Worcestershire Arts Partnership Blog

Monday, 27 January 2014

Finance & Administrative Assistant Job Opportunity

Number 8 Community Arts Centre in Pershore are recruiting for a part-time Finance and Administrative Assistant to be responsible for all aspects of office finance and administration, including cash handling and banking, ordering of supplies and general enquiries.

The post holder will also assist the Programme Manager in the preparation of contracts and programme administration.

Working hours: Mon -Fri 4hrs per day. Salary: £9,880 pa.

Click here for a Finance & Admin Assistant JOB DESCRIPTION 2014 and Finance & Administrative Assistant Application Form.

Or see www.number8.org

Application by form only – CVs are not accepted.
Closing date: Fri 14 Feb, 12 noon (Interviews to be held on Tue 25 Feb)



Number 8 Community Arts Centre

8 High Street



WR10 1BG





Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Supporting arts and cultural organisations to engage in public sector commissioning

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Supporting arts and cultural organisations to engage in public sector commissioning


Dear Colleague,

The Cultural Commissioning Programme (CCP) is a new three year programme funded by the Arts Council to work with the arts and cultural sector and public service commissioners. It will be delivered in partnership by NCVO, nef and NPC. Practice in commissioning arts and cultural organisations to deliver public service outcomes is relatively new but evidence suggests that commissioning in this way can improve the effectiveness of services and generate great outcomes for the people involved.  For example:

  • Evaluation of a 12 week singing programme for older people in East Kent found that compared to a control group, participants showed significant increases in physical health and well-being and reductions in anxiety and depression. These were sustained for at least 3 months after the intervention ended. People involved felt it had boosted their confidence, increased their social networks and lifted their spirits.
  • Lewisham Council’s Social Care team has developed an alternative model for day care services with Entelechy Arts and the Albany Theatre. ‘Meet me at the Albany’ is a weekly session providing arts activities, food and friendship. It is aimed at creating a place where people can come together and be active, reducing local people’s isolation and improving their mental health and well-being in a cost effective way.  

Over the course of the Cultural Commissioning Programme, we will be supporting commissioners through bespoke support to increase commissioning from arts and cultural organisations, research, conferences and events to highlight current developments and showcase work, online resources including case studies and an evidence of impact library.

Please visit the CCP website to read about more examples in nef’s recent blog and sign up for regular e-bulletins to keep up to date with the programme.

About the programme
Funded by Arts Council England, this three year programme is delivered by National Council for Voluntary Organisations in partnership with NPC (New Philanthropy Capital), nef (New Economics Foundation) and Mission, Models, Money.



Best wishes,
Lucie Stephens
Head of Co-production,
nef (the new economics foundation)

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Arts & Health Quality Statements Worksheet Deadline - 2 weeks to get your submission in

Dear Herefordshire & Worcestershire arts and health professionals,
What Does Quality Look Like to you? Creative Health CIC want to hear what you think about their draft Arts & Health Quality Statements.
 Please submit your responses (details on the attached worksheet) by Thursday 30th January (less than 2 weeks away!).
Further details about the Arts & Health Quality Framework project:
During the first stage of the Quality Framework project Artist Champions ran a series of regional events and projects, 
including those in Herefordshire and Worcestershire, where we gathered the experiences, thoughts and ideas of arts and health
practitioners from across the West Midlands. We used this information to develop Arts and Health Quality Statements which form the basis of the next 
stage of the project.
The Arts and Health Quality Statements are intended to stimulate discussion about quality in arts and health. They offer a starting point for arts and
health practitioners to begin to define 'quality' within the context of their own practices and are part of a developing resource that aims to foster growth
and change within arts and health work.
Project Contact:
Manda Graham
Artist Champion (Herefordshire & Worcestershire)
Arts & Health Quality Framework
Creative Health CIC
For more details about the project or to sign up to our newsletter visit: www.creativehealthcic.co.uk 

Worcestershire Arts Funding application form

Please follow the link below for applications and guidance notes.


KAF Creatives are relaunching with a new brand, a website which offers retail opportunities for artists and a new format. 

They would like to invite you to an evening to celebrate their transformation and the beginning of a new chapter. 

Please find our invitation attached, we’d love to see you there.

RSVP would be helpful


You can find up to date info on arts in the Wyre Forest

on www.facebook.com/KAF.arts or twitter @KAF arts_arts or

: Voluntary and Community Sector Newsletter - Winter Edition


Monday, 20 January 2014

Creatives Celebrate

Creatives Celebrate!

On Friday 31st January, Kidderminster Creatives (formerly known as KAF Creatives) will be holding a big celebration at The Boars Head and The BHG (Boars Head Gallery). There will be live music and spoken word, and to compliment the entertainment, a new exhibition entitled ‘Fall In Love with Creativity’. The exhibition will open from 7pm with spoken word and acoustic music from 8.00 till 9.30, when live drumming will herald the official launch and everyone will be encouraged to join in. This will be followed by live bands for the rest of the evening including Time of The Mouth and We are Fenton. All are welcome and entrance to both venues is free.

Kidderminster Creatives is a voluntary group which promotes the arts and supports artists in the local area. To keep the group growing, inspiring people and making a positive contribution, it takes more than just artists. So they are on the look out for volunteers with a range of skills to support their activities eg photographers & film makers, stewards and crew for events, people with media or financial skills. In fact they would welcome any help from people who value the arts as much as they do.



Every Human Being is an Artist                         


Dear Friends and Patrons of Worcester City Gallery and Museum,


You are cordially invited to a Live Art Day on the occasion of the last day of the Joseph Beuys: ARTISTS ROOMS exhibition. Saturday 1st February 2014

The event will take place at Worcester Gallery and Museum on Foregate Street in the Watercolour Gallery between one and four o’clock in the afternoon on Saturday the 1st of February. Three performances will take place in the spirit of what Joseph Beuys might have called  ‘time based happenings’ or ‘actions.’ Artists include internationally acclaimed Mikhail Karikis, Clare Thornton and Co-Lab Theatre who are; Martin Prosser, Mycah Tequeron with Anaïs Lalange. The event will be documented by Daniel Bosworth, Ana Rutter and Timothy James Pratt and curated by Pitt projects & Sonya Russell-Saunders.

1.00 – introductions and gallery tour – Nathaniel Pitt & Sonya Russell-Saunders

1.10 – 1.30 Highflyer (2011) by Mikhail Karikis

1.40 – 2.30 INTERACTION Order (2014) by Co-Lab Theatre and Anaïs Lalange

2.40 – 3.00 - refreshments

3.10 – 3.35 Unfurl (2012) – After Alison Knowles by Clare Thornton

3.35 – 4.00 Tour of Kill Your Television by Stuart Layton - exhibition downstairs

Please join us – for more info contact Nat: 07595397861 or email info@pittstudio.com
Mikhail Karikis’ work emerges from his long-standing investigation of the human voice as a sculptural material and a conceptual compass, which he employs to explore notions of community and difference, relationality and impossibility, the politics of work and human rights. Karikis's interdisciplinary approach embraces visual art, performance and sound, often generating collaborative projects which engage other art practitioners or specific communities positioned outside the mainstream. His work ranges from the poetic to the theatrical, and activates the potential for ruptures both in perception and ethical concerns.

Co-Lab Theatre: Martin Prosser is a freelance performance maker, currently studying MA Contemporary Performance Making at Brunel University. His research focuses on everyday routines and human behaviour, in particular the awkwardness of certain social situations. He is co-director of Co Lab Theatre that he founded with Mycah Tequeron. Martin has performed with Mycah in the Midlands at STATE and in London at Spots and as part of Scratch a DMV Theatre presentation where he directed and performed ‘The good, the bed and the ugly’ a performance/theatre work exploring the social awkwardness of one night stands.


Mycah Tequeron is co Director of Co Lab Theatre and is currently studying MA in Drama Therapy at Roehampton University. He is a choreographer, dancer and theatre performer, collaborating in a number of Co Lab Theatre performances and has appeared in a series of short films including ‘York’s Chocolate Story’ by Centre Screen Productions.  


Anaïs Lalange studied Arts du Spectacle (Drama and Film studies) and Philosophy at the University of Caen in Normandy (France), and in 2010, graduated in Drama at Queen Mary University of London. Her work often focuses on the physical body, ballet and contemporary dance trained she creates her own language through her live art performances and collaborations. Anais has worked with Lois Weaver, Ron Athey, Mehmet Sander and collaborated and performed with Helena Hunter.


Clare Thornton is an interdisciplinary maker working predominantly with performance, sculpture, installation and print. Thornton uses a variety of props and materials to devise ‘scenes’ and to examine her relationship to certain objects, texts and spaces.  Exploring specific locations, libraries and archives she then enacts/presents her findings playing with memory, materiality and desire. Conversation and cross-disciplinary exchange are crucial elements in her process of making and she collaborates with groups/individuals across diverse fields of art and science to produce new works for public art contexts, museums and galleries nationally and internationally.

Timothy James Pratt is an early career film-maker and photographer whose work focuses on film and photography as a method of documenting live performance events. The visual material he creates, representing an ‘open aperture approach’ evokes an intimate, audience perspective. He has a Masters in Film Making from Birmingham University and is an artist supported through Birmingham’s live art initiative Home for Waifs and Strays.


Ana Rutter is a visual artist based in Birmingham and has a Masters in Fine Art Practice. She has exhibited at a range of local and national spaces and her work crosses installation, sculpture, video and sound practices, often within a site-specific context. Using traditional nature field recording techniques she captures site specific sound as a form of ‘documentary’ then constructs multi-layered audio works that re-mediate those spaces and experiences, creating sound environments that affect the audience and builds on their already embedded experiences of interacting with the environments around them.


Daniel Bosworth studied photography at Wolverhampton School of Art and Design, graduating with first class honours. Having lived and worked in both Birmingham and London he now lives in Bristol and continues to work on commissions and self initiated projects. He has lectured at Norwich University of the Arts, Birmingham City University and now teaches on the foundation degree at Weston College.


Sonya Russell-Saunders is a recent MA Contemporary Curatorial Practice graduate. She has a specific interest in offsite and contextual curatorial strategies and a passion for performative and participatory art. Both facets explore the human encounter with art, and her research considers the notion of curatorial control, subversion and heightened experiences facilitated through psychological and theatrical staging. More recently, her research focuses on the audience as medium. Sonya co-founded The Wig in 2011, and is a partner in Companis Food Provocateurs Llp www.companis.co.uk Further details of her on going research, practice and projects can be found at


Pitt Projects is a Worcester and West Midlands based visual arts organisation set up to address the need for new and progressive art in the area. In bringing focus nationally and internationally to the region Pitt Projects is encouraging subscription in graduates, young, mid-career and established artists, offering them opportunities, support and a interesting ecology so that they want to stay and make great art here and beyond. Pitt Studio and Pitt Projects are generously supported by Arts Council England.




Boys Dance and Key Stage 2 CPD workshops for dance teachers Spring 14

and Worcestershire Dance Teachers
Spring term 2014
CPD workshops for teachers

with responsibility for dance

Open to teachers in primary, secondary and higher education, undergraduate students and dance practitioners throughout the West Midlands.
Boys Dance

Boys Dance

Led by David McKenna of Beingfrank Physical Theatre

4.30-6pm, Wednesday 5 February
Nunnery Wood High School, Worcester, WR5 2LT
This practical workshop is open to everyone working, or wanting to work, with boys and young men. David McKenna is the lead artist for the Boys Dancing project in Worcestershire and the artistic director of Beingfrank Physical Theatre.
£12 (£8.50 concs) for teachers, dance workers and HE students from Worcestershire.
£15 (£10 concs) for people outside the county.
Contact Dancefest to book or book online via our website.
Key Stage 2

Key Stage 2

Led by Janene Wyatt of Dancefest

4.30-6pm, Wednesday 19 March
St George's C of E Primary School, Worcester, WR1 1RD
This practical workshop will give ideas on creating a programme of dance for children in Key Stage 2 from a topic-based starting point.
It will give dance practitioners and teachers a formula to lead an engaging programme of dance which can be adapted to any theme.
£7.50 (£5 concs) for teachers, dance workers and HE students from Worcestershire.
£9 (£7.50 concs) for people outside the county.
Contact Dancefest to book or book online via our website.
Dance Teachers

Moving dance forward

Dancefest is working with Worcestershire Dance Teachers to continue to develop the work of the WDTA (now called WDT).

We're aiming to create a forum for teachers who are working in schools, community dance or still training.
To find out more about WDT, visit our website or contact Dancefest at mailto:info@dancefest.co.uk?subject=WDT%20queryor 01905 611199.

Young choreographers

If you know any budding choreographers aged 15-21, the deadline for Creates, our choreographic mentoring programme is 31 January.
There's full information on our website.

Exciting plans for Voices and Visions for 2014.

 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

New Programme for Disabled Arts

Funding Information

1.New programme for disabled artists (England & Wales)

Following the successful Unlimited project which was at the heart of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad and celebrated the work of disabled artists, Shape and Arts admin have been awarded £1.5 million by Arts Council England to deliver a new three year commissioning programme to support disabled artists in developing ambitious and high quality work, will be delivered throughout England and Scotland.  'Unlimited' will not only help disabled artists develop their practice and encourage the development of new relationships and collaborations with producers, venues and promoters, but will also increase distribution of disabled artists' work (through digital means and touring up to an international level), affording greater opportunities for audiences to see the work.  The funding is available both to individual disabled artists and organisations applying on behalf of disabled artists. The deadline for applications is 12noon on the 17th February 2014. Read more at: http://weareunlimited.org.uk/

Meadow Arts - campaign to recruit new board members

Please can we ask you to circulate the information to anyone you feel might be interested in submitting and expression of interest to join Meadow Arts board.


Trustee Recruitment Campaign - Key Dates

Sun 16th Feb        Expressions of interest need to be submitted 

Tues 25th Feb      Trustee Interviews


Thank you for your support.




Manda Graham

General Manager 

Meadow Arts

Normal work days: Mon – Thurs


Please note that the office is closed on Fridays.

: Free Event: Effective Communication and Relationship Building

Effective Communication and Relationship Building


Friday 21st February 2014, 10 – 2pm (includes lunch)


Ellen Terry Building, Room ET221, Coventry University


Networking and relationship building is a key tool in enterprise development. Making meaningful contacts and building a rapport with people you meet is essential to develop fruitful relationships. It’s widely accepted that, to paraphrase Bob Burgh, people do business with people they know, like and trust. This session helps you explore some key tools and techniques to help build rapport and engage in more effective relationship building with clients and associates; bringing together bodily awareness, being centred and use of language. The session is led by Frank Bock, artist and performer and founder member of The Featherstonehaughs Dance Company. Frank is also a practicing psychotherapist and experienced workshop leader.



We hope to see you there!




Charlotte Perry, Project Assistant
CPerry@cad.coventry.ac.uk   m: 07872 649057

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