Added to Creative Stoke, 6th March 2012

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:

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.”

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)…

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

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.

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…

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.

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.

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:

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.

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.

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.”


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