Creative Stoke news update, 28th April 2013

28.04.13   
The first pilot issue of the new Staffas magazine is now available online. This free 78-page PDF magazine is a personal ‘zine for Stoke-on-Trent & North Staffordshire. Download the PDF (19Mb) for your desktop or tablet PC.


Cover photo: David Adams.

28.04.13   
Burslem’s 6 Towns Radio has announced they will apply for a license to broadcast on FM through a restricted service license (RSL). 6 Towns is a genuine community station, in broadcasting for the last two and a half years, and dedicated team of around 100 volunteers give up their time every week to produce a wide variety of radio shows. If the RSL is granted, then 6 Towns Radio will have a short-term FM broadcast trial lasting up to 28 days.

28.04.13   
Staffordshire Innovating for Impact is a Staffordshire University event, for businesses to discover the innovation help available via the University. There are two dates: Thursday 16th May 2013 in Stoke-on-Trent, and Friday 17th May 2013 in Stafford. See the Web page for full details.

28.04.13   
There’s to be a free event on the use of QR codes, GPS and RFID technologies in nearby Telford, on 2nd May 2013 (12pm-2pm). The venue will be the Business Innovation Centre at the Sutherland Institute, on Lightwood Road in Longton, Stoke-on-Trent. For more information or to book your place, contact Sandra Butterworth at:  sandra.butterworth@thebic.co.uk

28.04.13   
The Staffordshire Business Innovation Centre (BIC) has a two-hour workshop on “Using Social Media to Market Your Innovation”, at the Stafford Business Village, on 12th June 2013 (4pm-6pm).

28.04.13   
The art-led Bird Yarden project launches at the AirSpace contemporary art gallery in Hanley on Saturday 4th May (11am – 7pm). A free day of activities and talks will celebrate the launch of the Bird Yarden

28.04.13   
AirSpace contemporary art gallery in Stoke-on-Trent has three one-week exhibition slots available in their street-facing window. Dates: 13th-19th May, 20th-26th May, 27th May-2nd June 2013. Application deadline: Sunday 5th May 2013.

28.04.13   
Artists are being asked to submit proposals for works sited anywhere in Britain’s public forests, in Open Forest. The scheme will offer £30k to make a commissioned idea become reality, and is a partnership between the Forestry Commission and Jerwood Visual Art. In 2012 Stoke-on-Trent saw the planting of three Queen’s Jubilee Woods at Chell and Fenton, a total of around 250,000 native oak trees. There are also Forestry Commission woods nearby at Cannock Chase and Dimmings Dale at Alton. Five artists will be chosen to each receive a £2,000 development grant to explore ideas over six months, with the best final proposal getting the £30k commission. With no brief, the projects considered could be permanent or could travel, and could exist in any medium. Submission deadline: 28th May 2013.

28.04.13   
Photographers’ Collective North Staffordshire is calling for submissions of photographs for its annual Open, held at the upper floor gallery of the Burslem School of Art, Stoke-on-Trent. Their annual ‘Open For All’ exhibition will run 5th May to 8th June 2013.

28.04.13   
The Community Performance Arts Centre (CPAC) is now open at 19 Birch Terrace, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent (opposite the new bus station). This serves as the home to CPAC Dance Academy, M.Y Theatre Company and the M.Y Inter-Theatre Group. The venue is now available as an affordable city-centre arts venue for hire, suitable for rehearsals, classes or workshops. There is a separate coffee lounge which can be hired as a package with cafe facility, or separately for forums and meetings. Interested? Contact Jill on 07805 443595 or elizabethjillyoung@gmail.com for further information.

28.04.13   
Jobs:  St. Margaret Ward Catholic College, Tunstall, Stoke-on-Trent, requires a Teacher of Music and a Teacher of Drama (0.8 as maternity cover) for the September 2013 term.

28.04.13   
Job:  St. Joseph’s College, Trent Vale, Stoke-on-Trent, requires a Director of Music.

28.04.13   
Job:  Keele University’s Faculty of Health has a vacancy for a Software Developer to work with the Web and a 3D game-engine (Unity) to develop a Web-based virtual ‘information assistant’ for the university.

28.04.13   
Job:  Keele University requires a Lecturer / Senior Lecturer in Marketing.

28.04.13   
Darren Washington’s new Gallery 116 is now open in Stoke town. It’s the same site as the old SHOP artists’ shop in 2010/11, at the main road entrance to the Spode works at 116 Church Street. Contact via the Facebook group or gallery116@hotmail.com / 075 570 58582.

28.04.13   
Good photos of your prized Spode teapots are wanted, for a summer exhibition at Spode in Stoke town. Ideally a straight-up view showing you holding the pot, and accompanied by some detail on the pot and why it’s special to you. Mail your pictures to:  hello@spodeworks.org

28.04.13   
Stoke-on-Trent arts duo Dashyline are currently undertaking a commemorative sculpture for the Lidice Shall Live campaign. The sculpture will be made by small contributions from the community…

“To contribute you must make a promise; a promise to retell the story of Lidice to two people. Everyone who makes a promise has the opportunity to be featured on the sculpture itself in the form of a large coal miner’s tag etched with their own personal code (initials and your day of birth), alongside thousands of others who have made the same promise.”

For full information visit the project’s Web page.

28.04.13   
There’s a new casting call for a short Staffordshire film by Stoke-on-Trent’s Chris Stone Films and Big Red Studio, called The Saga of the Saxon. An ambitious & committed young lad is required (unpaid, with supportive parents for transport) for a short adventure film in the vein of The Hobbit. They need someone who can playing a boy aged between 13-15, ideally local to Stoke-on-Trent. You must physically look like a young warrior (think Anglo-Saxon/Viking), and have a good range of emotional and improvisational skills. You will play alongside David Lemberg, who has been cast as the ‘Old Man’. Some rehearsals may be required, when convenient, in Stoke-On-Trent or central Manchester. Filming will be during half-term (27th May – 2nd June 2013) in Staffordshire. Please be advised filming will take place in rugged terrain and caves, in any weather conditions. The film will also be partly animated.

28.04.13   
Now online, a selection of the best films made by the second-year B.A. Film students at Staffordshire University.

28.04.13   
If you’re quick, you might just catch the big second-year B.A. Fine Art show at Staffordshire University. Ends today (Sunday)! Free. There’s also the AA2A show in the Flaxman gallery on the campus, which runs until Wednesday.

28.04.13   
The nearby Chester Performs festival is calling for artists and creative collaborators, for summer projects on Saturdays in July & August 2013. They need people who can create and run workshops, make props, make games, and do entertaining site decoration such as giant garden items, bendy mirrors, wind/solar powered props, giant storybooks, and more. Deadline for proposals: Thursday 9th May 2013. See the website for full details.

28.04.13   
Artists’ Newsletter (AN) has a new report available to subscribers, The Lay of the Land: current approaches to professional practice in visual and applied arts B.A. courses (April 2013). The report involved 25 of the UK’s 149 fine and applied arts degree courses, and it explores key problems such as: how to overcome the alleged “boredom” factor in activities such as career planning or client research; the often-fatal allure of London after graduation; and the teaching of transferable skills of use to non-arts employers after graduation.

28.04.13   
Job: a Children’s Library commission is on offer at the new Birmingham Library. They require a series of illustrations — of characters and their environment — that will be produced as large-scale soft toys/furniture and as vinyl illustrations on specified walls and floor. It is expected that children will be able to develop their own narratives and play with the characters in both informal and workshop contexts.” Fee: £1,000. Application deadline: 5pm on Monday 29th April 2013.

28.04.13   
The new Grain photography hub, based the new Birmingham Library, now has its website online. Its aim is to become a hub for photography in the whole of the West Midlands.

28.04.13    NESTA has just released its new Manifesto for the Creative Economy. Despite the fluffy title, this is a substantial and and very well-researched 128-page document with a raft of footnotes. Its aim appears to be to aid the floundering new Culture Minister, and also to help shape policy ahead of the General Election in 2015. It has a useful short summary of the UK’s post-1997 creative industries policies, and the various reactions to them among politicians and vested interests. Local and regional efforts to develop creative clusters are pithily addressed on pages 58-62.

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