Added to Creative Stoke, 4th December 2011

The Staffordshire University Creative Futures M.A. degree courses are recruiting now, for a Jan 2012 start.

Added to the Directory:  Pro Poly are a Stoke-based firm providing business design, animations, and more.

Added to the Directory:  Stoke-based Jason Leon Georgiou can provide basic stop-motion workshops.

Added to the Directory:  The Stoke-on-Trent arts and experimental music group InDustrascapes.

The British Glass Biennale is set to happen on South Staffordshire (Wordsley and Stourbridge) in late summer 2012, and the organisers are calling for expressions of interest from Midlands glass artists. All works must be available for sale and must have been made since 31st March 2011. No size restrictions. Deadline for application or entries: 20th February 2012. Full details at the website.

Job:  Stoke-on-Trent City Council requires a creative agency / consultant / project manager to develop and deliver a series of bespoke training programmes/activities to…

“[encourage] locally-based emergent and established artists/companies build capacity within their practice and creative businesses” [and help] creative industries to consider business models and revenue generation” [and to] “deliver relevant training to creative industries driven by inspirational facilitators and speakers …”

“the successful organisation will be required to work with partners to coordinate provision across the city and help prioritise investments and interventions that delivery across the six identified themes set out in the North Staffordshire Creative Industries Strategy and Development Plan.”

Maximum Budget: £15,000 excluding VAT. Application deadline: 5th January 2012. “Programme to be delivered by March 2012”. Full details from:

The privately-funded Foxlowe Arts Centre in the town of Leek opened on Fri 2nd December 2011, with the cafe set to open on this coming Wednesday.

Added to the Directory:  Matthew Basham, a Stoke-based photographer specialising in street photography, photojournalism, and the urban landscape.

Above: Matthew Basham, from a series made inside the abandoned High Peak College.

Shell’s LiveWIRE Grand Ideas has four £1,000 awards to give away in December 2011, to the most innovative ideas submitted by new businesses. Entrants (and any business partners) must be aged 16-30, been trading for less than 12 months, and be based in the UK. Deadline: 31st December 2011.

The Stake gives 16 to 21 year olds the chance to decide how £100,000 is spent and allows you to turn a bright idea into a reality. You can either pitch or back an idea, with the chance of making it a reality. The top 20 ideas with the most ‘stakes’ on Facebook by 23rd December 2011 will be shortlisted and judged by a panel that includes representatives of Barclays Bank.

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