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


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


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

Theatr Clwyd – Exhibition – SaveWILG – Nathan Lee Davies



SaveWILG – Nathan Lee Davies

 Education Gallery, Theatr Clwyd 




Exhibition open January 24th – February 12th  2018 

 Private view event by invitation only – 2nd February 2018 @ 3-5pm 

 A group of creative practitioners and activists – led by Wrexham-based artist Nathan Lee Davies – have been working together on a campaign to encourage the Welsh Government to reconsider their current plans for changes to the Welsh Independent Living Grant (WILG). The artist is keen to raise awareness of the additional support that the grant offers, enabling individuals with the greatest needs to live fulfilling lives. The project is backed by Disability Arts Cymru (DAC) and supported as part of the DAC Extra mentoring programme; which enables Wales-based disabled artists to work with some of Wales’ most exciting arts venues and to receive professional guidance from sector leading professionals.


The #SaveWILG exhibition is a collection of visual art and poetry produced by a number of artists and writers from across the UK; focusing on ‘independent living’ as a central theme of investigation. The exhibition will open on January 24th at 9am in the Education Gallery at Theatr Clwyd and will continue until February 12th. Please come along to show your support for this campaign and to enjoy the powerful and emotive art created by people with passion and determination that are united in the belief that disabled lives matter.

Chapter Arts Centre

Louder Is Not Always Clearer

6th – 10th February 


A Mr and Mrs Clark Production

Jonny is a teacher, a workshop leader and an avid football fan. He’s just become a father. His friends say that he’s outgoing and that he loves music, festivals and nightclubs. Jonny is deaf. He was born deaf to hearing parents who were afraid that disability would stigmatise their son and the family.

‘Louder Is Not Always Clearer’ is an honest portrayal of the vulnerability of a deaf man, created and performed by a deaf man. For a hearing audience it is an illuminating and emotional experience. For deaf audience members the show is a familiar tale of misunderstanding and isolation. For all audiences it is a humorous and at times moving story of one man’s attempt to cope, to fit in and be accepted.

Mr and Mrs Clark make new and innovative performances that engage audiences.  The Clarks were short-listed for the Amnesty International Freedom of Speech Award in 2015 and presented (F.E.A.R.) as part of Wales In Edinburgh in 2017. 

Devised and Performed by Jonny Cotsen

Devised and Directed by Gareth Clark

Sound Design: Chris Young

Choreography: Catherine Bennett 

Support by Arts Council Wales, Chapter Arts Centre, National Theatre Wales

First commissioned by and performed at Experimentica 17

Join Jonny for a post-show Q&A on Tuesday 6th. The Q&A will have BSL interpretation with Claire Anderson. 

Tickets: £13/£11 

For further details and to book online please go to –

Telephone: Chapter 029 2030 4400

No age restrictions but please note there is strong language 

Running time: approx 1 hour 

The show is accessible to D/deaf, hard of hearing and hearing audiences through the use of spoken English, British Sign Language and creative captions.

The Llanarth Group

richard III redux 

OR Sara Beer [IS/NOT] richard III

Sara Beer is back and ready to rule as she takes on the role of king in The Llanarth Group’s reimagining of Richard III next spring. Written by award-winning playwright Kaite O’Reilly, director Phillip Zarrilli brings his latest production to venues across Wales in March 2018.


Richard III: Bogeyman. Villain. Evil incarnate. Or is he? What if he is she? What if the ‘hideous…. deformed, hobbling, hunchbacked cripple’ is portrayed by someone funny, female, feminist, and with the same form of scoliosis?  How might the story change, the body change, the acting change, the character change when explored by a disabled actress with deadly comic timing and a dislike for horses? How would previous star vehicle Richards measure up? Olivier, McKellan, Pacino, Sher – watch out – the mighty richard III redux has you in the frame.


Riotously inventive and joyously irreverent, richard III redux is not a production of Shakespeare’s classic, but an interweaving of stories about acting, difference, and a maligned historical figure told by unreliable narrator Sara Beer. She takes on Richard as a solo performer in a number of guises, interspersed with video and live camera sequences. The production will premiere at Cardiff’s Chapter Arts Centre on International Women’s Day, 8 March 2018.


Sara Beer said “I am extremely lucky to have worked with Kaite O’Reilly and Phillip Zarrilli on several projects over the years.  Playing Richard III is not an opportunity I ever expected to arise but when Kaite suggested it as a way of exploring the many aspects of this much maligned character and the portrayal throughout history by non-disabled actors I jumped at the chance. It is a hugely enjoyable process as well as a challenge like no other I have experienced. This production will be anything but traditional, but I am sure it will be thought provoking as well as entertaining.”


Written by O’Reilly, the production is directed by Phillip ZarrillI, with videography by Cardiff based filmmaker Paul Whittaker.


Kaite O’Reilly is a Wales-based playwright and theatre-maker who works internationally, with a specialism in disability arts and culture. Her award-winning plays and performance work are innovative in form, aesthetics, and content.


Kaite said “It’s wonderful being able to work in Wales with a director in such demand across the world, and on such a fascinating subject. Despite historical proof to the contrary, for hundreds of Years Richard III has been the embodiment of evil – the bogeyman smothering innocent children, his misshapen exterior reflecting a twisted inner psyche. A long line of distinguished actors have used considerable ingenuity to portray this “twisted-body-twisted-mind” – and so effectively, a fear and distrust of physical difference has become ingrained. Shakespeare has a lot to answer for – he had Richard III stitched up – and I want to unpick some of these stitches, to reconsider the historical impact of a the hellish ‘bottled spider’, and to have some fun with actorly depiction, deconstructing Richard with a female comedic performer, with a disability perspective. We want to raise questions about the representation of difference, as well as raising some laughs.”


Phillip Zarrilli, Artistic Director of The Llanarth Group, spent much of 2017 out of Wales, working on projects in Berlin, Greece, and Israel, and directing productions in Norway, Singapore, and Costa Rica for The National Theatre Company.


Phillip said “richard III redux is not a performance of Shakespeare’s play. Rather, it is a roughing up, a re-visitation of the problematic set of assumptions and premises on which Shakespeare (falsely) (mis)shaped his Richard as ‘a poisonous bunch-back’d toad’, ‘deform’d, unfinish’d…villain’. The performance will be a mosaic with alternative lenses/voices/roles through which Sara Beer’s ‘richard III’ will be re-mixed. I loved working with Sara Beer on Kaite O’Reilly’s Cosy last year at Wales Millennium Centre, and to work with her again now on this production is an absolute delight.  She lights up the stage.”


Kaite, Phillip and Sara have recently returned to Wales following a successful cultural exchange with disabled and Deaf artists in Singapore, commissioned by Unlimited and supported by the British Council and Arts Council Wales.


richard III redux OR Sara Beer [IS/NOT] richard III is a Llanarth Group production and is kindly supported by Arts Council Wales. The production will tour to Cardiff, Aberystwyth, Mold, Cardigan and Milford Haven in spring 2018.


Cast and Creative Team

Performer: Sara Beer

Playwright: Kaite O’Reilly (Follow Kaite on Twitter: @kaiteoreilly)

Director: Phillip Zarrilli

Videographer: Paul Whittaker


2018 Tour Dates

8, 9, 10, 16,17 March: Chapter Theatre, Cardiff  

14, 15 March: Aberystwyth Art Centre Studio

19, 20 March: Theatre Clwyd, Mold

21 March: The Torch Theatre, Milford Haven

23 March – Small World: Theatre, Cardigan

Every performance will be captioned.

Oriel Davies- Celf Able

The Bird Company – “Barriers”

Oriel Davies – 24th January 2018 2.00- 3.30pm



A short performance by inclusive art group Celf Able exploring disability barriers.

The performance will be followed by a practical craft based workshop, where participants will further explore the themes of the performance.

Find out more

This event is part of The Kitchen, Oriel Davies’ pop-up project and event space that runs until 27 January 2017.



Clinical Psychology Fringe

Fringe Festival in Cardiff

The Clinical Psychology Fringe, now in its second year, will take place on the evenings of Wednesday 17th and Thursday 18th January 2018, running alongside the annual conference for the Division of Clinical Psychology of the British Psychological Society. It aims to take big ideas to different public spaces in the city, exploring what mental health and wellbeing mean in the 21st century by way of the arts. It will feature a range of performances and events over two evenings, followed by a conference – Beyond The Therapy Room – on the Friday.

The British Psychological Society’s Division of Clinical Psychology is having its conference in Cardiff in January. The Fringe is running alongside it, aiming to open up psychology to the public as we began to do in Liverpool last year.

This year all seven acts will take perform at ‘The Other Room’ in Cardiff. These include ‘Etcetera’ by Celf o Gwmpas, ‘Stuck in the Middle’ by Cardiff’s Amber Project and readings by poet Gwyneth Lewis.

Details of dates and times of performances will be available soon, for further information please visit: