Worcestershire Arts Partnership Blog

Monday, 23 January 2017

Job Opportunity

Kidderminster Arts Festival are looking for an street artist to create a new piece in one of the towns main subways. The piece should be inspired by artist Lucienne Day who was an iconic 1950's designer and worked in the town in the 1950's and celebrates her 100th birthday next year.  http://www.robinandluciennedayfoundation.org/

The all inclusive fee will be £3000 and the work must be completed between the 12th and 27th of August 2017.

20 February - deadline for applications

For a full brief please contact Nicky Genner 01562 732997- email nicola.genner@wyreforestdc.gov.uk


Wednesday, 18 January 2017

1000 years of song.. Project Managment Opportunity - Voices and Visions 2017

1000 Years of Song a Voices and Visions Project

Severn Arts and The County Arts Service through The Worcestershire Arts Partnership are looking for an experienced project manager to manage and deliver a Showcase performance taking place at the The Kidderminster Town Hall on 6th July 2017.


The project is an addition to last year's innovative showcase of the BBC 10 Pieces initiative to get young people taking part in classical music. Inspired by that The County Arts Service and Severn Arts have come up with their own version which looks back at the most innovative English music of the last 1000 years. With composers ranging from Henry V111 to Massive Attack this is one project that you don’t want to miss being part off!


We want to bring these 10 pieces of music by creating new innovative and exciting interpretations, for example, how would you bring drum and bass to a piece of light operetta, how would you bring interpretive dance to The Beatles. Your role will be to help us find exciting artists and link them to our most exciting schools.


This project will be part of our 20th anniversary of Voices and Visions.


About Voices and Visions

Voices and Visions is Worcestershire's long running programme of work showcasing the best of work from schools and arts organisations across Worcestershire. Now in its 20th year the scheme is being rebranded this year to a membership based scheme.


Your role:

You will be expected to undertake the following responsibilities:


·         Liaise with schools on the work that is being showcased and ensure it is suitable in terms of space and timings and material.


·         Liaise with the Town Hall to ensure the smooth running of the event.


·         Be there on the performance day / evening to ensure the smooth running of the event


·         Liaise with The County Arts Service and Severn Arts throughout the programme.








Your experience


We are looking for someone with the following skills:


-       Knowledge of working with schools

-       Knowledge of the Worcestershire arts scene

-       Project management skills

-       Knowledge of working with arts venues


The fee

The fee for the work will be £1000


To apply:

Please outline your experience and reasons as to why you want the job in no more than 500 words to Steve Wilson, County Arts Officer by the 3rdth of February 2017. Applications should be sent by email to swilson@worcestershire.gov.uk


Friday, 13 January 2017

Art at County Hall - Artist Opportunity - 3rd February deadline

Gallery at County Hall


1.    Introduction


·         Proposals are sought for a Visual Arts organisation or group of artists who are looking to showcase their work at County Hall in Worcestershire as we wish to use the building in a more creative way and to showcase the great talent we have in the County.

·         County Hall is situated just off the M5 and is placed in beautiful grounds within woodland and lakes.

·         Supporting local businesses is a key priority for the County Council and we would hope that artists and arts organisations could benefit from the use of this space for sharing and selling their work. This will be the third exhibition at County Hall.



2.    Project Description


·         Gallery at County Hall consists of an existing large public space which contains three large wall spaces each being 7 meters wide and 3 meters high.   There are also two cabinets approximately 6ft high by two feet which can exhibit 3D work


·         The work should be by Worcestershire artists and be 2D work for the walls, with the option of 3D for the cabinets.  It needs to suitable for the public and not contain anything which is liable to offend or distress. The final decisions on work to be exhibited for the work will be made by the County Council.


·         The space surrounds the Council Chamber and is open to the public during council working hours from 8am to 6.30pm.


·         The work should be temporary and can also be 'for sale'. The County Council will not take any commission for the work but all financial transactions will be made by the artist(s) or the organisations who represent the work.


·         The County Council will work with artists to have in place an appropriate picture rail hanging system.


·         The County Council cannot guarantee complete security of the work and the work is displayed at the risk of the group.


·         We would be looking to change the work two or three times per year. This will be confirmed depending on interest.


·         The lead contacts for this are Steve Wilson, County Arts Officer and David Harrison, Facilities Manager


How to apply


·                    If you are interested in this please contact Steve Wilson, County Arts Officer on 01905 845754 or email swilson@worcestershire.gov.uk or Diane Thomson, Culture and Community Project Support Officer on 01905 845770 or email dethomson@worcestershire.gov.uk


·                    Please outline, on a minimum of 1 side of A4 (but no more than 2 sides of A4) who you are, the nature of your work and how many artists you have within your work.


·                    We will expect to invite artists and organisations to County Hall to see the space prior to full agreement to confirm that the space is satisfactory.


Initial expressions of interest are requested by Friday 3rd February 2017 and we are looking for the Exhibition to be curated on Friday 24th February 2017 for approx. 3 months


Terms and conditions of hire:


The Artist Space is situated in the area surrounding the Council Chamber.


The building is open to the public Monday – Friday  8am – 6.30pm and includes a cafe. .


The artist(s) will be responsible for:

·         preparation, installation and removal of exhibits or residency materials

·         insurance of works

·         all labels and information

·         Professionally securing the artwork

·         publicity and marketing



Worcestershire County Council will be responsible for:

·         Advising about installation and display

·         Electricity and space heating

·         Space cleaning daily

·         Signposting within the building

·         A press release to local media in advance of your booking

Monday, 9 January 2017

Brief for Film-maker - WAP project funded by WCC and West Mercia Office of Police and Crime Commissioner

Inspiring Futures through the Arts – brief for film-maker

A Worcestershire Arts Partnership project, funded by the West Mercia Office of thePolice and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) and Worcestershire County Council


The Worcestershire Arts Partnership, through Worcestershire County Arts Service, are currently working with a number of artists/arts organisations on an exciting project with Worcestershire people 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 Police and Crime Commissioner’s Grant Scheme.  We are funded alongside others such as The Sports Partnership and YSS’s Accessing Resources in the Community (ARC) team.  The aim is to reduce (re)offending by enabling people to access positive activities.


By the end of the project, we want participants to have:

-          The tools to better understand themselves

-          Developed empathy for others

-          Challenged their view of themselves and raised their aspirations

-          Gained new practical artistic skills

-          Engaged with learning

-          Found something enjoyable to do

-          Gained skills for interview, work or training

-          Grown in confidence and self-esteem

-          Become less inclined to offend or re-offend

-          The enthusiasm and tools to take their involvement in artistic activity further after the sessions have finished

We are using the Outcome Star (Justice Star) to monitor progress of those taking part.

The project runs until mid-March 2017.  Between now and then, we are seeking a film-maker to produce a short film of no more than 5 minutes to capture the impact of the project in sound and visuals. 

The outputs we are seeking from you are as follows:

·         A film which can be shared on social media and also available on DVD  showing service users taking part in artistic activities and including sound-bites/short interviews with service-users, artists and staff (eg: probation officers and senior managers) that demonstrate the impact of the project, with reference to the outcomes above

·         A series of photographic stills of the above

·         Use of the WAP, WMPCC and WCC branding on the above

·         Something that can be shared with both service users and funding bodies

The project takes place in a variety of venues, with a number of different clients, on different days.  From January until early March, these are:

Arts activity
Monday - am
Probation clients
Elgar House, Worcester
Creative writing
Monday - pm
Probation clients
Elgar House, Worcester
Wednesday - am
Probation clients
Elgar House, Worcester
Miraculous magic
Thursday - am
Probation clients (Worcestershire)
Willowdene care farm, Shropshire
Friday – am and pm
Employment Support Group (only until early February)
YSS, Carden Street, Worcester
Drama – am
Sculpture and metalwork – pm
Friday - am
Probation clients – Senior Attendance Centre
Unpaid work hub – Shrub Hill, Worcester
Sculpture and metalwork -


Some groups can be very small, and additional one to one work sometimes takes place.

We will ensure that media consent forms are completed by service users, with their case workers or group leader.



A fixed fee of up to £1800 is available for this work, inclusive of expenses and VAT, labour and materials.

NB: We may potentially look to join this film together with an existing film that the Sports Partnership have produced.  We would be grateful, therefore, if you could indicate an hourly rate for any additional work such as this that we may request as the project progresses.

How to apply

Please send a

-          CV outlining your experience and suitability for the commission (please include images or web-links to demonstrate previous work)

-          Brief outline of your approach to the work

-          Costing and cost-breakdown for the work specified and within the Fees limit, plus an hourly rate for any additional work.


Steve Wilson

County Arts Officer

Worcestershire County Council

By 4pm on Friday 20th January 2017.


Selection will be based on quality of bid, experience, and value for money.


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


  Quotes sought
9th January 2017
Closing date for submissions
20th January 2017 at 4pm
Decision about successful bidder
27th January 2017
Filming period
1st February – 17th March 2017
Arts Strategy launch**
21st March 2017**
Final film produced
April 2017


**On 21st March, Worcestershire Arts Partnership will be formally launching its new Arts Strategy, 1000 Days.  Although we don’t expect you to produce the final film until April, we would appreciate something being available (even if a series of stills) for using at the launch.