Devoted & Disgruntled 12: What are we going to do about theatre and the performing arts?


You may already know that Devoted & Disgruntled 12: What are we going to do about theatre and the performing arts?, Improbable Theatre’s annual national event for anyone working in or interested in theatre is taking place in Bristol at the Passenger Shed from 14 – 16 January 2017.

The event uses Open Space which means everyone attending sets the agenda and everyone is welcome as Open Space thrives on variety – directors, administrators, FOH, funders, policy makers, students, technicians, teachers, performers, programmers – anyone who cares about the performing arts, at any stage of their careers.

Theatre Bristol are working in partnership with Improbable to bring the event to Bristol, (there are a couple of flyers attached) and it would be great if you and your colleagues were able to come.

More information is here. Tickets are £25 full (until 1st December, £27 thereafter) and £14 Concessions. (Carers/PAs go free. Wheelchair accessible venues. BSL interpreters provided.) Plus there is a 5 tickets for the price 4 offer is available for group bookings.

“D&D is…a slow but persistent revolution of meaningful dialogue and emergent action for our arts and culture…For whatever you want to make happen – and D&D is the first step.”

Phelim McDermott, Co-Artistic Director, Improbable

Drop Sarah a line if you would like any more information, and if you could pass onto your networks, include in a newsletter or list it on your website that would be brilliant – Theatre Bristol hope that it will be a good opportunity for people in the SW to attend D&D.


Job Opportunity


Amisha Karia / Head of Collections & Programming
0207 407 3222 51
Southwark Street, London, SE1 1RU



Freelance Opportunity: Regional Coordinator (South West)

Contract: 12 months+, 30 hours per month (estimate). The role may include some evenings.

Fee: £400-400pcm retainer, exclusive of travel expenses


We are seeking a dynamic Regional Coordinator to help us provide an outstanding art loan service in the South West that promotes health, wellbeing and empowerment for all.

As a national charity that uses art and creativity to improve the wellbeing of patients, staff and those caring for them, we create uplifting environments to benefit the lives of over 1.8 million patients, visitors and staff every year.


Working from home and at health and social care partner sites, the Regional Coordinator for the South West will help us to increase the number of health and social care sites using our services. The Regional Coordinator will develop and deliver innovative engagement activities with service-users, patients and staff from new and existing health and social care partners, leading to sites borrowing artworks from the Paintings in Hospitals collection. The Regional Coordinator is responsible for overseeing the care and display of the artworks at our hub site (Southmead Hospital, Bristol) and in the region: renewing current loans, and leading the regional volunteer team.

You will have excellent communication skills, knowledge of the health and social care and a passion for the visual arts. A motivated individual with experience of working with loans within a museum environment, you will be results-driven with a track record of achieving targets and a strong desire to help people. You will have the organisational skills to prioritise and manage a challenging and diverse workload, and the ability to relate to people from a wide range of backgrounds.  Strong administration, sales and account management skills and an understanding of how our activities improve health and wellbeing will all help you succeed in this role.


A full copy of the role description can be downloaded from our website at


To apply, please send your CV with a cover letter of no more than 2 pages to (subject: Regional Coordinator, South West)


Application deadline: Monday 14 November, 4pm

Interview date: Tuesday 22 November (Bristol)





Culture Health & Wellbeing International Conference


All delegates who sign up for the conference will be eligible to apply for a free place for a service user or participant that they have worked with. The delegate will be responsible for ensuring that the service user or participant has travel and accommodation and any necessary support provided, where appropriate. We are in the process of securing sponsorship to support these free places and we anticipate there being 8-10 available. We will contact delegates with more details after the early bird deadline in March 2017.



We have secured funding for a number of bursaries for artists. We hope to offer further artists bursaries and some for early career researchers, in January. If you are unsuccessful in this first round you will be able to apply again.



Artists working with older people on health and wellbeing projects in the UK

10 Free Places funded by the Baring Foundation

This does not include travel or accommodation

Application with or without an abstract submission

Deadline for applications November 20th 2016



If you would like to submit an abstract to present at the conference (this can be an oral paper, a poster, a practical workshop, a performance or a film) please go through the standard abstract submission process and indicate that you are applying for a bursary when asked. The submission of an abstract will not affect your chance of receiving a bursary but we would like to encourage artists to participate in and contribute to the conference. If you have submitted an abstract, which is successful, and your bursary application is unsuccessful, you will have the opportunity to attend the conference by paying the fee. We will communicate with you about this on an individual basis.



Please send a word document to with the following information:





Bursary no.:

Are you a member of Arts & Health South West? Yes/No

Are you also submitting an abstract? Yes/No

Description of your artistic practice 100 words

Curriculum Vitae 100 words

Why you want to attend the conference and how it will benefit your practice 300 words


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

outside in

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?

theatre bristol

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!