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Creativity Works Newsletter May 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

With our project 'Made in Foxhill', now underway, we are very much looking forward to our first event, this Saturday 12th May at St. Andrews Community Church in Foxhill, called 'Meet the Makers.'

This will be an opportunity for residents and visitors to come and meet the team, and for us to learn about what sort of arts activity the community would like in the future. There will also be opportunities to get involved in taster sessions, especially with the amazing Urban Playground. 

This company are leaders in the field of parkour and urban dance and we are thrilled and very lucky to have them working on this project. They will be doing a workshop from 1-2pm and everyone is welcome to join in (although you must book here:

Alongside Urban Playground will be Kilter asking questions as part of their amazing project, The Chronicles of Foxhill, such as: Where would you take an alien if they landed in Foxhill? What's the best place to fall in love? Where do you go if you want to bump into a friend? And Where have you laughed hardest? Olly and Caroline will then be taking people on a Walkie Talkie asking other illuminating questions as they wander through the landscape of Foxhill and the surrounding area, such as: What makes a home a home? Four walls? A landscape? Where you lay your head at night? Or just where you go to find your Mum?

As well as this, Creativity Works will be offering a taster session for our photography project, and M2AIR, an innovative artists-in-residence scheme for young people, will be looking to work with four talented young local artists to create inspiring new artworks for everyone to enjoy!

There will be much more and loads of cake! See here for more details or to book some specific events:

Away from Foxhill, we are busy with other up and coming festivals and events, most notably as part of Mental Health Awareness week, and as part of the Fringe Arts Bath, where again we will be taking over The Roper Gallery at Bath Artists Studios with an exhibition and our yearly free micro festival, Create Everyday. See below for highlights and more details.

This month we welcome a new member of staff, Natasha who joins us as Fresh Art@ worker. She has already fitted in very well to our small team and we very much look forward to working with her in the future.
As you can see, we always seem to have so much on, so do look out soon as we will hopefully be advertising for a new post that will be working across projects and giving all the staff here at CW much needed support.


Director, Creativity Works
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Meet The Makers in Foxhill this Saturday!

For the full list of what's on visit:

Do you live in Foxhill and want to get involved? We are looking for creatives, people with a story and anyone who wants to get involved in helping to shape this project.  For more info contact Hannah

Made in Foxhill is a new arts project created with the residents of Foxhill. 
Foxhill Photography project
Do you live in Foxhill or Combe Down?

Would you like to:
  • Know more about your local community by exploring it through a lens?
  • Experiment with digital photography
  • Share stories about the social history of Foxhill/Combe Down
  • Learn new skills and creative ways to express yourself
  • Take part in a short walks and discussions
Then why not join our Foxhill Photography Project as part of Made in Foxhill!  No previous experience necessary.
These creative sessions are facilitated by a professional photographer Sally Collister and are aimed at supporting the health and wellbeing for residents of Foxhill/Combe Down. 

When: Thursdays from 3rd May 1pm - 3pm for 12 weeks - Still time to join!
Where: Foxhill Community Centre
What to Bring: A camera / smartphone / tablet if you can
Cost: Free
To register:  Contact Max either via email: or give him a call on 01225 316199
B&NES Creative Wellbeing Courses & Groups
A new series of creative workshops aimed at supporting your wellbeing through creativity

This month we have a huge range of opportunities in the creative wellbeing programme. This year for Mental Health Awareness Week (14-20 May), we're focusing on stress. Research has shown that two thirds of us experience a mental health problem in our lifetimes, and stress is a key factor in this. By tackling stress, we can go a long way to tackle mental health problems such as anxiety and depression.

We are also celebrating the Fresh Art@ project during Fringe Arts Bath. Come and see us at Bath Artists Studios between 29th May - 8th June. There'll be free creative taster sessions and the Fresh Art@ exhibition. This project promotes positive wellbeing by engaging with cultural settings and community to create fresh artwork, some of which is donated to enliven clinical NHS environments and is supported by Creativity Works, Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership Trust (AWP), The Holburne Museum, No. 1 Museum, The American Museum and Virgin Care.

Creative Wellbeing Manager

Mental Health Awareness Week 14th - 20th May 

Wellbeing Event at Ammerdown
Thursday 17th May

Join a free relaxing day in a beautiful countryside setting to take part in chair yoga, have a lovely foot massage, work with an artist to use the natural environment to reduce stress and make herbal balms and teas. BBQ lunch in the garden (vegetarians and vegans catered for).

Workshops include: 
Creative movement and yoga for health and wellbeing - Philippa Forsey, Creativity Works. This session will be mainly seated and help ease tension and stress for the body and mind. No prior experience necessary. All abilities welcome.

Being in the Landscape  with artist  Camilla Nelson, Creativity Works. A series of creative exercises to help you expand your sense of being in the landscaped gardens of Ammerdown. 

Booking essential contact Judith Green tel 01225316199 or call into Creativity Works, Leigh House, 1 Wells Rd, Radstock, BA3 3RN and ask for a ticket.

Please be aware you need your own transport to get to Ammerdown. If you are older, disabled or on a low income contact Swan Community Transport tel 01761 439548 to arrange a lift.

When: Thursday 17th May
Time: 10am-3pm
Where: Ammerdown House, Radstock, BA3 5SW 

Café Conversations
Thursday 17th May

Join us for afternoon tea, jazz and creative workshops at a  'pop up' café at All Saints Centre, Weston, Bath. For full details and to book visit: Cafe Conversations Eventbrite
View the Event Flyer click here.
FreshArt@ FAB18 - Exhibition and Create Everyday workshops

FreshArt@ Bath 2018 has created a collaborative multimedia exhibition inspired by the collections of the Holburne, No. 1 Royal Crescent and the American Museums in Bath. These artworks will go on show at Bath Artists studios at the end of the month.

Dates: 29th May - 8th June
Where: Bath Artists Studios, The Old Malthouse, Comfortable Place, Bath BA1 3AJ

Volunteers wanted!
Would you like to volunteer your time to invigilate the Fresh Art exhibition?  If so, please contact Philippa on
Refresh your creativity and wellbeing!

Free Creative engagement sessions at Bath Artists Studio during FAB 2018

To celebrate arts and wellbeing during Fringe Arts Bath 2018 Creativity Works has teamed up with local artists to offer the Create Everyday series of workshops. These free creative workshops are inspired by the 5 Ways to Wellbeing (Connect, Keep Learning, Be Active, Give and Take Notice). This stimulating programme includes creative writing, printmaking, ceramics, visual arts and Connect 5 training.

Philippa Forsey, Creative Wellbeing Manager at Creativity Works said:  "We are proud to be part of Fringe Arts Bath for a fifth year with the Fresh Arts exhibition and look forward to welcoming local people on the free creative workshops every morning of the exhibition."

For further details about the workshops contact Philippa 01761 438852 Booking is not essential but please arrive early to avoid disappointment. However group bookings need to contact us in advance.

Time & Session Details
Sat 26th May 10am-12noon 
Ceramic pot making - experiment with simple sculpting techniques to make a plant pot character using clay with Tasha Beesley
Tues 29th May 10am - 12noon
Writing Space - an opportunity to enjoy creative writing and expressing yourself in new ways
Weds 30th May 
10am - 12noon 
Weaving for Wellness and 5 Ways to Wellbeing. Explore an array of sensory and tactile materials and learn the basics of weaving onto a loom with a simple introduction to the 5 ways to wellbeing and how we can begin to embody them into our everyday lives - Kerry Russell
Thurs 31st May 
10am - 12noon
Block printing on textiles - creating simple blocks using found objects to make repeated patterns - Barbara Disney
Fri 1st June
2 - 4pm
Marbling and print making with Creative Perspectives art group. (Please note this is an afternoon session)
Mon 4th June 
10am - 12noon
Doodle well! - Overcome the fear of drawing. Unleash your creativity. Have Fun! With Morwhenna Woolcock

Tues 5th June 
10am - 12noon
Happiness / resilience arts - This two-hour taster session will focus on increasing resilience and positive emotions through the practice of gratitude. We will look at what brings us positive emotions and how to cultivate them with Helen Luff
Weds 6th June
10am - 13.30pm
Connect 5 - Develop your core understanding of mental health, mental wellbeing and how to signpost to local services and resources that will enable individuals to help themselves with Philippa Forsey and Ralph Lillywhite

Thurs 7th June 
10am - 12noon
Print making - Play with stencils to create colourful multi-layered prints with Sophie Rae
Fri 8th June
10am - 12noon
Visual arts activity with Image art group
Creative Wellbeing Courses
Spring into Sculpture
Have you always wanted to have a go at creating 3D art?

Now's your chance! Come and learn how to make models, reliefs and assemblages from clay, card and found objects with artist Helen Grant on this 6 week course. 

We'll be covering the basic techniques of how to make three dimensional art.  Materials provided. 

When: Starts Tuesday 5th June 
Where:  Odd Down Community Centre, Bath 
Time: 1.30 - 3.30pm
Cost:  £2 per session
To register:  Booking essential contact the Wellbeing College 01225 831820 
These sessions are part of the weekly Get Creative group. To find out more about the artist running this visit her website here - Helen Grant
Photography while you walk - Keynsham
Capture the stories of Keynsham through a lens

Do you live in Keynsham? Are you interested in Photography?

Join us for a 6 week participatory photography project to share your own experience of living in Keynsham through photographs. Working with professional photographer Sally Collister, we will look at how to share stories through images and captions, and each participant will produce a final photo story.

Learn some basic composition techniques and photography skills, make visual stories, discuss social history.

When: Wednesdays 11 - 1pm Starting in June. 
Dates: 6, 13, 20, 27 June, 4, 11 July
Where: One Community Trust, St.John's Church
To register:  Booking essential contact the Wellbeing College 01225 831820 . This project is for Keynsham residents.

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
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

Help support the peer-led group 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.


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

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer call out for The Creative Summer Wellbeing Challenge

Are you interested in creativity for wellbeing and love using social media?
Do you have any design / film making / marketing skills?
Would you like to be part of a creative project this summer?

If you have any of these skills, we'd love to hear from you as we'll be running our Creative Summer Wellbeing Challenge again this August and are looking for some creative volunteers to get involved. We need your help to make it bigger and better than last year! 

The volunteer role would start in mid June (exact date tbc) and run until the first week of September, with a minimum commitment of 7 hours a week.

If you are interested, or would like more information, please send an email telling us a bit about yourself, your experience and what you'd be able to add to the Summer Wellbeing Challenge.
Email Morwhenna - by Wednesday 30th May.

Artist Call out: Be one of our 'Take-over' Artists this August.
We are also looking for artists who'd like to do a social media 'Take over' as part of our Creative Summer Wellbeing Challenge. 

The challenge, which runs throughout August, is a free programme of daily creative activities that are linked to the 5 ways to wellbeing.  As a 'Take Over Artist' you'll have a great opportunity to share your work and practice with a wide audience and inspire them to join in and explore their own wellbeing through creativity. 

We are looking for 8 artists to be involved each taking over one of our social media channels for a day in August.

Please get in touch if you are interested in being one of our take over artists - We'd love to hear from you - so drop an email to by Wednesday 20 June telling us a bit about yourself and your artistic practice. If you like to be involved in another way - please get in touch!


We are keen to get as many people as possible taking part in the Creative Summer Wellbeing Challeng this August and we want to hear from you. What are YOUR ideas of how to Connect, Keep Learning, Be Active, Give and Take Notice creatively? Drop us an email with your thoughts and a chance for them to be featured as part of the challenge. 
Artist Profile: Luke Palmer, Artist and Director, Collaborative Painting UK

Luke Palmer - Collaborative wall painting with Graham Dews (Frome 2018)
Each month we'll be shining the spotlight on an artist that we are currently working with. This month, we've the pleasure to introduce artist Luke Palmer. G rab a cuppa and be inspired ;-)

Hello! Tell us a bit about yourself (and your artistic medium)

My name is Luke Palmer and I am an artist and arts educator from Bristol. For as long as I can remember I have enjoyed drawing and painting pictures, the bigger the better - making large drawings of trains on rolls of wallpaper as a child, painting graffiti and huge wall paintings as a teenager and more recently in gallery shows and at events and festivals. Making art that is visible and accessible for others to see remains a key theme in my work.
I love working with people. I have worked in youth education as a youth worker, mentor and lecturer in both community and mainstream settings, and have always used my passion for creativity as a way to engage and connect with people.

What project/s are you currently working on with Creativity Works?

I am currently working with a group of young people with special educational needs and disabilities at Street Library in Somerset to develop a new artwork for public display. The project has got off to a great start and brought a new energy to the space as we work in the middle of the Library on tables surrounded by books! Each of the young people taking part in the creative workshops are also undertaking work experience placements at Glastonbury and Street Libraries, so we will be drawing on their experiences to inform the works we create - watch this space for the final piece!

Who inspires you? (and why)

I am inspired by people who feel the fear and do it anyway. When people step outside their comfort zones and challenge themselves, I admire their bravery and celebrate their achievement. If we all aspired to inspire one another, it would be a wonderful thing!

What book or exhibition has inspired you recently?

Theaster Gates' 'Sanctum' project in Temple Church, Bristol (2015) was perhaps the greatest piece of art I think I have ever witnessed. An amazing intimate space created from reclaimed materials from demolition sites around Bristol and built in the ruins of 12th century Temple Church. Sanctum played host to a continuous sequence of live sound performances from local artists, 24 hours a day for 24 days. I was lucky enough to perform twice at Sanctum and was awestruck by how one artist was able to bring together and connect so many people through one piece of architectural art. It was a magical experience and I was truly sad to see it go!

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

In May 2016 I curated Tunisian Collaborative Painting in the UK at Kingsweston House for 20 professional artists from different disciplines to collaborate in groups of four for 3 hours, in complete silence, to produce five unique and unplanned artworks. The success of the event led to further Tunisian  Collaborative Painting sessions with artists at the Royal West of England Academy and UPfest. 

Watch a video on the process here: Tunisian Collaborative Painting in the UK

I have recently set up Collaborative Painting UK, an arts organisation facilitating creative arts events and training that build new networks between participants, help develop communication skills, celebrate shared experience and create unimaginable, unique works of art.

What are your creative aspirations? (with or without Creativity Works)?

As well as the Street Library project and painting commissions, I am also currently working towards a major Collaborative Painting UK exhibition in early 2019 which is a really exciting opportunity - so a lot of energy is being spent on making that something you won't want to miss! I am feeling very positive about the future of the arts in the South West and want to play a part in bringing people together through creativity.

What advice would you give an emerging socially engaged artist?

I don't think that I would offer any advice - I'd be far more interested in hearing about their ideas!

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
Dates for your diary 2018

Creativity Works Summer Wellbeing Challenge: 01 - 31 August.
We are looking for volunteers to get involved! See call outs in this newsletter

World Mental Health Day: 10th October
Other Opportunities

Volunteer 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
6th & 13th July
1st & 8th August
27th Sept & 4th Oct

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With Best Wishes,

The Creativity Works Team

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