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Monday, 23 December 2013

Arts Connect West Midlands - E-Newsletter - December 2013


Arts Connect West Midlands eNewsletter
December 2013
News from Arts Connect
News from Arts Connect
Essential Briefing
Arts Award & Arts Council
Arts Connect
Hub Schools announced
36 schools across the
region take the lead in
cultural education.
Read more >
Independent Cinema
Network established
A new network to develop
film for young people.
Read more >
Essential Briefing
Understanding the New
Educational Landscape
A free insight and discussion
Read more >
19th February 2014
1pm - 3pm
Ikon Gallery, Birmingham
Book here
19th February 2014
4pm - 6pm
Ikon Gallery, Birmingham
Book here
25th February 2014
4pm - 6pm
The Hive, Worcester
Book here
26th February 2014
4pm - 6pm
The Lighthouse,
Book here
12th March 2014
4pm - 6pm
The New Vic Theatre,
Newcastle Under Lyme
Book here
Arts Award & Artsmark
Free Artsmark &
Arts Award Twilight
New to Artsmark &
Arts Award? Find out here.
Read more >
Free Arts Award
Support Surgeries
Want to make more of
Arts Award? Surgeries
Read more >
Arts Award
Adviser Training
Become an Arts Award
Adviser, from Discover and
Explore to Gold.
Book here
Film Ambassadors
Film and Digital Arts
Commission at a
heritage site
Arts Connect are seeking
applications from artists.
Read more >
Film Ambassadors
Interested in Film?
Read more >
Save the Date:
Saturday 15th March 2014,
The Event
An arts and culture day for,
with and by young people
at Thinktank.
Read more >
Arts & Education News
Arts & Education News
Arts & Education Events
Shakespeare Week
ArtForum Gold Club
meet artist Nikhil Chopra
Arts Award Gold Club at
Wolverhampton Art Gallery.
Read more >
An Elephant on
the Ironbridge
A project bringing young
people with no museum
experience to Ironbridge.
Read more >
A conference on engaging
reluctant learners through
culture, heritage and
the outdoors
A day organised by
Arc School, an Arts Connect
hub school.
Read more >
Save the Date:
Friday 14th March 2014,
Free Creative Careers Event
Find out more about the types
of jobs people do in the
creative and cultural sector.
Read more >
Shakespeare Week
17th-23rd March 2014
Opportunity for all
Primary Schools.
Read more >
Young Shakespeare
A six year programme for
schools from the RSC.
Read more >
Culture Net
Culture Net
Welcome to Culture Net
Culture Net is the main source of information on arts and cultural services
for children and young people in the West Midlands. For teachers
and youth workers, for those working in arts and culture, planners, commissioners, local authority officers and other professionals –
Culture Net is a unique online resource. Read more >

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Job Opportunity

Artist Brief for Chipp Shop, Kidderminster


CHIPP Shop is an exciting, award winning and innovative arts and social care project rub by Worcestershire County Council and the Worcestershire Arts Partnership which is aimed at providing high quality and enjoyable arts activities to adults who receive social care.  The project has been running successfully for some time in Kidderminster and has also been running in Evesham.


CHIPP Shop runs on a weekly basis for a period of up to 8 weeks at a time. It combines different art forms and allows individuals to take part in various activities over a 2 hour period.  It is a great way of giving a high class arts experience to people who are traditionally excluded from such activities.


Adults pay up to £6 per session and either come alone or are accompanied by a family member / carer etc.  There is also a strong social element within CHIPP Shop and each session must contain enjoyable (and good humoured) activities.  Having said that, CHIPP Shop is first and foremost an arts project.


To assist you in the workshops there will be support workers from the County Council's Arts and Social Care Teams.


We are looking for an arts organisation or an artist to run a weekly 2 hour workshop taking place on a from the Friday 7th of February 2014 to Friday 28th March 2014 from 10.30 to 12.30 in at least 1 or more of the following artistic systems:


ú   Drama / theatre

ú   Dance / movement

ú   Visual arts / film

ú   Creative writing

ú   Music / singing


How to apply



To apply, please send your CV and letter of no more than 2 sides of A4 outlining your skills, suitability for the job and the following information to Steve Wilson, swilson@worcestershire.gov.uk:


ú   Evidence of previous experience working in an inclusive arts / social care environment

ú   Detailed description of what artistic skills you have

ú   Experience of running weekly workshops to a wide group of participants

ú   Have creative ideas for working with adults who have previously had very little access to the Arts



£150 per session, £1200 in total although additional costs can be requested for materials.


Closing date

Applications to be emailed to swilson@worcestershire.gov.uk by no later than 4pm on Monday 13th January 2013. 


Shortlisted applicants will be invited for an interview and to do a 20 minute workshop with a group of service users on Friday 24th January 2014


Please note we would prefer to receive applications from artists based in or have a track record of working in the Worcestershire area.



If you require any further information or have any questions, please contact either Stephen Wilson, swilson@worcestershire.gov.uk, tel 01905 765754 or Diane Thomson, dethomson@worcestershire.gov.uk , tel 01905 765770.

Mouth & Music

On Tuesday 14th January at 8.00pm, Mouth and Music will celebrate its second birthday at the Boar's Head, 39 Worcester Street, Kidderminster. This month's spoken word artist is Billie Spakemon telling stories “Frum the Coal 'ole”. Billie grew up in the Black Country and says he spent a lot of his early life in the coal hole to escape his mother who was chasing him “with a boiler stick”. Acoustic folk singer songwriter Jen Robins will also bring a gutsy blend of spiritual yearning & practical reality, with a touch of humour. MC Heather Wastie invites open mic performers to arrive from 7.30 to book a spot of 5 minutes or 2 songs. The theme for the evening will be Childhood.

Friday, 20 December 2013

Christmas Message



On behalf of the Worcestershire Arts Partnership we wish you all a peaceful yet creative Christmas and New Year.


2013 saw the partnership grow and develop further and we now have over 80 arts and non arts professionals engaged in the partnership's work. Our partnership with the Canals and River Trust will see an exciting arts programme in Worcester and Droitwich; our on-going work with Arts Connect saw 'The Arts Chat' where we met with 30 young people to discuss how we can work with young people in the county while many of you attended our funding event 'The Income Generation Game'. Next year we will look to develop the work of the WAP further and we also plan a number of artist opportunities across the county. We know that these are difficult and challenging times for the arts both in Worcestershire and across the country but we are committed to making the arts prosper in Worcestershire.


We look forward to working with you all in 2014,


Judith Elkin and Steve Wilson

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

News from the Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy Programme


 Welcome to the Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy Programme Newsletter, December 2013
Arts Fundraising Training Courses Launch in January
Refresh and update your staff’s and organisation’s fundraising expertise in the New Year by booking onto one of our training sessions.  Courses coming up in January are:
Developing Strong Individual Donor Relationships and Networks, Wednesday 15th January, Gateshead
Planning a Fundraising and Income Generation Strategy for Arts and Education Programmes, Friday 24th January, Birmingham
Digital Fundraising Tools and Techniques for Organisations, Monday 27th January, Birmingham
An Introduction to Donor Networking and Relationship Management, Wednesday 29th January, Bristol
You can find our full training programme here.
Trustee Leadership in Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy – Successful sessions in December
Our recent training sessions at the New Art Exchange, Nottingham and the Free Word Centre, London provoked lively, informed and timely discussions across participants from a wide range of organisations. Nicole Newman discussed how English National Opera has developed their board to lead sub-committees in different areas of Development such as Corporate Sponsorship and Development Events, and we heard from Rose Fenton and Prue Skene from the Free Word Centre about their new friends scheme which they have just launched. Matthew Bowcock also provided an insightful perspective from someone who has been both a major donor and on the board of a charity.
Trustee Leadership in Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy - Further sessions in the New Year
We are looking forward to our next sessions Trustee Leadership in Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy taking place at:
Monday 10th February, Manchester – led by Sir Vernon Ellis
Thursday 20th February, London – led by Sir Thomas Hughes-Hallett
Book for these and future sessions here.
Recruitment for a Marketing Manager
We are recruiting for a new Marketing Manager to join the Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy team.  The deadline for applications is Monday 6th January 2014.
You can find further information here.
We want to hear from you
We've heard some great stories from our Trustee Leadership in Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy Training Seminars of Boards developing fundraising ideas. For example, the London Sinfonietta has moved fundraising to third on its meeting agendas and already has plans to launch a board-supported new major giving programme in January 2014 and is planning further Trustees supported fundraising events throughout 2014. Great news!
Please let us know your stories here.
Wishing you all a joyful Christmas and prosperous New Year.
The Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy Team.
Keep in touch with us at artsfundraising.org.uk and on Twitter @artsfundraising

Grant Alerts and Funding News for the Voluntary and Community Sector

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Thursday, 12 December 2013

Exciting plans for Voices and Visions for 2014.






2013 saw a fantastic Visual Arts Exhibition which was accompanied by two brilliant and emotional performing arts showcases at Worcester Cathedral. Some schools had an arts grant to bring practitioners in and the two evenings were a fantastic success. Then in October we ran Pop Icons, the search for the best young singer in the county which was won by Hayley Jones from Redditch. As part of winning the event Hayley will represent the county in a large scale event called OMG Live which is taking place at The LG Arena in Worcester next April.


For 2014 we want to build on this and continue to make Voices and Visions a fantastic arts project for all young people in the county and those that work with them. Our plans for 2014 are as follows:


To develop the offer for Voices and Visions further by allowing arts organisations to also be part of the programme and apply for funding.


To begin with we will have a loose theme for the programme which will be Heroes and Inspiration. By that we could mean Stories, Family, Famous People, Unsung Heroes, People from History, Events, Places, and War etc. It could mean taking an existing project and working out what you have found so inspiring about it. Please feel inspired by the theme and to use it to tell us about your work!


There will be two events at The Cathedral. We will continue to have a Visual Arts Showcase and to accompany this there will be a Performing Arts Showcase.


We are also delighted to offer up more venues across the county and we are looking to run smaller events at Libraries and Heritage Centres across the county. Further information will be given in the New Year but we hoping that these venues will act as either places where you can find your Heroes and Inspiration but also have these events showcased there.


In addition to this there will be a grant pot where schools and arts organisations can bid for small grants of up to £500 for either an artist(s) or to run an event. We envisage that take up for these grants will be high.


We are running an event at County Hall on Thursday 30th January at County Hall from 4.30pm where I will give you more information about the programme and you will also be able to meet with partners in Libraries, Schools and Museums. Please can you let my colleague Diane Thomson know whether you plan to attend no later than the 23rd of January. Diane's email is dethomson@worcestershire.gov.uk; it would be great if you can come along to be part of all of this!


Best Wishes





Steve Wilson

County Arts Officer

Random String - Call for Artists

Croome Encounters Acting Opportunity

Croome Encounters:


Are you an actor interested in taking part in a project of national significance, developing a new way of bringing a historic property and its past residents to life, working for the National Trust…If so please read on!


As part of the Croome Re-Defined Project, we are creating a new and innovative visitor experience, with performance at its heart. 


Croome Encounters will be bold, innovative, site-specific and a different take on the visitor experience.  You will be working with industry professionals to devise and perform in a property like no other!


If you are aged 18+ and looking for an exciting professional acting opportunity please contact Rachel Sharpe



by December 20th with the following information:


·        Details of past performance work.


·        300 words detailing your interest in taking part in a site-specific performance.



We look forward to hearing from you.

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

The Art of Leadership

Just a quick message to see if you would please be able to spread a message for me through your networks? The Art of Leadership is a new course for 18 - 25's to develop themselves as future creative and artistic leaders.


The course is part theoretical and part practical taking place over 6 consecutive Saturdays (10 - 1pm) in January - February including 3 optional afternoon cultural visits across the city.


This is delivered by Birmingham Leadership Foundation in association with Beatfreeks and Fourth Wall and is being written & delivered by Dan and myself.



The deadline is this Friday (13th) and I'd be grateful if you could give it a push to anyone you think may be interested!





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Anisa Haghdadi / Founder and CEO
07849324563/ anisa@beatfreeks.com

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