Worcestershire Arts Partnership Blog

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Artists wanted for exciting project



Artist Brief for ‘Create Your Way to Losing Weight

Create Your Way to Losing Weight is an exciting, new pilot arts project being run by Worcestershire County Council, Worcestershire Arts Partnership and Wychavon District Council in the Evesham area.  The aim of the project is to provide high quality and enjoyable arts activities for adults who are thinking about losing weight, are on a diet or who want to maintain their weight. It’s a new creative course for people who would like to build up their confidence and self-esteem.

As far as we know a project of this kind has never been run before in Worcestershire so we are breaking new ground here.

We would like to run the project on a weekly basis for a period of up to 10 weeks on a Thursday evening.  It could combine different art forms or focus on 1 art form. We will run various taster sessions for the first workshop and then the group will decide what they want to do.  

The project is free to the participants.  There is also a strong social element within Create Your Way to Losing Weight and each session must contain enjoyable (and good humoured) activities.  Having said that, Create Your Way to Losing Weight is first and foremost an arts project.

We are looking for 1 artist to run a weekly 1.5 hour workshop taking place on a Thursday from the 5th October to 14th December 2017, not including half term (26 October) from 7 pm to 8.30 p.m. in at least 1 or more of the following artistic systems:

             Visual arts

             Creative writing

How to apply


To apply, please send your CV and letter of no more than 2 sides of A4 outlining your skills, suitability for the job and the following information to Susan Marsh, Business Support Assistant, Smarsh2@worcestershire.gov.uk:


             Evidence of previous experience working in a community setting

             Detailed description of what artistic skills you have

             Experience of running weekly workshops to a wide group of participants

             Have creative ideas for working with adults who have mental health issues


£100 per session or £1,000 in total although additional costs can be requested for materials. Plus 2 meetings at £40 a meeting. If however, numbers are low after the first 4 weeks / sessions, we will unfortunately have to end the project.


Closing date

Applications to be emailed to Smarsh2@worcestershire.gov.uk  by no later than 4pm on 21st Sept

Please note we would prefer to receive applications from artists based in or have a track record of working in the Worcestershire area.

If you require any further information or have any questions, please contact either Stephen Wilson, swilson@worcestershire.gov.uk, tel 01905 765754 or Jenny Davis, jenny.davis@wychavon.gov.uk , tel 01386 565396.

JAZZ SATURDAY….  An exciting, upbeat jazz workshop led by three professional jazz artists. 

For young musicians & singers aged 13+


Saturday 30 September 2017

Lyttelton Well Rooms, Great Malvern


Funded by Severn Arts in partnership with Best of Young Jazz – Free of charge.


Dear young musicians, parents and teachers


I’m delighted to invite you/your young musician to an exciting, upbeat day of music making on Saturday 30 September 2017.

Whether you're a singer or instrumentalist, on Jazz Saturday, you will receive bespoke support from our three fantastic professional jazz artists (details below) to create a new arrangement of work bringing together these two essential elements of jazz music.


Sometimes, the full ensemble – instrumentalists and vocalists – will work together and learn from one another; and at other times, we will split the group to focus on techniques particular to each element. 


The key objectives for the vocalists will be about singing in harmony, learning different ways of approaching improvisation including 'scatting', how to improvise over chord changes and what to listen for to ensure a good working relationship when working with instrumentalists.


For instrumentalists, the workshop will also explore different improvisation techniques as well as composing from scratch without traditional musical notation, with a focus on learning how to work cooperatively and in harmony with vocals.   


Participants will be invited to work in different ways with their instrument and voice, and be given the opportunity to perform informally to parents and friends at the end of the day. The workshop will be delivered in such a way that students at various levels of experience can be involved, have fun and develop their musical understanding, skill and interest in jazz.


Jazz Saturday will take place on 30 September at the Lyttelton Well Rooms, Great Malvern.

There are accessible toilet facilities as well as a lift to the first floor room suitable for wheelchair access.

The rooms are situated in the grounds of Great Malvern Priory.

Address: The Lyttelton Well, Church Street, Malvern, Worcs, WR14 2AY



Details of directions, drop-off and nearby parking can be found at the end of this document.


The workshop will be led by three professional jazz musicians and can accommodate up to 20 instrumentalists and 15 vocalists on a first come first served basis.


This practical day is part of a series of inspiring jazz programmes being delivered across the county to develop skills and enthusiasm associated with jazz music. Managed by Best of Young Jazz and financially supported by Arts Council England, The Bransford Trust, Severn Arts and The David Morgan Trust; the opportunity is offered free of charge to young jazz musicians across Worcestershire and beyond. 


The day-of-jazz will be led by three professional jazz musicians and educators, all alumni of Birmingham Conservatoire and a tour de force of the jazz scene, locally and much further afield -

Jonathan Silkhttp://jonathansilk.co.uk/  |  Chris Mapphttp://www.chrismapp.co.uk/

Holly Thomas: https://www.hollythomasmusic.co.uk/about

  • Jazz Saturday will run from, 10.00am – 4.00pm, including an informal end-of-day sharing at 3.40pm, which family and friends are invited to attend.  
  • Participants will need to bring their voice and/or instrument, and a packed lunch. Light refreshments will be provided at break time.
  • RSVP to Marie Oldaker, Assistant Project-Manager - Best of Young Jazz, as soon as possible to secure your place: oldaker_m@hotmail.com / 0785 559 5287


Join us:

Twitter: twitter.com/bestofyoungjazz
Instagram: Instagram.com/bestofyoungjazz





. Venue Address: The Lyttelton Well, Church Street, Malvern, Worcs, WR14 2AY



There is room to pull up outside the venue for transferring heavy/bulky instruments. Time there will be limited as this area is shared access for the Lyttleton Rooms and Great Malvern Priory.


. Great Malvern train station (with taxi rank). The Lyttelton Well Rooms are about a 10 minute walk or a couple of minutes by taxi: https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/Great+Malvern/@52.10921,-2.31827,15z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0xbbb9fb5cbae3c4e8!8m2!3d52.10921!4d-2.31827


. Local car parks:



Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Severn Arts Trustees Wanted

Severn Arts is seeking to appoint its first Board of Trustees for its official launch as a charitable company in 2018.

Currently part of Worcestershire County Council, Severn Arts provides music education to over 18,000 young people annually, and leads Worcestershire’s Music Education Hub. 

As a charitable company, Severn Arts intends to develop its remit to encompass a broader spectrum of Arts activity for people young and old, across Worcestershire and beyond.  Over recent years the service has grown many partnerships with the wider arts community, and the new charitable company would wish to play a more strategic role in the arts generally, including arts development and brokering arts activity.

We now need to recruit a Board of Trustees with a mix of skills and backgrounds – including business, education, arts, fundraising, inclusion, marketing, legal expertise and more.  This is an exciting time to be joining the Board of Severn Arts, as it embarks on its new journey from a very strong starting position.  As a Trustee, you would have the opportunity to influence the development of Severn Arts’ business plan and strategic objectives.

More information about Severn Arts, and about the skills and experience required to be a Trustee, as well as the application process, can be found here: https://www.severnarts.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Severn-Arts-Trustee-Information-Pack-2017-08.pdf


The closing date for applications is Friday 17th November 2017.  Interviews will be held w/c 4th December 2017.