Added to Creative Stoke, 26th January 2011

26.01.12   
The Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership is holding its first ‘open access to finance’ event on 26th January 2012, at the Staffordshire County Showground (4.30pm to 7pm). Find out the right way to apply for loans, and get expert advice on access to finance. There will be details on the successful* Staffordshire Business Support Fund from Staffordshire County Council (although those in Stoke might note that Stoke-on-Trent City Council has recently reportedly decided to hold off from setting up a similar Fund for the city). Bookings via:  events@bcrs.org.uk

 * Only seven firms with loans have failed, since the Fund started in 2010. 109 new jobs have been created, through the use of only £1m of loans.

26.01.12   
The Mitchell Arts Centre, in Hanley, is hosting a lunchtime event to help local organisations find out about the creative apprenticeship scheme. The date is 10th February 2012 (12.30pm – 2pm). Bookings via:  bookings@creativealliance.org.uk

26.01.12   
Ross Hetherington is planning to create and project a 50ft Super 8mm cine film (approx 3 mins 30 seconds) of Stoke-on-Trent. He’s looking for suggestions that show the unknown / different / new / creative places, and small businesses that are really successful and which show the way forward for the city.

26.01.12   
Added to the Directory:  Paul Briscoe, Biscoe Photography. Based in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent.

26.01.12   
Added to the Directory:   Sean Jones of Jones Instruments. Sean is a master traditional bagpipe maker, based at Biddulph Moor.


Above: a set of Sean Jones Shepherd Pipes about to go into action at a Bagpipes Society event.

26.01.12   
Ashbourne Arts in the Peak District are seeking makers for their Street Theatre festival in Ashbourne (23rd/24th June). Specifically, for the paid creation of an ‘army’ of large-scale / life-sized scarecrows. The successful artist will also deliver scarecrow-making workshops in the community, predominantly to primary schools. Full details from Graham Shackell at:  sometimesoonarts@yahoo.co.uk

26.01.12   
Wolverhampton’s Looked After Children’s Services participation team and Wolverhampton Arts & Heritage Service are working together to enable the production of a new film for children aged 9 to 11. The aim of the film is to communicate something of what it is really like to be in ‘care’. Application deadline: 27th January 2012. Full details from Angela Tombs at Wolverhampton Art Gallery:  angela.tombs@wolverhampton.gov.uk

26.01.12   
Free ceramics courses are back, at the Burslem School of Art! If you are 19+, unemployed, and out of education or self-employed (but on low income), then…

“this could be the right thing for you. Depending on your skills you can join a beginners pottery class or if you have some basic skills in ceramics making you can enjoy free ceramics studio time to work on your own projects. And it gets even better as you will have all materials and firing free-of-charge.”

Visit the Web link above, or contact Ieva at Burslem School of Art at:  ieva@burslemschoolofart.com

26.01.12   
The U.S. -based National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts has one grant available to sponsor one artist for participation in a six-week residency with A.I.R. Vallauris (starting May 2012). Application deadline: 1st February 2012. To request an application form, email with NCECA RESIDENCY in the subject line, to:  contact@air-vallauris.com

26.01.12   
Sam Astbury has made an online documentary about the artist-run Electric Picture House project in Congleton…

The first exhibition has now been held there, and the team has completed all-but-one of the artists’ studios.

26.01.12   
Bilston Craft Gallery, down in the Black Country, is seeking exhibitors for their Drawn to Craft exhibition (21st July — 22 Sept 2012). This will explore the graphic line in contemporary craft, across a wide range of media. Application deadline: 12th March 2012. Full details from:  natalie.cole@wolverhampton.gov.uk

26.01.12   
Birmingham Institute of Art and Design (BIAD), the largest UK art & design teaching institution outside London, has a rare funded AHRC Doctoral Studentship in Art and Design available, for an October 2012 start. Deadline: 11th April 2012.

26.01.12   
The Patient Environment and the Arts is a one-day conference at Austin Court, Birmingham on 15th March 2012 (venue is round the back of Broad Street, within walking distance of the train station). The event will…

“look at the future of arts programmes across all areas of healthcare”

26.01.12   
The Tatton Park Biennial, at Tatton Park in Cheshire, is seeking a Project Manager for Flights of Fancy.

26.01.12   
A useful free book, from an offshoot of the Creative Regions in Europe Research Network, Creative Business: 10 Lessons to Help You Build a Business Your Way.

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