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Dog walking and busy projects


This month we are very happy to welcome two new members of staff to Creativity Works. Firstly, Kate O'Malley joins us as co|Create Manager. Kate has hit the ground running and brings a terrific energy to the place. She is concentrating on creating a framework for our newly re-designed artists training and support programme which we hope to be re-launching at the beginning of next year. We are also joined by Stuart Campbell as our Finance Admin co-ordinator. Stuart has a wealth of experience in finance and we are very lucky to have prised him away from his dog-walking for one day a week. Having said that, he is more than welcome to exercise our two office dogs who are always on the look-out for a muddy hike through the North Somerset hills.


We are very busy, as ever, with the start of delivering our Home Service project in two care home settings, one in Radstock and one in Bristol. We are all looking forward to the development day when staff, artists and professionals come together to discuss and share best practice and our creative vision for this three year project. Ways and Means, our project with adults with learning disabilities continues and the two artists working on this are evolving the look and make-up of the toolkit we are creating. On Friday, we celebrated the launch of The Golden Key, a project led by Second Step and funded by Big Lottery working with the most hard to reach citizens of Bristol. It showcased the amazing work our artists have been doing with the project advisory group, the IF Group. Speeches, led by Mayor of Bristol George Ferguson, were followed by passionate and moving words from the group members themselves, reminding us all why this work is so necessary and how creativity can be the real catalyst for change...


Oliver Jones Vacancy:Apprentice

Vacancy: Apprentice Communications and Administration Assistant at Creativity Works

An exciting opportunity has arisen to be the first point of contact for the public and to provide admin support for the team.  

Tasks will include:


  • Helping to improve and maintain office systems;
  • Overseeing office practice and ensure compliance with legal requirements;
  • Answering the telephone, taking messages and welcoming visitors;
  • Helping to prepare for workshops/events as appropriate;
  • Assisting with updating and distributing event information, and maintenance of in-house displays;
  • Assisting with website and social media accounts.
Closing Date For Applications: 23/11/2014


For more details and information on how to apply click here.


Case Study written by the Cultural Commissioning Programme on Creativity Works
On the strive by local authorities for peer-led groups - developing the best approaches to improve their own mental health. 

Creativity Works is the subject of a new case study which has been written by the Cultural Commissioning Programme, talking about the strive by local authorities for peer-led organisations, rather than individuals adapting to fit into council provided services. To download and read the case study click on the image below. 


Home Service Development Day
Artists and care home staff are coming together in Bath this coming Wednesday to discuss how to deliver an exciting new project bringing high quality arts into residential care settings.

The Home Service project, funded by the Baring Foundation and Arts Council England, is part of a 3-year collaboration of major arts organisations and residential care providers in Bath & North East Somerset, Devon and Cornwall, led by Arts and Health Cornwall and co-ordinated locally by Creativity Works. It will explore how to ensure best practice in art programmes in care homes, and how to sustain arts activities beyond the life of a project.
More than 20 artists, care home staff and elder care professionals including Brunel Care, Manor Farm Care Home, Radstock, Sirona, Alive!, Dementia Friends will meet to learn more about:
  • How to work together so that artists and health care professionals understand each others' needs, and get the best out of the project
  • The range of arts activities that artists will introduce into the care homes, and other arts activities that have worked in other settings
  • how to ensure lessons are learnt throughout the project, and that there's a positive legacy beyond the life of the project funding.

Here is an image from the launch of the project in Cornwall:


Could you volunteer your time for us?
We are looking to extend our volunteer database and opportunities. 
There are various roles and opportunities which will arise throughout the year but at the moment we are specifically looking for people who:
  • Would like to work alongside elders in residential care home settings, supporting artists to work with participants
  • Event support volunteers - one off events including family and friends drop in sessions for example 
This is a good opportunity to develop your skills as an artist or community development worker and you will be supported by Creativity Works staff and artists. Travel expenses will be reimbursed.

If you would like to volunteer with Creativity Works we would love to hear from you. 

Please contact Oliver Jones on or 01761 438852  WaysandMeans

A New Project with Adults with Learning Disabilities

Ways and Means - in partnership with Sirona.



Ways and Means is a social innovation project working with Adults with Learning Disabilities that focuses on the creation of a toolkit to be used by health professionals when communicating with service users. It acts as a prompt for discussion and activity and will enable a greater understanding of the consequences of personal actions associated with health and wellbeing.


The project is led by Creativity Works artists and underlines the huge contribution a creative approach can have to solving issues concerning health and wellbeing. The project includes weekly sessions of creative activity from which ideas and materials are created by the participants that will be used in the final toolkit. Participants have been showing remarkable skill and artistic ability alongside being fully engaged in the process and having a huge amount of fun at the same time!


Ways and Means is a collaboration between Creativity Works, Bath Locality Learning Disability Service and Sirona Health Improvement Service who all hope to be able to further this project by creating a digital app of the toolkit and rolling it out across other services. 





Have your say: Join discussion with B&NES museums 

Looking at how participants from creative projects can continue to access museums.


Have you taken part in the Fresh Arts or Creativity Works projects in B&NES? Would you like to take part in a discussion with B&NES museums to think about ways in which participants from creative projects can continue accessing the museums and their collections?

Monday 24th, 10.30 - 12 in the Coach House at the American museum. 
A minibus from Bog island will leave at 10.15 which will return there at 1.00pm.
Please get in touch if you are interested:



Creativity and the Potting Shed 

If you haven't joined this new group in Radstock already then check it out!


Wednesdays, 11am - 1pm, Leigh House garden, 1 Wells Road, Radstock.

(Or a nearby indoor venue if the weather is not good).


An opportunity to learn new skills, to explore creativity within the garden and the local environment through dierent mediums including constructing bird houses and willow weaving. No previous

experience necessary. �2 contribution per session.

And to see our other current groups or courses and download posters visit our website

Please get in touch if you are interested:



Enjoy: Create 

Following a successful course in October, see work from Breathing Space at the "Enjoy: Create" exhibition at Bath Artists Studios


An exhibition of work created as part of Bath Artists' Studios Education (BASE) programme of creative activity, working with people in and around Bath and North East Somerset.

Opening with drinks and nibbles Friday 28 November, 5-6pm.

Exhibition Open:
Fri 28 Nov & Sat 29 Nov, 10am - 4pm

At the Roper Gallery, Bath Artists' Studios
Comfortable Place, Upper Bristol Road, Bath. BA1 3AJ

For more information visit: 


Profile: An insight into working with Creativity Works
A Focus on: Oliver, Director of Creativity Works.


Job title: Director


When did you start working for Creativity Works?

January 2014


What is your professional background?


I started my career as an actor. I spent many very happy years working both in the UK and overseas predominantly in theatre, but also a little bit of TV and film as well. I was very lucky to see the world, to work with some amazing Directors and fellow actors and to fulfil my dream of being a performer. 


However, I soon wanted more from my work, and realised that my future lay in being a Director. I started working for the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain, an organisation I had been a member of myself and continue to work for. Through them I found a passion for working with young people and communities, and eventually ended up as Youth and Community Director at Theatre Royal Plymouth. This is where I really cut my teeth as a theatre director, producing about 15 different shows from new writing, to devised pieces, to established work. I loved my time there. Immediately after that I spent five years as Associate Director of Trestle, a world-renowned mask and physical theatre company. I managed all of their education and participation work, created an MA in Drama Education and directed two national tours, in collaboration with my own theatre company, Blindeye. Blindeye encapsulates my passion in theatre which is about creating highly visual, physical, theatrical productions about important, mainly political and human rights-based, themes. I have a particular interest in conflict, and artistic representation of conflict through theatre and photography, which is another passion of mine. I created a political theatre module for East 15 drama school, and have delivered workshops and taught at various education establishments both here and abroad. Most recently I created and delivered the first ever theatre participation project in Saudi Arabia for NYT. After a brief sojourn as Creative Learning Manager at Cambridge Junction, where I managed the largest Creative Apprenticeship scheme in the Eastern region, I moved down here with my young family.



What does a typical day look like for Oliver at Creativity Works?


There is no typical day really! My job is to have an oversight of all of the work of the organisation, so within a day I might be at a conference about mental health strategy nationally, I might be poring over budgets, project managing one of our projects, creating strategies for our future work, or most importantly, getting out and meeting people to advocate for our work and see if we can create new and exciting projects collaboratively. As the Director of Creativity Works, my first priority is to the staff and it is vital that they feel supported, motivated and happy in their work. As a small organisation and NPO, I also need to keep close contact with the Chair and other trustees and am also in regular contact with our Arts Council Relationship Manager.


The one constant in my day is my 12.30pm walk with my dog, Betty. This hour gives me essential breathing and thinking space and gets the blood pumping for the afternoon.


 What do you enjoy most about working here?


...continued on our website. Read the full article here. BevPoetry


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The Creativity Works Team

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