Changing the Focus

Screening of Changing the Focus

Ben and Sara at DAC AGM
As well as our events in North Wales we will be screening Changing the Focus and running a workshop at:

The National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth
on Wednesday 15th February
at 12:30 – 3:30pm

Changing the Focus is a short film made by Ben Ewart-Dean with a group from Hijinx Academy and learning disabled individuals who share their personal stories illustrated by photos from their own archive.

If you like films then this event is for you. After the screening there will be a discussion followed by a “make your own archive film” digital storytelling session.

If you would like to make your own film then please bring along up to 10 family photographs or some video. To book a place on the workshop please email s.beer@dacymru.com

Changing the Focus

Film Screenings and Workshops

DAC new logoWe are delighted that our Changing the Focus project with film maker Ben Ewart-Dean is going on a short tour.

 

Where: Galeri, Doc Victoria, Caernarfon, LL55 1SQ

When:     Thursday 16th February 2017

What time:  1pm – 4pm 

And

Where: TAPE, Berthes Road, Old Colwyn,  LL29 9SD

When:    Friday 17th February 2017

What time:  1pm – 4pm 

Changing the Focus? is a short film made by Ben Ewart-Dean with a group from Hijinx Academy and learning disabled individuals who share their personal stories illustrated by photos from their own archive.

If you like films then this event is for you. After the screening there will be a discussion followed by a “make your own archive film” digital storytelling session.

If you would like to make your own archive film then please bring along up to 10 family photographs or some video. To book a place on the workshop please email s.beer@dacymru.com

 

Disability Arts Cymru News

For All Our Members!

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A big thank you to everyone who supported the Mental Health Arts Festival throughout October and November. We are very pleased with all the praise and positive feedback we have received. A huge thank you to all the artists and performers who made the second Wales Mental Health Arts Festival such a success.

Annual Art Exhibition

The theme of this year’s open exhibition is ‘Stronger Together’

For an entry form and further details please contact:   kate@dacymru.com  Tel: 02920 551 040

Entry criteria:

  • We will be judging your entry based on a photograph. Please either post a photograph of your work printed clearly on A4 size or email as an attachment with a high resolution (300dpi – A4 sized) to kate@dacymru.com
  • Open to d/Deaf and disabled artists and those with long term physical and/or mental health conditions, residing in Wales, aged 16 and over.
  • Entry fee – £7.50 per entry
  • One entry per person
  • Visual art mediums accepted: drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, ceramics, collage. Any queries please contact us.
  • We welcome entries under the themes of ‘Stronger Together’ – It is intended as a broad theme open to wider interpretation
  • Exhibition ready – All 2D work must be framed – with ‘d rings’ and picture wire/string attached for hanging.
  • Size Limit: 1m x 1m
  • Work for sale: A commission will be taken for any work sold – commission rates will vary depending on the exhibition venue.
  • Entries must be submitted by 27th January 2017

 

Due to the size of the venues there is a limit to the number of pieces that can be exhibited. Work must adhere to the Exhibiting Policy and DAC will select work to be exhibited if there is over-submission. DAC reserve the right to accept or reject any work for inclusion in the show. In the event your work is not exhibited your entry fee will be returned. Chosen work must be delivered to the DAC head office or stated venue by Feb 17th 2017

Exhibition dates –

  • Oriel Ynys Mon – Feb 28th to June 28th 2017

Work must be available for the duration of the exhibition.

A panel of judges will pick a selection of work to tour until November 2017 at the following venues:

  • Celf O Gwmpas – Date tbc
  • Penarth Pier – 13th October to the 22nd November

           Copyright: All invited artists will be asked to permit use of images of their exhibited work on the DAC website and for DAC’s general marketing purposes.

Disclaimer: You will be liable for your artwork until it is received by DAC, at which point insurance cover will be provided until the end of the project. DAC reserve the right to refuse any artwork they believe to be unsuitable.

 

Poetry Competition Results

Congratulations to everyone who entered this year’s poetry competition, we were delighted with the high quality of the work and the judging was apparently very difficult. The winning and commended entries are as follows:

Winner:

A Drop in the Ocean – Caroline Gill (in response to Shoreline Symphony by Eileen Harrisson)

Highly commended:

No Damn Cat – Rosamund McCullain

Cogito ergo sum – Wendy Jones

Kong Karl’s Land – Rosemary Foran

Commended:

Genetic Imprint – Sue Kent

From Briton Ferry Bridge – Mel Perry (After Monuments by Dawn MacIntyre)

The unfinished Story of a Tree in Two Movements – Giles L. Turnbull (after A Tree in Two Movements by Rosmary Foran)

He Can Wheel Himself Inside – Anne Marie Butler

For publication:

Austerity – Elizabeth Rose Hancock

Concealed – Bríd Wyldearth

A house is not a home – a home is not a castle – Des Mannay

A Fragility of Voices – Eileen Harrisson (In response to Silent Polyphonies)

Hello pain let’s dance! – Wendy Jones

Gladrags – Giles L. Turnbull (after Gemma Paines ‘Dressing up, Dressing Down’)

We will be announcing details of the e-publication of the poems early in the new year.

 

DAC Xtra

Don’t forget to have a look at our DAC Xtra website; the place you will find information about our mentoring and support programme. Do get in touch if you are interested in trying to be partnered with an arts organisation that may be able to help you. The website address is dacxtra.rocks

 

In our minds there are many rooms….

Artist Tim Iliffe has been awarded an ACW grant to create 4 art installations across North Wales and he wants DAC members to help him. Tim is sending out boxes asking people to make something that represents the state or contents of their minds, being as creative as possible they can do anything they like with their box, and then return it to Tim to add it to one of the installations.

Very shortly all DAC members will receive an envelope from Tim containing the box, an information leaflet and a pre-paid address label to return the finished box. This is a fun and fascinating project and I do hope lots of our members will take part. The deadline is 19th January 2017.

 

Changing the Focus Film Project

We have been very pleased with the response to the Changing the Focus film we made with Ben Ewart-Dean, it has already been screened at several venues and will be at events in North Wales in the new year. We are delighted that the film has been chosen to be part of Together 2012 Disability Film Festival in London next week. Further details can be found on our What’s On page on our website.

 

 

AGM – Film screening & presentation

film-cymru-picCome along to our 34th AGM for a Film screening of Changing the Focus, a film made by and with learning disabled adults, looking at the changes that have taken place in the last 40 years.

Our AGM takes place on Wednesday 26th October 2016 at 3pm at the Japan Room at the Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff Bay, CF10 5AL.

This will also be an opportunity to say thank you and farewell to Maggie Hampton who retired in July after 23 years of dedicated service to DAC and disabled artists across Wales.

We will  be screening the Changing the Focus film which has recently been completed by Ben Ewart-Dean as part of our project funded by Film Cymru Wales and the Heritage Lottery Fund. Changing the Focus is a film made by and with learning disabled adults, looking at the changes that have taken place in the last 40 years.

Please email or phone us 02920 551 040 to let us know you will be coming.

 

 

Changing the Focus?

Changing the Focus? Film Project

DAC_Facebook_180x180pxDo come and join us at a venue near you in September

Monday 19th September Pontardawe Arts Centre, 12.30 – 3.30pm

Tuesday 20th September Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff 2-5pm

Wednesday 21st September, Centre Celf, Llandrindod Wells 12:00- 3:00pm

Wednesday 28th September, Tape Music and Film, Old Colwyn 1:30 – 4:30pm

Thursday 29th September, Galeri, Caernarfon 1:30 – 4:30pm

We are delighted that we have a number of events across Wales in September where will be screening the completed  Changing the Focus? film and running an archive workshop.

Changing The Focus? is a participatory film project exploring the ways in which the lives of people with learning disabilities have changed over the past fifty years.

The project has been run by film-maker and researcher Ben Ewart-Dean, in collaboration with Disability Arts Cymru. It was made possible with funding from Ffilm Cymru Wales and Heritage Lottery Fund.

The project was held in collaboration with a group of people from Hijinx Academy, who were invited to view a selection of archive films featuring depictions of people with learning disabilities. Following the viewings, discussion sessions were held with the group, during which their views and opinions on the material were recorded.

The resulting film consists of edited highlights from these discussions. These sections are accompanied by the stories of individuals with learning disabilities, illustrated by films and photographs from their own personal archive.

If you would like to make your own archive film as part of the workshop, then please bring along 10-15 family photographs or some video.

If you have any queries or would like to attend one of the events please contact s.beer@dacymru.com