Creative Stoke news update, 20th January 2013

20.01.13   
Here’s a trailer for a new horror movie made in North Staffordshire by Ray Andrew Wilkes / Flashgun Films, called Molly Crows. Warning: you may find it shocking!

20.01.13   
Added to the Directory: KaleidoStoKe, a community music organisation working with young people in Stoke-on-Trent and combining recycling, junk, rhythm and songwriting.

20.01.13   
Creative Ceramics courses at the Burslem School of Art are now open for registration for 2013. There are 10 places available in each class…

Morning class: Wednesday 20th February – 20th March, 10am – 12pm.
Night class: Thursday 21st February – 21st March, 6:30pm – 8:30pm.
Morning class: Friday 12th April – 10th May, 10am – 12pm.
Night class: Wednesday 15th May – 12th June, 6:30pm – 8:30pm.

Also available is a “Ceramics Introduction” course at the Burslem School of Art, on Tuesday nights (6pm-9pm) from 26th March – 7th May 2013.

20.01.13   
Burslem School of Art’s pottery studio is opening its doors to local artists who would like a low-cost space to work with clay. Artists are invited to work independently and on their own time during open studio hours at the School’s pottery studio…

“The Open Studio is a monthly program, you can start any time you’d like. So for example, if you were to start on the 15th of this month you would go to the 15th of next month until your next payment was due. Open studio time is any time the School is open and there are open wheels or open tables, except a couple mornings in a week when studio is booked for other activities. Cost is £30 per month. Your monthly fee comes with 6kg of clay (additional clay can be bought for £0.50/kg), 1 storage shelf for work in progress, firing for the tenant’s rate (self-cost) and access to potter`s wheel, limited amount of glazes etc.”

Interested? Contact:  ieva@burslemschoolofart.com

20.01.13   
Rachel Evans is running a willow basketmaking course at the Oakamoor Village Hall, Staffordshire, 2nd or/and 3rd February 2013 (10am-4pm). Make a round basket in a day, or spend two days making a shopping basket or a log basket. Suitable for beginners or intermediate basketmakers. Cost £50 (one day) or £100 (two days). Booking is essential. For full details email:  wheatcroftwillow@googlemail.com

20.01.13   
TRANSCEND is a new 12-week programme from Stoke’s Frontline Dance, aiming to give disabled people new skills and the confidence to find jobs. The programme will use creative dance, voice and speech work, drama and role-play, to help develop skills and confidence. The progamme will run on Tuesdays, 9:30am to 3:00pm, at the Mitchell Arts Centre in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent. The first 12 week block starts on 12th February 2013. TRANSCEND is free, and is funded by the European Social Fund. Full eligibility details and contact info are available online.

20.01.13   
The Button Project, at the Macclesfield Silk Museums, is calling for entries. Artists and makers are invited to make a contemporary button for the exhibition taking place in Macclesfield from 14th June – 8th August 2013. Handmade silk buttons were a key part of the flourishing silk industry which once centred in the Leek/Macclesfield area. The deadline for submissions is 4th March 2013. Entry is free and application forms can be downloaded at www.barnabyfestival.org.uk

20.01.13   
Fancy some big money, to do something big in North Staffs? Open is a new £1 million initiative by Artangel and BBC Radio 4 for new site-specific commissions across the UK. See the website for full details.

20.01.13   
Stoke-on-Trent’s Gladstone Pottery Museum is seeking community groups interested in becoming involved with the Gladstone’s “Fired Up” project, a collaborative and community-based heritage project…

“weaving together original words music drama and dance, to celebrate the beauty grit and resilience of the Potteries’ most famous product and its people, past and present.”

Interested? Get more information via the Facebook page.

20.01.13   
Stoke-on-Trent’s Regent Academy is holding an Open Dance Audition on Thursday 28th February 2013 (5pm) at The Victoria Hall in Hanley. Email  stokecreativelearning@theambassadors.com  for an application form. They are looking for young (aged 11+) male and female dancers to join the company, which meets every Thursday. Regional and national productions are created, and the company has links to the venue’s Creative Learning Department projects and activities. Fees are currently set at £85 per term (10 x 2hr sessions), paid in advance. The Academy may also offer a fully-funded Scholarship place.

20.01.13   
The Royal Academy of Dance still has places available on its Coppelia Children’s Ballet Workshop, to be held in Stoke-on-Trent on 10th February 2013. Application deadline: 21st January 2013.

20.01.13   
The University of Wolverhampton has 3 x 0.2 teaching posts available for contemporary arts practitioners working in: Art in the Public Sphere; the Experimental Moving Image; or Design and Hybrid Craft. Application deadline: 15th February 2013.

20.01.13   
Six contemporary artists, curators and gallerists will be undertaking various studio visits to artists in the West Midlands this Spring. If your West Midlands studio or gallery wishes to apply for a studio visit, then please download an application form here. Deadline: 15th February 2013.

20.01.13   
An experienced practitioner is needed to run a full day’s workshop for boys at a school in Staffordshire. The aim is to “encourage writing by using an urban art form or possibly a creative writing workshop.” Fee is £150 plus expenses. Interested? Please email with a 150-word summary of the proposed activity; and a note on all costs inc. travel, to:  sissy@streetstylesurgery.co.uk

20.01.13   
North Staffordshire’s Douglas Macmillan Hospice is seeking a local artist or sculptor who could spare some time for a special project. Interested? Email:  fundraising@dmhospice.org.uk

20.01.13   
Staffordshire Patchworkers & Quilters now have their 2013 programme available, including a major workshop with Carolyn Forster in September 2013.

20.01.13   
Stoke Craftworkers Bazaar is looking for fantastic handmade stalls to attend the event at The Mitchell Art Centre, Hanley, on 3rd February 2013. Whilst fully booked for cards and jewellery, any other craft is welcome. For more information visit the website. Stalls are £15 each or £16.50 to include 30 business cards or flyers into the customer goody bags.

20.01.13   
Leek’s Borderland Voices is seeking continuation funding for its Tuesday morning Creative Writing workshops, enabling the workshops to continue after mid 2013. They would like to hear from any organisations or individuals who would like to help with funding these writing sessions. Full details from Andy Collins on: 01538 528708.

20.01.13   
Stoke-on-Trent City Council now has a pot of £20,000 to help bring live street performers and entertainment to the City Centre over the next 12 months, following a successful application to the government’s Town Team Partner funding scheme. It’s reported that “a part-time member of staff” will be employed to organise, deliver and market the Stoke-on-Trent events. Full details from Janet Jones, City Centre co-ordinator, on: 01782 234217.

20.01.13   
The government has now slashed red tape related to the 2003 Licensing Act, making it easier to put on a local theatre and dance show. From April 2013 groups will…

“no longer be required to have a [local Council] licence to host a theatre play or dance performance, between the hours of 8am and 11pm, where the number of people in an audience is fewer than 500.”

20.01.13   
The first international festival of improvised dance is set to be hosted by the Department of Contemporary Arts at MMU’s Crewe campus, next month. Process Product will take place at the Axis Art Centre from 25th February to 1st March 2013. Performances will be given by the Liverpool Dance Collective, New York’s Complex Stability, Pittsburg’s Gia T. Presents and MMU Dance. The festival is open to academics, students, local schools, artists and members of the public. Four free discussion events will also run alongside the performances. See the website for full details.

20.01.13   
The UK arts charity IdeasTap is seeking fresh ideas from recent graduates, about new additions to IdeasTap’s range of services. The person with the winning idea will get £9,000 knocked off their student loan!

20.01.13   
The University of Birmingham is to hold a one-day research seminar in April 2013, Women Entrepreneurs, Training and Education: First Research Seminar. Deadline for research papers: 31st January 2013.

20.01.13   
The Digital R&D fund for the Arts is a three-way £7 million partnership between Arts Council England, the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC), and NESTA. It is running for three years from 2012-2015 and is funding projects up to £125,000. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, until 30th December 2013. If you are interested in collaborating with Staffordshire University on a bid to this fund, please contact: externalprojects@staffs.ac.uk

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