willows offer a range of country crafts workshops throughout the year at their rural training centre in Alsager, near Stoke-on-Trent. Redstone is booking now for creative workshops between December 2011 and June 2012.

Job: Stoke-on-Trent’s Unity is advertising on their website for a Teacher with the ability to teach one or more national curriculum subjects. Arts and youth culture lead the provision at Unity. Full information from Matt on 01782 409508 or:

Job:  the Marie Curie Cancer Care West Midlands Hospice want to commission two artworks (£45,000 and £12,000, respectively) for their Hospice in Solihull, just south of Birmingham. ‘Expressions of interest’ deadline: 2nd December 2011. Full information from:

Down in South Staffordshire, there is an exhibition opportunity for contemporary West Midlands glass artists to help celebrate 400 Years of Glass Making in Stourbridge and Wordsley. The Broadfield House Glass Museum is to hold a special exhibition celebrating the 400th anniversary of glassmaking in the district in 2012. The… “new work will be exhibited alongside existing displays or features”, and it appears it must be for sale. Full details are here (Word .doc).

A date for your diary…. what’s being billed as a major national Arts Council England debate/conference, “State of the Arts”, is set to be held in Manchester on 14th February 2012. It’ll be part of the Manchester International Festival.


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