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     News: 10th May 2003.

   'LIVE-WORK UNITS' FOR ARTISTS IN BURSLEM


Touchstone Housing is to develop affordable 'live & work' studio units for artists and crafts makers. Touchstone is working with the new Burslem Regeneration Company and have commissioned a local architect to bring a vacant building on Queens St., Burslem, back into modern use, while keeping the historic frontage intact.

 

     News: 10th May 2003.

   MOVE MAGAZINE RE-LAUNCHED!


The popular Stoke publication Move mag has been re-launched in a new-look format, after a team of talented local young people took over the editorship. Move has been expanded from its dance-music base to cover the whole range of cutting-edge youth culture in Stoke & Newcastle-under-Lyme.

Free copies of the new-look Move No.23 are in the trendier shops & venues now!

visit Move's web-site for the latest news...

 

     News: 27th February 2003.

   THREE COUNTIES PHOTOGRAPHY OPEN - THE WINNERS


Winners of the 5th Three Counties Open Photography show were announced at a packed opening night. The £300 1st Prize went to Gillian Jones for Serenity. The £100 2nd Prize went to Michael Mutimer for True Blue. The new Student Prize was won by Janice Dale for Pebbles. The Open is generously sponsored by Stoke architects Hulme Upright Manning. The show is being held at Keele University's Art Gallery, and features over 100 images. It runs until 2nd April 2003.


First Prize: Gillian Jones for Serenity. (Full size)


Student prize: Janice Dale for Pebbles. (Full size)

 

     News: 22nd January 2003.

   HOTHOUSE DESIGN CENTRE TO DOUBLE IN SIZE

The Hothouse Centre for Ceramic Design in Longton, Stoke-on-Trent is set to expand into a nearby vacant Grade-II listed building, which will be refurbished to create 23 studio/office spaces for new and growing businesses.

The expansion has been announced by the regional development agency, Advantage West Midlands, as part of the unvieling of plans to invest over £6.8 million into a series of new projects across Staffordshire.

The Hothouse currently has 20 studios for new and developing small design-related businesses in the ceramics industry, and offers them access to the latest 3D virtual modelling and rapid prototyping technologies. An exhibition about the first fifteen years of work at The Hothouse will open at the Potteries Musueum and Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent, on 15th April.

Another project, called The Ceramic Industry University, aims to deliver customised 'factory floor' training for ceramics workers, by using the internet to deliver interactive learning tutorials.

Director of Development and Partnerships at Advantage West Midlands Karen Yeomans said, "The Agency is committed to providing the necessary funds in order for key regional partners to support and deliver prime projects at a local level. Many of these projects will, over time bring untold benefits to local people and employees from companies at all levels across Staffordshire."

A North Staffordshire Tourism Strategy has also been supported by the Agency. The five year strategy will be designed to provide a single, comprehensive forward view for tourism activity in North Staffordshire to benefit everyone who works, lives and visits the area. Tourism is the third biggest industry in Britain, and is vital to the local economy.

 

     News: 1st January 2003.

   WEEKLY INCOME FOR ARTISTS - MAYBE


Would you like to get up to £40 a week from Gordon Brown to help support your income from self-employment? The new Working Tax Credit could help the many low-earning artists to do exactly that - if you meet the criteria. The new scheme begins this coming April, and even single & childless people will be eligible!

This is the gist of how it seems to operate: You work more than 30 hours per week in 2003 but in the period from April 2001 to April 2002 you earned less than �5000 (ie: the final figure on your forthcoming tax return that's due by 31st Jan 2003). If this is true of you, then you can then get about 40 pounds a week in weekly 'tax credits' paid into your bank account from April 2003 (although newspaper reports indicate that payments may start later due to a backlog in processing the claims).

A recent survey of UK artists showed that one third earned only �5,000 to �10,000 per annum and one-in-ten earn less than �5,000.

The Working Tax Credit payments run for 12 months with no questions asked -- although if your income then goes up by more than �2500 in the new tax year, you have to tell the tax office. There may be a snag here in regards to voluntary work -- because if the tax office judges the organisation or person "has enough cash to pay you if they wanted to", then they can count that work as if it was paid. So if you cut you grandma's lawn each week, or volunteer to man the desk at a local gallery, this may cause complications as it may technically breach the "rise in income of more than �2500" rule, even if you don't get paid.

Unlike previous Credits schemes, you don't have to have kids or a live-in partner to qualify. Those who think they may be eligible need to claim using Form "TC600". You can obtain this form & the relevant leaflets by phoning . You should have your National Insurance number ready when you call.

Disclaimer: this is only our understanding of the system, so don't rely on it. Seek professional advice if unsure.

 

     1st January 2003:

   SPRING MEANS SALES

Spring Fair Birmingham 2003 is again set to display the best of Stoke's creative ceramic designers to the world. In 2002 the Fair had a special Stoke Showcase - which clinched nearly £500,000 worth of new orders and sales. This year's Stoke Showcase expects to host 55 local ceramic design companies, a 50% increase on 2002.

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     1st January 2003:

   YOUR NEWS COULD BE POSTED HERE!

Please let us know about your current news! Tell us about all your prime products, your inspiring initiatives, your outstanding Opens, your perfect publications, your balletic buildings, and your jazzy jobs. And we'll do our best to get them in front of the area's creative movers & shakers. Promise.

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     NEWS OF NOTE, elsewhere in the press & media:

13.07.03: The Sentinel
Mike Wolfe launches the 'Music City' campaign.

28.06.03: The Sentinel
Burslem Masterplan unveiled - arts & crafts production is centre-stage.

09.06.03: Express & Star
£20,000 Open Studios event for Staffs arts & crafts ...

25.04.03: The Sentinel
Burslem's Queens Theatre, currently being renovated, should open commercially in September ...

27.01.03: The Sentinel
North Staffs. Design Initiative spends £100,000 on new consultancy report ...

30.09.02: The Sentinel
Stoke's new elected mayor, Mike Wolfe, outlines his plans for a city of art & style ...

30.09.02: The Sentinel
Action plan to turn Burslem into Stoke's specialist arts & crafts production quarter ...



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