Creative Stoke news update, 21st October 2012

21.10.12   
A new Volunteer Centre at Keele University is the first Volunteering England -branded centre in the UK. If your group or organisation would like to work with the North Staffordshire Volunteer Centres team, to develop opportunities specifically for Keele students to engage with, please contact Sarah Amphlett at:  su.volunteering@keele.ac.uk

21.10.12   
The 2nd Potteries Empty Bowls Project is nearly here. All potters are invited to a 12-hour bowl-making marathon: Empty Bowls Throw-A-Thon 2012, at the Burslem School of Art. The date is Wednesday 24th October (10am – 10pm). Phone the School of Art to arrange your preferred time-slot: 01782 810808. Empty Bowls is a community-based effort to raise money to fight world hunger: potters and others create handcrafted bowls; supporters are invited to a community meal of soup, bread, and a pudding; guests who donate are asked to keep a bowl as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world. Full details at the School of Art Facebook page.

21.10.12   
biTjAM have an ‘open studios’ event at their Artisan Studios, 552 Hartshill Road, Stoke-on-Trent [ on Google Maps ] on Thursday 1st November 2012.

21.10.12   
Job:  Stoke-on-Trent City Council requires “an artist of the highest calibre” to make artwork suitable for cladding an electrical power sub-station in Hanley, the city centre of Stoke-on-Trent, by March 2013. £100,000 is available for the work. Interested? Contact Paul Bailey, Cultural Development Officer at Stoke-on-Trent City Council at:  paul.bailey@stoke.gov.uk

21.10.12   
Job:  the Shropshire-based Society for Storytelling requires a Website Manager. Deadline: 28th October 2012.

21.10.12   
Code Clubs for kids age 9 to 11 allow them to learn the basics of computer coding, using MIT’s Scratch software. There are currently four such clubs in Stoke-on-Trent, and one in Buxton. The children learn to make things such as a flying witch game.

21.10.12   
The Stoke-on-Trent Writing Squad is a new creative writing group for those aged 11-16. The group started in September 2012 and meets at the Mitchell Youth Arts Centre in Hanley. The group is led by Emma Purshouse. Sessions cost £5 on the day. Full details from:  emmaasif@hotmail.com

21.10.12   
“Into the Greenwood” is a new combined ‘writing & walking’ workshop, on the wild heathland of Cannock Chase in mid Staffordshire…

“This is all about getting into the ‘heart of the woodland’, testing both your physical and creative strengths. Writers will be asked to draw inspiration from a myth or fairytale, as well as landscape. Small writing tasks will be set along the way. Further writing will continue at an indoor venue, where warm food and refreshments will be available. Writers will be given the time and space to work on their writing without interruption, followed by group discussion, and readings.”

Starts on the morning of 3rd November 2012, cost is £14. For full details email:  email@valleyprojects.org

21.10.12   
A Gifted and Talented Conference is set to happen in Stafford town on 5th February 2013. The conference is aimed at inspiring and equipping classroom teachers to work with their most talented children. Cost is £199 per place.

21.10.12   
U.Dance is a national programme of children’s dance in 2013. Applications to participate in U.Dance Midlands 2013 are now invited. For more information about U.Dance opportunities in the West Midlands please contact Birmingham’s DanceXchange.

21.10.12   
An Artist & Designer-maker Fair is to be held at the Foxlowe Gallery in Leek, on 1st-2nd December 2012. The organisers are the Foundation Degree students at Leek College, and they are now looking for local artists and crafts makers who would be interested in taking a stall at this event. Details are “to be confirmed”, but in the first instance please email Joanne Reay at:  joannereayart@gmail.com

21.10.12   
Creative craft makers are invited to the first Stoke Craftworkers Bazaar, to be held on the 3rd February 2013 at The Mitchell Arts Centre in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent. Full details at the website.

21.10.12   
The 2012 Reginald Haggar Memorial Lecture will be on Saturday 10th November (2.30pm) at the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery in Stoke-on-Trent. Architectural historian Gavin Stamp will explore the work of Sir George Gilbert Scott, with particular reference to his neo-Gothic work in and around North Staffordshire. This event appears to be free, but please contact the Museum to make sure.

21.10.12   
Job:  a rare paid Phd in Art History: “Painter and Place: Exhibiting the Art of Joseph Wright in Derby, 1800-1900”, to be supervised by the University of Nottingham. Deadline: 1st November 2012.

21.10.12   
An interesting free art history curatorship workshop at the Barber Institute of Fine Arts, University of Birmingham. The date set is Thursday 1st November 2012, and the workshop will discuss: the perceived loss of independent curatorial expertise and salaried posts in Britain’s major regional arts collections and museums; and the rise of new University research partnerships in their place. There will be a debate, break-out groups to consider best-practice, and a final session on solutions and ideas for the future. Place are limited, so please contact the Barber to book in advance.

21.10.12   
Manchester Metropolitan University — which has a major campus and arts centre at Crewe — has started a new GradMatch scheme. This is North West based, but may interest MMU graduates who are living in North Staffordshire. The £100,000 GradMatchMMU project will create 100 internships for students who graduated in 2012, but have been unable to find paid full-time work. The graduates will be placed with businesses in the North West for a minimum of eight weeks. A report of the news in The Sentinel also implies that the definition of the North West might be ‘stretched’ by MMU to also contain Stoke-on-Trent, but any applicants should confirm that point with MMU.

21.10.12   
Shell LiveWIRE Grand Ideas Awards are for those aged aged 16-30. An award gives you funding to get your new business idea or project off the ground. There are 5 x £1,000 prizes every month, awarded to the most innovative ideas submitted by new businesses (those in their first 12 months of trading). Apply until the last day of each month.

21.10.12   
Arts & Business Birmingham is offering Fundraising Diagnostic Surgeries on 25th October 2012. One-to-one session are available, that will provide an opportunity for Midlands arts organisations…

“to gain an understanding of how fundraising works, and how they can help in developing fundraising activities.”

The venue will be Suite 16-18, 21 Bennett’s Hill, Birmingham city centre (an easy two-minute walk from New St. train station). Interested? Please contact Peter Collins at:  peter.collins@artsandbusiness.org.uk

21.10.12   
The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) makes awards ranging between £1,000 and £18,000 to crafts makers of all ages (there are no age limits) to help advance a career in crafts. The deadline for applications for the Spring 2013 round of funding will be in January 2013. Online applications will open tomorrow, 22nd October 2012.

21.10.12   
Regional creative industries researchers who would like to attend the Creative Regions Summer School in June 2013 (Cardiff) are invited to apply for Regional Studies Association bursaries. These assist with travel expenses and fees and are intended for students, post-docs and young researchers who are facing financial difficulties. Deadline: 31st January 2013.

21.10.12   
New government funding has enabled a new joined-up Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent music education partnership to be launched. The launch heralds an eight-year plan for local music organisations and schools, which will include working in partnership with the likes of Lichfield Cathedral and the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. More details on opportunities as and when Creative Stoke gets them.

21.10.12   
The North Staffordshire Chamber of Commerce has been awarded almost £4.2 million to run a Regional Growth Fund grant scheme for growing firms. More details on opportunities as and when Creative Stoke gets them.

21.10.12   
The Parliamentary Culture, Media and Sport Committee has launched a new inquiry into the support that the government gives to the creative economy. The Committee is now inviting written submissions and views, and especially wants to hear opinion about matters such as…

  * the barriers to growth in your sector of the creative industries.
  * your difficulties in accessing private finance.
  * any problems arising from a lack of co-ordination between government departments.
  * the UK’s framework for the regulation of Intellectual Property.
  * the role of further and higher education in supporting the skills needed for the creative economy.
  * the work of public bodies responsible for supporting the creative industries.
  * if the focus on creative “clusters” and “hubs” creates innovation and genuine growth.

Further information is available online.

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