Added to Creative Stoke, 15th November 2011

10,000 Small Businesses is a business-growth programme designed for…

“…leaders of established small businesses and social enterprises, who will benefit from targeted support and resources to help them define and achieve their business growth aspirations.”

Successful Midlands applicants will get business and management education, delivered over twelve sessions lasting approximately 100 hours, at the Aston Business School in Birmingham from November 2011. Applications are open now.

Added to the Directory: David Barber Pottery in Newcastle-under-Lyme. David was born and raised in Stoke-on-Trent, and after a potteries apprenticeship went on to study a B.A. Hons. degree in Creative Arts, before embarking on a teaching career. In the last few years he has returned to the production of hand-crafted pottery that uses a stoneware clay which is dishwasher, microwave and oven safe.

‘Poetry at The Film Theatre’ is the title of a regional poetry evening event set for Wednesday 4th April 2012 (7pm-10pm). It will be at the Film Theatre on the Stoke campus of Staffordshire University, and it already has a slate of poets booked from Chester, Macclesfield, North Staffordshire, and Stafford. There will also be an ‘open microphone’ session during the evening. Tickets are available now (for collection at the box office on the night) for £4, from:

Stokies who dislike London may enjoy reading about the capital city’s complete destruction. Your editor is now giving away the full 55,000-word historical anthology London Reimagined: an anthology of visions of the future city (PDF link). Yes, it’s now free in digital form, although you can also get it as a paperback for just £4.99. It’s generally a book intended as a ‘taster’ for science-fiction readers who think they might be interested in the Victorian fiction on the destruction of London, but who don’t know where to start. It may also save a future scholar several days of work, when writing an article or dissertation that touches on the topics involved.

Your editor has published a short blog article surveying all known novels and fictions set in Stoke-on-Trent. Many thanks to Fred Hughes for pointing out three of these to me, and for loaning me one of them.

The Arts and Humanities Research Council has just launched its Skills Development Call. They want to help to develop…

“innovative, collaborative training packages, that will meet a range of capacity issues in the arts and humanities. Institutions can bid for up to £60,000 of funding for each award to propose a mixture of activities and programmes that will respond to skills gaps or capacity issues in strategic areas of need. Awards will be for up to 18 months in duration. […] must be in one or more of the strategic areas of […] Heritage and Design…”

StaffsLive has a short video report from the recent ceramics industry conference held at the Britannia Stadium in Stoke-on-Trent…

Other creative industries -related videos by the students at StaffsLive, that you may have missed in 2011:

Staffs University Creative Writing Society ‘open mic’ night highlights | Staffordshire University Art & Design Show 2011 – Opening Ceremony | Paine Proffitt’s F.A. Cup paintings | Emma Bridgewater’s Royal Wedding designs | and Potteries dialect ringtones

The BBC is reporting that the Stafford Post newspaper is to shut its doors this week.

AngelShares, the new crowd-funding website for arts organisations in the Midlands, has just launched.

Congratulations to the Spode Museum Trust. They report that a Spode museum is set to be launched at the former factory in Stoke town…

“Stoke-on-Trent pottery is expected to open next spring thanks to a £50,000 Heritage Lottery Fund grant.”

“Spode Museums Trust said it would be collaborating with artists, film-makers and photographers to capture the ‘living history’ of the site.”

The Spode Museum Trust is now seeking volunteers to help with this new Museum. Full details at their website.


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