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Creativity Works Newsletter May 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. 


This month we are highlighting creative wellbeing and mental health projects taking place across Bath & North East Somerset as we link into Mental Health Awareness Week.

We see the positive impact of participating in creative projects and activities in feedback from our Creative Wellbeing Programme and in the last year this programme has supported 12 projects and 5 peer groups in partnership with many inspiring artists, volunteers and organisations working in voluntary, health, culture and community sectors. It is inspiring to hear about new skills gained, ideas developed and improved confidence, through to new social groups being formed and links to community.

Groundbreaking new research by BBC Arts & UCL, has shown that taking part in even a small amount of creative activity can improve your wellbeing as researchers now know what's happening in the brain when we get creative. Follow this link to find out more and take the Feel Good Test to Improve your Wellbeing.

We will be celebrating our own Fresh Art@ Project this month at the Roper Gallery, Bath Artists' Studios and hope you'll be able to join us for the Exhibition Preview on Friday 24th May 4-6pm. This innovative partnership project, which was developed in 2014 with Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership and Bath Museums, supports creative pathways to wellbeing from mental health services to museums and the community. If you would like to find out more about this project, you are very welcome to come to a special creative co|Create session on Thursday 30th May 4-6pm which will include voices from artists and partner organisations, more details and how to book are detailed in this newsletter. We're also running our annual free Create Every Day taster workshops during the exhibition to promote positive wellbeing. See the poster below for workshop and booking details. I do hope you can join us.

We are also proud to see our own Happy Snappers photography group showcasing their work at The Mind fundraising tomorrow evening at Komedia, central Bath. Read more about that group in this month's newsletter.

This week I have the opportunity to promote the arts and wellbeing at probably the grandest tea party I've ever been invited to: Buckingham Palace! At the weekend I read about the Prince's new Heads Together Campaign to change the national conversation about mental health and make it easier for people to start to get the help they need. 

It is encouraging to see new ventures of support. This innovative approach will be using text messages to start having conversations wherever people are.

Throughout the year there are many services and groups that support wellbeing and you can find out about these through Wellbeing Optionsthe Hope Guide  and B&NES Council 

If you would like to get involved in our Creative Wellbeing programme as an artist, volunteer or participant please get in touch with me either via email: or give me a call on: 01761 438852

Philippa Forsey
Creative Wellbeing Programme Manager

Upcoming Creative Wellbeing Courses

Special co|Create Event: Thursday 30th May

Join us for a special interactive co|Create event: Fresh Art@ Bath - A 5 year Arts, Health and Heritage Project on Thursday 30th May as part of this year's Fresh Art@ exhibition.

This free session is an opportunity to hear from partnership staff, project artists and participants about their experience and how this project supports mental health, wellbeing and reduces social isolation. We'll also be experimenting with some creative collage techniques from the current exhibition. This session is aimed at socially engaged artists and anyone with an interest in arts for wellbeing. 

What is the Fresh Art@ Project?

"The Fresh Art@ project encourages individuals to create art which enables growth in self-confidence, wellbeing and pride and camaraderie as a group."

Fresh Art@ is an innovative project that harnesses the power of creativity to make a real difference to the lives of people who have been experiencing mental health challenges and social isolation. This project has been created in  partnership with  Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership Trust  and  Bath Museums Partnership. During the 5 years this project has been running, it has supported people to explore their creativity both in museum-based settings and on-ward hospital sessions, creating further pathways to creative and cultural activities across Bath and North East Somerset.  This year's  exhibition showcases the artwork that was created and inspired by workshops held at the Holburne, No. 1 Royal Crescent and The American Museum between February - April 2019. 


Date: Thursday 30th May
Time: 4 - 6pm
Venue: The Roper Gallery, Bath Artists' Studios
Cost: Free [Booking essential]  Book your place [via eventbrite]:  Fresh Art@ co|Create Event

Volunteer Call-out
Are you a film student or someone interested in film-making as a hobby? Can you help us record this special co|Create event? We're looking for volunteers to help us capture this evening and would love to hear from you if you can help us. Please email if you're interested. Thank you!

Foxhill Happy Snappers Exhibition at Komedia, Bath
The Foxhill Happy Snappers will be showing their work at Komedia on Thursday on 16th May from 6.30pm at an event organised by Bath Mind to raise awareness of mental health. This event is part of Mental Health Awareness Week events happening across Bath & North East Somerset.

" This group has opened our eyes to new things"
The Foxhill Happy Snappers began meeting in May 2018 as a small group of local residents after a period of planning together from November 2017. The residents wanted to explore their local area through and share the histories and personal memories of Foxhill past and present through photography. They particularly hoped that this project would support resident's wellbeing through creative expression and shared interests.

The sessions have been facilitated by Sally Collister, a Creativity Works professional socially engaged artist who has helped the residents develop new skills, share stories and express themselves. 

This is the third exhibition showcasing the work of the group following an outdoor event at the Foxhill Fete in summer 2018 and the grand opening of The Hub at Mulberry Park, where next for our talented photographers? 

All participants who attended regularly commented on how much they enjoyed getting out and viewing their usual surroundings through fresh eyes. It was often said how the group was something they looked forward to each week, and that the social aspect was as important as the creative activity, though they wouldn't want one without the other.
The project has been supported by Creativity Works, Bath City College and Bath Mind and the residents also applied for funding from the Curo Community Chest.

Help us make a difference - Join our board!!
As we enter an exciting stage of our development as an Arts Council England funded National Portfolio Organisation [NPO], we're in need of certain extra skills on our Board and  we're currently seeking new Trustees with the following skills:
  • Legal
  • Socially Engaged Artists
  • Accountancy & Financial
  • Business / Enterprise Development
Whilst ideally you'd be a practicing professional, we recognise that as a voluntary role it might be more suited to an active newly retired person. If you are interested in volunteering as a Trustee and have the time and energy to devote to us, we would love to hear from you, or does this sound like anyone you know? Please do share our call-out with anyone you think could be interested.

Have a look at our website for more information about what we do, or if you are interested please email telling us a bit about yourself and why you're interested in becoming a trustee. Thank you!
Other Opportunities & Events
Free Training: Connect 5 - New Format for 2019
CONNECT 5 has changed and is now available in an improved and condensed version.   Connect 5 is a course that helps you develop the skills and confidence to talk with someone in distress and who is experiencing mental health and wellbeing difficulties.   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. Now run over 1.5 days you can sign up for all or part of the programme as suits you best.

For the full details dates, locations & booking please click here to download a PDF flyer
Free Training: MECC - New Dates
This course is about supporting people to make the most of every opportunity they have to start up a conversation about health with the people they meet through their work and broader lives. Telling people to change unhealthy behaviour is unlikely to be successful; instead MECC provides the skills to work in a different way, encouraging brief interventions that can lead to longer term change.  MECC training is delivered over two half day sessions. 

Full details - Dates, locations & how to book please click here for a PDF flyer
Artist Opportunity: Co-Creating Change Project Commissions
Co-Creating Change is a network and programme which explores the role which artists, cultural organisations and communities can play to co-create change together around the UK and beyond. 


The first round of Co-Creating Change Project Commissions is now open for applications until Monday 27th May 2019. Applications are open to everyone, whether or not they are part of the Co-Creating Change network.
Co-Creating Change Project Commissions are commissions for projects which use co-creation to effect social change. They are not designed to support conventional participatory arts projects, in which people are invited to join in with the work of an artist or organisation. Instead they are designed to support projects which see people and partners working together to create.

If you are interested in applying for a commission, please download and read the  Info & Guidelines before sending a completed  application form and  Agency Scale to by Monday 27th May 2019.

For more details visit:
Artist Opportunity:  Chaiya Art Awards Now Open - £10K prize
The biggest biennial art awards in the UK exploring spirituality through art is now open for submissions.  
The Chaiya Art Awards is open to any artist and covers all mediums including painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, glass, textiles, mixed media, photography and video. We have also introduced a new category for Community Groups, who can submit a collaborative piece.  Entrants are invited to be authentic and daring as they respond to the theme.
The winners exhibition will take place at London's prestigious South Bank gallery@oxo from 10-19 April 2020.

The first Chaiya Art Awards proved hugely popular, with over 450 entries and more than 2,700 exhibition visitors.  New to Chaiya 2020 will be an 'affordable art fair' over two days of the exhibition. We will invite artists in the exhibition to be present, to discuss, promote and sell their work.

A respected panel will anonymously judge entries on Originality and Technical excellence, Theme Interpretation and Emotional Impact .
Full details of the awards, theme, criteria, deadlines and how to enter, can be found at: Deadline: Friday 18th October 2019.

The Try Games

Odd Down Sports Ground will be transformed into an inclusive sporting arena where athletes, coaches and adaptive sport experts will share their knowledge and skills, without barriers. Every activity will be accessible to all, you'll be amazed at the variety on offer.
This year we are building the Try Games on the Olympic ethos:
"To practise sport without discrimination of any kind and in the Olympic spirit, which requires mutual understanding with a spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play."

Sunday June 23rd at Odd Down Sports Ground tickets are on sale via 

Simply click through Give as You Live every time you shop online to raise money for Creativity Works
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