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‘Digital Helpers’ Open Evening

 Tuesday 16 November 5pm-6.30pm at Central Library, Bolton

We’re looking for people who enjoy using digital devices with good digital skills, who are also willing to help others to learn too.

The open evening is an opportunity for people to come and find out what is involved in being a Digital Helper, the benefits of volunteering and the support they would receive in doing this volunteer role.

Register here to attend the open evening and/or find out more about the volunteering opportunity

If you have any questions please contact Jen Rudd on 01204 332731


Open call – do you want to take part in a research project on the impacts of Covid-19?

The Centre for Cultural Value is leading a national research project exploring the impacts of Covid-19 on the cultural industries. We are working with the Creative Industries Policy and Evidence CentreThe Audience Agency and a national consortium of researchers. 

As part of this work, we’re looking for organisations who’d like to tell their stories through a series of case studies. By taking part you will be lending your story, your experience and your vision to research that will inform those directly responsible for making cultural policy across the UK.

Image: Left Bank Leeds. Photo: Sally Molineaux

We’re developing a series of case studies exploring the impacts in different sectors and across the four nations of the UK. We are already in touch with a number of festivals in Scotland and screen-based organisations in Wales, so in particular we are keen to hear from:

  1. Theatre organisations based in England that are diverse-led, and/or making work for diverse audiences or working with diverse participant groups (Black, Asian and ethnically diverse, disabled, LGBTQ+).
  2. Theatre producing or touring organisations or venues of any size working in or embedded in rural areas in England.
  3. Independent or volunteer-led museums or heritage sites of any size based in the north east or north west of England.
  4. Galleries operating in small town or rural areas in the north east or north west of England.
  5. Leaders of arts and cultural organisations working or embedded in rural areas of Northern Ireland.
  6. Theatre, performing arts, museum or gallery-based organisations in England that applied for but did not receive support from the Cultural Recovery Fund – or that were not eligible to apply for this support

What will be involved?
We would like to tell the story of individual or organisational experience of COVID-19 so far and over the next 12 months. We will be developing this through a mixture of interviews and documentary analysis. Your story will help us make sense of some of the other data being collected in this project and elsewhere.

We are sensitive to the pressures you face with resources and capacity and will be led by you in determining your level of involvement. Depending on the size of your organisation, this might include a number of online interviews with different people, including a director or someone at a similar level. We may also ask you to share some key strategic documents with us. Your involvement will be anonymous and kept confidential, unless explicitly agreed otherwise.

Why are we making this call?
To help us to identify immediate and long-term implications for cultural policy and practice, we want the case studies to explore impacts for different types of cultural and creative practice, visions, and economic models, and across the ethnic, geographical, socio-economic and demographic diversity of arts and cultural producers and their audiences.

We already have the involvement of a wide range of practitioners and organisations in this study, but we want to include more.

What is the time-frame for this?
We want to start working with you as soon as possible, so we are asking for you to contact us before 14 December 2020.

How do I get involved?
Please complete this quick online form expressing your interest. If you’d like to know more or have any questions about the project, please contact:

While we can’t guarantee to include everyone in our case studies, we will be creating specific opportunities in the next year for everyone to comment on and further contribute to the findings of this study as they are released.

The project is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) as part of UKRI’s Covid-19 funding.

Source: Centre for Cultural Value

Vacancies & Opportunities

Job Opportunities: Gawthorpe Textiles Collection

Gawthorpe Textiles Collection in Lancashire have two vacancies, as follows:

Job Opportunity: Gawthorpe Textiles Collection
Job title: Commercial Development Officer
Salary: £29,120 pro rata
Location: Gawthorpe Hall, Padiham, Nr Burnley, BB12 8UA
Hours: Part-time 18 hours per week
Contract: Fixed-term to September 2021
Closing date: 4 August 2020

Working alongside the GTC Director, this new role will support the charity to develop its commercial potential. GTC is seeking a self-motivated and proactive individual with strong interpersonal skills, experience in commercial development and marketing to develop GTC’s income generating activity. A small range of products and licensing opportunities have been developed over the past 2 years and GTC now seeks to consolidate and build on this activity. There is also significant untapped potential within the collection to create new commercial opportunities through offering talks, workshops and curatorial services. The key duties of the post will include:

Identifying, prioritising, developing and marketing commercial activities.

Contribution towards the production of commercial development strategies and plans.

Audience development work including research, product testing and evaluation with stakeholders and representative audiences.

Product development – liaising with manufacturers, contemporary artists and makers.

Maintaining the GTC sales website ( and developing promotional content for both the website and social media.

Ordering and distributing retail products and supplies as necessary.

Supporting promotional and fundraising events and activities.

For full details, click here to download the job description and person specification:–HG_jncZlssG9uahE1aOYP9s3k/view?usp=sharing

Job title: Ethical Textiles Community Engagement Officer
Salary: £32,500 pro rata
Location: Gawthorpe Hall, Padiham, Nr Burnley, BB12 8UA
Hours: Part-time 16 hours per week
Contract: Fixed-term to February 2022
Closing date: 4 August 2020

Ethical Textiles is an 18 month project funded by the National Lottery Community Fund.
We are seeking to appoint a self-motivated individual with a good knowledge of textile craft and proven success in delivering multi-faceted community focused programmes of activity with groups and individuals from a range of ages, cultures and experience levels.

The key threads of this project will be to:

Create a vibrant and supportive cross cultural social network for residents within the local community based on shared experience and a passion for craft.

Promote intergenerational work to enable older adults to pass on skills, knowledge and expertise to younger generations.

Harness participants desire to utilise skills to make a real difference to the lives of people within the local community.

Tackle real world issues on a local level (including fast fashion, environmental sustainability and plastic pollution), demonstrating that small changes in daily life, can make a significant cumulative impact.

Connect the community with organisations (educational, commercial, environmental etc.) across the local area to build networks and influence change.

Create opportunities for young advocates to emerge who will serve as champions for sustainable activity amongst their peers.

Within this framework the successful post holder will be required to work relatively autonomously to:

Plan and deliver / coordinate two days of textile focused workshops and activities per week initially online and when possible, from Valley Street Community Centre in line with the project activity plan.

Be the lead responsible person for the health and safety of participants.

Develop networks and contacts across sectors of the community and recruit and motivate community members to achieve the project outcomes.

Gather qualitative and quantitative evaluation data.

Recruit, upskill and supervise community activity volunteers and craft ambassadors to deliver project activities and outcomes.

For full details, click here to download the job description and person specification:

Source: Museum Development North West


Can virtual museum experiences help reduce social isolation and chronic pain?

Image credit: Crocker Museum, Sacramento, California

Seeking participants for new online study to find out.

Chronic pain is complex. It affects the body, the mind and social interactions. Over 100 million American adults suffer from chronic pain  ̶  more than those with heart disease, cancer and diabetes combined. Previous studies have shown that social disconnection can make pain feel more intense, while social connections can help decrease the intensity. But researchers are still learning how to translate those findings into patient care.

Since 2014, the University of California, Davis (UCD) health system and the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, CA have collaborated on research that points toward benefits of museum programming for people with chronic pain. However, with the museum temporarily closed due to COVID-19, all programming was suspended. Fortunately, the museum programs are now being offered online and at no cost, allowing anyone with an internet connection anywhere in the world to participate.

An international research team consisting of scholars from UCD, University College London and the University of Zurich want to know how these virtual museum experiences impact individuals with chronic pain and need participants.  

They hope to learn if two new virtual museum programs at the Crocker  ̶  Art Rx and Artful Meditation  ̶  can decrease the social disconnection and the unpleasantness of chronic pain. And they are looking for volunteers.

Research participants will be randomly assigned to one of four groups:

  1. A control group that will continue its current care.
  2. A virtual museum tour group – “Art RX”
  3. A group that takes part in a virtual meditation program from the museum – “Artful Meditation”
  4. A group that goes through both the virtual Art Rx and the Artful Meditation programs

Participants will be asked to take a 20-minutes survey about their experiences. They will be surveyed before their program, right after, then three-months later. Researchers may also ask participants questions about their experiences in the study. The research team will want to know the impact the experience may have had on a participant’s health and on their relationships with others. These interviews will take an hour or less.

Who can participate (people who fit these criteria):

  1. 18 years of age or older
  2. English speaking
  3. Chronic pain lasting six months or longer
  4. Moderate pain or greater (4/10 or greater on a Numerical Rating Scale, range of 1 [no pain] – 10 [worst pain imaginable], in response to the question: “Over the past week, what was your average pain intensity?”)
  5. Moderately lonely or greater (Score of 4 or greater on a three-item Loneliness Scale, range of 3 – 9)
  6. Have a Wi-Fi enabled device (e.g., desktop, laptop, smartphone, or tablet), and a Wi-Fi connection.

Who cannot participate? (Someone who fits at least one of these criteria)

  1. Participated in an Art Rx tour already
  2. Participated in an Artful Meditation program already
  3. Suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s disease
  4. Unable to complete surveys

How to enroll

To enroll in this study, CLICK HERE.

For more information

Visit our study pageor contact Ruchi Rawal, project manager, at or (916) 619-3383.

We are conducting this research in collaboration with the Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance and the RSPH SIG Arts and Health. 

This project is supported by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, National Institutes of Health, through grant number UL1 TR001860 and linked award KL2 TR001859. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the NIH.

Source: Arts Health and Wellbeing Alliance Bulletin