West Midlands

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.

Actor/ Groupworker, Geese Theatre Company, West Midlands – deadline 26 February

Geese Theatre Company is a team of actors and group workers who present interactive drama and conduct workshops, staff training and consultation within the Criminal Justice System. The company has a reputation for innovative work with offenders and youth at risk and since 1987 has worked in more than 150 custodial institutions and with 42 probation areas.

The company is currently looking for male and female Actor / Groupworkers to become involved in all its performance, workshop and groupwork programmes within the Criminal Justice System.

Theatre of the Unemployed, Blue Orange Theatre, Birmingham – February/March

Theatre of the Unemployed is an upcoming project developed and delivered by Blue Orange Arts and funded by the European Social Fund in partnership with the Birmingham and Black Country Community Foundation.

Arrow in the Blue, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery – 19 January to 24 March

The Koestler Exhibition for the West Midlands

Arrow in the Blue is an exhibition of artwork and writing from prisons, secure hospitals, young offender institutions and by people on probation in the West Midlands.

The exhibition has been curated by young people from the Intensive Supervision and Surveillance team of Birmingham Youth Offending Service, with training and guidance from professional curators.

w: www.koestlertrust.org.uk/index.html

Call for Artists, Forge Forward, West Midlands

The Forge Forward Dudley team are currently seeking artists for an exhibition with the theme of Addiction.

Working with Cranstoun, a drugs rehabilitation group, Forge Forward is looking for artists who use the theme of addiction within their work, are recovering addicts (in any sense of the word) or who are friends/relatives of those with addictions.

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