Weekly Bulletin, events and opps 18.5.20

This week is Mental Health Awareness week, which is very timely in these challenging times. There are some useful resources to support mental health on the NHS Every Mind Matters website and also on Herefordshire Council’s Mental Wellbeing pages.

Herefordshire Mind has a wealth of resources and support on their webpages, including opportunities to participate in virtual songwriting and mindful breathing sessions. Let’s Talk Herefordshire also offers advice and support online.

New Art West Midlands – new editorial

There’s a lovely piece on New Art West Midlands from …kruse which explores some of the unexpected joys of lockdown from a neurodivergent perspective. Link below –

Keep Keeping Fund and Maia Commissions

The Maia Group have released two calls for projects which might be of interest to students and graduates. Details below, closing date 30th May.

Keeping Fund, four bursaries of £300 to support the self-directed development or works in progress of Midlands based artists, musicians, creative producers, curators, designers and anything in between.


Commissioning 2 new works that respond to the theme of joy. All artists, working in any medium welcome to apply.


Useful courses from Creativity works

The online Creativity Works programme might be of interest, particularly their co/create programme, which offers online courses to socially engaged artists, starting with Learn about digital tools and techniques that can help you establish your creative practice and business online. They charge a fee for their workshops, but the student fee is small and there is a donation-only option too for those on benefits.

Creative Connections – Hope, Community & Imagination project for children

Thanks to James Newton for sharing this opportunity – see below for details

Throughout history, human groups have often discovered and rediscovered creative expression as a way to get through difficult and uncertain times. With this in mind, several members of Creative Connections Herefordshire have developed and are promoting a project – Hope, Community and Imagination.
Whether you are a teacher, a parent or work with children and young people aged 25 and under, in some other capacity this may be something you can utilise. We are asking that participants produce a piece of work around one or more of the following themes: hope, community and imagination, inspired and expressive of their experience of living under the current circumstances due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
It is up to the child/ young person what that piece of creative work could be. They should feel free to use as many or as few forms of creativity as they like. For example this could be a piece of 2D or 3D art & design, music, performing arts or creative writing. It can be a stand-alone piece of work, or a more extended project that may take place up until the 31st August 2020. If you are interested in taking part or just finding out more then please email James.

We are not intending for this to be a competition, or for there to be prizes. There are very few certainties within the current situation, but what really hope is that at the end of 2020 or early in 2021 we can mark the work of children and young people who take part in this project in whatever way is best, possibly an online exhibition or event.​
Creative Connections

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