Creative Stoke update, 13th June 2012

Innovation and Growth 2012 is a one-day event to be hosted by Staffordshire University on the 4th July 2012. The venue will be the Ruxton Technology Centre, at the Beaconside Campus in Stafford…

“how businesses across the region can engage to access finance and funding opportunities [via] Knowledge Transfer Partnerships, collaborative R&D, SMART Awards, and SBRI [the Small Business Research Initiative]”

Digital Cultural Heritage Demonstrator: the Breakfast Road Show is an event happening on 21st June 2012, at Light House in Wolverhampton (a very short walk from the train station). The times are 8.30am – 10am and the event is free…

“The new £2.4 million ERDF-funded West Midlands Digital Cultural Heritage Demonstrator project is now underway. The project aims to demonstrate how collaborative projects, exploring the use of digital technology with the Cultural and Heritage sector, can develop new markets and increase profits for business. […] The project will offer tailored support from a wide range of experts in the field of digital technology and innovation and [at Birmingham University] will provide access to a suite of innovative multi-user, 3D multi-touch technologies, mobile devices and tablets, advanced user-testing facilities and augmented reality tools, all integrated into a unique digital prototyping lab.”

Small “CommUni Action” grant of up to £50 are available to individuals and groups in Stoke-on-Trent. Anyone can apply to CommUni Action for help with a project idea. You can apply for support and advice from University staff and students, use of buildings and equipment, and for up to £50 in funding. The project is being supported by Staffordshire University and Student’s Union, Stoke-on-Trent City Council and the Hanley Building Society. Forms can be obtained directly from Staffordshire University by contacting Janet Hetherington at:

Added to the Directory: UK Film Location is a film and TV location finding service based at Blythe Bridge near Stoke-on-Trent. They offer a directory of 600+ locations, spanning the Midlands and the UK.

There is also another service called the Stoke Film Office which can offer local locations advice, and which now has a new Facebook presence.

Added to the Directory: the website for the Staffordshire University Film and Animation Society.

News that the Black Country Reinvestment Society’s Small Business Loans service…

“plans to raise its lending limit to £100,000 this year [per business]”

The BCRS celebrates its 10th anniversary this April, and it makes loans to small businesses in the Black Country and Staffordshire. They now also have a new Stoke-on-Trent Business Loan Fund.

There’s a new free photobook available, created by Mark Treacey, called The Gritstone Trail: a photographic ramble from Kidsgrove to Disley. The book creatively documents the famously tough ridge-and-hill walk called The Gritstone Trail

The Gritstone Trail currently terminates at Kidsgrove rail station. But this week your editor has also produced a new free ebook (PDF link), which unofficially takes the Trail from Kidsgrove into Stoke town. This extension is in keeping with the tough terrain of the Gritstone Trail, since it follows the ridgeway and offers sweeping views over Stoke-on-Trent.

Creative Stoke doesn’t usually list arts and crafts exhibitions, but makes an exception for the end-of-year student shows:

  * Staffordshire University Show and Tell 2012 is the main arts and design graduation show. This huge show is spread over the ground floor spaces of the main Stoke-on-Trent campus, and opens on Friday the 15th of June 2012, from 6.30pm.

  * Inviso Exhibition: Staffordshire University’s 2012 photography graduates — including
Robert Simms: independent shops in Leek, and Ian Hilditch: Neolithic and Early Bronze Age sites in Derbyshire and Cheshire among others.

  * This year there is a Fringe festival based around the main Staffordshire art and design shows. These include: a “Gothic Storytelling Night”, Tues 19th June, 7:00pm at Spode in Stoke town; and a free talk by Nick Clements on ‘The Artist As Entrepreneur’, also on Tues 19th June 2012, 7:30pm, at the Staffordshire University Stoke campus.

  * Staffordshire University students have spent 12 weeks on making a Lego movie version of Christopher Nolan’s dream invasion movie Inception, now available for viewing online.

  * ‘Astound’ is the exhibition showcasing the work of students completing the Foundation Degree in Contemporary Art Practice at Leek College. The show is on now at the Nicholson in Leek town, until 23rd June 2012.

  * ‘Made’ is the Newcastle-under-Lyme College media, art and design final show, running from 23rd – 29th of June 2012.

The Guardian newspaper has an obituary for North Staffordshire artist Jack Simcock (1929-2012), as does The Sentinel newspaper.

Staffordshire County Council is currently consulting on its volunteering strategy. Deadline for responses is 8th August 2012.

Local historian Fred Hughes has a new video online, in which he talks about the May un Mar Lady dialect comic strip published daily in The Sentinel newspaper…

The May un Mar Lady strip is also set to be made into a series of short radio performances, on Burslem’s 6 Towns Radio.

The ATG Foundation’s ‘Ripple Effect’ project is set to happen at the Regent Theatre, in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent. Local…

“young people from diverse backgrounds with limited experience of arts engagement”

…will work with playwright Ursula Rani Sarma, to make a new 15-20 minute play. Performance Date: Friday 6th July 2012. Full details:

B Arts also has a couple of places available for practitioners on a Ripple Effect developing professional-practice weekend, set for 16th-17th June 2012. Interested? Contact B Arts at:

An innovative new pub game called ‘Librium’ has been invented / designed / produced from Stone, near Stoke-on-Trent. Kits for playing the game in your pub are now on sale online.

The English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) has…

“launched a new scheme offering creative residencies at its London HQ. Open to individuals or groups who want to explore their creative potential and the English traditions, by undertaking a residency at Cecil Sharp House to research and develop new work. Bursaries in the region of £2,000. Application deadline: 30th June 2012. The residencies will run from September 2012 to March 2013. It is envisaged that three awards will be made.”

Up to £2,500 Community First grants are available for community activities in four Stoke-on-Trent Council wards. There are various deadlines in June 2012. See the websites for each area, for details:

* Hanley West and Shelton (inc. Etruria, part of Cliffe Vale, the Staffs University campus and halls, and the river area);

* Fenton;

* Burslem North and Burslem South.

Your editor’s JURN search-engine can now have its search results sorted by date, as well as by relevancy. JURN searches and delivers the full-text of articles from over 4,000 ‘open’ (free) arts and humanities academic journals.

Photo sets of the Olympic Torch children’s carnival parade and the evening Torch Celebrations performance in Hanley Park.

Finally, also of note is the Digimark Discover (PDF link) service. ‘Discover’ does away with ugly QR Codes. You can now invisibly embed the same ‘info trigger’ for a mobile phone, into any picture.


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