Creative Stoke news update, 5th October 2012

05.10.12    
Stoke-on-Trent’s own vampire series Blood & Bone China has its official DVD edition out now.

05.10.12    
The organisers of StokeTEDx are seeking short films for inclusion in the TEDx programme on 13th October 2012. They’re looking for:

1. Films that showcase Stoke-on-Trent, or the surrounding urban areas, as an interesting location for a global audience.
2. Films reflecting any of the City 2.0 themes: health, public spaces, transportation, food, play, housing, safety, recycling.
3. Films that tell a powerful story about an aspect of city life, or include an “idea worth sharing”.

Maximum length of two minutes; MP4 video format; 4:3 screen ratio. Upload to the free services Dropbox or SendShare or equivalent, and then email the Web link to:  tedxstoke@gmail.com

05.10.12    
Global Entrepreneurship Week has a Stoke-on-Trent event, in the form of ‘Be Inspired Leadership’ talk by Kevin Oakes, the dynamic CEO of the successful local ceramics firm Steelite International. The date is 15th November 2012 (starts 6.30pm), and the venue is the Ashley Conferencing Centre on Staffordshire University’s Stoke campus. Kevin will talk on… “enterprise, entrepreneurship and innovation in his business and the Stoke context.” To request a place, please email:  beinspired@staffs.ac.uk

05.10.12    
Staffordshire University Business School is hosting an event titled “Stimulating Innovation: financing expansion for small and medium enterprises“, on 30th November 2012 at the Ashley Building on Staffordshire University’s Stoke campus. See the Web page for full details.

05.10.12    
Five places are currently (as of today) still left on the adult pottery evening course at Burslem School of Art. The next course starts very soon, and the times will be 6pm-9pm.

05.10.12    
Stoke town’s Stoke Christmas Lights Switch On and Crafts Fair is seeking stallholders, especially artists and crafters (sorry, no food or produce stalls). The event is on Saturday 1st December 2012 from 12 noon. Interested? Please contact Alan Barrett.

05.10.12    
The managers of Hanley’s Mitchell Youth Arts Centre are looking for volunteers, for a number of different roles. Application forms can be picked up from the box office.

05.10.12    
A locally-edited and published anthology is available now. The Alchemy Press Book of Ancient Wonders has been edited by Jan Edwards and Jenny Barber.

05.10.12    
North Staffordshire Press and The Business Village at Staffordshire University will host an evening of readings from Arnold Bennett’s novel The Card (1911) on Tuesday 11th December 2012, 7pm. Clips will be shown from the excellent feature-film comedy of The Card (1952), which starred Sir Alec Guinness. A paper will also be read by Malcolm Henson, on “Association Football and The Card: fact or fiction”.

05.10.12    
Are you a budding museum exhibits designer? The Spitfire Gallery at the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery is running a competition for makeover designs. Show the curators how the new Spitfire Gallery should look, to give the real-life Spitfire “future appeal”. Deadline: 19th October 2012. Full details at the Web page.

05.10.12    
A date for your diaries. The famous Glyndebourne opera is performing in Stoke-on-Trent from 5th to 8th December 2012. The visit is sponsored by The Daily Mail newspaper and part-funded by the Arts Council, so we can hopefully expect details of workshops and talks to be announced soon.

05.10.12    
Master B&W landscape photographer John Blakemore will be in conversation with Aline Kisina at the Light House in Wolverhampton, on 23rd November 2012. Tickets are £5. See the Web page for full details. The event is accompanied by a show of Kisina’s “City of Home” works in the Light House photography gallery.

05.10.12    
“Starting a novel… and finishing it” is a forthcoming eight-week course delivered by Alex Davis looks in detail at the process of writing a novel, from first developing the idea, through planning and plotting all the way to completing the manuscript. The cost is £100, and the venue is The Light House in Wolverhampton (a short hop on the train from Stoke). The course runs on Tuesdays from 8th Jan to 26th Feb 2013. Bookings open in November.

05.10.12    
The Brewhouse Arts Centre and Theatre, down in Burton-upon-Trent, has a Christmas exhibition/sales opportunity. Their pre-Xmas selling show will run from the 10th November to 24th December 2012. They are looking for affordable work, up to around £50 maximum retail price per item, which is “ideal as a Christmas gift”. Application deadline: 8th October 2012. For an application form please email:  david.gilbert@eaststaffsbc.gov.uk

05.10.12    
The Digital R&D Fund for the Arts is a new £7 million fund, spread over three years. The aim will be to research new digital business models, and to help reach audiences more effectively. Applications are open now. See the website for full details.

05.10.12    
DACS Payback scheme allows visual creatives to claim a share of the £3-million DACS Payback fund. If you’ve had an image of your work published in a British magazine or newspaper, or seen on a TV programme, yet not been paid for it — then applying could get you a DACS cheque. The Payback cash is raised from the annual photocopying and video/TV/DVD duplication licenses paid for by British schools, colleges and universities. All claims must be submitted no later than the 31st of October 2012. See the website for full details.

05.10.12    
Sky Arts is offering five young artists (age 18-30) £30,000 each. The cash is intended to fund their work for a full year, as part of the Sky Arts Ignition: Futures Fund. Applicants are welcome in the following fields: Performing Arts; Dance; Music; Visual Arts; and also Producing. Deadline: 19th December 2012. Full details at the website.

05.10.12    
The BFI’s new Youth Film Academy Network will give talented 16-19 year olds help to get into the future film industry. The government has committed £1m of annual funding, from April 2012 to March 2015. In the first instance the BFI is seeking to appoint partners to help deliver this ambitious programme. Full details from:  filmacademy@bfi.org.uk

05.10.12    
There will be an afternoon of Creative Industries fringe events at the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham on Monday 8th October 2012. Sessions include “Creative Industries Start Ups and Growth”, and “The Creative Economy”.

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