Worcestershire Arts Partnership Blog

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Job Opportunity

Tel. 01 299 832 821                                                    Chinthe Mill,
E-mail:- dblakewaysmith@tiscali.co.uk                         Pensax Common,
                                                                                    Worcestershire WR6 6XL
                                                                                    October 30th 2012

Pensax and Stockton War Memorial for Peace

Brief for design.

            The village of Pensax in Worcestershire does not have a War Memorial because the Parish Council in 1919 stated that ‘the Parish was too poor’. Now, nearly a century later, this is being corrected and those who once walked the lanes of the village and who gave their lives are being properly honoured and remembered. Also, those who died in subsequent conflicts will be remembered. The next village, Stockton, does not have a Memorial either and so the fallen from that village will be included in the new Memorial.

            Children at the Chantry High School, Martley have been researching the lives of those who were killed; their education, their homes, their work and where they lost their lives and they now know the ‘men behind the names’ and this research has led to a brochure being produced for each man. They found out where they lived in the village and relatives of the fallen have met with the children.

            The lessons to be learned from these conflicts and the need to work for peace and the avoidance of conflict have become a driving force in his project. Hence, the title of ‘Pensax and Stockton War Memorial for Peace’.

            The Worcestershire County Council has given an excellent site for the Memorial on isolated, raised ground opposite the Bell Inn at Pensax on the B4202 where it will be seen by everyone who passes that way. Considerable support has been given to the project by the whole of the local community and businesses are behind it, too.

Design ideas for the sculpture.
            The Memorial will be different from the traditional one for a war memorial. The Committee wants it to commemorate those who sacrificed their lives for our country in the past but also to call all of us. as individuals and as a community, today to work for peace so that no further sacrifices are necessary. This is the challenge for the artist. It is ‘a looking back and looking forward’.

            Designs from artists in the region for the memorial are welcomed and should be sent before November 26th 2012 to
David Blakeway Smith MBE,
Chinthe Mill,
Pensax Common,
Worcestershire WR6 6XL

Tel 01 299 832 821

            The Committee is applying for a grant from the Arts Council for the sculpture work and to the Heritage Lottery Fund for a grant for the education and heritage and community work.

Further details can be obtained from the above address.

                                                                                                David Blakeway Smith

Monday, 29 October 2012

Big Build Appeal and Snoezey Arts Initiative on Nov 9th 12.30-3.00

Making your art work: Career Development for Visual Artists

20th November, 2012, 9.30 – 4.30
Coventry (venue tbc)

Visual artists, this is an opportunity to think about your practice as a sustainable enterprise and to begin focusing on the skills and tools needed to develop your career. The day covers a range of topics including:

•   Making successful proposals and applications
•   Selling and Presentation
•   Project planning
•   Defining and promoting your practice
•   Peer networks: critiquing, collaborating, strengthening the individual offer
Who is it aimed at: visual artists of any age and at any stage in the development of their practice based in the West Midlands.
Workshop tutors include Wendy Law, Director of Turning Point West Midlands; Laura Elliott, Director of Coventry Artspace and a freelance project manager and consultant; Amber Merrick- Potter, Artistic Coordinator at Coventry Artspace and practicing visual artist and Peter McLuskie,
Coordination Manager at Creative Enterprise
This is a free workshop. To book a place CLICK HERE 
To be eligible you must be a graduate based in the West Midlands.
For more information contact Peter McLuskie: pmcluskie@cad.coventry.ac.uk

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Urgent call for young male actor with stand up skills in West Midlands

Urgent call for young male actor with stand up skills in West Midlands

Jestaminute Community Theatre c.i.c is a social enterprise whose objects are :
"to use performance and media arts to enhance the life and well-being, and to enhance social cohesion  of the residents in  the midlands"
We are looking for a young male actor with significant devising/improvisation experience  to devise/rehearse/perform  a 20 -30 minute play for a men’s health project to be delivered in Redditch in November 2012.
Actor 1 – playing age - early to late twenties MUST have stand-up skills.
Audition Monday  29th October in Redditch  
Actors must be available for:
Devising:       12th, 13th and 14th November, including an evening show back of work-in progress on 13th  to invited audience.
Rehearsals   19th 20th November
Performances 21st , 22nd, 23rd and 24th November at   sports and social clubs aimed mainly at a male audience.
Project fee £ 900
Closing date : 5pm 19th October
Please send CV to Andy  
Any questions please email.


Sponsored by West Midlands Councils and WM Department of Health
5 November – 12.00 – 2.00
Clarendon Suite, Hagley Road, Birmingham, B16 9SB

This free event is open to all with an interest in learning more about an asset based approach to health and wellbeing in communities. An Asset Based Approach is very much about the collective resources which individuals and communities have at their disposal, which protect against negative health outcomes and promote health by raising the visibility and valuing the skills, knowledge, connections and potential in a community.
Trevor Hopkins will use real life examples to demonstrate
  • How to develop the JSNA to include mapping/assessment of community assets
  • How an Appreciative Inquiry approach can help to set and engage key stakeholders in developing or refining the H&WB Strategy
  • How an 'Outcomes Based Commissioning' approach works
Trevor will also use examples of local projects to demonstrate community approaches to local issues.
To book a place please contact  

Recruitment of VCS Affiliate Member of the Worcestershire Safeguarding Adults Executive Board

The Worcestershire Safeguarding Adults Board* is looking to appoint an individual from the voluntary and community sector to become an affiliate member of its Executive Board. Affiliate members receive all papers and can be invited to attend meetings or comment on specific agenda items.  Affiliate members can also request to attend for specific agenda items at the discretion of the Chair. It is anticipated that this role will take up approximately 2 days a year.

The Worcestershire Voluntary and Community Sector Strategic Board are seeking someone with good knowledge of the safeguarding adult’s agenda, who has the ability and skills to effectively reflect the views of the voluntary and community sector to take up this role. This is an important role and we are keen to ensure that the breadth of the sector is reflected.Applications are open to anyone wishing to apply with appointments being made on the basis of how well candidates meet the requirements of the role. 

*The Safeguarding Adults Board is the multi-agency body that oversees Worcestershire's policies for keeping adults (those over 18 years of age) safe. Philip Talbot of Age UK is the VCS Ambassador on the full Worcestershire Safeguarding Adults Board.

For further details including a fuller person and role specification please e-mail sallym@comfirst.org.uk or call: 01684 312762. Should you wish to have an informal chat to someone regarding this seat please contact Michael Hunter (Acting Chair of the Worcestershire VCS Strategic Board) on 07595 099 881

Completed applications need to be submitted by Friday 16th November. Applications received after this deadline will not be considered

Worcestershire VCS Strategic Board - Key issues and priorities for the VCS Survey

The Worcestershire Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) Strategic Board has been set up to support the development of the sector, sometimes referred to as the Third Sector, and to provide an independent and influential collective sector voice across Worcestershire.

As a consequence of the changes that are happening in the county and the increasing demands on budgets, the contribution of voluntary and community organisations is greater than ever. The Board will promote the contribution that the voluntary and community sector make to Worcestershire and will consult with individual organisations and thematic groups to assess where the board can have the most impact. It will actively tackle the obstacles and barriers that inhibit VCS progress and establish partnerships with local public and private enterprises.

The Board is now in the process of putting together a Business and Delivery Plan which will set out the priorities for the next 2/3 years. It is important that the work of the Board is strategic, is influenced by the needs of the sector locally and responds to the challenges facing the VCS.

The Board are therefore seeking your views on what you see as the key issues and priorities for them to address. Please can you complete this short on-line survey (cut and paste the link below into your browser) by Monday November 19th.

Claire Carter
Impact Consultancy Services
01694 731 759 / 0798 460 9025
Twitter:  @ImpactClaire

The W Factor and Party in the Park2013 tender


Wychavon District Council is looking for an experienced performing arts workshop leader, producer and project manager to deliver  two flagship projects, The W Factor and Party in the Park (subject to funding) across the district working with a wide range of individuals  and arts groups. The programme of complimentary projects will nurture and develop performing arts talent across the district culminating in the District Council’s flagship ‘Party in the Park’ events in August 2013.

Essential Requirements for all projects

  • An enhanced CRB check less than 3 years old will need to be seen for any relevant staff to be used on the programme
·         Minimum £10 million public liability insurance (cert required)
  • Previous experience of project/programme management in a similar environment
·         Experience of editing and technical support
·         Experience of working with young people
·         Experience of producing live performing arts events
·         Experience of evaluating and monitoring projects
·         Full detailed specifications (with breakdown of costs)
·         Certified child protection policy

For further information and a full scope of the work please contact Tracy Grubb on 01386 565168 or e-mail tracy.grubb@wychavon.gov.uk or Jenny Davis 01386 565396
Closing Date Wednesday 7th November 2012 5pm

Monday, 22 October 2012

Worcester Arts Workshop Event

Title: Dark Clouds: Night Descending
Sunday 28th October 2pm - 5pm
Worcester Arts Workshop, Sansome Street, Worcester.
Cost: Free (Donations welcome)  

Collective Unconscious are throwing open the doors to a dark underworld which audience members will asked to explore and where they will discover and interact with a series of performance encounters. This is an exploration of fear, power, sexuality and intimacy, created to reflect the themes of Halloween without using the established imagery and cliches. Night Descending is a prelude to Dark Clouds, Collective Unconscious' three week exploration of a world without natural light at Worcester City Art Gallery and Museum in December. It is free to attend and experience however, we will be accepting donations that will be used towards the costs of the December residency. Please join the Facebook events page at http://www.facebook.com/events/324405470991853/


Monday, 15 October 2012

Perfect Circle Comedy Project


Aged 15-19? Interested in Comedy? Here you go, then:

In October half-term we're hosting a two-day Stand-Up Comedy Workshop, with a chance to perform your material in front of an audience.

MONDAY 29th OCTOBER 10am - 4pm


We are extremely pleased to have comedian Gordon Southern joining us for the workshops & performance. Gordon is fresh from another successful Edinburgh with his latest show, "A Brief History of the World" - please have a look at Gordon's website for more details....


The project costs £20 and places are LIMITED. If you're aged 15-19 and interested in writing & performing your own stand-up material, please get in touch. 
Claire & Lee

Perfect Circle Theatre Company
07800 892840
07878 789313

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Arts Digital R&D Podcast 4: data and archives now live on iTunes

Arts Council England

Arts Digital R&D Podcast 4: data and archives now live on iTunes
Arts Council England
Dear all,

Arts Digital R&D Podcast 4: data and archives is now live on the Arts Council’s iTunes and SoundCloud channels.This month we’re looking at how arts organisations can open up their archives, collections and data using digital technologies.
What’s in it
Joining John Wilson in the studio are Bill Thompson, Head of Partnership Development, BBC Archives; Drew Hemment, Founder and CEO of annual ideas festival, Future Everything; and Dr Paul Gerhardt, Director of Archives for Creativity. They discuss what arts organisations need to consider when digitising their archives as we hear from bespoke archive Siobhan Davis Replay alongside commercial giants Google, who have partnered with arts organisations in the Google Art Project.

The V&A and Public Catalogue Foundation also tell us how involving the public in tagging your digital archive can create new ways of experiencing a collection; our guests discuss how organisations can use their data innovatively and creatively, opening it up to the public and even developers; and we get technical as we hear from the British Museum who are working alongside other cultural institutions to revolutionise the way we search collections data through the web.

Please feel free to share this with your colleagues, comments and feedback are always welcome at @ace_national and #artsdigital.

Apply now for the Digital R&D Fund for the Arts
The Digital R&D Fund for the Arts is an exciting new £7 million pound fund, for organisations with arts projects based in England working in collaboration with technology providers and researchers. The Fund will support new digital research and development projects that deal specifically with expanding audience research and or developing new business models.
To apply you need to have an idea and form a three-way partnership made up of an organisation with an arts project, a technology provider and a researcher. If you have an idea but you don’t yet have project partners you can register yourself or search to find them on the R&D website ‘Find a project partner’ section.

If you are interested in applying please visit the Digital R&D Fund for the Arts website or contact digital-rnd@nesta.org.uk for more information.

Best wishes

The Building digital capacity for the arts team

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Museums Keep Moving

Museums Keep Moving
Museum on the Move 2012 exhibition – "Just Art" A new travelling exhibition which explores the arts through objects, images and hands on activities.

Warwickshire and Worcestershire Museum Services are in partnership to create a new exhibition for launch in March 2012 on their Museum on the Move vehicle. This project is funded through Arts Council England (ACE) and forms part of the wider Museums Keep Moving partnership. This partnership involves the shire counties of the Midlands (Worcestershire, Warwickshire, Herefordshire and Staffordshire) and the Black Country conurbation (Wolverhampton). Museum on the Move (MoM) exists to challenge rural isolation and social exclusion and to provide access to museum services for a variety of audiences.  These include visits to schools, sheltered accommodation, disability groups, care homes, hospitals, town centres, festivals and shows as well as a range of other venues.

In 2010 the project was awarded the Sandford Award for Heritage Education as a mark of our excellence in the field of heritage learning.

The theme we have chosen this year is the Arts. This is a very broad subject, but 6 sub-topics have been identified to enable us to explore key aspects within the space of the MoM vehicle. The sub-topics include:
1.     Introduction – what constitutes "the arts" and a brief history
2.     Visual Arts – sculpture, painting and architecture; how we view and represent the world around us.
3.     Literary Arts – prose, drama, poetry and oral arts such as epic, legend and folktales.
4.     Performing Arts – music and dance plus reference to magic, comedy, opera circus arts and film.
5.     Decorative Arts – functional art pieces such as furniture, ceramics and glass.
6.     The Arts and well-being – how access to and enjoy of the arts can improve our health and quality of life.
The exhibition is object rich, engaging and interactive using innovative approaches to interpretation.

This cross-curricular exhibition is suitable across the Key Stages and covers elements of Maths, History, Geography and Science! It is also suitable for adults of all ages and abilities.

The exhibition is supported by outreach materials including a learning pack (which can be downloaded from our website at www.museumsworcestershire.org.uk) and two handling boxes of objects based around themes relating to the Arts.  Two facilitators accompany the bus on any journey and are there to help people make sense of and enjoy the exhibition.

The whole exhibition is fun, enjoyable, colourful and memorable - we want visitors to come away from MOM with a greater appreciation and understanding of the major role the arts play in the world around us and in their own lives. We also hope that the exhibition will enhance the teaching and appreciation of the arts, heritage and culture at all levels and build knowledge and confidence in people of all ages and abilities.

Further Information and to book a visit to your venue please contact:

Sue Pope, 01299 250416 spope@worcestershire.gov.uk OR
Julie Smith, 01299 250416 jsmith1@worcestershire.gov.uk

Worcestershire County Museum
Hartlebury Castle
DY11 7XZ

Inclusive Dance Workshop

Free Vocal Workshop

Classrooms for Hire

The Worcester Arts Workshop offers
two classrooms to hire for classes,
workshops, projects and all other
kinds of (creative) activity. The two
rooms offer enough space for classes
with about ten to fifteen people.
Both furniture and access to water
are available.
Other spaces also available for hire.
21 Sansome Street
Worcester, WR1 1UH
Wed-Fri 10-5
Sat 10-2
01905 25053