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.



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