Worcestershire Arts Partnership Blog

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
e: crolfe@cad.coventry.ac.uk   t: 024 7615 8304  


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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

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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

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Events organiser and promoter sought for weekends at Malvern Cube

Events organiser and promoter sought for weekends at Malvern Cube. Malvern Cube is a youth and community centre in Malvern, run by Malvern Youth & Community Trust (MYCT). The Trust seeks to contract with a suitable partner who has the ability, flair and imagination to take up the opportunity to operate Weekend Cube within Malvern Cube. They will manage the evening events at Malvern Cube on Fridays and Saturdays and this will involve sourcing, scheduling and promoting a diverse programme of events including live music, performance, spoken word, film and visual arts in line with the ethos of Malvern Cube. The potential has already been tested by a pilot of 6 months’ operation of Weekend Cube. To express an interest and receive full details of this opportunity and the application process, please email Jon White, Manager, Malvern Cube: mycentre@me.com. The deadline for applications from interested parties is 4.00 p.m. Friday November 20th. Malvern Cube Albert Road North Malvern WR14 2YF 01684 575363

Artist Brief

Tuesday, 4 November 2014


FREELANCE DRAMA PRACTITIONER NEEDED FOR COVER IN NOVEMBER & DECEMBER FOR WORCESTER BASED YOUTH THEATRE For sessions on the following days 15th, 22nd, 29th, 6th & 13th Dec Session time 10.15am till 11.45am If you are interested please contact Mel Lewis for further information on 07825 325934. Practitioners must have a current DBS and be able to provide a current CV. Mel Lewis, Artistic Director, Visual Attic. melatvisualatticltd@outlook.com

Creative PIE - Free event for creative businesses & freelancers - 12 November 9.30am - 4.30pm Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Just to remind you (or let you know if you weren’t already aware) about our forthcoming event – Creative PIE – for creative businesses and freelancers working in the arts. This day-long conference is free to attend and open to any creative enterprise based in the West Midlands. The day will include panels, talks and workshops; covering themes applicable to creative businesses today. It comes with a great lunch too! Please do come along, if you could also promote the event among your networks that would be great! Places are free and can be booked here: https://creativepie2014.eventbrite.co.uk If you have any queries please don’t hesitate to contact us. Best wishes, Cathryn Cathryn Goodwin, Project Manager e: cgoodwin@cad.coventry.ac.uk t: 024 7615 8305 m: 07557 425418 visit the website at www.creativeenterprise.org like us on Facebook www.facebook.com/ice.creativeenterprise follow us on twitter: @icecubesnet book for an event via www.creativeenterprise.eventbrite.com and click here to join the Emerge newsletter mailing list