Creative Stoke news update, 17th November 2014

The ninth issue of the Factory creative industries magazine for Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire is now available online

Download the magazine (PDF, 6Mb).

The magazine has a full listing of business events and training, details of Factory opportunities, funding news, feature articles and more.

Staffordshire University now has a new ‘University Diploma in Professional Selling – For Business’, aimed at employers with staff who need a better grounding in…

* Customer Relationship Management
* Key Account Management
* Effective Business Negotiation
* Leading the Sales Team and Managing the Sales Function

More information from:

A new M.A. degree for theatre professionals will launch at Staffordshire University in 2015.

There’s a call for selfie photographs, for a forthcoming Gallery 116 exhibition in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent…

There is to be an open public meeting about the 2015 Stoke Pride event, which is now ‘under new management’, on 20th November 2014 in Burslem. An excellent set of pictures from the 2014 event can be found here.

If you live on Hartshill Road, Stoke, and would like to host a ‘Lights on the Hill’ shadow, paper-cut or lantern in your window or front garden this winter, please contact B arts at:

The 2014 Newcastle Lantern Parade is on Saturday 13th December, and the organisers are seeking players of portable instruments and those who can contribute skills to the Lantern Band.

Fusion Performance Arts are now providing drama classes at The Foxlowe Arts Centre, in Leek. Classes are open to students up to 18 years and take place from 2.30pm-4pm on Saturdays. Free taster sessions are available. Anyone interested in joining please call Justine on 07515 285236 or email:

A Stoke-on-Trent bid has made it to the finals of this year’s Big Lottery People’s Millions Competition. There will be a one-day public vote toward the end of November 2014, and members of the public can cast their vote from 9am in the morning to 12 midnight. Calls and texts to vote will cost 15p, via a phone number to be revealed on the 24th. The Friends of the Potteries Museums & Art Gallery hope to win £30,000 of Lottery funds for Infusion, which would bring professional artists to work with groups of children and young people to create high quality artworks inspired by the Museum’s world collections. For details see the People’s Millions website.

Organisations in Staffordshire have until 20th December to apply for the Staffordshire County Council Community Arts Fund.

Broken Mould Workshops is running a number of sculpture training workshops for adults, at Stafford…

* Plaster Waste Moulds for Sculpture – Saturday 13th December 2014
* Armatures for Sculpture – Saturday 7th February 2015
* Flexible Rubber Moulds for Sculpture – Saturday 14th March 2015

Also in the planning is a proposed BMS Sculpture Summer School 2015.

The Shire Hall Gallery in Stafford is running three fine art workshops in early 2015. See the new PDF brochure for more details.

Job: Arts Council England want a Relationship Manager (Combined Arts) at the Birmingham office, covering the Midlands. Deadline: 20th November 2014.

Want to go ‘walking’ up in the nearby Peak District, but without all the rain and mist? Google Street View has just released the ‘Street View’ for the Peak District walking trails, made by carrying Google’s special 360-degree back-pack cameras along all the trails. This could be useful for photographers and film makers looking for local locations.

The 2015 British Glass Biennale, held in Wordsley and Stourbridge in South Staffordshire, is now open for entries. Deadline: 30th January 2015.


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