Worcestershire Arts Partnership Blog

Thursday, 26 May 2016

Job Opportunity


Marketing Assistant

£17,841 (full time / 35 hrs per week / flexi time) with supplementary payments for any additional weekend and unsociable hours worked.


Live & Local are seeking a Marketing Assistant to support the Marketing & Communications Manager in all aspects of marketing and communications, including print production and distribution, PR and press and digital media.

They 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.

Deadline: Noon, Monday 13th June

Interviews: Tuesday 21st June

Starting:  w/c 25th July

Application: Via application form only. Application pack available for download on our jobs page: www.liveandlocal.org.uk

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

WAW - The Gary & Robert Blues







PRESS RELEASE – Immediate Release



‘The Gary & Robert Blues’



presented by Forthright


‘Dark clouds, with sunny intervals, back from Brighton Fringe’



Part theatre, part stand-up, ‘The Gary and Robert Blues’ is a funny, angry and poignant story of one man using his creation of a new stand-up act to find a path through his confused and damaged mind and reconnect with the world. His task is interrupted by the answer phone, his last fragile connection to other people. Intercut with a blues music soundtrack, this is a powerful and thought provoking piece. Produced by Forthright, it was developed with funding from Arts Council England and is at The Worcester Arts Workshop on 10th June at 7.30 pm.


 “pertinent and informative” Paul Milton, Creative Director Everyman Theatre. Gloucester


Written by Andy Higgitt, this work started as a thirty minute stand-up to raise awareness about men’s health. Then the tragic death of footballer Gary Speed hit the news, with reminders of the suicide of German goalkeeper Robert Enke a couple of years earlier. Drawing on his own experience of depression, Andy spoke to other men, (and their partners), and gathered their stories. The resulting script is an honest reflection of their highs, lows and black humour. The team is completed by great tech support from Tim Mackrill and a brilliant performer in Stephan Bessant.


“.....Educational, emotional and very human..........Thought-provoking, myth-busting and highly recommended viewing.....”. Laura Hughes Ember Counseling.



Andy Higgitt

01527 514 049



Twitter:  @ jestaminutecic























Notes for editors:


Forthright are the producing arm of Jestaminute Community Theatre cic , a social enterprise ( a not-for-profit company ) whose objects are : "to use performance and media arts to enhance the life and well being, and to enhance social cohesion" . This is realized through a variety of activities which can broadly be described in  two strands:

Under the brand of ‘Forthright’ the company creates new pieces of theatre  dealing with significant health and social issues and  to date have covered issues such as:

·        Men’s health awareness

·        Domestic Abuse

·        Debt

Stephan Bessant  an experienced actor  on stage, tv and film is about to star this summer in an episode of a tv show  ‘50 Ways to Kill Your Lover’  to be broadcast on Sky . He is available for interview on 07946 227181 Tim Mackrill is manager of the Palace Theatre Redditch. 

Friday, 20 May 2016

Job Opportunities





The Worcestershire Arts Partnership, through Worcestershire County Arts Service, are looking to work with Artists and/or Arts Organisations on an exciting project with young people (16-24) who are at risk of offending or who have previously offended.

This project has been the result of a successful funding bid to the West Mercia Commissioner’s Grant Scheme and we will be working with several agencies, including  YSS and their Accessing Resources in the Community Project (ARC) as well as regional sports partnerships and other agencies working with young people. 

The aim is to reduce (re)offending by supporting young people aged between 16-24 years into accessing positive activities.

We are looking to run a six month programme of arts activities across Worcestershire with referred young people, to meet an agreed set of outcomes within our successful bid to the police.

Specific outputs of the programme are:

-          A one-stop-shop approach to creating a menu of arts opportunities for offenders/those at risk of offending/those vulnerable to crime that can link in directly to the pathways being created for clients

-          Clients to participate in a programme of individual arts activity.  This may include arts projects which develop self-esteem, develop new skills, enable them to deal with difficult emotions, enable them to express themselves better, and more. 

-          Each arts intervention to include plans for sustaining the client’s connection with this activity once the project ceases; this may include ongoing volunteering and signposting clients to mainstream activities.


Specific outcomes for the referred young people are that they will have:

-       developed their interest and skills in the arts

-       challenged their views of themselves and raised their aspirations

-       engaged with learning

-       connected with new education, training and employment opportunities

-       made a positive contribution to society





The Artists/Arts Organisations

You will need to demonstrate your ability to meet the following criteria:

·         High quality arts activity

·         Experience, empathy and knowledge of working with young people/adults who are at risk of offending or who have offended

·         Experience of running arts activities to an agreed series of outcomes

·         Understanding of safeguarding procedures

·         Ability to evaluate social based outcomes

Programme of work

We are hoping to work with four groups. These are:

1.       The Senior Attendance Group run through the Youth Support Service (YSS) in Worcester

2.       Employment Support Programme run through the Youth Support Service (YSS) in Worcester

3.       YSS ARC Programme referrals to be held throughout the county

4.       One further programme with a to-be-identified partner organisation

Our methodology

We will hold an initial taster session during the Summer with each of the four groups before a selected artist(s)/arts organisation(s) will be chosen to run the programme.  Each group will run for a period of 6 months and this will begin in September. There will be evening work/twilight work and it is envisaged that there will be approximately 6-14 participants for each group.

You will need to undertake initial training on delivering the agreed Outcome Star method as well as appropriate safeguarding training (both provided through West Mercia Police). You will also be expected to fully evaluate the workshops from their initial beginnings through to their completion, using these agreed methods.

We are looking for artists who can run activities using artistic systems of Words, Sounds, Visuals and Movement. This can encompass more traditional art forms but we are seeking to work with artists who can adopt a flexible, multi art form approach.


Each weekly session will be paid at £100.  You will also be paid that for the taster session in the Summer. There will also be additional funding for materials.

How to apply

Send a letter and CV outlining your experience and suitability with reference to the outputs, outcomes and criteria identified above to:

Steve Wilson

County Arts Officer

Worcestershire County Council

By 4pm on Friday 3rd June 2016

If you have any enquires about the work please email Steve Wilson, County Arts Officer on swilson@worcestershire.gov.uk



Tender issued
20th May 2016
Closing date for submissions
3rd June 2016 at 4pm
Interview date
16th June
Artists selected for taster sessions following interview
30th June 2016
Taster sessions then chosen artists appointed
July/August 2016
Arts programme
Sept 2016 – Feb 2017
Post-programme evaluation
March 2017


Monday, 16 May 2016

Jump Start - next event, Sunday 26th June, the Artrix

Hi Jump Start supporters,


Our next Jump Start performance is on Sunday 26th June at Bromsgrove’s Artrix.


We have 5 brand new pieces of work for performance - none of the writers have been featured at a Jump Start event before.


As always, we’re looking for some support for the event. If you’d like to be involved as director, performer or support marketing / promotion in any way, please let me know. We have an informal meeting with the writers next Tuesday 17th May at 8pm in the Old Rectifying House in Worcester (our usual Jump Start drinking den) so please come along to meet the writers & offer your services! If you can’t make next Tuesday but would still like to be involved, please let me know.


Thanks everyone - please pass this onto anyone you think might be interested.


See you either next Tuesday…or at the performance on Sun 26 June!

Friday, 13 May 2016

Entrepreneurs in Residence (EiR's)

 This is the background text to our Entrepreneur in Residence posts. Ideally we'd like more women to get involved if possible! We also have no EiR's from the arts world .... I am happy to amend it slightly to reflect our desire to find more arts professionals - let me know what you think!

Thanks and regards



Worcester Business School of the University of Worcester is looking to offer the position of Entrepreneur in Residence (EiR) to support the activities currently in progress within the School in promoting and supporting Entrepreneurship amongst its Undergraduates and Graduate communities. The role will allow contributions to the curriculum through inspirational talks, mentoring support for new business starters and informing policy and practice in this increasingly important area of the University’s work.


The post is unpaid, though financial support is offered for help with travel and other expenses. In addition, EiRs will be able to access the University’s resources and other development opportunities free of charge. This position would suit an entrepreneur local to the University, who is looking to play a part in supporting and encouraging entrepreneurs of the future in different disciplines. Entrepreneurs in Residence will be appointed for three years in the first instance.

Artists wanted

Freelance Indian Dance Artist

Sonia Sabri Company is seeking a dynamic male dance artist to deliver a weekly Bhangra club at Nishkam Primary School in Birmingham.  This club has already started; therefore we are looking for someone that can commit to the remainder of the summer term.


TIME: 3.45pm -4.45pm



13th 20th 27th June

4th, 11th July


The club is being delivered as part of the Arts Award Explore Programme.  The leader will be expected to guide the children through their journey of creating a dance performance inspired by Bhangra Dance. The group has been running since Feb 2016, therefore they have already gained the basic understanding of Bhangra Dance.  The successful candidate must have at least 3 years experience in teaching Indian Dance to key stage 2 but does not need to be a specialist in Bhangra Dance.


If you are interested in applying for this position please send CV and a brief cover letter explaining your experience and suitability for the role via email to Mel Lewis, Projects Manager by Tuesday 24th May at the latest.  Applicants must have a current DBS certificate.


If you have any further queries please do not hesitate to contact us.


Mel Lewis

Projects Manager

0121 622 3135

Summer Programme of events for young people - Looked After Children Team

Dear all


The Looked After Children team (LAC) are looking to run a summer programme of activities for their young people.


Co-ordinated by the LAC team the programme provides a valuable and enriching range of activities for young people who are interested in taking part in arts activities across the county. They are looking for all kinds of activities from Drama, Dance, Music, Visual Arts and Poetry.


If you have an initial idea or an activity please contact Joanne Frost in the first instance on jfrost@worcestershire.gov.uk. Jo's phone number is 01905 845818. Closing date is 31st May.




Monday, 9 May 2016

Rock and Pop Schools concert - Performers Wanted!

Rock and Pop Schools Concert

Worcestershire Youth Music is hosting a Rock and Pop Concert on Tuesday 5th July 2016 and we are looking for bands of all styles to perform.


Date: Tuesday 5th July 2016 

Venue: Tudor Grange Academy, Redditch

Rehearsals: 4pm - 6:30pm on the day

Performance: 7pm - 9pm

Tickets: £5


To apply to play you need to fill in the application form here and send us a short video of you playing as a group (see instructions on how to do this on the application form).


The deadline for application is: Friday 15th April 2016 at 5pm


Please Note: Bands and groups who apply must be able to get themselves to Tudor Grange Academy to rehearse after school on 5th July and get themselves and any relevant instruments and equipment to the show. It may be possible for bands to share equipment (e.g. drum kits etc.) but this will be finalised when we have our final line up.


This is an exciting opportunity to showcase the music you play.


Looking forward to hearing from you.



Debbie Fawcett

Deputy Music Education Manager

Music Education Leader (South Worcestershire)

Sherwood Lane

St John's




Direct Mob 0770 3097996

Tel: 01905 425611

Fax: 01905 740579

Grants available for local artists to present work at KAF 2016


Continuing our partnership with the Xpressions Leisure Grant Scheme KAF now seeks proposals from Wyre Forest based artists who can create a site specific work on the theme of ‘Music’. This theme is to celebrate the beginning of the Kidderminster Music Heritage Trail, we are exploring music in its broadest sense, what it’s like to be at a gig or in a band, what is the essence of music, the inspiration for lyrics, back stage experiences, tour vans, rock gods, how has it affected fashion, politics and social movements, how has it affected you?
 Artist should demonstrate through their proposal the link with the theme and describe the context they would like to display their work; we are particularly looking for outdoor work.

When will it happen?
The KAF Small Scale Commissions Scheme will commission new works to be shown at KAF 2016 between the 6th and the 27th of August.
You must display your work for at least one day, though we encourage you to display your work for longer, please give details of this in your proposal. We would like as many people to be exposed or involved with it as possible.

 Applicants could be given a grant of £250 towards their costs on completion of the work.  You must give a detailed budget breakdown of the costs you anticipate you will incur during the production and installation of your work. If you project costs more than the grant you must outline where the rest of the money will come from.

Scheme Deadlines
The scheme will be advertised widely from March 2016 for artists to apply the closing date will be close of business May 20th
Selections will be made by May 27th 2016

What are we looking for?
Our priority for selection will be visual art or mixed art form work, which can appear at the festival for a minimum of one full day.
Artists should submit a proposal outlining their idea in full in no more than 2 sides of A4, you can include images of previous work to give an indication of your style and to show your experience of using different materials.  You can also send a C.V.
 Considerations should be given to health and safety, appropriate use of space and appeal to our audiences.  You must identify the site you would like to use if you have a fixed idea of location in mind, otherwise your work will be located to compliment other elements of the program.  Please also state if you have dates where you and your work will not be available to display or any dates your work would not be available.
Your idea must be new, or in development and have never been shown in Worcestershire previously.
Your proposal should outline the following: 
  • Exactly what you plan to do.
  • How your work will be presented and any limitations or preferences on time/days  it is to be displayed
  • Your preference for its location.
  • How it will be installed and removed, how long will this take?
  • How the project might benefit the development of your work
  • Why you think KAF is a good place to present your work.
Please email you applications to loz.samuels@wyreforestdc.gov.uk

You must be responsible for the delivery, installation and security of your work at all times.
It must not make any permanent change to the landscape or buildings or require planning permission.
You must be self sufficient throughout your installation process.
You will be responsible for delivery, installation and collection and must ensure your work is watched if necessary throughout its stay, we will not be responsible for any damage.  You may want to consider insurance you will not be covered by the Festivals insurance.
If necessary Wyre Forest District Council will seek any appropriate permission required, we will discuss this with you in detail before any decisions are made.

You will be required to give bank details as if you are selected your payment will be made after your work has appeared at KAF and will be paid directly into your account.

KAF will publicise your work widely through its website www.kidderminsterartsfestival.org.uk and on it’s social media
To do this we will need information on you and the work, you will need to provide us pictures of the piece before the event.
We would encourage you to write a blog which we will include on our festival blog schedule.

The work will remain yours, you must be responsible for taking it away after the event. We ask you to credit the festival and the Xpressions Leisure Grant scheme if you should display the work elsewhere.
Full details will be included in the contract.

Closing date will be close of business May 20th
Selections will be made by May 27th 2016
Please call Loz Samuels 01562 732 977 or email loz.samuels@wyreforestdc.gov.uk  for further information

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