Tool Shops

The sustainable way to create social change.

Tool shops help us all build our capabilities by supporting each other. Capabilities are the tools that ensure us all to live increasingly independent and creative lives.

Help start a conversation about how tool shops can help build more creative, inclusive and sustainable communities.

There will be an example tool shop as well as some tools on show. There will also be a chance to make your own tools and to get some advice on how tool shops can work in your community.

At the Trinity Tool Shop you can:

  • Book a slot for an individual coaching session.
  • Suggest a topic for a peer support forum and present/get feedback for a project you’re working on.
  • Book a one-to-one to explore how a tool shop could work in a community setting of your choice.

Contact : info@artandpower.org.uk  Telephone 01173178099

Wednesday 29th October 11am – 4pm

The Trinity Centre, Trinity Road, Bristol, BS2 0NW

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Art “breathes soul” into hospital building

Celebrating creativity and wellbeing at Southmead Hospital Bristol

 

musicians performed on wardsA festival of arts events and activities was the culmination of Southmead Hospital Bristol’s public art programme.

The three day Fresh Arts Festival brought poetic first aid, a knitting installation, model car racing, promenade theatre, music on the wards, and a programme of activities to celebrate the opening of the new building.

Director of Nursing, Sue Jones said:

“I thought it was a fantastic three days; 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. We’ve designed the hospital to be a healing environment, and the arts programme has made that personal for people. There were choirs singing in patients’ rooms, staff and members of the public building model cars, and patients knitting and chatting. Art can help patients to make progress. We have to keep this going – to use the arts to keep the life and community in the hospital for the benefit of patients and staff.”

The Festival was part of a wider public art programme featuring the work of nationally and internationally recognised artists to animate spaces and create special places within the hospital building and grounds, for which project leaders Willis Newson were commissioned by the developers of the new site, Carillion.

During the Fresh Arts Festival, patients, staff, visitors, families and local residents were able to experience and learn about how art is helping to create a better patient environment. Performances, workshops and activities celebrated the role that the arts are playing in bringing the building to life and connecting to the communities who use it.

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Promenade style theatre performances by Show of Strength Theatre Company drew on stories and memories of hospital life, collected from staff and local people during a series of writing workshops.

The Emergency Poet provided poetry on prescription. Poet and writer Deborah Alma offered consultations and prescribed poems – a mix of the serious, the therapeutic and the theatrical.

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Writer in residence Sue Mayfield explored the things that people need, love and care about most. Working individually with patients and visitors, together they shaped a ‘lifeline’ of poetry. Spike Printmakers set up printing presses in the hospital atrium where these poems were turned into limited edition take-home prints.

Knitiffi knitter Ali Brown worked with community groups, staff and patients in advance of the festival to create a special installation. A giant jumper – like a warm hug – greeted patients, staff and visitors at the hospital entrance. The aim of Knitiffi – or knit graffiti – is to enhance everyday objects in the environment and to bring together community groups. During the festival, Ali demonstrated the therapeutic nature of knitting by bringing together groups of people to knit and chat.

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Live musical performances by Superact and by local choirs took place on wards and in waiting areas.

The final day of the Festival was marked by staging a Speed Derby in the hospital atrium – the culmination of a series of workshops to help staff teams come together to identify with and take ownership of their new working environment. During the workshops leading up to the festival, artists Assemble and Join worked with staff and community groups to design and create their own model cars to race on a specially created track built around the building. The track has been donated to Stoke Park Schools for the school and local community to enjoy.

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Willis Newson Director Jane Willis said:

“The response of patients and staff to the choirs was one of the highlights of the three days for me. I was delighted to see how the arts are valued in the hospital and what a difference they can make to the lives of patients, staff and visitors. The choirs, in particular, had an amazing humanising effect. They really lifted spirits and opened hearts. People joined in; the music prompted toe tapping, hand holding and, of course, smiles. The arts help create community. The effect of the festival will be felt long after the music has ceased. ”

The festival was the culmination of a public art programme which involves patients, staff and the wider community. It features the permanent work of six artists in the building and surrounding grounds. Pieces of art provide moments of reflection or distraction. They lift the mood, or provoke emotional responses, encouraging empathy and understanding.

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.

Andrea Young, North Bristol NHS Chief Executive said:

“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.”

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The Royal Photographic Society showcases their Members’ Exhibition 2014

Nicki Gwynn-Jones FRPS, Wild Flower Meadow

Image: ‘Wild Flower Meadow’ Nicki Gwynn-Jones FRPS (Royal Photographic Society)

Dates:  24th October 2014 – 15th January 2015

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

Opening Times: Mon-Sun 8am-8pm

The Visual Art Group of the Royal Photographic Society showcases their Members’ Exhibition 2014 at the Royal United Hospital Bath. The annual exhibition illustrates the diversity and quality of photographic interests within the Visual Art Group.

Also on display will be ‘Simple Beauty’: The William Scott Project, an exhibition by Action on Hearing Loss artists, all of whom are death with additional needs. This selection of 2D work has been specially chosen by founder of 44AD Art Space Kate O’Brien, for Art at the Heart’s central corridor. The artists hope the ‘Simple Beauty’ of the work will shine through, and lift the spirits of those who encounter it. All works are for sale

Amanda Harman    Jay Charnock FRPS, Shadow of Elegance

Left: Amanda Harman (‘Simple Beauty’: The William Scott Project, Action on Hearing Loss)

Right: ‘Shadow of Elegance’ Jay Charnock FRPS (Royal Photographic Society)

For further information please contact:

Hetty Dupays, Arts Programme Manager   hetty.dupays@nhs.net

Jessica Shoemack, Marketing Assistant   jessicashoemack@nhs.net

T: 01225 824987 http://www.ruh.nhs.uk/art Follow us on Twitter @artatruh

Fresh Arts Festival

Fresh arts festival

A festival of arts events and activities celebrates creativity and wellbeing at Southmead Hospital Bristol.

The three day Fresh Arts Festival will bring poetic first aid, a knitting installation, model car racing, promenade theatre, music on the wards, and a programme of activities to celebrate the opening of the new building.

The wider 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.

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.

During the Fresh Arts Festival, patients, staff, visitors, families and local residents will be able to experience and learn about the role that art is playing in creating a better patient environment. Performances, workshops and activities will celebrate the role that the arts are playing in bringing the building to life and connecting to the communities who use it.

Promenade style theatre performances will draw on stories and memories of hospital life, collected from staff and local people during a series of writing workshops. Show of Strength Theatre Company will perform throughout the hospital.

The Emergency Poet will provide poetry on prescription – a mix of the serious, the therapeutic and the theatrical. Poet and writer Deborah Alma will offer consultations and prescribe poems.

Writer in residence Sue Mayfield will explore the things that people need, love and care about most. Working with patients and visitors, she will shape a ‘lifeline’ of poetry. Spike Printmakers will set up drop-in workshops in the hospital Atrium throughout the festival.

Knitiffi knitter Ali Brown will work with community groups, staff and patients to demonstrate the therapeutic nature of knitting, while creating a special installation for the hospital entrance. The aim of Knitiffi – or knit graffiti – is to enhance everyday objects in the environment and to bring together community groups.

Live musical performances by Superact and by local choirs will take place on wards and in waiting areas around the hospital.

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 artistsAssemble and Join, staff designed and created their own model cars to race on a specially created track built around the building.

The festival is part of a public art programme which involves patients, staff and the wider community. It features the work of six artists in the building and surrounding grounds. Pieces of art provide moments of reflection or distraction. They lift the mood, or provoke emotional responses, encouraging empathy and understanding.

The Fresh Arts Festival takes place from Thursday 16 to Saturday 18 October. All events and activities are free, and open to patients, staff, visitors, families and local residents. Click here for a Fresh Arts Festival programme

Creative connections with older people

Creative Networking – Creative connections with older people

Thursday 23rd October 2014 £5 Book tickets

6:30 – 8:30pm, The Station Kitchen, The Station, Bristol, BS1 2AG

The Bristol Arts and Health Forum and Willis Newson invite you to join Alive! for a fun and interactive workshop to explore how creativity can support meaningful activity and quality of life for people living with dementia.

Alive! is a charity dedicated to improving the quality of life for older people in care by enabling participation in meaningful activity. The charity delivers activities in over 300 care homes across the South and South West, provides training and resources for care professionals and runs a variety of innovative and creative projects to stimulate older people on all levels.

In this relaxed and friendly setting Alive! will guide you through a series of short creative and fun exercises that will provide inspiration and aid communication. Suitable for all levels of ability, these workshops will provoke discussion, collaboration and understanding.

This evening will allow you to network with local artists, carers, healthcare professionals and charities seeking to improve the quality of life of people living with dementia. A sharing wall displaying the work of Bristol artists and art organisations working with older adults will provide ideas and inspiration.

What will those supporting people living with dementia gain from the evening?

  • Find out how local artists can support people living with dementia
  • Gather ideas around creative activities and ways of working
  • Meet local artists interested in supporting people with dementia

 What will artists gain from the evening?

  • Find out how to use your skills and experience to support people living with dementia
  • Gather ideas around creative activities and ways of working
  • Meet potential partners and commissioners

Bristol Arts and Health Forum exists to help arts and health practitioners share ideas and inspiration.

This event is part of a series of creative networking evenings.  To book visit creative-networking.eventbrite.com