Worcestershire Arts Partnership Blog

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

WAP event invite - Wednesday 5th March at 5pm- 7.30pm Woodland Room, Worcester Countryside Centre, WR5 2LG


Wednesday 5th March at 5pm- 7.30pm

Woodland Room, Worcester Countryside Centre, WR5 2LG



With the rain falling down what better way to focus one's attention than an exciting arts project. So come along to the latest arts event being hosted by The Worcestershire Arts Partnership


Hosted by The Free Range Arts Group of the WAP the event will stick to the water theme and will be focussed around a new and exciting arts project taking place on the Worcester and Droitwich Canal Ring.


The project, which is led by the Canals and River Trust, will we hope  be one of the most exciting and innovative arts projects in the county for the next three years.


Louisa Davies & Mandy Fowler will be at the event  and you will get the chance to hear about the project as well as seeing an example of a successful arts activity that has taken place on water. You will also get to see how you can get involved as well as to find out the latest news from the Worcestershire Arts Partnership. There will also be time to network and yes the budget will stretch to pastries and coffee too.



Since 2005, Louisa Davies has acted as mac Birmingham’s Producer for Performing Arts responsible for the development, production and curation of mac’s performing arts programmes. Most recently, she produced mac’s first Christmas show since reopening with Red Earth Theatre, an adaptation of Carol Ann Duffy’s children’s book The Lost Happy Endings, and nationally touring spoken word artist Polarbear - Return. During mac’s closure for its major Building Project she managed a programme of artist commissions creating permanent works for the new building and a series of audience development commissions. In 2013, she produced a large scale outdoor promenade piece, Sounding the River, to mark the end of mac’s 50th birthday celebrations.


Mandy Fowler is an experienced cultural sector professional working with new business models to present culture in different contexts to new audiences – acting as an agent for change.  With an academic background in Contemporary Art Theory and Heritage and professional experience in the corporate world and the tourism sector, Mandy was formerly the Manager of the contemporary art NPO Meadow Arts for eight years, working in partnership to deliver contemporary art in historic settings with the National Trust.  More recently Mandy has been working with a range of cultural organisations including the Library of Birmingham, DASH, University of Birmingham, Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery, the National Trust and with a collaborative partnership comprising Craftspace, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and Arts Alive – underpinning this portfolio is a desire to engage wider audiences in cultural activity and providing a sustainable base for cultural organisations.  Mandy is also a trustee of the Welsh regularly funded venue Oriel Davies Gallery.  Mandy has been undertaking a feasibility study for the Mid-Worcestershire Canal Ring, visioning the programme and devising a business model for delivery.


We envisage a high demand for this so to book a place email Sue Church

on SChurch@worcestershire.gov.uk by the 21st February

if you wish to attend.


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