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