Creative Stoke news update, 28th May 2013

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.

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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.

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.

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”.

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

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.

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:

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.


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