Worcestershire Arts Partnership Blog

Monday, 22 August 2016

Number 8 Offers Bursary to Arts Students!

Number 8 Offers Bursary to Arts Students

Number 8 is calling for applications for the 2016 ‘Ray Steadman Bursary’. The bursary is awarded each year to a student who is going on to pursue further study in the arts. The successful applicant will be awarded £300 to help cover the costs of books and course materials in their first year of further or higher education in subjects such as drama, music or art.  It is open to anyone whose home is in the WR10 postcode area.


The bursary is in the name of Ray Steadman MBE, one of the original founders of Number 8 who sadly passed away in 2008. Ray was a great supporter of the arts and initiatives to encourage young people to take part in arts activity.


Applicants must be planning to embark upon their first year of a further or higher education course in an ‘arts’ subject in 2016.  This could be drama, music, art or a similar subject area.  To apply for a bursary young people should obtain an application form from Number 8 Box Office or download it from www.number8.org and return the completed form to Number 8 by 10 a.m. on the 8 September 2016

Thursday, 18 August 2016



We're on the look out for new talent to join the Vamos Ensemble and be part of exciting projects in 2017.

For more info visit:




WHERE: Worcester Arts Workshop
WHO: 8YRS+, (Families welcome)

Come along to Worcester Arts Workshop's Open Day and join in Vamos' free 1hr Mask Workshop in the Theatre!
Any one aged 8+ is invited to join in and learn some mask acting basics. Session includes; rules of the mask, hot seating, mask performance, audience participation, non-verbal communication and A LOT of FUN!

A great opportunity for any young people aged 8-14 thinking about joining Vamos Young People's Theatre to give mask acting a go.

Limited workshop spaces available: first come first served.
To register you interest please visit:


Worcester Arts WAorkshop Open Day, Saturday 27th August 10am - 4pm.. FREE

http://worcestershirefilmfestival.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/worcester-arts-workshop.pngWorcester Arts Workshop Open Day
When: Saturday 27th August, 10am – 4pm
Cost: Free
On Saturday 27th August between 10am and 4pm, Worcester Arts Workshop will be opening its doors and inviting you to this free event where you are able to get a taste of what is going on at this independent and vibrant arts hub in the heart of Worcester city centre.
We will have youth workshops from Vamos Theatre and CAGED Arts in masked theatre and clowning as well as a chance to try out some of our new and exciting courses starting in the Autumn term such as Singing for Health and Worcester Young People’s Theatre.
Come along, try something new and sign up for the new term of courses we have on offer, from Salsa and felting to oil painting and kid’s pottery there is something for everyone no matter what their age or interest.
Who could resist escaping the world for an hour or two to enjoy some great art, music and delicious food from Cafe Bliss.
Further details about this event can be found on our website and Eventbrite page at www.worcesterartsworkshop.org.uk
Give us a call on 01905 25053, or drop us an email on info@worcesterartsworkshop.org.uk if you have any questions.
We look forward to seeing you there!

Monday, 15 August 2016

The Dancing Club - a reading of new work by Caroline Jester, Tuesday 23rd August, 7pm - 8pm, La Brasserie, Kidderminster


Please read this exciting news from Artrix.

Artrix and Birmingham Rep join forces to put young people on the stage
A collaborative project between Artrix Arts Centre in Bromsgrove and Birmingham Repertory Theatre will give young aspiring actors a unique chance to work with a professional theatre maker.
Artrix Young Rep, which is launching at Artrix in September, will enable 14-19 year olds to develop their acting, voice and improvisation skills. There will be performance opportunities at Artrix and Birmingham Rep and participants will be able to create and produce contemporary theatre which is thought-provoking, vibrant and fun.  
Hannah Phillips, Artrix’s Director said: ‘We are delighted to be partnering with Birmingham REP and offer this exciting training opportunity for young people in Bromsgrove who are serious about acting and performing. They will train with a Birmingham REP Youth Theatre Director and have opportunities to perform at both Artrix and The Birmingham REP.’
Steve Ball, Associate Director at the Birmingham REP said: ‘The REP is committed to providing opportunities for young people from across the West Midlands to work with professional theatre makers to create and produce a broad range of high quality theatrical experiences. We are very excited about the opportunity to engage with young people in Bromsgrove and develop a working partnership between Artrix and the Birmingham Repertory Theatre.’
Artrix Young Rep begins on Wednesday 21st September at Artrix. Sessions will take place weekly on Wednesday from 5 pm to 7 pm and will cost £110 per term. For further details and to book contact the box office on 01527 577330 or visit www.artrix.co.uk
Rosie Hamilton
Press Officer
Slideslow Drive
Bromsgrove B60 1PQ
01527 577330
Mobile 0777 9299860
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Wednesday, 10 August 2016

AA2A project -CALL FOR for Visual Artists and Design Makers - Research

The AA2A project is a national set of schemes, providing visual artists and designer makers with the opportunity to undertake a period of research or realise a project, using workshop and supporting facilities in fine art and design departments of Higher and Further Education institutions. This gives participating artists and makers' the opportunity to use equipment which otherwise might not be available to them, as well as benefiting the institution by allowing students to work alongside, and interact with practising artists and makers.


Each artist/maker has at least 100 hours access, which they can use between October and April. AA2A endeavours to provide support of up to £300 to artists, principally for those on benefits associated with low income (conditions apply). Although access is free, artists are expected to engage with students and those who apply are asked to propose ways in which their presence will benefit students e.g. by doing a technical demonstration or talking about their work or self-employment. Artists are not expected to do more than three sessions of this type of activity during their placement.

Each AA2A Artist has a webpage on 'Dotbiz' - our networking site, which they can use to document their project through blogs and images. Many institutions also offer exhibitions as part of their AA2A scheme.


As part of the national Artists Access to Art Colleges project we will be offering four placements to artists and designer-makers, giving them the opportunity to undertake a  period of research or realise a project using our workshop and supporting facilities eg. IT facilities, lending library, & lecture programme.  AA2A schemes aim to benefit students and institutions through their interaction with practicing artists.


For an application pack please contact us directly

ihca@worc.ac.uk   0190 554 2542      Application deadline 21st September

Facilities available  -  printmaking, film, photography, creative digital imaging, sound


For general info on eligibility and application procedure see   www.aa2a.org/apply

•       Access is free, for at least 100 hours, between Oct 2016 and April 2017
•       AA2A's Hardship Fund, primarily for artists on benefits provides expenses up to £300
•       Closing dates for applications vary but all are in September 2016
•       Artists on AA2A schemes run from 2014 to 2015 or before can now reapply
•       All applicants must have at least one year’s professional practice
•       Only M.A. students can apply in the same year they graduate
•       Applicants should be able to work with minimal technical support

Thursday, 4 August 2016

Please see interesting Arts Council fund for older people.

1. Arts Council England Celebrating Age Strategic FundGrant range: £50,000 to £100,000
The Celebrating Age programme is jointly funded by Arts Council England and the
 Baring Foundation and supports the shared objectives of both organisations. The programme will support cultural spaces and other organisations working collaboratively, in a partnership or as a consortium, to do one or more of the following:

Support arts and cultural spaces to be open, positive and welcoming places for older people
This could involve:

  • empowering older people to help shape what’s on offer or lead quality activities
  • embedding proven approaches to engaging older people as visitors, audiences, or participants in creative processes (e.g. ambassadors or buddying schemes)
  • testing and applying new ways to engage older people
  • commissioning older artists or art that has particular relevance for older people
  • showcasing or curating and celebrating art created by and with older people

Taking arts and culture into places where older people will find it easier to engage
This could involve:

  • residential care settings or sheltered accommodation
  • social and community settings (e.g. luncheon clubs)

To find out more about what the fund supports and how to apply, you should read the Guidance for Applicants available at: http://www.artscouncil.org.uk/funding/celebrating-age