Added to Creative Stoke, 13th May 2012

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Stoke-on-Trent’s Prototype magazine is having a grand launch party on Tuesday 15th May 2012 (from 7pm), and the editor is interested in exhibitors for the event. You will need to have your own display equipment, and be available from 5pm or earlier. Interested? Please contact:  prototypemag@Gmail.com

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The Federation of Small Businesses is running a North Staffordshire event on Monday 14th May 2012 (7pm) at the Potters Club, Federation House (just over the road from Stoke’s main train station). The event is titled: “Pick me, pick me! How to convince customers to buy from you.” Cost is £7, and non-members are welcome. Book via Eventbrite (hurry, booking period ends soon!)

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The AirSpace contemporary art gallery in Hanley has a Graduate Residency on offer. It’s only open to students who are about to graduate from a B.A. (Hons.) Fine Art course. On offer is: a rent-free 7′ X 9′ foot studio space for 6 months (July 2012 – Jan 2013); monthly support meetings with gallery director; your first solo show at AirSpace. Full information is available at the AirSpace website.

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Denise O’Sullivan is seeking a ceramic or crafts student who would like to volunteer some time on a ceramic schools project. The project is one that Denise is undertaking at the beginning of June 2012 in Stoke-on-Trent. You would be helping to run workshops with Denise, and would also get a chance to run a small group? If interested, email Denise at:  info@deniseosullivan.com

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Passionate Drama Tutors are required by the Axis Arts Centre (at Manchester Uni’s Crewe campus) for a three day project on Grimms’ Tales. Payment is £100 for the whole three-day project.

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Job:  St Peter’s Academy School in Penkhull, Stoke-on-Trent, requires a Director of Learning: Creative & Performing Arts. Application deadline: 22nd May 2012, for a September 2012 start.

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A volunteer Sound Engineer Trainee is wanted in the town of Leek…

“Trainee sound engineer required to undertake duties at monthly gigs based in Leek. (Gigs will be twice per month from March 2012). Volunteers will be given full training in all aspects of the role. This is a great opportunity for anyone wanting experience of the music industry.”

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Bob Catterall has kindly placed online his extensive selection of photos of the opening night of Unilateral, which was the recent art show by first and second-year art students at Staffordshire University.

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The newly refurbished Mitchell Youth Arts Centre — in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent — is currently seeking volunteers for their front-of-house team. They also have some limited Internships available, based around specific projects. Interested? Email:  info@mitchellartscentre.co.uk

13.05.12   
Added to the Directory: Lightwood Games – based in Stoke-on-Trent, and specialists in games for mobile devices. Stoke-on-Trent’s Lightwood Games have created the award-winning entry of the UK’s first GameHack event. The two-person team won prizes for “Most Innovative Idea” and “Best Use of Mobile” at the hackathon, held at Pinewood Studios on April 28th-29th 2012. GameHack challenged participants to design and develop an original game in just 24 hours. Lightwood Games has now pledged that the “Plasma Party” game will continue to be developed.

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The Stoke-on-Trent City Voices writers’ group is to run their 6th Words & Music Festival on 13th May 2012 (4pm-10pm), at The Leopard pub in Burslem. Tickets are £5. More details at the website.

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Congratulations to Les Jones, based over at Woore on the Staffordshire/Shropshire border. His one-man creative magazine, Elsie, has just been voted one of the top ten new magazines of 2011 by the New York Library Journal

“It’s a bit risky to select the creation of one individual as one of the best new magazines of the year, but Jones’s wit, artistic eye and insight make Elsie a unique treasure. The love and creativity he pours into this magazine is impressive. Every beautifully printed issue features a few personal touches… Elsie will be a freshly distinctive addition to any library’s collection of works on the creative arts.”

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Rosemary Hale is running two outdoor painting days in North Staffordshire in Summer 2012. Cost is £35 per person per event (includes painting tuition all day). The first is on the 14th of July at Cotton Dell, Oakamoor, a beautiful Staffordshire valley. The second is on 8th August at Hen Cloud and the Roaches, for stunning rock and moorland views. Full details at Rosemary’s website.

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The Arnold Bennett Society is booking now for the 9th annual conference, 9th June 2012, at the North Staffordshire Conference Centre in Hartshill.

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The AGM of the North Staffordshire National Trust Association is happening on 15th May (7pm), and will be followed by a talk by Fiona Walker — “Behind the scenes at the New Vic theatre”.

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The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) is running an Enterprising Britain competition, to find the most enterprising place in the UK. There are three categories: the most enterprising place in the UK, the organisation that best promotes enterprise, and the organisation most successful in encouraging businesses to export. The entry deadline is 30th May 2012. To register an interest, send your firm’s contact details to:  enterprisingbritain@bis.gsi.gov.uk

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The John Betjeman Poetry Competition 2012 is now open to children aged 10-13 in the British Isles. You are invited to write one poem on the theme of “place”, a place that’s important to you… “Put into words what that place means to you.” The closing date for entries is 31st July 2012. The winner will have a £1000 cash prize. Runners-up have a chance at winning Eurostar train tickets, and book tokens.

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