Creativity Works

Creativity Works Newsletter
January 2016 
Director's Blog

My blog this month is immensely influenced by one central theme: brevity.

This is mainly due to the fact that I am in the midst of our Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation application, and the character count allowed for each answer is beyond challenging. I understand that brevity can, and in many circumstances, should produce a succinct response, but trying to fit all of the information in is proving rather testing.
It is, however, as I am sure many of you are finding, an excellent exercise in really drilling down into what is important about the work that you do and how you go about doing it. We are very happy to have a new Chair of Trustees, Louise Lapin-Cook, in place from the start of this year and together we will be considerably reviewing our procedures and practices, starting with our governance principles. 
We are on the lookout for new trustees to join us, so do get in touch if you would like to volunteer your services. 
I have now been in post for three years (how time flies!) and I feel that now is a perfect time to undertake a review of our priorities and working methods. Too often I find I am unable to action many of the positive and fascinating ideas that I encounter from staff, partners and training such as the Leadership and Sustainability course I am currently on, so I am determined to put some time aside to look back through pages of notes, to finally follow up on research, and to actually read the numerous reports stacking up in my office.

On a very positive note, we were very pleased at the end of last year to discover that we have raised appropriate funding to start our Radstock Arts Project (RAP), aimed at young people in the Radstock area. The idea is to create a sustainable, high-quality arts offer for young people and their families that can evolve into a targeted social prescription service. We are very interested in working with as many partners as possible to really get this project off the ground, so again, do get in touch if you are interested. The activity will be created through responses to our artists commissions that we ran last year, alongside a young people's steering group that we will be setting up.

So, I said I would be brief, back to the NPO for me! I hope this quote from George Burns raises a smile:

"The secret of a good sermon is to have a good beginning and a good ending; and to have the two as close together as possible." 


Director, Creativity Works
Creative Care CourseCreativeCare
A 8 week pilot  course aimed at care workers and students in health and social care interested in Elders work will start on the 31st January at Bath City College as part of the new Care Academy.

Each week will be facilitated by a professional artist in a different art form with the aim to explore, develop and grow your own creativity to use in health and social care settings to benefit others.

This pilot has come about as a result of requests from Care Workers and Creativity Works are running this in partnership with Bath City College Care Academy and Alive!

Dates: Jan 31st, Feb 7th, Feb 21st, Feb 28th, March 7th, March 14th, March 21st, March 28th  + Final presentation dates April 7th and 14th (depending on group size)

Time: 18.00 - 20.00

Venue: City Centre Campus Bath College

This special pilot course is being run at a reduced rate of £150 per place for the 8 weeks (will normally be £350) There are a limited number of free Bath City College students places available.

For more information and to book your place please either contact Alisa Eaglestone by email, call her on 07588524111 or you can book via our charity check out link: 


Jan 31st Ailsa E, Gill Roberts, Sarah Gilmartin Intro, icebreakers An introduction to the course aims and objectives.The benefits of creativity for wellbeing.Getting to know one another.
7th Feb Kerry Russel The Visual Arts and the 5 Ways to Wellbeing Explore simple visual arts and the 5 Ways to Wellbeing as a tool to embed creativity in everyday practice.
14th Feb No session, half term    
21st Feb Sarah Gilmartin Dance and Movement Explore dance and movement activities and the challenges of physical and mental health on the body.
28th Feb Barney Heywood Stand and Stare Join Barney with the Tangible Memories App to create your own 'story book pages' and the power of objects for sparking memories.
7th March Hilda Sheehan Poetry and the spoken word How can poetry, the spoken word and literature be used to outstanding affect.
14th March Alive! Gill Roberts I-Pad technology Leading arts providers Alive! will lead you on a whistle stop tour of some of the I-Pad activities available
21st March Wyldwood Arts Playfulness, drama and games Have fun playing games and using props to spark conversations
28th March Ali Brown The Visual Arts An illustration of simple visual arts that can be used in the home and how to create safe and creative spaces
7 &14 April

Final Presentations*
will be April 7th and 14th (depending on group size)

B&NES Creative Wellbeing Courses 2017
Textiles with the Skills Seekers
Explore supporting your wellbeing through creativity

Boost confidence, experiment, share and learn creative textile techniques in a small supportive group. Skill Seekers is a group that meets weekly to socialise, create and develop projects. 
£2 per session

Ongoing weekly group held on Tuesdays at Odd Down Community Centre, Bath

Arrive 1.30pm for a cuppa. Start 2pm - 4pm

Come and share ideas and develop your skills. No previous experience is necessaryTextiles
Suitable for B&NES residents who would like to  support their wellbeing through creativity
A textiles tutor will offer advice and guidance for projects on the following dates:  21st February and 21st March
Meet at Odd Down Community Centre, Odins Rd, BA2 2TL
To book your place and enrol call or email: Lesley Johnston tel: 01225 831411  email:


Snap and Stroll
Take a fresh look at Radstock - through a lens!

Eight  sessions which will include exploring the natural and built environment of Radstock by foot as well as time indoors for discussions, group activities and viewing/editing photos.

There will also be the chance to exhibit your work and take part in curating workshops at the end of the course.
No previous experience is necessary.  You are welcome to bring along your own camera or digital cameras will be provided for you.  This course is provided free of charge and is for B&NES residents.
This creative group is suitable for those who are experiencing or in recovery from anxiety, depression and mental health challenges
Tuesdays: 1.30pm - 4.30pm
Dates: 31st Jan + 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th Feb + 7th, 14th, 21st March 2017 + Curation sessions 28th March, 4th April 2017
Venue: Somer Valley Campus, Bath College, Wells Road, Radstock, BA3 3RW
If you have any queries or to book a place, please ring Lynsey Parsons, Adult Community Learning
Tel: 01225 328822  Or Vicki Chapman Tel: 01761 433161 ext 330

Beginners Writing Group starts in February NewBeginners

A 10 week course starting on Monday  20th Feb 2017

A creative group suitable for those who are experiencing or in recovery from anxiety, depression and mental health challenges living in B&NES

Image: Camilla Nelson

A 10 week course for beginners of writing to develop confidence in creative writing.

Make friends, have fun, get writing. No experience necessary.  Please bring something to write with - all other materials provided.
Mondays: 4pm - 6pm
Start date: 20th Feb 2017
Then every Monday until 24th April 2017
20, 27th Feb, 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th March 3rd, 10th, 24th April, 8th May
(please note there will not be a session 17th April, 1st May)
NEW LOCATION - St. Michaels Without Church, Broad Street, Bath, BA1 5JL 
To enter please use the side entrance door opposite Waitrose
To book your place and for more information
Wellbeing College   01225 831820

The Next Fresh Art Programme starts on 16 February


Please share with anyone you think would be interested.


co|Create News
A programme of socially engaged artists' CPD and training
*Last few places*
Embedding Five Ways to Wellbeing into Arts Practice @ Creativity Works

When: Tuesday 31st January 2017 10am - 12pm
Where: Widcombe Social Club, Widcombe Hill, Bath BA2 6AA

For artists who have completed the Wellbeing College Five Ways to Wellbeing Course (listed above) to extend their knowledge and embed thinking.

Cost: £10

for more information on Five Ways to Wellbeing see

Co|Create Artists Survey
We need your input! cocreatsurvey

We really want to know what you want from our co|Create artist's programme to ensure time and money is invested in the right places for you to develop and grow as artists. We have lots of new ideas including Minnets - mini networks of artists providing peer to peer support and the potential to collaborate on new projects, Action Learning Sets, assistant artist roles across our programmes, mentoring and creative conversations as well as training courses, to help you to keep up with the latest developments and thinking across socially engaged art and health and wellbeing.

Please see below a link to a very short 10 question survey, we would really appreciate your input as we move forward to designing and fundraising for a new co|Create programme. 

Link to Co|Create Artists Survey

News, Useful Websites, Articles & Events News
Interesting links and opportunities from around the South West. Please do share with us any sites, articles and films you also find useful and inspiring.

Theatre practitioner training / Drama worker CPD, acta Community Theatre
Free Skillshare and Games Exchange

These new workshops are free to attend, and are open to drama facilitators from across the sector who are interested in sharing and learning more about making theatre.

CPD workshops this year (all 1.00 - 3.30pm Wednesdays at actacentre):  18 January,  22 February, 
5 April,  19 July

This workshop will be loosely looking at Troubleshooting common (and uncommon) issues that arise in workshops. If you are looking for ideas on how to solve a particular issue, or need a space to try out your idea, this is the group for you!

Free (Limited number of spaces available)
actacentre, Bedminster BS3 3AY
If you are interested in attending, please get in touch!  Email

BBC Radio 4
Julia Bradbury on Emotionally Challenging Work

Julia Bradbury talks to Dr Rory Conn, a Specialist Registrar in Psychiatry. Rory works in a Mental Health In-Patient Unit for adolescents, and he discusses the challenges of regularly dealing with intense  mental and emotional situations as part of your working life, and how you switch off at the end of the day.

What's on at the Victoria Art Gallery this month
Peter Brown, Over Pulteney Bridge, the day Grayson Perry came to town, Bath, oil on canvas, 2016

Peter Brown: A Bath Painter's Travels
(Until 19 February 2017)

This exhibition features over 100 new oil paintings and drawings by Bath-based artist Peter Brown, commonly known as 'Pete the Street' for his habit of painting outdoors in all weathers. The exhibits, all to be captured in a brand new book, include scenes of well-loved Bath locations displayed side by side with views of Arles, Dublin, Granada, London, Seville and other cities.

In all cases the artist uses the street as his studio and depicts the bustling life he encounters at different times of day and different seasons. Nor will fans of Bath's Georgian heritage be disappointed for Pete never tires of painting his home city.  Also, this year Pete has painting at Glastonbury Festival and captured the magic of the music, sun, rain and mud!
Talk and book signing by Peter Brown
Saturday 28 January, 11.30-12.30. Free to Discovery Card and ticket holders.

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With Best Wishes,

The Creativity Works Team

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