Forest Arts Music Hub

Jan 2022

  • British Art Show 9 – the largest touring exhibition of contemporary art in the UK, giving people in cities across the country the opportunity to engage with work by the most exciting artists in Britain. From 22 January to 10 April 2022 the exhibition comes to Wolverhampton before touring to Manchester and Plymouth.



  • Culture Consortium Shropshire – Ofsted CPD for Primary Schools Deep Dives in Art: What is the role of the arts in the new Ofsted framework? Thursday 20th January 2022, 4.00pm-5.30pm / Venue: Virtual via Zoom / Cost: Free / Booking Essential



*CCS have Wayne Simner, HMI for Schools, Ofsted detailing what a Broad & Balanced curriculum looks like for primary schools and providing updates on what Ofsted are looking for within their deep dives across the arts. The new quality of education judgment will focus on the overall intention, implementation and impact on learning and progress but what does this look like and what does it mean in practice? There will also be a Q&A opportunity to ask your burning questions. BOOK YOUR PLACE HERE – UC Shrewsbury CPD / Places are FREE due to support from CCS, places need to be booked in advance in order to receive the Zoom access link.  For more information please contact Judy McFall –


The Audience Agency - TEA Breaks – TEA (Talking Evidence and Audiences) Breaks offer a regular introduction to The Audience Agency's latest research, projects and sector knowledge - grab a cuppa and listen in. Through these short monthly briefings, the Audience Agency team share current insights for the cultural sector. Each session is based on a key topic, determined by the interesting analysis and research taking place at the time. This is an easy way to stay in the loop with the latest audience data findings and discuss your thoughts with like-minded people from across the sector. Forthcoming dates: Wed 12 Jan, Wed 9 Feb, Wed 9 March.


Creative UK - is proud to announce the return of Creative Coalition, our flagship festival bringing the UK creative industries together, from Tuesday 1st to Thursday 3rd February 2022. With a diverse three-day programme of virtual events, to be announced in the coming weeks, Creative Coalition combines inspiring speakers, interviews and discussions, with live performances, immersive experiences, and engaging workshops.


Cause 4 - Trustee Leadership Programme - 3 & 10 February An enriching career development opportunity offered across two virtual sessions. This course covers the key responsibilities of Trustees and other regulatory issues alongside real-world insights from experts across the charity sector. The course covers issues including: governance and strategic planning; financial management; an introduction to fundraising; an overview of the charity sector and the importance of Trustees.


Cause 4 - Emerging Chairs Programme - 21 April This course is suitable for those who aspire to become Chairs of a charity or for existing Chairs who wish to progress and develop within their role. This session will cover key issues such as Leadership, Chair-CEO relationships, fundraising, and marketing; whilst allowing prospective and existing Chairs to share experiences and learning.


Funding Information & Advice   


Spirit of 2012 announces UK Youth as delivery partner for a £1.7m funding opportunity for young people throughout 2022 – Further information:


*ACE Place Partnership Fund – Information Sheet now available Project Grants: Information sheets | Arts Council England We can support specific types of projects that aim to make a step change in the cultural and creative opportunity in places through the Place Partnership Strand within Project Grants. These will be projects that seek to transform an aspect of cultural or creative provision in line with Let’s Create and the strategic cultural development aspirations of the place the activity benefits. The type of change we wish to see these projects make will necessitate partnership working. We are especially interested in projects that create opportunities for children and young people to experience and engage with cultural and creative activity.

The Fidelio Trust offers grants of up to £5,000 for the Arts, especially music, including opera, lieder, composition and dance. Funding can help with: • tuition or coaching costs • participation in competitions • support for a specially arranged performance • support for a special publication, musical composition or work of art Find out how to apply here:  Deadline 24 January 2022

The Radcliffe Trust supports the skills and experience that underpin the UK’s heritage and crafts sector, including: • emerging craftspeople • projects demonstrating creative outcomes by designer-makers • projects with potential for capacity building • special needs projects. We also consider grant giving in other areas of cultural creativity related to heritage and crafts, including theatre, performance, and literature. Details online at:  Deadline 31 January 2022

The Finnis Scott Botanical Art Prize of £10,000 is aimed at groups and organisations looking to go beyond their day-to-day activities, and especially those which have helped to raise the profile of botanical art. Projects might include a new education programme or the development of an existing course, exhibition, publication, event or collaborative project. For application details, visit:  Deadline 31 January 2022

Let’s Create Jubilee Fund – The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee is a special moment in our collective history; one that gives us a chance to look back at what has been achieved over the last 70 years  and also look forward to what is possible in the future. The focus of this fund is to empower community organisations to work collaboratively with artists and cultural organisations in a way they might not have before, to produce creative events that are driven by them and highlight their ideas and creativity. Although our funding usually falls under several artform disciplines, we don’t want to be too prescriptive over what kinds of creative responses we expect to see for the Let’s Create Jubilee Fund.  Instead, we want to encourage community organisations to think about what creative activity would mean the most to their local communities and why. Grant range: £750 - £10,000 / Application portal opens – January / Application deadline – 28 February / Decisions received – 1 April / Projects take place – June 2022 Guidance will be available on UK Community Foundation website in early December.

Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust Announce Themes for 2022 Funding – The Trust has announced the themes for 2022 for which it will offer funding. In 2022, the focus is on the Arts. Given the 'devastating effect of Covid-19 on all areas of the arts', there will be a specific focus in the first two rounds on people in the early stages of their career, specifically performers and creatives. In recognition that Black Lives Matters has highlighted the under-representation of BAME people in all sections of the arts, the third and fourth rounds will focus on projects and organisations that are working to change this with both employees and audiences. There will be four grant rounds in 2022. Round 1 will open on 1 February 2022 and close on 28 February 2022.

Applications Invited for Arts, Culture and Heritage Projects Across the UK – The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation has launched its 2022 funding round. Grants of up to £25,000 per year for three years are available to support the arts, culture, and heritage projects across the UK. Funding will enable people to develop skills and careers, increase access to and promote diversity in the arts and heritage by reaching communities and individuals who would otherwise not participate. The deadline for Expressions of Interest is 28 February 2022 (midnight).

Lawrence Atwell’s Charity – Charities Programme – Grants are available to registered charities in England and Wales for projects to support young people to move into employment or become employment ready. Maximum value: £ 30,000. The Lawrence Atwell's Charity aims to help young people free themselves from poverty and disadvantage by heading into the job they want. In line with this aim, its Charities Programme has been established to award grants to registered charities in England and Wales for projects to support young people to move into employment or become employment ready. Application deadline: 04/03/2022.

Funding to Host Armed Forces Day Events in 2022 – The Ministry of Defence (MoD) provides funding each year to help organisations and individuals in the UK host an Armed Forces Day event. Armed Forces Day has been marked annually since 2009 with events large and small throughout the UK. In 2022, it will be celebrated on Saturday 25 June 2022 with a major national event to be held in Scarborough. Local events will be held across the UK. This grant is match funded and can cover up to half the total cost of the event. For example, if the total cost of the event is £10,000 and £5,000 has been raised, the grant could cover up to £5,000. Groups need to register their event before they can access the funding criteria. The deadline for applications for event funding in 2022 is 1 March 2022.



Commissions, Job Opportunities & Competitions


Artists in Residence – is looking for artists from the Birmingham area with experience facilitating workshops in schools. We welcome applications from artists of all disciplines, but we are particularly interested in hearing from sculpture, mosaic, and 3D design creatives. Artists in Residence is a registered charity that brings high-quality artist residencies to schools across the UK. It was established by Andria Zafirakou winner of the 2018 Global Teacher Prize in recognition of the extraordinary contribution she has made to education in London as a teacher of arts and textiles.​ Artists in Residence are currently working with UK schools, helping them to improve their art curriculum by connecting them with artists to co-design a residency project that meets the needs of individual schools and students. These short residencies not only offer the students a chance to develop practical artistic skills but offer an insight into what a career in the arts may look like. Register here.


Trigger – PoliNations Traineeships – We are excited to offer 8 flexible creative traineeships for passionate individuals based in the West Midlands as part of PoliNations - a radical new architectural, design and performance art event in Birmingham. These traineeships will run for 6 weeks (with 3 weeks taking place in Birmingham in September 2022). Roles include Design Assistant, Architecture Assistant, Production Assistant, Costume Design Assistant, Lighting Design Assistant, Sound Design Assistant. Application Deadline: 5pm, Friday 14th January 2022


Severn Arts – Office Manager – Severn Arts is seeking an efficient, organised, proactive and highly adaptable Office Manager. Our ideal candidate will be an experienced professional with meticulous attention to detail and strong multi-tasking and organisational capabilities to support the Chief Executive and Directors of Resources & Operations, Learning and Arts and manage the business support function. This new post comes at an exciting time in our development and will be placed at the heart of Severn Arts, providing the essential glue that brings together staff and functions to create an efficient, inspiring workplace.  Salary: £25-30K depending on experience and skills / Hours: 37 hours per week. The closing date for applications is Monday 17 January 2022. Please note that in the event of a large number of applications, this vacancy may close before the deadline, so please apply early to avoid disappointment. For more information see


Chance Heritage Trust - Community Engagement Project Tender – to deliver an exciting two-stranded Community Renewal Programme funded community engagement programme to inform proposals for the redevelopment of the Chance Brothers Glassworks and Soho Foundry and Mint sites in Sandwell. Applications close 18 January.


Chance Heritage Trust - Evaluation Project Tender – to carry out evaluation of a Community Renewal Programme funded project across the Chance Glassworks and Soho Foundry & Mint Industrial Heritage sites in Sandwell. Applications close 18 January.

The Play House is recruiting for a new artistic director to take the company on the exciting next step in its journey. They are seeking someone creative, ambitious and determined with a track record of directing, devising and producing education and/or community programmes/performances. The Play House Theatre in Education Company creates unique and thrilling participatory work delivered in schools and community settings with the aim of creating meaningful participation for every child. Putting young at the centre of their work, they look to expand children's aspirations and inspire their curiosity no matter what theme or story they are exploring.  Deadline for Applications: 12pm, Wednesday 19th January Further information: Recruitment packs (including recorded and large print copies) can be found here

Abbey Awards – offer paid residencies at the British School at Rome for artists showing exceptional merit and promise. The Abbey Scholarship offers an early career painter a full academic year at the British School at Rome. The Scholar will receive £1,000 per month. The Abbey Fellowships offer mid-career painters three months at the School during the same period. Fellows will receive £1,500 per month. All living expenses are covered. See all information on our website: Deadline: 23 January 2022

Fierce - Project Producer (freelance) – Following a consultation with queer creatives in the city, Fierce is excited to be recruiting a project team for The Healing Gardens of Bab, a multi-disciplinary queer arts programme offering transformative experiences in Birmingham as part of the Birmingham 2022 Festival. Applications close 23 January.


MAC - Marketing Officer – To initiate and deliver comprehensive offline and online marketing campaigns in line with company strategy to promote MAC’s busy programme of activities, with a focus on its creative courses*, exhibitions and commercial offer e.g., Café and Hires. Applications close 24 January.


Trigger – PoliNations Learning & Participation Manager – We are currently seeking a highly motivated and creative Learning & Participation Manager to work closely with the Senior Producer to support the planning and delivery of our exciting and varied PoliNations participation programme. This project involves intricate and significant set-builds, multiple freelance teams, intensive scheduling and essential attention to detail. The successful candidate will relish the opportunity to deliver these projects and have a positive and enthusiastic attitude to the exciting challenges they pose. Application Deadline: 10am, Monday 24th January 2022


Handsworth Creative - Commission for site-specific artwork The theme for 2022 is ‘The Commonwealth - here and now’. Handsworth Creative is seeking to commission a site-specific monumental Artwork in 2022 that reflects either the Commonwealth Games, the Commonwealth or both. One commission of £9000 to £12,000. Apply by 24 January.


Shropshire Museums - Commission for Visual Artists / Designers / Illustrators to produce designs inspired by the Museums' collections, to be used to create ranges of bespoke merchandise for sale in the Museums' shops. Five commissions of £1950 each. Apply by 24 January 2022.


Shropshire Museums - Commission for Artist (consultation with children and young people) to work with a Heritage Consultation and Evaluation Specialist to design and deliver an innovative art-led consultation tool for children and young people on the design of the Partnership Gallery with the British Museum. Apply by 24 January.


Curiosity Productions are advertising for three new Kickstart roles with an application deadline of 24th January 2022. Curiosity Productions are looking for a trainee performer to work with Cloud Cuckoo Land Theatre to develop performance for young audiences and they are looking for two Creative Project and Events Assistants to help coordinate lots of exciting events and activities in 2022, including: Concerts for babies and their families with BAM: Babies’ Adventures in Music / A community jubilee celebration event in Droitwich Spa / Creative community mapping in Wolverhampton / Projects for children and young people with Cloud Cuckoo Land / Evaluation of Legacy WM’s arts and heritage canal trail. Applicants must be aged 18 to 24 and claiming universal credit. You must apply through your Job Centre. For more information go to: Work with us – Curiosity Productions


Open Theatre Company - Finance Officer – to help take us into our exciting next phase of development! We 'Do Difference Differently' - valuing diversity & inclusion, & we encourage applicants who are underrepresented in the arts. Applications close 28


The World Reimagined - Callout for Artist Educators – to deliver learning programmes in Birmingham schools throughout 2022, as part of The World Reimagined, the UK's biggest public art education project for racial justice. Apply by 31 January.


The World Reimagined - Artist Open Call – to conceive and create innovative and inspiring designs for large fibreglass globes to be displayed in host cities across England and Wales. Apply by 31 January.


MAC - Curator – To develop, curate and manage MAC’s busy exhibition programme and partnership projects. Applications close 1 February


Sampad - Projects & Programme Co-ordinator – responsible for supporting the Artistic Director and the Executive Director (SMT) in planning and managing our arts, heritage and learning programmes and developing and maintaining partnerships key to Sampad’s future success. Applications close 2 February.


Another Route – international artistic fellowship designed to support performance artists based in England to internationalise their practice. Applications are now open for this remarkable 18-month development programme designed by artists for artists. Apply by 14 February.

Bromsgrove International Musicians Competition is for instrumentalists, pianists and singers aged 18-25 (Age limit 28 for singers) on 1 July 2021. Applicants must have already attained a high professional standard as solo performers. Entries must include two video recordings, totalling no longer than 6 minutes in length. There is a £6,000 prize plus recital opportunities with the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. There are also two finalist prizes of £3,000 each. More information is available online:  Deadline 27 February 2022

Jackson's Painting Prize opens for submissions on 1 December 2021, offering cash prizes to winners. Entries of 2D fine art works are invited, in any painting or drawing medium, and in eight categories. Visit:  for the latest information. Deadline 1 March 2022

ScreenSkills Bursaries can help you get into the screen industries or progress your career. Apply for a grant for professional development, training fees, equipment, accommodation, care, disability access costs, software and travel. See details online here: enskills-bursaries-apply-for-funding-to-progress-your-career/e1a40527-ea77-499f-a303- ced2c120d66f/  Deadline 13 March 2022



Sector Meetings, Information & Resources


*British Art Show 9 – the largest touring exhibition of contemporary art in the UK, giving people in cities across the country the opportunity to engage with work by the most exciting artists in Britain. From 22 January to 10 April 2022 the exhibition comes to Wolverhampton before touring to Manchester and Plymouth.


Coventry UK City of Culture – originally planned to run throughout 2021, the impact of Covid means we get to enjoy Coventry's incredible year as City of Culture right through until May 2022! There's a huge amount still to enjoy in the programme, you can explore it here.


Birmingham 2022 Festival – the six-month cultural programme, starting in March 2022, will harness the moment of the Games to shine a spotlight on the region’s cultural sector. Audacious, playful, and inclusive, the festival will connect people, time and place in a programme designed to entertain, engage, and embrace audiences, whilst positively disrupting and inspiring lasting change.


Policy Evidence Centre (PEC) has published their 11 global policy recommendations to support the cultural sector and creative industries


Birmingham Library is the West Midlands provider for the Business and IP services for West Midlands – They provide FREE advice on Intellectual Property rights as well as general business support including dedicated facilities and 1:1 support. For any type of business. They have a free version of grant finder. More information:


Ofsted Annual Report: We must do all we can to make sure this generation is not denied its opportunities – [http://Ofsted%20Annual%20Report:%20We%20must%20do%20all%20we%20can%20to%20make%20sure%20this%20generation%20is%20not%20denied%20its%20opportunities%20-%20GOV.UK%20(]Ofsted Annual Report: We must do all we can to make sure this generation is not denied its opportunities - GOV.UK (



Health & Wellbeing

Creativity & Wellbeing Week 2022: 16-22 May – CHWA is partnering with London Arts and Health to support Creativity & Wellbeing Week 2022 around the country. The festival will feature a mix of in-person and online events. Start uploading events to the site whenever you're ready, and access a creative toolkit, including an email signature, stickers and social media assets.