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FreshArt@ – Working with Adults with Mental Health Difficulties on ward and in the community

Fresh Art@, is a partnership project supported by Creativity Works, Avon & Wiltshire NHS Mental Health Partnership Trust (AWP), The Holburne Museum, No1 Royal Crescent, The American Museum in Britain and Virgin Care, which creates new artwork to enliven NHS communities, created by people with experience of mental health, enabling them to explore, develop and grow through creativity and contribute to community projects.

This year Fresh Art@ will be focusing on providing creative engagement for people affected by or caring for those who have experience of mental health challenges.

There will be 4 sessions delivered on an acute inpatient ward and 12 sessions delivered in the community within The Holburne Museum, No1 Royal Crescent, The American Museum in Britain.

Fresh Arts@ project has two artist opportunities commencing February 2018

1. To deliver a series of 12 weekly creative sessions within The Holburne Museum, No1 Royal Crescent, The American Museum in Britain on Thursday afternoons from 8th February 2018. This community project will be for people affected by or caring for those who have experience of mental health challenges.

2. To provide a series of 4 creative sessions on an acute Dementia inpatient ward, St. Martins Hospital, Bath.

The project offers participants an opportunity to learn new creative skills in a friendly, supportive environment. It provides a chance to make new friends, share experiences, promote wellbeing and have fun. The museums provide inspirational environments and collections that can be used to stimulate creativity and engage participants.

The artist will provide a range of inclusive creative activities. Some of the artwork made by participants and staff will be donated to the Fresh Art@ Project and will be displayed in AWP NHS environments. There will also be an opportunity to exhibit work as part of the Bath Fringe Festival end of May – June 2018 and other community events throughout the year. Any questions please contact philippa@creativityworks.org.uk.

Please download a copy of the full brief and how to apply here: Artists Brief Fresh Art _40 2018

Deadline: Sunday 10 December

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Somerset: Engaging Libraries

We are very pleased to be working with Somerset Libraries on a substantial new project in Somerset entitled: Engaging Libraries
The overall aim of the Engaging Libraries project is to engage the local community on the subject of learning disabilities and autism using methods that are both fun and creative.
Project Brief:
 
We are looking for an artist facilitator to lead on the following elements of the project:
  • To work with a group of young-adults/adults with learning disabilities or autism to help re-design their local library. We would like them to re-design their library not simply as a library but as a community space which could offer all sorts of services.
  • For the re-design, we want to encourage participants to not only think about how the space should look, but also what services are provided and how we provide these services.
  • The re-design should take a physical form that can be displayed for the public to see. A large space in the library will be available to do this, and the more engaging the display, the better!
  • The final display should form a simple exhibition which explains the thinking and journey behind it. Somerset Libraries will be able to assist with this by talking to participants and helping to produce display boards that reflect these conversations. We plan to hold an open evening to showcase the displays and to invite discussion around the design.
  • We are also keen for additional ideas on engaging with the wider community on the subject of learning disabilities and the inclusivity of public spaces within Somerset Libraries. Any ideas for general community engagement will be welcomed.
  • There will be an opportunity to hold a preliminary workshop for participants and library staff, which we would like the artist facilitator to lead on. The purpose of this will be to build-up communication and relationships between all parties involved, and could take any format that the facilitator thinks would be beneficial.
Other useful information
  • In addition to the re-design, participants will also be taking part in ‘takeover days’ where they will be volunteering and helping to run the library. This will happen before the redesign and the purpose is to allow them to understand more about how libraries work and to provide inspiration for what could be changed.
  • A short film will also be made to document the project. It will be filmed and produced by volunteers with learning disabilities, who will be trained and supported by Somerset Film. This will hopefully be included as part of the public exhibition.
Key Information:
Locations: TBC but will be within the county of Somerset. We anticipate there will be two library settings.
Timeline (exact dates TBC):
Mid-March: Preliminary Workshop
Late March – Mid-April: Takeover Days
Late April – June: Library Re-Design
July: Public Exhibition
Fee: Circa £4k (inc. travel) per library space. Please provide a budget detailing your fees/materials for your proposal.
Travel: Please ensure that you would be able to deliver the project in potential locations throughout Somerset with your own means of transport and that your travel costs are included in your proposal budget.
To apply for this role please send a CV and a statement including:
  • Your previous experience of working with people with learning disabilities and/or autism
  • Your ideas to address the project brief
  • The challenges of the project and the barriers to participation you anticipate and how you will address these
  • A draft budget for the project (please be clear whether the budget is for one or both settings)
Submit your application to oliver@creativityworks.org.uk by 12pm Wednesday 13th December
We are open to receiving applications from individual artists or collectives and for one or both of the locations.

co|Create Steering Group

We are looking for a number of socially engaged artists, or those who are interested in using social practice in their work, at any stage of their career, to join our co|Create Steering Group.

The Group will meet quarterly to discuss, define and feed into the co|Create programme of support, development and training for socially engaged artists. This is not a paid position; however we will pay all travel expenses, you will enjoy tea, coffee and biscuits/healthy treats and we will invite an inspirational speaker to our meetings to motivate you and spark ideas both for the co|Create programme and in your own work. As well as this group being a new, vital conduit to the artists we are trying to engage with at Creativity Works, the group will be a fantastic peer-network and could well be developed into a more formal learning set in the future.

It is anticipated that the group will meet in the most convenient place for all, probably in Bath or Radstock.
We will also be hoping that one artist per year from this group will become the Artist Representative on our Board of Trustees. As we are developing our board currently, we have determined that a representative both from the participant groups that we work alongside, and an artist are crucial to the future governance of Creativity Works.
If you are interested in being part of this group please send an email telling us why this position appeals to you and what you think you can offer to: oliver@creativityworks.org.uk
Deadline: Wed 13th December 2017

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