Worcestershire Arts Partnership Blog

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Acting Up - A new energetic, vibrant theatre workshop group for adults aged 18+ - Number 8 High Street Pershore Worcestershire WR10 1BG

Acting Up Weekly on Wednesdays, 8.15pm - 9.45pm, 7 January - 11 February 2015

A new energetic, vibrant theatre workshop group for adults aged 18+

The sessions will cover a wide range of skills and activities including: confidence building, public speaking, movement and stagecraft. Everyone welcome, from shy beginners to those with acting training.   

The group will not be an ‘amateur dramatics’ or ‘musical’ group. The sessions are workshop based, and focused on process rather than performance (although we may work toward some finished pieces later in the year). The general ethos is to explore theatre, ideas and performance techniques in a creative, relaxed and fun  environment. 

"I was part of a Youth Theatre when I was younger and wished that there was a similar group for adults...this is it!" Emily Cooper, 19


"I trained at Performing Arts College, and want to keep my skills sharp"  Victoria Keown, 32



"I am nervous about public speaking and interviews, and want to work on body language, eye contact and build my confidence" Jake, 25


 "I was part of a Youth Theatre when I was younger and wished that there was a similar group for adults...this is it!" Emily Cooper, 19


"I am outgoing and have always wanted to have a go at acting but I'm not sure I want to be in a full-on show! The Acting-Up group seems like a good introduction" Wendy, 52 


Cost: £42 (6 wks)
Come along and try the first week commitment free.  If it’s not for you and you decide not to continue there will be no charge.

Number 8 High Street Pershore Worcestershire WR10 1BG





Emma Bangham

Programme Manager

Number 8

8 High Street



WR10 1BG



Tuesday, 16 December 2014

A message from Steve Wilson - County Arts Officer

Hi All

Can I wish you all a very special xmas and new year.

The Worcestershire Arts Partnership has had a great year with support from the Arts Council, top class projects and more groups and artists than ever involved in it.

These are hugely challenging times for everyone but I know together we can continue to make this county one where great art is possible.

Have a brilliant Christmas and lets look forward  to 2015 with optimism.


Stephen Wilson

County Arts Officer

01905 765754

07850 923358


: We are looking for an artist

 An artist to work at Webheath First School Academy.


  • We are looking for a visual artist to work with a mixed group of 50  4-13 years old children over 2 days the week beginning 16/3/15.
  • We would like an artist who has expertise in textiles and we will be working on the theme of Spring/New Life/New Beginnings.
  • Please contact Zoe Lawton 01527 544 820.


Arts Council England announces a further £6 million to be allocated through Grants for the arts to public libraries



Arts Council England has announced a second phase of the Grants for the arts Libraries fund following a previous investment that began in 2012.


The Grants for the arts Libraries fund, which is funded by the National Lottery, will invest a further £6 million over three years, demonstrating Arts Council’s ongoing commitment to libraries. It will continue to fund projects delivered by public libraries or library authorities working in partnership with cultural organisations across all art forms, including music, dance, theatre, visual arts and literature.

It is hoped that this second phase of funding, which will be rolled out between April 2015 and March 2018, will once again inspire ambitious, innovative partnerships between libraries and arts organisations, and encourage library users and those living locally to take part in artistic and cultural activities.

Public libraries can apply for grants of between £1,000 and £100,000 covering activities lasting up to three years. The fund will open to applications on 1st April 2015 and will run until 31st March 2018. Phase one of the fund will remain open until 31st March 2015 and there will be no break between the end of the first phase and the start of the second. The application criteria will remain the same. Find out how to apply here.

Alan Davey, Chief Executive, Arts Council England, said: ‘The Arts Council are committed to supporting and developing the libraries sector, as we recognise how the public library can be a hub of artistic and inspirational activity for local communities.

‘This second phase of Grants for the Arts funding will build on the great work that this investment has already generated, helping even more libraries to join together with cultural organisations and discover new ways of engaging their users.’


To read about examples of successful Grants for the arts projects visit our pages on funded project case studies here.


The Arts Council is working with the library sector to help create libraries which are at the heart of local communities, inspiring and empowering people to lead active lives enriched by culture. The Arts Council’s work with libraries is framed by the evidence and findings of our research Envisioning the library of the future and by investing in development activity undertaken by partners such as the Society of Chief Librarians and the Local Government Association.


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For more information contact:

Claire Coveney, Media Relations Officer, Arts Council England
Tel: 0207 268 9572 Email:


Notes to editors


Arts Council England champions, develops and invests in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people’s lives. We support a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to digital art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections. Great art and culture inspires us, brings us together and teaches us about ourselves and the world around us. In short, it makes life better. Between 2010 and 2015, we will invest £1.9 billion of public money from government and an estimated £1.1 billion from the National Lottery to help create these experiences for as many people as possible across the country.

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Sky Academy Arts Scholarships - now open to applications!

We are currently offering five £30,000 bursaries for emerging artists aged 18-30 through Sky Academy Arts Scholarships.


Sky Academy Arts Scholarships are open to artists aged 18-30 and are designed to help emerging talent from a range of disciplines to develop their work and take their careers to the next level.


In addition to financial support, winners are paired with business and creative mentors from Sky and their industry. There are five £30,000 scholarships available, open to UK and Ireland-based artists working in the following fields:

  • Creative producing
  • Performing Arts
  • Dance
  • Music
  • Visual arts
  • Creative writing
Find out more and apply by 26 February 2015 at ideastap.com/artsscholarships

Monday, 1 December 2014

WWW100 arts invite - Event 10th December 2014

'Congratulations to Worcester Snozelen on winning the People's Millions!


A DISABILITY charity in Worcester is one step away from a major funding boost – but needs the people of Worcestershire to vote for it.
Worcester Snoezelen is a finalist in The People’s Millions programme and will receive almost £50,000 if it gets enough public backing on Wednesday (November 26).
The St John’s based charity will create a specialist activity area for children and adults with disabilities if it is victorious in its head-to-head contest with Focus Birmingham.
Jane Roberts, chief officer of Worcester Snoezelen, said: “We are really hoping the people of Worcestershire support us and pick up the phone to vote.
“Birmingham Focus is a much bigger charity than us but it would be amazing if we could win against the odds.
“We are a small charity that has a big impact and this money would make a huge difference to the lives of our users, as well as encourage even more people to benefit from our services.
“I hope that the lasting legacy of being part of The People’s Millions initiative is for us to have a higher profile in the county and that it will help with our ongoing fundraising.
“We like to think that Worcester and Worcestershire are behind us in this voting competition.”

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Start Up Your Creative Business workshop 27-28 November Hereford - free to attend

We’re running a free workshop for any creative individual based in the West Midlands, who is in the early stages (including just thinking about it) of setting up a creative business (in arts, design or media), at Hereford College of Arts next week. I’ve attached a flyer which provides a bit more information, or you can visit our Eventbrite booking page here https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/start-up-your-creative-business-2-day-workshop-hereford-tickets-11735062889


Many thanks,



Carrie Rolfe, Project Assistant
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Monday, 17 November 2014

Job Opportunity

Live & Local and Shindig Fieldworker (Warwickshire/Worcestershire)

£18,638 pro rata (0.6 FTE) 21 hrs/wk

We need a resourceful and effective communicator with good event management, marketing, administration and IT skills to be the face of Live & Local in Warwickshire and Worcestershire. You will recruit and develop our network of volunteer promoters, support their performances and help to maintain our profile in these counties.

A minimum of three years working in similar or related environments including experience of working with volunteers and enthusiasm for helping people to enjoy the arts are all essential. The job is based in Warwick and includes evening and weekend work.

Deadline: Noon, Monday 8th December. 

Application: Via application form only. Application pack available for download on our jobs page at: www.liveandlocal.org.uk

Interviews: Wednesday 17th December.

Starting: Earliest w/c 12th January. Latest w/c 26th January


Kirsty Thomas
Company Administrator, Live & Local

Tel: (01926) 402173

Become a Live & Local Friend! Click here for further information

Live & Local Limited is a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales. Registered No: 2955922.
Registered Office: Pageant House, 2 Jury St, Warwick. CV34 4EW.

Friday, 14 November 2014

Invitation - Arts and Health Symposium, 4th December , 9.15 - 2pm, St Richard's Hospice, Worcester

Dear Colleague



The Worcestershire Arts Partnership (WAP) and its Arts & Health sub group cordially  (New Prescriptions)  invite you to  their  FREE symposium  'A New Prescription for Commissioning' on  4th December 2014  - please see invitation below.


This event will link to the  Arts Council led' Cultural Commissioning for Public Sector' initiative and will link arts and health professionals.

There will be an opportunity to see a recently created arts and health toolkit and to see how this will work on a practical basis as well as an opportunity to see some of the excellent examples of arts and health work across the county.


We hope this will be the beginning of a two way dialogue and journey between the two sectors where artists and arts organisations can meet health professionals and commissioners.


There are only  a  limited number of delegate spaces available and we anticipate that there will be keen interest; and so we urge you to make an early booking by emailing Diane Thomson (details also below) by Friday 21st December 2014.



Worcestershire Arts Partnership and New Prescriptions Sub Group invite you to


A symposium to consider A New Prescription for Commissioning – a Symposium to take forward the development of Arts and Health work in Worcestershire


Thursday 4th December 9.45am – 2 pm to include complimentary lunch at St Richard's Hospice, Wildwood Drive, Worcester, WR5 2QT


Registration (& refreshments) from 9.15 am


Guest Speakers:


Jules Ford, Cultural Commissioning Project Manager, Gloucestershire CCG in partnership with CREATE Gloucestershire


Simon Opher, GP


Kate Gant & Manda Graham, Creative Health CIC


Please RSVP with any dietary requirements to Diane Thomson on dethomson@worcestershire.gov.uk by Friday 21st November 2015



D I A N E    T H O M S O N
Culture and Community Project Support Officer
( internal: 5770
( external: 01905 765770
mobile: 07787148110
* mail: dethomson@worcestershire.gov.uk

Don't miss this magical show for children 4 years plus





Kidderminster Town Hall Corn Exchange 22nd of November

13.30 -14.30

Tickets £4  each or £14 for a family ticket

Book here or buy them from Kidderminster Town Hall or Bewdley Tourist Information Centre in the Museum.


Three stories; The Three Little Pigs, Susannah the Fanciful Sow and The Old Woman and her Pig are all brought to life with the amazing ingenuity and formidable storytelling skills of Rod Burnett and Storybox Theatre.

This porcine show will send magic tingling up the spines of piglets, sows and boars of all ages!


Touring 150 performances annually into schools and theatres for the past 25 years, Bristol based Storybox Theatre are renowned for the wonder and delight, mixed with the integrity of storytelling and educational value of drama, that the company brings to its audience.


For children over 4 years and their grown ups.


"If Storybox had been performing 500 years ago they would have been burned at the stake. The shows are pure magic!"

P. Mountstephen, BATH


"Real-life magic"

The Star Phoenix, Canada



We look forward to seeing you there.



Loz Samuels

Arts and Play Development Officer
Wyre Forest District Council
01562 732977 / +44 7815 296016 

Cultural commissioning

Cultural Commissioning Programme


The Cultural Commissioning Programme is a three year Arts Council England funded programme which runs to June 2016. It will deliver a range of workstreams to:

·         help the arts and cultural sector develop skills and capacity to engage in cultural commissioning

·         enable commissioners to develop awareness and know-how of commissioning arts and cultural organisations to deliver public service outcomes

·         encourage relationships between cultural providers and commissioners

·         influence policy makers and raise the profile of this area of work


There are a series of workshops taking place across the country. These run over a four day period. The first two days are an introduction to cultural commissioning (which I attended)  and a further two days looks to create wider understanding of how you  can create greater understanding of how you show impact on public service outcomes.  I plan to go to this next year.

The first two days took place at the new Library in Birmingham and gave an excellent overview of this other world. The other delegates were a mixture of arts organisation,  library services and cultural officers.

At the event we went through the commissioning cycle: key area is that procurement is not commissioning (its part of it)


We also were told about The Joint Strategic Needs Assessment.  Local authorities and local health services are required to undertake Joint Strategic Needs Assessments of health and well-being. This work is a continuous process of assessment designed to inform decisions made locally about what services are commissioned. The core aim is to improve the public's health and reduce inequalities.

 http://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/downloads/20122/joint_strategic_needs_assessment this is Worcestershire’s as well as a wide range of other downloads which are useful to see where priorities lie. The key to understanding this is that the priority will always be to reduce health inequality.

We then discussed whether this would lead to more money for the arts.  The broad areas were:

·         Possibly and probably but the arts organisations have to be ready

·         Many variations, developments and opportunities to it

·         About relationships rather than transactions

·         About better outcomes

·         About seeing it from a commissioning perspective

·         About strategic conversations, profile and positioning

There was then a discussion as to whether this would lead to lesser art and the answer is no – the commissioner is looking for outcomes and not necessarily how you get there.

We then moved to a more health focus and the main drivers of mental health and well being, older people and places based commissioning. The drivers are:

·         Reforms in health and social care

·         Inequality

·         Demographics and lifestyle changes

·         Less  public money

·         Transformation in public services

There was then a look at the health and social care act 2012 the outcomes are:

·         Outcome focus

·         Abolition of PCT and Strategic Health Authorities

·         GP’s having health commissioning role through Clinical Commissioning Groups

·         Creation of Healthwatch

·         Changes for Local Government transfer of Public Health, Health and Well Being Boards and strategies

·         More competition between providers

Before we went to the Care Act of 2014. This looked at:


·         Promoting individual well being

·         Preventing need for care

·         Reducing needs that already exist

·         Person centred decision making

·         Importance for carers

·         Personalised plans

·         Using totality of local resources

We then looked at The Marmot review

There was then a chance to meet a commissioner, these were described as:

·         Commissioners, directors and service managers, clinical commissioning groups

·         Schools and locality based services

·         Individuals with personal budgets

·         Support functions

·         Governance functions

And these are the outcomes:

·         Primary intervention

·         Secondary intervention

·         Keeping people independent

·         Personalisation through choice and control

·         Reducing health inequalities

·         Wellbeing – social networks and capital volunteering

·         Addressing soclal determinants of health

·         Educational attainment

·         Raising aspirations self esteem and confidence

·         Narrowing the gap

·         Think Family

·         Improved physical and mental health

·         Economic prosperity

·         Local identity and sense of pride

·         Safe and resilient communities

·         Social inclusion

And in business terms

·         Evidence of impact on outcomes

·         Value for money

·         Reduced dependency on other services

·         Safeguarding

·         Innovation

·         Community engagement

In day two we had a practical example of bidding for funding.

There was a session on full cost recovery and showing the benefit of arts and culture.

Overall the key lessons I learnt were:

·         That commissioning comes in all shapes and sizes

·         That its all about outcomes

·         That you need to develop time to make it work

·         That its not a replacement for core funding

·         That its not for everyone