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Creativity Works Newsletter
March 2016 
Directors Blog

I was very interested this month in an article that appeared in The Wiltshire Times, where the headline screamed:
"Virgin Care buys child services in £64m privatisation deal". 
Now, we all know, of course, that newspapers are prone to a bit of hyperbole and that facts can often be distorted, but I don't really see how this type of reporting and scaremongering is helping the cause that we are all hoping to achieve, namely the highest quality health and social care available. 

It is true that Virgin Care has been awarded the tender for these services, but it was a tender, not a purchase as implied. Only time will tell if their way of doing things will be high quality and sustainable. Branson's own reasoning that, " Just like airlines and financial services, when it comes to being cared for, good service and convenience can make all of the difference" does ring alarm bells! It seems that Virgin Care and others of their ilk are here to stay and this puts organisations like us in a very difficult place ideologically and, potentially, financially. The new way of doing things in the new financial climate is taking shape and we want to be a part of it, however it is vital that we stick to our ethos, to our methods and to our belief in genuine partnership work and collaboration. As the emerging health and social care landscape unfolds in front of us, we watch and plan with anticipation and with a definite balance of excitement and trepidation.

But away from politics, we continue to concentrate on what we do well and that is delivering high quality arts experiences! Fresh Art@ Ward 4 has just started again and Nat, the instigator of the project and now a valued staff member at Creativity Works, spoke at The Holbourne Museum recently informing the audience of the success of Fresh Art@ and the importance of our partnership with the Museums.

We also have another My Time My Space starting in Cadbury Heath, and a new course just started, Beginners Writing, in central Bath. For details of this and any of our other work please do get in touch.


(Director, Creativity Works) 
Business Development Manager Required
**New Vacancy**

A new vacancy for a Business Development Manager has arisen to lead in areas of fundraising; new business development; partnership development, and to provide support in development and progression for Creativity Works projects and programmes.
We are looking for a positive and proactive individual who would be comfortable being an advocate for our organisation: moving us into new and exciting collaborations and successfully gaining high profile commissions.
In particular key areas of responsibility will be:

·       To identify and grow new and existing revenue streams in order to improve financial performance

·      To act as an ambassador for the organisation, identifying and establishing strong partnerships for        delivery

·      To oversee resource, evaluation and research development

Grade / Salary:                  £29,371 pro rata

Hours:                               22.5 hours per week
                                          (with the potential to increase to 30 hours per week dependent on successful fundraising)      
For more details please read the Business Development Manager Job Description and Personal Specification, downloadable from
To apply for the post

Please download and complete the Job Application Form and the Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form from and email both to by 9am on the 4th April.
Interviews will be held in Radstock during the week of the 11th April.
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

Get Organised and Book Now for Upcoming Artists Training...

Creative Facilitation Workshop
"Inspirational", "dynamic", "action packed" and "thorough" - f eedback from participants of Creativity Work's one day training on Creative Facilitation skills.

The course takes participants through a series of practical, creative exercises with discussion and reflection looking at: the role of a facilitator, icebreakers, introductory activities, energising activities, boundaries and sensitivities, group behaviour and journaling as a reflection tool. Activities include: movement, using natural objects, low tech animation, sound, craft activities and writing. Also included is a short presentation on socially engaged art as a framework for creative facilitation.

The workshop is a sound introduction or refresher on the skills needed to become a creative facilitator. It is suitable for creatives and artists who are interested in running workshops or creative groups. It is part of the co|Create series of socially engaged artists' continued professional development.
When: Monday 25 April
How much: £50 for the whole day, includes handouts
Where: Widcombe Hill, central Bath, 5 minutes' walk from Bath Spa station
To book click here.

Social Media for Artists
How to take your business further in 2016

A hands-on social media workshop for artists. Guided by Ecomedia Collective founder Kyle Hannan, host of the 'Amplify Us' podcast about DIY media-making.
Attendees will learn:
* how to evaluate and improve what you're already doing online
* the basics of making your own media for your creative business
* how to identify and tell your unique story and how to use it to flavour and enhance how you promote yourself online
* how to use free online tools and resources to build your business, understand your 'audience' and target the right activities that make the most difference to your bottom line.
* get access to a webpage filled with 'how to' resources which is theirs to use at any time in the future.
Individual attention and follow-up support is integral to this training offer.
When: Morning of Wednesday 27th April, 10am-1pm
How much: £25
Where: Widcombe Hill, central Bath, 5 minutes' walk from Bath Spa station
To book now click here


For more information on our co|Create artists training visit or call the office on 01761 438852.
Reminder of our New Groups Supporting Mental Wellbeing
Check out our exciting new groups starting in March and April

 A 12 week course for beginners with no previous experience of creative writing to develop confidence in writing. Download the poster here.

8 sessions which will include exploring the natural and built environment of Bath by foot as well as time indoors for discussions, group activities and viewing / editing photos. Download the poster here.

For more information on our wellbeing courses, click here.   VolCallOut
Calling all Creative Writers!

We are looking for someone who is enthusiastic and engaged in the area of creative writing to support our peer-led creative writing groups for vulnerable adults dealing with mental health challenges. You would be supported by the Creativity Works team, fully inducted and taken through the DBS process. You would also have access to a range of relevant trainings made free for you as a volunteer. 

This is a great opportunity for anyone who would like to develop their skills in peer support, facilitating creative writing sessions or creative community support in general. 

For more details contact or ring the office on  01761 438 852 and ask to speak to Camilla or Philippa. We look forward to hearing from you!
Round-about Radstock 
Back by popular demand DNA arts takes you on a journey of exploration. 

Saturday 28th May
12 - 6pm

Round-about Radstock is a day of free arts activities, workshops, performance, live music, dance, street theatre and food, all taking place in unusual locations across the town. Perfect for the family on May bank holiday. Will you complete the trail and win the prizes? 
The week after next Creativity Works' project Manager Philippa is starting silk flag workshops in Radstock as part of this project. She will be taking the workshops to four local schools and creating 20 flags celebrating Radstock and it's waterways.

For more information visit

Here are some images from last year's popular event...

Other News...
Some top news items from our partner organisations or those that have jumped out at us.


As the end of their brilliant Bath Spa Graduate resident's time approaches, it's time for the world to see the body of work that he has been working on over the past 6 months at Bath Artists' Studios. 

Place and Person
Thursday 3rd March- 5-9pm (Private View)
4th-8th March 10-4pm 

The debut solo show by Benjamin Goldfinch
Exhibiting in The Roper Gallery, Benjamin creates a dynamic visual exploration of the city and investigates the relationship between the place and the person within Bath.
By visiting various locations throughout the city and responding to his immediate thoughts and emotions, Benjamin discovers the relationships and associations he holds with his surroundings. Using his direct thought process as a starting point; his work embraces a range of themes from fact and history to personal experiences and stories. By doing this, he is able to not only investigate the city and his relationship with it, but to uncover the way in which his mind works and explore the individual connections he holds with certain places around the city.
Through striking images and designs, Benjamin is able to investigate the harmony and discord between the past, present and personal.

Contact Info:


Opportunities for Over 55s at The Bubble, St.John's Hospital, central Bath.

There are currently many creative and sociable opportunities at The Bubble, St. John's Hospital, central Bath, for over 55s in BANES. Ranging from Knitting for Health and Wellness; a Colouring Clinic; Maths Skills for over 55s; poetry, sharing stories and an Easter Afternoon Tea. 

Contact Anna Ferguson for more details or to book your place:
Tel: 01225 486403 or email:

Could you be a Trustee for Creativity Works?
Trustees Required

We are always looking to widen our Board of Trustees for Creativity Works and would welcome any expressions of interest. We are particularly looking for those with skills in the following areas:  

- Human Resources;
- Legal Services;
- Fundraising;
- Accounting;
- or the Visual Arts. 


You will be helping to lead a hard working, creative and dedicated team of staff, steering the way in the effective growth and promotion of this expanding organisation.

Trustees meet at least 6 times a year and we encourage engagement in particular areas of work and ongoing projects.


Further detail about our work is available on our website


For more information please contact our Chairman, Karl Bevis ( If you would like to apply for a position as a Trustee, please send Karl your CV and written application. Consideration of applications will be ongoing.

Please feel free to spread the word - you can download the advert here.OtherNews
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With Best Wishes,

The Creativity Works Team

For more information:
Tel: 01761 438852


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