Added to Creative Stoke, 15th January 2012

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Added to the Directory:  Richard Hearn has set up the new Ardua Music music management company based in Stone, North Staffs, plus a new blog about artist development for musicians. He’s also in the process of setting up a social-enterprise record label.

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Added to the Directory:  Shelton Pottery, based in Alsager, near Stoke-on-Trent. Ken and Valerie Shelton offer hand-painted bowls, jugs, plates and vases.

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Added to the Directory:  Mothertown at the The Old Post Office, Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent. Mothertown Gallery & Studios offers exhibition space in our gallery and work space available for hire in the studios — which includes use of kilns, spray booth, casting area etc.

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Added to the Directory:  Stoke-on-Trent storyteller Alan Barrett has a new website.

15.01.12   
A free two-hour dance class is on offer in the North Staffordshire town of Leek. These are on Tuesday lunchtimes at Brough Park Leisure Centre in Leek, and are taught by Julia Griffin. Spring term starts 24th January for 10 weeks. Full details at the Web page.

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Retina Dance will be holding open dance workshops at the new Jubilee 2, Newcastle-Under-Lyme, on Wednesday 15th February 2012 (10am – 12 noon, and again from 1pm – 3pm). Workshops cost just £1.50. Please wear loose comfortable clothing that you can move around in. To book a place please contact the venue directly.

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Art in the Park is an annual arts celebration funded by Staffordshire Moorlands District Council, in Brough Park, Leek over the weekend of 12th and 13th May 2012. Artists and crafts makers can book tables at £25 per table. Application deadline: 20th January 2012. Full details from Alice Lockett at:  alice@beyondthehills.co.uk

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Aspiring crafts makers and land artists can learning the ancient art of hedgelaying, from rural crafts expert Simon Fowler. Simon will be running a course at Biddulph Grange Country Park on 10th and 11th March 2012 (10am to 4pm each day). No previous experience is necessary, and all tools will be provided. The two-day course costs just £35, and places can be reserved by calling the Countryside Team on:  01538 395522.

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The PINT Contemporary Arts Festival in nearby Burton-upon-Trent is looking for artists and volunteers to become involved. Submission deadline: 15th February 2012. Full details at the website.

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“Creative Connections: survival skills for artists moving into self-employment” is the title of a new evening course starting in nearby Wolverhampton on the 21st February 2012. 2 hours per week, for 15 weeks, 6-8pm at the City Learning Quarter, Wolverhampton. Enrolment is taking place now, for further information contact Moya Lloyd, lead tutor at the Adult Education Service on 01902 558180. If you are in receipt of Job Seekers Allowance or Work Related Employment Support Allowance then you will be exempt from course fees.

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Jobs:  The University of Keele has a series of Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships 2012 available in English and Creative Writing, and Music and Music Technology. Early Career Fellowships aim to provide career development opportunities for academics who are at a relatively early stage of their academic careers but who have a proven record of research. Application deadline: 13th February 2012.

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Jobs:  Down in West Bromwich, Multistory are seeking six Action Research community artists for a three-day residency in February/March 2012…

“to explore how new or existing connections to and from Dartmouth Park to West Bromwich town centre can be established, highlighted and improved.” [you] “will produce a set (or family) of potentially realisable ideas for permanent public works (presented through drawings and models) or a new visual language that identifies, signposts and waymarks routes from the town to the park.”

Fee is £800. Application deadline: 27th January 2012. Full details at the website.

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