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Winter Newsletter Jan 2022

Free Arts, Dance and Photography Workshops for Infants, Children, Young People and Families 
If you work in health, education or social care in Warwickshire and would like to refer children and families in your care to this programme of FREE workshops then please complete this form. 
Students Create Arts Award Masterpiece

After 12 months of hard work researching, planning and designing the inspired by British Art Show 9 Discover and Bronze Arts Award logbooks are now completed and available as a free download or hard copy for teachers, young people and families.

The resources have been created by Dan and India two talented Illustration students from the University of Wolverhampton who have drawn upon the themes of BAS9 and the vibrant arts and cultural heritage of the city of Wolverhampton.

To download your free inspired by British Art Show 9 Discover or Bronze Arts Award resource go 

British Art Show 9 Inspired Plant Fete 

Local artist Charlotte Dunn is developing a British Art Show 9 inspired project called ‘Plant Fete’ which is a community art project supported by Creative Black Country as part of Offsite 9 community art programme. 

The project will be taking place at West Park Wolverhampton and will be based around the history of the floral fete which took place between 1889 and 1939 and provided a place for people to exchange plants they had grown, to raise money for the park and created a community event for everyone working within the area. 

Through her creative project Charlotte will recreate the idea of the floral fete within West Park, highlighting the reparative history element of BAS9 as well as the tactics of togetherness through the actions of a plant swap. Part of the fete will be a stand where she will exhibit community contributions of images, drawings, paintings and photos of plants. If you would like to submit your student’s West Park inspired flora/fauna  artwork entries are now open until Feb 13th More information can be found 


RicNic Summer Musical Project

RicNic is a unique theatre project where young people run the whole show - staging a full-scale musical in which every role in the cast, crew, band & production team is taken by a young person aged 16-22. We are currently recruiting for our Production Team roles for our project in Burton on Trent in 2022, and would love for you to get involved!
Here at RicNic, we want to challenge young people to form their own theatre company. We will provide you with the training and mentoring to help you choose the show, plan the project, hold the auditions and run the rehearsals but every decision made will come from you. We are looking for a wide range of young people to fill our production team roles and bring different skills to the project. We are looking for producers, directors, musical directors, choreographers, technicians, designers and performers so whatever area of theatre you are interested in, there's a place at RicNic for you!

RicNic is completely FREE to attend and the final performances will be held at the Brewhouse Theatre in Burton on Trent in August 2022. Training for the production team will begin in January, but don't worry if you can't commit to the whole summer! All roles in the production team have different time commitments throughout the year, so feel free to get in touch with us if you would like to find out more.

We are currently recruiting young people aged 16-22 for all roles within the production team to take on the challenge.
Interested? For more information and to sign up, 
email us.  
or visit our website. 


 Latest jobs to go live - Coventry City of Culture

A  number of exciting new posts are now open for applications with Coventry City of Culture. Post include:  
and many others. Find them all and apply 


Dance Artist/Producer Required 

To celebrate the upcoming 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, six Sandwell schools are working collaboratively in partnership with six Jamaican schools on a project that explores and celebrates the connections and links between our two Commonwealth countries. The Sandwell cluster of schools are Harvills Hawthorn Primary, St John Bosco Primary, Wood Green Academy, Moorlands Primary School, Causeway Green Primary School and the Phoenix Collegiate.
For our project we are seeking to commission a dance artist/producer or dance organisation to work with our schools to create and produce a final dance performance which tells the story of a passenger’s journey from Jamaica to the UK on the Empire Windrush.

If you are interested in applying, please email your CV, 1 or 2 images (max size 1MB) and a paragraph that clearly outlines your skills and your response the brief, to 
Hayley Coley by no later than 15th December at 5pm. 


Visual Artist Wanted   
Printmaker / Visual Artist Required: Birmingham Schools Commission £5000 

To celebrate the upcoming 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, six Birmingham schools are working collaboratively in partnership with six schools from Trinidad and Tobago on a project that explores and celebrates the connections and links between our two Commonwealth countries. The Birmingham cluster of schools are Billesley Primary School, Raddlebarn Primary School, Kings Heath Boys' Secondary, St Bernard’s Catholic Primary School, Highters Heath Primary and Woodthorpe Junior an Infants School. 
For our project, we are seeking to commission a printmaker or visual artist to work with a cohort of pupils from each school towards creating a fine art exhibition, and a launch event, that will celebrate Trinidad and Tobago culture.

To be considered, applicants must hold an Enhanced DBS Certificate (with barring) or be willing to undergo a new check at their own cost (approx. £50). If you are interested in applying, please email your CV, images of your professional work and work with schools  (max email size 7MB) and a paragraph that clearly outlines your skills and your response the brief, to 
Angie Watson on by no later than 5th January 2022 at 5pm. 


Connecting Students with Nature

The Waterways, Wildlife and Wellbeing project aims to embed Learning Beyond the Classroom through connecting students with their school grounds, locality and beyond. This project will support students’ wellbeing whilst connecting them to their natural environment.

Waterways, Wildlife and Wellbeing is being delivered by Council for Learning Outside the Classroom (CLOtC) in partnership with Canal & River Trust. It is funded through the Green Recovery Challenge Fund (by Defra, Environmental Agency, Natural England and National Lottery Heritage Fund).

We aim to engage 500 schools from across the West Midlands region, giving them all free membership to CLOtC.  250 will then be targeted to receive bespoke training and mentoring to embed LOtC and attain the LOTC Mark.

50 of these schools will also receive hands-on environmental and wellbeing activities to connect them with their local waterways, delivered by Canal & River trust. 

Find out more and register your school’s interest 


Sandwell Cultural Education Partnership Job Opportunities

Creative Development Coordinator (PAYE) – SCEP are seeking an individual to work with SCEP at an exciting time in our development as our part-time SCEP Creative Development Coordinator to undertake coordination and administration of the delivery and development of SCEP’s Aims, Mission and Membership. 24hours per week @ £22,500pa (24 Months – Fixed Term) Deadline: 5th January 2022 (10am)
Creative Learning Producer (Freelance) – SCEP are seeking an individual or company who has the experience, capacity and ingenuity to lead on an exciting children and young people’s S.T.E.A.M (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Maths) including creativity and health initiative for schools as part of the development of the new Midland Metropolitan University Hospital called ‘[IN]side [OUT]side: A hospital of the future’ Fee: £20,000.00 (24 months) Deadline: 5th January 2022 (10am) / contact Amy.  


Black Country Cultural Education Directory

The Black Country Cultural Education Directory has launched! – A joint initiative between the four Cultural Education Partnerships (CEPs); Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton. Each CEP is formed of partners from across the arts, cultural, heritage and education sectors. They collectively work together to ensure that all children and young people aged 0 to 25 in their localities have access to high quality arts and culture. Each CEP is formed of partners who are activists in their local area who advocate for arts, culture and creativity in education. To ensure that every child and young person has a positive and empowering creative learning journey and the opportunity to create, participate, produce and engage with cultural education.

Download the directory