Creative Stoke news update, 6th December 2012

The next Cre8NET event has been announced, 13th December 2012 (6.45pm-9pm) at the Pop-up Emporium in the Lancaster Building in the centre of Newcastle-under-Lyme. The topic will be: “Designer makers are for life, not just for Christmas”, with a focus on the current support and other initiatives (such as ‘pop-up shops’) available to help designer makers. There will be presentations from successful designer makers, followed by a panel discussion, and then some advance details of the forthcoming SPARKS creative industries businesses-support service.

Stoke-on-Trent’s bITjAM has announced a partnership with the Hanley YMCA, to develop a three-month open source digital creativity project called “Node”. This digital hothouse will test ideas which might attract future funding. Possibilities include preparing for superfast broadband, training in creative coding, citizen journalism and peer research training, and microbusiness development. An Open Day is planned for early in the New Year of 2013. Full details at the bITjAM blog.

From 6th-21st of December 2012, the Burslem School of Art will be hosting the Burslem Christmas Salon, providing an opportunity for artists to display and sell their artworks… “at a discounted commission charge”. If you would like more information please contact Laura Sargeant in advance, at the Burslem School of Art, on:  01782 810808.

Added to the Directory: Robert Simms, a fine art and social documentary photographer from Biddulph.

The Centre for Business Research at the University of Cambridge is undertaking the first UK-wide survey of interactions between the UK’s cultural institutions, on behalf of the Arts and Humanities Research Council. They want to hear from those running museums, galleries, theatres, music venues, cultural heritage sites and others. The survey is available online.

Black Country Co-operative Arts Network invite Midlands artists to register an interest in contributing to a major three-year action research project in South Staffordshire. If funded, the project would aim to develop sustainable arts engagement by local people and communities in the Black Country region. The Councils of Voluntary Service (CVS) for Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton are working together, along with arts partners Black Country Touring and Multistory, to coordinate this ambitious action research plan. The plan will be submitted to Arts Council England in December 2012. Interested? Full details and project outline from Saffi at:

There’s a new JISC-funded free open online university course available from a Midlands university. It’s the third-year undergraduate module in Photography & Narrative from Coventry University…

“Photography and Narrative is a B.A. Hons. third-year undergraduate class […] ten weeks of practical study”

A free afternoon consultants/ideas event is set to happen in Birmingham. “Making More of Outdoor Arts” is led by Helga Henry and Orit Azaz. The date is 11th December 2012, 1pm-5pm. Azaz has recently been working with Nofit State Circus, which is set to visit Hanley Park in Stoke-on-Trent for a residency next summer.

Stoke-on-Trent Boat Club is to host a free talk on the tasks involved in editing a niche news and features magazine. “Navvies — the magazine of the Waterway Recovery Group” will be on 8th February 2013.

The Unit Twelve Gallery has a list of crafts workshops in 2013. The gallery is at Tixall Heath Farm, nr. Stafford town. Workshops include, among others:

  * 19th Jan 2013, Gillian Lee Smith, “Whimsical Creatures”.

  * 26th Jan 2013, Jennifer Collier, “Experimental Techniques”.

  * 23rd Feb 2013, Jennifer Collier, “Experimental Sketchbooks”

  * 2nd March 2013, Jennifer Collier, “Paper Shoes”.

And many more, through into May 2013. See the Web page for full details.

Above: Whimsical Creature by Gillian Lee Smith.

The West Midlands Museum Development Officer network has issued its 2012 activities report, A Sixth Sense. They also have an initial exploratory report on the use of QR codes in 17 Midlands museums and galleries.


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