Worcestershire Arts Partnership Blog

Thursday, 29 September 2016

Museums Worcestershire - Suitcase Stories

Suitcase Stories, a reminiscence, storytelling and music project using the Museum handling collections from the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s - For people living with dementia and their carers.
Mondays Starting 31st October - 5 December
Malvern Cube, Malvern 11am-1pm
Avoncroft Museum, Bromsgrove 2.30-4.30pm
Fridays Starting 4 November - 9 December...
The Commandery, Worcester 1-3pm
For more information and to book contact Jenny Davis
T: 07946 585978 or E: jenny@artsuplift.co.uk www.artsuplift.co.uk

Pls see this free fusion of live performance which explores the issues of sexual health and healthy relationships for young people!

A fusion of live performance, music and digital technology exploring issues of sexual health and healthy relationships for young people.

  A new, FREE performance about sexual health for 13-18 yrs

Devised and performed 

by Outspoken

Devised and Directed
by Hannah Phillips


Bring your smartphones along as the performance will have interactive sections.

Performance length 60 minutes, no interval, must be aged 13 or above to attend


Vamos Theatre seeks an experienced Marketing Manager!

Vamos Theatre seeks an experienced Marketing Manager
Worcestershire-based Vamos Theatre, the UK’s leading full mask theatre company, is seeking a Marketing Manager for maternity cover from November 2016 to August 2017.
The suitable candidate must have at least 3 years’ Arts Marketing experience, with knowledge of marketing small/medium scale shows to theatres, arts and community venues. The Marketing Manager is responsible for planning and leading on all marketing campaigns for the company’s national and international touring work, site-specific walkabout theatre, Learning and Participation work and Special Commissions. The suitable candidate will have experience of creating and working to budgets; developing marketing, education- and audience-specific marketing materials that supports the company’s ethos of being accessible to all; and maintaining and building relations with national and local press, venues and outside partners. Working closely with the Website Manager and Administrator, the Marketing Manager will oversee social media campaigns, as well as having responsibility for marketing and selling Learning and Participation work nationwide. An excellent telephone and written manner is vital, and the role requires a highly organised and efficient person who can manage multiple tasks simultaneously, work calmly under pressure, and have exceptional computer skills relevant to the post.
Established in 2006, Vamos Theatre tours to over seventy small to middle scale venues a year throughout the UK and abroad. Vamos also provides walkabout theatre at events and conferences, delivers an extensive workshop and education package, and produces Special Commission projects. Since 2008, Vamos’s major productions have been supported by grants from Arts Council England and Worcestershire County Council.
Vamos Theatre has a core team of eight, currently with three office-based staff, working alongside a pool of associate practitioners. Vamos’s offices are at Worcester Arts Workshop in central Worcester.
Read more about the company and its current work at http://www.vamostheatre.co.uk
Personal Specification
  • An ambitious individual with creative flair and a passion for touring theatre
  • Strong experience of planning and/or working within existing marketing campaigns
  • Minimum of three years’ professional experience in an Arts Marketing environment
  • Ability to prioritise multiple projects and be flexible and adaptable
  • Excellent copywriting skills
  • Good working knowledge of Microsoft Office including Word, Excel, Outlook and Powerpoint
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Strong experience of digital marketing including social media engagement
  • A high level of self-motivation and the ability to think creatively
  • Comfortable liaising with the public, and the arts and business communities
  • Able to start in November 2016
• Experience working in a small team in a busy environment
• Experience marketing to hard to reach audiences
• Driving license and own car, and lives in short commuting distance of Worcester

Further details:
Hours of work: 2 days per week November 2016 to August 2017 (this may be extended to three days a week, funding pending, decision November 14th)
Training and crossover: 7th  November – 25th November 2016
Payment: £26,000 pro rata
Deadline for job applicants: Sunday, 9th October 2016
Interview:  Friday, 14th October 2016
The post is a freelance post and therefore is not eligible for holiday pay. The Marketing and Development Manager is responsible for their own tax and National Insurance contributions.
For a full job description please email our current Marketing Manager, Honor Hoskins at honor@vamostheatre.co.uk. To apply, please send your CV and a covering letter explaining why you are interested in the company and this post. A reference letter from a past employer is also a recommended addition to your application.
Please email applications jobs@vamostheatre.co.uk
If you have not heard back by Wednesday, 12th October please assume you have not been successful in your application.



Staff at West Midland Safari Park are on the look out for budding wildlife photographers and artists, to enter their Safari Photographer and Artist of the Year competitions.
The competitions are open to all ages and abilities and include a variety of categories for artists and photographers to enter, with a chance of winning some amazing prizes.
Up for grabs for the lucky winners are prizes including iPads, VIP Animal Experiences, Annual Passes and admission passes. All shortlisted entries will be displayed at an exhibition at the Park during weekends in January 2017.

Competition organiser and Head of Learning, Caroline Richards said,
We are pleased to be able to offer such a fantastic opportunity which recognizes the talents of up and coming wildlife and photographers. Plus it is fantastic to see the animals that live at the Park from the view point of our guests!“

She added,

“Last year was an overwhelming success and we are looking forward to seeing even more entries this year. There are a number of categories available including young artist,
photography in black and white and contemporary art, so hopefully something for everyone. ”

Photographers can enter up to five of their best photos, whilst artists will be in with the chance of winning by entering up to three pieces of artwork. The deadline for entries is 6 November 2016.

Those visiting the exhibition can help wildlife conservation by purchasing prints of any of the photos or any of the artwork. All profit from the prints and 50% of artwork sales will go to the Namibian Wildlife Conservation Trust (NWCT).
More information, entry forms and terms and conditions can be found on the Park’s website: www.wmsp.co.uk/photo or www.wmsp.co.uk/art.
The Safari Artist of the Year and Safari Photographer of the Year Exhibitions are included in the standard winter admission charge of £19.00 for adults, £14.00 for children aged 3-15 years and £17.00 for concessions.
Children under the age of 3 years are admitted free of charge and admission includes a free-return ticket.
Adventure Theme Park rides are closed during the winter period.
Further information is available from the Park’s official website www.wmsp.co.uk or by telephone 01299 402114.
You can find out about competitions on the Safari Park’s official Facebook page: http://




Friday, 23 September 2016

Worcestershire Theatre Club

Worcestershire Theatre Club


We meet at theatres in and around Worcestershire - to watch interesting shows and talk about them after. Like a book club, but for theatre. Join us for a great night of discussion. If you love theatre and meeting new people, we'd love to see you there! Theatre Club is FREE, you just need to buy a ticket for the show.

Theatre Club is working with Worcestershire Arts Partnership to bring people together who are interested in seeing new and innovative theatre.



We aim to go to one show each month. Our programme for the autumn is:


- Sat 15th Oct, Magnetic Diaries, Malvern Cube (FEAST Festival Launch)

- Sat 12th Nov, From Ibiza to the Norfolk Broads, Malvern Cube (FEAST Festival)

- Fri 2nd Dec, Next Thing You Know, Worcester Arts Workshop

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Art in Mind - Upcoming Exhibitions in Worcester City and acros Worcestershire

Please see below details of Art in Minds Foundations upcoming exhibitions in Worcester City and across Worcestershire. As you may already be aware each year we exhibit our members work to raise awareness of what Art in Minds is doing within the community to support creativity and mentain wellbeing, but also to celebrate the talent within mental health arena and bring the artwork to a public audience. This is our 13th year of putting on exhibitions within the county. We are an independant charity based in Worcester City working with adults with experience of mental ill-health. 



You are invited to our evening event to Celebrate World Mental Health Day on Tuesday 11th October from 18:00-20:00 at The Artrix in Bromsgrove- this will be an informal social event for our artists, members and supporters with a chance to purchase drinks, view the artwork and talk to some of those involved in the exhibition and its delivery which we would be delighted if you were able to attend. Please RSVP to our office details at the bottom of this e-mail. 


We are also involved in a Wellbeing drop-in event taking place at the Worcester Arts Workshop and Cafe Bliss on Sat 8th October for World Mental Health Day (organised by Worcestershire LitFest & Fringe), including a Food and Mood talk from Owen Raybould and adult colouring kindly donated by Fancy Features, spoken word performances and much more, it would also be great to see you there.  


Please feel free to circulate to others who may find this of interest. 


Kind Regards


Claire Hilton

Project Manager 

Art in Minds Foundation

Monday, 19 September 2016



I’m embarking on a bit of a mission and I need your help!

I’m writing to you because you are someone  who is involved in choirs - or you are someone who will know people who are!

As part of my role at Voices Now I am trying to find out how many choirs there are in the UK - a tall order but really worth doing.

What’s the project? Voices Now believes that previous research into UK choirs has not been sufficient and we think current estimates of membership are too low. So with support from the SHM Foundation, Voices Now is launching a survey to find out how many choirs there are in the UK. The results will be made publicly available on an online map so that choirs become more visible and people can see what is available in their local area.

Why? Choir singing has measurable benefits for physical, mental and community wellbeing. We think that there are many millions of people singing in choirs every week in the UK. Hence, choirs are making a large contribution to national wellbeing and thus cutting costs in the health sector. However, choir-singing is fragmented. Choirs from different backgrounds and musical genres have their own central membership bodies, whether they are Barbershop groups, Gospel choirs, or choral societies. Though there are many representative bodies, thousands are working on their own such that there nobody knows what sort of choirs, where they are or even how many there are.

Do you sing in a choir? Do you know anyone who does? If so – please fill in our survey and/or pass it to anyone else you know so we can put an accurate figure on how many people really sing in choirs up and down the country.

Please pass on this email to anyone you think might be able to spread the word or add choirs to the list!

Best wishes

Clare Edwards

Independent Producer


Skype: claremedwards

Monday, 5 September 2016

Vamos Young People’s Theatre are recruiting!

Vamos Young People’s Theatre are recruiting!
Thanks to the generous support of the Bransford Trust, Vamos Theatre is now recruiting new members for its Young People’s Theatre, a group for 9-14 year olds who are interested in making exciting, innovative, creative and challenging theatre.
The weekly sessions, held at Worcester Arts Workshop, introduce young people to mask theatre, and provide a solid and creative platform for other theatre and physical theatre skills. Young people get the chance to work with Vamos’s professional production team and work towards a performance at the end of term; last year performing as part of the renowned Physical Fellowship at The Belgrade Theatre, Coventry.
Children from several Worcester primary and secondary schools are already signed up, including Bishop Perowne, Christopher Whitehead, Pitmaston, Stanley Road and St Georges. Sessions, start on September 28th, and will be held weekly on Wednesdays between 5:30 and 6:45pm until December 14th.
The first trial session is offered free of charge: after that the cost is £50 per term, and members can take advantage of a monthly payment system to assist with costs.

"As a member of VYPT I really feel like I can be an individual and am accepted for who I am. I have relished learning ensemble work and being able to support each other on stage no matter what is thrown at you." VYPT Member
 For [my child] to want to come every week away from his Xbox is a joy…so thank you” VYPT Parent
If you or your child would be interested in joining the group, call the Vamos office on 01905 312921, email kathryn@vamostheatre.co.uk or see the Vamos Theatre website www.vamostheatre.co.uk.


Autumn Concert - Worcester Male Voice Choir - October 22nd at 7pm, St George's Church, Worcester


Autumn Concert

presented by




October 22nd at 7.00pm

St George’s Church

Barbourne, Worcester WR1 1HX


In aid of


Reg. Charity No 261017


Tickets £10 to include Light Refreshments

Available from

Carole Langford: 01905 425299      Sue Wilson: 01886 888540


Tickets will be available on the door but Advance booking is recommended


Do come along for a pleasant musical evening and help support a worthy Charity