Creative Stoke news update, 4th November 2012

04.11.12   
Stoke-on-Trent’s ReStoke is looking for…

“dancers and vocalists of all ages and experience to be part of our upcoming performance taking place in Spring 2013 in Stoke-on-Trent. So, if you like new challenges, meeting new people and don’t mind the cold, send us an email”

Interested? Request either the ‘Dancer Brief’ or the ‘Vocalist Brief’ from:  info@restoke.org.uk

04.11.12   
A new webcomic from Stoke-on-Trent, Bad Science, is now available to read online…

Staffordshire University’s recent “24hr comic book challenge” has also been documented on a short video…

04.11.12   
A new women’s choir (age 16+) is being formed in Stoke-on-Trent. Stage Productions wants female choral singers for their forthcoming production of The Sound of Music at The Regent in January 2013. Application deadline: 7th November 2012.

04.11.12   
2013 dates have been announced for the The Leek Textile Festival — 29th June to 15th September 2013.

04.11.12   
Staffordshire University’s Film Theatre is to present Showcase 2012 on 14th November 2012 (6pm-8pm). This screening will show…

a selection of new films made by our current and graduating M.A. Film Production students at Staffordshire University.

…and as such it seems likely to be a good networking event for local filmmakers.

04.11.12   
A Potteries Hackspace has newly opened in Newcastle-under-Lyme, in the former Randles Garage on Keele Road [ On Google Maps ].

04.11.12   
Newcastle-under-Lyme’s social media developers Future Year have launched their version 2.0. Their Future Year product is a shared social “year planner” that plugs into Facebook.

04.11.12   
MEMIC is seeking to provide a Midlands platform for experimental filmmakers and video artists. You’re invited to submit works to MEMIC’s first Film Salon, which will happen on 30th November 2012 in Leamington Spa. Deadline for submissions: November 15th 2012

04.11.12   
Added to the Directory: Longnor Landscapes, landscape photographer Michela Griffith based on the Staffordshire/Derbyshire border.

04.11.12   
Theatrically inclined local students might like to note that Staffordshire University currently has an active Amateur Dramatics Society which is putting on two shows.

04.11.12   
Staffs Live TV has a video round-up of the the recent three-day Hippy Horror festival (Oct 26th-28th in Stoke-on-Trent). Interviews with local bands Six Towns, 3’s a Riot, and Moral Panics…

04.11.12   
The Staffordshire Wildlife Trust is running a series of arts and crafts courses this winter…

  Introduction to Hedgelaying (18th Nov, might be useful for land artists).

  Woodcarving (5th-6th Dec 2012).

  Willow Weaving (20th-21st Nov 2013).

  Watercolour Painting (Feb-Mar 2013).

04.11.12   
Arts Connect West Midlands is a new regional agency concerned with the arts and culture ‘offer’ for children and young people.

04.11.12   
The Prince’s Trust Enterprise loans service has been launched for the Midlands. £3 million will be invested in unemployed or under-employed young people aged 18-30, to help the move into self-employment. More than 2,000 young entrepreneurs are expected to be helped in the West Midlands region, with loans of between £1,000 and £5,000 to start-up in business. See the website for full details.

04.11.12   
The leading Kickstarter crowd-funding website has just launched in the UK. Kickstarter UK appears to give British crowdfunding campaigns access to the large pool of affluent investors in the USA.

04.11.12   
Birmingham’s CBSO is hosting two introductory training seminars on Audience Development (27th Nov) and Audience Research (13th Feb 2013). Tickets are from £75 to £150 per day.

04.11.12   
Arts Council England has this week released details (PDF link) of its cost-saving organisational changes, which will “be in place” from 1st July 2013. To save money there will be a single Arts Council Midlands office (not one in the East and another in the West Midlands, as there is now), based in Birmingham. Stoke-on-Trent, the Moorlands and the Peak will all still be classed as being in the Midlands. The new combined Midlands office will have 42 staff, compared to 58 in the current East/West setup. Property costs will be cut in half by the changes.

04.11.12   
A major region print fiction publisher, Birmingham’s Tindal Street Press, is set to be sold to a London publisher with the loss of four jobs in Birmingham, according to The Birmingham Post. Despite the article’s suggestion that the closure is down to government cuts, the journalist doesn’t mention that the Arts Council RFO 2012-2015 settlement gave Tindal Street £40K of Arts Council funding for 2012-13, with a further £40K in place for 2013-14.

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