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Jane Rich

Cambridge Community Arts

16-18 Arbury Court

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Inspiring Creativity in Fenland

17th Nov 2017 10:00am

17th Nov 2017 3:30pm

FREE to artists living & working in March & Wisbech

A FREE community arts workshop for creative artists interested in becoming creative tutors.

Friday 17th November 2017  10-3pm, March Town Hall

We invite artists of all kinds: painters, photographers, actors, performers, film-makers, music producers etc. living and working in the March and Wisbech areas, to join us for a fun day.  We will introduce you to our approach of creative learning and you can show us your creative passion.  And if we get on hopefully together we can start a programme of creative learning in Fenland in 2018!

If you are passionate and confident about your art-form, have strong communication skills and care about improving people’s lives through art - you could be ideal for our team!  We run creative courses for adults at risk of social isolation, primarily due to experience of mental ill-health.   Ideally you will have experience of working with under-served groups and teaching, however, for the right people we can help develop these skills.

Following the workshop, suitable candidates will be invited to join our Creative Tutor Development Programme that will lead to regular paid opportunities. 

Lunch provided.  

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The Workshop

10.00am              Arrive Coffee & Registration

10.30am               Talk: How we improve mental health through creativity – an introduction to the work of CCA by Jane Rich, Founder and Managing Director

11.40am               Interactive group work:  5-minute warm-up activities by each group member followed by positive feedback.  Optional depending on experience.

01:00pm               Lunch break

02:00pm               Understanding challenges – the chance to ask any questions about Mental Health, Learning Differences, Physical challenges.  A round table discussion including people with lived experience.

03:00pm               Tea & Finish

Participants are asked to come to the session with a 5-minute warm up activity based on their art-form, suitable for all levels of experience.  It should be fun and engaging.  You will need to bring any resources that you require for your own activity and let us know in advance whether you need any particular room set up.  There will be a maximum of 10 people in the group, following the exercise everyone will be asked for positive feedback.

We will be inviting a small number of suitable candidates from the day to join us as tutors, or to join our Creative Tutor Development Programme that will provide support needed to get you ready for teaching.  The programme can provide experience, mentoring and training as appropriate and can lead to paid freelance work both with CCA and the WEA.

Further Information

Fenland Community Arts is a pilot-project taking a successful model developed in Cambridge and adapting it to Fenland where there are high levels of unemployment and mental ill-health.   The project aim is to reduce social isolation, improve participants’ mental health and well-being; re-engage them in their community and with learning through arts participation.  It is an important part of the model that courses are run by local artists.

Short Courses will be run in March and Wisbech from January 2018.  If the pilot is successful and funding is confirmed, these will be followed by a programme of year-long accredited courses starting in September 2018.

Since 2014 Cambridge Community Arts has worked with over 400 adults at risk of social exclusion, primarily due to experience of mental ill-health.  Working closely with health professionals and support agencies we target people who benefit from our work.  Courses take place in community settings, are run by practising artists and take place for 3 hours each week. 

Fenland Community Arts is a partnership project between Cambridge Community Arts, the Richmond Fellowship and 20:Twenty Productions.

This project is supported by Market Place Development Commissions Fund. Market Place is part of the Creative People and Places arts engagement programme for Fenland and Forest Heath, initiated and funded by Arts Council England. Find out more at

Posted by Jane_CamCommArts on 9th October 2017.