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Arts and Crafts: The New Creatives

Posted: 09 Jan 2018 07:04 AM PST

With courses in printmaking, life drawing and pottery, the Creative Collective in Bathford has fast become a haven for budding artists in the city. Vishaka Robinson went to meet them

Inside a revamped barn, on a cider farm along Box Road, The Creative Collective opened its doors last month. The duo behind the start-up are artists Amy Palmer-Fry and Hannah Southfield-Cook, who have transformed their corner of the barn into a bright, airy studio full of hanging plants and greenery. It's a space that plays host to an ever-changing mix of inventive classes from ceramics to hand lettering to floristry. Clients can book one-to-one lessons on the pottery wheel. Image by Anna Bowkis

The two, who both live on canal boats on the River Avon, met just 18 months ago when they struck up a conversation about their pets ­– bizarrely both have a cat and a rabbit a piece (if you're lucky you might spy one of them roaming around in the studio). Amy is the fine arts side of the pair, an expert ceramist and weaver and Hannah is a jack-of-all-trades, a face and body painter, florist and a psychology seminar tutor at the University of Bath. They were both struck by the lack of dedicated arts spaces in the city. "Bath is brimming with creative and entrepreneurial types," says 25-year-old Southfield-Cook. "We wanted to carve out a place where people could throw themselves into all manner of artistic endeavours but not spend a fortune."

It's a formula that clearly works. They've hosted 20 workshops since they launched a month ago (all fully booked), with prices ranging from £10 for a kids lesson in snow globe-making, to £100 for 'deck the halls' – an all day extravaganza of wreath-making, table settings, lino-print Christmas cards and ceramic garlands. Co-owner Amy is a professional face and body painter. Image by Anna Bowkis

The barn where The Creative Collective is based already plays host to an eclectic mix of other businesses with Broadlands Cider, Modern Massage and others clustered around a central café (there's also a play area outside for little ones to let off steam). Waiting in the sidelines are a stellar line-up of new tenants. Hedgerow cordials who make natural cocktails and cordials will be moving their kitchen onsite this month and Haylee-Mai, a local acrobatics pro will be taking up residence and running courses throughout the year.

There are also plans for a monthly market in the style of a mini Frome Independent and regular weekly Thursday morning (10am–12pm), children's crafting sessions, where parents can catch up over coffee whilst their little ones go wild with paint and macramé. The studio runs courses in hand lettering and calligraphy. Image by Anna Bowkis

"We've been blown away by the positive response," says Southfield-Cook who has more than 150 workshops planned for the next 12 months. "And if there's something you want to learn, or teach that we aren't doing it, let us know – our doors are open."

The Creative Collective Bath, The Barn, Box Road, Bathford, BA1 7LR

Visit: thecreativecollectivebath.com

Featured image: Hannah and Amy both share a love of all things crafty. Photographed by: Anna Bowkis

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5 of the best: family-friendly spots

Posted: 09 Jan 2018 04:45 AM PST

Kate Austin, the co-founder of Spotty Herberts, moved to Bath from Shoreditch seven years ago. She lives in Lansdown with her husband Paul and two children Zillah, 12 and Fenn, 9. Here she dishes the places that never fail to impress the whole family . . .

1. On Sunday mornings we'll often head to Rye Bakery (a cool converted church in Frome) for their Beats for Breakfast. A recent favourite has been DJ Atsushi Hasegawa playing vintage French vinyl. The brunches are spot-on: mushrooms on sourdough toast; perfectly cooked eggs and soldiers; oven-fresh croissants that are the best you've ever tasted plus excellent coffee served in delicate ceramic cups. There's also an open-plan kids play area to one side and a lush little garden out back. 2. Just nine miles from Bath, Farleigh Castle is an excellent backdrop for epic battles and hours of hide and seek. We combo a morning there with an afternoon of wild swimming and cream teas at Stowford Manor Farm, which is just 15 minutes walk away. 3. Life doesn't get much better than eating pizza atop a straw bale at The Walled Garden at Mells. The place is a gem; a rural café meets garden nursery set in the heart of the gobsmackingly pretty village of Mells. The view from the rear wall is picture-perfect English countryside and the garden made for exploring – don't miss a rummage in the old toy box and the greenhouse.

4. Our new discovery is evening roller skating at the Bath Pavilion. It's slap-bang in the middle of the leisure centre car park but somehow we'd never been until Fenn got invited to a birthday party there earlier in the year. It was an instant hit. What kid doesn't love whizzing round and round beneath a big disco ball to pumping music, then gorging on hot dogs and ketchup-covered chips. Plus it's not too expensive (£5.50 for kids and £7 for adults, plus £1 skate hire), and the 4:30 til 7 family skating sessions on a Monday and Thursday afternoon are a fabulous post-school treat. 5. For a failsafe lunch or dinner spot it has to be Dough in the Corridor. It's a buzzy pizza place that's unfailingly child-friendly and big enough that it's rarely fully booked (because who wants to wait for a table with kids in tow). The twist is that you can pick your own dough from a host of scrummy flavors like hemp, turmeric and kamut. Our go-to is a Margarita on a seaweed dough base. Just as importantly the Italian beer is icy cold, the service quick and they don't flinch at a few noisy children. 

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Royal High School achieves top award for the International Baccalaureate

Posted: 09 Jan 2018 04:42 AM PST

The Royal High School Bath has been named by the International Baccalaureate Organisation as one of the top 3 schools in the country for pupils' academic achievement of the small cohort, independent schools.

Recognised for its stellar success in 2017, girls studying the International Baccalaureate at the Royal High averaged an amazing score of 37 out of 45 with the highest achieving student gaining an incredible 43 points out of 45. Smashing the global average of 30 points, the school's IB Co-ordinator Ms Jude Taylor says “we are the only school in Bath to offer the IB and we are incredibly proud to receive the certificate recognising the hard work and achievement of our girls. With 10 RHS students gaining Oxbridge interviews this year, five of these are IB students with the popularity of the sixth form choice continuing to rise amongst our sixth formers.”

The Royal High School has offered the IB since 2008 alongside A Levels. Extensive guidance is offered at the school to students including a well-received 'Any Questions' event which is also open to local schools. Recognised by The Good Schools Guide this year it is clearly a course achieving excellent results, for more information please contact the school.

Visit: royalhighbath.gdst.net

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University of Bristol: Masters in Strategy, Change and Leadership

Posted: 09 Jan 2018 03:18 AM PST

University of Bristol has a distinctive development programme for those aspiring to Senior Management and Leadership positions within the School of Economics, Finance and Management. There is an Open Evening on Wednesday 21 March from 6 – 8pm to find out more about the programme.

Designed for busy managers to fit around a demanding management role, this part-time course will help you to:

  • Enhance your impact as a leader
  • Understand organisational complexity and issues affecting success
  • Improve your ability to manage change and uncertainty
  • Make better choices about growth and strategic direction

The programme is delivered through eight intensive three-day workshops within a two year period. These workshops run on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays – a total of 16 works days and eight Saturdays across two years.

A good first degree or equivalent qualification, and significant managerial experience is required. Class sizes are kept small to maximise interaction, and to tailor sessions to group interests.


Course structure

Year one

Introductory unit

– resolving organisational challenges
– building your network
– effective decision making

Leadership

– understanding organisational behaviour
– increasing your leadership impact
– the psychology of leadership

Strategy and Organisations

– routes to competitive advantage
– innovation and growth
– organisational challenges in realising strategy

Understanding Change and Uncertainty

– dealing with constant change and transformation
– implementation strategies
– practicalities of change programmes

Year two

Organisational Complexity

– developing a systems perspective
– complexity theory and decision-making
– understanding organisations as complex, adaptive systems

Critical Issues in Strategy

– globalisation, alliances and networks
– culture, power and politics
– social responsibility and ethics

Contemporary Leading Challenges

– a global perspective on leadership
– employee relations and governance
– dealing with turbulence and resistance


Why study for the MSc now?

The global recession will continue to impact organisations for several years. In this climate, strategic leadership and an ability to deal with ongoing uncertainty is key to the success of many businesses, public sector and voluntary sector organisations.

The MSc has been specifically designed to deliver immediate benefits to delegates and their organisations. Each three-day unit takes a pragmatic, research-led approach, concentrating on organisational complexities and challenges. Delegates will return to work with a fresh perspective – better able to select the right management tool for the job.


To find out more about the programme, go along to the Open Evening on Wednesday 21 March from 6 – 8pm.

To register, please email: efim-scl@bristol.ac.uk

Visit: bristol.ac.uk or Tel: 0117 954 6694

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