Creative Stoke news update, 25th November 2012

A new Stoke-on-Trent arts/heritage project called “The Potteries | Tile Trail” has been awarded £10,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The project is a partnership with the Tiles and Architectural Ceramics Society. Local people will have the opportunity to join a research team, who will explore the historic and present-day stories behind Stoke-on-Trent’s internationally significant tile and architectural ceramics industry. The team will then share their findings with the wider community, through a series of public roadshow events in each of the city’s six towns. Other residents will be encouraged to add to the stories using their own knowledge, and or contributing memories, during these events. The stories gathered in this way will contribute to the development of “The Potteries | Tile Trail” — which will be a dedicated booklet and website featuring a series of self-guided walks. These resources will be useful for local people and tourists alike. For more information, or to provisionally register your interest in participating in the project, please contact Danny Callaghan at:

The second round of the Employer Ownership Pilot (EOP) is now open to Staffordshire firms. Employers are invited to develop fresh proposals that raise skills, create real jobs, and drive enterprise and economic growth. The deadline for bids is 28th February 2013.

The West Midlands Region of the Embroiderers’ Guild is celebrating the discovery of the Staffordshire Hoard with a new project for all members, including young embroiderers. This is entitled ‘Inspired by the Staffordshire Hoard’. Work from this will go on display in 2013. Interested embroiderers should ask their regional Guild contact for details.

Katherine Morling‘s new ceramic sculptures, based on creatures depicted in the ancient Staffordshire Hoard, are now on show at the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery. Katherine’s new ‘Morling and the Hoard’ set of creatures are on show in the main free Staffordshire Hoard gallery from 24th November 2012 – 1st Sept 2013. These works have been created for a new publicly-funded £70,000 commission for the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, commissioned by Stoke cultural officer Paul Bailey and Arts Council England.

Photos by Creative Stoke.

Added to the Directory: Ian Weightman Media Services of Newcastle-under-Lyme, specialising in visitor destination and tourism PR.

Added to the Directory: Creative Stoke doesn’t cover local artisan foods, even though there’s a strong case to be made that they should be included in the creative industries. But an exception is made for sculptural sugarcraft for cake decoration, since it’s so creative and individual. Maisie Parrish is a leading sugar artist who has just announced a series of 2013 workshop classes at her Sugarcraft Academy, at the Chatterley Whitfield Enterprise Centre, Stoke-on-Trent…

  * 17th February 2013: “Absolute Beginners” Workshop, £150.
  * 27th-28th April 2013: “2 Day Intensive” Workshop, £275 inclusive.
  * 23rd June 2013: “Facial Expressions” Workshop, £150.
  * 3rd-7th June 2013: “5 Day Masterclass”, £595.

Maisie also has seven tutorial books and a DVD tutorial set available. Her latest book is Fun & Original Cakes for Men & Boys

Bret Shah is organising a free informal ‘Crafters Meet Up’ event on Friday 30th November 2012 (10am to noon), in the Mitchell Arts Centre’s cafe, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent. Attendees can choose to be interviewed, and have your craft products promoted, on Bret’s radio show.

LAUNCH Choreographic Platform 2013 is a new dance choreographic platform for the West Midlands, for new and upcoming graduate choreographers. LAUNCH will run from 10th – 14th June 2013, at a West Midlands venue to be confirmed. Over five evenings, emerging dance artists will have the opportunity to develop and then showcase their work on a professional level, and to network with experienced people from the dance world. Current undergraduate dance students who are concluding their studies this academic year are welcome to apply. Full details from:

Wolverhampton Art Gallery is running a free workshop on how to “Get more funding into your museum: creative projects to create new audiences”, on 8th January 2013. The workshop will also run at Walsall, on 16th January 2013. Full details at the Web page.

Staffordshire University’s EU-funded Localise project has recently investigated ‘the study trip’ as model for vocational training in community arts work. Localise, in partnership with Warsaw University and Vytautus Magnus University, is now coming to an end — but the project has been documented on a new website. A book of case studies will also be published soon.

Got yobs? There’s a “Behaviour Management and Youth Arts Training” day on 19th March 2013, in Leamington Spa (accessible via a direct intercity train from Stoke station). This Artswork day will aim to develop an understanding of behaviour management in youth arts projects. Cost is £75 per person. Full details from:

Here’s the new Staffordshire University graduates video ad, created by Birmingham’s Plain English agency. This ad has been shown on regional ITV TV this week, and will be in regional cinemas next week…


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