Creative Stoke update, 10th September 2012

Conjunction 12, Stoke-on-Trent’s contemporary arts biennial, now has three local opportunities available:

  * One Week Residency at the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery. £1,050.

  * Pub…lic is seeking proposals for “locations around the Staffordshire University College Road campus during Conjunction 12, or in two local public houses (tbc)”. £400.

  * artists to make new works for AirSpace gallery, on the theme “The Art of Survival”. £1,000.

Volunteers are also required. Full details on all these opportunities are available at the website.

Stoke’s Signal 1 has a new Radio Production training course, in collaboration with Stoke College. Completion of the course could lead to an apprenticeship with UTV Media, Signal’s parent company.

There’s to be an ‘Arts in the Academy’ panel discussion, to be held on Wednesday 12th Sept 2012 (5-7pm), at the Contemporary Arts Building, MMU / The Axis Arts Centre, Crewe. All are welcome…

“This panel discussion will aim to generate debate around the local and regional relevance of a small academically housed arts centres. It will contextualise this debate in a specific Crewe context. As part of the panel discussion, different viewpoints on a range of activities will be presented, revolving around: arts programming strategies and academic patronage; curating knowledge, platforms for artistic practices; arts centres and communities; interfaces between enterprise, research and learning.”

Wolverhampton’s FLIP Festival of independent animation (1st-3rd November 2012) is calling for submissions of artwork by artists and animators to be sited in unique locations, such as vacant shops and the Wolverhampton Art Gallery cellar. Submit a proposal, an estimated budget, and five images of work… “that supports the festival theme and demonstrates movement and animated life”. Deadline: 17th September 2012.

Added to the Directory: The Bad Edit venue (at The Old Post Office, Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent) is now home to a recently-formed poetry writers’ group. The group meets at Bad Edit every Wednesday (7pm-to-9pm) to discuss, share their poetry, receive feedback, and give support on writing.

There’s a new historical novel of the Potteries, written by the historian A.N. Wilson who grew up here. The novel The Potter’s Hand has turned the Wedgwood…

“company history into a novel, and getting in some sex and romance too. His choice of Josiah Wedgwood and Sons is a good one, influenced presumably by tales he heard from his father, who was himself a managing director of the firm and a potter.”

The novel is available now, in hardcover and for the Kindle ereader.

Congratulations to Staffordshire poet James Sheard who has been appointed as the first poet-in-residence at the Dorothy Clive Garden at Keele, for a period of 12 months.

Birmingham’s Producers’ Forum has a Mentoring Scheme that is now open for applications from people living and working in the West Midlands. There are places for:

  * 4 x senior film producers / writers / directors

  * 4 x junior film producers / writers / directors

Successful applicants get three days each of mentoring support, from a chosen mentor in their field. The application deadline is noon on 28th September 2012. Full details at the Web page.

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, in partnership with The Barber Institute of Fine Arts at the University of Birmingham / Grand Union, Birmingham, is…

“offering five bursaries for recent visual arts graduates from the five regionally-based university art schools.”

2012 graduates from Staffordshire University or the University of Wolverhampton are eligible. There will also be a major exhibition in 2013. Deadline for applications: 5pm on Friday 14th September 2012. Full details at the Web page.

WAVE (Wolverhampton Arts, Venues and Experiences) has a major £25k public art commission available. The finished work is to be sited in the Bentley Bridge retail park near Wolverhampton. Application deadline: 29th October 2012. Full details from:

The Derby Open is now accepting entries from artists. There don’t appear to be residential restrictions, but they seek to present work from “the region”.

Job:  Derby’s QUAD arts centre has a vacancy for a full-time Education Curator (£22k p.a.). Deadline for applications: noon on 24th September 2012.

Burton-on-Trent will be the 2012 host for the Midlands Anime Fan Event. The date for your diary is 8th December 2012.


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