Worcestershire Arts Partnership Blog

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

National Porfolio Funding

Fantastic news for our 4 National Portfolio Organisations, Dancefest, Meadow Arts, C&T and Live and Local. But why stop at 4 when you can have a 5th NPO and we are thrilled that Vamos now join the group too! Fantastic news and well done to all five!

VAMOS - Good News . Arts Council Englan's National Portfolio Organisation from April 2018

Good Afternoon,

I am delighted to share with you that Vamos have been selected as one of Arts

Council England’s National Portfolio Organisations from April 2018.


As one of the only full mask theatre companies in the UK the investment will allow

for increased opportunities for audiences and participants to access and celebrate

the unique world of mask theatre.


The investment will enable the company to deliver their award winning and critically

acclaimed full mask theatre to audiences and participants, both nationally and

internationally. Vamos will continue to lead the way in inspiring audiences with their

trademark style that marries full mask theatre with engaging storytelling, physical

dexterity and emotional insight. This investment from the Arts Council will further

enable Vamos to continue working with some of the hardest to reach audiences due

to complex barriers of engagement and ensure that art is accessible and enriching

for all.


We are thrilled, elated and joyous! It's a truly magnificent achievement and a

statement of belief, trust and confidence in the Company from Arts Council

England; a recognition for all the years (11yrs) of hard graft, quality work, national

and international touring; work delivered with devotion, integrity, honesty and with a

true social spirit. Inspired work which has touched the hearts of people of all ages

across the spectrum; it could only have been achieved with the most incredible and

ambitious team. Vamos is a family of immensely loyal, devoted and talented people

for which I thank each and every one. 


Best wishes


Rachael Savage
Artistic Director

Vamos Theatre
01905 312921

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

JOB OPPORTUNITY- Technical Officer, Live and Local

Technical Officer

£18,638 pro rata (Annualised hours- 910 per year) with supplementary payments for any for any agreed additional hours worked.


The role of Technical Officer is an important step in the growth of Live & Local and will help to future-proof the company by adding valuable skills to the team. It is a demanding role with planning, media preparation and office work alongside hands on technical duties at live shows, Big Picture Show screenings and other events. The Technical Officer will support the Development & Projects Manager and other staff in the delivery of a range of events and projects.


The post will be based in Warwick but with the expectation of travel across the east and west Midlands.


Deadline: 5pm Thursday 29th June 2017

Interviews: Monday 17th July 2017

Application: Via application form only. Application pack available for download on our jobs page: www.liveandlocal.org.uk

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

1000 years of song.. a WAP project between Severn Atts and Voices and Visions - 6th July, 7pm at Kidderminster Town Hall

♫ 1000 YEARS OF SONG ♪

A Worcestershire Arts Partnership project between Severn Arts and Voices & Visions

featuring schools from across the county

Thursday 06 July | 7.00pm | Kidderminster Town Hall

Interval & Bar


Tickets £7 (£3 children & concessions)

Available from 01 June | Kidderminster Town Hall Box Office

01562 732158 | Open 9am – 2pm Monday–Friday



To avoid disappointment for this popular event, please buy your tickets in advance via phone or in-person.

The Box office will accept credit or debit cards and will post your tickets to you.


Nearest parking: Pike Mills, New Street, DY10 1AF (Aldi Supermarket) or Weaver’s Wharf. Both are free after 6.30pm

Venue: Kidderminster Town Hall, Vicar Street, Kidderminster, DY10 1DB

Disability access via alternative entrance – please ask when booking.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Job Opportunity - The Ring.. closing date 28th June 2017


Programmer & Social Media Manager (Freelance)

The Ring (Worcestershire)

Contract: Part-time Casual or Contract Basis: July 2017– January 2018

Location: Home Based



£7,560 based on 42 days at £180 per day inclusive of travel and expenses over 7 months from July 2017 – January 2018 (with option to extend the role).


About the Role

The Ring is a series of new exciting commissions and events inspired by 21 miles of connecting waterways in Worcestershire. We are looking for an individual to help us to invite and coordinate the participation of local artists and public in our programme and provide support setting up and managing all social media and web content for the programme. This role forms part of Artistic Director Cathy Mager’s inclusive curatorial vision for the Ring that seeks to engage artists and public from across the West Midlands to create and take part in new work that reveal new perspectives of the rivers and canals of Worcestershire.


This role is mostly home based with regular meetings via skype, but travel to the Worcestershire area will be required. This role will be line managed by Cathy Mager, Artistic Director and Manda Graham, Project Manager of the Ring on behalf of the Canal & River Trust.


For more information and to apply for this role:

·         Visit the Canal & River Trust job page.

·         Please apply online; including a covering letter of no more than 2 pages and your CV, explaining why you are interested in the role, your suitability, any links, images, video clips and examples of social media content you have generated. 


Closing date for applications: 28th June 2017


Please note that interviews will be held on 4th July in Worcester for shortlisted candidates.


We aim to reflect the diversity of the communities in which we operate. We welcome applications from all sections of the population.


Programme Supported by:

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

The Bell Tower and Evesham Almonry - TENDERs - job opportunities

Wychavon District Council is looking for an experienced individual or company to design and replace the exterior lights for The Bell Tower in Evesham. They are also looking for an experienced individual or company to research, design and install a video mapping installation on to The Almonry museum, Evesham and help to design the accompanying community engagement programme. Both projects are with heritage buildings and are separate contracts. The Bell Tower is on scheduled ancient monument land so will need permissions.

These projects are phase 1 of the Evesham Creative Lighting Trail which links the lights on the River Avon to the Almonry museum via Evesham war memorial, Abbey Park memorial  gardens, All Saints Church and St Lawrences church.

The Evesham Bell Tower contract will include;

1)            researching and creating a design for the lighting with a detailed plan

2)            working with the project management team to gain permissions

3)            supply and installation of the new lighting equipment

4)            attendance at the launch event

The Almonry museum projection project contract will include;

1)            researching and creating a design for the projection with a detailed plan

2)            helping to design the community engagement programme

3)            working with the project management  team

4)           supply and installation of the projector and design

5)           attendance at the launch event

The projects are due to start in July 2017 and are aiming to be completed by end of December 2017 (subject to permissions being granted)

The Council is using the e-procurement portal known as the Due North Pro-Contract portal https://procontract.due-north.com to conduct this procurement exercise.

To gain access to the procurement documents, suppliers will need to register their details at the above website. Once registered, suppliers will be emailed a log-in and password which will allow them to gain access to the procurement documents. Suppliers will need to electronically submit an expression of interest and electronic copies of the procurement documents will be sent. 

Suppliers should submit their completed Invitation to Quote (ITQ) and any accompanying documentation via the Due North portal by;

For Evesham Bell Tower Lights by 5pm on 28 June 2017
For The Almonry Projection Project by 5pm on 5 July 2017


Any clarification questions should be submitted, via the Due North portal. Responses to clarification questions will be issued to all suppliers via the portal.

If you have any problems or queries gaining access to the Pro-Contract portal please contact the Service desk on 01670 597136 who are available between the hours of 08:30 and 17:30 Monday to Friday (excluding UK Public Holidays), or alternatively email procurement@wychavon.gov.uk.


Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Inspiring Futures through the Arts - 2017 / 2018 - ARTIST RECRUITMENT - deadline for response - Monday 26th June 2017

Inspiring Futures through the Arts 2017/18

Funded by the West Mercia Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC), Worcestershire County Council (WCC), the Elmley Foundation, and led by Worcestershire Arts Partnership (WAP)


The Worcestershire Arts Partnership are looking to work with Artists and/or Arts Organisations on an exciting project with people over 18 who are at risk of offending or who have previously offended.

This project has been the result of a successful funding bid by WAP to the West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner’s Grant Scheme.  It builds on the success of the same project in 2016/17 where over 60 people in Worcestershire who had offended, or were at risk of offending, engaged with arts activities, many of whom showing positive results.  A film of last year’s project can be seen here:   https://vimeo.com/216976305

We have established relationships with Warwickshire and West Mercia Community Rehabilitation Company (WWMCRC) – sometimes referred to as Probation – and with YSS Ltd, a community based support service for vulnerable people who face life challenges, and we plan to run sessions with their service users.

The aim is to reduce (re)offending by supporting people into accessing positive artistic activities and meeting an agreed set of outcomes with West Mercia Police.

We are looking for a wide range of art forms.

Last year’s artists provided very positive feedback about their experience on this project, having found it both rewarding and enjoyable.

What is expected of you:

-          Creation and delivery of a programme of artistic activity for a group of people referred by WWMCRC or YSS.  Programmes are likely to take the form of a 2 hour weekly session for an 8 week block.  (This 8 week block may be run three times with different service users).    



-          Each session to contribute to a range of outcomes for those who attend, such as increasing self-esteem, developing empathy with others, managing emotions.  The outcomes will be defined by the Outcome Star for Justice, on which you will be trained, but additionally we want you to enable participants to develop artistic skills.


-          The last sessions of each block to focus on embedding the learning and next steps for service users - this may include signposting to future training, apprenticeships, volunteering and mainstream activities.  Sustaining the impact is something that both we and our partners feel strongly about.


-          You will need to attend two training sessions, both provided by West Mercia Police;

o   Evaluation using the Outcome Star for Justice

o   Safeguarding training


-          You will need to complete an Outcome Star for at least half of the participants on your course – ideally measuring their progress three times, but at least twice (start and end).  You will be able to work with their key workers on this.


-          You will also need to keep a record of numbers attending each session and collect some qualitative data about their experiences – this may include photographs and quotes. 


-          You will need to have an up to date DBS certificate and be able to provide your DBS number on request



What support we will provide:


-          We will provide project management support for the whole project, someone who you can refer to and with whom you can raise any concerns


-          We will make the relationships with the other partners and will take referrals onto your course. 


-          We will provide the venues


-          We will request that partner key workers are in the room with you during the activity, or that you are in a building where that support exists and is readily available


-          We will provide you with a contribution to materials for your courses (up to £200 per artist)


-          We will provide you with media consent forms for clients to sign before any photography or filming takes place


-          We will recruit a film-maker to record some of your sessions, which aims to publicise the project, change perceptions about offenders, promote the work of WAP, but also can be used by your own organisation to show the work you do and help you with future funding applications and work


-          We will organise a training day for WAP members about cultural commissioning and our experiences with this project, at which you will receive a free place



Overall outcomes for the referred service users are that they will have:

-       Improved their position on their personal Outcome Star (last year’s clients all improved in 9 out of 10 areas on the Outcome Star whilst they were undertaking the arts courses)

-       Developed their interest and skills in the arts

-       Challenged their views of themselves and raised their aspirations

-       Engaged with learning

-       Connected with new education, training and employment opportunities as a result



-       Each weekly session (2 hours) will be paid at £150, inclusive of expenses and VAT

-       Attendance at the two training sessions will be paid at £100 to your organisation per training session

-       As stated above, up to £200 is available per artist as a contribution to any materials


How to apply

Please send a CV and a letter of no more than two sides of A4.  The letter needs to outline your experience and suitability in relation to the following criteria:


·         High quality arts activity

·         Experience of working in an arts context successfully with people who are at risk of offending or who have offended, or with vulnerable and disadvantaged people

·         Empathy, tolerance, tact and diplomacy

·         Experience of running arts activities to an agreed series of outcomes

·         Understanding of safeguarding procedures

·         Ability to evaluate social based outcomes

·         Ability to outline your programme of arts activity, including how it will contribute to the ‘overall outcomes’ above and how the learning may be embedded


-       A background – not necessarily in the arts - of working with vulnerable or disadvantaged people or people with mental health conditions, eg: working in social care


Please send applications to

Steve Wilson

County Arts Officer

Worcestershire County Council

By 4pm on Monday 26th June 2017


Shortlisted artists will then be asked to attend an interview in mid-July.  This will involve you providing a 20 minute taster session for service users who have agreed to contribute their views to the decision making process.  This will be followed by questions from project partners.  (As empathy and gaining the confidence of the client group is such an important part of these activities, we would like to see you engaging with service users before selection is made). 



Tender issued
Monday 5th June 2017
Closing date for submissions
Monday 26th June 2017 at 4pm
Interview date (NB: Interviews will be held with partners and service users)
W/c 10th July  
Artists selected
21st July 2017
Artist training (evaluation and safeguarding)
Expected August/September
Arts programme
Between Sept 2017 – Mar 2018
Post-programme evaluation
March 2018


Please note:

·         If you have an alternative proposal to the 8 week block model, but one which will deliver on the outcomes, please contact us to discuss this – it may well be that we will also welcome your application. 

·         Tailored projects for 13-16 year olds at risk of offending are also being developed in parallel.  Artists for this will be sought separately but you are welcome to apply for both.


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

The Hive at 5 - Be part of The Hive's 5th Anniversary Celebrations

Be a part of the Hive's 5th Anniversary celebrations

To celebrate The Hive's 5th Anniversary in July, we are hosting a community and family day event on Saturday 8th July, 10am - 4pm and we would like to invite some local artists, bands, choirs, dancers to come and perform outside the front of The Hive to help bring a celebratory vibe and fun atmosphere to the day. Alongside local food and drink stalls, craft activities, story time for kids, the Hive at Five exhibition and the "Great Hive Cake-Off" competition we hope to create a fun-filled day for everyone to enjoy.

If you are interested in performing at this event and helping us to celebrate The Hive's 5th Anniversary please contact Caroline Hill, Events Manager (chill3@worcestershire.gov.uk) by Friday 16th June

Artists needed from Worcestershire

Artists from Worcestershire, we need you! 

Kidderminster’s Swan Shopping Centre  is hosting a community art project to bring a little bit of colour to the centre. Schools, colleges and community groups will be invited  to take part in a competition to find four winning designs to decorate its wooden seats. 

Budding designers taking part in the competition will be invited to submit designs based on the theme of the four seasons: Winter, Spring, Summer and Autumn. The designs could be in any art form, from traditional to new media, from fine art to graffiti.

The winning designs will be painted on the seats and that’s where you as an artist can get involved.  The centre is looking to commission artists to replicate the winning designs on to the seats. The selected artists will be paid £600-£800 per bench depending on the complexity of the designs involved and materials required. 

If you would like to be considered as an artist please register your interest by emailing the event organisers. Please send your contact details and some examples of recent artwork to Hannah@onlyonthehighstreet.com

Rosalyn Darby, Manager at the Swan Centre, said:  “The wooden seats are a favourite facility for many of our shoppers but they are in need of refurbishment.  We thought this would be a great opportunity for the community of Kidderminster to get involved in a fun and creative project. It will bring together the local community  and showcase the creativity and flair that the people of Kidderminster have always been known for.”

Deadline close of business 30th of June

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Elmley Small Grant Art Fund.. OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS.. closing date 26th June 2017

The Elmley Small Grants Art Fund is open for applications until Monday 26th June. Groups in Herefordshire and Worcestershire can apply for up to £1,000 for arts equipment or arts events/activities.


Friday, 26 May 2017

WAP Newsletter May 2017





WAP is really excited about what is taking place with Meadow Arts, an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation working in our region. They do great inspiring work and we spent some time with them.

Hi – tell us more about who Meadow Arts are and what you are presently doing?


Meadow Arts produces exceptional contemporary art projects in unusual places, curating large-scale exhibitions and commissioning arresting new artworks. We do not have a venue of our own, and instead work in partnership in a variety of host locations. The current project at The Hive, with artists Heather and Ivan Morison, is a case in point.

We put on one main exhibition annually and run a range of Meadow Projects throughout the year across Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Shropshire, as well as delivering our education programme Meadow Arts Inspires. The exhibition this year is called Synthetic Landscapes: re-viewing the ‘ideal’ landscape. It opens at Weston Park on 4th June and runs until 3rd September, with commissions from major artists such as Pablo Bronstein, together with borrowed work from Edward Chell, Ged Quinn, Ryan Gander, Salvatore Arancio and several others. Running alongside the show at Weston Park, will be another element hosted by Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery (24 June – 3 September), where emerging Midlands artist David Bethell will curate some of the collection as well as exhibit his own work.


Tell us more about the work you are doing at The Hive – it sounds great!


This project came about through the new 1000 Days Arts Strategy for Worcestershire. We are partnering with The Hive to commission two internationally famous, locally-based artists to create a new piece of work that will celebrate The Hive’s 5th anniversary. The artists are duo Heather and Ivan Morison, who began a special residency at The Hive in March 2017.

The artists are fascinated by the venue, which was the first joint university and public library in Europe (opened July 2012), and the intersection between academia and civic life. They have met with staff, University of Worcester (UoW) students and users of The Hive to gain an understanding of what the venue means to its audience. They will use this information as the inspiration to develop a new piece of art that will be installed in the late autumn of this year. It will remain on site, for people to experience for anything from 6-36 months, during which time Meadow Arts will deliver many more activities that involve the Worcestershire community.


The Morisons will work with Fine Art students from UoW in producing the piece of art, allowing the students to gain a unique experience and insight into how an artist works, including special one-to-one sessions with the artists, where students will be able to discuss their own work and ideas.


Images of the Morisons’ work – 'Will You Please Be Quiet, Please'





‘How to survive in the coming bad years' Meadow Arts commission at Attingham Park, 2008


And how can the arts community get involved in this?

Heather has now met with various different groups in and around Worcester, as well as giving a recent Garage Open Lecture Series talk and meeting the arts community at The Garage Studios. For the next few months Heather and Ivan will be busy back in their Weobley workshop creating the final piece. It will be installed at The Hive in October /November-time, when we very much hope the arts community can come along to the opening event (invites will be circulated via WAP) and then get involved with activities associated with the piece, as well as providing Meadow Arts with their feedback, thoughts and ideas on the project.


What does WAP mean to you?


We have been members of WAP for well over seven years now. To us it means a network of great, friendly people who we can talk to about new ideas, current arts issues, examples of best practice and potential future collaborations. It is a human resource of like-minded creatives, who offer mutual support, access to new audiences, opportunities and sometimes funds, as well as laughs along the way.

What excites you most at the moment?

Some of the work that is emerging from graduate shows, such as New Art West Midlands and Moving On, Staying On, excites us the most. It is so stimulating to engage with raw, new talent; to become excited and inspired by the next generation of artists. It’s also very rewarding when we see some of the names of recent graduates we have supported (such as Natalie Ramus from Hereford College of Arts) moving forward in the world of contemporary visual art.

To show our support for young, emerging, local artists, Meadow Arts will extend the Meadow Arts Prize this year to include Worcestershire. For the first time a winning student from the 2017 UoW graduate show will receive a £250 donation towards their studies, and
two mentoring sessions from the Meadow Arts team over the coming year. The winner will be announced at the Graduate Show on 18 May.


We are also excited by the very positive response we get from ‘big name’ artists who continue to find artistic stimulation working out here in the West Midlands. Most of them are quite happy to leave London and other usual hunting grounds to address the amazing venues we work in across this region.


And what is your greatest challenge?


As a small company based in Ludlow, with just 4 part-time staff and covering three counties, our greatest challenge is getting everything done! On the plus side, there’s never a dull moment!

Funding of course is always an unknown. We are very lucky to receive funding from Arts Council England as one of their National Portfolio Organisations (NPO). They have been supportive since the very beginning of Meadow Arts, 15 years ago. Right now, we are on tenter-hooks until 27th June, while we wait to hear the outcome of our latest NPO application.

We cannot rely solely on ACE and funding in the ‘provinces’ is still hard to come by. With WAP and other regional networks we must continue to demonstrate the huge value of the arts: the returns on investment are enormous and the power of art is demonstrable. We must all continue to make the case that arts and culture are vital to society, the economy and our well-being!


 Other News


Arts Council and other funding success


It has been a great month of funding success for WAP partners. First of all The County Arts Service received two awards from the West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner to run programmes of activity for adults and young people who have either committed low level crime or are at risk of doing so. The funding is worth £31,000 and we will be starting the process of recruiting artists very soon.

WAP also received £20,000 from the Arts Council to run two years of programmes for our Jump Start initiative to showcase new writing and performances in our county.

Museums Worcestershire

First of all Museums Worcestershire will develop two new exciting, creative projects to re-engage with young audiences aged 11-16 years, attracting them & their families to re-discover The Commandery, exploring its stories in new ways.

CIVIL WAR STORIES will be a show for young people aged 11-16, bringing the stories of the Civil War to life. Led by dramaturges Jonathan Darby & Ruth Richardson, we will create & test a new piece of theatre for Worcester schools.

PAPER REBELLION will work with young people aged 11-16 through workshops led by artist Emily Wilkinson. The project will explore Civil War themes of protest & propaganda using collage, found text, maps & materials from the museum’s collection to create an installation at The Commandery. Total grant award is £3000 the Elmley Foundation,£14950 ACE Grants for the Arts.

The Hive

The Hive and Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service have been awarded an Arts Council Grants for the Arts Award of £45,000 to develop an art installation, workshops and digital touring exhibitions based on the Palaeolithic era. The project will compliment an exhibition funded by the Heritage Lottery fund and will be at the Hive in June 2018. We are delighted to have been successful and look forward to starting the project in the autumn.