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Buckinghamshire Culture Networking and Sharing Event 17th November 2022 – recording now available to watch

You can now watch the direct recording of our zoom session of the Networking and Sharing Event that happened on 17th November 2022 online.

Our amazing keynote speaker Chenine Bhathena MBE FRSA – Creative Director for Coventry 2021, UK City of Culture was in discussion with Buckinghamshire Culture Co-chair Bill Morris. Chenine and Bill explored Chenine’s experience during the Coventry City of Culture year(s) and the lessons and enduring legacies communities can utilise over longer terms from similar programmes.

We also heard from our partner organisations National Paralympic Heritage Trust about the Together We Build project. Young Creative Bucks updated us about their work and Jacqui Gellmann gave an overview of the upcoming Social Prescribing Pilot Project.

Please note these are simple online recordings of the live sessions – they have not be edited or polished – please enjoy them “as live” by clicking on the link below….

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Bucks Culture Lives! – Workshop Presentations

What does it mean to have culture embedded in your everyday life? What are the benefits of culture in Buckinghamshire, on residents, service users and the voluntary sector? How does investment in culture lead to economic change, and what does it mean to centre culture as a way of improving health and wellbeing?

Join Buckinghamshire Culture for one (or all) of 4 workshop presentations that explore how culture can impact: health and wellbeing; children and young people; vibrancy and place; and access and inclusion. Hear from leading experts, case studies and inspirational speakers and be inspired through tangible takeaways to make change with culture.

We have recorded each session and below please find access to the videos. Please note these are simple online recordings of the live sessions – they have not be edited or polished – please enjoy them “as live” by clicking on the links below….

Health and Wellbeing

  • Through culture and creativity you can transfer agency and responsibility to those with profound challenges.
  • Move away from thinking about sectors and services, and more about people and places. Move away from what we’re attempting to deliver to what people need.

Children and Young People

  • “Adults always want us to grow up instead of allowing us to be our age.” When working with young people don’t ask them what they want do or be when they are older, engage with them the present, the person they are today.
  • Investing in young people – centering them and their ideas – is crucial in engaging long-term ‘buy in’ for culture in their lives.

Vibrancy and Place

  • Collaboration that centers placemaking requires radical trust with local communities.
  • Until you give money to local communities and groups to support placemaking you are just consulting with them. Give them the resources to really empower placemaking at a community level.
  • Embedded relationships take time, they don’t fit into project funding timelines, you have to build relationships with key stakeholders over months and years – so think long-term investment.

Access and Inclusion

  • Access is not an add on, something to remember at the end of a process. It can, and should, be integrated throughout.
  • Not all venues are accessible and if they are the accessibility point of access is often different to that of main entrance.
  • With inclusion you need to think about
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Buckinghamshire Culture is nominated for Heart of Bucks People’s Choice Award 2022!

Every year Heart of Bucks welcomes supporters from across the county to our annual reception celebrations. For the fourth year, they will be running the competition to award a ‘People’s Choice’ prize of £1,000 at the event to one lucky not-for-profit group. The competition recognises the organisations whose work in the community and impact on the local area makes Bucks a better place to live.

We feel honoured to be nominated together with a line-up of 5 other organisations which have made an impact in Buckinghamshire.

You can find out more about the award here:

https://heartofbucks.org/peoples-choice-award-2022/

The prize will be announced at the event on Thursday 27th October. We are looking forward to being there on the night.

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See Mascots, Torches, Racing Wheelchairs and much more across Bucks

colourful graphic showing elements linked to the Paralympics

The Together We Build exhibition and events programme kicks off on 9th September and runs until 4th November at cultural venues across Bucks.  12 venues that have chosen to take part, will celebrate our County’s Paralympic heritage by displaying objects chosen by disabled Community Curators, and running events inspired by the Paralympic story.

Our project celebrates the 10-year anniversary of the London 2012 Paralympics, honouring the work of Dr Guttmann and the heritage and stories linked to this amazing event.  We are extremely proud to be working with a group of passionate Community Curators, who are bringing their voices to the project and sharing their stories too.

This is a chance to see a selection of Paralympic objects that have not been on display before, including: the Tokyo 2020 Torch, a Paralympic Athlete’s shirt designed by Stella McCartney for 2012, the Swaypole Dress and Gravity Corset from the 2012 Paralympic Opening Ceremony, lion and futuristic mascots and Chris Hallam’s Racing Wheelchair, among others.  These items will be on display at venues across the County and via our virtual gallery.

In October (date tbc) we are hosting an online Panel Discussion exploring the legacy since 2012.  This event will also begin to shape our thinking about an Access Manifesto for cultural venues in Bucks.

To find out more about the exhibition and events, to view our virtual gallery and to book a place for the Panel Discussion, please visit: www.buckinghamshireculture.org/Together-We-Build 

Chris Hallam's Racing Wheelchair
Chris Hallam’s Racing Wheelchair

Waddesdon Manor are leading on a schools programme for this project and will create a schools resource inspired by the objects chosen by our Community Curators, as well as hosting a schools event on site in September 2022. 

Buckinghamshire Culture is leading this project.  Project partners include those who hold Paralympic collections: Buckinghamshire Archives, Discover Bucks Museum, National Paralympic Heritage Trust and Waddesdon.  And those who will host objects, displays and events for our exhibition: Amersham Museum, Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, Bekonscot, Chiltern Open Air Museum, Discover Bucks Museum, The Elgiva, Marlow Library, Milton’s Cottage, Queens Park Arts Centre and Waddesdon Manor.

For further information about the project and to see all opportunities as they arise please see: www.buckinghamshireculture.org/Together-We-Build and #TogetherWeBuildBucks on social media.  Or contact Lallie: Lallie@buckinghamshireculture.org

Together We Build is made possible with The National Lottery Heritage Fund, thanks to National Lottery players.  Support has also been provided by Buckinghamshire Council.

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Buckinghamshire Open Weekend – a success all round!

participants enjoying Buckinghamshire Council Archaeology Day - male person with metal helmet.
Buckinghamshire Council Archaeology Day

This second ‘Open Weekend’ in Buckinghamshire, took place over four days from 28 -31 July and showcased the breadth of creative and cultural activities across the county. The theme, ‘trees and green’, was inspired by the Platinum Jubilee 2022 ‘Queen’s Green Canopy’ project. It led to creative projects, workshops and performances which encouraged creative engagement with nature, trees, green spaces, landscape, and their heritage, combining cultural activities with being outside and the potential to benefit participants health and wellbeing.

The Buckinghamshire Culture team managed to sample some of the events and shares some of their impressions below.

Kicking off the activities on Thursday morning at Missenden Walled Garden, artist Harsha Basu’s ‘Tree of Life – Community Art Project’ involved making paints from natural materials and plants and creating a community art work that will adorn the club room at the garden.

The garden at Milton’s Cottage was the beautiful backdrop for artist Frog Morris’ ‘Tree of Knowledge’ workshop, engage visitors in making their own book inspired by the poet Milton’s work and ideas.

‘Tree Pottery’ at the Chiltern Open Air Museum meant working with clay and resulted in some intricately ornate 3-D works, using leaves as mould or working free hand.

Wycombe Arts Centre became host to two open weekend events on Friday:

The dance group Dew Dances created a beautiful performance specifically for Open Weekend, inspired by trees and childhood memories. Whilst at the ‘Journey Stick Sculpture Workshop’ young participants got creative stripping bark from branches to create a blank canvas to paint on, creating small but perfectly formed individual creative stick sculptures.

The artist led workshop ‘Let’s Goa Green’ at Wycombe Youth Space organised by FEEDBACK on Saturday morning engaged all ages in exploring the culture of Goa; creating natural colours, painting inspired by the culture of the region and in the end cooking and eating together. A complete and inspiring experience in many ways.

Marlow Museum put on a programme under the appropriate title ‘In the Company of the Green Man’. The Audience of regular museum visitors as well as Saturday afternoon shoppers was enjoying inspired by the Marlow Ukulele Orchestra or blown away by the witty words of the custom made ‘Tree Rap’. Plant sales for charity and tree themed biscuits completed the fun filled afternoon that made everyone aware of the offers of the museum and the wider creative community in Marlow.

Sunday afternoon saw the last performance of ‘Dalia’ at Garsington Opera. The team had made prices accessible throughout all 3 performances particularly for Open Weekend visitors. The community opera centering around a Syrian refugee girl finding her calling in cricket, involved school children and a wide range of members of the community in roles of the chorus – all beautifully scripted and sung in the amazing environment of the Wormsley Estate.

This is of course only a small snapshot of some of the activities the team were able to see for themselves and there was a much larger variety of brilliant events and activities happening.

Bill Morris and Julius Weinberg, Buckinghamshire Culture Co-chairs were both very happy with how the weekend went: “We would like to thank all those who have made this year’s Open Weekend such a success: the organisers, project partners and participants.

“We hope you can all build on the experiences you have had and the connections you made, growing Buckinghamshire’s reputation as an exciting place for artists to work as well as for audiences to explore activities. The concept and how Bucks organisations and individuals value being part of something bigger than themselves has come together and we are hoping to do it all again next year.”

Clive Harriss, Buckinghamshire Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture and Leisure, added: “We are extremely proud to be able to present such a wide range in terms of geographical coverage – from Buckingham in the North to the Ivers in the South – as well as in terms of organisers involved. We had both larger established cultural institutions as well as young artists starting out on their first community led arts projects. The Open Weekend offered something creative for families and everyone in the community. We are grateful for all who got involved in the event, as well as for the residents that offered us support during the weekend.”

Organised by Buckinghamshire Culture with the support of Buckinghamshire Council and Visit Buckinghamshire, it was a celebration of all things creative and cultural that Buckinghamshire has to offer. This project is supported through funding from Buckinghamshire Council and the Rothschild Foundation.  -ends-

Notes to Editors:

If you want more information about the individual organisers mentioned in the text, please follow the links below:

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Buckinghamshire Culture Directory – A First Step – Call for creatives to sign up!

One outcome of the Artist Networking Meetings Buckinghamshire Culture has organised successfully in the past, was that a lot of our partners would find a directory on the our website useful.

We have already got a list  of venues and the institutions, which can all be found on our interactive map here, but we would like to add artists, creatives and freelancers to make them more visible. At the same time, we are working on a different presentation, in form of a directory, rather than a map.

This will include images representing artists’ work, their preferred medium(s), a tagline to describe them/their work, a short info text, website and social media links. And the page will also tell potential partners what kind of cooperation or projects the artists are interested in.
 
We would like to start the work on this by encouraging all artists, creatives and freelancers who would like to be listed in our specific Buckinghamshire Culture directory to sign up via this form.
 
It may take further work and a bit of time, so please bear with us, but gathering your information would be a first step.

Don’t hesitate to get in touch with Nadia@buckinghamshireculture.org in case you have any questions.

We are looking forward to receiving your information.

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Seeking Maternity Cover for Director

Our Director is going on maternity leave in October and we’re looking for someone (or some people) to handover the reins to, whilst she is away. This role will continue to build on the great work achieved to date, and will oversee the projects and operations of Buckinghamshire Culture.

The successful candidate(s) will be passionate about creativity and culture. They will manage the Buckinghamshire Culture Project Co-ordinator, and will work with a range of project contractors and stakeholders to deliver activity in support of the Buckinghamshire Cultural Strategy. This includes maintaining and strengthening the charity and its governance, as well as the range of projects and initiatives currently in delivery.

For the full details about the role, how it might be fulfilled (this could be as an employee, freelancer, job share or secondment), and how to apply, please download the job description below.

Please note that a discussion about prioritisation, dependent on an applicant’s skills and experience, will be part of the process to ensure a manageable workload can be achieved.

Deadline for applications: 9am, 16th August 2022

Interviews will take place: w/c 22nd August 2022

Please send applications to Lallie: Lallie@buckinghamshireculture.org

If you wish to speak to the current Director, Lallie or one of our two Co-Chairs, Bill or Julius before applying, please get in touch to arrange a call.

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Seeking Artists for 2 Bucks Commissions

Photograph of pebbles.  One pebble, bigger than the others, has a question mark drawn on it.

Buckinghamshire Culture has teamed up with two local organisations to develop two co-commission opportunities:

Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

We are working with Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust to appoint an artist/creative/collective to work with patients and staff on site at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Buckinghamshire, in order to create a new 2D or 3D art installation for the site.  We are seeking an artist with experience of creative arts supporting wellbeing and working with people in a healthcare setting.  We are looking for someone capable of inspiring people and encouraging them to get involved and create and shape new work together or individually.  We want to see a final piece that shows pride in Buckinghamshire and the BHT community.

We are opening an expression of interest process, from which we will select 3 artists to receive £350 in order to visit the BHT site and explore the available spaces for their work before submitting a more detailed proposal.

A budget of £7,640 inclusive of any VAT to be charged is available to the final selected candidate for the community engagement, development, fabrication and install of the artwork.

Delivery period: September-November 2022

Deadline for expressions of interest: 9am, 10th August 2022.

For more information please download the full artist’s brief.


Wycombe Homeless Connection and Aylesbury Homeless Action Group

We are working with Wycombe Homeless Connection and Aylesbury Homeless Action Group (WHC/AHAG) to appoint an artist/creative/collective to work with homeless, or previously homeless clients and WHC/AHAG staff in High Wycombe and Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, in order to share stories of homelessness through art/cultural means (this might include visual arts, photography, poetry, performance, sharing/displaying objects).  We are seeking an artist with experience of working with people with disordered lives and who is able to flex ideas and approaches according to need.  We are looking for someone capable of inspiring people and encouraging this cohort to get involved and create and shape new work together or individually.  We want to see a final piece/performance/installation that shares experiences of homelessness in interesting ways.

We are opening an expression of interest process, from which we will select 3 artists to receive £350 in order to visit the BHT site and explore the available spaces for their work before submitting a more detailed proposal.

A budget of £7,640 inclusive of any VAT to be charged is available to the final selected candidate for the community engagement, development, fabrication and install of the artwork.

Delivery period: September-November 2022

Deadline for expressions of interest: 9am, 10th August 2022.

For more information please download the full artist’s brief.


These co-commissions have been made possible with funding from the Rothschild Foundation.

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Celebrating 10 Years Since the London 2012 Paralympics

Photograph shows a Paralympic athlete on a court with spectators behind

This year, in the County where the Paralympic movement started, we celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the London 2012 Paralympics.  We will honour the work of Dr Guttman and Buckinghamshire’s position as the birthplace of the Paralympic movement through a collaborative project bringing together cultural organisations and d/Deaf and disabled Community Curators across the County.

Together We Build will share the story of the Paralympics, the forerunner of which Dr Guttman started in Stoke Mandeville in the 1940s; now known all over the world.  We will do so in Autumn 2022 through a multi-site exhibition and accessible events programme across 10 well-loved Bucks cultural venues.  This work will be backed up by training in access and disability awareness, development of an Access Manifesto and collection of memories and reflections relating to the 2012 Paralympics. 

We want to share the voices of d/Deaf and disabled residents by empowering them to take on the role of Community Curators, to choose an object that will form part of the exhibition.  Working with the National Paralympic Heritage Trust, our Community Curators will create their own interpretation, sharing why their chosen object is important to them, and what it means to them now.  They will also work closely with the host cultural venues to develop associated, accessible events and activities, forming a collective programme across the county.

The interpretation created by our Community Curators will be displayed alongside the curatorial/factual details for the object, sharing and valuing the voices of this community.  We are seeking 10 Community Curators (deadline 18th July!) – for details of how to apply please see: www.buckinghamshireculture.org/Together-We-Build

Waddesdon Manor are leading on a schools programme for this project and will create a schools resource inspired by the objects chosen by our Community Curators, as well as hosting a schools event on site in September 22. 

We will be offering small grants to voluntary heritage and community organisations that wish to develop and deliver an event inspired by the Paralympics, paired with one of our host venues and as part of the collective programme of activity in Autumn 2022 – details on criteria and how to apply coming soon.

Bill Morris, Co-Chair of Buckinghamshire Culture said, “It is fantastic to see so many of our cultural organisations coming together to share the story of the Paralympics.  I look forward to seeing what objects the Community Curators choose and how they tell their stories, as well as that of the Paralympic through the exhibition.”

Councillor Clive Harris, Cabinet Member for Culture and Leisure at Buckinghamshire Council said: “This is such an important story for our county, yet we often find that although it is well-known in Stoke Mandeville where it all started, and internationally, it is not well-known across wider parts of Buckinghamshire.  It is brilliant that our cultural partners want to celebrate it and share the story with people across the whole county and beyond.”

Buckinghamshire Culture is leading this project.  Project partners include those who hold Paralympic collections: Buckinghamshire Archives, Discover Bucks Museum, National Paralympic Heritage Trust and Waddesdon Manor.  And those who will host objects, displays and events for our exhibition: Amersham Museum, Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, Bekonscot, Chiltern Open Air Museum, Discover Bucks Museum, The Elgiva, Marlow Library, Milton’s Cottage, Queens Park Arts Centre and Waddesdon Manor.

For further information about the project and to see all opportunities as they arise please see: www.buckinghamshireculture.org/Together-We-Build and #TogetherWeBuildBucks on social media.  Or contact Lallie: Lallie@buckinghamshireculture.org

Together We Build is made possible with The National Lottery Heritage Fund, thanks to National Lottery players.  Support has also been provided by Buckinghamshire Council.

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Come along to Buckinghamshire Open Weekend 28– 31 July – first list of activities announced!

Open Weekend 2021- Amersham Museum Art and Stories in the Garden

We’re delighted to share the first glimpse of what is on offer as part of Open Weekend 2022 in Buckinghamshire. The event aims to showcase the breadth of creative and cultural venues and things you can do across the county. We can now share more details of what’s happening, from creative workshops to walks, performances and open days all linked to this year’s topic of ‘trees and green.’

This subject has inspired institutions, groups and individual artists to register their events as part of our collective celebration. Activities are taking place across the county. You might want to join Discover Bucks Museum, Wycombe Museum, Garsington Opera, Chiltern Open Air Museum, Hughenden Manor, Buckinghamshire Archives or Milton’s Cottage for their events.  And there are lots of opportunities to discover something new, such as: Storytelling events, backstage tours at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, painting with natural colours, walking tours around cultural content or photo walks, performances of songs to poetry readings – and much more.   The full event list can be found here: https://www.visitbuckinghamshire.org/attraction/bucks-open-weekend

Julius Weinberg, Buckinghamshire Culture Co-Chair said: “We would like to thank all those who have come forward with such interesting and varied projects. We are very proud of the wide range of activities there are to shout about this year. This shows the success of this county-wide concept and how Bucks organisations and individuals value being part of something bigger than themselves!“

Clive Harriss, Buckinghamshire Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture and Leisure, added: “The quality of projects Buckinghamshire Culture received is really outstanding and it is great to see how the theme of ‘trees and green’ has been interpreted so creatively!  Open Weekend will be full of things to do for families, but also for everyone else who wants to experience something exciting in Buckinghamshire.”

This is the second ‘Open Weekend’ event in Buckinghamshire, taking place over four days from 28 -31 July. This year’s topic of ‘trees and green’ was originally inspired by the Platinum Jubilee 2022 ‘Queen’s Green Canopy’ project. It will encourage people to engage creatively with nature, trees, green spaces, landscape, and their heritage. Activities are inspired by, or take place near, local trees, in woodland, parkland and other green spaces. Combining cultural activities with being outside also gives this year’s Open Weekend activities the potential for particular benefit for residents’ health and wellbeing. Organised by Buckinghamshire Culture with the support of Buckinghamshire Council and Visit Buckinghamshire, it will be a celebration of all things creative and cultural that Buckinghamshire has to offer.

This programme is supported through funding from Buckinghamshire Council and the Rothschild Foundation. 

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Notes to Editors:

  • Take a look at the Open Weekend What’s On (https://www.visitbuckinghamshire.org/attraction/bucks-open-weekend ) to find out what’s happening – and try something new this July! Look out on social media for updates and details of events shared by project partners: Buckinghamshire Culture, Buckinghamshire Council and Visit Bucks.
  • Buckinghamshire Culture is the cultural partnership formed to drive forward the Cultural Strategy for the county. We aim to work together with the sector and stakeholders to shape, build and celebrate a bright cultural future for Buckinghamshire.  Open Weekend is just one part of wider plans to develop a range of county-wide creative and cultural projects for Buckinghamshire, as part of the Buckinghamshire Cultural Strategy. 

The Rothschild Foundation is a charity that supports arts and heritage, the environment, education and social welfare by awarding grants, fostering dialogue and debate, and through our support of Waddesdon Manor. Support for arts and cultural organisations is made available through our Strategic Fund.