Creative Stoke news update, 20th December 2012

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A happy Christmas and New Year to all readers! During 2012 Creative Stoke has posted regular news of over 690 opportunities, events, funding invites, listings, competitions, and more. See you again in 2013!

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The M.A. in Creative Futures at Staffordshire University is recruiting now for January 2013…

Specialist pathways and awards available within the M.A. degree include: Design; Ceramic Design; Graphic Design; Product Design; Surface Pattern Design; Textile Design; 3D Design; Advertising and Brand Management; Illustration; Animation; VFX; Photography; Contemporary Art Practice; Writing; Heritage and Culture; and Applied Theatre.

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Job: A Teacher of Art is wanted in Stoke-on-Trent. Deadline: 21st December 2012.

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Re:Source Me has a free digital music workshop at the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, on 28th December 2012. Use cutting-edge technology to create your own interstellar soundtrack to complement the gallery’s new “Moon” exhibition, celebrating NASA’s Apollo moon landings. Re:Source Me has also created a new music soundtrack for the exhibition.

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Historian Andrew Lound also has a public lecture on the 28th December 2012, at the Potteries Museum, also part of the Moon exhibition. The illustrated lecture (£2, 2pm) is on the history of H.G. Wells’s famous novel The War of the Worlds. Wells lived in the Potteries during 1888, before he became famous, and his macabre short story “The Cone” (1895) is set in the Etruria Iron Works. The story is all that remains of a sweeping drama of Potteries life, which Wells wrote but which he later destroyed.

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Added to the Directory: Garrick Middleton, Leek-based photographer and designer.

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Added to the Directory: Loud Dance Studio, based in Westmil Street in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent.

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Added to the Directory: Picture Nation is a stock photography library based at the Staffordshire University Business Village.

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Added to the Directory: AlexFloyd is a local service offering music & songwriting services. Carl at AlexFloyd offers: song critiques; songwriter demo & bespoke music production; online session guitar; and guitar lessons.

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Stoke-on-Trent’s Airspace gallery will be hosting a Business Development for Artists advice workshop, on Monday 28th January 2013 (10.30am- 12.30pm). The event will be led by Elizabeth Hawley. To attend, please email:  amf@airspacegallery.org

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Job:  Stoke-on-Trent City Council currently has a tender invite (CR2012/763) to supply “All Our Stories: collection of people’s memories about heritage parks”. The successful applicant will collect stories using video and audio, and these stories will then be delivered to park visitors via methods such as QR codes and mobile phones. Application deadline: noon on 21st December 2012. Full details from Kay Grice at 01782 232546 or   kay.grice@stoke.gov.uk

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Are you an artist or arts organisation in North Staffordshire, with a community-focused arts project due over the next six months? Could your project benefit from a supported student placement? Newcastle-under-Lyme’s B Arts has just launched a new project called Social Agents, providing community arts experience for creative students from Staffordshire University. If you’re interested, please get in touch with B Arts at:  info@b-arts.org.uk

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Need graduate interns? Graduate Advantage offers the free front-end recruitment of unemployed graduate interns, for private-sector SME businesses / registered charities / social enterprises in the West Midlands.

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Stoke-on-Trent’s Steelworks Performing Arts Academy has its entry auditions coming up, on 21st January 2013. Steelworks offers a three-year Dance & Musical Theatre Diploma, and British Ballet Teaching Qualifications from Level 3 to Level 6.

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North Staffordshire’s Keele University and the New Vic Theatre are offering local drama practitioners a free course in “Ageing, Drama and Creativity”. To run February-April 2013, in 6 x three-hour workshops that will combine theory, research & practice. Interested? Deadline: Friday 11th January 2013. Application forms from Tracey Harrison: t.l.harrison@keele.ac.uk

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Three public 10-week courses are available at the University of Wolverhampton, which is easily accessible on the inter-city train from Stoke. The courses are: Videogames Design; Introduction to Life Drawing; and Jewellery Making.

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Birmingham’s DanceXchange is offering a free training course for West Midlands dance artists who want to run dance activities with groups from “hard-to-reach” communities. 12 places are available on the 3-day “Strive” training course (12th-14th February 2013) followed by mentoring opportunities from March to July 2013. Application deadline: 17th December 2012. Full details at the Web page.

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The Start programme offers funding and support to arts venues for them to develop relationships with “deprived” local schools. Start is a national grant-giving programme set up by The Prince’s Foundation for Children & the Arts. The aim is to enable schoolchildren to experience the arts, by introducing them to an outstanding local cultural venue, possibly leading to a long-lasting relationship between the venue and a local school. Children & the Arts now wishes to recruit new organisation partners for the 2013/14 academic year. Application deadline: 31st January 2013.

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The Henry Moore Institute Research Fellowships (2013–14) scheme is now open to applications. Research Fellowships are intended for artists, scholars and curators researching on historic and contemporary sculpture who can make particular use of the Institute’s resources in Leeds. Deadline: 14th January 2013. Full details from:  kirstie@henry-moore.org

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The DCMS has a new free report, Digital Giving in the Arts, which examines what works in digital fundraising and also…

“sets out 10 recommendations to show how [UK] cultural organisations can boost fundraising by engaging audiences through new technology”

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The Museums Association is currently consulting on a new UK workforce action plan, building on the existing Cultural Heritage Blueprint, to be published in 2013. They would like to read your views on staffing and skills in the UK’s cultural heritage sectors.

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Are you based in the more rural parts of North Staffordshire? Are you planning to help your village through a creative-based community enterprise that will engage the whole village? Then the Plunkett Foundation would like to hear from you. They have been awarded over £450,000 from the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation to create a new comprehensive support service for villages considering setting up or diversifying community-owned services. The support service will provide a combination of adviser support, training, feasibility research grants, and opportunities for networking with other community enterprises. The support is specifically focused at the early stage of a community’s ideas, and will help them progress to the next stage. Eligibility for support will depend on communities aiming to raise at least £10,000 themselves through community shares. Applications are invited now. Full details from:  info@plunkett.co.uk

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Your editor’s Scoop.it for Good News from Stoke & North Staffs has now harvested an entire year of genuine ‘good news’ press and media reports about the region.

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Are you researching and writing your undergraduate dissertation, or maybe a new business plan or a gallery exhibition, over the Xmas & New Year holidays? Your editor’s JURN search-engine lets you freely search and retrieve the full-text of over 4,400 free ejournals in the arts & humanities — 3,000 of which are in English.

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