Added to Creative Stoke, 27th March 2012

27.03.12   
Added to the Directory:  Wood Goldstraw Yorath LLP Architects, an architectural practice based in Hanley. WGY is also on Facebook.

27.03.12   
Added to the Directory:  Alix McMurdo is a young photographer based in Stoke-on-Trent and can provide a variety of photography including band promotion pictures.

27.03.12   
Added to the Directory:  Hannah Belfield is a ceramics maker based in Burslem, who hand throws ceramics and makes ceramic jewellery.

27.03.12   
The Ark Stoke is a Stoke-on-Trent based local music website, specialising in reviews and features of local artists. The editors are currently in need of contributors. Interested? Contact Josh Doyle via their website.

27.03.12   
Added to the Directory:  The curators of the Electric Picture House at Congleton are to have their premiere opening night on Friday 20th April 2012, to officially open this new cluster of nine studio spaces, and a group workshop and arts exhibition space in Congleton (just to the north of Stoke-on-Trent). The venue will thereafter be open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 5pm (closed Sundays).

27.03.12   
Susan writes from the Electric Picture House at Congleton. There’s to be a MayDay! Street Fair at this venue, with stalls available for local and regional artists and makers. The date is Monday 7th May 2012. A pitch will cost £20 for the day (no commission taken on sales). The Fair has some tables available, or artists can bring their own table/stands. Book now to avoid disappointment! Full details from: electricpicturehouse@gmail.com

27.03.12   
The curators of the Electric Picture House at Congleton are seeking entrants for a Picture Postcard Show, for exhibition in June 2012…

“Postcards can be any medium or subject, but must fit the specified postcard size of 4 x 6 inches. All works must be original and unframed. The pieces will be for sale throughout the exhibition priced at £15 each.”

Deadline: 1st June 2012. Full details at the website.

27.03.12   
Laura Allen’s Stoke-based Prototype magazine, for creative 18-24 year olds, continues to develop. The editors and helpers are holding an official Launch Party…

On Tuesday 15th May 2012 Prototype magazine officially launches itself to the public and to the creative industries, when we hold our launch party at The Old Brown Jug in Newcastle-under-Lyme from 7pm-10pm.

Tickets are now on sale at www.prototypemagazine.bigcartel.com from only £5.

Issue one of Prototype is still available for the Kindle — and issue 2 is out but has already sold out…

27.03.12   
There is to be a free traditional country crafts Hurdle Making workshop at Hem Heath Nature Reserve (on the edge of Stoke-on-Trent between Wedgewood at Barlaston and the Trentham Lakes industrial estate). The date is Sunday 15th April 2012 (10am-3pm). Hurdles are traditional rustic fencing made out of woven willow or hazel withies. Places are limited, so booking is essential. Full details from Karen Camara, Communities Officer, on: 01538 309416.

27.03.12   
North Staffordshire Decorative and Fine Arts Society has two lunchtime talk events coming up in Stoke-on-Trent:

   * Tuesday 10 April 2012 — Sue Taylor: “Art Pottery” / Keith Potts: “Josiah Wedgwood, People & Places”.

   * Tuesday 8 May 2012 Jessica Davies: “Staffordshire Figures 2” / Deb Skinner “William De Morgan & Tiles”.

The Society also has two study days planned, in the form of trips to Birmingham.

27.03.12   
The Moorlands Makers Artists’ Market is calling for participants for a May 2012 selling event…


Click on the flyer to see the large version.

27.03.12   
The gallery at Weston Park in nearby Shropshire is holding an open art competition for 2012. £2,000 first prize. Entry deadline: 29th June 2012. Full details at the website.

27.03.12   
Park Your Yarn is looking for people to make pieces for their new knitting intervention project in nearby Wolverhampton. The aim is to transform Saint Peters Gardens, with the aid of yarn and knitting. There are specific plans to cover 15 benches with knitted covers. Interested? There are a series of drop-in workshops over the next three weeks in various locations around Wolverhampton. If you can’t make it to any of the workshops, but would still like to make pieces, then please get in touch via: info@stitchesandhos.co.uk

27.03.12   
Junction 2012, a contemporary arts festival is set to take place in nearby Wolverhampton on 3rd-5th August 2012. Artists living or working in the Midlands and artists nationally and internationally with links to the Midlands are invited to apply. Proposals should be for site responsive or site contextual work. Application deadline: 28th April 2012. Full details at the website.

27.03.12   
Job:  A Marketing Assistant is needed at Live & Local. Live & Local is a Midlands arts support organisation…

“for a network of over 200 voluntary organisations across the West and East Midlands who book and promote professional performances and other arts activities for their village halls, schools and community centres.”

27.03.12   
Job: A Lecturer in Marketing post is now on offer in North Staffordshire at Keele University (Keele Management School).

27.03.12   
The Musicians Benevolent Fund (MBF) has opened a new small grants scheme for emerging musicians. Their Emerging Excellence Awards (PDF link) will offer up to £3,000 to selected individual musicians, composers and groups.

27.03.12   
Don’t forget that tomorrow (28th March) Crea8NET is offering the first of four creative training evenings that are set to happen this Spring. The first event will be at the Burslem School of Art, on the 28th March 2012 (from 7pm)…


Click on the above image for the full-size flyer.

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Added to Creative Stoke, 16th March 2012

Added to Creative Stoke, 16th March 2012…

16.03.12   
The Burslem School of Art is heading up a city-wide Crea8NET programme, of four creative training evenings happening this Spring. The first event will be at the Burslem School of Art, on the 28th March 2012 (from 7pm)…


Click on the above image for the full-size flyer.

Also on offer is a fabulous free 5-day professional development programme, delivered by Staffordshire University. This programme involves masterclasses, and guest speakers, and at the end of the week the participants will have the opportunity of a showcase event to reveal their creative idea. Interested? There are limited places available. Please register an interest via:  creativecommunities@staffs.ac.uk

16.03.12   
Added to the Directory: the Staffordshire Marketing Academy. Bookings for their 30th March event “Action For Business” are being taken now.

16.03.12   
Added to the Directory: Flank Recording Studio, based in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent.

16.03.12   
Added to the Directory: Concrete Poetry, a graphic design company based in Stoke-on-Trent, established since 2000.

16.03.12   
Added to the Directory: Emma Clayton. Emma is a private music tutor based in Lightwood, Stoke-on-Trent. Emma can tutor for Clarinet, Saxophone, Piano (for beginners), Recorder, and Music Theory. She also runs a small, friendly ensemble for Clarinet and Saxophone musicians of all ages.

16.03.12   
Job:  A primary school Stoke-on-Trent is seeking a Music Teacher for a 6.5 hrs per week post.

16.03.12   
Job: Hanley’s Mitchell Arts Centre is now recruiting for a Chair and Board members. Apply by 10th April 2012.

16.03.12   
Hanley’s AirSpace contemporary art gallery is six years old this year, and they are having a fancy dress celebration on Friday 23rd March 2012 (6-9pm). The event will also showcase their recent Stocktake evaluation of the gallery’s future. The event will be…

“Fancy Dress — come dressed as your favourite Artist or Artwork and receive a free gift…”

Studio spaces for contemporary artists are also currently available at AirSpace…

“We have a couple of studio spaces coming available. Get in touch if interested, be part of a marvelous studio group. If interested email:   mail@airspacegallery.org

16.03.12   
Staffordshire’s Shire Hall Gallery Summer Exhibition 2012 is now inviting visual artists and designer/makers to create work inspired by the colours gold, silver or bronze. You can also submit work in these materials. Application deadline: 31st March 2012. Send six images, a current C.V. and an artist statement to Kim Gould at:  kim.gould@staffordshire.gov.uk

16.03.12   
A Pop-Up POT Shop is set to provide a selling opportunity for potters. The shop is to be at the Burslem School of Art, 24th March 2012 to 26th April 2012.

“As a part of The Great Wall of Stoke on Trent China program, we would like to invite everyone using clay as their main creative expression medium to show and sell their work at the Spring Pop-Up POT Shop, alongside with Burslem School of Art adult learners.”

Full details from:  ieva@burslemschoolofart.com

16.03.12   
Keele University is having a Grey Matters Open Day for older people (55+) in North Staffordshire, Shropshire and South Cheshire. The venue will be the Keele University Sustainability Hub on 10th March 2012, and the day will have a gardens and nature theme. Grey Matters provides a meeting facility and access to education programmes and links with academic and students at Keele. More details from:  01782 733986.

16.03.12   
Leek town’s Arts in The Park event (May 2012) is seeking a sponsor for its main marquee.

16.03.12   
The Stoke-on-Trent Funding Fair is set to happen on 21st March 2012. This event will feature…

“funders and agencies able to advise on opportunities for large and small project ideas, core costs, constitution and set up and general advice on completing a good funding application.”

Present will be 15 funders including the Big Lottery, the Heritage Lottery Fund, Esmee Fairbairn, Santander, Give it Sum, Staffordshire Community Foundation, Community Wellbeing Fund, Newcastle Partnership, and the Coalfields Regeneration Trust. For details contact Stoke City Council’s External Funding Team on:   01782 233672.

16.03.12   
Job:  Sundorne Infants School, in nearby Shrewsbury, is seeking a inspirational creative practitioner to work with children to design and make a maze within the EYFS1 garden area. They envisage the maze taking the form of a trail/pathway representing a journey. Applications deadline: 23rd March 2012. Budget is around £2,500. Interested? Please send a current C.V and details of previous projects/experience, and images, to Amanda Beadle at:  admin.sundorne-inf@shropshirelg.net

16.03.12   
Job:  Staffordshire University requires a Senior Lecturer in Animation, to lead Animation at the university.

16.03.12   
Job:  Staffordshire University requires a part-time senior lecturer in Surface Pattern Design.

16.03.12   
Job:  Biddulph High School needs a part-time term-time Art Technician. Apply by 19th March 2012 via email or phone the school.

16.03.12   
Job:  the North Staffordshire -based Autism Radio UK requires a Supervisor for the station. 25hrs per week. Manage the station, recruit volunteers. Understanding of autistic and Aspergers adults is needed. The station was recently funded by the Lloyds TSB foundation. Apply via website, deadline 29th March 2012.

16.03.12   
The nearby residential Arvon Writing Centre in Shropshire is now recruiting for its 2012 courses.

16.03.12   
The Light House art house cinema in nearby Wolverhampton has an online fundraising call on now, to buy new digital film projectors.

16.03.12   
Birmingham’s LGBT Festival is currently seeking: a Performing Arts Curator; a Visual Arts Curator; and a Volunteer Coordinator.

16.03.12   
The official brochure for the Cultural Olympiad in the West Midlands is now online.


Added to Creative Stoke, 6th March 2012

06.03.12   
On 30th May 2012 the Olympic Torch passes through Stoke-on-Trent on its way to the 2012 London Olympic Games opening ceremony. As part of this event there will be a parade through the city centre, co-ordinated by B Arts and Stoke City Council. To make the parade memorable they need flag makers and people who can use a sewing machine, and who are based in North Staffordshire. There will be an open audition on Saturday 17th March 2012 to recruit a team of flag makers. No previous experience in flag making is needed, but machine sewing will be an essential skill. Successful applicants will work with Wendy Meadley for five days Monday 23rd to Friday 27th April 2012 inclusive, and also on the day itself on Wednesday 30th May. Interested? Email:  info@b-arts.org.uk

06.03.12   
A new Director at the British Council has reportedly restored culture to the heart of the Council’s activities, after it languished for many years under Labour. As part of the new policy there is a new Artists International Development Fund, a three-year programme to financially support English artists to travel the world. Administered by the Arts Council, it’s now open for applications, and will provide grants of between £1,000 and £5,000 to artists…

“to travel and collaborate internationally while carrying out professional projects”. The money will be given to artists who have so far… “carried out little or no work abroad, but who wish to capitalise on domestic success.”

06.03.12   
Stoke-on-Trent artist and illustrator Paine Proffitt has a new video, showing the West Bromwich Albion F.C. artwork he has done for their 2011/2012 match-day programmes (used, unused, covers and interiors)…

06.03.12   
The five-piece Stoke-on-Trent alternative rock band The Hiding Place have released their first music video. Here’s the video for the track “Popular Myths”, taken from their recently released EP EP2

06.03.12   
Applications are now invited from school rock bands for Staffordshire Rocks, organised by Staffordshire Performing Arts. Application deadline: 23rd March 2012. Full details at the website.

06.03.12   
Added to the Directory: Grand Independent is a new commercial film company spin-off from Staffordshire University. Run by Film Production Technology lecturers James Fair and Peter Rudge, Grand Independent will develop, produce and distribute films and documentaries…

06.03.12   
Added to the Directory: Ieva Alksne Ceramics. Ieva is a Latvian ceramic artist, and an arts organiser working for the Burslem School of Art. Her work is mainly hand-built figurative sculptures, largely created in stoneware and porcelain, often combined with metal wire, which is implemented in sculptures after firing.

06.03.12   
Added to the Directory: Minster Music, based at Stoke Minster & Blurton, offers a music teaching service providing curriculum music and extra-curricular activities for primary schools, and private music teaching for piano and organ. Jonathan Hill is a university-trained, practising professional musician with over sixteen years’ experience in teaching music in the primary school setting.

06.03.12   
Shackleford Pianos, of Macclesfield, are seeking submissions from designers and cabinet makers for music cabinets, piano lights, music stands and piano stools to be sold the Shackleford shop. Designs should be engaging, dynamic and captivating. Interested? Please send six images of your work, along with the name of the pieces, dimensions, price and any specific requirements. Also a brief statement about you and your work would enhance your submission. There is no deadline. The email address to send to is:  adshackleford@gmail.com

06.03.12   
Advanced notice that the Northern Ceramics Society will have its AGM in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, on 18th May 2012 at the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery. The day will start at 11.30am with a talk by Claire Blakey: “Town of Year-Round Thunder & Lightening”: Jingdezhen & Stoke-on-Trent (Jingdezhen is the Chinese version of Stoke). Then the AGM is from 2.00pm, followed by a “Pot Session”. Note that the Society is also planning a Summer School for 2012, fairly nearby at The University of Chester.

06.03.12   
The University of Manchester has new funding for a large number of funded Ph.D. offers. Among the fully funded, three-year full-time PhDs in the MIRIAD Industry-based Studentships scheme are…

The Malcolm Garrett Archive, a Graphic History of the Future;
The Visual Culture of Football Fandom: The National Football Museum;
Art and Ecology;
Pugin: Conservation and the Search for the True Gothic;
Hat Works: a museum for Millinery and Hatting;
Crafting the Contemporary, dialogues shaping practice, between India and the UK;
Design, Technology and the Age Friendly City;
Intergenerational Design and the Urban Environment;
Textiles and Clothing Recycling;
New Models of Digital and Performative Engagement;
Creative Partnerships in an Urban Regeneration Context;
The Intelligent Building Facade as a Cradle-to-Cradle Product;
Formalising Sustainability and Motivation in Social Enterprise Projects within the Community Arts.

Application closing date: Monday 2nd April 2012.

06.03.12   
Humanities in the European Research Area (HERA) is a new Europe-wide research funding initiative that is now inviting submissions from the UK…

“The research programme will fund new and exciting humanities-centred projects on Cultural Encounters involving researchers from three or more participating countries.”