Worcestershire Arts Partnership Blog

Thursday, 28 February 2013

Mouth and Music

Mouth and Music, Kidderminster's acoustic spoken word and music night takes place in the Boar's Head Gallery, 39 Worcester Street on the second Tuesday of every month. Each month there are two featured performers/groups plus the opportunity for people to book short slots on the night. MCs Heather Wastie and Sarah Tamar encourage first-timers to have a go alongside seasoned artists in what is proving to be an excellent mix.

Here's what a performer wrote after the February gig: "A welcoming upstairs room, cracking cask ale, overlaid with big love, good cheer & exceptional listening"

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Creative Enterprise Workshop Dates

Changes to Charity CRB(DBS) Regulations

The CRB now known as DBS are making some important changes to criminal record checks in Spring 2013. They will impact on all charities particularly those that employ a lot of volunteers.

The two main changes are as follows:-

1.       The DBS is going to limit the issue of a paper Disclosure to the applicant only. Organisations will cease to receive a copy.
2.       The DBS is going to make Disclosures more portable. Applicants will be able to pay a small sum of money each year for a Disclosure they can take from ‘job’ to ‘job’. It is expected that DBS will provide this service free of charge to volunteers.

The reason for writing to you is that under our online system, you would continue to receive clear Disclosures, so there would be no change from what you have at the moment. You would only have to wait for the applicant to bring you their copy of the Disclosure, if they had a criminal record.

Furthermore, portability is going to be better for applicants but there are also benefits to charities/employers too. Our online system will provide a 24/7 Police National Computer (PNC) checking service so if one of you applicants, under the new system, acquires a criminal conviction or caution, you will be informed immediately, and you will be able to request a new Disclosure. We will charge a nominal fee for the 24/7 PNC checking service and we expect this new facility to be extremely popular.

If you would like further information concerning our online system or the DBS changes coming in shortly, please email mike@mgcare.co.uk with your details and I will be pleased to get back to you.

Job Opportunity

Job Description
Local Engagement Specialist
(Freelance position)

Fuel is putting together a team of brilliant local engagement specialists to help with the delivery of our New Theatre in Your Neighbourhood initiative, which runs from January to June 2013.

The nationwide project will use shows Fuel is touring in spring 2013 to Colchester, Malvern, Preston, Poole and Stockton-on-Tees as a springboard for research with potential audiences, with venues, with artists and with the people who make the shows. Fuel is working with Malvern Theatres to deliver the project in Malvern .

New Theatre in Your Neighbourhood is a project that aims to get people excited about the theatre we make. We’d like them to come to our shows. We want to find out more about Malvern and the people that live there and in the long term create performances in their neighbourhoods.

Fuel is currently seeking an enthusiastic and committed local engagement specialist to help us achieve our aims in partnership with the Malvern Theatres.

We are presenting two shows at Malvern Theatres in the spring:

The Victorian in the Wall by Will Adamsdale
26 March

“An ingenious comedy... deliciously leftfield fare” Time Out on The Summer House

A work-shy writer discovers a Victorian man living in the wall of his flat. Everyone’s pretty surprised. Adjustments need to be made. A new play from Perrier Award winner Will Adamsdale (Jackson’s Way, The Summer House) and co-produced by the Royal Court in London. www.willadamsdale.com

Zero by Clod Ensemble
7 June

“Clod Ensemble is one of those innovative and anarchic companies thrusting its way through traditional boundaries of drama.” 
The Guardian

Zero is set to an original score played live by a band of acclaimed musicians and featuring an explosive cast of performers. 

Zero is a world where nothing is certain – where women can be tigers and men can be snakes. Families, marriages and friendships are laced with sibling rivalries, frustrated desires and murderous ambitions.
Heavens open and lives fall apart. Here, we are all at the mercy of the stormy weather. At least we can still sing the blues. www.clodensemble.com
Local Engagement Specialist job description continued…

This is a freelance role and you will have your own base in Malvern or the surrounding area. We are looking for someone to work between March and June 2013. We anticipate this representing around 25 days work, spread evenly through the period.

Responsible to: Fuel’s New Theatre in your Neighbourhood Project Manager.


·         With the support of Fuel, local partner venues and the Audience Agency, to identify key groups and individuals in the local area to get involved in the project.

·         To actively seek out and make new connections with local people. To talk to people.

·         To build bridges between these groups, facilitating dialogue and developing interest in Fuel and the Malvern Theatres.

·         To identify and talk to potential advocates and ambassadors in Malvern.

·         To enthuse Fuel artists about the local area and help them understand it and the people who live there.

·         To record all contacts made and conversations had and share them with the team on a regular basis.

·         To advise on and assist in the marketing of shows.

·         To assist in the collation of feedback from all parties.

·         To work with the Fuel and venue team to ensure a successful and enjoyable project for all.


We are looking for someone who:

·         Lives in or around Malvern.

·         Has a strong knowledge of the local area and knows who to approach and where to begin conversations.

·         Has an interest in the arts and the kind of shows that Fuel produces.

·         Has some experience of marketing theatre shows.

·         Has some experience of working with communities.

·         Knows how to generate word of mouth.

·         Is good at talking to strangers – and enjoys it.


Freelance contract, covering the duration of the project. March to June 2013.


£1,875 (for approximately 25 days spread evenly over 6 months)


We are hoping to develop relationships and create a base for this post in the local area but the candidate will also have their own base and equipment to work with.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please email us your CV along with a written response to this brief, letting us know how you share the qualities we’re looking for and how you would begin going about the task in hand. Please use no more than two pages of A4 for your covering letter.

Please email your response to anne@fueltheatre.com, by 10am on Monday 4 March 2013.

Following this, if we would like to talk more, we aim to arrange a meeting at Malvern Theatres on 5 March 2013.

Monday, 25 February 2013

Turning Point West Midlands news - Artist Question and Answer Sessions

Posted: 19 Feb 2013 01:30 AM PST
We thought it might be a good idea for Turning Point West Midlands to hold informal and free Question and Answer sessions for artists based in the West Midlands every month, starting March 2013.
Where: The sessions will be held in the lecture room early evening, with TPWM's Director Wendy Law, at The School of Art, BIAD, Birmingham City University 
Wednesday 20 March 6-7pm
Wednesday 17 April 5-6.30pm
Wednesday 22 May 5-6.30pm
Wednesday 19 June 5-6.30pm
The sessions will complement Artist Development programmes in the region; they will be informal and they will deal with topics and questions raised by artists on the night. These might be about how to access specific information, about making an application, what to expect from a residency, the membership and networks that support artists etc.
The ethos will be one of sharing and exchange and attendees can propose topics for the following sessions. The sessions will also provide an opportunity to network and to look at the bigger picture as well as discuss the priorities for artists and the visual arts in the region.
There is no booking system, just come along on the night. The capacity of the room is 100. We don't expect to exceed 100 but if we do then we might have to limit numbers and introduce a booking system in the future.
We look forward to seeing you!
Wendy Law, Director of TPWM

Number 8 Opens Call for Gallery Submissions

Gallery Exhibition 2013/14
Submission Information Sheet

Number 8
Number 8 Community Arts Centre is a facility run by and for the benefit of the community of Pershore and District.  It is the aim of the gallery to promote high quality semi-professional and professional visual art work from within and beyond the county of Worcestershire, programming a range of styles and subject matters.  It also aims to provide the local amateur visual arts community with an opportunity to exhibit some of their work and to encourage new artists.

Number 8’s Gallery is part of the foyer/coffee bar area which has a footfall of over 1,000 people per week. Please see the Gallery Plan for the dimensions of the Gallery space. The installation and dismantling of the exhibition is the responsibility of the artist.

In order to be considered for an exhibition please submit a formal submission, as detailed below:

·      5 (minimum) – 10 (maximum) examples of the kind of pictures that will feature in your proposed exhibition or are reflective of the style of your work as a whole.  These examples can be submitted as photographs, postcards or digital pictures on a CD Rom.

·      An artist history or CV detailing your contact details, interests, training, past exhibitions etc as appropriate. For group exhibitions please submit a history of the group and/or CVs of members.

·      Cover Letter including:-  details of your proposed exhibition theme
                                        whether the examples submitted will be part of the exhibition or not
                                             the total number of pictures you intend to exhibit (approximately)
                                        the size of the individual pictures you intend to exhibit (approximately)
                                             the price range of your work (approximately)

Please note the proposed exhibition must adequately fill the gallery space. Work submitted must not contain copyrighted material, infringe intellectual property rights or plagiarise another artist’s work.

Timescales & Finance
The artist will pay a £50 (solo), £70 (duo) and £100 (group) for a three week exhibition.  Any sales will be subject to a 20% commission plus VAT.

Marketing & Sales
Number 8 will market the exhibition through its seasonal brochure and website.  The artist(s) will need to provide Number 8 with a JPEG image and brochure copy by a set deadline. Any further marketing or printing will be at the artist(s) time and cost.

Number 8 will handle all sales and the artist(s) will receive any payments due (minus the commission charges) within 7 days of the end of the exhibition. Pictures will not be released to the purchaser until the end of the exhibition.  The artist(s) will be asked to securely pack all sold items ready for collection.

Submission Deadline:   Tuesday 30 April 2012 
Please email submissions to programming@number8.org or post to Emma Bangham, Number 8 Community Arts Centre 8 High Street Pershore WR10 1BG

A Steering Group consisting of professional artists and Number 8’s Programme Manager will assess all submissions and applicants will be notified of the panel’s decision by the end of May 2013.

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Gallery Date Slots
If you are unable to exhibit on any particular date please indicate below.
Thu 24 Oct – Wed 13 Nov 2013

Thu 14 Nov – Wed 4 Dec 2013

Thu 5 Dec – Mon 30 Dec 2013(3½ weeks, no extra charge)

Tue 31 Dec – Wed 22 Jan 2014

Thu 23 Jan – Weds 12 Feb

Thu 13 Feb – Wed 5 March

Thu 6 March – Wed 26 March

Thu 27 March – Wed 16 April

Thu 17 April – Wed 7 May

Thu 8 May – Wed 28 May

Thu 29 May – Wed 18 June

Thu 19 June – Wed 9 July

Thu 10 July – Wed 30 July

Thu 31 July – Wed 20 Aug

Thu 21 Aug – Wed 10 Sept

Thu 11 Sept – Wed 1 Oct

Thu 2 Oct – Wed 22 Oct

Thu 23 Oct – Wed 12 Nov

Thu 13 Nov – Wed 3 Dec

The Gallery space is open Mon to Saturday 10am – 4pm and 1hr before evening shows.  The Gallery is closed on some Bank Holidays and evening when there are no shows scheduled. 

Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Theatre weekend at The Arts Workshop April 12th/13th/14th

Theatre weekend at The Arts Workshop April 12th/13th/14th
Sat April 13th Pilot showcase
As discussed at the Open space event on sat 2nd Feb, we are having a weekend of performance! Saturday sees a day of short slots which are available to you to come and show your work.
We are hosting the event from 12 noon until 8pm and are asking for submissions for work to be shown on the day. We would ask that your performances to be no more than 1 hour (this will include any set up time, get in and out). * We will be keeping the audience low key at this stage though you are welcome to bring a guest, we hope for a small intimate audience of say 50 or so, including you all.
*Please note: there will not be space for any storing of sets so please be aware of this on the day and make suitable arrangements.
Also if anyone can offer help on the day to volunteer, we need sound/lighting techs and a stage manager as well as some extra general hands!
Please send application to:
The deadline for submissions is the 22nd March

Name and contact details
What do you plan to do?
How long will the performance be?
Can you help in any other way?

Opportunities for artists

Critical Spaces will be running pilot events in Newcastle, Bristol and Birmingham this Spring. The events are for socially-engaged artists who want to be part of a hyper-local critical support network.
The events will be collaboratively developed in response to the interests / concerns of the local artists. Artists will come together to engage in dialogue around their work, in a playful and critical way; to improve and strengthen their practice; and form a collective voice.
If you describe your art practice as socially-engaged, site-specific, situationist, public, community or outreach then find out more and sign up at:
(The meetings are intentionally lo-fi, to eliminate the need for specialist equipment or facilities, and empower a DIY approach to generating critical discourse and support. As such, there are no costs associated with participation.)
*Deadlines for sign up*
Newcastle - 22 February 2013
Bristol and Birmingham – 14 March 2013

Critical Spaces is an initiative by Hannah Hull in partnership with ixia public art think tank.
www.hannahhull.co.uk / @hannahhull_uk

Job Opportunity

Media/heritage project 2013
The Battle of Evesham Interactive Game
Wychavon District Council is looking for an experienced filmmaker/animator/game maker and workshop leader to work with young people aged 11-18 years on a heritage/media project. We would like the young people to produce an interactive game that is available on-line that demonstrates the local history of Evesham in connection to the Battle of Evesham.
Background to The Battle of Evesham Interactive Game
During 2012 a consultation process took place involving young people in the Wychavon District.
In spring 2012 a series of media workshops happened with four youth groups with a professional media company. This included Pershore High School, a group at The Regal Cinema, Evesham, Bredon Youth Club and Droitwich Air Cadets. Each group looked at film making and animation which was then edited into a short film. This can be seen on You Tube.
With the exception of Bredon Youth club, due to members moving on, further consultation sessions took place exploring  heritage themes that each group wanted to look at in more detail. The Evesham group in particular wanted to look at The Battle of Evesham, it was found that young people didn’t know much about the subject and that is was studied very little in school. The other groups wanted to look at the history of the Lido in Droitwich and the history of Pershore Plum Pickers. These are being pursued through other projects.
Lisa Kimberley, a consultant heritage specialist, has recently been working with the Evesham group who range in age from 12 to 15 years to research the Battle of Evesham. They have been going to the Almonry Museum, the library, looking on the internet, going to the Hive in Worcester etc. They have been meeting on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. As well as helping the young people to do the research, she is the project manager of the project alongside Jenny Davis, the Arts Development Officer for Wychavon.
What we would likeWe are looking for an interactive game that is aimed at years 6 and 7 that can be used in school, but also with the possibility of being used by museums and libraries by young people. We would like it to be available on-line. It needs to be informative and interesting at the same time, simple to use, with lots of images and some text.
It would need to cover 5 sections;
1)      The setting- 1200’s shown through a map of the area
2)      Characters   (e.g. Simon de Montfort, King Henry & Prince Edward)
3)      The lead up to the battle  - (this should refer to the story and social/cultural/political context)
4)      The Battlefield        
5)      Gruesome weapons and battle gear 
6)      The aftermath
TimelineMarch- recruit media company and research workshops happening with the young people
April -research workshops continue and the game structure starts to be decided
May- animation workshops, filming, editing and final sharing of the game
Essential Requirements for the project
             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 running workshops with young people
             Experience of filmmaking, animation and game making
  • Experience of developing interactive media as an educational resource
             Experience of evaluating and monitoring projects
             Full detailed specifications (with breakdown of costs)
             Certified child protection policy
Application process
To apply please submit a quotation document to include the following:
             A budget breakdown
             What relevant experience you have (a minimum of 2 references required)
             A proposal detailing how you would run the media element of the project including how you would work with the young people and the project manager
             How Child Protection and Safeguarding policies will be addressed
             How you would meet Health & Safety and security requirements at all times
             Anything else you may feel relevant to support or add value to your tender
Quotations and proposals to be received by Thursday 28th Feb 2013  1pm
All shortlisted applicants will be invited to interview on Tuesday 5th March 2013
Quotes to be no more than £3,500

Request for Quotation

For the Provision of;

The Battle of Evesham Interactive Game

Ref: Enter Ref

Issue Date: 12/2/13

Return Date: Thursday 28th February   



1             Preamble

2             Form of Quotation

3             Specification

4             Pricing Schedule

5             Evaluation Criteria

6             Payment Details

7             Supporting Information

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Quotations are invited for the Battle of Evesham Interactive Game

The Council’s detailed requirements are defined in the Specification.

2          BACKGROUND
Wychavon District Council is looking for an experienced filmmaker/animator/game maker and workshop leader to work with young people aged 11-18 years on a heritage/media project. We would like the young people to produce an interactive game that is available on-line that demonstrates the local history of Evesham in connection to the Battle of Evesham.  


Quotations, which should be received no later than Thursday 28th February, and any queries, should be addressed to; 

Jenny Davis 01386 565396 or jenny.davis@wychavon.gov.uk


Information in relation to this tender may be made available on demand in accordance with the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Bidders should state if any of the information supplied by them is confidential or commercially sensitive or should not be disclosed in response to a request for information under the Act.  Bidders should state why they consider the information to be confidential or commercially sensitive.

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