Creative Stoke news update, 22nd November 2012

Stoke-on-Trent’s British Ceramics Biennial 2013 is inviting entries for its big prize of £10,000. Entries are invited in: ceramic design for manufacture; craft studio production; and one-off art ceramics. Entry deadline: 15th February 2013.

Also on offer is a chance for recent graduates to show work at the ‘Fresh 2013’ exhibition in Stoke-on-Trent, where a single prize of £3,000 will be awarded. Deadline for Fresh is: 5th July 2013.

There are also residencies on offer: with Johnson Tiles (£3,000); and three short-term at the Spode site (£1,000 each). Application deadline: 15th February 2013.

Full details and application forms at the Ceramics Biennial website.

The New Vic Theatre’s Education Department is organising a consortium for local freelance drama and theatre practitioners. The first free informal networking event will be on 7th December 2012 (1pm-3pm) at the New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme. Full details from Katherine Hughes at:

There will be a High Growth Mentoring Business Showcase three-course lunch event in Stoke-on-Trent, at Stoke City F.C.’s Britannia Stadium on 14th December 2012. “Invite only”, £66 per ticket.

The University of Virginia is offering a free online course in Grow to Greatness: Smart Growth for Private Businesses. The University of Maryland is also running a free online course in Developing Innovative Ideas for New Companies. These are open global-access free courses. Both run for five/six weeks, starting 28th Jan 2013.

Considering venturing into exports? Need to evaluate the risks of doing business with a particular country? The government’s Overseas Business Risk Service is a free service which assists British companies, particularly those exporting to high growth and emerging markets.

Job: Keele University requires an Enterprise Business Manager (Ageing & Arts). Application deadline: 28th November 2012.

Job:  Staffordshire University requires a Lecturer in Photography (0.6). Application deadline: 29th November 2012.

Staffordshire University’s media/film graduation movies (June 2012) are now available to view online.

The Arts & Humanities Research Council and BBC Radio 3 have launched their 2013 New Generation Thinkers Scheme. The scheme invites applications from arts and humanities academics who wish to become one of BBC Radio 3’s resident New Generation Thinkers. Full details via the Web page.

Excellent news for the North Staffordshire pottery industry. Europe has imposed heavy UK import duties (from 17.6% to 58.8%) on ceramic tableware from China, in a move which should strongly benefit Stoke-on-Trent’s pottery makers. The move follows a European Union investigation in China, which revealed the Chinese government were unfairly subsidising the costs of machinery, materials, and fuel for its ceramics industry. In addition, all Chinese exporters get a ‘special’ favorable currency exchange-rate, plus a tax rebate on exports, which together mean a further concealed export subsidy of around 30%.

The North East Cheshire Decorative & Fine Arts Society is holding a special art history study day, on The lives & art of the Bloomsbury painters, on 20th February 2013.

The ‘Visit the Peak District’ website now has a comprehensive listing of all the well-dressing folk-art ceremonies and festivals planned for summer 2013.

Wildworks has announced Jan/Feb 2013 dates for their willow-weaving courses at Belper (about 15 miles east of Stoke).

Creative Stoke’s Directory listings/links for nearby parts of Cheshire have been updated, on the Community and Local Arts page. These Web links are now:

  The Textile Triangle (Macclesfield, Congleton and Leek).

  Cheshire Open Studios.

  Cheshire Artists’ Network.

  The Avents Factory, Crewe.

  Love Music Trust (Cheshire East).

  Cheshire Dance.

  Cheshire Rural Touring Arts

  MMU Cheshire, at the Crewe campus.

  Macclesfield Imagination.

  Stoke and Cheshire Open Arts Collective.

  Cheshire East Arts Officers.

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