Worcestershire Arts Partnership Blog

Thursday, 25 February 2016

Arts Strategy, action plan and link for circulation

A big thank you for the time you took to make valuable input to the first draft of the Arts Strategy.  We have now made changes and attach a new draft Strategy, Action Plan and link to consultation questions:


We have until 20th March to get this out far and wide and get feedback.

Please could you now take this further in terms of the next stage of consultation as per the groups/organisations you have agreed to consult.

If you are not sure who they are please ask Steve or Debbie.  If you are attending a meeting with your consultees please let us have any notes taken, and/or encourage people to complete the survey at the link below.

Friday, 19 February 2016

Next Jump Start Performance, WAW, Saturday 5th Marach 7pm

Hi everyone,


We’re very much looking forward to our fourth Jump Start performance event at Worcester Arts Workshop on Saturday 5th March 7pm. Hope to see you there! Please spread the word, invite people etc..  here’s a link to the Facebook event - 



Thanks everyone!



Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Festivals Symposium Event, 11th March, 10am - 3pm, Studio, The Hive, Worcester

Festivals Symposium event - Friday 11 March, 10am-3pm at The Hive in the Studio


The morning session with include an update on our commissions, Story Jams, and a chance to discuss the '1000 days' and the relevance, implications and opportunities for the festivals sector in the county, and the future direction of the subgroup.


We will break for lunch at 12.30pm.


The afternoon session will start at 1.15pm and we will have presentations from two visiting speakers, both experienced arts festival organisers but from different parts of the sector. One is Steve Heap, chair of the Association Of Festival Organisers who will talk about his experience of running festivals and also share details of the opportunities and support provided by AFO. The second speaker is tbc. We will follow this with a future gazing session and talk about the next year, and what we might do collaboratively, building on the conversations and presentations we have had at our meetings over the last year, covering marketing and social media, fundraising, commissioning new work, working with volunteers and measuring economic impact.


I realise it is a long day so please feel free to just come for the morning or the afternoon, or whatever you can manage.


To confirm your attendance, please email Diane Thomson on dethomson@worcestershire.gov.uk and confirm

- whether you will be coming to morning, afternoon or both,

- whether you require lunch and any dietary requirements.


Or if you have any questions or would like to get in contact with me direct, please email me at louisadf56@gmail.com

Monday, 15 February 2016

University of Worcester - 2nd year fine art students - 2 events coming up

The first from the 7th of March till the 18th of March, it is called 'a series of unfortunate exhibitions', this is a collective of Fine art students split into 3 groups, working together in these groups the students are curating 3 pop up exhibitions around Worcester. two venues have been announced. vision - CrownGate Shopping Centre and in storage - Green Self Storage. Worcester. hand me down - TBA. it will display contemporary artwork in the forms of performance sculpture video and painting. An open event will happen across the 3 venues with a walking bus talks and free refreshments. The web page can be found here, this will give the most up to date information Images of artwork and descriptions of each event. http://asoue2015.wix.com/asoue.


The second from the 23/04/2016 - 01/04/2016 showcases all the work from the second year art group including fine art and art and design at the Hive Worcester. The open event will happen on the 26/04/2015. There you will see live performance and have free refreshments. More info can be found here on page 7 http://www.thehiveworcester.org/documents/Whats_On_at_The_Hive_January_to_April_2016.pdf.

Monday, 8 February 2016

Evesham Festival of Words - quick update


We now have the final programme for 2016. Some exciting new fringe events have been added and will be added to the website with a bit more detail about all events.  

Tickets for all events are now available.  The Festival Finale (Michael Lunts) tickets can only be obtained via Evesham Arts Centre, or Almonry Museum (tel 01386 446944).  All other tickets can be obtained direct by calling - mobile 0787 1285606 or alternatively all tickets are now available from the Almonry. 

The number of tickets for some of our events, particularly the writing workshops, are quite small.  So do book early to be sure of a place. 

Reminder that we have a full day of events for children on Saturday 2nd July.  We also have the Picnic in the Park at The Valley on Sunday 26th June - a real family event, come dressed as your favourite character from a book.  

The deadline for our Short Story Competition is 31st March.  Full details are on the website.  We are particularly keen to encourage junior entries which are free, so do let children, grandchildren etc know about the Competition.
Best wishes
Sue Ablett
Chair Evesham Festival of Words

Friday, 5 February 2016

Worcestershire Open Studios 2016

Job Opportunity






We are recruiting! We have 3 exciting opportunities for actor / facilitators and as a friend of the company would really appreciate your help in getting the word out. Do you have any ways to let people know about these vacancies e.g. website, notice boards, social media? Any of these would be great to spread the word to any contacts, ex-students/employees or individuals you think would be interested.

There is more detail on each of the posts through the links below. If you want posters to put up, let me know and I can email these over to you. All roles start on Monday 23rd May 2016.

Thanks in advance for any help you can give us.

Best wishes,


We are looking for:

1 x Experienced Male Actor / Facilitator – 9 week freelance contract<https://uk1.sprint-campus.co.uk/public/e/click/YezKLmMyVFYWJT8nCNe22g/8PXiVlv-wsN__Nm4dXGRMA>

We are recruiting for an experienced freelance male Actor / Facilitator for a 9 week contract during our busiest period. A full UK driving license is essential. Click here to find out more.<https://uk1.sprint-campus.co.uk/public/e/click/YezKLmMyVFYWJT8nCNe22g/8PXiVlv-wsN__Nm4dXGRMA>

We are looking for a female apprentice to become a permanent member of the company to support during our busiest period and replace a member of staff who is leaving in the summer. Click here to find out more.<https://uk1.sprint-campus.co.uk/public/e/click/r8odaRZIz9d___tdCVZ2sQ/8PXiVlv-wsN__Nm4dXGRMA>

We are looking for an apprentice to join the company to learn to be an Actor / Facilitator. The year long apprenticeship is expected to lead to a permanent role. Click here to find out more.<https://uk1.sprint-campus.co.uk/public/e/click/rD1w76unVIcHTrhqzg1NUA/8PXiVlv-wsN__Nm4dXGRMA>



Eleanor Vale, Director


Phone: 0121 446 4880