Creative Stoke news update, 23rd September 2013

21.09.13   
Majestic Studios is shortly set to become a new creative studio space in Stoke-on-Trent. Currently being fitted out, the space has been set up by a recent B.A. Fine Art graduate of Staffordshire University together with several other recent graduates. The studios are in the c.1926 art-deco Majestic Chambers building, located in the centre of Stoke town…

“with many large studio spaces and a contemporary art gallery. Here we will be setting up events, exhibitions, residencies and a place to get on with your artwork. Forming a creative environment and a supportive art network, we aim to provide space and opportunities for local artists, international artists and recent graduates.”

The studios are very near to the new Studio 116 photography gallery, and to Spode which hosts exhibitions and events. Good cheap cafes and shops are on the doorstep, and it’s short walk to the city’s main train station and Staffordshire University (with academic library and art supplies shop).


Door photo: Creative Stoke.

21.09.13   
After a very succesful official launch night on 20th September 2013, the Studio 116 photography gallery and studio in Stoke town is now fully open. The first exhibition, on now, is of a fine series of b&w pictures of the Spode ceramics factory made by Stoke-on-Trent’s Dave Yarker.


Photos: David Moss.

21.09.13   
The Kiln is set to be a new monthly Stoke-on-Trent fanzine. It will be free, and has been…

“set up by Gaz Williams and Rob Barrs and is dedicated to the Stoke-on-Trent music and arts scene [and will be] hand-printed and made available across The Potteries and Staffordshire and Cheshire”

21.09.13   
A new award-winning documentary, Wild North Staffordshire, has been made by Peter J. Durnall. “Four years in the making”, the film will be shown on the big screen at the “Halcyon Days” Staffordshire Film Archive screening, at the Staffordshire University Film Theatre on 16th October 2013.

21.09.13   
Want to learn how to programme cultural film programmes or festivals? The short course “The Business and Creativity of Programming Cultural Film” is on offer from the Independent Cinema Office West Midlands…

“This one day course will unlock the mysteries of film programming from start to finish with practical insider information from the people that do it every day. It will equip you with the business and creative skills, knowledge and inspiration to create film programmes that will excite your local audience and get bums on seats.”

The date is set for 26th September 2013 in Birmingham. Cost is £100 + VAT = £120. Interested? Contact Sarah Bourne at:  sarah.bourne@independentcinemaoffice.org.uk

21.09.13   
Added to the Directory: Daro Design, based in Longton, Stoke-on-Trent. Daro is a product design consultancy, and can offer help with prototyping and visualisation services through to production.

21.09.13   
Jobs: Freelance creative practitioners are required for the Staffordshire Hoard Gallery at Birmingham, by the Birmingham Museums Trust. Application deadline: 26th September 2013. Submit proposals for a specific project strand to:  richard.statham@birminghammuseums.org.uk

21.09.13   
Job: the Mitchell Arts Centre, in Stoke-on-Trent city centre, needs a new CEO. Full-time post. Application deadline: 30th Sept 2013.

21.09.13   
Robert M. James has started running a weekly acting class (Tuesday nights, 8.15pm-9.30pm) at Staffordshire University, for people interested in the process of acting (psychological realism)…

“We won’t be doing any showcase or projects — just a ‘lab’ with a few like minded actors exploring the work of Stanislavski, Bella Merlin, Michael Chekhov, Uta Hagan and a few more thrown in for good measure! We’ll also explore connecting meaningfully with other actors/characters; giving 100% attention to another; looking at wants/needs over ‘motivation’ and much much more!”

Interested? Then please email:  robert.marsden@hotmail.co.uk

21.09.13   
New honours degree courses for Theatre are being set up at Staffordshire University for September 2014. These are:

  * B.A. (Hons.) in Acting and Theatre Arts.
  * B.A. (Hons.) in Technical Stage Production.

21.09.13   
A free photo session is on offer from talented final-year student photographer Ryan at Asicit Photography. The venue is Monday 30th September 2013, at 9:30am at Staffordshire University in Stoke-on-Trent. Terms and conditions apply.

21.09.13   
A one-minute silent movie is wanted by the Just So Festival, the young children’s arts festival which is held annually just north of Stoke-on-Trent. Deadline: 1st October 2013.

21.09.13   
Potclays and Mayco are holding a ceramics training event on 10th-11th October 2013, in Stoke-on-Trent…

21.09.13   
The British Ceramics Biennial starts shortly, in Stoke-on-Trent. There will be plenty to see, alongside the professional development events: a writing workshop for artists, and the BCB 2013 conference on 17th-18th October (£75 + VAT: PDF programme).

21.09.13   
The Barewall Gallery in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, is publicising new Apprenticeships and Paid Internships as part of the government’s £15m Creative Employment Programme. See the website for details.

21.09.13   
The Potteries Tile Trail website has officially launched, and is now fully loaded…

21.09.13   
Newcastle-under-Lyme Camera Club now has a website.

21.09.13   
The Acoustic Festival of Britain, held in Uttoxeter, now has 2014 dates: 30th May to 1st June 2014.

21.09.13   
The Michael Heath Award for Cartooning, sponsored by John Lobb, has just launched for its first year. Submissions are invited now. See the website for full details.

21.09.13   
There are art exhibition opportunities at Gallery3 in nearby Shrewsbury. The Gallery3 exhibition space is run by SADAA Art Panel to showcase the visual arts in Shrewsbury. They are now accepting exhibition proposals from artists who wish to exhibit their work during 2014 If you are interested, please send your proposal by email to:  exhibit@gateway-gallery3.co.uk

21.09.13   
A new UK survey from the Cultural Commissioning Programme is asking for responses about experiences of delivering publicly-funded services in the arts and cultural sectors.

21.09.13   
There’s a new National Skills online survey about the skills/training needs among UK jewellery-makers and industry.

21.09.13   
Arts Council England has issued June 2013 guidelines for all applicants to their GfA National Lottery grant programmes, giving information on rates of pay for artists.

21.09.13   
Arts Council England has announced that it is seeking applications under its new £3 million Cultural Destinations programme. The closing date for applications is 5pm on 26th September 2013.

21.09.13   
The UK’s Futurelearn has just launched, and is offering free online courses from major British universities. Of immediate note is the short online course “The Power of Brands”, which starts 14th October 2013.

21.09.13   
“Exploring and Developing Your Creative Business Idea” is a one-day workshop to be held 21st November 2013 (9.30am – 5.00pm) in Stafford town…

“Delivered by Alison Grade, a very experienced small business owner and entrepreneur, this one-day intensive workshop will focus on tackling the key issues facing start-up creative businesses, enabling participants to examine and test whether they can turn their creative idea into a business reality.”

The course fee is fully subsidised by EU taxpayers via European funding, so places are free.

21.09.13   
Enterprise Nation’s Fund 101 is back, thanks to PayPal UK. Win up to £500 for your business with this innovative small-scale funding scheme for new start-ups and growing businesses. The money is intended for materials and equipment. Elance have also chipped in with $500 of credit to successful applicants, to spend on outsourced online work.

21.09.13   
UK Global Enterprise Week wants “digital savvy” volunteer reporters, for a week or so at the end of November 2013.

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