Creative Stoke news update, 13th June 2013

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Stoke-on-Trent City Council has created a new fund to support community events. £30,000 is being made available for local groups to create and put on a range of arts events and cultural activities. Groups or individuals can receive up to £1,500. More money is available if the event is of a particular benefit to key audiences in the city. A fund panel will meet to review applications, and deadlines to apply fall on 17th June and 20th September 2013. Details and application forms here or email: rachel.james@stoke.gov.uk

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Paid work:  The Making It Work consortium of five local arts organisations (B Arts, AirSpace, bITjAM, PiCL and Re:Stoke) in Stoke-on-Trent are seeking to appoint a Facilitator to co-ordinate a programme of development following their successful bid to the Arts Council’s Catalyst Arts fund. The Facilitator’s role will be to enable the partners to develop and deliver a skills development and knowledge-gathering programme — including the mapping of existing provision, looking at examples of good practice, external training, and the development of digihtal tools and approaches to support greater private sector investment. They are looking for an individual/organisation with substantial experience in developing fundraising strategies, with a focus on corporate and individual giving (i.e. not public sector / Lottery / trusts’ funds). Experience in working in challenging contexts, especially outside of London, and with small organisations without big brand impact or large footfall will also be valuable. Application deadline: 5pm, 8th July 2013. For the Facilitator brief please contact the lead organisation, B Arts, at:  info@b-arts.org.uk

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The Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy Fellowship programme is now open for applications. Eleven… “entrepreneurial self-starter fundraisers with a passion for the arts” will benefit from a programme of practice-based support. It is supported by Opera North, the University of Leeds, Cause4, and other arts and educational organisations. The 12-month fellowships are certified by the University of Leeds. The selected fellows benefit from an in-depth experience in the development department of organisations, such as Sadlers Wells, the Sage Gateshead, Dance UK, and Liverpool Tate. Application deadline: 1st July 2013.

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Paid work:  The Just So Festival 2014 organisers, Wild Rumpus CIC, are now looking to… “commission three exceptional companies to create new work, to be previewed at the 2014 Just So Festival at Rode Hall, Cheshire, with the possibility to tour in 2014/2015.” The commission is worth £3,000, and the event is a young children’s creativity festival located in parkland about five miles north of Stoke-on-Trent. Application deadline: 30th June 2013. For more information about Wild Rumpus and the Just So Festival.

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The UK’s Start Up Loans Company was originally set up with a mandate to support 18-24 entrepreneurs. The Prime Minister, David Cameron, later increased this to 18—30, after an announcement in January 2013. Over 30s are now planned to be included by the end of summer 2013. As such The Start Up Loans scheme is inviting potential Delivery Partners to apply to support and deliver the programme to the age range of 30 and above. If you are interested in registering your interest in becoming a Delivery Partner for 30+, please contact: nicholasdear@startuploans.co.uk

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Fund 101 is seeking to micro-fund new UK entrepreneurs with startup ideas and who are looking to commence trading. Those who are already in business and need funding may be eligible, for instance small UK firms wishing to purchase equipment to help take their enterprise to the next level. Administered by Enterprise Nation, the programme is designed to assist those who are looking for relatively small amounts of capital support. Individual grants as small as from £50 to £500 can be requested. Fund101 winners will also receive up to $500 of Elance credit to spend on outsourced work from online freelancers. Applications will be accepted with monthly deadlines until November. The next deadline is 24th June 2013.

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Interested in networking with creatives in the nearby Peak District? There’s a big Creative Industries roadshow in Buxton on 26th June 2013.

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Kevin Sheldon is running a short-story writing workshop in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, on 20th July 2013 (12.30pm – 7.30/8.00pm). All materials and refreshments provided, suitable for all levels. Cost is £25 for a seven hour workshop.

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A Stoke-on-Trent graffiti jam is set to happen alongside the official opening of the Stoke-on-Trent UK Graffiti Hall-of-Fame (just north of Bradwell Wood, the farmer’s tunnel under the A500, next to the old abandoned sand workings). This event is for artists and invite only! They say “space is extremely limited” but if you contact the organisers with some samples of your work you might get an invite.

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Cheshire Dance is recruiting for freelance dance artists who are interested in leading/supporting dance workshops + projects, as well as in gaining performance experience. Deadline: 8th July 2013. To find out more, please contact Leanne Cardill, Creative Producer at:  leanne@cheshiredance.org

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The Potters Club, Stoke’s exclusive private members’ club located across from the intercity train station, is starting a…

“new 5.30pm networking club. Escape the evening rush hour! Business networking at its best. Speaker sponsorship available. Booking essential.”

The first club event will be on Wednesday 25th September 2013 (from 5.30pm – 7.30pm, cost £15).

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Award-winning photojournalist and university lecturer Martin Elliott, in conjunction with Staffordshire University M.A. Photography students Fee Wood and Yvonne Grimshaw Baker, is creating a new project entitled Sex in the Potteries. This will be exhibited in Staffordshire University from December 2013 to Easter 2014. Find out more details from the project’s new Facebook page.

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Sarah Armitt is looking for volunteers and artists for this year’s Kids Karnival in Etruria Park, Stoke-on-Trent, 14th and 21st July 2013. Interested? Contact the Shelton D.J. School on 07816 318676 for more information.

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This year’s Stone Music and Arts Festival (5th-14th July 2013) is seeking volunteers, especially for the big festival weekend on 13th-14th July 2013. Festival programmes have recently gone through doors in Stone town. Volunteers should contact the organisers via the website.


Picture: Stone Festival’s Party In The Park.

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PRS for Music Foundation has a new round of funding to fund your music. Beyond Borders 2013 can give funding of up to £15,000 for both new commissions and repeat performances of music written in the past five years. Deadline: 27th June 2013. They also have the Momentum Music Fund a £500,000 investment to develop the careers of talented artists and bands. Deadline: 27th June 2013.

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There’s a professional development opportunity down in Walsall at GalleryCamp 2013 on 9th September 2013. The whole of the New Walsall Art Gallery will host an ‘unconference’ discussing the future of public galleries, and the increasingly important role of digital in and around galleries. See the tickets bookings page for more details.

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Added to the Directory: Ian Weightman Media Services, based in Newcastle-under-Lyme. Ian specialises exclusively in travel, tourism and destination PR.

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Congratulations to local performer Owen Richard, who recently starred in a new film made at the Factory club in Stoke-on-Trent. The film will be the second in a forthcoming trilogy of contemporary art film pieces exploring sexual identities.

13.06.13    Congratulations to Potteries painter Rob Pointon who just successfully completed a Kickstarter campaign to fund a painting trip to America.

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Congratulations to Stoke-on-Trent crime writer Mel Sherratt, who after many years of striving now has a print and audio-book deal with Amazon’s mystery imprint Thomas and Mercer! Watch for an article by Mel in the second FactoryMag publication, along with an introductory guide to the crime fiction industry.

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Funding from the National Lottery can be applied for to commemorate next year’s centenary of the First World War. The funding scheme is titled The First World War: Then and Now. A variety of community heritage projects will be eligible. £3,000 to £10,000 is available. The Lottery is seeking to fund not-for-profit organisations, and partnerships led by not-for-profit organisations.

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The Midlands Arts Centre in Edgbaston, Birmingham, is hosting an Early Years Music Conference on 28th June 2013, an event for anyone in the Midlands who has an interest in creative learning and music making with young children.

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Paid work: Education Central are looking to recruit a full-time director for Arts Connect West Midlands, based at the Science Park in Wolverhampton (within easy walking distance of the train station).

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Creative Stoke has a preview selection of some of the works shown in the huge Show & Tell art & design graduation shows and pop-up comics shop at Staffordshire University 2013. On now at the Stoke campus, until 15th June 2013. Free. Stoke’s Prototype magazine also has a photo review. Also of note is local Photography graduate Mark Wilbrey who has an outstandingly well-designed Web portfolio, including his behind-the-scenes theatre pictures.

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Newcastle-under-Lyme College (NULC) has fixed a date for the unveiling of their new town centre MADE pop-up shop in the Lancaster building, showing the best work from their 2013 graduates. To take place in the Guild Hall Square and the shop, 1pm-5pm on Saturday 29th June 2013. Including live music and fashion show.

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Advance news:  a new £4m Jobs and Growth Fund Programme is being set up as a local arm of the government’s Regional Growth Fund scheme. The Jobs and Growth Fund will be aimed at small and medium firms in North Staffordshire which need funding for premises or equipment that supports new jobs. The Fund is recruiting staff now, and Creative Stoke will bring readers a Web link for the application process when the Fund is officially open.

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News just in: Mailout magazine is reporting that the DCMS has released an official statement that Crafts will continue to be part of the official UK government definition of the creative industries.



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