Worcestershire Arts Partnership Blog

Monday, 25 November 2013

Poetry, Songs and A Carrot

On Tuesday 10th December at the Boar's Head, Kidderminster, Worcestershire Poet Laureate and musician Tim Cranmore will entertain with a very unusual musical instrument – a carrot. He has performed across the UK and on TV with the London Vegetable Orchestra playing a variety of vegetables and is bringing his wacky performance style to Mouth and Music spoken word and music night. Also featured is singer/songwriter Humdrum Express with his “up-tempo exasperation, poetic put-downs and bitter-sweet tales of delusion.” The MC is poet Sarah Tamar and there will be open mic spots for anyone wishing to be part of the performance. The theme for the evening is “Pantomime”, with a prize for the best fancy dress. Open mic sign up is from 7.30 and the show starts at 8.00.

Tenbury's Mistletoe Festival

Please find attached two fliers, one to promote Gothic Horror presented by Cat Weatherill, internationally acclaimed author and storyteller on Friday 29th November at 7.30pm at The Pump Room and the second to promote An Evening of Poetry and Music performed by the UK poet laureate, Carol Ann Duffy and acclaimed musician John Sampson on Saturday 30th November at 7.30pm at The Regal Cinema.


Ticket sales are selling quite well, but we would like to ensure a near full audience for both events if at all possible.  If you could circulate to your various networks, we would be extremely grateful.   The Festival programme is also attached  for information.



Tuesday, 19 November 2013



Please find attached an extra edition of ArtsNews, I’m sorry to sneak another edition in but there’s a lot going on running up to Christmas and I don’t want you to miss it.


Make the most of the arts in the Wyre Forest, it’s a thriving community and it needs your support otherwise it will disappear, why not give something new a try there’s lots to choose from! 


Job Opportunity – Learn It Director for Walk The Plank Theatre Ship

Posted: 18 Nov 2013 02:00 AM PST
Walk the Plank (the UK’s first touring Theatre Ship) are looking for a Director for their Learn It body of work. Learn It allows communities and artistic collaborators to reach their true potential. From conferences to summer schools, volunteering programmes to mentoring relationships, aiming to develop and inspire the next generation of talent.
Applications are open until 16th December, with interviews taking place in Salford on 9th January 2014.
“The Learn It Director will play a key part in coordinating, maintaining and growing opportunities to share knowledge. They will explore and develop links that help us to spread our understanding of both the outdoor arts sector, and the value of participation and engagement.”
For more information and full details of how to apply see here.

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Help please with a community group - seeking artists to take part in their xmas show.

 We offer community support short breaks to children with disability and we are planning our annual Christmas Party.

We are looking for any community drama or dance groups that would be willing to come and perform at our Party, this would be ideal if it was free and we thought that maybe a group would like to practice on us but if we have to pay then we may manage a small fee. 

We are thinking of a type of pantomime show but  are open to any other ideas.
Thank you for your help we enclose a bit more information for you or  to forward on to any groups you may know.
The children we support can be all ages, up to 18 years. The extent of their disability varies hugely, many of the children or young people are mobile and healthy but have a learning disability or on the autistic spectrum which means they may be excluded from many usual activities and need supervision and help.    Some children have a physical disability, and/or health needs which means they need additional help with their care
Worcester party is 7th at Perdiswell Young person centre 10.30 – 12.30 and Kidderminster party is 14th December  2 – 4 pm our usual plan for the party is to offer arts and crafts, music and sing along, some type of Christmas or party show 30-45 mins then father Christmas this year we are inviting service users and their families so there will be a mix of people.
Sally Wardle
Secretarial Assistant
Overnight Short Breaks
Thursday and Friday 01922 616961
Alternating Monday's so try either number
Worcester Community Short Breaks
Monday Tuesday and Wednesday 01562 825330

Monday, 4 November 2013

Job Opportunity - Family Support Practitioner (Community Food) - Malvern

Help us to support those who need help the most.


The Malvern Children Centres Service delivers children centre projects that support families with a focus on the most vulnerable families and work towards reducing obesity.

Family Support Practitioner (Community Food)

£19,895 - £22,534 pa pro rata | Part-time, 20 hours per week | Fixed-term for 2 years

Ref. HRSS003122 | Malvern, Worcestershire


The role will support families with strategies to enable them to make informed positive choices for themselves and their children supporting the best possible outcome for children and families.

You’ll join the Malvern Children Centres motivated family support team working with partners and communities to develop and deliver food based programmes that empower residents to eat healthily and affordably.

What you’ll need:

To be educated to at least Level 3 in a relevant subject

Experience of working in a healthy eating or health promotion field

Experience of working in partnership to support local communities. 


And while you’re taking action for children, we’ll be taking action to make sure you’re fulfilled, with ongoing support and training opportunities.


Action for Children. Whatever it takes. For as long as it takes.


For further information and to apply, visit our website www.actionforchildren.org.uk/jobs or write to Action for Children, Human Resource Shared Service, City Park, 368 Alexandra Parade, Glasgow G31 3AU quoting the relevant reference number.


Closing date:  12th November 2013.


Committed to equality and value diversity, we welcome applications that reflect the cultural diversity of the communities within which we work.

Registered charity no. 1097940. Company no. 4764232.

Charity registered in Scotland SC038092.

Exciting opportunity for young musicians

Are you a musician aged between 16 to 24 years interested in creating high quality music across a variety of genres such as jazz, urban, African styles, world, folk, rock and many more? If so you are invited to audition for an ensemble based at mac birmingham led by professional composer and musician Sid Peacock and percussionist Ray Prince.

Throughout 2014 the group will meet on a weekly basis to rehearse with a view to creating their own set of music, to be recorded and performed at a major showcase at mac birmingham in Autumn 2014. It is hoped that the ensemble will continue making and performing music beyond this year.


Alongside the music making participants will be advised on the recording process, CD production and design, marketing and self-promotion.


Musicians and vocalists from all styles and backgrounds are invited and it is envisaged that the musical identity of the group will represent the interests of all involved. You should be confident on your instrument, to the equivalent of Grade 6, but an ability to read music is not required. We are keen to meet young musicians from diverse backgrounds with an interest in and aptitude for improvisation and playing by ear.


Workshop audition sessions will be held on the afternoon of Saturday 23 November. Places are limited so please contact us as soon as possible to book your space.


To book a space please email Harriet Lane on harriet.lane@macarts.co.uk with the following information:



Email address:

Telephone number:


A paragraph about you and your musical experience and interests


Your preferred time slot to attend the audition workshop on Saturday 23 November:


2 – 3.45pm

4 – 5.45pm


No preference


If you would like more information or have any questions, please contact Louisa Davies on louisa.davies@macarts.co.uk or 0121 446 3221


Daniel Whitehouse

Next Generation Producer



Cannon Hill park, Birmingham, B12 9QH

T: 0121 446 3225