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 FEATURED FOR SUMMER 2014:

 Listen to the sound of Stoke!  All The Young, the Stoke-on-Trent four-piece band, have released their debut album.  The album Welcome Home has been released on Warner Bros. Records, as part of a massive six-album deal.

 After touring with the likes of Morrissey, the band undertook a huge national headline tour, summer festival appearances, and then a tour of Australia and dates in America!

 "... rousing, anthemic songs" — The Sunday Times.

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LOCAL HEADLINES:

September 2013:

BRITISH CERAMIC BIENNIAL IS UNDERWAY
 Stoke-on-Trent is now enjoying the vast BCB 2013, which brings ceramics events, exhibitions, and more to the city. BCB events are on now, and run through to 10th November 2013. Most are free, although the conference is 70+VAT.  

May 2013:

NEW CULTURAL MAGAZINE, "STAFFAS"
 A new high-quality 78-page arts and cultural magazine has launched, covering Stoke and North Staffordshire. Staffas can be downloaded as a free PDF (19Mb). Finished articles and print-ready photographs are now invited for the next issue.

March 2013:

CHANCELLOR GIVES ENERGY BOOST TO STOKE
Stoke-on-Trent has gained a major boost in the Chancellor's March budget, with a exemption for the city's ceramics industry from an energy tax. The city's potteries are large users of energy to fire kilns, and they will not now have to pay the Climate Change Levy tax.

January 2013:

STOKE-ON-TRENT GROWS GRADUATES
 The Census 2011 data shows that university degree holders have increased from 9.9% to 15.5% of the city's population. The overall population of Stoke-on-Trent also increased by 3.6 per cent from 240,643 in 2001, to 249,000 in 2011 — confounding officials who used claims of falling population to demolish large areas of the city in the 2000s.  



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Featured project: Barewell. Photo by Creative Stoke Creative Stoke Interview: Richard Pekar.
 FEATURED SPACE:
 Barewall gallery.

 Barewall is perhaps the leading selling art gallery in North Staffordshire, with a commitment to showing the finest authentic local art from as host of local names such as Rob Pointon, Paine Proffit, Denise O'Sullivan, and many more.

Barewall can be found in the heart of the Stoke-on-Trent town of Burslem, with the shop and studio conveniently sited just behind the Town Hall.  

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 THE CS INTERVIEW:
 Richard Pekar.

 Burslem-based Richard Pekar, founder of the North Staffordshire Hungarian Association, has made a film of his father's heroic escape from the horrors of socialism. In 1957 his father crawled through miles of frozen mud, barbed wire and land mines to escape. He eventually settled in Stoke-on-Trent. The Last Train to Budapest was made for 10,000, with a 6,000 National Lottery grant.  

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Creative People and Places A member of Stoke band Friends of Ken checks out the new bArts web site at the launch event.
 PROJECT SPOTLIGHT:
 Creative People & Places.

 A consortium from Stoke-on-Trent has received 3 million funding to help encourage the city's people to engage with the arts. The three-year programme of events, branded as Appetite, was launched at the end of June 2013. It is tasked with engaging with those who have never experienced the arts before, and one of the first events was bringing a major circus to Hanley Park.

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 Forthcoming events.

 Happening in North Staffordshire during Autumn 2013: 

BCB 2013 has ceramics events throughout the city, including a two-day conference for designers; the Factory Floor has a networking event for ceramics makers; the major Factory Assembly conference is set for November; and there are a variety of business training events.

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FRONT-PAGE ARCHIVE:

Previous interviews:  

| Mark Wood |
| The Frink School |
| Dazed |
| Frontline Dance |
| Dan Hopkins |
| Paine Proffit |
| Richard Pekar |

Creative Stoke photos:  

The Staffordshire University June 2013 graduation show.

The Staffordshire University "Show and Tell" 2012 graduation show.

The Stoke-on-Trent Ceramics Biennial 2011.

Staffordshire University M.A. Fine Art show 2010.

Light Night in Hanley, Nov 2010.

'Behind the Scenes' at the GEMS theatre shows: Aladdin and Dazzle.

The doors of Stoke's terraced houses.

'Love Ties' public art launch.

Folk in Stoke Festival.

North Staffs Open Studios 08.

The Stoke-on-Trent Ceramics Biennial 2009.

Conjunction AirSpace gallery launch event.

Stoke Sanity Fair.

Creative Approaches to Local Issues - a successful 100,000 arts project funded by Advantage West Midlands and involving ten community groups working with a local artist. Photo Gallery & PDF publication.




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