Sunday, 26 September 2010

Creative Practitioner Development opportunity

Black Swans
“The Black Swans programme is a great way to get a much better insight into creative teaching and creative partnership working.” 2009-10 Participant.

A paid professional learning programme for new creative practitioners wanting to work in education.
Due to the success of the 09-10 Black Swans programme, Black Country Creative Partnerships and Creative Alliance are running the programme again.
The programme offers a paid training opportunity for people who would like to work in education as a creative practitioner.
Practitioners may be chefs, mathematicians, poets, visual artists, drama workers, technicians:  in fact anyone who wants to share their unique practice with children and young people, and their teachers and families.
At one time everyone in Britain thought swans were always white until someone went to Australia and brought back a black one!   Are you someone who can help children and educators explore those possibilities and question the obvious; make improbable connections and stretch imaginations?
Well if you are, then the Black Swans professional learning programme could be just what you need to develop the knowledge and skills to work within education.

As part of the Black Swans professional learning programme you will receive:
•10 days work in a Creative Partnerships school to devise, develop and deliver a project in line with the school’s enquiry question and an all inclusive fee of £1000 to do this.* 
•Five days professional learning programme made of seminars, workshops and action  learning sets led by experts in creative learning.
•Mentoring by some of the best creative practitioners and agents.
•The opportunity to contribute to a promotional catalogue.

*The enquiry question is the purpose for why a school is undertaking a Creative       Partnerships programme

Here’s what people on last years programme said:
“The Black Swan's Programme has given me the confidence to… literally let children go, give them a chance to discover things for themselves, decide when it is appropriate to teach and when it is best to step back and facilitate learning.”

“My Black Swan experience has clarified for me how I can adapt my practice to ensure that the individual needs of each pupil / school are met.”

To apply please send electronically:
•A C.V. of no more than 2 sides of A4
•A letter of no more than 2 sides of A4 outlining why you want to work in education,
what you can offer, and any experience you may have.

Please do not exceed the 500 word limit and only electronically submitted application will be considered.  Please make sure the CV and letter are in one attachment.  If you want to send images of your work one additional page of digital images can be included in the attachment. Hard copies or multiple attachments with an electronic application will be discounted.

To:      Vicky Goodwin at Creative Alliance          

Deadline: 10.00am Monday 4th October
Interviews will be held from Wednesday 6th October at Creative Alliance’s offices at The Custard Factory, Gibb Street, Birmingham, B9 4AA.
The dates for all the seminar sessions are to be confirmed but we will start with a whole day induction on Saturday 23rd October at Creative Alliance’s training room at The Custard Factory.

At this day you will have the opportunity to find out about the schools participating in the scheme and to indicate the type of school you might like to work in: nursery, junior, special needs or secondary and whether in a rural or urban location. There are 10 schools participating in the scheme and individual preferences cannot be guaranteed.
You will need to have or willing to get an enhanced CRB.
The dates of the work in schools will be arranged to suit individual practitioners/ schools.

After the initial induction day, you will be informed of the dates of the rest of the programmed across the autumn and spring terms.  This will include at least one other Saturday and evenings.

For further information about the programmed please contact Noel Dunne
07793 200 701 /, or,

Thursday, 23 September 2010

Creative Practitioner Opportunity

Edgar Stammers Primary School.
Harden Road,
West Midlands.

We have recently become a Creative Partnerships Enquiry School, and as part of that we are looking for a practitioner who is passionate about making literacy exciting for young people.  We are looking for a practitioner who will inspire our children and staff with new approaches to make our pupils read & write. We would also like to work with our parents to support our children’s reading.

The staff at Edgar Stammers are committed to giving the children the best education we possibly can. Through creativity and imagination we can give them opportunities they would never experience through their every day lives .We are all keen to participate in this project and the staff want to learn alongside the children .

Our enquiry questions is:
How as a whole school community can we develop our children's writing skills through original ideas and actions which will impact on the standards of all pupils?

We are planning for the practitioner to work with a year 2 & year 4 class (separately), we have planned about 12 days contact time over the school year. We are also hoping to run some CPD sessions for our staff.

The project is to start after half-term and we are planning a launch event in June 2011.

We would welcome to plan the details of contact time and frequency in close collaboration with our Creative Agent & Lead Teachers.

We are looking for an inspirational and dedicated practitioner who will help us develop the project. We are hoping to learn strategies for our teaching and learning in how to engage all our pupils better. We have left the brief deliberately open, so the practitioner can form the project with the pupils and staff.
The project budget is up to £3,000 for practitioner fee (includes travel) with a an additional small budget for materials and the launch.

We are not fixed on the practice of our practitioner but would like you to inspire us with new ideas how we can make literacy enjoyable & exciting.

So please surprise us……is it printmaking, cooking, filmmaking, poetry, knitting, ceramics, drama etc., or something we cannot even imagine-
surprise & excite us with your ideas…….we are looking forward to hearing from you.

Here the details how to apply:

We are looking for an exceptional creative practitioner who has:

-  An enhanced CRB disclosure (less than two years old)
- You will need public Liability up to 5million
-  An understanding of or an interest in how young people learn
-  A commitment to genuine collaboration
-  An ability to reflect and communicate
-  A willingness to learn and share skills

If you are interested please send us:

- A short statement, explaining why you want to work with us (no more than one page), please state clearly any technical requirements you will have.
-CV (no more than two pages)
- Two references
- Date of your CRB check
-a link to examples work or 6 images ( if applicable)
If you need to send a DVD please get in touch.

Please send all documents in the old word format or PDF, no docx please.

For the interview we will ask you to prepare a 30min activity to demonstrate your approach to collaborative working, this will be followed by questions from students & staff. We will pay an interview reimbursement fee of £50 to the unsuccessful candidates.

Deadline:  13. October 2010   5pm
Interview date:  22. October 2010

If you cannot attend the interview date please get in touch.

All applications to be emailed to Iris Bertz, Creative Agent:

The project is part of Enquiry School project supported by Creative Partnerships 
 and Black Country Creative Partnerships

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Opportunity-short notice

Dear All

Grove Community Project, a small independent nursery (for children aged 2-4) in Handsworth, Birmingham has just been awarded a grant from Youth Music for a year-long early years music project. As well as employing me as their Music Leader for 20 days they are also looking for someone to work with me on a more regular basis at the nursery for 40 days across this academic year. The person that we had in mind now has other work and is unable to do it. At very short notice we are looking for someone to take up this exciting opportunity.

My role will be to deliver CPD, deliver some practical activity (both at Grove and the nearby nursery class of James Watt Primary School), support the relationships between the music leader and nominated early years practitioner, mentor the musician, support reflective practice and documentation, and look at music provision across the nursery.

We are looking for a musician who would deliver the weekly practical activity at the nursery. It would suit a musician who is open to child- initiated/adult responsive ways of working and who maybe has some experience of this. It would suit someone who has experienece of early years music but is maybe looking to build a longer-term relationship with a setting and develop their practice. It would be extremely helpful if they had Mondays or Tuesdays free. The fee is £175 per day.

The project is managed by Sarah Wood who is project manager for Grove Community Project.

Please send this to anyone you think might be interested. If they are interested they should get in touch with me by email in the first instance sending a CV or biog and a covering letter stating why they would be interested in being part of the project. I'm also very happy to for people to call me on my mobile 07786 736 861 if they want to know more about the project

Apologies for  the very short notice - we would like to start as soon as possible and therefore ask that if people are interested to get in touch asap.

With best wishes


Wednesday, 8 September 2010

Community Artists needed

I am looking for an artist (any arts form) who has been developing their community arts practise over the last year or two and has been successful and become experienced in running one-off workshops, small-scale projects (maybe for other arts organisations), experiencing in planning projects and fund-raising would be fantastic too - but not essential.

The artist needs to consider that they have some interesting insight in the value of networking and developing links with arts/non arts organisations to help them start to forge their career in this area of arts practise.

Must be available:

Date: 28th September 2010
Venue: Rugby
Time: 4.30pm- 6.30pm

Date: 30th September 2010
Venue:  Leamington Spa
Time: 6.30pm-8.30pm

The practitioner must put together a max. 10min presentation together and be available both evenings.

There is a fee for prep and delivery.

For further information or discussion please contact Cathryn on 01926 412355 or

please forward to people that you think may be interested.

Best wishes


Cathryn Ravenhall
Community Arts Officer
County Arts Service
Environment and Economy Directorate
Warwickshire County Council
Phone: 01926 412355   
Fax: 01926 412641
Coming up ...
An international arts exhibition celebrating the work of artists with learning difficulties in Warwickshire and Stetten, Germany
1st - 30th September 2010

Saturday, 4 September 2010

Vacant Spaces to vibrant places-artist opportunity

INHABIT: Vacant spaces to vibrant places



Inhabit is part of the Empty Spaces initiative.  It’s a programme of activity part funded by DCLG to re-invigorate local high streets and raise community confidence in local spaces. It aims to support local areas during the economic downturn, reviving shopping centres by transforming vacant spaces into vibrant places.  As a result of further funding from Arts Council England, we are able to offer further commissions. 

Our approach is to provide a pleasant place for people to meet, have a cup of tea, enjoy taking part in creative workshops or simply talk and share stories about what the local high street used to be like and how it could be in the future.  The activities will take place throughout 2010 and across Birmingham in Erdington, Hodge Hill, Ladywood, Perry Barr and bringing everything together at the Pavilions in the city centre. 

Artists Commissions

As part of Inhabit there are a small number of artist’s commissions available.  We have transformed the first empty shop at 173 Hagley Road, Ladywood, into a local tearoom.  Tea has shaped England’s national identity, but was first brought to the country from India and China.  Newer communities have very different relationships to tea, and to the manner and space in which it is, and isn’t, drunk.  We believe that this provides us with a route to draw individuals and communities out of their houses and into the local tearoom.  The tearooms recognise this curiously English tradition but also its global roots. 

The commissions should therefore pick upon but not be constrained by the notion of transforming space, community engagement and participatory led activity.  At the core of the work should be a strong concept but one that is easily communicated to those unfamiliar with the arts sector and who may not have engaged with the arts in any depth.  We expect artists to be committed to and interested in how the arts can work as a catalyst towards social and community development. 

All artists commissioned must regularly contribute to Hybrid’s forum/ blog on this subject. 

Artists will be required to work across two shops, or for the inter-disciplinary commission collate materials from all shops, with the final display taking place in the city centre shop at the Pavilions. 

Each of the commissions (apart from the Open Brief commissions) has a budget attached to enable ‘Mentoring Connections’.  We will therefore work with you to identify routes for development to explore how you can further your professional and creative development. 


The commissions:   

(Fee £7, 500 to include all expenses, Up to £1, 000 mentoring connection)

Taking each empty High Street space as a starting point, we wish to commission a promenade performance that propels participants through the history and culture of the local High Street.  This could involve using drama, theatre or audience engaged in exploration to see more of the High Street.  This may include other shops, local buildings such as places of worship, public art in the vicinity as well as activities and work in our Inhabit unit.  We want to surprise the participants, make them stop and think and in essence encourage them to revisit the High Street after we have gone.  Ideally this promenade would be aimed at a mix of age ranges, we don’t want to exclude people who haven’t previously engaged in promenade style work, the work must be accessible and consider how to draw people on a learning journey – both about art and their local High Street. 

We are interested in talking to artists who are excited at the possibilities that this commission presents.  We would seek to have a promenade performance in at least two High Streets, with the potential of applying the promenade to other areas.  This may mean having a template that is then adapted to each area.  To complement the promenade we would like a ‘trail’ created that could be taken by families on their own (similar to those created by heritage sites or museums) as those who are able to access the performed promenade are likely to be limited in number.

Word based
(Fee £5, 000 to include all expenses, up to £1, 000 mentoring connection)

We are interested in exploring the possibility of drawing upon words/ text in the spaces.  We are including within this text/ language/ literature/ spoken word/ calligraphy/ typography.  This commission needs to incorporate community/ participant involvement.  We would like to add to the atmosphere of the tearooms, and develop its theme by exploring the possibility of a commission that considers the written and spoken word.  The thinking behind this commission are the conversations that were and are held in tearooms, what are the topics of conversation today, what themes could or should be encouraged? 

We are interested in hearing from performers/ writers/ visual artists who have created contemporary work and have an interest in developing their practice in new ways, keeping word/ text at the heart and working across languages.  If you work in one area, you may wish to collaborate with another artist to deliver this element. 

Reminiscence/ Film / Animation/ Drama
(Fee £7, 500 to include all expenses, up to £1, 000 mentoring connection)

We are looking for an artist, partnership, collaboration or group to deliver an inter-disciplinary arts commission.  The commission will pick upon local residents’ stories and produce an audience experience that draws together stories (could be verbatim), images, sound and music that produces considerable texture.  The work may take inspiration from the stories that are collected within the programme, producing new work, or it may be verbatim.  The work produced should connect with the overall theme and consider past, present and future in its content. 

There should be a strong digital media presence, with at least some of the work web based, for example through work in progress on youtube.  The final work should also be uploaded onto vimeo or similar. 

We would expect the chosen artist to engage with participants, residents and audiences in all four wards but for the final work to be shown in the city centre.  The commissioned artist will be responsible for installation and technical maintenance as well as all technical/ production needs. 

Open Brief

For the Open Brief, we are open to and interested in new ideas and art forms, particularly those that are not covered elsewhere in the artists’ commissions.  We are especially interested in arts forms or ways of engaging that are accessible to communities and individuals who haven’t previously engaged with the arts. 

There are no guidelines for this commission beyond the information that is available in the programme overview.  This is deliberately open as we wish to encourage artist’s own thinking and ideas on engagement.  We do, however, expect the ideas to tie in with the overall vision of the programme and to have a strong sense of how the work will engage audiences and inspire interaction.  We are looking for artists who can engage with the space to profile their own arts practice and alongside this, deliver a few participatory sessions.

The commissions provide a small number of artist’s opportunities to:

·        Display/ produce work
·        Hold performances
·        Run participatory workshops
·        Drop in sessions
·        Demonstrations
·        Show or develop work in progress
·        Use the space for meetings

At the core of your work should be a clear concept but one that is easily communicated to those unfamiliar with the arts sector.  We expect artists to be committed to and interested in how the arts can work as a catalyst towards social and community development. We are especially interested in arts forms or ways of engaging that are accessible to communities and individuals who haven’t previously engaged with the arts. 

The fee for these commissions is between £500 and £1500, however, you will need to be responsible for: 
·        Transport
·        Insurance
·        Technical Needs

We will be accepting applications for this element through till February 2011.
However, the longer you leave it, the greater the competition is likely to be

How to apply

Please send us the following information:

·         An outline of how you would respond to Inhabit (max 500 words)
·         A loose budget
·         An up to date CV
·         Images/ CD featuring your work
·         How you would recruit and engage local residents (max 500 words)
·         How much time you would spend working in the tearoom (max 200 words)


Feel free to ask questions first. 
We may have an open day for artists, please let us know if this would be of interest to you.

Samina Zahir
Hybrid, 504 Islington Gates, 4 Fleet Street, Birmingham, B3 1JH
Tel: 0121 270 6389 (messages only)
mob: 07946 579655

Short-listed applicants will be asked to attend ‘Ladywood – Inhabited
on Wednesday 6th October 2010 from 4 – 6.30pm.

Wednesday, 1 September 2010

Building Sights VIP Exhibition Launch Invite 5pm - 7pm Friday 3rd September 2010

We all love Nuneaton & Bedworth - what sites do you love?

Significance -  Rare - Good looking - Well made - Something happened - Group   

We want to prove that there are good things about Nuneaton & Bedworth and help people appreciate what we have and to see things in a new light. We also believe that we shouldn't wait until something is gone or has been knocked down before we make a fuss of it.

  You are invited to attend the launch of our celebratory exhibition at Nuneaton Museum & Art Gallery, Riversley Park, Nuneaton. Come along to nominate and celebrate the places important to you. 

5pm - 7pm Friday 3rd September 2010
 VIP Launch from 5pm, Speeches at 6pm - All Welcome!
 Celebratory Refreshments will be available

 Our exhibition is open to the public 4th September - 24th October 2010 at the following times:
Tuesday - Saturday 10.30am - 4.30pm
Sunday 2.00pm - 4.30pm 

For more information visit our

 Building Sights is a Mercurial Arts Project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund's Young Roots Programme
and supported by Warwickshire County Council, Nuneaton Museum & Art Gallery and Abbeygate Shopping Centre

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