How to: Forum Theatre as a tool for social change with communities

Doing Things Differently

Cost: £65 for 2 day workshop

Live Dates: Thursday 15th September, Friday 16th September

Doing Things DifferentlyJoin Cardboard Citizens for an interactive two day workshop, exploring the Art of Engagement. This workshop covers the theory, practice and application of Forum Theatre, in encouraging social change within the community.

The workshop will introduce accessible Image Theatre techniques, developed and pioneered by Augusto Boal. The group will start to identify and explore issues of concern, with a focus around the challenges of engaging marginalised individuals and groups. Cardboard Citizens will share its own knowledge and experience of how best to engage and support participation within communities.

This two day training will also provide the opportunity for Arts and Social Sector professionals to come together ahead of Cardboard Citizens’ Bristol residency programme and Forum Theatre performances in Spring 2017.

Cardboard Citizens
Cardboard Citizens is a creative hub and leading force for socially excluded people. They offer workshops, training, support and progression to grow confidence, community and skills. Cardboard Citizens tells stories that need to be told, through theatre performed on the stage, in the street, in hostels, centres and prisons.

Who is this event for?
This training is ideal for Arts and Social Sector practitioners who want to develop their practice to support working with disengaged groups.

Why is this part of Doing Things Differently?
Cardboard Citizens has been making life-changing theatre with and for homeless people and disengaged groups for 25 years. This workshop is a fantastic opportunity to develop skills around how to work with ALL within the community, creating a more socially minded practice.

Watch Cardboard Citizens
Untold Stories is a short video about Cardboard Citizens’ Forum Theatre Tour in 2010, created by The Community Channel.

Book your place now

Trinity Centre, Bristol, BS2 0NW

Locality: Bristol

Contact Details

Doing Things Differently,

Outside In- Induction Days

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Induction Days

Outside In is partnering with Arts & Health South West (AHSW), Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, Falmouth Art Gallery, Borough of Poole Museum and Arts Service and The Wilson in Cheltenham to organise ‘Alternative Visions: Undiscovered Art in the South West’ a touring exhibition of work by artists in the South West who feel excluded from the mainstream art world.

Outside In and AHSW want to hear from organisations, individuals and groups who work with people who are interested in making their own visual artwork, but who face barriers to accessing the art world for reasons including health, disability, social circumstance or isolation.  We would like to invite these organisations to come to an Induction Day at the 4 main venues in April – May 2016 to find out more about how they can help the individuals they have contact with to upload their artwork to the Outside In website, to showcase it digitally alongside 2,100 other artists, and – if they want – submit it to be included in the touring exhibition which starts in June 2017 at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery.

Induction day dates and venues:

Wednesday 25 May, Falmouth Art Gallery, 10am – 12pm Book a place:

At the Induction Days, you will:

  • Hear from Outside In staff and staff from partner venues about the project

  • Hear from artists who have worked with Outside In before; learn about their journey and what they have gained from working with the project

  • Find out how to get artists that you know, or support, involved either through Surgery Days or by signing groups up yourself with the help of ‘how-to-guides’

Image: Stacey Fish, Elephant, Bird, Man – Image courtesy of Artists First


To book a place on one of the free Induction Days, please book through the relevant eventbrite page that is listed above. 



Can art and culture be (more) meaningful to more people if we re-think the boundaries placed around it – sectoral, geographical, hierarchical or political?

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We think the arts and cultural sector needs to get out more. Most sectors probably do. So this Open Space is for anyone (whether you work in arts and culture or not) who cares about creativity and thinks there is a way of doing things better .

The possibilities for art to make a difference to people – in any setting you can imagine – are endless. Making things happen is down to individuals with imagination. People who look beyond what they know already. If we can get a whole bunch of people together in a room with the drive to do this, think about what we could change…

This is your opportunity to do just that, and in your own way: you set the agenda, you decide what you want to get done, and how, with whoever wants to work on it with you

Theatre Bristol and Create Gloucestershire are jointly hosting this Open Space to bring people together from across the South West, to explore how we do (and don’t) connect with the places and communities around us, and to design new ways of living and working together.

We’re interested in what happens when you look beyond the boundaries, real and imagined, that we all put in place. We are excited about the potential to dissolve cultural boundaries so they make more sense to artists and audiences as opposed to reinforcing traditional geographical, sectoral and political imperatives. If you are too, get stuck in and book below.

We’re delighted that Nick Sweeting (Producer of Open Space innovators Improbable Theatre Company) will be facilitating the event.

Open Space is a great way for people to come together and self-organise around a question or issue they care about. Anyone can choose a starting point for discussion, and take part in as many – or few – conversations as they like. Whether there are 5 or 50 people in a group, Open Space helps unravel knotty problems and move towards action.

Sounds good? Come and join us!

Pippa Jones from Create Gloucestershire, and Katie Keeler and Mel Scaffold from Theatre Bristol.

To help with the cost of the event we are making a small charge of £10, or £5 if you’re on a low income, this includes lunch and refreshments all day.

There is free car parking and cycle parking on site. The venue is a 10 minute walk from Bristol Parkway train station, and a 15 minute walk from Filton Abbey Wood train station and there are buses from both stations and from the centre of Bristol.

There are disabled parking bays close to the entrance and the college is fully accessible.

If you require further information about getting to the venue or anything please contact Sophie on

This invitation is open to everyone, so please pass it on to anyone you think might be interested.

Here is a link to our eventbrite page

Arts and Health Training- 25th January 2016

‘How to make a strong application to ACE/ other trusts and foundations including researching funders, writing an application and getting the project ready’

Joanne Byron


Monday the 25th January

3-5pm at the Chocolate Factory, Centrespace Gallery.

This session is free and open to the public, so please pass this information on to anyone it may be of interest to; there is limited capacity,  so if you would like to attend please email to ensure you have a reserved place.


Hope to see you there!


Forum Update Oct 2015

The Bristol Arts and Health Forum met on Tues 22 September 2015 at MShed. 14 people attended and we had a good discussion about the role of the forum moving forward. It was agreed that the main priorities are:

  • Sharing information and opportunities on topics such as current projects, funding, recruitment and volunteer opportunities
  • Organising training, workshops and visiting speakers (dependent on accessing funding from the arts development team budget or another source)
  • Sharing monitoring and evaluation frameworks and best practice
  • Identifying opportunities to work together, develop partnership projects and make collaborative funding bids 

It was suggested that we focus on a different theme for each meeting. For the next meeting the Arts Development team are looking into organising a session about funding.

PS Bristol City Council’s Creative Seed Fund opened for applications on 5th Oct 2015 for projects and events happening between April 2016 and March 2017. All paperwork and how to apply is available on the website

The closing date for applications is Mon 16th November at 5pm.

Fresh Arts Festival – Southmead Hospital Bristol

Artists, musicians, dancers and choirs will join patients, staff and visitors at Southmead Hospital Bristol during the 2-day Fresh Arts Festival that will take place on the 18th and 19th September 2015 to celebrate the role that creativity and the arts play in supporting health and wellbeing.

Local artists and art students from the University of West of England will be joined by artists and art students visiting from University of Tsukuba in Japan during this exciting programme of free arts activities for patients, staff, visitors, families and local residents.

The Fresh Arts Festival will include foot-tapping live music for patients on wards and pop-up choirs in public areas; patients and visitors are invited to drop into inspiring origami, calligraphy, printmaking and woodworking workshops; the mesmerizing Concorde Wheelchair Dancers will perform in the hospital atrium; a giant knitted installation created by dozens of local knitters will be unveiled; a Japanese ‘washi tape’ installation will cover the walls with pictures and patterns; performances from ‘Bristol Art Library’ will intrigue and delight; and there will be a chance to tour the new hospital to find out more about Fresh Arts, the hospital’s ongoing arts programme.

The first Fresh Arts Festival took place last year to celebrate the opening of the Brunel building and was a huge success.

North Bristol NHS Trust Director of Nursing, Sue Jones described the impact of last year’s Festival: “I thought it was a fantastic event; so inspiring. The festival brought a real sense of community to the hospital and was so beneficial for patients. It was like breathing soul into the building.”

“The Festival is a fantastic way of welcoming people into the hospital building and showing them that it is a healing space,” said North Bristol NHS Trust Fresh Arts Manager Ruth Sidgwick.

The Fresh Arts Festival 2015 will take place on Friday 18th and Saturday 19th September. All events and activities are free, and open to patients, staff, visitors, families and local residents. There is no need to book, just turn up and take part.

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To be kept up to date and to download a full programme please click here or visit

The Touch Diaries Premiere


Acclaimed film-maker and choreographer Lisa May Thomas is putting the finishing touches to her brand new film project The Touch Diaries. You can help! The work will premiere at ICIA, University of Bath on 9th July 2015 and we need just £3,000 in 5 weeks to transform the final stage of production and make a film of the highest possible quality.

We appreciate all of the support that we have already received and recognise that your further contributions are invaluable as they are sustaining The Touch Diaries research.

For more information on how you can make a pledge to this project, find out about the rewards available and help us to reach our target please head to our Crowdfunder page:

The Touch Diaries Premiere

Thursday 9th July 2015

£5, 18:00-21:00

Weston Studio, The Edge, University of Bath

The Touch Diaries is a research project that looks into touch and human connection across generations. Through workshops and a diary-study, we have been finding out about what people think about these themes and how things have changed and are changing in the growth of the digital age. Isolation and loneliness are more and more prevalent in todays world not only for older people but also across younger generations. We are super-connected yet real-life communities are fracturing as socialising and socialisation takes place online. The research has formed the basis for a short dance film The Touch Diaries using the body and movement to express the ideas and stories that have emerged. 

Book your tickets for the world premiere of The Touch Diaries dance film alongside a taste of live performance work based on the research into touch, connection and community.

There will be accompanying discussion with project director Lisa May Thomas and her co-collaborators sound artist Andy Pink, cinematographer Adam DJ Laity of Black Cat Films, executive producer Cheryl Pierce and Simone Fullagar and Stephanie Merchant from the Physical Cultural Studies Group (University of Bath) who are undertaking a reflexive evaluation of the project. There will also be the opportunity to hear experiences from the project participants and performers, see gatherings of the Touch Diary research and participate in interactive touch activities.

Many thanks, Lisa and the TTD Team

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Arena and LCUK (Landscape Collective UK) Group

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‘Red Squirrel 4’ by John Chamberlin (Arena)

Exhibition runs until: 10th July 2015

Venue: Art at the Heart of the RUH, Main Corridor Gallery, Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust, Combe Park, Bath BA1 3NG

Opening Times: Mon-Sun 8am-8pm

Following last year’s popular and successful Arena Exhibition at the Royal United Hospitals in Bath, it is with great pleasure to welcome them back with a brand new colour show featuring work from group members Nicky Gwynn Jones, Tony Worobiec, Susan Brown, Roger Longdin, John Chamberlin, Harry Cundall, Eva Worobiec, Carol Hicks and Leigh Preston.

The aims of Arena are to promote the highest standards of photography, to encourage print-making, to show and discuss new work and new photographers, to invite speakers who excel in their photographic and artistic fields and to promote constructive debate.

The exhibition is in conjunction with LCUK (Landscape Collective UK) Group, an inaugural exhibition of unique and award winning landscape photography.

Landscape Collective UK consists of 13 landscape photographers
that meet every two months to show and discuss a series of their latest printed work. If you are a keen photographer this exhibition is set to inspire with Cornish coastlines, dazzling sunsets and misty morning scenes.

For further information please contact:
Hetty Dupays, Arts Programme Manager
Jessica Shoemack, Marketing Assistant

T: 01225 824987
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