Worcestershire Arts Partnership Blog

Friday, 28 October 2016

Creative Futures: Mentoring - A pilot scheme looking at how mentoring fits into business models, and how young artists can benefit from it!

Creative Futures: Mentoring 

What is it?

Creative Futures: Mentoring is a pilot scheme looking at how mentoring fits into business models, and how young artists can benefit from it.

As an organisation, we have benefited greatly from mentoring that has helped CAGED Arts grow over the past 18months and now it is time for us to give something back.

We are offering 4 young artists based in Worcestershire mentoring support across 6 months to support you in growing you art, developing as a professional and building a strong network.

Who is it for?

Anyone from any artistic discipline and at any point in their career, are welcome to apply, however you must:

Be aged between 18-30 on the 1st January 2017

Feel that you would benefit from mentoring.

Be based in Worcestershire

How do you apply?

To apply please complete the application form by 25th November 2016. The application is there to look at your passion, it’s not about what you’ve done, where you’ve trained, or who you know; it’s about why you do what you do. This is not an assessment of your artistic track record, we want to get to know you.

If you’ve any further questions, please contact info@cagedarts.com

The application can be found at: http://www.cagedarts.com/creativefutures.html





Launch Party - A new play about twin sisters a universe apart!



Press Release 20th October

National Rural Tour, Autumn 2016
Bucket Club and Farnham Maltings present:

Launch Party
A new play about twin sisters a universe apart
Martha and Vi are twins. They grew up side by side, watching the stars - peas in a pod - but recently they’ve drifted. While Martha has stayed in their home village, laying down roots, Vi has been across the globe training as an astronaut, preparing to launch herself into the unknown.

Before Vi blasts off, Martha has arranged a party in the local hall to send her off in style. She’s laid out snacks, hired a DJ and invited the whole village. Will it be enough to reunite the sisters before Vi heads into the stars?

Using playful storytelling, innovative live music and original songs, this new play by Bucket Club investigates ambition, space travel and how we carry home with us wherever we go.
Praise for Bucket Club’s Lorraine & Alan (Edinburgh Fringe and national tour 2014-2015):
" A very lovable show with buckets of charm" – Lyn Gardner, Guardian

"A triumph of layered, lo-fi storytelling and unexpected poignancy" – Fest Magazine
★★★★★ – Broadway Baby ★★★★★ – Arts Award Voice ★★★★★ – Entertainment Wise

★★★★ – The Stage ★★★★ – The Scotsman ★★★★ – Fest ★★★ – The Guardian

Winner: The Brighton Fringe Award for Excellence. Winner: MTN Award for innovation in Music. Winner: The Pleasance Theatre’s Charlie Hartill Fund for Theatre. Nominated: The Arches Brick Award. Nominated: Peter Brook Empty Space Award

Launch Party is made specifically for rural touring. It is performed in traverse with four performers and a collection of instruments. The performers create live sound design and music by recording sound and manipulating it electronically, combining it with choral singing to build haunting soundscapes and original songs.

Bucket Club are a collective of artists who met at Bristol University and work with live music, new writing and devising to make playfully adventurous theatre. They are an associate company at Farnham Maltings.
Launch Party is being presented as a world premiere. It is a co-production between Bucket Club and Farnham Maltings and is supported by Arts Council England.

Cast: Adam Farrell (Mike), David Ridley (Dennis), Katie Sherrard (Vi), Helen Vinten (Martha)

Listings information
For full listings please visit: http://www.bucketclub.co.uk/tour
Press Contacts
Matt Lister Janice Brittain
Tel: 07501037461 Tel: 01252 745407
Email: matt.c.lister@gmail.com Email: janice.Brittain@farnhammaltings.com

Performance dates

Date Time Venue Box office
13th Oct 7.30pm Farnham Maltings, Surrey, GU9 7QR 01252 745444
14th Oct 7.30pm Dummer Village Hall, Hants, RG25 2AK 07411 401801
15th Oct 7.30pm Upper Clatford Village Hall, Hants, SP11 7QL 01264 336808
19th Oct 7.30pm Charlwood Parish Hall, Surrey, RH6 0DS 01293 862224
21st Oct 7.30pm Watson Institute, Cumbria, CA8 9LT 01228 670054
22nd Oct 7.30pm Whittingham Memorial Institute, Northumberland, NE66 4UP 01665 574964
23rd Oct 7.30pm Bardon Mill & Henshaw Village Hall, Northumberland, NE47 7HZ 01434 344424
27th Oct 7.30pm Fallibroome Academy, Cheshire, SK10 4AF 01625 627258
28th Oct 7.30pm Spring Bank Arts Centre, Derbyshire, SK22 4BH 01663 308202
29th Oct 7.30pm Long Sutton Market House, Lincolnshire, PE12 9DD 01406 366767
30th Oct 7.30pm Twyford Village Hall, Leicestershire, LE14 2HY 01664 840774
3rd Nov 7.30pm Cilcain Village Hall, CH7 5NN, Wales 01352 741062
4th Nov 7.30pm Neuadd Dyfi, LL35 0NR, Wales 07977943249
5th Nov 7.30pm St Werburghs Community Centre, Bristol, BS2 9TJ TBC
6th Nov 7.30pm Tiddy Hall, Ascott -u-Wychwood, Oxfordshire, OX7 6AG 01993 830612
9th Nov 7.30pm Gillingham School, Dorset SP8 4QP 01747 833844
10th Nov 7.30pm Holmbury St Mary Village Hall, Surrey, RH5 6PG 01306 731532
11th Nov 7.30pm Selmeston & Alciston Village Hall, East Sussex, BN26 6UD 01323 811396
12th Nov 7.30pm The Pound Arts Centre, Wiltshire, SN13 9HX 01249 701628
13th Nov 6.00pm Thursley Village Hall, Surrey, GU8 6QD 01252 703913
16th Nov 8.00pm Cranleigh Arts Centre, Surrey, GU6 8AS 01483 278000
17th Nov 7.30pm Foxlowe Arts Centre, Staffordshire, ST13 6AD 01538 386112
18th Nov 7.30pm Worcester Arts Workshop, Worcestershire, WR1 1UH 01905 25053
19th Nov 7.30pm Chiddingfold Village Hall, Surrey, GU8 4QA 01428 682046
20th Nov 7.30pm Lingfield & Dormansland Community Centre, RH7 6AB 01342 833893

Box Office:


01905 25053 info@worcesterartsworkshop.org.uk Worcester Arts Workshop Office: Tues - Friday, 11am - 2pm.

Licenced Bar open form 7pm

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Afternoon Tea - CAGED ARTS

CAGED Arts, a creative arts organisation that is supported by the Prince's Trust are hosting 'Afternoon Tea' and would like to invite you round for cake. This is also a great chance to discuss the future of collaboration between Worcestershire based arts companies. We hope that you will enjoy their experiment in communication in the arts sector, and will be placated by lots of free cake and various hot beverages (you are also welcome to bring a cake with you).


Afternoon Tea will take place on Thursday the 1st December, at the Worcester Arts Workshop (please find a flyer attached with details). If you would like to attend, please RSVP.


If you have any allergies or dietary requirements, please let us know, so we can accommodate.


Friday, 21 October 2016

An Introduction to 1000 Days by Steve Wilson – County Arts Officer.

1000 days is the new Arts Strategy for Worcestershire.  From 2016, over three years, we anticipate to show how the Arts matter in Worcestershire – to communities, people, businesses, and arts organisations.


Why 1000 days?
We aim for the Arts Strategy to be an active, living plan, driving the development of the arts throughout the county, whilst also making the arts relevant to Worcestershire's people and places.

1000 days is the period of time over which the strategy will be delivered. Our objective is that, within this period, our action plan will have been carried out.

Our Objectives and Priorities
One: To make the arts in Worcestershire as accessible as possible to as many people as we can.
Two: To increase the size and impact of the arts sector in Worcestershire
Three: To develop and encourage art forms in Worcestershire
Four: To widen opportunities for as many young people as we can and access high quality arts in order to enable young people to play a lead role in shaping the arts throughout the county, whilst contributing to improving the lives of people of all ages and backgrounds.
Five: To boost prospects for the arts to be used in improving the health of individuals of all age groups, assisting with the provision of life-affirming health and wellbeing choices for all.

With the assistance of a number of organisations, local and national, we aim to achieve these objectives and create a more vibrant and successful arts scene, raising the profile of the arts across Worcestershire.

Follow us on our journey by reading further blog posts about 1000 days, which will enable you to view our project as it develops!

Fund of the week! £££££££!

Steve went to a briefing this week from the Arts Council on the new guidance for the new round of National Portfolio Funding.  For those who haven't dipped their toes into Arts Council funding this is for those organisations who are looking to get regular funding. It is for bigger arts organisations and certainly the reporting and work you need to do aren't for everyone and it's not clear how many new NPO clients they would be taking on but it's worth a look and please let me know if you are considering a bid. For more information please look at http://www.artscouncil.org.uk/funding

WAP Week 

October 15th marked day 15 of 1000 days and it was great to do a soft launch of 1000 days with a really nice event at the Cube in Malvern. There was an open space event about collaboration as well as the launch itself and then a  real treat to see the moving Magnetic Diaries. Thanks to all at the Cube for a great day.

The Children and Young People Group are running a great project with The University of Worcester, funded through support of the Elmley Foundation. Named Moving on Staying On it gives five artists/arts organisations some funding and a mentor to develop their practice. Its all about maintaining skills in the county and we are really excited about some of the outcomes from it.

Our Arts and Health Group are planning a new event on the subject of Obesity. We are hoping to  do this in collaboration with our friends in the Sports Partnership. We have a planning event on Thursday 10th November at The Hive with the actual event at Wychavon Council in January. Watch this space for more details.

Don't forget to follow WAP on Facebook and Twitter too!



Thursday, 6 October 2016

Grown Ups & Wigglers - Creative movement and family fun!

W Factor - Tender for 2017

The W Factor 2017 Tender

Wychavon District Council is looking for an experienced performing arts workshop leader and project manager to deliver our flagship project, The W Factor competition for 11-18 year olds (and related tour of 5 local events in the summer) across the district working with a wide range of individuals and arts groups. The project will nurture and develop performing arts talent across the district.

The contract will include;

1)      Attending 3 auditions in Pershore, Evesham and Droitwich Spa and selecting the finalists

2)      Providing any extra arts workers to be a judge for the auditions and to supply rehearsals for any entries if you do not have those skills

3)      Offer 1 rehearsal per finalists getting them ready for the final show (usually around 14 acts per show)

4)      Supplying the sound and lighting design for the final show and any extra staffing needed to run the final show which is Monday 6 March at Number 8 Arts Centre, Pershore

5)      Attend and run the technical rehearsal on Sunday 5 March at Number 8 Arts Centre, Pershore

6)      Stage managing the final show

7)      Designing and producing any graphics/projections needed for the final show

Application process

To apply please submit a quotation document to include a budget breakdown with the total amount clear stated

Quotes need to be no more than £8,600

Quotations to be received by Tuesday 1st November 2016 5pm

For more information contact Jenny Davis jenny.davis@wychavon.gov.uk  01386 565396

Think of England! A play set in World War II about courage, bravery & swing dancing!!

Think of England

Two women on a mission to show you a good time!

Based on real events ‘Think of England’ is a rollicking new play about courage, bravery & swing dancing.


In the Summer of 1943, Bette and Vera travel the country hosting tea dances for RAF fighter pilots stationed nearby. What the locals don’t know is that the dance is a cover for the girls’ real purpose; to send the men off to fight having experienced all of life’s pleasures…


Just like the women on whom the show is based AIAWTC will be travelling the country boosting morale with this heart-warming knees up. The audience will be invited to drink, dance, and raise a glass to good King George whilst watching this captivating drama about two women in WWII. 

Developed with  ‘Live & Local’ as part of their ‘Developing Artists in Rural Touring’ Scheme, the play has been supported by Arts Council England.


The Company

Local company ‘Anonymous Is a Woman Theatre Co’ are dedicated to bringing audiences high quality, engaging, theatrical experiences that tell the unheard stories of women throughout history and across the world. The company was set up by two graduates of the Drama Centre London as a reaction against the lack of female roles in the industry. Armed with aspirations of gender equality the company wish to tell her-story from history. One half of the founding pair, Leila Sykes, grew up in Malvern, where the company is based.  The company are dedicated to bringing their brand high-quality, innovative theatre to the region.


In Spring 2016 the company did a critically acclaimed run of ‘First Aid Nursing Yeomanry’ at the Arts Theatre in London’s West End after a midlands tour in 2015. Catch their new hit near you while you can!


Other Worcestershire Tour Dates

The Fleece Inn, Worcester, 8pm, Wednesday 9th Nov

Fairfield Village Hall, Worcestershire, 6:30pm, Sunday 13th Nov

St Michaels Village Hall, 7:30pm, Thursday 17th Nov

Please visit our website for ticketing info.


Job Opportunity - Herefordshire Music Service is recruiting a Conductor for the Herefordshire Youth Orchestra.

Encore Enterprises CIC. Registered in England & Wales. Company no. 8129506

Conductor of Herefordshire Youth Orchestra

Herefordshire Music Service has the rare and prestigious vacancy of Conductor of Herefordshire Youth Orchestra.

We are seeking a conductor who is able to enthuse and inspire some of the most musically talented young people in Herefordshire. Someone with drive, commitment and broad knowledge of orchestral repertoire.

HYO rehearse weekly on Tuesdays in Hereford from 5-7pm. They have two seasons, one from September to late November and the other from January to April/May. The new conductor would have the option of conducting/attending every week or having some as sectional rehearsals only. HYO currently performs twice a year (once at the end of each season). The new conductor will be able to shape and develop the orchestra, particularly in terms of performance opportunities.

The conductor would be supported at rehearsals by a peripatetic teacher from the music service. This position will also become vacant and the new conductor will have the opportunity to have an input into appointing their support tutor. The new conductor will be supported by a highly efficient and supportive back office and management system.

Further information on our ensembles and service as a whole can be found on the Encore Enterprises (the social enterprise which runs HMS) website: www.encore-enterprises.com Remuneration by negotiation.

All successful applicants will require a cleared enhanced DBS check.
Closing date for applications: 9am, Monday 7th November

Short-listing: Monday 7th November

Interview and opportunity to conduct HYO: January 2017

Start Date: September 2017

How to apply: Please send a letter of application (maximum of 2 sides of A4) and a current CV to: Nikki Stronge: nikki@encore-enterprises.com

If you would like an informal discussion or have any queries, please contact Nikki Stronge on 01432 853219 who will then arrange a mutually convenient telephone meeting with Cliff Woollard, Head of Herefordshire Music Service.

Please see the new guidelines for Arts Council's new National Portfolio programme.

We thought you'd like to know that we've just published our 2018-22 National Portfolio applicant guidance. Below you can find out more about how we'll invest across our three main funding streams over this period - and the steps you need to take to apply.

What's new?
We've made some changes to our National Portfolio for 2018-22, including integrating arts, museums and libraries, introducing four funding categories and lengthening funding agreements.
Find out more >

Want to apply?
Find out about the four steps to apply, key dates and the support available. Remember we’re holding events for prospective applicants this month - we hope to see you there!
Let's go >

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