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Creativity Works Newsletter March 2019
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. 

The word of the month is 'digital'. Not only is there a lot of it about, there is a lot of funding for it as well. At least funding for the training of organisations and individuals in digital strategy, techniques, social media and such like.

I was lucky enough to enjoy a free 2 day training in Bath over the last couple of weeks delivered by The Dot Project in association with B&NES' 3rd sector group, 3SG. The funding for this comes from DCMS who are funding a raft of similar training programmes in the UK. It seems they want to turn us all into Digital Leaders as my colleague Morwhenna has also been on digital leaders training this week, all be it with a different focus to this one. I am also taking the opportunity of further digital training in Bristol next week, this time with a focus on social media.

The Arts Council are similarly interested in 'digital'. But what is it; to them, to us, to you? It seems it really is a catch-all term for so many things, from social media to online content, to apps, to interventions. I do applaud funding going into this area as long as it enhances and complements, and does not detract from, the invaluable face-to-face work carried out by socially engaged artists, peer-support groups and others using the arts and creativity to change people's lives positively.

Many of the concerns I heard on the recent training coming from charities and third sector groups working predominantly with vulnerable communities, was that there is a widening gap between those that can access and communicate with digital skills and technology, and those that can't. It is up to organisations such as Creativity Works and others delivering similar work, to ensure this gap does not widen, and that there is an accessible and meaningful creative offer open to everyone. The opportunities 'digital' offers us in the future is undoubtedly exciting, as long as we use it sensitively, creatively and most importantly, democratically. 'Digital' is the word of the month' but I think it must only be mentioned in the same breath as 'accessibility.'

For those who would like to enhance their lives through the digital experience, can I recommend joining Libraries West and then downloading Borrow Box which means you can order audio books and store and listen to them at your own leisure. I am about to take a journey to London to meet with a group of colleagues at the amazing Rosetta Arts in West Ham and will be listening to an audio book about prisons in Afghanistan on the train! Each to their own!  Great tip from Morwhenna! Thanks! 

Director, Creativity Works 

Upcoming Creative Wellbeing Courses
Photowalking - 
Exploring Bath and its Heritage

Would you like to develop your photography skills in a friendly group, explore Bath on foot and visit three different Bath museums? [No.1 Royal Crescent, The Herschel Museum, Museum of Bath Architecture (MoBA)] 

We are excited to announce that we're running another of our hugely popular photography courses and on this one you'll also have the opportunity to have a go at digital image editing at Bath College. You can use your own phone, ipad or camera.

Dates: 28th March - 2nd May 2019 [ Thursdays]   Time: 11am - 1pm

Programme: [Booking essential]

28th March    Meet at No.1 Museum, Royal Crescent Bath.
4th April        Meet at The Herschel Museum, New King Street, Bath.
11th April      Meet at Museum of Bath Architecture (MoBA).
18th April      Meet at Bath College skills in how to edit your photographs.
25th April     Group photowalk in Bath.
2nd May       Group photowalk and future opportunities.

The group is suitable for adults who live in B&NES and would like to support their wellbeing and mental health through creativity. Please note that there is no specific mental health support, but safe, respectful space is a priority.

To confirm your place contact Rachel 01225 328822
This course is being facilitated by Sally Collister, socially engaged photographer from In the Picture and is supported by Creativity Works, Bath College and No.1 Royal Crescent.

Creative Writing Workshops with Writing Space
Fresh Inspiration from the World Around Us

Would you like to develop creative writing skills and connect with other writers and the world around you? This special session will be f
acilitated by author Sara Firman, who draws on her experience in guiding creative writing sessions and her love of nature-based experiences. Her work has been published in professional, conservation and earth-based literary magazines, as well as in village newsletters.

Th is  workshop will help you appreciate what matters to you, refresh your  creativity and begin writing as a wellbeing practice.  Learn  simple practices to   rebuild confidence in writing,  draw on  life  experiences  and  kindle  creativity through words.  The focus is on enjoyment,  sharing  and connecting with others  through creative writing.

The group is suitable for adults who live in B&NES and would like to support their wellbeing and mental health through creativity. Please note that there is no specific mental health support, but safe, respectful space is a priority.  Some practices will be outdoors, weather permitting. Wear clothing suitable for easy walking and weather protection.

Date:Tuesday 23rd April 1 - 4pm
Venue: Bath

To Book: Contact Wellbeing College  01225 831820
This year's Fresh Art@ Project has made an impression

Fresh Art@ update from Tasha Beesley, our Fresh Art@ Worker...
Fresh Art@ is in full swing, with the 12-week project in the community well underway and the group enjoying the unique opportunity that the project offers.  A group of 12 individuals who wish to support their mental health through creativity are supported by the Fresh Art@ team to come together each week in one of 3 Bath museums involved in the project. 
During the 2 hour sessions, we explore the rich heritage of our city through the museum collections, taking inspiration to create artwork with guidance and support from socially engaged artist Barbara Disney.
For the first 4 weeks, we have been meeting at No.1 Royal Crescent where we have been welcomed by the knowledgeable staff there.  Polly has been working alongside us, sharing stories of the house and showing us all sorts of interesting artefacts that give clues as to how people would have lived between 1776-1796.
We decided to explore the house from the bottom to the top, starting downstairs in the servants quarters and kitchens and working our way up through the house, where the objects and curiosities that we found became more and more decadent and ornate the further up the house we went!
Barbara brings a wealth of quality art materials to each session and participants are encouraged to experiment and play with different processes.  Already, there is huge variety in the work being produced and it has been interesting to see different responses to the collections.  We have been working with inktense pencils, paints, charcoal, inks and began to experiment with some print-making processes, printing our drawings onto fabric.
This week, we will be moving to The Holburne Museum where we will spend another 4 weeks exploring and creating before visiting our final venue, The American Museum and Gardens.
Participants have the opportunity to donate their work to the Fresh Art@ collection at the end of the project, which is exhibited within the clinical spaces of AWP to enliven and inspire.
Alongside the community sessions, we have also been delivering Fresh Art@ sessions on Sycamore ward, the acute inpatient unit in Bath.  The sessions have been guided by printmaker Miranda Wells, with knowledgeable museum staff bringing objects from the museum's handling collections to provide inspiration and create conversation.
We have been printing designs onto fabric, with the aim of creating a collaborative weave including everybody's work.  We have seen some incredible designs come to fruition so far and are looking forward to the piece developing as the sessions go on, watch this space!
Be sure to check out the public exhibition of work from Fresh Art@ at The Roper Gallery, Bath Artists Studios, from 23rd - 31st May.
Artist Profile: Miranda Wells
This month we've the pleasure to introduce Miranda Wells who is currently working with us as part of the Fresh Art@ Project. We hope that you find her interview inspirational.

Miranda holding up one of the Artworks as it begins to take shape.
Hello! Tell us a bit about yourself (and your artistic medium)

I am an artist and creative practitioner with a huge passion to inspire using creativity. I specialise in arts, health and wellbeing - working within community, mental health and education settings. I work in various art mediums, with people from all walks of life. As an artist, my main creative medium is clay and I find it to be incredibly therapeutic.
What project are you currently working on with Creativity Works?

I am working with Creativity Works on the Fresh Art@ Project, along with No.1 Royal Crescent, The Holburne Museum and The American Museum. I am leading art sessions on ward at the Royal United Hospital, creating large woven artworks with the patients to be part of their permanent collection, exhibited at the hospital.

Who inspires you? (and why)

Everyone I work with brings something new to the table, there is so much growth to be inspired by. When working in group sessions, it never ceases to amaze and thrill me, just how much is created and achieved - it's a very inspiring to witness this.

What book or exhibition has inspired you recently? 

Zoe Paul's exhibition at Spike Island last summer was inspiring. I liked the unusual use of clay - the huge hanging artworks were not obviously made of clay until you inspected them close up. I appreciated the way the audience were encouraged to participate in handling the clay, I love the tactility of the material and how this was conveyed.

What's been your biggest professional, personal or creative achievement to date?

All the artworks I have created together with all the people I have worked with over the years. As well as sticking with my gut and figuring out that it was even possible to be a socially engaged artist.

What are your creative aspirations? 

I aspire to continue to facilitate sparking creativity and using the process of art-making to have a positive impact, in any way I can make that happen!

What advice would you give an emerging socially engaged artist?

Make sure you're prepared. Put yourself out there and always be on the lookout for opportunities, sometimes in unusual places!

Where to find out more about Miranda:
Website / portfolio:
Instagram: @pandapots
Twitter:    @Miranda__Alice
Walking, connecting and creating - Walkshop Review

Some of the photos that Stacey took during the Walkshop that caught her eye...
Stacey Pottinger, our Projects & Office Assistant, shares her experience of the recent co|Create Walkshop we ran with Artist Christina Sanders in January. We hope it inspires you to get outside and to slowly explore what's around you.

"As a first-time attendee of a Creative Inspiration workshop, I felt quite nervous beforehand. I wondered about how it might work as well as how I might fit in with the other attendees. I genuinely need not have worried; the group was friendly and the walkshop leader (Christina) created a very calm and relaxed feeling.

The links between walking, creativity and identity (both of place and person) was fascinating to hear about. I have always found that going for a walk has helped me solve seemingly insurmountable challenges, and has sparked both creative thinking and interesting conversation, but hearing the science behind why this happens is fascinating.

Of the four exercises we undertook I most enjoyed the opportunity to walk slowly, and the final exercise where we had the opportunity to get lost. I found that I could take in more of the world around me, and I noticed things which I previously hadn't, even in places I had previously visited. Not only did I take away the photos, video and writing which I created during the session, I also took away the knowledge that can use walking as a practice in itself to support the development of ideas, to spark creative projects, and as a tool to be more mindful and involved in my surroundings."

[We'll be running more Creative Inspiration workshops later in the year, so keep an eye out for these which we'll share via our newsletter and on our website]
Do you want to be part of our Voices of Creativity Works project?
Have you taken part in a Creativity Works Project and would like to share the positive impact it's had on your life? 

Working with Somer Valley FM's we're creating a radio programme to share the stories of participants, 
volunteers and artists who have taken part in any of our projects over the years. Have you been part of FreshArt@, My Time My Space, Snap & Stroll....?

We are going to be creating an hour long radio programme called 'Voices of Creativity Works' for Somer Valley FM and we'd like to hear YOUR stories.

If you'd like to know more about this and get involved please tell us about a Creativity Works Project you've taken part in and how it has helped you. Email to Morwhenna -  

Other Opportunities & Events
#FaB19 call-out to Artists. Deadline: 17 March
For the full details visit:
Artist Opportunity: 
Social Works?: Live 2019  Working in the Open
26 April 2019 | Manchester

Social Works?: Live 2019 , is a social arts festival organised in partnership between Axisweb and Manchester Metropolitan University.

Artist Commissions
DEADLINE: 15 MARCH 2019, 10am

Artists / collectives are invited to bid for a 'stall' and to host / facilitate an activity or intervention within the space during the event.  9 Commissions are available. A fixed fee of £350 will be paid to each artist / collective.

Social Works?: Live 2019 is about working in the open and sharing ideas with a network of people involved in socially engaged practice.  Register to secure your place and have the opportunity to contribute work / activities to 'the Fringe' space and sign up to give a short talk in our discussion forum.  Register to attend

A limited number of travel bursaries are available to Axisweb members to support self-employed artists / those on a low income with costs associated with travelling to the event, childcare, etc.  Details available when  Registering to attend.

Questions or feedback?
Please feel free to contact: with any questions or feedback you might have. Further information about Social Works and the Models of Validation project can be found at:
Outside In Artist Support Day in Bristol - 28th March
Outside In, the arts charity who provide a platform for artists who face barriers to the art world, are running an artists support day on Thursday 28th March. The Artist Support Day aims to assist artists in signing up to Outside In. They will be at M-Shed, Princes Wharf, Wapping Road from 10:30am - 4:00pm. Artists can bring 5 pieces of work to photograph, [high quality images of their art work are taken] and support with how to write an artist statement.
Artists who feel they meet our criteria can create an online gallery showcasing their work and artist statement. This is a great way to show others their work and once they have joined Outside In, artists can get involved with the many opportunities Outside In provide, such as exhibitions, residencies, commissions and training.
Artists can book a one to one session with one of their staff for an hour. To book please email  Numbers are limited so places will be given on a first come first served basis. 
Please see attached for a flyer about the Support Day which we would be grateful if you would forward to your contacts. I have posted you some printed copies too which I would be grateful if you could distribute. 
You can find out more about us on our website

If you have any queries please contact 
Free Level 2 Certificate in Common Health Conditions Course from The Skills Network
Level 2 Certificate in Common Health Conditions will provide you and your staff with an increased awareness of a range of common health conditions including, cardiovascular disease, stroke, arthritis, physical disabilities and Parkinson's disease.
The course covers:
  • Understanding how to contribute to monitoring the health of individuals affected by health conditions
  • Understanding cardiovascular disease
  • Stroke awareness
  • Arthritis awareness
  • Understand physical disabilities
  • Parkinson's disease awareness.
This course is delivered via distance learning methods, meaning that you and your staff can study at a time and in a place that best suits you, without affecting your day-to-day roles.
If you are an individual and would like to apply for this course, please click here.
Please click HERE to register your interest and find out more

Need some more information?
If you have any questions, please The Skills Network on 01757 600 707 or email
Symposium: Why Museums Matter for Mental Health
Friday 5 April 2019
Holburne Museum, Bath.
Bringing together specialists from arts, heritage and health sectors, this cross sector learning event will talk about the benefits, challenges and outcomes of working together on Health and Heritage projects which use creativity to promote mental health and wellbeing.

As well as keynote speakers from the heritage and health fields, the Holburne and its Bath museum partners will be sharing learning from our 3 year 
Pathways to Wellbeing  programme and will focus on how Museums can act as inclusive, therapeutic spaces, inspiring creativity to promote mental health and wellbeing.
This event is programmed to complement our new exhibition Why Museums Matter (7 Feb - 22 April, 2019) which celebrates the artwork of over 20 people with lived experience of mental health issues, social isolation or homelessness who have engaged with our  Pathways to Wellbeing  programme  over the last 3 years. The programme offers free, supported, museum-based art groups for vulnerable adults who are referred through mental health and support organisations. This exhibition shows how objects from the Holburne's collection have provided creative inspiration for a wide range of people, giving an insight into the connection between creativity and wellbeing. 
For your information our 'In conversation' event on Thursday 11 April (7-8pm) may also be of interest as Tristram Hunt (Director, V&A), Maria Balshaw (Director of Tate) Sonia Boyce, (Artist and Professor of Black Art & Design at University of the Arts London) and Chris Stephens (Director, Holburne)  will be discussing the big question: Why do museums matter?

Introduction to Music Therapy, 
6th April 2019, 
Newport City Campus, Usk Way Newport NP20 2BP 

This half-day workshop will provide an introduction to music therapy. It is a professional development workshop for Teachers, Counsellors, Health Care Workers and Musicians, as well as those interested in training to be a Music Therapist.
Price: £45.00 per person (concession available for unwaged - call 01443 482482 for information)

Booking: Introduction to Music Therapy Course
Bluebell Trust: Dads in Mind, Dads' Support Worker
New Role in Bath and North East Somerset  

Bluebell Trust are looking for a Dad, with lived experience of mental health difficulties, related to becoming a new parent, or who may have supported his partner, ideally also with some experience of working in a support role or equivalent, to come on board as our new Dads in Mind worker, to help develop this service in the Bath & North East Somerset area.

* Do you live in Bath and North East Somerset and have up to 10 hours a week free?
* Would you like a paid role working for a local charity who are passionate about supporting new families with their emotional wellbeing/mental health during pregnancy and beyond?
* Are you an emotionally resilient Dad with first-hand experience of managing your own or a partner's depression and anxiety related to pregnancy and birth?
* Do you have any experience of working professionally in a mental health or family support role or similar?
* Are you friendly, approachable and a self-starter with excellent interpersonal skills?
* Would you welcome the opportunity to offer 1:1 support to other new dads who are having a difficult time?
* Do you have the necessary skills to manage and run social media also offering support to dads?
* Do you have your own transport?

If you can answer 'yes' to the majority of the above questions - we'd really like to hear from you! * For further details please call: 0117 922 0746 or email

Bluebell Care Trust is delighted to be able to expand its Dads in Mind service into Bath & North East Somerset, with funding from St. John's Foundation.

Dads in Mind is a project run by Bluebell Care Trust, registered charity no. 1136818 Ltd company no. 07101628.  Address: Bluebell Place, 2 Quay Street, Bristol, BS1 2JL

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With Best Wishes,

The Creativity Works Team

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