Worcestershire Arts Partnership Blog

Thursday, 14 January 2016

Update from Steve Wilson

Happy New Year to you all.


I am pleased to give some news and dates for the next couple of months for the Worcestershire Arts Partnership.


Children and Young People


To begin with our Children and Young People Group are looking ahead to  some fantastic events.  On Sunday 17th January we complete our search for the 5th Young Poet Laureate. The event takes place at The Hive and as ever the standard and quality is quite exceptional.  To complete our poetry events the Middle School Poetry Slam is taking place at The Palace Theatre on Tuesday 26th April and we have the high school one planned for Tuesday 12th July.


The Group are working closely together on developing a much wider offer for Voices and Visions and we are planning two major pieces of work this year. There is  the cathedral exhibition taking place from Friday  13th May to Sunday 12th June as well as two performances at the Cathedral taking place on Tuesday 24th and Wednesday 25th May  and a further one at The Hive on the 26th May.  


Worcestershire Youth Music are working closely with u on Voices and Visions s and are planning a week long music festival with us from the week beginning 3rd of July. More details to follow but this will include an innovative performance at Number 8 in Pershore on Wednesday 6th July.


Arts and Health – New Prescriptions


The Group is now planning a new event based on the subject of Ethics. We are in the planning stages of this at present but hope to do the event around spring time.


We are pleased to announce some funding from The South Worcestershire Community Safety Partnership to develop a further Chipp shop this time at The Museum of Royal Worcester. We are looking for an artist to run the sessions with a closing date of Jan 29th. Please contact Diane Thomson for more information. We are running the sessions throughout March and April.


Jump Start


We are running our 4th Jump Start performance event which takes place at The Worcester Arts Workshop on Saturday 5th March. We will be showcasing at least four new pieces of work as well as having a post-show chat too. Our other events have led to at least two full length plays being produced so come and see new work, raw and exciting, Earlier that day we will be having a youth theatre showcase as well where you can see some future stars too. This will be a great day!


This forms part of a two day event where we will be working with Vamos Theatre. On the Friday 4th March 2016 together we are running an open space event for all practitioners to get together. The event is called 'A Meeting of Creative Minds' and is an  open space style forum for arts professionals in Worcestershire and the surrounding region. Bringing together the movers and shakers of  the West Midlands’ arts scene, we will explore how we can work together to realise more exciting projects and create the conditions for us all to thrive.
Facilitated by independent Artistic Director Orit Azaz (NoFit State Circus), this will be a positive and inspiring day, exchanging ideas, making new connections, nurturing collaborations, sharing, learning and simply, making things happen. As a reminder the event takes place on  Friday 4th March, 9.30am - 4pm again at Worcester Arts Workshop, 21 Sansome St, Worcester. WR1 1UH

Cost? Free of charge, but tickets must be booked in advance through Eventbrite. To book your place please go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/a-meeting-of-creative-minds-tickets-19441177084


On the Visual Arts side we are planning our next event in Kidderminster on Wednesday 27th January/ Time and venue to follow.


The Festival Group is planning our next event which is taking place at The Hive on Friday 11th March 2016 to recap the year's work and to catch up on the year and to have a presentation by Steve Heap from the Association of Festival Organisers. The festivals group has had some really interesting and inspiring guest speakers so please come along.


Many thanks for your on-going support







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