Creative Stoke news update, 3rd January 2013

03.01.13   
Start up Your Creative Business is a two-day training event at Stafford, 27th Feb – 1st March 2013. This is a practical free course that is open… “to any [university] graduate based in the West Midlands and who is starting a creative business (in arts, design, or media).” Hurry, only 27 tickets left!

03.01.13   
Need to know the basics of writing a business plan to attract funding? Writing Winning Business Plans is a morning seminar at the North Staffordshire Chamber of Commerce, on 11th January 2013 (8.30am – 10.30am). £10 + VAT, for non-members.

03.01.13   
Stoke-on-Trent’s British Ceramics Biennial 2013 is shortly to hold an Open Day for teachers who might like to be involved in its Fired Up Stoke programme, at the old Spode factory in Stoke town. Fired Up Stoke is open to secondary schools and colleges in Stoke-on-Trent. The Open Day will be in February 2013, with the full project starting in May 2013. Full details at the Web page.

03.01.13   
Stoke-on-Trent’s British Ceramics Biennial 2013 now has details of volunteer opportunities in 2013. Full details at the Web page.

03.01.13   
Added to the Directory: Iron Work by Neil Harris of Stoke-on-Trent. Neil makes large-scale sculptural iron works, such as this life-size dodo and huge Anglo-Saxon style cross…

Neil’s works are suitable for a wide range of spaces, such as private gardens, heritage attractions, business foyers, and more. Private and public commissions are accepted. His work can currently be seen at Burslem’s Mothertown Gallery (The Old Post Office) in the town centre.

03.01.13   
Added to the Directory: Echomap, the sound artist duo of Shaun Bailey and Clive Mollart. Shaun & Clive created the interactive ‘Sound Wall’ at the Royal Horticultural Society’s 2010 Tatton show, and this structure was later re-built at Stoke’s Trentham Gardens where it still runs today. The duo are currently making new experimental interactive sound sculptures.

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Added to the Directory: Milestones Photography, based in North Staffordshire.

03.01.13   
The first Stoke Craft Alliance Networking Evening will be at the Charms and Chains shop in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, on 9th January 2013 (6pm – 8pm). Bring yourself, your business cards and an open mind!

03.01.13   
Nearby Eccleshall has been startled by the appearance of a new raunchy rural novel, Rotton Row, allegedly based on life in the village!

03.01.13   
How do you photograph reflective ice in the fierce light conditions of the polar summer? Find out from Professor Fiona Tweed’s public talk on her photography of glaciers and other ice formations, to be held at the Science Centre in Stoke-on-Trent. The date is Saturday 12th January 2013, at 11am. The talk is accompanied by an exhibition of Fiona’s pictures (runs at the Science Centre until 27th January 2013).

03.01.13   
“Making It Happen with Community Arts” is a three-day short course offering an introduction to participatory arts projects in community settings. The venue will be The Learning Exchange at Staffordshire University’s Stoke-on-Trent campus. Dates are: 20th February; 13th March; and 17th April 2013 (all 10.30am – 4.30pm). Full details from:  creativecommunities@staffs.ac.uk

03.01.13   
City Voices chairman Alan Barnett is running a writing workshop at Stoke-on-Trent’s City Library in Hanley, on 9th January 2013 (11.30am-1.30pm). Call 07900 967685 for details.

03.01.13   
Smashh Theatre Company has places available on its acting, devising and improvision classes for 14-19 year olds. Classes are held on Mondays at the Mitchell Youth Arts Centre in Stoke-on-Trent, and members will work toward a small performance in March 2013. Details via Facebook or call 07930 532372.

03.01.13   
Stoke Your Fires, the Stoke-on-Trent film festival, is to host a special Marketplace event on 4th March 2013. Marketplace is for those who… “have projects ready to go”, and who want to pitch these to potential investors and partners. Cost: £50, application deadline 1st February 2013. Full details from:  info@producersforum.org.uk

03.01.13   
Aged 15 to 19? A free Mobile Phone Film-Making Workshop is set for 21st, 28th January and 4th February 2013 in Stoke-on-Trent.

03.01.13   
The Enson Works in Longton, Stoke-on-Trent, has gained Heritage Lottery Fund money to employ a Heritage Project Officer and to run a number of projects in the town. Their first two projects will be: “Look-Up Longton” (reminiscence workshops and investigations into the history of Longton Market); and “Listening to Longton (training volunteers to collect oral memories of living in Longton). Both have potential for the use of creative/media-production skills, and are now open for quotations, with closing dates of 12 noon on 16th January 2013.

Other possible future projects in Longton, but not yet open for quotations, might include: a “Bottle Ovens Conservation” Touring Exhibition; a “Psycho-Active Photography” project about finding meaning within communities/spaces; and a project on “Heritage Embroidery”. Local organisations are now invited to express an interest as participants, stakeholders and possibly paid delivery partners. Interested? Contact Elise Turner at:  elise.turner@stoke.gov.uk

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It has been announced that the funding for the UK’s Start-Up Loans scheme is set to be increased by £30 million to £110 million, over the next three years. The age limit for applying is also set to be raised from age 24 to age 30.

03.01.13   
The Creative Industries Council has a new Access to Finance report on the UK finance needs of small to medium firms which produce creative digital content.

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Interested in how internet-only journalism is managing to pay for itself? There’s a new free online report/book on that subject, Chasing Sustainability on the Net (Nov 2012), which looks inside the business models of 69 journalistic ventures around the world.

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