Creative Stoke news update, 28th May 2013

28.05.13   
Eventbrite now has a bookings page for the free Factory Floor debate on cultural animation. This networking event starts 6pm on 13th June 2013 at The Pavilion, Staffordshire University’s Stoke campus.

28.05.13   
The Business Innovation Centre (BIC) has an information event for the Specialist Advisor Fund on 5th June 2013 (10am). The venue will be the Sutherland Institute in Longton, Stoke-on-Trent. The BIC states that there will potentially be funding on offer from the scheme of… “£2,500 available to Staffordshire companies”. Details:  sandra.butterworth@thebic.co.uk

28.05.13   
Creative Stoke doesn’t usually list arts and crafts exhibitions, but makes an exception for the end-of-course student shows:

  * Staffordshire University’s Show and Tell 2013 is the main arts and design graduation show.
This huge show is spread over the ground floor spaces of the Stoke-on-Trent campus, and opens on Friday 7th June 2013 at 6pm, with the official opening ceremony starting at 6.30pm. Includes the Comic Arts ‘Pop-up Comic Book Shop’, among many other attractions.

  * This year sees the second Fringe festival, complementing the main Staffordshire art and design shows. The full programme is now online.

  * Astound 2013 is an exhibition directed by graduates of the Foundation Degree in Contemporary Art Practice at Leek School of Art. The show is on now at the Nicholson in Leek town, and runs until 15th June 2012.

  * MADE is the Newcastle-under-Lyme College media, art and design final show. It appears that this year it is taking the innovative form of a pop-up shop in the centre of Newcastle-under-Lyme (13-14 Lancaster Building, near W.H. Smith), since there’s nothing about the final show on any of NULC’s blogs, website or Facebook page. Exact official opening date tbc, watch the blog. Deb Hilditch is the person in charge:  deborah.hilditch@nulc.ac.uk

28.05.13   
Staffordshire University’s annual Creative Networking Breakfast is happening on the 11th June 2013. This is a great way for local creative professionals and businesses to help the 2013 graduates with their networking skills, and to link them with professional development opportunities. To book a place please email:  careers@staffs.ac.uk

28.05.13   
Staffordshire University has its annual Business Funding Update evening set for 19th June 2013 (6pm-7pm)…

“This is the University’s annual business funding round-up. Several speakers and exhibitors will come in to discuss funding options available in the region for business start-up and growth. Speakers will cover the following topics: angel investment funds and venture capital; bank loans (Gurpreet Jhand); other types of loan funds (Kathy Poole/Ben Dyer); sourcing business funding (Pete Ball); crowdfunding; and the University interventions available.”

Details from Clair Hameed at:  beinspired@staffs.ac.uk

28.05.13   
Stoke-on-Trent’s bITjAM is seeking a research partner, to… “work on a research and development project for which we are seeking funding through the NESTA R&D fund.” This project is… “Thanx, an audience development toolbox with a membership and loyalty scheme interface for the arts and cultural sector.” The research partner will: help develop project ideas from conception to development; develop research methodology; add academic rigour. Interested? To express interest or get full details, please contact:  carl@bitjam.org.uk

28.05.13   
The UK’s official export body UK Trade & Industry (UKTI) has business masterclasses at Tillington Hall, near Stafford, during May and June 2013. The Expo Skills Masterclass is 30th May 2013, all day in Stafford, and will show attendees…

“how to meet the sales, marketing and international communication needs for business [to] exhibit at overseas exhibitions. As well as effectively follow up leads gained from trade shows.”

The E-Business Masterclass is on 6th June 2013, all day in Stafford…

“insight on how to develop and market your business online, to win business internationally on an online environment.”

Scheduled for later in the year are further UKTI masterclasses, also near Stafford: Market Research & Selection for Export on 9th July; Intellectual Property Review on 18th September; and International Marketing on 15th November 2013.

28.05.13   
Are you a successful exporter aged under 35? Enter the British Exporters Association‘s Young Exporter Award 2013, which offers media coverage and a prize for the winner of £1,000. Entrants must either be employed by a BExA member, or (if employed by a non-member company registered in the UK) be proposed by a BExA member. Entrants must have been be aged under 35 on 31st December 2012. The entry form is here.

28.05.13   
Are you involved in studio ceramics? The international Contemporary Ceramic Studios Association is to hold a two-day event at Wedgwood near Barlaston, Stoke-on-Trent. The dates are from 30th September to 1st October 2013. Studio potters are invited to…

“Join top artists, designers, business leaders, worldwide suppliers and CCSA staff for two days of projects, workshops and expert business advice”.

28.05.13   
Jobs: the New Vic Theatre in Newcastle-under-Lyme has vacancies for a Sound and Lighting Technician, and for a Borderlines practitioner (community arts).

28.05.13   
Period costume extras are needed for the filming of pub interior scenes in Longton, Stoke-on-Trent. The Heritage Lottery funded film will be filmed at: The Congress Inn, on Sutherland Road, during the afternoon of Monday 3rd June 2013; and at The Vine Leaf, on Liverpool Road, during the morning of Tuesday 4th June 2013. Local people are being urged to don outfits from the 1960s for the first event, and Victorian era garb for the second event. Costumes can be provided if necessary. Anyone who would like to take part in the film should call: 01782 231523.

28.05.13   
The unique Buxton Puppet Festival is returning to the nearby Buxton Opera House in the Peak District this summer (22nd-27th July 2013). There’s no festival schedule of performers or Facebook page yet, but the organisers Funny Wonders have announced a Scratch Night (the puppeteer equivalent of an open mic night) on Wednesday 24th July 2013, and anyone interested in performing then should email:  ali.quas-cohen@funnywonders.org.uk

28.05.13   
The Ashbourne Festival in the nearby Peak District is seeking submissions for the Summer Art Exhibition which will mix local artists with those from further afield. The selling exhibition will run 22th – 29th June 2013 in Ashbourne Town Hall. If you would like to show your work please download the entry form from the festival website.


Creative Stoke news update, 22nd May 2013

22.05.13   
Keele Launchpad is a new free 2-day business “start-up bootcamp” set for 7th and 8th August 2013, on the Keele University Campus. It’s open to graduates who are interested in starting their own business, or creating a hobby business that might grow in time. Attendees will…

“learn about different business models, tax requirements, legal contracts, marketing, e-commerce, social media and sales from industry experts… and you could make some great contacts.”

Deadline for applications is 26th July 2013, but… “places are limited, so be quick!” Application forms available at the website.

22.05.13   
The government has announced it will extend the Start-up Loans scheme to the over-30s, by the… “end of the summer”. The scheme offers a five-year low-interest loan of £2,500.

22.05.13   
There’s to be a North West Women’s Enterprise Day 2013 on 15th November 2013. The location will be Cranage Hall, about ten miles north of Stoke-on-Trent. Last year there were apparently about 250 attendees, so it could be useful for local networking.

22.05.13   
Job: Appetite, the new £3m three-year Arts Council funded programme in Stoke-on-Trent, is recruiting for a part-time Get Talking Researcher to be based at The Creative Communities Unit in Staffordshire University (Stoke campus). Graduates only. Closing date: 22nd May 2013 (today!).

22.05.13   
Local map-makers will be interested to know that The Society of Cartographers annual conference and summer school will be in Stoke-on-Trent on the 2nd-4th September 2013. There will be a number of Stoke & Staffordshire -specific mapping talks on the programme, plus a map illustrator’s surgery. The timing of this complements the international OpenStreetMap convention, a global gathering of grassroots open access map-makers which is being held in Birmingham on 6th-8th September 2013.

22.05.13   
Game and toy designers interested in making new board-games have a perfect opportunity to do informal research in Stoke-on-Trent, at the UK’s annual national board-game players convention The Cast Are Dice 2013.

22.05.13   
Staffordshire University is now offering “KEEN for Export” placements, aimed at helping SME’s to develop export capability. A graduate is employed within the business, supported by an academic expert at Staffordshire University. The Knowledge Exchange and Enterprise Network (KEEN) will generate…

   * A full understanding and mapping of internal company capability
   * Completion of an export capacity plan and gap analysis.
   * Scanning and understanding of overseas markets.
   * Researching and implementing regulatory requirements.
   * Executive investment reporting.
   * An implementation programme, including generation of a tactical export plan.

Interested? Contact KEEN at:  forbusiness@staffs.ac.uk

22.05.13   
Job:  The Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent, is currently seek a professional Costume and Properties Person / Maker, to work on their forthcoming youth theatre (age 11 to 17) production of Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales. This is a freelance contract for services, with pre-show activity and then work at the performances which are on Monday 15th (7pm) and Tuesday 16th July 2013 (7pm) in The Victoria Hall, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent. Plus a clear-up date on 17th July. Interested? Send a C.V. and a covering letter to:  ianmoore@theambassadors.com

22.05.13   
Job:  The music arts project called Harmony Telford/Stoke is seeking… “a committed and enthusiastic PR Professional or Agency to fulfil the PR needs of this life-changing music-based programme.” This is a freelance commission of £10,000. Full details are online or available from:  info@inharmonytelfordstoke.org

22.05.13   
As part of the Prince’s Regeneration Trust work now underway at the historic Middleport Pottery in Stoke-on-Trent, local children are being engaged to make 2,000 small bottle kilns for an exhibition in 2014. Interested in being involved? Contact Teresa Fox-Wells for more information.

22.05.13   
Arts Council England now has a new £500,000 fund which for the first time will help… “indie rock bands and cutting-edge dance musicians”, via 75 grants of between £5,000 to £15,000.

22.05.13   
Stoke-on-Trent’s Prototype magazine is now taking advertising bookings for the Sept 2013 issue.

22.05.13   
Cre8 Radio is now broadcasting to Stoke-on-Trent on FM.

22.05.13   
Nearby Buxton in the Peak District is running a Buxton Poetry Competition, in co-ordination with Buxton Festival. The theme is “History & Heritage” and the deadline for work is 8th April 2013. Full details of cash prizes and categories are at the competition website. There doesn’t appear to be a limitation on where entrants live.

22.05.13   
The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) and Birmingham’s universities will launch the second “Birmingham Made Me” design expo in Birmingham on 6th June 2013. Despite its title the expo’s press information rather hopefully says that it’s… “a celebration of Midlands design” — although someone from Stoke-on-Trent who attended last year reports that it was very strongly Birmingham-focused. As part of the Expo, on the morning of the 6th… “Midlands business leaders will consider ways to boost economic growth by drawing on creativity and design-driven innovation.” Tickets are still available.

22.05.13   
To celebrate its 160th birthday, the Skipton Building Society has launched a new community funding programme, Grassroots Giving. This will offer 160 donations of £500 to community groups across the country, groups which do not have access to other funds. Application deadline: 31th July 2013.


Creative Stoke news update, 12th May 2013

12.05.13   
Bookings are now open for Factory creative industries training workshops in Stoke-on-Trent:

   29th May: Brand development & implementation.
   10th June and 11th June: Winning more work: making more effective presentations.
   17th June: How to get press interest.
   19th June: Brand development & implementation.
   20th June: How to build a better website.
   26th June: Engaging your customers: social networking for business.
   18th Sept: Brand development & implementation.
   Date tbc: Intellectual Property seminar.

12.05.13   
The Factory creative industries magazine for Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire is now available for download…


Download (PDF, 5Mb).

12.05.13   
The Staffordshire University Fringe Festival programme is now available online. Highlights for training and networking events include…

   23rd May: Creating the change: Developing a sustainable social or community enterprise.
   29th May: Social Media Surgery.
   11th June: Creative Networking Breakfast (8am-10am).
   12th June: Social Media Surgery (repeat).
   12th June: “Where do I go from here?”, career planning and coaching workshop.
   13th June: Factory event, the Factory Floor creative industries debate.

12.05.13   
Interested in exporting to high-growth markets? The UK’s official Export Week is 13th-17th May 2013, and there are a number of events happening in the West Midlands and the North West. Stoke-on-Trent has “Any more for Singapore?” on 13th May; and a “China Export Clinic” on 15th May 2013.

12.05.13   
Start Up Your Creative Business is a free two-day workshop (9.30am – 4.30pm on both days) in Stoke-on-Trent. This workshop is for any graduate based in the West Midlands who is starting up a creative business in the arts, design or media…

“We will cover all the essentials around your values, marketing, financial management, intellectual property, your legal structure (e.g.: self-employed, limited company) and your networks.”

12.05.13   
Social Enterprise West Midlands has a free networking event in Stoke-on-Trent

“…for socially minded businesses and social enterprises looking to network and develop their business”

The date set is 20th June 2013 (3.30pm – 5.30pm), at the Atlas Works on College Road, Stoke-on-Trent.

12.05.13   
Here’s the flyer showing the arts & crafts workshops dates and ‘meet the artist’ dates in Leek, part of the town’s Astound 2013 show…

12.05.13   
Grain is running a Portfolio Development Day for photographers on Saturday 8th June 2013. The venue will be the Learning Exchange in the Flaxman Building, at the Stoke-on-Trent campus of Staffordshire University. Cost is £20 for professionals, or £12 for students…

“During the day there will be a series of talks by experts, advice sessions and one to one reviews to help emerging photographers, artists who work in photography and students to develop a professional portfolio. The day is a must for emerging photographers who wish to understand how to develop their work and their portfolio in order to secure opportunities.”

12.05.13   
Job:  Staffordshire University requires a Lecturer in Cartoon and Comics Arts (ACT12-23). Deadline: 12th May 2013.

12.05.13   
Job:  Staffordshire University requires a Senior Lecturer in Graphic Design / Illustration (ACT12-25). Deadline: 16th May 2013.

12.05.13   
Jobs:  It looks like there will soon be ten Web developer jobs available at Ticketmaster in Stoke-on-Trent, according to a report in The Sentinel newspaper. The jobs will be at the Ticketmaster division, located at the Boothen end of Stoke town.

12.05.13   
Graduates from B.A. and M.A. degree courses in 2012 and 2013 are invited to submit their ceramic work, for selection for the British Ceramics Biennial’s Fresh 2013 exhibition in Stoke-on-Trent. Deadline: Friday 5th July 2013.

12.05.13   
Added to the Directory: 3D Creation Lab offers 3d printing and prototype building services. Based at The Sutherland Institute in Longton, Stoke-on-Trent. Below is a 3D printed sculptural bust of a celebrity they recently made for a TV company…

12.05.13   
Evolve 13 will showcase the Staffordshire University 1st and 2nd-year media/film production students’ final films, at the Staffordshire University Film Theatre, on 15th May 2013 (6pm).

12.05.13   
Keele University, in North Staffordshire, is hosting a one-day academic conference on Britishness on 19th June 2013. The conference has a wide range, including discussing representations in media and the arts, and it may be of interest to creatives who are addressing or incorporating Britishness in their work.

12.05.13   
Keele University, in North Staffordshire, is hosting a three-day academic conference titled Teenage Kicks: the representation of youth subcultures on 11th-13th July 2013. This event may be of interest to documentary makers and cultural historians.

12.05.13   
Set of 480 costume photos of the recent Keele University AmeCon convention for fans of Japanese youth culture…

12.05.13   
There’s a new street photography blog, Staffs Street, for Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire, from the Staffordshire Street Photography Project. They’re welcoming submissions via their Flickr group.


“Working in Leek”, Staffordshire Street Photography Project.

12.05.13   
The Staffordshire heats of the Red Cross’s ‘Dance: Make Your Move’ dance competition are to be held at the Mitchell Youth Arts Centre in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, on 15th June 2013. As well as the West Midlands Area Final on 29th June 2013. This national competition is for any dancer aged 4 to 18, regardless of their ability. The winners of the area finals will go on to perform in London.

12.05.13   
Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Libraries are seeking a young poet to represent the county.

12.05.13   
Jobs:  Stafford Gatehouse Theatre is seeking 6 x Casual Technicians for stage-hand work at the theatre. Deadline: 16th May 2013.

12.05.13   
A new Knit and Knatter knitters’ group starts 1st June 2013, at the Mitchell Youth Arts Centre in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent. From 1.30pm-3.30pm, every 3rd Saturday of the month.

12.05.13   
Live-work apartments are available now for creative business or start-ups seeking affordable one-bed live/work space. In central Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, from c.£300/month. Interested? Contact John Webbe at:  john.webbe@midlandheart.org.uk

12.05.13   
A new feature-length DVD film is available for order from Stoke-on-Trent’s Re:Stoke. Made by local film-makers Junction 15 Productions, the film documents the recent Re:Stoke PALACE dance and theatre performance at the Bethesda Chapel in Stoke-on-Trent. A special screening of the new film will be happening at the Mitchell Youth Arts Centre in Hanley, on Sat 25th May 2013 (3pm-4pm), where DVDs will be available.

12.05.13   
The BBC Performing Arts Fund distributes funding which raised via the phone-call charges on various BBC phone-ins. It has so far given away £3.5m, and the fund’s 2013 focus is on theatre. Interested groups can apply here.

12.05.13   
Jobs:  Details of the creative commissions are now online for the Just So Festival 2014, the young children’s creative and cultural festival located about five miles north of Stoke-on-Trent.

12.05.13   
Staffordshire County Council’s arts service has now publicly released its list of experienced artists and organisations (PDF link) who are able to deliver community arts workshops and projects in Staffordshire. To be in future editions, download the application form here.

12.05.13   
Congratulations to: AirSpace gallery; B Arts; BiTjAM; Picl; and Re:Stoke. Together they’ve made a successful funding bid to the Arts Council’s national Catalyst Arts scheme, which aims… “to enable arts organisations with an underdeveloped fundraising model to increase capacity”. A two-year programme “Making It Work” will start June 2013, and will assist the consortium with exploring effective new fundraising models.

12.05.13   
StaffsLive has a peek behind the scenes at the garden design that Stoke-on-Trent is entering in the 2013 Chelsea Flower Show…

12.05.13   
New Art West Midlands 2014, for contemporary fine arts graduates, is now open for submissions.

12.05.13   
The Stafford Town Centre Partnership and Stafford Arts Festival 2013 are seeking artists and performers for the town centre, for Saturday 7th September 2013.

12.05.13   
An interesting short course is to run at nearby Wolverhampton. “Creative screen print for textiles” runs 5.30-8.30pm on Wednesdays at the University of Wolverhampton, starting 15th May 2013 for 10 weeks. The university is within easy walking distance of the intercity train station. Cost is £240…

“The course will focus on screen print for textiles and will include inductions in pigment printing, discharge, devore, printing with puff binder, and using flock, foil and pearlescent techniques.”

12.05.13   
The unique international festival of deaf culture Deaffest festival takes place 17th-19th May 2013, at the Light House arts centre and cinema, in nearby Wolverhampton.