Creative Stoke welcomes: site feedback; offers of help; details of opportunities;
invites to your event; and — of course — being told about your new web-site!
To send a message, simply leave a visitor comment on the latest blog posting
on the Creative Stoke News blog. Comments made in this way are not
published, but will be seen by the editor of Creative Stoke.
The short history of Creative Stoke: The website is edited by Dave Haden [Facebook], a local creative who lives in Stoke-on-Trent and who is an artist, writer, researcher & photo-journalist and a university lecturer at Birmingham City University's BIAD.
The website was soft-launched in Christmas 2001. In late Summer 2002 the Directory was hugely expanded through active searching for links, helped by first-class graduate and Millenium Volunteer
Simon Knight [Facebook | LinkedIn] and free facilities offered by The Burslem School of Art.
Simon continued to be active as a co-editor for several years after this. By December 2003 the Directory was around its current size, and the current look and navigational
design was established. Regular link-checking measures were instituted to keep the Directory fresh. Meanwhile, the site increased its supply of a regular stream of hand-picked opportunities and
events notices. In 2004-6 Creative Stoke was a partner in delivering Mayor Mike Wolfe's innovative £100k community-arts project in Stoke, Creative Approaches to Local Issues;
and had a £500 Arts Council grant to attend the Creative Clusters international creative industries conference in Brighton.
More photo features and interviews were added. During 2006-2009 the site added: an RSS news-feed; Facebook groups; an RSS-powered events listings page; a 'Buy' page featuring local products;
as well as around 2,000 timely listings of opportunities for local creatives. During 2010 the site had several thorough link-checks (including one done by hand), and
added over 800 opportunities on the What's New? page. The website and service contine to develop in 2011 and 2012, and now also has a Facebook group with over 400 members.
Offers of help are welcomed: Especially useful are: volunteer reviewers & talented event-photographers who can supply photos;
free tickets to your event; offers of funding to produce print publicity materials (posters, flyers etc).