Creative Stoke news update, 3rd March 2013

03.03.13   
Stoke-on-Trent’s Factory has small capital grants of up to £1,500 for equipment, tools, software etc. These must be 100% match-funded by the applicant. Applications are now invited and will be reviewed from 1st April 2013. For the application forms and to get on the Factory mailing-list please contact:  factory@stoke.gov.uk

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Ready to export? There’s a Staffordshire export support breakfast event for business, called New Markets : New Horizons. The date is Thursday 7th March 2013 (7.30am-10am) at Keele Hall, Keele University. This event is… “particularly aimed at businesses which have no or limited previous experience in exporting” and is aimed at “manufacturing and services” businesses.

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Job:  Stoke-on-Trent City Council is seeking to commission an artist/design agency to develop and design a sculpture trail for the city’s public art infrastructure. The trail will be both Web based and a print “pullout” version that can be popped into a bag or pocket. Especially welcome will be submissions offering an innovative and dynamic approach to animating a sculpture trail, while at the same time engaging a range of ages, interests and abilities. Submission deadline: 18th March 2013 for delivery by 26th July 2013. Maximum budget is £12,000 (excluding VAT). Details from Paul Bailey, Cultural Development Officer at:  paul.bailey@stoke.gov.uk

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The Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), in partnership with the North Staffordshire Chamber of Commerce, would like to invite local businesses to come and find out more about the work of the LEP, and to seek your views on its future priorities. This is a free evening event at the North Staffordshire Chamber of Commerce, on Festival Park, Stoke-on-Trent. The date is Wednesday 6th March 2013.

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Artist Willard Wigan MBE will be giving a free talk about his well-known “micro-sculptures”, as part of Staffordshire University’s “Art Meets Science” talks series. The date is Saturday 16th March 2013 (11am), at the Staffordshire University Science Centre on Leek Road, Stoke-on-Trent.

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Those developing interactive media and services for digital might be interested in Mobile computing: connecting the world, an open showcasing event at Staffordshire University on 20th March 2013 (10am-2pm)…

“See examples of recent work in this area and meet the people who are currently delivering successful projects with commercial and academic partners.”

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The Staffordshire Business Innovation Centre has a range of free business development workshops in Spring 2013…

  13th March 2013 (4pm-6pm), “Marketing your Innovation” in Stoke-on-Trent.

  11th April 2013 (9am-1pm), “What Intellectual Property (IP) do you Own?” in Stoke-on-Trent.

  17th April 2013 (4pm-8pm), “New Product Development” in Stafford town.

  1st May 2012 (12pm-2pm), “Research & Development Tax Relief to help fund your Innovation” in Stoke-on-Trent.

The BIC also has dates for workshops later in the year. For full details see their 2013 brochure (PDF link).

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The Women in Rural Enterprise annual conference is set to happen nearby. The WiRE Annual Conference 2013 will be on Tuesday 9th April 2013 at Harper Adams University College in Shropshire.

03.03.13   
Stoke-on-Trent’s Middleport Community Design Festival is running a photography competition, “What makes a house a home?”…

“We are seeking your photographs of what makes a house a home. What makes it more than just a building, what makes it special, something attractive, a home to enjoy, a home to be jealous of, a design feature you would include in a self-build housing project?”

There are £200 in prizes on offer. Deadline: 5pm on 20th March 2013. The pictures will be printed for display at the Middleport Community Design Festival on 22nd & 23rd March 2013 (at St. Paul’s Church, Dalehall nr. Middleport). Submit up to five pictures (up to 2Mb each, at a print resolution/size if possible) to:  bmlocalforum@gmail.com

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Stoke-on-Trent F.E. College currently has grants of £1,500 per business, for any enterprise which takes on young apprentices (up to ten per firm). Details are available from:  business@stokecoll.ac.uk   Newcastle-under-Lyme College also has the same £1,500 offer available, with details available from:  employers@nulc.ac.uk   Bear in mind also that the government is about to launch a major arts and creative industries apprenticeships programme. See the last Creative Stoke News Update for details on that.

03.03.13   
Newcastle-under-Lyme is seeking private and public sector partners for a new £40,000 youth apprenticeships scheme. For details contact the N-u-L Apprenticeship Helpline for Business on 0300 111 8002.

03.03.13   
The ACAVA (Association for Cultural Advancement through Visual Art) has been asked to do a preliminary assessment of supply-and-demand for artists’ studios and similar creative production spaces in Stoke-on-Trent. If you’d like to have your say, either on your past experience or your future plans, please contact ccheung@acava.org and they’ll send you some questions by email.

03.03.13   
The 2nd Stoke Craftworkers Bazaar has set a date for Saturday 5th October 2013 at the Mitchell Arts Centre, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent. Stalls are £20 each, but all items for sale must be handmade only and stallholders must have relevant insurance in place.

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As part of the London Road Festival 2013 in Stoke town, this year there will be an even bigger arts, crafts and makers market. The Pop-up Vintage market will also be there, along with bands and other musicians, so a good crowd is anticipated. The pitch fee is £20 and you need to bring your own tables and chairs. They’re trying to have a wide variety of stalls, but… “we won’t exclude anyone if we have space for you. However, we are limited to space, so please get in early”. They can have about 20 makers. Interested? Contact Alan via the Facebook page.

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Artists, makers, local producers and vintage sellers are invited to take putches for a FABulous series of festival days at the Arts & Music Festival in Newcastle-under-Lyme town centre (outdoors, 4th, 5th, 6th May 2013). To express interest please email Denise at:  info@popupemporium.com

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It’s good to hear that the historian Nigel Daly is set to publish a book on the life and work of the neglected artist from North Staffordshire Robert Bateman (1842–1922). Bateman was one of the “last romantics” in the school of Burne-Jones, and also one of the Bateman family sired by botanist and garden designer James Bateman (designer of the eccentric gardens at Biddulph Grange, now in the National Trust). Nigel wants to locate images of Robert Bateman’s large major oil painting “Saul and the Witch of Endor”, given into the trust of the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery — but which has since been mislaid. The painting was last heard of hanging in Longton Town Hall in the early 1950s, and it appears that not even a photographic record has survived. If you know anything of this painting, please contact Nigel at:  nigel@nigeldaly.co.uk

The leading art critic Walter Crane wrote of Bateman that…

“His best-known picture is perhaps “The Witch of Endor,” which was in the Royal Academy Exhibition. It is a very weird and powerful conception of the scene of the Raising of Samuel, and is worked out with extraordinary invention and resource in symbolic and subsidiary detail.”


Robert Bateman, “The Pool of Bethesda”, 1877. Currently at Yale University in America.

03.03.13   
ReStoke are looking for volunteers for their “Palace” site-specific performance project in Stoke-on-Trent. They are asking for each volunteer to be able to work a minimum of two performances between: 27th and 30th March 2013, in the evenings, or a matinee on Saturday 30th March. Full details from:  gemma@gemmathomas.co.uk

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Ready to rock? In the coming Easter Holidays there’s to be a youth rock music event at the Mitchell Youth Arts Centre in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent. 10-16 year olds will have two days of workshops and stage performance opportunities, 5th-6th April 2013. Details from: info@waltonsway.co.uk

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Futura is a one-day science-fiction convention (literature oriented, not TV-and-Trek), which will be running at the Light House in nearby Wolverhampton on Saturday 15th June 2013. It sounds like a great chance to network with other Midlands SF writers…

“A £25 ticket will get you access to a range of activities from 11am until late — including readings, panels, Q+A sessions, our fabulous book market and much more.
Guest of Honour author line-up: Ken Macleod, Adam Roberts, and Ian R. Macleod”.

03.03.13   
Added to the Directory:  Soul and Jazz, based in Leek and run by Brian Hurst (a well-known DJ in the soul and jazz scene in America and the UK). His website offers a subscription-based curated programme featuring HD audio streaming over the Web, letting you hear neglected gems from the back catalogues of record labels from across the world. Currently a subscription to his commercials-free programme is just £57 a year, a bargain compared to what the records might cost a collector. There is also an iPhone app, and a series of albums called The Hurst Selection.

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British Telecom has this week announced details on when it will expand its fast 24Mbits/sec+ broadband Internet service to Stoke-on-Trent and adjacent areas. The so-called “superfast” broadband should be available by the end of 2013 for the telephone exchanges at: Dimsdale; Burslem; Longton; Kidsgrove; and Stone town. Work should be completed by the end of Spring 2014 for exchanges at: Hanley; Stoke City; Blythe Bridge; Trentham, and Milton Lee. The exchanges at: Newcastle-under-Lyme; Biddulph; and Alsager are already wired for 24Mbits/sec+ broadband, and are accepting orders now.

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