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Easter 2015 
Directors Blog
'Slow' brings about thought, more pleasure, and fundamentally more creativity


"In an epoch of speed one must think slowly." So said the great Russian poet and novelist Boris Pasternak. This dictum could very easily sum up The Slow Movement. Those as unfamiliar as me to this world-wide phenomena would have been fascinated and intrigued by the Slow Media Symposium I attended recently, organised by Bath Spa University at their stunning campus in Corsham.

There is Slow Food, Slow Cities, Slow Travel, Slow Schools, Slow Art...the list goes on. One of the leaders of this movement was the key note speaker at the event, Carl Honoré who has written a seminal book on the subject and who spoke eloquently, passionately and extremely convincingly about the methodology, which in his words, is about 'doing less and thinking more.' It is about 'a process of deep reflection' and this is what has struck me most as it has a huge amount in common with the work that we do here at Creativity Works. We often speak of depth, reflection and connection in our work and in the process involved in socially engaged art and these exist also as the pillars of the Slow Movement.


It is not, however, just slowing down for slowing sake. It is understood that by slowing down at the beginning of a journey, you are faster and more effective at the end. Well, we know this already don't we having read the Tortoise and the Hare? 'Slow' brings about thought, more pleasure, and fundamentally more creativity. The methods are now being adopted by some of the most high profile organisations in the world such as Volkswagen, Puma, IBM and BMW. These companies adopt Slow Technology, where devices are turned off at certain times of the day and staff are banned from sending emails from home before or after work, amongst other concepts.


I am really excited by the possibilities of the Slow Movement and will definitely be exploring in more depth how it can influence our work both in our delivery and in our office-based practices. Please do get in touch if you have experience of this world or are interested in exploring it with us. And thanks to Dr Daniel Ashton FHEA Senior Lecturer, Media Communications and Creative Media Practice at Bath Spa for introducing it to me and for creating such a brilliant symposium.


Now, I am off for Easter and am going to put my money where my mouth is by having a very 'Slow' holiday!


Happy Easter to everyone from Creativity Works! 



(Director, Creativity Works) 


Could you be a Trustee for Creativity Works?
Trustees Required

We are a thriving arts and health charity, based in Radstock, just south of Bath.

We specialise in delivering outstanding creative projects with communities through our artistic practice in Socially Engaged Arts. Projects are targeted at specific communities in areas of Health and Wellbeing, with people of all ages.


We are entering the next stage of our development as an Arts Council England funded NPO, and we have need of certain extra skills on our Board. You will be interested in volunteering as a Trustee, with time and energy to devote to this important company. You will have skills in any of the following:


- Human Resources;
- Legal Services;
- Fundraising;
- Marketing and PR;
- 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, by liking us on Facebook ( or following us on Twitter (@CW4everyone).


If you would like to assist our work as a Trustee of Creativity Works, please apply in writing, enclosing CV, to Karl Bevis, Chairman (


Applications are encouraged by 27th April, however consideration of applications will be ongoing.

Please feel free to spread the word - you can download the advert here.FreshArtExhib
Fringe Arts Bath Fresh Art Exhibition
22nd May - 6th June, 11am - 4pm, Bath Artists Studios, FREE entry.



Fresh Arts@ is creating inspiring new art for the walls of NHS House and Hillview Lodge inpatient unit. This exhibition showcases artwork that has been created by people affected by mental health and inspired by workshops within the Holburne Museum and the American Museum supported by AWP, Creativity Works and Sirona.


Venue: Bath Artists Studios, The Old Malthouse, Comfortable Place, Bath BA1 3AJ

Opening times: 11 - 4pm

Dates: Fri 22nd May - 6th June 11- 4pm Entrance free


For more info visit:    


You can also follow the Fresh Art activity via Facebook and Twitter!



Fresh Art Vacancies


Fresh Art@ worker


This is an exciting opportunity to work with Creativity Works and Avon & Wilts Partnership NHS Trust to build on the success of the Pilot Fresh Arts@ project in B&NES.


The post is 3 days a week over 1 year. Salary £18,500 pro rata.

In particular key areas of responsibility will be:

  • To support the planning, delivery, publicity and fundraising of Fresh Art@.
  • To enable AWP service users to access creative groups
  • To support quality engagement
  • To support events and the curating of exhibitions in relation to the Fresh Art@ projects
  • To support evaluation and documentation relevant to Fresh Art@
  • To assist artists, volunteers, museum and mental health workers in designing and delivering workshops in AWP and community settings as appropriate

For more details please read the Fresh Art@ Job Description and Personal Specification on the Creativity Works website.


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 12 noon on the 10th April.


Interviews will be held at Hillview Lodge, RUH during the week of the 20th April.

Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust (AWP) is a provider of high quality mental health services from inpatient and community sites across the region. Our staff work with service users, carers and families to support recovery.


Creativity Works is a registered charity and an Arts Council National Portfolio Organisation.


For further information please email Lee Rawlings and she will get back to you within a few days.



Call out for an experienced Visual Arts Curator.  
The brief is to facilitate a training session to volunteer artists part of the Fresh Arts project and to curate the hanging of 3 (or 4) exhibitions between end of May and July. The post is approximately 6 days at a freelance rate (exact funding details tbc). Flexible working essential. 

Experience of working in arts and health contexts is desirable. Experience of facilitating training about curation is also essential.  The post will be supported by an arts support worker.
Contact Philippa : or 01761 438852




Mosaic Pops Up Again in the Bear Pad

Fine dining at its finest!


The second Mosaic pop-up restaurant at the Bear Pad community cafe in Bear Flat on 12th March was fully booked with not a single seat available to passing trade on the night. Volunteers from Bath Mind, Creativity Works and St Mungo's worked together to present a four course feast demonstrating cultural traditions from around the world. This was fine dining at its finest..... and all at the bargain price of £20 per head, including tea or coffee.


As the animated buzz of conversation rose it was frequently punctuated by laughter as diners relaxed and enjoyed themselves. The clean plates after each delicious course showed that everyone was having a great evening out. Ben Howlett, Conservative parliamentary candidate for Bath, demonstrated his interest in the mental health and disability agenda with his enthusiastic presence. He tweeted, "A huge thank you to Bath Mind for their amazing company tonight at their pop-up restaurant raising money for mental health services in Bath."


The volunteers made a superb, friendly and efficient team in the front of house, as well as behind the scenes in the kitchen. They all contributed their skills and energy to ensure a good time for the diners. Some had developed new skills by taking the certificated Food Hygiene course.

Customers also had the opportunity to buy premium homemade jams from the St Mungo's enterprise based in Mulberry House. Their chilli, garlic and ginger jam was served as an accompaniment to the starter course of samosa and filled puri. It was superb: flavoursome and warm in the mouth but avoiding stinging heat. Yum!


Mosaic was selling copies of their popular recipe book "Mixed Spice" with forward by local celebrity chef Michael Caines. What a bargain at £5! (If you have not got one yet, place an order by emailing



Commissioning Case Study on Creativity Works by Public Service Transformation
Read all about our work in the latest case study on Creativity Works



To read the Case Study click here


Art Groups with Pete Savin 
Arty buddies art groups in the heart of the community



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What's Going On! 
Keep Safe Keep Sane and New Hope Event in May 



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Other News...
  • What's on at Space 2 (Julian House) in April? Download poster here to see all the opportunities available from IT drop-in sessions to Creative InspirationCelebratingCreativity

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The Creativity Works Team

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