Creative Stoke news update, 22nd October 2012

Stoke-on-Trent’s Prototype magazine has launched the fourth issue

Newcastle-under-Lyme College is starting a new commercial gallery and is inviting

“submissions from contemporary craft makers, artists and designers to be part of a new commercial gallery. Selected work will be exhibited and on sale at the gallery throughout November and December 2012.”

Newcastle-under-Lyme’s Academy For Theatre Arts have places on two “fully funded” courses in 2013-2015. These courses are: the Extended Diploma in Performing Arts Course; and the Extended Diploma in Production Arts (Technical Theatre). They are now booking prospective students for the first audition, which is on Tuesday November 13th 2012. Interested? Phone 01782 631895 for an information pack.

Are you a Dance Therapist? Would you like to be part of an innovative new project in North Staffordshire, researching the benefits of Body Image Dance in improving self esteem and positive body image? Newcastle-under-Lyme’s Dance 123 project aims to…

“improve body image and to reduce the numbers of children and young people developing eating disorders and other destructive coping strategies, by enabling them to express their feelings and emotions in a creative and safe manner through music and dance.”

A series of workshops are planned to be delivered at Newcastle-under-Lyme College during the academic year 2012-2013. If you would like to find out more about this opportunity, and how to get involved, please contact Wendy at:

An actor is required for a short domestic drama film in Stoke-on-Trent. The work will involve a two (possibly three) day shoot, solely in Staffordshire.

The Bearded Theory Festival is currently recruiting art groups, artists and art students to help transform the festival site at the 2013 festival. Bearded Theory is a large 10,000 capacity festival to be hosted at Kedleston Hall (north-west of Derby) from 16th to 19th May 2013. The organisers are…

“looking for groups and individuals to work under their own steam and with imagination to create sculptures, and to decorate and transform the site. There are a number of opportunities including: decorating trees; sculptures; creating gardens and peaceful areas with wooden fences; creating a ‘front room from junk’ for the camp site; decorating a woodland walk with lights and artworks.”

A small budget is available for artists. Interested? The application deadline is 11th November 2012. Please send a proposal and costed quote for services (inc. materials) to Aimee Blease-Bourne at:

Added to the Directory: Amanda Jane’s Jetsunn Designs, based in Stoke-on-Trent.

Above: Amanda Jane’s knitted cupcakes.

Are you a Staffordshire-based designer maker, crafter, local producer of foods, or do you create something that celebrates ‘Buy Local’. Would you like to sell at the ‘Pop Up Emporium BUY LOCAL’ on Newcastle-under-Lyme High Street? This pop-up shop will run from mid November 2012, for six weeks. The starting price is £10 per week. Interested? Please email:

Creative England’s Film Culture Lottery Fund is now open to applications. A total of £700,000 is available for film-based projects in the English regions outside London. The Fund has two strands. One strand runs to July 2013 and aims to increase…

“opportunities for audiences to access and enjoy a broad range of film” [via] “venues, festivals, archives, and rural and community cinema”.

The other strand is for organisational development. Awards will be from £2,000 up to £40,000. Applications deadline: 30th November 2012.

The 2012 Flip Animation Festival is hosting a one-day animation postgraduate research event, at Light House in Wolverhampton, on 1st November 2012. Six research papers will be presented.

Are you interested in using social networks for arts and cultural fundraising? Birmingham is to host the UK’s major National Social Giving Conference on the 15th November 2012. The keynote speaker is Matt Robinson, talking about the launch of the new social investment institution Big Society Capital.

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