Measuring and communicating impact was the theme of Phase 2 of the Arts Council’s Cultural Commissioning training held at the M Shed in Bristol a couple of weeks ago. It was an informative 2 days, characterised by getting to grips with logic models and working on real life projects brought to the table by the various cultural organisations present. By far the most informative aspect of the training (although of course I am biased!) was a presentation by our own Manager Creative Wellbeing Programme, Philippa Forsey and Basil Wild, Commissioning & Contracts Officer – Mental Health, Adult Health, Social Care and Housing Partnership Trust. We have worked closely with Basil for many years and the knowledge, understanding and generosity of Basil’s thoughts were hugely appreciated, as was the expertise of Philippa in running and sustaining our current commission, the Mental Health Creative Support Service.
Last night we were all present at the first event in our newly re-launched co|Create programme, a Creative Conversation entitled ‘Can Artists Really Change the World?” led by the inspirational Jocelyn Cunningham. We have many more provocative and exciting debates and training opportunities coming up in the near future, so do keep watching for forthcoming announcements.
One project that we are thrilled to announce is Pentagon. This is a series of 5 micro commissions of socially engaged public art to take place in five areas of Bath and North East Somerset and themed around the 5 Ways to Wellbeing. Successful applicants will receive funding, expert advice and guidance and an incredible opportunity to partake in 2 days training with Darren O’Donnell of Mammalian Diving Reflex on our co|Create International Residency in August. If you are interested in creating high quality, socially engaged, provocative public art, then download the application form from our website and let us hear your ideas!
(Director, Creativity Works)