Creativity Works

Creativity Works Newsletter February 2020
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I have been lucky enough to attend two events recently at the stunning new Bath Spa University Locksbrook Campus, that sits on the banks of The River Avon in Bath. It is a beautifully restored industrial building originally designed by Sir Nicholas Grimshaw in 1976. At an evening delivered in collaboration between the Bath group of the RoyaI Society of Arts and What Next? Bath Area Chapter, I was part of a group shown round the building by a third-year graphic design student who obviously loved being a part of this vibrant, collaborative, creative space. The building is open to the public, with a café at the front, so do take a peak if you have the time.

The second event was convened by Bath MP Wera Hobhouse, an artist herself previous to her career in politics, with the aim of bringing educational and arts organisations together to hear from Arts Council England about their new 10-year strategy, Let's Create.

In simple terms, the strategy has three outcomes:
  1. Creative People: Everyone can develop and express creativity throughout their life.
  2. Cultural Communities: Villages, towns and cities thrive through a collaborative approach to culture.
  3. A creative and cultural country: England's cultural sector is innovative, collaborative and international.
These outcomes are underpinned by some rather woolly 'investment principles' which I am sure will take some time to clarify and embed. What excites me about this shift from 'great art' and 'excellence' to places, communities and change, is that we as an organisation understand the power of this approach in developing and empowering communities through art. It is, I think, a real tribute to organisations like ourselves all over the country who have been working with communities for many years and developing talent from a diverse range of backgrounds, that the Arts Council are now treading this path. It is notable as well that they have re-branded artists as 'creative practitioners' and 'art' as 'culture' to be more inclusive.

We are also having a bit of a re-launch ourselves with details of our new co|Create programme for 2020 included in this newsletter. Following thorough consultation with artists, the programme now has four strands: Creative Inspiration, Safe Practice, Creative Resilience and Enterprise Works. The aim of the programme is to support and develop artists working in social practice ensuring they can fulfill effective and sustainable careers.

Some of the highlights include the return of our highly successful business course, Enterprise Works, aimed at socially engaged artists as social entrepreneurs and our Creative Resilience course focusing on how artists can be resilient in their lives and their creative practice.

We also have some truly inspiring artists who will be sharing their own practice and ideas including Ali Brown and Megan Clark-Bagnall from M2AIR, artist and academic Sophie Hope, and the brilliant international artist Emma Smith. Additionally, we are delivering two complementary social media sessions, one looking at how artists can use social media to enhance their profile and career, and the other a masterclass in creating short films to be used on a variety of social media channels.

Finally, I would very much like to welcome Harriet Colbourn, who has joined us as a new trustee, Jess Domin who is volunteering with us for three months as part of her MA in Arts Psychotherapy and Jaq Hough who has joined Creativity Works as our Fresh Art worker and will be working alongside our Creative Wellbeing Manager, Philippa Forsey, in delivering our flagship project, Fresh Art@.

Director, Creativity Works

Love Letters to Radstock Launch
This week sees the launch of our Love Letters to Radstock Project which is inspired by St. Valentine and aims to create exciting and engaging artworks with the Radstock community. 

We're hoping to create a positive and uplifting project with the Radstock community after such challenging times over the past few years.Through this project we really want to emphasize the love for people, place and community. We are really interested in exploring the myth of St. Valentine, who is celebrated in many countries and communities all over the world, not only as a symbol of romantic love, but also as a symbol of friendship, generosity and affection. For example; In Sidon, a city in Lebanon, Valentine's Day is celebrated with the whole family as it is more about family love than a couple's love and in Finland and Estonia, Valentine's Day is more about remembering friends, not significant others.

"We had an incredible response from artists based all over the country wanting to be involved in the project, however we were only able to choose two artists, Alicia Ridley and Ellie Shipman. Their approach stood out as it was about engaging the local community in high quality arts activity and creating beautiful and interactive pieces of art that can be enjoyed by the whole community as well as visitors to Radstock," said Oliver Jones Director of Creativity Works.

The projects are:

The Angel of Radstock - Artist Alicia Ridley

A stunning terracotta 'Angel of Radstock' complete with the names of loved ones and those who've inspired us written on its wings which, once made, will have pride of place on the front of the Radstock Community Hub & Library.

"I am looking forward to the workshops and working alongside the young people of Radstock to create the angel's wings. Imagining the feathers with the messages and names of treasured people is exciting," said Alicia.

Love Letters Trail - Artist Ellie Shipman

An intriguing love trail of letters placed around the town. Stunning maps will be created by community groups detailing the locations and creating a love trail for residents and visitors alike to walk and enjoy into the future.

"As a participatory artist with a love of bringing people and places together, I'm looking forward to the Love Letters to Radstock project as an exciting catalyst to explore the beauty, history, curiosity, and characters which shape this town," said Ellie.

We can't wait to begin working with Radstock residents of all ages and hope they will get involved by joining us to make the love letters, the trail maps and of course, the angel itself.

Workshops are being run with pupils from St.Mary's School, the Youth Club, SWALLOW as well as the general public so if you live in Radstock - we hope to see you at one of our sessions - See the poster below for dates and details

Job Opportunity: On Ward Artist for FreshArt@ Bath
Deadline for applications: Midnight Sunday 23rd Feb 2020 
We are looking to work with a socially engaged artist who is experienced in delivering creative sessions for people experiencing mental health challenges and who has had experience of working in a ward environment.

During March - April 2020 Fresh Art@ will be focusing on providing 4 creative engagement sessions on an acute inpatient ward at Hillview Lodge, Royal United Hospital, Bath.

Dates for the on ward sessions
Once a week between 2pm - 5pm in the afternoon between March - April, dates to be arranged with the steering group and Jaq Hough, Fresh Art@ worker and The Holburne Museum, No1 Royal Crescent, The American Museum in Britain.

For the Full Brief and how to apply please download a copy of the Artists Project Brief HERE
Welcome Jaq Hough - Fresh Art@ Worker

Jaq Hough, Fresh Art@ Worker. Fresh Art@ is a partnership project between Creativity Works, AWP, Bath Museums, Bath Mind and Virgin Care.
We are very pleased to be welcoming Jaq to Creativity Works as our new Fresh Art@ worker. Jaq is passionate about the art making process and has been using creativity to support her mental health and wellbeing for over 20 years.

She has facilitated art groups for Genesis Trust and St Johns's Foundation in Bath and loves to support others in exploring their creative potential and to experiment with a variety of art materials. 

"I am excited to be working with the Fresh Art@ Project partners and participants and took part in the first year of this innovative project in 2014," said Jaq. "I have an Art Therapy Foundation Diploma from Bath College and enjoy painting, collage and mixed media. I'm a big music fan and love going to concerts and festivals especially WOMAD and Glastonbury."

The next Fresh Art@ project starts on the 27th February. The programme is now full, but if you are interested you can be added to a waiting list in case anyone drops out. Please contact Jaq by email For more about the Fresh Art@ Project click here

And welcome to Harriett Colbourn - new trustee
We'd also like to extend a very warm welcome to Harriett who joins us as a new trustee. 
We asked Harriett a few questions...

What made you want to join us as a trustee?
I really identify with the journey that the Charity has been on and where it wants to be in the Future, I want to help with that journey in any way I can. I'm very appreciative of being asked to join the board and am looking forward to getting to know the team!

Tell us a bit about you...
I've been working in Bath for the past two and a half years for a global Media Company in their Finance team. I'm a Chartered Accountant and split my work time between the UK and US offices. I'm currently working closely with one of our most recent acquisitions; a business based in Washington D.C. Outside of work I live with my partner Tommy; we are in the middle of planning our wedding for September 2020.

Cultural experience that's inspired you
I love to travel and upon qualifying, I spent 3 months in Asia and Australia which was an amazing experience. I really enjoy immersing myself in other cultures- seeing the sunrise over Angkor Wat is something I won't forget. 

B est piece of advice you've ever been given 
I'm going to quote Dr Seuss as I think this is a great way to think about perspective and positivity; "Don't cry because it is over, smile because it happened"

We are looking for two more trustees to join our board - some one with Legal expertise and an established Socially Engaged Artist. Please get in touch with Oliver Jones, Creativity Works Director, if you are interested.

New co|Create Programme
March - July 2020
We are excited to launch our latest co|Create training and development programme for socially engaged artists. For more details about each event, please click on the book link which will take you to the Eventbrite page.
[How to Survive and Thrive] Creative Resilience  - 12th March 2020                       
During this workshop you will learn practical, workable examples of the 7 elements of our resilience model enabling you to explore, develop and grow in your personal resilience and artistic practice.
Time: 9.30am-5pm                
Venue: Natural Theatre Company Studio, Bath
£ Full Price: £50.00 / Student: £25.00 / Pay what you can: Donation
A letter to my 8 year old self by M2Air  - 30th March 2020              
Learn, re-visit and discover. Leave with bubbling thoughts and tiny ideas for creating a new social engaged art projects.
Time: 1.30pm-4.30pm               
Venue: Natural Theatre Company Studio, Bath
£ Full Price: £30.00 / Student: £15.00 / Pay what you can: Donation
Social Media for Artists - 02nd  April 2020                     
An interactive session, where we will explore not just how to use social media but why to use it!
Time: 9.45am-4.30pm                              
Venue: BRLSI - Lonsdale Room
£ Full Price: £40.00 / Student: £20.00 / Pay what you can: Donation
Participating in the wrong way with Sophie Hope - 20th April 2020
A fascinating look at the challenges, and benefits of social engagement and community participation. Sophie Hope will talk about her experience as well as leading you through practical exercises.
Time: 1pm-5pm
Venue: Bath and County Club
£ Full Price: £30.00 / Student: £15.00 / Pay what you can: Donation
Fundraising and Sources of Income - 24th April 2020
Advice on how to get funding as an artist, or arts organisation delivered by Creativity Works, Artists and Arts Council England [including 1:1 advice].
Time: 9.30am-3.30pm
Bath and County Club
£ Full Price: £30.00 / Student: £15.00 / Pay what you can: Donation
Social Media Film making  - 28th May 2020            
But what makes a good story for video? How does the short form nature of social media change our storytelling? How do you make social media films with tools and equipment you already have?
This session will explore these questions and aims to give practical advice and experience for telling your own stories through video
Time: 9.30am-5pm      
Venue: BRLSI - Lonsdale Room 
£ Full Price: £50.00 / Student: £25.00 / Pay what you can: Donation
Enterprise Works For Artists - June 1st/8th/15th/22nd        
This is a unique and practical business programme with a focus on social enterprise, aimed at socially engaged artists and creatives who are looking to make social impact within their practice.Time: 9.30am-4.30pm                              
Venue: University of Bath Innovation Centre
£ Full Price: £150.00 / Student: £75.00 / Pay what you can: Donation
Summer Residency with Emma Smith - 23-24 July 2020                     
A rare opportunity to spend two days working with this internationally renowned socially-engaged artist.
Time: 10.00am-4.30pm                              
Venue: Bath venue TBC
£ Full Price: £100.00 / Student: £50.00 / Pay what you can: Donation
Creativity Works Peer-Led Groups Highlights
Peer-Group members shine at Well Wessex Event

L-R - Greg, Adrian, Heather, Philippa [Creativity Works] and Martin sharing their experiences of the benefits of creativity on their mental health.
Members from two of our peer-led groups; Writing Space and Keynsham Snap & Stroll, shared their experiences and the benefits of being part of these groups last month at the Well Wessex Event. Well Wessex is a partnership between Creativity Works, Heads Up, the Balsam Centre and Chard Watch, with the aim of working together to improve mental health support and provision across Somerset. 

Greg, a key member from our Writing Space group, ran a short creative writing session which was linked to the history of the area and Adrian, Heather and Martin from Keynsham Snap & Stroll, shared how photography has helped them. They encouraged the participants of the day to look at photography in a different way and how the images can represent how we are feeling.

"Its all about empowerment. Being part of a peer-led group makes you feel empowered. Hope and empowerment I think are two of the most important things in recovery from any mental health condition and this group gives me both." Peer group member.

The event coincided with an announcement by the Somerset Commissioning Group that it had awarded a £1m a year contract to help integrate adult mental health and emotional wellbeing services and to help create a better culture of collaboration between the NHS and the small charities that do so much excellent work within their local communities.

Speakers included: Lucy Nelson who spear headed the Well Wessex project, Sue Place - CEO of the Balsam Centre, Vanessa Gordon - Beulah Light, Lucy Jones - Medical Herbalist, Karen Prosser -  Director of Commercial Development, Strategy and Partnerships - Somerset Partnership NHS and  Annie Maw, Lord Lieutenant of Somerset.  For more information about Well Wessex and our role within the project, please contact Philippa Forsey via email:

Other News 
 Peer-Led Groups 
 Photography Groups 
Foxhill Happy Snappers

An opportunity to experiment with photography, share stories about the social history of Foxhill / Combe Down whilst learning new skills and creative ways to express yourself. Take part in short walks and discussions. 

When: Thursdays 11am-1pm 
Where: Foxhill Community Centre.
Bring a camera / smartphone / tablet if you can. No previous experience is necessary. 

Contact Max for details and to register interest: 01225 316199 
or please contact Philippa 01761 438852
Keynsham Snap & Stroll

A friendly, informal and sociable group that enjoys taking photos and promoting wellbeing. If you've got a camera, phone or tablet and you want to walk, talk and take pictures then this group is brilliant!

When: Wednesday mornings, Keynsham. 
Facebook Page:  Keynsham Snap & Stroll

Contact Max for details and to register interest: 01225 316199 
or please contact Philippa 01761 438852 

Writing & Visual Arts Groups 
Writing Space

Writing Space is a peer-led project for people of all writing skills who would like a safe place to develop and present their writing. The group is suitable for adults who would like to support their wellbeing and mental health through creativity. 

When: Tuesday afternoons 1 pm - 4pm
Where: Central Bath

Occasionally sessions are outdoors, so please be prepared for easy walking and various weathers!  
Get Creative

Are you looking to experiment with different arts materials and techniques? Get Creative peer-led visual art group in Bath, could be just right for you. The small groups' aim is to support personal wellbeing through creativity. 

When: Tuesday afternoons 1.15pm - 3.15pm 
Where: Odd Down

The weekly group offers an opportunity to meet others, learn and share creative ideas and gain confidence in a safe and friendly environment.  All members help plan further sessions and creative activity.
Radstock Wellbeing and Loving Life Group

The group offers a safe and welcoming space to come and be inspired and to  explore your own  creativity.  
When: Thursdays 12 noon - 2pm  Dates: 
Where: Radstock Trinity Methodist Church
Cost: £2.50 per session

Please note that there is no specific mental health support at these groups, but safe, respectful space is a priority. 
If you would like to join any of the peer-led groups please contact Philippa 01761 438852 email:
Other Opportunities
Hall for Cornwall Artist Commission
Hall for Cornwall are inviting expressions of interest from artists for an installation that will be in place by Autumn 2020. The artwork will represent the rich tapestry of stories that breathe through their walls, the fabric of the building itself and/or the many uses of this historic building which sits at the heart of Truro.

Full Details:
Paper Nations Offers Mentoring Scheme for Writers Looking to Develop Writing Initiatives  
The Writing Producers' Scheme is an opportunity for writers, educators, and those in the wider writing industry to receive support to develop an idea for a writing initiative or project. They are also looking for writers with existing projects that they want to develop further and make more sustainable.

Paper Nations' mission is to make the upper South-West (Gloucestershire, South Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, and Somerset) a 'Place for Writers' - a place with a diverse community and ecology of writing, where storytelling, writing, and voices of all kinds are highly valued and visible. They're launching the Writing Producers' Scheme to support those grassroots initiatives across the region that are a vital part of this mission.

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