Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Creative Leicestershire Training for Artists

Creative Leicestershire are glad to announce that applications for our training programme for artists working in healthcare settings are now open.

We are working with Willis Newson and Beauty and Utility Arts to deliver a programme of training sessions for artists working in healthcare settings.

The programme consists of 4 days of tailored training for artists with experience of running participatory arts projects in community or education settings, who wish to extend their practice into health, or for artists with experience of working in health settings who want to improve their skills and extend their knowledge.

  • Day One: The Context for Arts and Health: research, policy and practice
  • Day Two: Safe and Ethical Practice within Arts and Health
  • Day Three: Leading effective arts projects in health and social care settings
  • Day Four: Marketing and Presentation Skills: Bringing your arts and health project to life

The programme also provides mentoring and placement opportunities with Beauty and Utility Arts.

At the end of the programme there will be a sharing day enabling the artists to promote their practice to a wider network of potential commissioners and collaborators.

If you would like to book, please email Lucia Masundire at lucia.masundire@leics.gov.uk by Thursday 11th April.

Course Dates: Thursday 18th April, Thursday 25th April, Thursday 2nd May, Thursday 13th June
Sharing Day: Tuesday 9th July
Mentoring & Placement: May – June

The Atkins Building, Lower Bond Street, Hinckley, LE10 1QU

Who for: 
Artists and practitioners based in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland who have some experience working on an arts and health project or in  arts, health or social care settings.

You will be working with vulnerable people so we cannot accept anyone who has been listed on the DBS.

You must be willing to:

  • Commit to 6 days
  • Prepared to do coursework and an evaluation at the end of the course
  • Provide two work related references

We would like to keep in touch after the course throughout the year so we can track your progress.

£85 per day, £370 in total. 50% on booking, 50% at end of April
There are two free places for recent graduates from Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland
Cancellation policy: Full refunds will be given, if cancelled by 11th April. 50% refund will be given, if cancelled between 11th – 18th April. No refunds thereafter

Course Benefits:

  • Know how to better plan and lead more effective arts projects
  • Understand how your work fits into current policy and health agendas 
  • Understand how to pitch the benefits of your work in relation to health policy and current agendas
  • Examine and discuss what might constitute good practice within this field
  • Develop strategies to ensure that you are delivering work within safe and ethical guidelines. 
  • Help you feel more confident about your work by benchmarking practice against recognised codes of practice. 
  • Guide you through the process of developing a code of practice appropriate to your work. 
  • Gain an insight into how experienced arts facilitators work within health settings.
  • Present project ideas so that they appeal to health commissioners 
  • Access knowledge and tips to help you better communicate and publicise work
  • Possibility of joining the Beauty and Utility in the Arts database for potential employment opportunities
  • An opportunity to be part of Wellbeing October celebrations
  • Feeding into Creative Leicestershire’s plans to support artists working in healthcare settings

Mentoring Outline
Before the start of the first day, participants will meet with Katherine Brown for a 30 minute ‘interview’ determining what they want to get out of a placement, experience, placement criteria/Codes of Practice, any ideas for their future practice development. Placements can begin anytime after day two of training through until end of July. Beauty and Utility Arts (BUA) will handle placements and be present for at least one placement for each participant to support the artist and ensure all runs smoothly.

After the placement, participants will be asked to do a write-up / review of their learning in line with training content. This will inform the evaluation of the project alongside semi-structured interviews with artists. The semi-structured evaluation interviews will be carried out by telephone by BUA to discuss placement and assignment and gather feedback from artists

Sharing Day
At the end of the programme there will be a sharing day enabling the artists to promote their practice to a wider network of potential commissioners and collaborators. The aim of the day is to:

  • Showcase best practice from artists and BUA
  • Inspire potential commissioners to commission / work with Leicestershire artists
  • Encourage collaborations and partnerships to develop
  • Present evaluation of training 

Further details of the sharing day will be made available during the programme.

If you would like to discuss the programme, contact Katherine Brown on 07908 750187

This programme is funded by Arts Council England.