Added to Creative Stoke, 20th February 2012

The Wedgwood Museum in Barlaston, just south of Stoke-on-Trent, is holding a crafts market on 20th May 2012 to showcase the best in local crafts and handcrafted foods. The organisers are now inviting applications from Stoke and Staffordshire artists, designers and designer-makers — as well as artisan food producers. Interested? Send JPG photographs of your work, and a short description, to:

Pierre writes from London that he is…

“a designer looking for a ceramist to source bisque porcelain bowls (30 to 50) for a commission as part of one of my projects. I was wondering if you could point me into
the direction of one or more ceramists who would be interested in doing this kind of work for me.”

Interested? Please contact Pierre on 07595 772101.

Preview test riders are wanted for the new Nemesis Sub-Terra theme-park ride at Alton Towers, scheduled to open in March 2012. Application deadline: 26th Feb 2012. The new mega-ride will form the centerpeice of the Alton Towers rides in 2012 and…

“will take thrill-seekers deep underground the site in North Staffordshire to reveal an elaborate network of ancient caves”.

Virtual Worlds in Education Forum is a one-day event at Staffordshire University’s Stafford Campus on 21st March 2012 (9.30am to 4pm). The event is intended as a forum to share experience, information and good practice of using a virtual world (such as Second Life) in a teaching context. This is a free event, but please contact the RSC helpdesk, to find if your organisation is eligibile to access RSC events:

Keele University appears to have a new(?) undergraduate degree course in Creative Computing. This is a Dual Honours course and melds Computer Science with… “computer animation, multimedia, web design, virtual worlds and games programming”.

Keele University is to host a conference of historians and 19th/20th Century literary specialists, “Science and Literature, 1800 to Present: Two Cultures or Co-evolution?“. This postgraduate conference is set for 12th May 2012. The event will examine the long history of interplays between the sciences and the arts, seen most especially in the ‘hard’ literary science fiction of the 20th century. The conference takes place against a backdrop of increasing interest by historians in how science-fiction has subtly but directly influenced the direction of scientific developments.

Need to hammer out the terms and conditions offered by your new business? The local solicitors Grideys are running a free lunchtime business seminar to… “provide you with an overview of the key elements of good Terms and Conditions of Business.” The date is 1st March (12pm – 2pm) at the Chamber of Commerce HQ on Festival Park, Stoke-on-Trent. Lunch and refreshments available from 12 noon. See the website for full details.

Staffs Live has a video look behind the scenes of Stoke-on-Trent’s massive 012 Dance event…

A one-day Puppetry Workshop is to be held at the Regent Theatre in Stoke-on-Trent, on Saturday 24th March 2012 (10am to 3pm). Explore puppetry performance by making your own puppet for short scenes. This appears to be a children’s event and is open to those aged 10yrs+. Cost is £15 (£12 concessions). Tickets are available from The Regent Theatre Box Office on 0844 871 7649.

Stage Experience 2012 is a series of summer workshops at the Regent Theatre in Stoke-on-Trent. The pencilled-in dates (may be subject to change) are 6th to 18th August 2012 (9am to 6pm). 120 young aspiring performers will be selected to be part of the two week intensive summer school. Industry professionals will choreograph, direct and musically direct a large-scale stage production, supported with professional equipment. The experience will finish with four public performances of the chosen production, onstage at The Regent Theatre. The experience is open to those aged between 9 and 25. Cost is £180. Application packs are available via:

Creative Minds Festival is set to be held at the Regent Theatre in Stoke-on-Trent, from 2nd to 5th July 2012. Application to perform are now welcome from any and all local community groups, schools, colleges. The Festival is open to school pupils from KS2 and above including, Further & Higher Education, as well as from Sixth Form Colleges and Universities. However, to qualify, the group or school wishing to participate must be within the city or county boundaries of Stoke-on-Trent or Staffordshire. More information from:

Advance notice that The British Council has announced it is launching a £750,000 fund to support English artists to travel, explore and collaborate internationally. The Artists International Development Fund will open for applications in March 2012. More details and a link will be on Creative Stoke after launch.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s