Worcestershire Arts Partnership Blog

Thursday, 26 June 2014

: FREE event in Worcester - Pitching for Designer Makers

Pitching for Designer Makers

Date: Tuesday 15th July

Time: 3.30pm to 6.30pm

Venue: Worcester Arts Workshop, 21 Sansome Street, WR1 1UH


In this half day session you will learn some tips and tricks to develop your pitching skills; helping you hone how you sell your products and brand, to win deals and gain new clients.


Led by the team at Creative Shift, Helga Henry will guide you towards developing a sharper, more business focused identity for your business.



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Brief and Information for writers

You are invited to the following event:



Event to be held at the following time, date and location:

        Thursday, 3 July 2014 from 10:00 to 21:00 (BST) Platform Theatre Central Saint Martins Granary Square London United Kingdom



Drama Centre London and Central Saint Martins invite you to The Year of Experimentation, a new writing festival taking place at The Platform Theatre at Central Saint Martins from July 3rd – July 4th.


The festival is the culmination of the first year of Drama Centre London’s and Central Saint Martins’ new MA Dramatic Writing, and plans for the permanent model of the course, which will offer a new model for training dramatic writers in the UK, will be announced as part of the festival.


Day One of the festival will be The Year of Experimentation which will take place on July 3rd and is a one day festival on dramatic writing training, offering free Masterclasses for writers, students, the public and the industry on writing for theatre, television, film, radio and digital media.


The Masterclasses will be led by the ten Masters who have helped develop the MA Dramatic Writing at Drama Centre London and who are ten leading industry professionals who have led the way in training dramatic writers in the UK.


The Masters are:


Ola Animashawun, who founded the Royal Court Theatre’s Young Writers Programme


Stephen Jeffreys, Literary Associate at the Royal Court Theatre for eleven years and creator of Masterclasses which have led the way in Playwriting teaching in the UK


Caroline Jester, dramaturg and creator of REPwrite, the new online dramatic writing programme, who has led on international and national collaborative writing models.


Fin Kennedy, winner of the first Fringe First ever awarded for a schools production and co-Artistic Director of Tamasha Theatre Company


Kate Rowland, founder of BBC Writersroom and the Creative Director of New Writing at the BBC


Philip Shelley, who runs the Channel Four screenwriting course


Nina Steiger, Associate Director at the Soho Theatre


Jennifer Tuckett, Course Leader for Drama Centre London and Central Saint Martin’s new MA Dramatic Writing, who previously founded the UK’s first formally industry partnered MA in Playwriting, ran industry partnered projects on training writers for writing for theatre, radio drama and digital media with the BBC and developed Guardian Masterclasses Manchester.


Steve Winter, Programme Director of the Kevin Spacey Foundation co-creator of the Old Vic New Voices 24 Hour Plays and TS Eliot US/UK Exchange.


John Yorke, creator of the BBC Writers Academy and Managing Director of Company Pictures.


The festival will conclude on July 4th with In Battalions, a one day conference being run by Fin Kennedy and the students on the MA Dramatic Writing course which will be stage three of Fin Kennedy's In Battalions new writing campaign.


Central Saint Martins is also delighted to be hosting the 2014 BBC TV Drama Writers’ Festival, chaired by Tony Jordan, which will take place on July 2nd.


For further information on The Year of Experimentation festival please see:www.theyearofexperimentationfestival.wordpress.com. To book free tickets for the Masterclasses please go to www.theyearofexperimentation.eventbrite.co.uk


We hope you can make it!


Best wishes,

MA Dramatic Writing, Drama Centre London, Central Saint Martins



Mobile Homme

Monday, 23 June 2014

KAF Brochure

 I’m very excited to share the brochure for KAF with you, not everything is in there, there’s more to come! We are still looking for contemporary craft makers for the 9th, performers for the Attention Seekers Stage on the 16th and artists of all descriptions for our Small Scale Commissions where a small grant is available to successful applicants.


The printed version coming soon – please share this with your contacts, if you can distribute brochures, display a poster or help in any way please let me know.  It’s never too late to join in J

Many thanks


Have a great weekend



Loz Samuels

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

Job Opportunity

Marketing & Communications Assistant

£15,189 (full time / 35 hrs per week / flexi time) with supplementary payments for any additional weekend and unsociable hours worked.

Live & Local supports a network of over 200 voluntary organisations across the West and East Midlands who book and promote professional performances, film screenings and other arts activities for their village halls, schools and community centres. Live & Local is a National Portfolio Organisation of the Arts Council, England.

The Marketing & Communications Assistant will join a team of five in Warwick and assist the Marketing & Communications Officer in providing publicity and communications support for all Live & Local activities with specific responsibility for print management.

You should be an efficient and enthusiastic person with good organisational, communication and computer skills, a friendly personality, good written English and numeracy abilities and an interest in the arts. Some experience of working within an office based, team environment and of publicity and/or promotional practices and of social media for marketing/communications is essential; within an arts context is desirable.

This post will be offered initially as a one year fixed term contract as an employee of Live & Local Ltd.

Deadline: Noon Monday 30th June. Interviews: Wednesday 9th July
Latest anticipated start date is Tuesday 5th August.

Application via online application form only.
Application pack and form available at www.liveandlocal.org.uk

Sally Rew

Company Administrator, Live & Local

Tel: (01926) 402173

PART-TIME (Mon, Tues, Thurs, Frid)


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.



Job Opportunity

Consultancy Services for Kidderminster Arts Festival

KAF (Kidderminster Arts Festival) has received funding from Arts Connect West Midlands to:

 Improve its partnership working,

 Improve how it engages with young people

 Explore a potential new structure to improve its future sustainability and success.

We wish to recruit a specialist consultant who can undertake this work and make informed recommendations.

The consultant appointed will carry out the following tasks;

 To consult with key organisations to understand their agendas and timetables, exploring and recommending new ways of partnership working.

 Identify key contacts in those organisations, establishing effective lines of communication.

 Outline how this process can be managed and genuinely add value for all involved.

 Create an Exit Plan, with detailed recommendations for growing partnerships, fundraising and identifying potential models of organisational structure KAF may consider to improve future stability.

 Facilitate the development of a board or committee which will support the development of KAF in the future.

The report in draft will be presented by November 2014 ready for festival planning and fundraising with proposed implementation for the following year.

A detailed background of the festival can be found in KAF’s current business plan on the website http://www.kidderminsterartsfestival.org.uk/ in the about us box.

The budget is £3400 (to include all expenses) and the minimum required number of consultancy days for a Project Manager is 17.

Your application should include;

 Initial response to the brief to include an outline of working methods and processes of no more than four sides of A4

 Ability to meet the proposed timetable and any milestones

 Details of relevant experience and CVs.

 Confirmation of professional indemnity insurance

 Details of 2 referees

 Details of any added value, either through additional services or additional days support.

Interviews will be held at:

Wyre Forest House

Finepoint Way




Request for Quotation

For the Supply and Delivery of:


Consultancy Services for Kidderminster Arts Festival
Please email Loz Samuels
Loz Samuels
Arts and Play Development Officer
Phone: 01562 732977

Artist Development : Reflecting On Your Practice

Reflecting On Your Practice
Development sessions for artists

These free sessions, facilitated by Elizabeth Hawley, Visual Arts Enabler, are interactive and designed to offer advice, collective problem solving and to encourage ownership and pro-activity towards career development as an artist. Participants will be asked to bring a specific goal or challenge to the session to work through with the group.

Grand Union, Birmingham
Monday 7 July 2014, 10.45am - 1.30pm

Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery
Thursday 10 July 2014, 10.45am - 1.30pm

Coventry Artspace
Monday 14 July 2014, 10.45am - 1.30pm

The New Art Gallery Walsall
Thursday 17 July 2014, 1.30 - 4.15pm
Following the session in Walsall, participants are invited to attend the preview of Gillian Wearing: We Are Here from 6-8pm.

Worcester City Museum & Art Gallery
Monday 21 July 2014, 10.45am - 1.30pm

There are a maximum of 20 places per session, which will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Light refreshments will be served.

To book please email Annabel Clarke - annabel.clarke@bcu.ac.uk quoting which session you would like to attend.

Art & Craft Weekend - Bewdley

On 23rd & 24th August we will be holding our annual Art & Craft Weekend

in Bewdley. We have various locations around the town to accommodate

both individuals and groups who would like to exhibit and also space on

the riverside for those who prefer to bring their own stall. The aim, as usual,

is to attract both professional artists and craft workers and also keen amateurs

in whatever style or medium they operate; additionally we are also pleased

to hear from those who work with community groups.

If you would like more details please contact Maggie or myself and we will

do our best to help.

Bewdley Chamber Maids is a small voluntary organisation which organises

various events during the year including Bewdley Christmas Lights Festival

which takes place on 29th November this year. Please have a look at our

website for pictures of last years event

We hope this will be of interest to you, please feel free to pass on our details

to anyone else.

Best wishes

Ann          01299 404226           lymanhughes34@aol.com

Maggie     01299 404065          maggiedalloway@hotmail.co.uk




                                                                                                               Please reply to:

    A. Lyman

                                                                                                                                128 Kidderminster Road,



                                                                                                                                   DY12 1DL.



Dear Friends,




Those of you who have taken part in previous years will notice that we have now changed the date to the August Bank Holiday Weekend. We feel that the increase in visitor numbers to the town was beneficial.

As usual we are inviting art & craft workers in any medium or style to take part whether professional or a keen amateur. In addition we would like to welcome any antique traders for our Riverside Market.

There are many ways in which you can take part.


1) Our main exhibition area is St. Anne’s Church and you can exhibit your work for a small charge

     (paintings  etc. £1.00 each, craft items – negotiable). These can be offered for sale if you wish, but just

     make sure there is a price attached. All art & crafts are welcome – painting to pottery, floral art, glass,

     sugar craft, jewellery etc. etc. The exhibition is set up on Friday evening from 8.00 p.m. and the              

     church is either manned or locked throughout the event. Exhibits are removed at 4.30 p.m. on Sunday.

     We realise there may be a problem caused by holidays and so we are willing to accept item for display

     at a date to suit you. Please note that we MUST have a list of artwork for exhibition by 16th August

     so that we can prepare a summary.


2) We welcome larger exhibitions from Art Groups, schools or other organizations for which the Guild Hall  

     is available.


3) Trade Stalls – we have space (some under cover) for anyone who would like a stall for either Saturday or

     Sunday (£20.00 per day or £30.00 for both days)


4) Riverside Market (Saturday 24th only). As this is a Bank Holiday it will therefore be hot & sunny (!!)

    so we hope there will be lots of visitors to the town and we will be holding a market on the riverside.

    Everyone is welcome but particularly those selling art/crafts/antiques. You will need to bring your own

    stall/gazebo and there will be a charge of £20 (charities – donations as usual). Please note this is a hard

    standing surface so you will need to bring weights and cable ties for your stall.

    This year we also hope to have ‘Art on the Railings’ – more details later.


5) Demonstrations / Master Classes – would you like to show others what you do? Again St. Annes or the

     Guild Hall will be available.


6) Open Studios - if you would like to open your studio as part of this weekend we would love to hear from

     you so that we can include you in our publicity.


We will keep you informed of any additions to the programme and we are looking forward to meeting friends both old and new.

If you have any ideas please let us know as soon as possible and we will try our best to include them.

Don’t forget Bewdley Baptist Church will be open on Saturday 23rd  with lots of crafts, artwork, and ‘hands on’ activities.


As always, please spread the word to as many people as possible.


Best wishes,


Ann (Tel 01299 404226 / 01384 238729 or e-mail : lymanhughes34@aol.com)

Maggie (Tel 01299 404065 or e-mail : maggiedalloway@hotmail.co.uk)

Mark (e-mail :mark@cofservices.co.uk)
Bewdley Art & Craft Weekend 23rd  / 24th August 2014
I would like to take part in the Art & Craft Weekend
Business Name (if applicable)______________________________________________________________
Tel. No._________________________         E-mail____________________________________________
1) I would like to exhibit:   Paintings – Please advise approximate quantity (if they are very large
    we would appreciate advance notice). Don’t forget we will need a full list by 17th August.
                                                Craft Work – Please advise what type of work and approximate amount of
                                                                        space required
 Payment to be made with list of work or on delivery. 
2) My Group / Organisation would like to be involved – Please ring or email to discuss.
3) I would like to book a Trade Stall at the Riverside Market                                   Saturday                               £20.00
                                                                                                                                                Sunday                  £20.00
                                                                                                                                                Both Days             £30.00
(Charities – usual conditions apply)
Can you please give us some idea of the dimensions of your stall__________________________________
We have very few spaces by the Guild Hall.
Please indicate if you would prefer this if possible                                                                        YES / NO
4) I would like to give a Demonstration / Master Class - Please ring or email to discuss.
5) I would like to open my studio to visitors.
I enclose a cheque for £ ______________   made payable to ‘Bewdley Chamber Maids’ or
I have made payment by BACS to HSBC Bank Account No. 71862030 / Sort Code 40-19-28
Please delete as appropriate.



Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Any arts Info for Slap magazine?

Any arts info(exhibitions, events, performances, submissions or opportunities) for the July edition of Slap magazine, please drop over to Kate at
editorial@slapmag.co.uk by 23rd June 2014
With ARTS in the header.

Mouth & Music - 8th July 2014

Mouth and Music introduces a new mix of spoken word and music in Kidderminster on the second Tuesday of every month. On Tuesday 8th July at 8.00pm, former Birmingham Poet Laureate Jan Watts takes the stage. Jan is well known for her weekly “Poetry for Lunch” series at the Library of Birmingham. Featured musician is local singer songwriter Sally Haines with her earthy acoustic soul. A very popular performer, always busy with gigs, Sally was a 2014 Emergeination Winner. Short open mic slots are available on the night, first come, first served from 7.30pm. The MC is poet/musician Heather Wastie and it all takes place at the Boar’s Head, 39 Worcester Street. See www.mouthandmusic.co.uk for more details.

Job Opportunity




Worcestershire Arts Partnership


Leader for The Arts Chat





The Worcestershire Arts Partnership are looking for a person or organisation to lead on a project called The Arts Chat which forms part of the work of the Children and Young People's Sub Group.


The WAP was established in 2009 with the intention of providing a more strategic, partnership based approach bringing arts and non arts organisations together to develop and strengthen the sector.


A consultation was carried out with a diverse range of stakeholders, leading to the development of an Arts Strategy for the county, “The Arts Matter”, published in 2010, outlining the priorities and actions for the newly created, county wide partnership. The consultation was widespread, including both professional and amateur arts sectors but also with non arts sectors such as education, health and tourism, to achieve wider buy in and begin a meaningful and productive dialogue.


 Since then, WAP has gone on to become a functioning and successful network with significant achievements to its credit. WAP currently operates as a non-constituted organisation made up of arts and non arts stakeholders from across the county. It delivers its priorities through a programme of projects, CPD and networking events. Its programme of activity increases participation in and audiences for the arts through projects developed through the work of several sub groups.


In January 2014 the WAP was awarded a GFA from the Arts Council to enable it to develop its organisation including looking at becoming a formal independent organisation, to write a new business plan but to also develop and put more resources into its sub groups.


The Children and Young People Sub Group

One of these Sub Groups is the Children and Young People's Group. This Group is made up of different stakeholders including arts organisations, Local Authorities, Schools, Libraries as well as independent practitioners and stakeholders. There are also advanced plans to get more young people actively involved in the Group through a project called The Arts Chat.



The Arts Chat

The Arts Chat was created by the Children and Young People's sub group as a way of getting young people more involved in the arts in Worcestershire. We see this through getting young people involved as decision makers, arts leaders, arts performers and arts curators.

There have been two arts chats that have taken place across the county and we plan to run more events.

We also wish to see The Arts Chat linked to the Arts Awards scheme as well as it being seen as a formal accreditation programme where young people will be seen to be Arts Ambassadors across the County.

We also wish The Arts Chat to be linked to other young people groups that are being created through Arts Connect, the West Midlands Bridging organisation.



We are looking for a person or organisation to lead The Arts Chat through its next period and to establish it within the Worcestershire Arts Partnership and beyond.


Person Specification

We are looking for someone with the following skills, experience and knowledge


  • Experience of leading a Group made up of Children and Young People
  • Experience of working with the Children and Young People's Art Sector
  • Experience of working with schools and arts organisations
  • Knowledge of the arts education sector including Arts Awards
  • An interest and knowledge of issues reflecting young people.
  • To be able to engage and mobilise a group of young cultural leaders.
  • To be able to co-ordinate and support the delivery of youth steering group activity and youth led events including a working experience of children's rights and their implementation



Duties of the Chair

In conjunction with the group’s administrator:


  • To agree agendas for meetings and to ensure that papers are not sent out less than a week before the meeting
  • To ensure that meetings take place at least four times per year.
  • To ensure that all meetings run on time and are run effectively with minutes taken with agreed actions.
  • To approve all meeting minutes


In conjunction with the County Arts Officer and The Children and Young People Sub Group


  • To set annual action plans for the group
  • To feedback on Arts Chat  meetings to the main sub group
  • To attend ad hoc meetings in relation to the sub groups as agreed by all
  • To ensure that the action plan relating to the Group is carried out in the best possible manner and to report back on this to the WAP Children and Young People Sub Group

Fee £1,800 per year for approximately 6 days work per year.  In addition there may be additional payments to attend conferences and events.


To apply please email Steve Wilson on swilson@worcestershire.gov.uk outlining your suitability and experience by Friday 27th June at 5pm  as well as CV. Please keep all documents at no more than 4 pages.


Interviews will take place on the afternoon or early evening Friday 11th July and will involve young people.