Added to Creative Stoke, 4th November 2011

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Artists are invited to submit visual art (2D or 3D), photography, sculpture, animation, illustration, design. To be displayed in temporary artspace in vacant apartment units in the town of Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent. Also to be displayed and sold online. Interested? Application deadline: 18th November 2011. Please contact Marcus for further information, at:  marcusjwemyss@hotmail.co.uk

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Midland Heart has Live/Work units at affordable rent in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent. For more information email:  livework@midlandheart.org.uk

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The major U.S. publisher Random House has a new National Geographic book out now, on the Staffordshire Hoard, Lost Gold of the Dark Ages. The new book is named after the 2010 National Geographic TV documentary. In November 2011 National Geographic will show a further new documentary, “Secrets of the Lost Gold” which will update the story.

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Added to the Directory: Verbal Arts is a website for a new group of…

“applied and performance arts specialists based in North Staffordshire. They provide poetry and theatre workshops throughout the West Midlands. Verbal Arts works with schools, college, hospitals and numerous other agencies and individuals.”

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Staffordshire County Council has small £600 music and arts grants for 2011/12. Application deadline: 31st March 2012.

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Staffordshire University is hosting an ‘Introduction to Film Directing’ workshop, and a ‘Cinematography’ workshop, for people aged 19-25. The date is Sat 26th November 2011 (10am-4pm for each workshop, it seems you can’t go to both). Full information from:  info@104films.com

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Your editor has a slim volume of poetry available now, Visiting Myself, collecting the best poems I’ve had published in small magazines over the years.

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Richard Bellamy writes from Grimsby. They need a potter there, since the one they had has let them down…

“We have built a pottery with a 14c.ft. kiln in our skills centre in Freemnan Street Market (an acre of covered market, community hub and Skills Centre). Our potter has let us down. Is any capable potter, unemployed, who might like to live by the Coast — Cleethorpes is two miles from site — at The Freemens Lincolnshire Pottery. […] We hope to have a training pottery, as well as one that can produce decent mugs, etc (not bought in biscs). […] ERDF bid for £1.5m, which will receive the final OK within a month or so, to build a state-of-the-art Creative Hub […] great opportunities to develop a regional pottery.”

Interested? Contact Richard at:  office@EnrolledFreemenOfGrimsby.org

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Age 16 to 25? Need somewhere to… do something creative? www.somewhereto.com is a new UK website where you can find spaces that are willing to let young people do the things they love. 377 spaces listed so far, offered for free!

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A new group for the older community in North Staffordshire, Shropshire and South Cheshire is holding an open day at the new Keele University Sustainability Hub on 24th November 2011. Project ‘Grey Matters’ at Keele is a new outreach initiative at Keele, and is aimed primarily towards the ‘ageing’ (55+) local community. The Open Day starts at 9.30am, includes a number of presentations and gives attendees the opportunity to become a member of the group.

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Those living up toward the Moorlands and the Peak may be interested in knowing that Derbyshire is having a Creative Innovation Expo at B2net in Chesterfield…

“The 2011 Derbyshire Creative Innovation Expo will take place on Tuesday 8th November 2011. The event will link the Derbyshire Creative Industries Sector with both public and private suppliers of business innovation services”

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Added to Creative Stoke, 1st November 2011

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The final chapter of the fabulous “vampires in Victorian Stoke-on-Trent” Blood and Bone China drama series has just been released: Chapter 12. Here’s a link to the just-released “Director’s Cut” version of Chapter One with Playlist to start you off, and here’s an embedding of it…

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CodEye, a new digital storytelling/illustration series from Stoke-on-Trent…

Episode One

Episode Two

Episode Three

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Your editor is pleased to announce that my new and original 60,000-word novel is available now. The Spyders of Burslem is a historical mystery, with a dash of steampunk…

“It is the year 1869 in the pottery town of Burslem, where a new age of industry and learning struggles to be born. A young graduate has arrived to teach the workers, but finds himself on the trail of a deadly evil.”

Available to buy in paperback, or as an ebook for the Amazon Kindle ereader on the Kindle Store at either Amazon USA and Amazon UK.

A free sample (Chapter 5) is available on the website.

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The Public Catalogue Foundation (PCF) has announced that all oil paintings in public ownership in Staffordshire have been uploaded to the Your Paintings website for the nation to enjoy. This last batch completes the coverage of the West Midlands counties.


Above: The ironically titled “Brotherhood of Man” by John Maler Collier, depicting a leftist group planning a bomb attack. Acquired by the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery in 1936, and now a centre-peice of the oil painting collection. Available as a print.

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AirSpace Gallery in Hanley is inviting people to create one of the 24 boxes for display in their street-front show window in the weeks before Christmas…

“The box should respond to the festive season, love it or hate it, think Alternative, Conceptual, and Eyecatching. Each day of December one of the boxes will be opened — and the contents revealed”

A max. £10 donation is invited per application. Application deadline: 14th November 2011. Full details on the AirSpace website.

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Added to the Directory: Robert Leyland, the Chief Photographer for the British Army and former department head at the Defence School of Photography. Robert now lives in Blurton, Stoke-on-Trent.

Above: “Buckingham Palace Scooter Run” No.18, by Robert Leyland.

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The 2012 Acoustic Festival of Britain will be held locally, at Uttoxeter Racecourse, and now has 2012 dates for your calendar:  25th – 27th May 2012.

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Added to the Directory: Timothy Christopher Osborne. Timothy specialises in portraits of the people of Stoke-on-Trent.

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The Creative Communities Unit at Staffordshire University are offering a free workshop in “Youth Work: Bringing Communities Together”. As part of the workshops they are hoping to produce a
short video of participants’ experiences, which they…

“can then share with partner organisations to help promote the positive youth work taking place across the region”.

The workshop is being held on Friday 4th November 2011 (10am – 12.30pm) at the Learning Exchange (Room L225, Flaxman building, Stoke campus). Places are limited, so please phone to book a place on: 01782 294793.

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Staffordshire University Creative Writing Society now has a website for their Work In Progress magazine.

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Some advance funding news. Creative England has secured £5-million of funding for a forthcoming national “Digital Champions” scheme. This will aim to provide…

“[match-]funding and market expertise to [high potential … SMEs in … Birmingham and the West Midlands] working in cross-platform content and services [in respect of] new market propositions and content”

More details soon.