Creative Stoke news update, 29th March 2013

29.03.13   
Newcastle-under-Lyme College has announced an investment of £5,000 in a new glass kiln, giving the region a glass production capacity in post-16 education lacking since the closure of the glass degree course at Staffordshire University in the early 2000s. The new specialist glass kiln extends the possibilities for full-time Foundation students, and the College has also added a new part-time recreational course for adults. The college’s new ‘CREATE Glass’ course for adults starts on Wednesday 17th April 2013 and runs for five weeks from 6.30pm – 8.30pm. CREATE Glass will provide an introduction to fused glass, and students will make a glass item to keep. Full details from:  info@nulc.ac.uk

29.03.13   
Staffordshire’s Shire Hall Gallery is seeking submissions from artists in all media who create contemporary portraits & self-portraits, for an exhibition in January 2014. Deadline: 3rd May 2013. Interested? Please send up to 6 JPG images (no larger than 1Mb per image), a current C.V. and an artist’s statement by email to:  kim.gould@staffordshire.gov.uk

29.03.13   
The new Staffordshire University Videogames Design Showreel for 2013 is now online…

29.03.13   
Would you like to be in the stage musical Guys & Dolls at Stoke’s Regent Theatre? The deadline for submitting audition forms is fast approaching. If you are aged between 11- 25, you’ll have a chance in the Audition Room to be a part of this year’s Stage Experience at the Regent. If you need an audition form please email Laura at:  stokecreativelearning@theambassadors.com

29.03.13   
The UK’s only Cartoon Festival takes place nearby, and now has 2013 dates and a full programme. The Shrewsbury International Cartoon Festival is set for Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st April 2013. The festival includes exhibitions of cartoon art, plus talks, workshops, and ‘cartoon clinics’. See the website for full details.

29.03.13   
The Light House, in nearby Wolverhampton, is to run a writing course “From Idea to Publication”. It will run every Tuesday from 16th April for 8 weeks, 6pm – 8.30pm. Cost: £100. Interested? Please contact Alex Davis at:  alexdavisevents@hotmail.co.uk

29.03.13   
The Granary Gallery, at nearby Weston Park, has opened its 2013 Fine Art Open Competition. There is a £15 entry fee per work. If sold, works attract a 40% (+ VAT at 20%) gallery fee. Overall winner receives £2,000. The Shropshire / Staffordshire award winning artist receives £500. Deadline: 28th June 2013. Exhibition dates: 2nd to 29th August 2013. See the website for full details.

29.03.13   
The Creative Employment Programme is the government’s new £15m fund for arts and cultural apprenticeships and internships opportunities for those aged 16-24. Interested employers should note that the first application deadline is Friday 29th March 2013.

29.03.13   
Staffordshire County Council has a new Community Learning Trust Responsiveness Fund of £100,000. This is available to fund needs-based learning projects across the county. The Fund is available to learning providers from all sectors including private sector, public sector and voluntary and community organisations. Application deadline: 31st March 2013.

29.03.13   
Job:  An Art Teacher is wanted for a June start at a North Staffordshire school.

29.03.13   
Congratulations to the organisers of the new ‘Park Traces’ arts project in Stoke-on-Trent. They have secured funding from Staffordshire University’s Teaching Enhancement and Student Support (TESS) fund for… “15 students and 3 artists” to document Hanley Park, in Stoke-on-Trent. The Park Traces team now have a weblog for the project, which has all the details.

29.03.13   
The Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) has just launched a new two-year search for evidence of the real impact that culture makes on the UK. The AHRC’s Cultural Value Project will aim to broaden the existing evidence base, and to provide a framework for deeper public discussion on the topic in 2015. If you are part of a cultural institution which would like to participate, please note that the closing date for funding applications is 16th April 2013. For more details contact project researcher Patricia Kaszynska at:  p.kaszynska@ahrc.ac.uk

29.03.13   
Added to the Directory: Joanna Dawidowska, ceramics designer-maker.

29.03.13   
Added to the Directory: Denise Maloney, ceramics designer.

29.03.13   
Added to the Directory: Anne Mychalkiw, a surface pattern designer and ceramics designer.

29.03.13   
Added to the Directory: Quirky Bird, hand-maker of silver and lampwork glass jewellery.

29.03.13   
Added to the Directory: Nicola Blaize Ceramics.

29.03.13   
Added to the Directory: Gillian Laverick, maker of porcelain and gold jewellery.

29.03.13   
Added to the Directory: McCullough & Howard Guitars, an electric guitar repair and refurb service based in North Staffordshire.

29.03.13   
Added to the Directory: Taurus Entertainments, the website of card and close-up stage magician Damen William Lewis. Damen is also set to be a lead actor in the Accolade to Evil segment of the forthcoming Stoke-on-Trent feature film Inquisitous (being made by Stoke’s Chameleon Monkey Ltd).

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