Added to Creative Stoke, 2nd September 2012

02.09.12   
The M.A. in Creative Futures at Staffordshire University is recruiting now for a September 2012 start. Specialist pathways and awards available in: Design; Ceramic Design; Graphic Design; Product Design; Surface Pattern Design; Textile Design; 3D Design; Advertising and Brand Management; Illustration; Animation; VFX; Photography; Contemporary Art Practice; Writing; Heritage and Culture; and Applied Theatre.

02.09.12   
TED is coming to Stoke-on-Trent, in the form of TEDx Stoke, a TEDx ‘City 2.0’ event, set for 13th October 2012. Tickets available now.

02.09.12   
Burslem’s Business Innovation Centre has a variety of business workshops in the second half of 2012. Including…

3rd October: Protect and Fund Your Innovation.
31st October: New Product Development.
21st November: Marketing.

See their events flyer for full details.

02.09.12   
Find out about Staffordshire University’s part-time Business courses, at an open evening on 6th September 2012 (5pm-8pm), at the Staffordshire University Business School. The School is located on the Stoke campus. Courses start September 2012 and run through to January 2013.

02.09.12   
Local storyteller Alan Barrett is running taster workshops at the Burslem School of Art, Stoke-on-Trent, on Friday 14th and Sunday 17th September 2012…

“I’ll be running three, or possibly four, taster workshops each day for two days, showcasing my work to potential new clients. This is a free event, open to all those who work in schools, libraries, youth and community groups with all ages and abilities including SEN, mental health groups and adults. Each workshop will last approximately an hour, with refreshments provided — I may even bring biscuits! Workshops will be run 9-30 to 10.30, 11-12 and 1-2pm. If there is a large enough take-up, I will extend it to another session from 3-4pm. The room can accommodate up to 15 people per session.

02.09.12   
Staffordshire Open Studios this year runs 15th/16th Sept and then also on 22nd/23rd Sept 2012. Lists of participants are now available on the website.


Above: Panel by Mark Lippett.

02.09.12   
There’s a new UK competition aimed at rewarding market towns which have made the greatest improvements to their high streets. The Future High Street X-Fund had been set up to reward towns whose high streets had seen the greatest increases in footfall or turnover, or improved skills and employment levels among local people. There seems to be opportunities for the creative industries here (creative window dressing, music and street entertainers, digital publicity and couponing promotions, town-centre events such as Cheshire’s scarecrow making festival, artist-led pop-up shops in disused spaces, shop staff’s creativity such as group singing, etc). Full details at the contest website.

02.09.12   
The NAME National Conference 2012: Crossing Frontiers in Music Education will take place at the Yarnfield Park Conference Centre, in Stone near Stoke-on-Trent. The dates are 5th-6th October 2012. This is a major UK training, development and critical debate weekend for music teaching professionals.

02.09.12   
The Beauty of Play is two days of playful discussion about play and playwork in the open air. To be held from 7th–9th September 2012, at Stone near Stoke-on-Trent.

02.09.12   
St. James Church, of Newchapel, Stoke-on-Trent, wants to… “collaborate with one or more artists, or with an arts organisation, to develop a funding bid and project proposal for a series of intergenerational community arts activities”. Application deadline: Friday 5th October 2012. For more information, email:  paul.bailey@stoke.gov.uk

02.09.12   
Your editor has completed putting together a 24-page magazine profiling the first three Cre8NET events and training, and here’s a peek at the magazine’s events listing pages…

Click on the picture above, to get the PDF version.

02.09.12   
The annual event for local ceramics firms, Ceramics 2012 will take place on 25th October 2012, at the Britannia Stadium in Stoke-on-Trent. With record profits, strong exports, and expansion regularly hitting the headlines for the industry, it promises to be a lively event. More details and tickets are available at the website.

In related news, pre-bid funding has been given to help develop the idea of a Ceramic Skills Academy in Stoke-on-Trent. £20,000 will pay for Stoke-on-Trent to put together a bid for £1.5 million of funding from central government.

02.09.12   
“Hot and Green: continuing challenges facing the ceramic manufacturing industries relating to energy and environment” is a major event for the ceramics industry, to be held at the Staffordshire County Showground, near Stafford town, on 22nd Nov 2012. It forms the major part of the annual ClayTech UK conference, with a full programme of technical presentations during the day drawing on speakers from industry and academia. Full details from: kate.harrison@iom3.org

02.09.12   
A new Ceramics Community Group is starting up at Burslem School of Art, Stoke-on-Trent. If you feel like getting creative with clay, then pop along and join them. Three hours of ceramic studio space, Mons 6pm-9pm, and Thurs 10am-1pm. Membership £5, then £1 per session. Details from Pauline at:  paulinewoodcock1@btinternet.com

02.09.12   
The North Staffordshire -based Ceramic Industry Forum is set to close shortly due to lack of funding, with its commercial consultancy functions being picked up by CIF Management Consultants based at Keele University Science Park. Stoke-on-Trent City Council plans a new Ceramic Development Group to partly replace the local Forum. (The Forum is not to be confused with the British Ceramic Federation based in Stoke, or with the British Ceramic Research Association based in Penkhull).

02.09.12   
“Resurrecting the Obsolete: exploring the site-specific and associated histories of post-industry sites” is the title of an academic workshop to be held at the Spode Factory, Stoke town, which takes place from 8th-18th September 2012. The ten-day research-based workshop will invite students and staff from collaborating universities (including the Bergen Academy of Art and Design, Norway) to explore the Spode site’s histories, industrial space and infrastructure. This initial workshop will… “form the base of a two-year artistic research project”, and a publication is planned for 2014. Watch out for more details of local opportunities on this “two-year artistic research project”, as Creative Stoke gets them.

02.09.12   
Creative Choices” is a careers education event at the Victoria Hall in Stoke-on-Trent, set for the 6th November 2012. Workshops will enable schoolchildren in Years 9, 10 and 11 to gain an insight into the range of theatrical careers available off-stage. Application from schools are invited, the deadline is: 31st October 2012. Full information from the Web page or from Salima Abdallah at: salima.abdallah@ccskills.org.uk

02.09.12   
The Age of the Great Gatsby is the title of a symposium on the literature and cultures of America in the 1920s, to be held at the Wedgwood Museum in Stoke on 7th October 2012. Price: £20.

02.09.12   
Your editor has a new collection of scholarly essays on H.P. Lovecraft, and one story, available as a book Lovecraft in Historical Context: a third collection of essays and notes. Along with my free fully annotated version of Lovecraft’s History of the Necronomicon.

02.09.12   
The b{u}y me! Contemporary Craft Fair is seeking crafts sellers. The event will be at the Borough Museum and Art Gallery, Newcastle-under-Lyme, on Saturday 17th November (10am-4pm). Cost is £15 per table. Application forms are now available online (Word .doc link).

02.09.12   
Added to the Directory: the new Staffordshire Moorlands Camera Club, which is also looking for members.

02.09.12   
Added to the Directory: Buttercup China, based in Stoke-on-Trent. They can apply your designs to short runs of fine bone china items.

02.09.12   
Added to the Directory: Nick Bebbington, fine artist based in Newcastle-under-Lyme.

02.09.12   
Added to the Directory: Lynn Dumbleton, a freelance Surface Pattern Designer, based in Newcastle-under-Lyme. Lyne served a ten year apprenticeship with Spode, then moved to Minton and Royal Doulton. Lynn has also worked commercially with European companies.

02.09.12   
Added to the Directory: The MIM Agency is a Stoke-on-Trent agency for models and casting.

02.09.12   
Added to the Directory: Jelly Arts is a new arts administration agency, which coordinated a series of satellite projects around Conjunction 12, Stoke-on-Trent’s Contemporary Arts Biennial.

02.09.12   
Added to the Directory: Chameleon Monkey, a small video production company based in Stoke-on-Trent.

02.09.12   
Added to the Directory: Sharedmedia.tv, based in Burslem, and specialising in creating 60-second videos designed to be shared by users of social media.

02.09.12   
Added to the Directory: Sherrie Lowe, a local author, with a new book of stories about relationships, Song of the Phoenix.

02.09.12   
Added to the Directory: I Wis Framed, a gallery and independent picture framers in Stoke town.

02.09.12   
Added to the Directory: Apphaus, mobile device apps makers, based on the Staffordshire University Technology Park.

02.09.12   
Added to the Directory: Cheadle and District Book Club. Meets the first Monday of the month at the Moshi Coffee Shop, between 7pm-9pm.

02.09.12   
Added to the Directory: This is Love, innovative Christian typographic sculptures made in Cobridge, Stoke-on-Trent.

02.09.12   
Added to the Directory: The Book Factory, specialist book binders based in Hartshill, Stoke-on-Trent.

02.09.12   
Added to the Directory: City Songbirds, running singing sessions across Stoke-on-Trent with children aged 5 to 8 years old. Over 600 songbirds members took part in three fabulous showcase singing shows in Hanley in June 2012.

02.09.12   
Added to the Directory: Knot FM, a community radio station based out of the YMCA in Hanley. Knot FM… “broadcasts 24×7 both seasoned broadcasters and residents of the YMCA”.

02.09.12   
Added to the Directory: Nelena Paparisva is offering singing workshops locally. Visit her YouTube channel to hear her voice.

02.09.12   
Added to the Directory: The Community Scrapshack CIC, re-opening 4th September 2012. Based in Fenton, the Scrapshack is one of the best places in North Staffordshire to get your waste materials for use in crafts activities.

02.09.12   
Added to the Directory: The National Stone Centre is based in the Peak District (Middleton by Wirksworth, Derbyshire), and they run stone-cutting sculpture courses. Including: Letter Cutting; Stone Carving and Sculpting; and Stone Masonry.

02.09.12   
The 2012/13 Young Professionals on Arts Boards Programme aims to increase… “the diversity of cultural boards across the UK”. Are you a dynamic young person from the private, public and voluntary sectors? Do you aspire to a non-executive director and trustee role? The deadline for submissions is 7th September 2012. See the website for full details.

02.09.12   
Unemployed over 50s in the West Midlands are getting introductory workshops on business startups, from The Prince’s Initiative. “Preparing To Run Your Own Business” courses will run at Wolverhampton Business Solutions Centre on 7th September 2012 (10am to 4.30pm), and at The Custard Factory in Birmingham on 10th September 2012 (10am to 4.30pm). For more information or to sign up email:  info@prime.org.uk

02.09.12   
The BBC Performing Arts Fund’s Music Fellowships are open for applications. Rather than awarding grants directly to the individuals concerned, they are first looking for applications from music companies, organisations, venues and festivals from across the UK to host a Fellow. Full details available at the website.

02.09.12   
Creative England has launched a UK Business Investment Fund to…

“support the growth strategies of ambitious non-London-based creative companies, which plan to grow through the development and commercialisation of innovative content and cross-platform applications.”

They are especially looking for high-growth businesses in areas such as: interactive entertainment; business-to-business; online learning; and mobile device applications. The Fund is £1m, delivered via interest-free loans of between £50,000 and £100,000. See the website for full details.

02.09.12   
The Future Gaming & Digital Conference 2012 is a videogames industry -backed event at Birmingham’s Aston Science Park (top of Corporation Street, quite walkable from New St. train station). The date is the 13th November 2012. Part of the Global Entrepreneurship Week, this event features expert speakers and demonstrations from the Midlands videogames industry. Themes will be: ‘launch a career’; ‘launch a technology’; and ‘launch a business’. See the website for full details and ticket availability.

02.09.12   
A Museum Camp ‘unconference’ is to be held in Birmingham, on the 1st of October 2012. Full details at the website.

02.09.12   
How children learn: exploring the importance of creativity throughout the early years is a conference event on 20th-21st September 2012, at The Lakeside Centre, Aston University (the top end of Corporation St., very walkable from New St. train station).

02.09.12   
Congratulations to Stoke’s Mark Elsmore, who’s won a whopping £10,000 from the 2012 Sunday Times Watercolour Competition. His painting “The Potteries National Park” took First Prize…

02.09.12   
Congratulations to Raptor Games, a team of five videogame design students at Staffordshire University. Their Project Thanatos game prototype has gained them a One’s to Watch BAFTA award, and the Audience Award, at the Dare ProtoPlay competition in Scotland. Project Thanatos is an immersive first-person psychological horror videogame, which… “throws the player into a world of terror as they try to escape the effects of an unleashed biochemical weapon”. The ProtoPlay competition saw 15 teams enter, each receiving mentoring by leading industry games developers including Blitz, Codemasters and Ubisoft.

02.09.12   
Congratulations to Stafford town which now has a film theatre like the one in Stoke, showing art-house and independent films. Congratulations also to the Foxlowe Arts Centre in Leek which has had a grant for film screening equipment, and now has a season of political documentary films scheduled — including the ridiculously error-riddled Gasland.

02.09.12   
Congratulations to Stoke-on-Trent’s Khoros, who had the new innovative musical instrument featured on ITV news in July 2012.

02.09.12   
Playing Out is an innovative new grassroots website. It shows residents how to temporarily reclaim your street from cars, so that the “new baby boom” generation of young kids can play in it and can safely do things like pavement chalk-art.




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