Creativity Works

Creativity Works Newsletter August 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. 

We've lots to share with you this month from new job opportunities here at Creativity Works to a range of new Creative Wellbeing courses starting in September. 

We are also part way though our Creative Wellbeing Challenge and we are being hugely inspired by all the creative activity we've been seeing as part of this. Take a look on social media, especially Instagram, where we've been having twice weekly Artist Takeovers.

We love hearing from you so if you've any questions about any of the roles or info in this month's newsletter, please drop us a line. 


Creativity Works Team
Freelance Enterprise Development Manager

We are looking for a dynamic, experienced and action-focused freelance Enterprise Development Manager to work on our new Creative Resilience Programme.

The candidate will work alongside Creativity Works staff, artists and a consultant to develop the programme, deliver a pilot and articulate the further business model.

The Creative Resilience Programme is a new initiative bringing together resilience techniques and models and delivering them creatively to:
  • Artists
  • People with mental health challenges (and other vulnerable groups)
  • Statutory organisations
  • Businesses
The Role:
  • To work alongside CW staff and a consultant to develop the programme
  • To work alongside CW staff and the consultant to develop the business model for the programme
  • To research and identify potential customers and clients for the programme
  • To create and deliver a marketing strategy for the programme
  • To manage and co-ordinate 2 x pilots of the programme (clients tbc)
  • To evaluate the pilots and produce 'next steps' report

The Candidate:

  • At least three years' experience of working within enterprise development
  • Experience of taking product/service to market
  • Experience of managing and monitoring budgets
  • Experience of identifying and delivering project marketing and PR requirements
Knowledge of and/or Skills in:
  • Creating packages of work that can be sold to a variety of clients
  • Health & Wellbeing and social inclusion issues
  • Partnership working
  • Motivating and enthusing others in delivering a coherent and inspiring project
  • Excellent Computer skills
  • Communication both written and verbal, including the ability to speak on behalf of an organisation
  • Ability to develop and work within good health and safety policy and practice
Personal Qualities
  • Strong self-motivation and ability to manage own time effectively with minimum supervision
  • The ability to respond positively/creatively to challenges and changes
  • A commitment to the aims and ethos of Creativity Works
  • Freelance contract
  • Fee: 26 Days @£150 per day       Total: £3900
You must be available for an initial workshop on Mon 10th September and thereafter we anticipate the pilot projects being delivered before the end of 2018.

If you are interested in this role please send a CV and covering letter of no more than 2 sides of A4 outlining your suitability for the role to: by Thur 30th August 5pm
Interviews will be held in the week of 3rd September
Artist Opportunity: The Creative Resilience Programme

The Creative Resilience Programme is part of a new enterprise initiative Creativity Works will be delivering to a variety of users, participants and clients.

We aim to create an engaging, fun and above all creative programme of workshops and courses exploring personal and organisational resilience, aimed at:

* Adults with mental health challenges
* Artists
* Statutory Organisations
* Businesses

We are looking for three artists to help us devise this programme over the summer and be the first facilitators of the programme.

We are looking for artists who have experience of, or who are confident in:

* Devising and creating programmes of learning/training
* Being able to respond to a stimulus and devise creative responses
* An interest in Resilience
* Experience of using creative techniques for personal development, wellbeing, and team building
* Experience of working with one or more of our target groups

The freelance contract will consist of:

* 2 days research and development: initiating the material to be used in the programme alongside CW staff and Resilience experts
* 2 days facilitator training: devising and preparing the programme offer
* Fee: £150 per day

We anticipate there will then be the opportunity to deliver the programme, however this is dependent on sales. If you are interested in this opportunity please send a relevant CV and a cover letter of no more than 2 sides explaining your interest and why you would be suitable for this post. Please do be clear about what art forms you specialise in. Send to by 12pm on Monday 20th August [Deadline extended]

We anticipate having face-to-face or telephone interviews at the end of that week.
R&D Days: Tue 28th and Wed 29th August (Date, time and venue TBC)

Projects & Office Assistant

Creativity Works is looking for a Projects and Office Assistant with bags of enthusiasm and initiative. You must have very good admin, co-ordination and IT skills, and thrive in a creative, fast-paced environment where you will be working over a number of projects and tasks.

Please see the full job description here: Office & Project Assistant

To apply for this post
If you are interested in applying for this role please download and complete the Job Application Form and the Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form from and email both to by 10am on Mon 10th September 2018.

Deadline for applications: Mon 10th September 10am

Interviews: Friday 21st September

Creativity Works is a registered charity and an Arts Council National Portfolio Organisation.
If you would like more information after reading the Job Description and Personal Specification, please feel free to call our Director Oliver Jones for an informal chat on 01761 438852, or alternatively you can email him on

co|Create: Artists Practice Xchange

We are very excited to launch a new initiative that gives artists the opportunity to share their own artistic practice with like-minded, supportive and inspiring fellow artists and producers.

Practice Xchange will be a safe and vibrant space where you can:
* Try out new ideas
* Gain feedback
* Share your practice with a wider community
* Meet like-minded artists
* Hopefully find new partners and collaborators
* Glean inspiration from your peers

How it works:
5 artists will each have 20 minutes to showcase their practice/idea in front of a small audience of peers. This will include 15 minutes of 'showing' and 5 minutes of feedback.

The 'showing' can be anything you like from a simple presentation to a full-blown workshop or participatory event. The more engaging the better!

There will then be time afterwards to network with fellow artists and audience.
Artists will be offered expenses of £20.

If you are interested in being one of our first 5 Artists, then please do send a proposal outlining your practice & what and how you would like to present to by 12pm Mon 3rd September 2018
Practice Xchange event to be held in Bath (venue tbc) in October (date tbc)

(Artists/audience attending the Practice Xchange event will be charged a small fee that will be administered and kept by Creativity Works)
Networking Event Artist(s): Paid Opportunity

We are looking for an artist, artist collective or a collaborative group to deliver a stupendous networking event on behalf of Creativity Works. It must:

* Appeal to artists at all stages of their career
* Appeal to artists who have an interest in social practice
* Be fun, engaging and innovative
* Be welcoming, safe and un-threatening
* Be accessible to artists from B&NES, Bristol and the wider area

We are interested to see how you would run this event in terms of location, possible theme, content, atmosphere, etc. It should reflect your interests, maybe your own artistic practice, but above all be an event that people want to attend.

Fee: £200 (venue costs negotiable but will not be more than an additional £50)
Target: 25-50 participants
Time: Sept/Oct Duration: 2 hrs

(artists attending the network event will be charged a small fee that will be administered and kept by Creativity Works)

If you are interested, please send a proposal and CV('s) to by 12pm on Mon 3rd September.
MECC Training: Are you making every contact count?
Limited places for this FREE training. Please book as soon possible to confirm your place!

Making Every Contact Count (MECC) is about supporting people to make the most of every opportunity they have with the millions of people they come into contact with every day. 

Everyone who interacts with the public is able to make a difference to the health and wellbeing of the population by encouraging and supporting individuals to change behaviours that may be damaging to their health. Telling people what to do is not the most effective way to help them change. 

MECC is a skills-based training opportunity that encourages a different way of working and interacting to address their health and wellbeing. 

Training includes... 
  • Two half day sessions where you will improve your skills and confidence in delivering very brief interventions to encourage long term behaviour change. 
  • You will have the opportunity to reflect on your practice and how you can make a difference every day. 
  • You must complete the MECC e-learning between the two sessions. 
Training outcomes... 
  • Improved confidence in delivering very brief interventions. 
  • Better awareness of how and when to use opportunities to talk to people about their health and wellbeing. 
  • Be able to use effective language to get people thinking about their choices and support a behaviour change plan. 

Session 1
th September 2018
Weston All Saints 
Hall, Church Rd, Bath BA1 4BT
9.45 Registration 10am - 1.30pm
Session 2
th September 2018

There are limited places available and booking is essential
To book please go here: MECC Training September 2018

Connect 5 Training

Tues 16th October 12 - 5pm, at Futures Hub, Bath City College.

The Connect 5 Programme is an accessible, evidenced based training that is relevant to the whole of the public facing workforce. It provides participants with skills and competencies that build confidence in having conversations about mental health and wellbeing. This is s ession 1 of 3.

It presents tools to empower others to take proactive steps to build resilience and look after themselves. Connect 5 takes the position that we don't need to be mental health specialists to support those who are experiencing emotional and mental health problems.

What will it cover?
Develop your core understanding of mental health, mental wellbeing and how to signpost to local services and resources that will enable individuals to help themselves.

Who is it for:
This session is aimed at volunteers and artists and anyone with an interest in improving mental wellbeing; anyone whose role involves interaction with the public; anyone who has the opportunity to give brief wellbeing advice.

The course is accredited by the Royal Society of Public Health and courses are delivered by a range of local accredited trainers. It is a modular course with up to 3 sessions available, how many sessions you cover will depend on your role.

Connect 5 complements other training including Making Every Contact Count (MECC) 

To Book contact:
Volunteer Opportunities
Volunteer artists and support workers on creative projects

We have a number of vacancies for volunteer artists and support workers on our creative projects. If you have a passion for the arts and enjoy supporting people then this may of interest for you. 

We run a range of creative projects including creative writing, photography and walking, happiness and resilience and visual arts. The volunteer artist and support roles involve supporting: the set up of the course, people
to access and participate, course paperwork, and supporting the artist during the course. These roles will enable you to develop experience working within a group whilst learning new creative skills.

World Mental Health Day

To celebrate World Mental Health Day this year there will be a number of creative projects taking place on Wednesday 10th October across Bath & North East Somerset. Would you like to get involved with the planning of events or supporting events on the day?

Get in touch with Philippa 01761 438852

Community Matters: Creativity Works

A short film charting the research collaboration organised by the public engagement unit between Bath-based Creativity Works and University researchers including Dr Justin Rogers.

Community Matters: Creativity Works
Community Matters: Creativity Works

B&NES Creative Wellbeing Courses & Groups
A new series of creative workshops aimed at supporting your wellbeing through creativity.

These creative projects are an opportunity to develop new skills, meet new people, develop confidence and have fun whilst supporting your wellbeing.

Photography While You Walk, Keynsham

Would you like to know more about your local community by exploring it through a camera lens in a friendly photography group?

Experiment with digital photography. Learn to edit your images. Take part in walks and discussions in a friendly group. Share social history stories. Express yourself creatively.

Cameras, smartphones, tablets all welcome! Cameras can be provided. No experience necessary.

Dates: Wednesdays from 19th, Sept (on-going)
Time: 11am - 1pm
Venue: Community @ One, behind St. Johns Church, Keynsham

To Book contact: Bath College Adult Community Learning: 01225 328822  Or The Wellbeing College 01225 831820
Foxhill Happy Snappers

Do you live in Foxhill? Would you like to know more about your local community by exploring it through a camera lens in a friendly photography group?

Experiment with digital photography. Learn to edit your images. Take part in walks and discussions. Share social history stories. Express yourself creatively.

Cameras, smartphones, tablets all welcome! Cameras can be provided. No experience necessary.

Times: 11am - 1pm
Dates: Thursdays from 20th September (on-going)
Venue: St. Andrews Community Church, Hawthorn Grove, Foxhill, Bath.

To Book contact: Bath College Adult Community Learning: 01225 328822 Email:
Suffragette Photography project with No. 1 Royal Crescent and other Museums and venues around Bath.

Would you like to explore the history of the Suffragettes and the 100th anniversary in 2018 of some women getting the vote? You will be based at No.1 Royal Crescent, where there is currently an exhibition about the Suffragettes, to develop photography skills in a friendly and supportive environment. You will also go on gentle walks to visit some other sites with Suffragette links, including Royal Victoria Park.

There  will be the opportunity to show work created on this project in a mini exhibition at No.1 Royal Crescent this Autumn.

Please note that we ask participants to commit to attending all five workshops in order to get the best possible experience from this project.

Dates: Wednesdays from 26th September to 24th October
Venue: No. 1 Royal Crescent, with walks to other sites in Bath

To Book  Contact the Wellbeing College 01225 831820
Course: Creativity, Inspiration and Grayson Perry's pot at the Victoria Art Gallery

From classical urns and vases to teddy bears. This 6-week project will be looking at Grayson Perry's pot and print plus making links with artworks in the museum.

The course will include:
  • Using shapes and objects from the past: still life, drawing and painting
  • Royalty, on the pot and in the gallery: drawing, painting, pen
  • Textile: try out needle felting, using some folk-art designs
  • Self-portrait via a map or drawing
  • Printmaking
Times: 2 - 4pm
Dates: Thursdays 6, 13, 20, 27 September, 4, 11 October 2018
Venue: Victoria Art Gallery

Only a few places left. To book and confirm your place contact Philippa 01761 438852
Share your ideas
Are you looking for a creative course that we aren't running yet? 
Get in touch and let us know your ideas! Contact
We work in partnership with the B&NES Wellbeing College to offer a range of courses to support wellbeing, see what else is on offer:
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 May 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 & Events
Calling all D/deaf & disabled writers in the South West! Write to Play applications now open!

Graeae, together with our South West partners, are offering a unique development opportunity for D/deaf and disabled writers in South West England* to develop their skills and experience. 

Write to Play  is a paid year-long new writing course for D/deaf and disabled writers run by award-winning theatre company Graeae, in partnership with  Theatre Royal Plymouth, Wiltshire Creative, Exeter Northcott Theatre, Bristol Old Vic, Nuffield Southampton Theatres and the Ustinov Studio  at  Theatre Royal Bath.

Over the year, you will write two short pieces as well as a full-length play. Throughout the programme, you'll be mentored and supported to participate in workshops led by theatre professionals to hone and develop your writing. You'll write two short pieces, as well as a full-length play.  Successful writers will be paid £1800 over the year (paid in instalments).
To find out more visit their website: Write to Play

Volunteer Role with Age UK
Art Group Facilitator volunteer role, Central Bath working with Age UK.

The sessions are for Older People in Bath & North East Somerset.   The volunteer Facilitator will be supporting up to 15 older people and will receive support and supervision from a named member of staff in office. Materials will be provided by the group.

Days and times:          Tuesdays 10am - 12 noon

Sample Activities:
1.         Provide support in the use of different artistic mediums
2.         Express encouragement for individual contributions
3.         Offer opportunities in creative activities
4.         Help develop group and individual skills and interests
5.         Linking in with potential museum projects as and when applicable

All interviews, DBS induction and safeguarding training will be provided by Age UK B&NES
For more information & application pack please contact  Chris Hart, Volunteer Development Coordinator

YMCA Artist Opportunity

Clevedon YMCA are looking for artists to run creative workshops in the autumn terms at their youth work sessions. The funding is for an hour's workshop a week and includes funding to pay for fees and materials.  More details below:

The session can be any day Mon-Fri.  We run an After-School Cafe 3.30 to 5, so it would be an hour within that.   We have a budget of £100 a session, which we would like to include materials, although as we generally spend money on stuff anyway if the materials came to more than that we could pay more subject to receipts/ invoice.
The theme is Fruit of the Spirit.  Although the YMCA is a Christian organisation, we run all of our activities without any religious content, so although to me this sounds like subterfuge for missionary work, the aim is to build on the positive qualities and to look at positive human attributes rather than focusing on the negative issues that often seem to be associated with young people. The YMCA would like a young person to be involved in running the workshops so that they can learn more about how this is done.
The project would run for 12 sessions, starting in September. The sessions in the term leading up to Christmas will focus on creating a seasonal event for a group such as the residential home that we have links with.  Food may be the central theme.  We have an additional budget for this event to pay for what we need to create a fun event just before Christmas.
For more details , please contact Ashlee Carter, Lead Youth Worker email address:
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With Best Wishes,

The Creativity Works Team

For more information:
Tel: 01761 438852    Email:  

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

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