West Midlands

Click and Play: Photography Project Looking for Participants, Birmingham

Blue Orange Arts is now recruiting people who have, or have had, experience of mental health issues. These photography workshops will incorporate role play and drama techniques. Participants will be guided through the workshops in a safe supportive environment to develop confidence, soft skills and social interaction, reflecting on themes which they may choose as stimuli for their photography. The project will culminate in a two-week exhibition opening on 13 August 2013.

John Taylor Hospice: Art and End of Life Care A Conversation, Ikon, Birmingham – 13 May 2013

Ikon invites arts and healthcare professionals to Art and End of Life Care – A Conversation. This symposium is part of Life:Still, a year-long collaboration between Ikon and Birmingham’s John Taylor Hospice. It is a chance to share current arts practice, research and collaborative partnerships in end of life care and takes place in Dying Matters Week 2013.

Musical Connections Project Co-ordinator, Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust – deadline 17 May 2013

Expressions of interest are sought from a community organisation to manage a new Musical Connections Project.

The Project has been funded for 4 years by a Big Lottery Reaching Communities Grant and Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust.

Developing Arts for Health, Training for Artists, Arts Development Workers and Health Workers, Staffordshire University – deadline 12 April 2013

Creative Health CIC and Staffordshire University are offering an opportunity to take part in Developing Arts for Health (the Artist Professional Development Programme).

Developing Arts for Health (Artist Professional Development Programme) is now in its 5th year and was one of the first fully accredited arts and health professional development programmes in the UK. The programme aims to provide participants with the knowledge, arts/health-specific skills and confidence appropriate for practitioners who wish to develop arts work in a health and wellbeing setting.

West Midlands Arts and Health Awards winners announced

The West Midlands Arts, Health & Wellbeing Arts and Health Awards aims to celebrate and profile exceptional arts and health projects across the region.

The winners have now been announced as follows:

Third Sector Award: Friction Arts with Sandwell Young Peoples Services for their project To You From Super ME
Public Sector Award: Wolverhampton Arts, Culture and Heritage Service for Meet Me at WAG
Judges Prize: Women and Theatre for Drama at Lyndon Resource Centre

Opportunity for a Freelance Creative Writer, North Staffordshire

Staffordshire and Keele Universities are running a research project called ‘And the Doctor Said...’. People in North Staffordshire are taking part in workshops led by creative writers and storytellers, the purpose of the workshops is for people to discuss their experiences of health care and to develop creative writing based on these experiences. An opportunity is available for a freelance creative writer to run two one-day workshops as part of the project.

Opportunity for Artists, Borderland Voices Expressive Arts Programme, March 2013 - October 2014

The Borderland Voices Expressive Arts Programme is looking for artists to run workshops on its Expressive Arts Programme. The programme features a range of activities using media from willow sculpture, wood carving, ceramics, music and textiles to jewellery, photography, drawing, painting and more. Borderland Voices’ adult participants are frequently, although not exclusively, people with enduring mental health issues. Participants are usually highly creative and keen to develop or extend their skills.

For more information and details on how to apply, see the documents attached.

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.

Project Director, New Vic Theatre, West Midlands – deadline 28 February 2013

The Creative People and Places – Stoke on Trent Consortium is looking for an experienced Project Director to lead strategy and delivery of the programme which aims to ensure that great art is delivered and that more people in Stoke on Trent are engaged as audiences and participants.

Stoke on Trent has been awarded nearly £3m over the next three years through the Arts Council England Creative People and Places programme, with the aim of getting more people to experience and be inspired by the arts

Volunteer Older Adult Music Group Facilitator, Edward Street Hospital, West Bromwich – deadline 1 March 2013

New voluntary position for an Older Adult music facilitator at Edward St Hospital, West Bromwich. The successful applicant/s will be required to assist the Occupational Therapy Staff Team to run a weekly music group for each of the three wards and contribute to the development of the weekly sessions.

Ideally the same person will facilitate all three sessions, but applications will be considered for one or more of the weekly sessions on an on-going basis.

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