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It’s not complicated at all:

When you put your money in a bank, you hope for some interest back on it. It’s an investment. When you put money into a business, you hope for a dividend. It’s an investment.  When you pay your tax, you hope the local A and E department will save your life. It’s an investment. When your firm spends money training new recruits – you expect them to work for you. It’s an investment. Yet art is still  ‘it’s own reward’ and it’s funding is, literally, ‘a lottery’ – or else relies on some outmoded C.19 system of ‘patronage’. We can do much better.

Through the mechanisms of intellectual property rights, licensing, equity shares, crowd-funding and guided donation, it is possible to create some residual benefit when a piece of work ‘hits the big-time’ or even has just a small amount of success and to recycle some of that success back into the grass roots from which it grew and to strengthen these roots in order to grow, knit, weave, sing louder, write better, make new work… etc.

This is what #culturebanking proposes to do. Everyone had a ‘grass-root’.  What organisations like the Arts Council and others are now asking (via #64millionartists) more than ever before is:

How can we do this?

#culturebanking – have your say….

Developing Writing Opportunities in Yarmouth and Lowestoft.

To register an interest in Creative Writing Courses and Opportunities in the area please fill in the contact form.

What Next? Notes from Friday 4th Meeting – or:  ‘The (somewhat muddy) GrassRoots’

Dear All,

I hope you will not mind if I feed back my quite honest reflections following our recent Yarmouth What Next? meeting yesterday. Further below are (possibly more useful to WN?) specific news from recent meets:

We had several apologies from Melinda Appleby (Waveney and Blyth Arts and Landscape Writer), Seachange Arts and the Museums Service, Ellery Child, from other numerous local practitioners (who were each attending their ‘day jobs’) and from Hugh Sturzaker of the GY Arts Festival (who has been a constant supporter).

In attendance: Liam Murphy, Tom Richards (Comeunity/Vol.Norfolk), Patricia Peters, Daniel England, Alison Macfarlane, Julia Devonshire

It was a shame that Gavin Dean, theatre manager, couldn’t join us – but perhaps I should do more to engage!

Having come from a Great Yarmouth Cultural Heritage Partnership meeting previously, where I was asked by Hugh Sturzaker (the Chair) to introduce What Next? to the group, It had been noted by some members that in the absence of Seachange Arts, I was alone in representing artists and artistic production in the Partnership! ‘Heritage’ is a clearly distinct and better (financially) supported activity in Great Yarmouth.  There is a very clear deficit in support for new work by local people. Seachange have limited engagement in this area but are an art form – specific company and therefore not working comprehensively across all media. Opportunities in Music, Visual Arts, Spoken and Written Word, 3d, Combined Arts, Public Realm, Crafts, Film and New Media are great and largely under-exploited..

This meeting of WN? was called in response to a request from James Moore and other local writers, (around 20 at most) who have formed a local writers’ group called ‘Blurb’ – operative for the past 18 months.

In response to this request, I invited reps from WriterCentreNorwich, local writers and WN? attendees . Whilst I am not entirely pessimistic for the prospects of a What Next? group in this region (we had, again, some new attendees including the artist Julia Devonshire and Alison Macfarlane, Executive Director at WCN) I did feel as Chair, that WN? alone was not the ideal vehicle to meet the disparate but overlapping needs of people in this area who are interested in arts practice and keen to embark on professional development opportunities..

James was ill and sent Daniel, another member of the group in his absence, who was very eloquent in describing the group and the intentions of the group. The need to find opportunity and support for a variety of interests and needs was very apparent and the risk of such activities degenerating into less productive pastimes without support and steering was also articulated.

Alison spoke briefly about WritersCentre and Norwich’s UNESCO City Of Literature status. She explained that WCN would not be able to furnish any ‘grass-roots’ development with paid assistance and would not see a role for themselves in the actual development of that grass roots activity in the first place.  They would however most definitely welcome an opportunity to collaborate with an organised (and here I would suggest Yarmouth AND Lowestoft grouping). I am very grateful to her for visiting and being so supportive and her suggestion was, broadly, ‘go for it’. The challenge then lies with the creative community in the area to organise in a way that will allow for valuable partnerships like this (and others) to develop. (I am also aware of the work of Rebeccah Giltrow at Gorleston Library in this area and have initiated some contact there.)

I noted the same kind of ‘just do it’ response from David Lan onstage at the first WN? conference. I share the sentiments. However: ‘Just do it’ in London or Manchester is a very different call to ‘Just do it’ in Yarmouth…Opportunity is not geographically equal(I think we all get that). However, if, in the arts, we settle for an entirely market driven ‘attraction to the rich’ and ‘repulsion from the poor’ approach – what hope for everyone else? Where is that trickledown? UNESCO status in relatively thriving Norwich, 20 miles away is having virtually no positive effect in Yarmouth, but is probably dragging talent away…

Which leads me here:


At this point, I might overstep my role as WN? chair and apologies if this is so.  My feeling is that, having audited the assets available, what I have to offer are my joint abilities as an artist and writer and in running a productive cultural sector business. What is really most needed in GY is for people to have accessible opportunities, knowledge and facilities where they can ‘just do it’. I devised a business model whilst at Gallery133 (now Skippings) which I believe would enable a ‘just do it’ environment and given that this is quite congruent with funding now finding it’s way into Norfolk and Suffolk – I will be putting my efforts into establishing a nexus for creativity in the area.  I’ll be talking about this a little more under the #culturebanking tag via the Gallery133 website and on social media for anyone interested… please share. This was the reason I came to Great Yarmouth in the first place!

The Arts Council has begun to wrestle with funding ‘for profit’ ventures – and this will most definitely be (in part) such a thing – so I aim to convince them of the potential and other potential sources of investment. I very much hope that What Next? will be instrumental in helping to develop the thriving creative economy that is so desired here and will certainly be feeding these challenges back into the network to see how our larger institutions and arts organisations can help (if they can)…

As ever, we had a very interesting and potentially useful meeting.

Here ends the GY What Next? (slightly erratic) Report for the first quarter of 2016!

Addendum: Alison Macfarlane offered these further comments as a helpful correction to my not entirely perfect summary of her input to this meeting. It is both helpful and descriptive of the challenges that exist in Yarmouth for ‘creative production’ in terms of its relationship with arts and other areas of finance, funding and investment.

“WCN is very interested to know about writers who form groupings in the Gt Yarmouth area for whatever purpose – mutual support, artistic collaborations, community workshops and schools work, for example. We are not in a position to offer any ‘paid assistance’ to the setting up of these groups or the ‘grass roots’ development work that they may do on a daily basis. However, we would be interested in working in partnership with them where there was a sharing of information and resources, where there was mutual benefit, where we could jointly address some of the needs identified in local cultural strategies in the area, where there was a quality offer and where there was funding support to deliver.”

See #culturebanking for an elaboration and development of Gallery133’s ongoing research into both art and civics and the process of establishing and growing a local creative economy which fosters and promotes wellbeing in the community. Gallery133 will be working with the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and the What Next? Movement to further these goals and posting ongoing notes. queries and developments here.

Liam Murphy

Gallery133 | What Next? | #culturebankingGY

CALL TO ALL EAST COAST WRITERS: What Next? Meet @ St George’s Theatre March 4th 2 – 3.30 pm. All Welcome


Friday March 4th, St George’s Theatre Cafe, King St, GY, 2 – 3.30 pm.

Dear All,

The above meeting has been scheduled in response to requests from local writers with an interest in developing their work. What Next? is keen to initiate a discussion around the development of writing in all forms (fact/fiction/poetry/life writing/journailism/writing for performance/writing in the public realm/amateur/professional/ commercial/experimental etc etc) in the region.

Taking an ‘asset based’ approach, the meeting will be keen to hear from anyone with relevant interest and/or experience and we will attempt to begin by taking stock of what already exists and where future opportunities, collaborations and development might lie! There will also be a representative from WritersCentreNorwich present who will be able to offer some guidance where needed.

If you would like to speak on a related subject (5 mins maximum) please send an email in advance to: There will also be an opportunity to discuss WN? and to consider next steps in relation to this and art and culture more generally.

We will aim to identify some specific action points (with names and dates attached!) with a view to possible next steps…

Hope to see you there :-)

Upcoming News and Events:

The ADUK conference will be taking place in Norwich from 23 – 24 February . They will be particularly focused on their joint initiative (with Voluntary Arts) which sets out to explore new ways to sustain and develop the creative lives of our communities in all their diversity. What Next? will be hosting a world-cafe style event as part of it.

The LGA conference at the end of February.

Below are some upcoming events and links copied in from WN? Norfolk (with thanks to Gemma Layton of N and N festival and apologies where deadlines are a little tight).

Liam Murphy.


Tomorrow’s What Next? Norfolk meeting (Wednesday 10 February) will be from 1-2pm in the Playroom at Norwich Playhouse (42-58 Saint Georges Street, Norwich, NR3 1AB. Dr Anna Bull Researcher, Culture, Media and Creative Industries, Kings College London will be speaking to the group on her research into socioeconomics.

Upcoming meetings

Next week (Wednesday 17 February) our speaker will be Jenni Rant from the Science, Art and Writing Trust

There will be NO MEETING on Wednesday 24 February due to the clash with the AD:UK conference (see details below)

Then on Wednesday 2 March we have artist Molly Naylor speaking to the group. Molly is a scriptwriter, poet and performer. She writes script for TV, film, radio and theatre. She has written three live shows which she took to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and then toured nationally. Her most recent work is television comedy After Hours, co-created and written with John Osborne. It aired in October 2015. She is currently developing a feature film script, a graphic novel and her first poetry collection.

AD:UK conference, Norwich, 23-24 February

ADUK’s 2016 conference, in association with Voluntary Arts, explores our organisations’ joint initiative which sets out to explore new ways to sustain and develop the creative lives of our communities in all their diversity. The conference is hosted by Norwich City Council at the historic St Andrews Halls (see brochure attached).

Information, agenda for both days and ticket options here

Anyone based in Norfolk can get the member rate for the conference of £295 plus VAT 

If they are an organisation trading under £25k they can get a conference place for £195 plus VAT

There is also a student and artist rate of £125 plus VAT 

Please get in touch with Marion Catlin if you would like to take advantage of any of these special discounts – Marion Catlin []

Norwich Arts Centre Private View Invitation: Asia Alfasi

Please find below  an invitation to NAC’s next Private View, on 24 February which will launch the exhibition of work by artist Asia Alfasi, entitled ‘Baseerah – Journey to Sight’. See invitation at bottom of the email.

The Private View will run from 6pm until 8pm and will be followed by Asia’s artist talk, which in turn will run from approximately 8pm until 9.30pm, followed by an opportunity for relaxed discussion in the bar.

Asia Alfasi was born in Lybia and moved to Scotland at the age of 7, and then to Birmingham in her teens. Her work brings together Islamic, Libyan, British and Japanese influences. She won the Hi8us Midlands Stripsearch competition with her character Monir in 2003. She contributed “JinNarration” to the Mammoth Book of Best New Manga in 2007, and her short semi-autobiographical story, “The Non-Savvy Non-Commuter“, was displayed on the walls of Piccadilly Circus tube station as part of Thin Cities, the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the station’s opening, from 15 December 2006 to 31 April 2007. She is working on a two-volume autobiographical graphic novel to be published by Bloomsbury.

From Creative Arts East: Call to Arms for the Arts’ in our rural communities

It’s that time of year again where we are about to go into discussions with the local authorities who fund Creative Arts East to provide Village Screen and Creative Arts East Live in your area. This year, given that we know the budgets are tight and councils are looking to make significant savings as a result of the recent spending review, we need to shout loudly about the good work of the rural community promoters, Creative Arts East, and the value of our endeavours to local communities – and we need to do this at the earliest possible point, before any decisions about funding are made.

There is no better voice in support of arts in our communities than the people who participate in and attend Creative Arts East supported events, which is why we are once again asking you to lend your voice. Over the next few weeks we ask that you make your views heard by writing to your local Councillor expressing your support for their continued investment in the work of Creative Arts East, and to outline the impact of the service to you and your community, and the likely effect if this work ceases to be available.

In addition to writing directly, spreading the word and raising awareness through channels like Facebook and Twitter will enable to message to go further across communities and enable many more people to lend their support for maintaining these events.

As always, thank you in advance for your help and ongoing support!

Arts and Health Evaluation Report

The arts, including music, dance, theatre, visual arts and writing, are increasingly recognised as having the potential to support health and wellbeing. However, in order for arts to be included in commissioning of health and social care services, there needs to be robust evidence of their effectiveness, impacts and costs. This document provides guidance on appropriate ways of documenting the impacts of arts for health and wellbeing, whether through small scale project evaluations or large scale research studies. It suggests a standard framework for reporting of project activities that will strengthen understanding of what works in specific contexts and enable realistic assessment and appropriate comparisons to be made between programmes.   Read more:,406HO,FLWQAD,EH20D,1

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Links From WN? Norfolk:


£33,000 – £36,000 (pro rata) 3 days / week (0.6 fte) Permanent.


Writers’ Centre Norwich (WCN) is a leading literature organisation in England’s first UNESCO City of Literature. We are committed to developing the artistic and social impact of creative writing, reading and literary translation. We believe that creative writing, creative reading, and the literary arts can inspire, educate and bring people and communities together.

This is exciting times for WCN. Linked to the city’s status as a UNESCO City of Literature, we are currently working on the development of a National Centre for Writing which includes an enhanced artistic and learning programme and a £2.6m capital programme due to be completed in early 2018.

The post of Finance Manager will play a key role in helping to steer the organisation through this next period of change and transition. The role will lead on the long term financial planning as well as managing the day to day financial systems and processes ensuring organisational stability and viability. We are looking for someone who holds a professional accountancy qualification, has at least 2 years experience at a senior level in financial management, has experience of the accounting and governance requirements of a charity and limited company and can support WCN’s values and ambitions.

Closing deadline: 9am Monday 15 February 2016


To apply for this position please download a Job Application Pack and Application Form from


Suspension of Sweet Arts Services


Are you a cultural or creative employer?

Based in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire or Norfolk,?

Looking to expand your team?

Would you like to claim a grant towards the wage costs of a new person?

The Creative Employment Programme will complete its funding on 31st March 2016. That means that NOW IS THE LAST CHANCE for creative or cultural employers across Peterborough, Cambridgeshire and Norfolk to benefit from significant match-funding towards the costs of employing an Intern of Apprentice over the next 6 to 12 months.


About the Programme:

The Creative Employment Programme aims to support the creation of paid apprenticeships and internships for young unemployed people aged 16-24 who are wishing to pursue a career in the arts and cultural sector. Funding is available now for commercial or subsidised employers based in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire or Norfolk working within the following fields:

Museums, Festival, Carnival Arts, Literature, Theatre, Music Circus, Libraries, Contemporary Craft, Visual Arts, Galleries Dance

At least 50% of wage costs can be claimed depending on your requirement, location and need for financial support, but it could be up to as much as 80%.

Listen to what some of our previous interns and apprentices have to say about their Creative Employment Programme experience and learn more about how valuable it is to young people needing a step up into the sector!


Sophie Clouston – Project Administrator Intern

“Jobs in the creative industry are difficult to come by without the right experience, which is why I was thrilled to find an internship where I was able to learn on the job, earn myself some money and still gain experience in an area I’d like to further my career.”

Meghan Douglass-Ellis – Business Administrator Apprentice

“I’d been trying for years to find a way into the creative industry through volunteering without much luck, so starting my apprenticeship gave me the chance to learn practical skills and earn enough money that my journey along my chosen career path could take centre stage, instead of being something I have to fit around a ‘day job”

Sam Webber – Marketing and Events Intern

“After studying a creative subject at university I wanted to branch out into working in events and marketing whilst still being in a creative environment. My internship allowed me to work with people who have similar interests to me and organise events around about themes I’m passionate about.”

How to get onboard:

To become a Creative Employment Programme Employer please:


Or call us on 01953 713390

You can find out more by visiting:

Funder info:

Creative & Cultural Skills is the National Provider for the Creative Employment Programme, an Arts Council England fund. The funding is managed in Norfolk, Peterborough and Cambridgeshire by Creative Arts East.

From What Next? National

Proposed private letter to Jo Johnson re: HE Green Paper

See attached draft of a proposed private Letter to Jo Johnson, Minister of State for Universities and Science from individuals in the What Next? movement expressing interest in the Green Paper on Higher Education (thanks to Rosie Luff for drafting)

If you would like your name attached to this letter as a creative employer, then please contact Sara Green at What Next? with subject heading Signature for HE Letter by Wednesday 10th February. Please give us your title, name and organisation to include.


Reminder: English Baccalaureate Consultation is live and closes 29 Jan

It proposes making EBacc compulsory for 90% of young people as well as making it the overarching measure for judging secondary school success.

CLA Briefing paper attached below and link here:

Bacc for the Future:

Actions: Respond to the consultation, write to your MP and ask them to write to Nicky Morgan on your behalf, brief your board, staff, audiences and patrons, use any media opportunities to make these point.

Arts and Culture and the EU Referendum (paper attached)

This week we are revisiting our discussions on WN? And the EU Referendum and discussing how we want to engage in the next few months.


Invitation to a What Next? Young Vic meeting on Climate Change and Sustainability to be hosted by the Barbican on Wednesday 17th of Feb.

On Wednesday the 17th of Feb, WN? YV will meet at the Barbican at Cinema 1 in our usual time slot of 08:30. We will meet as usual, focussing the discussion on climate change. At 09:30 Paul Allen from the Centre of Advanced Technology will present ‘The extraordinary story of human beings energy and happiness’ in the cinema for one hour.

We would like to invite everyone across the movement to bring friends or colleagues to this event who may be interested in discussion on solutions and actions around climate change, sustainability and culture.

Press Links

London Mayoral candidate Sadiq Khan unveiled his new arts policy, from getting more children involved in the arts to stopping sexist adverts on the Tube

UK theatre companies have benefited from an estimated £25million of tax relief in first full year of government’s scheme

MPs are to work together in an All Party Parliamentary group (APGG)  to drive forward developments in the field of arts and health

Writing in the Telegraph, schools minister Nick Gibb denied claims eBACC will squeeze arts out of schools 

Around 400 members of the dance industry signed an open letter to Akram Khan following reported comments on female choreographers And Akram Khan responded

Yesterday the winners of the National Dance Awards were announced. Writing in the Guardian Mackrell noted that it was a good year for women but not ethnic diversity

Major new research project is to be undertaken to examine under-representation of disabled people in the arts

A new Banksy artwork has criticised teargas use in refugee camps in Calais                      

The Arts contributed £5.4bn to UK economy in 2014

Culture Secretary John Whittingdale has warned of a “danger” of too much arts funding being focused on the capital:

Eclipse Theatre Co’s Dawn Walton has set out her action plan for what needs to be done to improve diversity in British Theatre

Writing in The Guardian, Sam Jordison questions the decision to move the Royal Photography Society’s collection from Bradford to the V&A.

DCMS figures show that economic growth in music and the performing arts is stalling

Southbank centre has announced its 2016/17 classical music season

Lyn Gardner on the Arts Foundation Awards and the importance of supporting mid-career artists

Creative Scotland is to host its first London arts advocacy event at Westminster

Shakespeare’s Globe is to perform Hamlet in the Calais Jungle

Writing in The Stage, David Brownlee looks at hot and cold spots for arts engagement

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Best Wishes

Liam Murphy

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Films Showing In The Gallery During June and July

Gallery 133 is showing a collection of films with local connections and themes of memory alongside stills by Charcrit Boonsom, Martin Figura and others  daily until the 17th July.

Below are a list of films currently showing in the gallery – all of which can be viewed during opening hours and will be subject to changes…

All films are showing for free

The ‘Our Town’ Project:  A series of short films commissioned by the Community History Officer Laura Matthews and Time and Tide Museum in collaboration with BBC Voices, SeaChange Arts Trust and local film-maker Matthew Harrison.

John Dashwood: Poems and Paintings: Local Film-maker Charcrit Bonsoom’s film following and documenting the life and work of John Dashwood.

The Cabinet Of Past Delights: 4 Short films by NUA Fine Art students responding to the brief: “From what stuff are memories made?”

Michael Horsley Painter and Printmaker (40 Mins): A film about the Cromer based artist and his work by Siri-Susanna Taylor.

Showtime A Brush With the Circus: A document of a 2 year project by Katherine Hamilton at the Hippodrome Circus which also follows her journey through life as a dancer, choreographer, world traveller and artist.

After Life by Shirley Day (now on the festival circuit)

Her by James Wilson

Sound – Silent

Cameras – Apple (iPhone 4 & iPad Air)

Written, directed, created and devised by James Dean Wilson.

Subject – Notes taken from dreams of my wife over five years. Capturing fear, thought, the quiet of sleep and the light you see when eyes close.

Influences from Dali, Emin, Turner & Pollock.

Genres – Surrealism, Noir, Silent Film,


30% Off Election Prints ‘Instore!’


All promises, er, sorry, PRICES are cut by 30% if bought in the gallery. And here’s a new one from Brian of Mr Brand with some tired old politicians…

Having people visit our website and online store is great, but ideally we think the work we exhibit is best enjoyed in person in our beautifully renovated gallery space.

So visit Gallery 133 and you can buy any of the limited edition prints accompanying our exhibitions with a saving of 30% of its on-line sale price!

We are open on Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays between 11 AM and 5 PM, if you don’t know where we are check out the map on our website.

Film + Q and A + Meal Profits to Bhopal Medical Appeal and local film charities.

Bhopal A Prayer For Rain + Q and A with Writer David Brooks.

Gallery133 presents: UK Premiere (outside London) exposes forgotten tragedy: Bhopal A Prayer For Rain – 14th June at St George’s Theatre. Now 31 Years on: “Some shareholders in the company have said it should pay more” – Please come along on the 14th at 12 or 5pm. £8.50/ £18.50 with meal / £38.50 ‘High Table’ – informative and quite excellent film. Proceeds to local film-making and Bhopal Medical Appeal. “..being moved by a feature film will be just the beginning”..

Co-Witer and Actor David Brooks will be on hand in person to answer questions with contributions from Tim Edwards from the Bhopal Medical Appeal.


133 Election Special

Gallery 133 of King St in Great Yarmouth’s emerging multi-cultural quarter, will be reflecting the zeitgeist during the election with a show of current drawings by ex Yarmouth High School students turned award-winning political cartoonists, Brian Adcock and Iain Green.

Brian and Iain grew up together, competing as 11 year olds with drawings in their exercise books and are now both experienced political cartoonists working for national newspapers.

They will be demonstrating their art and satirical skills during the 133 Election Special – a politically themed Gallery show which will be inviting members of the public, local candidates and artists along to document and discuss the issues of the day. The results will be on show in the gallery and will also be available as limited edition prints from the gallery’s website:

Gallery133 is an evolving contemporary art gallery and social enterprise at the heart of Yarmouth’s emerging multi-cultural quarter. Housed in a beautiful Georgian merchants house around a courtyard, with three studio workshops and project spaces attached, the broad aim is to create a centre for learning about, producing and showing art in all forms.

For the 133 Election Special, visitors are being invited to get involved with pens and paper and produce something in response to the election themselves with results on display in the gallery.

Members of all parties have been invited!

133 has also invited several other artists responses to the election – so expect some unexpected contributions as well…

Yarmouth has been attracting national attention as a potential UKIP victory with visitors including the BBC’s Newsnight and leaders of both main parties in recent weeks.

Come along to the 133 Election Special between the 18th  April and the 16th May and register your, er, cartoon!

Michael Smith: 20th March – 14th April

Michael combines salvaged, recycled or found objects with traditional artist’s materials to create vibrant and dynamic works that often illustrate his experiences and surroundings of living in rural Norfolk. This exhibition will feature paintings, textiles and sculptures including his latest series of reconstructed denim jeans.

Michael’s work has become highly collectable worldwide, and is known for its bold images and colours. Michael, who has cerebral palsy, is an artist from Barrington Farm at Walcott, a day service for adults with learning difficulties.

Michael has shown work at Tate Modern and has work in various public and private collections including The Musgrave Kinley Outsider Art Archive and The Museum of Everything. Michael Poster.pages