WalesOnline’s 100 Greatest Welsh Women of all time

Massive congratulations to @DACymru members Rosie Moriarty-Simmonds and Beverley Lennon for featuring in @WalesOnline’s 100 Greatest Welsh Women of all time. DAC are incredibly proud to be associated with such outstanding women

Rosie Moriarty –Simmonds is a long standing member of DAC.  She is a superb ambassador for all matters related to disability and has been a terrific campaigner for disability rights and for disabled people in general.  Rosie‘s work has been included in DAC’s annual open exhibitions and she was a cast member in the USS production of  Birds at the Sherman Theatre.

“I’ve embraced life wholeheartedly and, despite the circumstances, I’ve achieved an awful lot. Who knows whether I would have gone to university or been a feisty campaigner for disability rights, if I hadn’t been disabled?”

‘Rosie runs her own business, has written her memoir, became a mother and works as an artist.

Producers of Call the Midwife used her biography for inspiration after she wrote to demand the BBC drama tackled the subject of those affected by thalidomide.’


Beverley Lennon is one of our newer members.  She has recently submitted a poem in response to our call out for poetry dealing with experiences around mental health and that work has been included in our poetry anthology ‘ Out of sight- Allan o’r Golwg’  which will be launched on 31st March 2108 at an event in Colwyn Bay.


‘Beverley moved to Wales from Brixton in 1987 after literally sticking a pin in a map in search of somewhere to start a new life.

She never imagined she’d become the first black female Welsh teacher in Cardiff.’


See the full article here

DAC are recruiting!

North West Wales Regional Officer – Disability Arts Cymru

Salary – £23460 per annum (£11730 pro rata)

17.5 Hours per week  




Disability Arts Cymru (DAC) is looking for a highly motivated Regional Development Officer to help us widen the impact of our work in North Wales; establishing development programmes and disability arts networks across the region. The successful candidate will focus their work across Conwy, Gwynedd, Anglesey and will have a shared responsibility for North Powys.

We believe in…. Opening up access and opportunity, celebrating diversity, nurturing embryonic and established high-calibre disabled practitioners, and inspiring change throughout Wales.

Our vision is a simple one: to make the arts in Wales creative and diverse in equal measure, with disabled and Deaf people at the very core. 

Closing Date for applications – 5pm, 12th April 2018

Interviews – 23rd or 24th of May 2018

To apply contact:

Tel: 02920 551 040    –

Disability Arts Cymru


An Open Call for Moving Image Submissions

Deadline – 5pm Monday 12th March

Gallery Partner – Mission Gallery (Swansea) –

Format – MP4 via USB Drive (cloud transfer formats available at request)

Max length – 3 mins


Disability Arts Cymru would like to invite submissions for a ‘DAC moving image showcase’ at Mission Gallery (Swansea): The work will be on show at Mission between 24/3/2018 and 29/4/2018 and will be located in the […] & Maker in Focus spaces.

This represents a great chance for emerging film makers to show their work in a public setting or for more established creatives to trial a work in progress. DAC are very interested in process-led investigation and the role of public discourse in developing and disseminating creative outcomes.

This opportunity is restricted to DAC members: Membership is currently free for anyone with additional needs caused by a long term mental and/or physical health condition. Please get in touch for more information regarding membership.

As a lead organisation for disability and the arts in Wales, DAC has 35 years experience delivering a range of artistic support and creative advice; specialist training programmes (Disability Equality Training & Mental Health First Aid); and professional development opportunities for our members. We currently support approximately 400 creative practitioners working across Wales.

DAC Annual Exhibition 2018

Disability Arts Cymru invites you to submit work for theDAC ANNUAL EXHIBITION 2018

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

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

Disability Arts Cymru

Happy New Year!

We hope all our members and supporters will have a happy, healthy and fulfilling 2018. We are very pleased to welcome our new Director, Brychan Tudor to DAC. There are exciting times ahead for us and hopefully there will be opportunities for our members to meet Brychan soon. 

Don’t forget that wherever you live in Wales there is a Regional Officer ready to meet to discuss any ideas, issues or information requests you may have so please do get in touch.


Merry Christmas

Farewell and Thanks to Sara

It has been a strange day in the office today as we watch Sara Mackay clear her desk for the last time. I’m sure all our members and supporters will want to join me in wishing her all the very best for her future adventures and huge thanks for all she has given Disability Arts Cymru over the past 27 years.

We look forward to welcoming Brychan Tudor in January, I’m sure there are exciting times ahead for DAC.

Thanks to everyone who has supported the organisation during 2017, we look forward to working with as many disabled artists as possible in the coming year.

Very warm seasons greetings to you all.

Nadolig Llawen a Blwyddyn Newydd Dda


Disability Wales

Have you lost your Mobility vehicle?

Disability Wales  are keen to hear from anyone who has lost their Motability vehicle as a result of Personal Independence Payment (PIP)


  • Are you currently going through the process of applying for PIP and have a Motability vehicle


We are working with BBC Wales to research the impact of PIP on customers of the Motability scheme in Wales.   Please contact us with your experiences.  BBC Wales would like to speak to you.

Contact Miranda Evans Policy and Programmes Manager at Disability Wales on or 029 20887325.

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There are no catches or hidden charges and Disability Arts Cymru will be really grateful for your donations.

Thank you for your support.

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