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.”