North East

Blyth Community Hospital Artist in Residency, North East – deadline 6 May 2013

Queens Hall Arts, Blyth Valley Arts & Leisure and the Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust would like to commission an artist or arts organisation to run a participatory programme of workshops with the aim of developing a final art work or arts resource for the Blyth Community Hospital.

This residency offers a period of time for an artist or group/organisation to research the environment of Blyth Community Hospital, to spend quality time in participatory work with patients, families and staff in order to create a lasting artwork or arts resource for the centre.

Arts Alliance Research, North East, Central and South West

Northumbria and Bath Spa Universities have been commissioned by the Arts Alliance to carry out a series of case studies investigating the impact that arts practice in the criminal justice system might have on adults and young people desisting from crime. The research will primarily take place in the North East, Central and South West areas of England.

Lead Artist: St Oswald's Art Project, Helix Arts, North East – deadline 13 February

Helix Arts works with artists, in partnership with public and voluntary sector organisations, to create opportunities for people to participate in high quality arts activity.

Helix Arts is seeking applications from artists working in any artform to undertake the delivery of St Oswald’s Arts Project, a three-month arts programme delivered in partnership by St Oswald’s Hospice and Helix Arts offering children and young people involved with St Oswald’s the opportunity to explore their creativity.

Alice in Bed, by Susan Sontag, Newcastle, 27 February to 3 March

Alice in Bed is based on the life and diaries of Alice James (1848-92), sharp witted sister to Henry and William James.

The play asks questions about the way in which we understand illness and health in modern society and the value of subjective experience in contemporary culture.

Tender Buttons production takes place in an immersive and playful environment designed by artist Ben Jeans Houghton for The Stephenson Works. In one of Newcastle’s most historically significant buildings, the audience are invited to explore the world of Alice’s mind.

Participation Facilitator, Northern Stage – deadline 31 January

To devise and deliver participatory theatre projects in schools, colleges and community settings. Experience of leading workshops with people of all ages and abilities and an enhanced CRB check are essential.

Full-time, fixed-term

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Freelance Arts and Health Project Manager required, Rotherham MBC – deadline 6 January

ARTiculate is a 2 year multi-artform project with Mental Health Service Users in Swallownest Court Adult Inpatient Unit, and Woodlands Older People Mental Health Unit, both part of the Rotherham, Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH). The project is led by Rotherham MBC Community Arts Service (Arts and Health Officer), in partnership with RDaSH.

The project is an action research project; as well as being designed to improve the health and wellbeing of participants through participation in arts workshops, evaluation plays a key role.

Critical Conversations: dialogues around the practice of arts in participatory settings, The Sage Gateshead – booking deadline 23 November

Hosted by The Sage Gateshead, this event will explore where some of the boundaries exist for musicians working in participatory settings and the influence of the context on artistic practice.

As part of a national arts research project funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and designed to facilitate new dialogues around and understandings of participatory arts practice, The Sage Gateshead is working with University of Sunderland and a consortium of regional partners (ArtWorks North East) to develop a clearer understanding of what makes for good participatory practice.

Theatre Arts Worker/Coordinator, Headway Arts, North East – deadline 30 November

Headway Arts specialises in highly inclusive participatory arts projects which offer opportunities for people to contribute to the cultural life of their communities. Headway Arts works across art forms to motivate, build confidence and creativity, offering a means of expression to those who otherwise would not have the opportunity.

Pen & Tonic writing taster sessions, Newcastle – 18 December

Pen and Tonic are running two writing taster sessions based on their book ‘Writing exercises that work’. The workshops are suitable for anyone who would like to know more about how writing can be good for physical and mental wellbeing.

To find out more or to book a place visit w:

Invitation for Expressions of Interest, Open Art Ltd, Yorkshire

Open Art is inviting expressions of interest from creative practitioners and curators interested and/or experienced in socially engaged arts practice, to devise and deliver a residency, as one of a series of five, which explores the theme GIFT in relation to a specific neighbourhood community in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire.

Expressions of interest are invited from visual artists, musicians, writers, theatre practitioners, dancers, composers, as well as curators who already have experience or are interested in developing their work in a more socially engaged way.


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