Creativity Works

Creativity Works Newsletter July 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

Four months into the delivery of our arts development commission in Foxhill, "Made In Foxhill", and we are gradually building some significant, fruitful collaborations with the community, and some extraordinary work is emerging from these partnerships. M2AIR is an artist in residency scheme run by Megan Clark-Bagnall and Ali Brown, two artists who have worked with Creativity Works on a number of different projects. The M2 of the project title is derived from the name of their studio in Bristol, and the AIR is 'artist in residence', the artists here being young people aged 7-11 years old from Foxhill. Megan and Ali describe themselves as 'sous-artists,' supporting the work of the young people who have two days to make a piece of work and then hold a private view for their friends, family and the community. The first two artists were two girls whose finished products were truly inspiring. One of them created a sublime creative space adorned with dreams and aspirations, and a worry disposal box at the entrance so you can put your worries away before entering and relaxing in an uplifting, snug berth. I genuinely had a feeling of peace, calm and reflection when I was inside. 

The other artist was inspired by her neighbours, and cake, and created a beautiful piece that included a recipe for 'How to Make a Good Neighbour'. This includes: 'one million sprinkles of sharing', 'treasure each other,' 'add 16 sweet messages to one another,' and 'spread kindness everywhere'. Inspiring, heart-warming and innovative; what more could you want from an art project? M2AIR are currently working with two more young artists who, along with with those already mentioned, will showcase their work in an exhibition on Saturday 14th July in Foxhill. Do go along if you can.

Other work we are delivering includes a Photography project that is exploring the social history of Foxhill, and 'The Chronicles of Foxhill', a guided walk around the area devised by Kilter and the community themselves, exploring the people, places, events and stories that make the community what it is today. This work will culminate in an event in autumn for the opening of the new Mulberry Park Hub, so do watch out. We are also collaborating with Sustrans on an event to be held in Springfield Park on August 18th where the brilliant Urban Playground will be showcasing the work they have developed with the community, alongside other taster sessions laid on by Bath Dance. It promises to be a great event. Please do keep in touch with all our work in Foxhill, including how you can get involved in forthcoming Animation Workshops, and the Urban Playground project, on the dedicated website:  and on facebook 

I've just seen that 23.6 million people watched the England vs Colombia football game last night. I was one of them, one of my colleagues wasn't; bring on lively discussion about whether football counts as culture, whether the bad behaviour associated with it is alienating, and whether 23.6 million people's energy might be committed to something a bit more meaningful. My thoughts are, that with 28 million people attending the theatre over a whole year in 2014, I fancy we need to continue our work striving to make arts more exciting, more accessible, more thrilling and more inclusive. So, at least last night's victory has had one further-reaching impact: making us here at Creativity Works as determined as ever to bring that feeling of exhilaration and belonging to as many people as we can.


Director, Creativity Works
Artist Call-Out - deadline to apply Thursday 5th July

Bath Dance are working with Creativity Works and a consortium of partners to deliver 'Made in Foxhill ' - an exciting and enriching community led arts engagement programme with residents in Foxhill, Bath.

We are already working with Urban Playground to deliver and develop parkour performance skills and would like to hear from local dance and movement artists with expertise in facilitating community creativity. 

The process is as important as the product; we want to embed a creative spark, nurture skills and ambition and leave a positive, confident and creative community legacy. 

We are interested in different approaches and ideas to work with people who may not have prior dance experience. You may want to revisit and reinvent the school disco experience, work with parents and toddlers, make dance games, start a Foxhill-billies barn dance group, offer some dance and wellbeing or social dance....

We'd love to hear from you if you have something to offer and at this stage we're particularly interested in ideas that will appeal to groups of older people, teenagers and families. 

Fee:  £80 per two hour session inclusive (or £40 per hour etc), plus £100 planning fee with sessions to run until October 2018. 

To apply:  Please send your cv including insurance & DBS details to  with a letter telling us about your experience of working with different communities and an outline of what you would like to offer. More information on Made in Foxhill can be found at 

Deadline: 12 noon Thursday 5 July

Join in with our free online Creative Wellbeing Challenge this summer! This year we are asking people to sign up via our website so join up today via
Download a copy of the poster here and share it :-)

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

Happiness and Resilience Arts - Capturing the Good Stuff
Cultivating a positive mind through creativity. 

Would you like to create some positive change? If so, why not join this course to e xplore methods of coping better with stress and challenge. Explore positive thinking patterns that help shift mood. Use growth mind-set to support personal goals, increase energy and wellbeing and you'll create a tool-kit to take away.

This course is based on positive psychology strategies and will be facilitated by artist Helen Luff.

This course starts on Monday 9th July

Dates: Mondays  9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th July, 6th, 13th August. 10am - 12 noon
Venue: Bath Citadel Salvation Army, Green Park Road, Bath BA1 1XE
To book: contact the Wellbeing College 01225 831820
Other News

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:
Peer-Led Creative Wellbeing Groups

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 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

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


Work by Writing Space Members

The Mask by GA (© 2018)

I have a mask on my wall. It's a very well made one, one my mother made for me. It's like me, but a little better... or a lot better even. It's what she always wanted me to be. And for a while, me and my mask were indistinguishable. 

I don't know when it happened, when it started happening, but one day I didn't match the mask any more. And nobody liked my face, they much preferred the mask. So I learned to wear the mask a lot more, and hoped my face would look like it. It never did. 

Help support 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.

Please allow 14 days for delivery. THANK YOU for your support.


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
Mapping the Inner World: An Exhibition by Beverley Ferguson

Detail from Tree and Moon

Blackbird in Pine. 
Photos Beverley Ferguson

C. of Life

Come and see the inspiring work of Textile & Mixed - Media Artist Beverley Ferguson at her first solo show.

"Using paper medical notes in my work and as starting points I create a visual narrative for my experiences in the mental health system. I respond to and explore through a variety of textures: paper, textiles, sound and mixed media the notion of 'sections.' How it feels to be separated and cut off from the outside world by illness informs much of my work. It is also a celebration of life as renewal and vitality return. These changing patterns are expressed by my use of design, form, colour and rhythm. The creative process enables me to begin to build bridges, making a map for my inner world." Beverley Ferguson.

Thursday 5th July - Wednesday 11th 12.00 - 5.00pm

Thursday 5th July 6 - 8.00pm: Open Evening

Friday 6th July 12.30 - 1.30pm: 'In Conversation'
Beverley Ferguson and Fay Stevens. Fay is an academic, curator, artist and writer.

Bath Artists Studios
The Old Malt House, Comfortable Place
Upper Bristol Rd BA1 3AJ

Free mental Health Training in B&NES, Swindon & Wiltshire

Following on from the successful Connect 5 session at Bath Artists Studios with Philippa from Creativity Works and Ralph from St. Mungo's as part of FAB, we are now pleased to let you know about future dates organised by Public Health.

What is Connect 5?

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. 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.

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).

For the full list of dates and additional information about the training:
Please download this document - Connect 5 Training.

Making Every Contact Count (MECC) Training

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.
Dates (all in Bath)
Full details and to book
1st & 8th August
27th Sept & 4th Oct

Summer Reading Challenge: Your library needs you!

Have you got a couple of spare hours to help support your local library? 

This summer, Somerset Libraries are looking for help from local artists to help run workshops for their flagship children's event, the Summer Reading Challenge. 

Around 7,000 children take part in the Summer Reading Challenge in Somerset every year. It is a free scheme helping to promote reading for pleasure and the theme this year is the Beano in celebration of 80 years of the comic. We would love to put on creative workshops to encourage children to come into the library, especially around comic drawing, but need help to do so. 

If you think you could help us by running one or two workshops, we would love to hear from you. Unfortunately we do not have a budget to pay for workshops but we can cover travel expenses. 

The Summer Reading Challenge runs from the 14th July - 8th September.

Alternatively if you do not have any free time, we are also very in need of craft materials. If you have any old craft materials you'd be able to donate, they would be gratefully received. 

Please contact Alex on if you are able to help.

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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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