Suzie Larke

In The Mind’s Eye

An exhibition of photography by Suzie Larke

Penarth Pier Pavilion

19th January  – 23rd March 2018

“One of the problems with mental illness is that the symptoms are often not outwardly apparent. Through conceptual photography, this project is an attempt to transform my own personal experiences of depression into something more tangible. To create images that  promote a greater understanding of the spectrum of experiences of depression. To challenge the cliché ‘head in hands’ image that is often used to depict depression by the media. To raise awareness and break through stigma.”

Penarth Pier Pavilion
The Esplanade
CF64 3AU

Opening Times: Tuesday to Sunday: 10.00am to 5.00pm



Gofal’s Journeys

Gofal’s Journeys  are running a Depression Busting Course in Bangor in January 2018 in partnership with Hafal and Cyfle Cymru  Peer Mentoring service. The course will run:

Depression Busting

17th January 2018
– 21st February 2018
1.00pm – 3.00pm

First Floor,
30 Dean Street,
LL57 1UR

The aim of the course is to enable people to manage depression. It gives the opportunity to develop strategies for self-management as a means of maintaining long term health and wellbeing. Places are available to anyone experiencing Depression over 18. Just to be clear, this course is not a professionals training course but a self-management course for those experiencing Depression.

For further information and an application form contact:

or phone:
Ivama on 07854 811307
Andrea on 02920 692891





 Disability Arts Cymru invites you  to submit work for the






Image by Suzie Larke

The theme of this year’s open exhibition is ‘On The Edge’

Through our DAC Annual Exhibition we showcase and tour the work of Wales-based disabled and deaf artists or those living with long term physical and/or mental health conditions.

It is an open exhibition including work from up-and-coming artists and those who have been working as professional artists for many years. Our aim is to raise profiles; increasing the likelihood of sales, enabling the progression of careers in the creative sector; building relationships between peers and exhibiting venues.

We show a variety of forms and media; DAC supports artists working across all art forms, therefore giving as many artists as possible the opportunity to include their work

The exhibition will take place at the following venues  – dates and details to be confirmed

  • Celf O Gwmpas, Llandrindod Wells
  • Cyfarthfa Castle Museum & Gallery, Merthyr Tydfil
  • Royal Cambrian Academy, Conwy
  • Theatr Clwyd, Mold

For full details please click here 

For all enquiries please contact: or

Tel: 02920 551 040




FAN Charity

Two New FAN Groups Starting in Cardiff


The Mentor Ring, Butetown – Men’s FAN Group 

Starting on Tuesday 30th January.  The group will take place on Tuesdays from 12.30 to 1.30pm. 

The Mentor Ring, Butetown Community Centre, Unit 4,  Second Floor,  Butetown CF10 5JA  

Tel: 029 213 21073


The Gate –  Open to all.

Starting on 28th February.  The group will take place on Wednesdays from 10am to 11am.

The Gate Arts Centre,  Keppoch Street,  Cardiff  CF24 3JW  Tel: 07512 638 792

FAN is a local charity that brings people of all ages together in the spirit of friendship.  

If you enjoy meeting others or are feeling a little lonely, you will be sure of finding a warm welcome. FAN groups create a sense of community and are a wonderful network.  If you’re learning English, FAN can be a good way to improve your skills.


FAN stands for Friends and Neighbours. Who is my friend? Who is my neighbour? Come to a FAN Group and you’ll meet friends and neighbours and feel more hopeful for the world.  It’s a great opportunity for local people to meet newcomers.  Very few people know all their neighbours these days! 


When and where?  In Cardiff many FAN groups meet weekly.  We also have groups in Swansea, Bridgend, Barry, Treforest, Ystradgynlais, Newport and Edinburgh. 


Who?  For men and women from any country and any religion (or no religion) to meet in friendship and to talk about our daily lives


What do we do? We sit in a circle and listen as each person speaks in turn for a short time.  We do not interrupt (which can be difficult) but it is important to give each person our full attention.  We then close the meeting and we can chat.


Cost?  There is no charge


For further information including lists of individual groups visit our website at


Come to a FAN Group! It’s a great opportunity for local people to meet newcomers; you’ll meet friends and neighbours and feel more hopeful for the world. 





FAN Mobile:07512 638792


ACW Lead Creative Schools Scheme

Call Out for Creative Practitioners

Wanted: Art, Drama and IT Practitioners

Fee: £3,000 each and a contribution towards resources

Ysgol Crud Y Werin, Aberdaron, Pwllheli, Gwynedd LL53 8BP

Ysgol Abererch, Abererch, Pwllheli, Gwynedd, LL53 6YU


Ysgol Crud Y Werin and Ysgol Abererch, Gwynedd are eager to appoint creative practitioners to facilitate an innovative and exciting scheme as part of the Lead Creative Schools Scheme, Arts Council of Wales. The aim of the scheme is to promote new ways of working in schools, giving the school an opportunity to develop an innovative and purposeful learning programme aimed at improving the quality of teaching and learning. More information about the scheme is available here.

If you would like to chat about the scheme please contact Gwawr Wyn Roberts on 01286 679721 / 07789 032517 or email:


Community Foundation Wales

Communities, Culture, Educating & Young People, Environment, Health |Clwyd, Dyfed, Gwent, Gwynedd, Mid Glamorgan, Powys, South Glamorgan, West Glamorgan

Grants of £500 to £1,000 are available for small, volunteer-driven community groups whose projects aim to deliver one of the five following outcomes:


  • Improving people’s chances in life
  • Building stronger communities
  • Improving rural and urban environments
  • Encouraging healthier and more active people and communities
  • Preserving heritage and culture

This programme is OPEN.

This programme has two annual deadlines:

– 31st January

– 31st July 



 Click Here to start an Online Application Form in English

Click Here to start an Online Application Form in Welsh 


Remember to always read the criteria in full before applying to any grant scheme to make sure your organisation and project is eligible.

HeARTh Gallery

miscellaneous RULES

The HeARTh Gallery is delighted to present the first solo exhibition by Cardiff based artist, writer and filmmaker, Paul Whittaker.

miscellaneous RULES explores how each and every one of us lives by a set of rules. Some of these are generated by the society and culture we live in, some by our families, our social circles, our churches, our media and of course, by ourselves.

Our rules dictate how we live our lives.

The HeARTh first met Paul when he exhibited in the gallery with Disability Arts Cymru as part of the Walls: Muriau Welsh Mental Health Arts Festival in 2016. Fascinated and intrigued by Paul’s fresh and inspiring approach in communicating the lived experience of mental health through film, writing and installation, Paul was invited to develop work for the gallery.

Paul Whittaker was diagnosed with Bi-Polar Manic Depression whilst studying for his BA in Film, Paul has spent his life exploring his condition through the Arts and working with the Public Sector. Several of his projects made with Public Health Wales have received national and international recognition. Paul has exhibited as a digital artist, worked in theatre, television, dance as well as independent film. His numerous clients include – The Sherman Theatre, The Old Vic, Channel 4, Mind Cymru, Public Health Wales and Arts Council Wales.

We hope that you will be able to visit this intriguing exhibition and join us in a conversation with Paul Whittaker at 4pm on Wednesday 24th January

The HeARTh Gallery, 

Ground Floor, University Hospital Llandough, Penlan Road, Llandough CF64 4XX


Disability Arts Cymru – Fundraising event – please come along and join in the fun

Horse racing evening

Mackintosh Residents community Centre Cardiff CF4 3JW


If you like a twinkle on the gg’s this one’s for you!! Please join us on Feb 2nd for a fundraising race night at Mackintosh Community Centre. There will be 8 races in total with 8 runners in each race. You or your company can sponsor a race for £25 or name a horse for £2. Both receive a credit in the programme and if your horse wins you get a bottle of prosecco.

All bets are just a  pound and there will be a bar so don’t worry if your luck runs out. 

All proceeds will help us to support our talented disabled and deaf artists throughout Wales.

For more details contact  or Tel 02920551040