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Creativity Works Newsletter February 2018
Read all about our current work, get in touch for more info and please share with a friend or colleague to help us spread the word. 
Director's Blog

I have recently had the fortune of experiencing two provocative, challenging and significant cultural encounters.

Firstly, I attended the South West Theatre Symposium presented by Salisbury Playhouse, Take Art, Activate and Theatre Bristol in collaboration with Viv Gordon, entitled 'Illuminating Voices: Shining a light on good practice.'

This year's event asked if the theatre industry is conducive to good mental health and positive wellbeing, and how can we learn from, and support, artists who manage their mental health on an ongoing basis.

The day was full of provocations, discussions and practical sessions, and I chaired two fascinating break-out discussions concerning peer-support for artists. We were also treated to a work-in-progress performance of Viv Gordon's next piece of theatre.

Viv, a performance artist & arts and mental health campaigner, spoke about her own experience of making work and being an artist with particular needs due to her mental health challenges. It was a fascinating insight into her process of both making and touring work, from an inspiring artist, even though myself and one of my other colleagues at the conference felt slightly besieged for being what we are: male and white. Alongside Viv, were equally inspiring talks from Performance Artist Viki Browne, who is Artistic Director of Many Minds, a new Bristol based mental health and performance arts charity, writer Louisa Adjoa Parker, and the brilliant and highly entertaining Dolly Sen. If I hadn't been chairing our own break out discussion, I would definitely have gone to Dolly's placard making workshop, exploring disability in the arts.

I found the day inspiring, thought-provoking, and above all very moving. At Creativity Works much of our work is with people who experience mental health challenges, but there is always more that we can do to support both participants and our artists and to ensure the arts are open, accessible and reflective of everyone in our society.

At The South West Theatre Symposium, I left with the feeling of having seen the world from another viewpoint, from the view of 'the other,' 'the outsider.' It was ironic then, that that evening I sat down to watch the Bafta and Oscar-nominated film, The Shape of Water. The plot (and I quote here from Wikipedia) follows 'a mute custodian at a high-security government laboratory who befriends a captured humanoid-amphibian creature.' Sound a bit far out? It isn't. It is a vital, beautiful, contemporary parable of love and being an outsider.

I highly recommend it, and indeed Viv's new show (which has a rude word in the title, so I wont repeat it here) that will be touring in the future, and Viki's new show, HELP! that is on now.


Director, Creativity Works
Volunteer wanted for  peer-led group Writing Space 

We are seeking a volunteer for 'Writing Space' our creative writing peer-led group in central Bath.
Would you like to increase your experience of working with groups, share creative writing skills and encourage group members to develop confidence and self-esteem through writing and running their own group?

Yes? Then we'd be very interested to hear from you!
We are looking for people who:
  • Are able to encourage others
  • Want to develop their workshop facilitation and peer support skills
  • Have good communication skills and the ability to listen
  • Have some awareness and understanding of the need for boundaries and confidentiality
  • Have compassion and understanding for vulnerable people
  • Have an ability to work on their own and think creatively
  • Are committed and reliable
Writing Space meet in central Bath on Tuesday afternoons.
Please contact Philippa at Creativity Works / 01761 438852 if you'd like more information or are interested in applying. Deadline 08 March 2018.
Artist Profile - Edwina Bridgeman

Edwina  Bridgeman
Each month we'll be shining the spotlight on an artist that we are currently working with. This month, we've the pleasure to introduce artist Edwina Bridgeman.  

Hello Edwina - tell us a bit about yourself (and your artistic medium)

For the past 20 years I have been making work for exhibition both nationally and internationally. My work is playful, I use everyday materials to create scenes and whole environments. The work is accessible although there is always room for the audience to interpret the spaces for themselves.

At the heart of the work is a sense of optimism, my use of colour and materials reflect this.

I work widely in the community. My sense of playfulness and accessibility extends to the work that I make with all ages from babies through to Elders living with dementia. I run projects with an open agenda following the interests of the participants in a welcoming, non-judgemental way. I see my own work as a reflection of my work with various groups and settings. My visual arts practice and work as artist / facilitator /set designer are entwined, each celebrating the other.

What project/s are you currently working on with Creativity Works?

I am working with a group of young women in Radstock on our project 'The Palace of Wonder.' We meet weekly and explore our ideas through different materials. 'Palace' is an opportunity for the young people to come along and express themselves in ways not always available, beyond the confines of the curriculum and schools expectations. We have discovered the power of playing and of having no specific outcome. It is a fantastic group full of energy and enthusiasm. I am also working with mothers in Keynsham on My Time, My Space. Slightly less anarchic than Palace, it has the same principal at its core, to provide a safe non-judgemental space to explore ideas.

Who inspires you? (and why)

I feel lucky that I work with inspiring people on a daily basis. Ultimately, I am inspired by the Elders that I work with for their wisdom and ability to keep life in perspective and for laughing!!

What book or exhibition has inspired you recently?

Hannah Ryggen Woven Histories at Modern Art Oxford. I found this to be an intensely moving exhibition. Ryggens beautiful tapestries encapsulate her passionate belief in equality.

What's been your biggest professional, personal or creative achievement to date?

Professionally I am proud of my work Journey suspended in the atrium at the RUH and also my ongoing work with the egg theatre and travelling light for Snow Mouse.

Personally, moving to beautiful Shoscombe in 2010.

What are your creative aspirations? (with or without Creativity Works)?

I am excited about the work we are developing as Leverhulme Scholars for the eggs Incubator. Together with Lou Betts and Polly Tisdall we are creating a new early years offer Curious Things  and Curious Tales. It falls into a unique space between theatre and visual art and I hope will be a World class, thoughtful, playful and inspiring opportunity for under 5's.

What advice would you give an emerging socially engaged artist?

I would say have 100% commitment to your work, have 100% belief in the transforming power of creativity and have 100% belief in the people with whom you are working alongside. Overall work hard and be kind.
Join Creative Perspectives and expand your creativity
The peer-led group are keen to welcome new members

Creative Perspectives is a peer-led visual arts creative group in Bath. We offer an opportunity to meet others, learn and share creative ideas and skills, gain confidence in a safe and friendly environment and contribute to the planning and continuation of the group.
The group is planned and run by members for its members with occasional facilitation by visiting artists. It is suitable for those who would like to support their wellbeing through creativity.
There is no set tuition but a volunteer artist is available to assist when needed and all group members have a wide variety of skills and experience in many different mediums.
The group meet on Friday afternoons in central Bath.
This is not a drop-in group but if you are interested in becoming a member please contact: - 01761 438852

Interested in Photography? Join our peer-led group!

Boost your confidence, get out and about and develop your digital photography skills within a small group aimed at supporting  wellbeing and mental health challenges.
Sessions will include exploring the natural and built environment of Bath by foot as well as time indoors for discussions and viewing photos. If there is enough interest in this group to continue, the group will plan for March and April.
No previous experience is necessary.  

Bring along your own camera or relevant equipment. These sessions are provided free of charge.

Dates:   21st and 28th  February 2018.  
Time:   2pm - 4pm 
Venue:   Percy Community Centre, central Bath
For more details contact George -   Tel: 01225 831411 / 07967 836692
or Philippa -   Tel: 01761 438852
Help support the peer-led group Writing Space

Copies of the Writing Space Anthology booklet are now available to buy via our website, with all profits going to support the continued running of the group.

The anthology is an A5 soft cover booklet with 18 original works written by Writing Space members.   Each copy is £3.50 and includes P&P to any UK address (if international postage - please contact us) . I f you would like to buy more than 5 copies, please contact us directly to combine p&p costs.

All profits from the sale of these booklets goes towards supporting the running of the group.
Please allow 14 days for delivery. THANK YOU for your support.

Join Writing Space!

Keen to welcome new members, Writing Space is a creative peer-led support group for anyone who has some experience of writing and would like to meet with others in a friendly informal group to develop and share ideas. You don't have to be a published writer! This group is fun and welcoming to all and is suitable for anyone that would like to develop their writing skills. Bath: Tuesdays 1 - 4pm.

This is not a drop-in group but if you are interested in becoming a member please contact: - 01761 438852

Want to make a real and lasting difference in B&NES? Join our board as a Trustee...

With exciting plans for 2018-22 we are looking for Trustees with a strong background in finance, law, HR, IT, business development/social enterprise or property acquisition.

The Board meets six times per year and is a friendly and committed team.

To apply please send a letter outlining your interest and a CV to our Director, Oliver Jones: by 31st March 2018.

"It's good to know that I'm a part of something that has such a huge positive impact for the participants we work with" - Existing Trustee

Creativity Works is a registered charity no.1075812
Other Opportunities
Call-out for FaB Festival 2018 
Inviting Artists and Creatives to respond to the exhibition & event proposals for this year. 
Submission deadline is 20 March 2018 unless otherwise specified.  Full details visit -

Crazywise Community Screening Discussion Evening with Director Phil Borges
'Mental health' crisis, or potential growth experience?

Photojournalist, human rights commentator & film maker PHIL BORGES, director of 2017 documentary CRAZYWISE, comes to Bath Spa University on Thursday 15th March from 7:30 - 10:30pm for a Community Screening of the film, Director's Q & A Session and an optional extended informal discussion/networking. 

For Full details and to book your ticket visit - Crazywise Community Screening
Free Training for Volunteers

Day 1 Peer mentoring training; Mon 5th March 2018 10am-4pm at South Vaults, Green Park 
Day 2 Peer mentoring training; Mon 12th March, 10am-4pm at South Vaults, Green Park 

Lone-working; Thursday 22nd March 10am-1.30pm at Bath Fire Station, Bathwick Street, BA2 6PU 

Safeguarding; Monday 26th March 10am-1.30pm at Bath City Farm, Kelston View,BA2 1NW 

Equality & Inclusion; Tuesday 3rd April 1-3.30pm at Bath Fire Station, Bathwick St, BA2 6PU 

Make every contact count; Thursday 5th and 12th April 10am-1.30pm, a course over 2 half days Location TBC

Introduction to working with people with mental health; Tuesday 17th April 12-4.30pm at Bath City Farm, Kelston View

These workshops are run by St.Mungo's and AWP. For any further information, please contact Claire Lawrence - Claire.Lawrence@MUNGOS.ORG
Research on changes in income and spending
A Bath University PhD Student needs your help

As part of a PhD research project, David Young, a postgraduate student researcher from the University of Bath, is interested in how often and why people's income and spending changes, and what they do to manage that. 

H e wants to find out what happens to benefits when other income changes, or costs rise. For example, does Universal Credit help manage unexpected changes in income, or does it make life more difficult? 

If you would like to take part, you will be asked to meet with David to discuss your experience of changes affecting your income and spending. All participants will receive high street vouchers as a thank you for taking part. 

All meetings will be confidential and all the information you provide will be kept anonymously.

If you are claiming Universal Credit or other means tested benefits such as Housing Benefit, JSA, ESA or Tax Credits and are interested in taking part in the study, please contact David directly either by ringing or texting 07907 205189, or emailing and he will contact you with more information.

Dates for your diary 2018

Mental Health Awareness Week: 14 - 20 May
Creativity Works Summer Wellbeing Challenge: 01 - 31 August
World Mental Health Day: 10th October
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With Best Wishes,

The Creativity Works Team

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Tel: 01761 438852    Email:  

Supported by Bath & North East Somerset Council and Arts Council England

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