Book Launch: The Compendium of Super Heroes and Alter Egos

DrasticCover Drastic Productions, the not-for-profit performance company have been working on an amazing project culminating in a book launch this September.

A group of 10 women have had the unique opportunity to work over the last 18 months with international writers, performance artists, dancers and writers to collaboratively create a new piece of work through a unique process of performance devising and writing.

The group devised work based upon personal experience, fantasy and fiction, and created their SUPER HERO ALTER EGOS. They then learned how to commission a graphic novelist to transport the characters and stories into print.

The result is an amazing book, written and drawn by internationally acclaimed Liz Greenfield and published by Tangent Books.

Drastic Productions are proud to present The Compendium of Super Heroes and Alter Egos

We’d love you to join us at the launch of this extraordinary publication which is the culmination of 18 months of performance, devising, writing and collaboration by some pretty remarkable women!

Thursday 25th September 2014
Arnolfini Bookshop, 16 Narrow Quay, Bristol. BS1 4QA
6.30-8.30 pm

There will be drinks and nibbles and the chance to catch a glimpse into the world of the Alter Egos. We will also be premiering a film documentary of the process.

For more information about this unique project can be found here


Evening Art Events this autumn at the RUH

Over the past weeks, patients, visitors and staff have been voting in secret for their favourite artwork and photography entry in this year’s Staff and Volunteer Open Art Exhibition. Photography, paintings, drawings, prints, textiles, jewellery and mixed media all feature. A total of 56 staff members from 34 different departments entered, from doctors and consultants to biomedical scientists. Exhibitions Manager Tony Smith said “There is a real diversity throughout the exhibition and the quality of the artwork on display is terrific. It delivers as an exhibition to rival any other!”

The winners for best artwork and photography in show will be revealed by the Chairman, Councillor Martin Veal at the Prize Giving Ceremony on 17th September in the Lansdown Foyer, RUH Bath from 5-6pm.

In addition, there will be an evening of artist talks and short film presentations from artists involved in the Fresh Art @Hillview project. The soirée held on the 11th September in the Neurology Outpatients (Room B9) from 6:30-8pm is in light of their exhibition, currently on show in the central corridor, and aims to present mental health in a positive light, embrace social inclusion and break down stigma.

Both events are free, and everyone is welcome to attend.

You can now keep up to date with our programme, covering exhibitions to workshops via our What’s On Guide. Pick up your copy along the RUH central corridors today.

Anne Marie, Fresh Art at Hillview

 ‘Landscape’ Anne Marie Bird, Fresh Art at Hillview

Staff Exhib

‘Critical Care Outreach Sister, Gabrielle Bignell, takes in the Staff and Volunteer Exhibition 2014’ RUH Staff and Volunteer Exhibition 2014

For further information please contact: 

Hetty Dupays, Arts Programme Manager
Jessica Shoemack, Marketing Assistant

T: 01225 824987
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Project Manager: Arts and Cultural Commissioning

Are you passionate about the role arts and culture can play in building healthy lives and communities?

NHS Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Create Gloucestershire are looking for an exceptional project manager to work with them and key local authority partners to realize a radical vision for how arts and culture are commissioned to improve health and well-being outcomes across Gloucestershire.

Gloucestershire is already recognised as one of the UK’s leading areas in promoting and commissioning art and culture with several successful programmes in place. This project will build on this initial success, embedding excellence in how arts and culture are commissioned by the NHS and ensuring equal access for all across the county.

The Project Manager role is pivotal – you will lead the day to day planning, development and delivery of this project, bringing key people together across the arts and health sectors to develop thinking, practice and a range of materials.  This is as much about supporting the arts and cultural sector to be “commission ready” as it is about developing appropriate commissioning strategies within the NHS and the Local Authority.

We are looking for an individual who can influence a range of stakeholders in the arts, health and Local Authority sectors. You will need to be a motivated and an experienced change manager with a clear commitment to improving outcomes for individuals and communities in Gloucestershire.

This post is offered as an 18 month freelance contract. The fee is fixed at £35,000 inclusive of VAT and expenses. We anticipate the post holder will work approximately 3 days a week. The post will be jointly managed by Create Gloucestershire and NHS Gloucestershire CCG

Click for a full Job Description and Brief and Supporting Information.

To apply, please submit your CV and a covering letter (1000 words max) explaining your suitability for the role and how you match the person specification.

Please return applications to by 12 noon on Friday 5th September

Interviews will be held in Gloucester on the 18th September 2014.

For an informal discussion concerning the role please contact Matt Pearce on 0300 421 1606 or email Pippa Jones at

Bite Sized

Bite Sized by Fiona Hamilton is a story in verse of a mother striving to nourish her child. It is about anorexia and the threads between parents and children that connect, entangle, unravel and stretch. It is about taking on monsters and trusting in the importance of love.

The launch performance comprises spoken word and dance followed by a conversation with the audience after the interval.

At:Tobacco Factory Bristol

Date: Sunday 21st September 2014

Time: 7.30pm.

Further details and ticket booking here: 

Published by Vala Publishers


A better place to be

The public art programme for Southmead Hospital, Bristol

A public art programme integrated into the new Southmead Hospital Bristol shows how involving high calibre artists working alongside the hospital community can create therapeutic environments which improve the wellbeing of patients, staff and visitors.

Southmead Hospital Bristol’s public art programme features the work of nationally and internationally recognised artists to animate spaces and create special places within the hospital building and grounds. Pieces of art provide moments of reflection or distraction, lift the mood, or provoke emotional responses that encourage empathy and understanding.

Southmead Medical day garden

“The integrated approach to art plays an important role in the overall design quality of the building. I was pleased to see the abundance of thoughtfully chosen pieces of varying types and scales of artwork that help create an aesthetically pleasing and therapeutic environment. In particular it’s gratifying to see that these selections go beyond what we have come to know as “hospital art”; they genuinely challenge and touch the senses in many ways. The art at Southmead Hospital Bristol helps to create a more aesthetically pleasing environment, which is important for people’s sense of wellbeing. There are special places where people can have a quiet moment for reflection; there are things to help you feel more cheerful and things to comfort you. The art is helping to make Southmead Hospital a better place to be for patients, visitors and staff.” Andrea Young, Chief Executive, North Bristol NHS Trust

Southmead hospital art works

The £1.1 million arts programme is a small part of North Bristol NHS Trust’s £430 million Southmead Hospital Bristol Private Finance Initiative (PFI) development. It builds on research which clearly demonstrates the direct benefits for patients of incorporating visual and performing arts into the hospital environment.

Project leaders Willis Newson were commissioned by the developers of the new site, Carillion. Underpinning the project is a close collaboration between North Bristol NHS Trust and its arts programme Fresh Arts, architects Building Design Partnership (BDP), the commissioned artists, Carillion and Willis Newson. This close collaboration enabled Willis Newson creatively to integrate the public art with the architecture of the building.

The building and surrounding grounds features the work of six artists as part of a wider public art programme which involves patients, staff and the wider community. A series of exhibitions by local schools and artists’ groups are shown within the hospital in specially created changing gallery spaces.Southmead hospital wall works

A three-day Fresh Arts Festival in October 2014 will mark the opening of the new hospital, celebrating the role that the arts are playing in bringing the building to life and connecting to the communities who use it.

Events will include a writer in residence working with patients and visitors, staff wellbeing workshops, live music on wards and in waiting rooms, performances by local choirs, local knitting groups coming together to demonstrate the therapeutic nature of knitting while creating a special installation for the hospital entrance, printmaking workshops run by a local studio group and the Emergency Poet, a poetry on prescription service open to all.

There will also be a live theatre show which will share memories and tell stories of working at the old Southmead and Frenchay Hospitals collected during creative writing workshops for staff run by three local artists.

The final day of the Festival will be marked by staging a Speed Derby in the hospital atrium – the culmination of a series of workshops to help staff teams from across both old sites come together to identify with and take ownership of their new working environment. During the workshops, led by artists Assemble and Join, staff designed and created their own mini cars to race on a specially created track built around the building.

Southmead staff engagement

Installation of the work of the six commissioned artists began in September 2013 and is almost complete. The final works will be installed by October 2015 when a second Festival will mark the official opening of the whole hospital site. At this time, a community arts space will open in the new hospital which will host activities to support patient and staff wellbeing. Live music and community events will also take place in a specially created outdoor space.

“Southmead Hospital merits being a stop on the grand tour of the world’s notable hospital facilities, along with Rikshospitalet in Oslo and the University Medical Center Groningen in the Netherlands.” Ken Schwarz, architectural advisor to North Bristol NHS Trust