Disability Arts Cymru

Postal/Email vote


Just a reminder to our members that,as there were insufficient members present at our Annual General Meeting on 27th October , it has been necessary to ask members to return their votes for the election of  Committee members and the Special Resolution by post/email.

If you have not done so, please could you return your voting forms as soon as possible and no later than 1st December 2017. 

If you did not receive our original request, please contact the office and we will provide you with the voting forms and back up information regarding  the  Special Resolution and nominees for the committee

  Tel 02920551040

Email post@dacymru.com


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Annual poetry competition

Closing date – 20th October 2017  – send in your entries!!


We invite you to submit work that is in response to the theme of Stronger Together:  we want to reflect the feelings of our DAC members about this through poetry: consider the theme personally and/or politically, for example:- relationships; partnerships; families; the power of people together; Unity; Solidarity or in response to Brexit and issues around Immigration



For more details on how to enter  email post@dacymru.com

or phone 0292055100

Annual Poetry Competition


New Closing date – send in  your entries!





We invite you to submit work that is in response to the theme of Stronger Together:  we want to reflect the feelings of our DAC members about this through poetry: consider the theme personally and/or politically, for example:- relationships; partnerships; families; the power of people together; Unity; Solidarity or in response to Brexit and issues around Immigration.

The competition follows the same theme as this year’s DAC annual exhibition. If you would like to use the exhibition for inspiration you can view the work at: www.disabilityartscymru.co.uk/gallery/dac-annual-exhibition-2017

There will be two prizes of £50 awarded and selected poems will be part of an e-publication

THE DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES IS THURSDAY 30 NOVEMBER 2017                                

The Judges are Dominic Williams and Dr Sion Aled  Owen


For full details click on https://www.dropbox.com/s/mqng0mnffnesgg6/Poetry%20Comp%20Flyer%202017%20-%20English.doc?dl=0

DAC Annual Exhibition 2017


Centre Celf o Gwmpas  20 July – 29 August 2017


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. 

The artwork being shown at Celf O Gwmpas is a selection of pieces chosen from our Open Exhibition, and includes work from emerging, up-and-coming artists, as well as professional artists of long standing.  All are members of Disability Arts Cymru (DAC)

Our aim is to raise the profile of the artists involved; increase artwork sales; support and develop career progression and to build relationships between peers and with exhibiting venues.

The Theme this year is Stronger Together: we asked for artists’ to consider the theme personally and/or politically, for example:- relationships; partnerships; families; the power of people together; Unity; Solidarity or in response to Brexit and issues around Immigration.

For more information contact 01597 822777

Celf o Gwmpas, Centre Celf, Tremont Road, Llandrindod Wells LD1 5EB


To see all the work in this  years exhibition visit:









Disability Arts Cymru


DAC new logoThank you to everyone who has supported us and participated in DAC events over the last year.

We wish you all the very best for Christmas and hope you have a happy holiday. May 2017 bring exciting, equal and diverse events for everyone!

Wales Mental Health Arts Festival 2016


wallsPerformances at the Weston Studio, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff Bay

NOVEMBER 21st – 24th

The Weston Studio is wheelchair accessible and speech to text will be available at all performances

Monday 21st November

Double Bill and Question & Answer Session

7pm – 10pm

Tickets £6 / £10

Catriona James – ‘Worse Things Happen’

I was looking at the sea. I was thinking about how easy it would be to disappear.

What happens when you believe the stigma about you? Can you love your biggest failure? Worse Things Happen is a solo performance about one person’s experience of depression, told through true stories and dance.

Catriona is an actor, a lover of true stories, a physical performer and a depressive. She devised and wrote this piece with dramaturgical and directorial support from Louise Osborn, and movement direction from Lara Ward.

Prisons Within by Anthony Wright

‘The Prison Within’ project began life when Anthony was commissioned by ‘Mind’ to write a play as part of their campaign ‘ Time To Change’ to end stigma attached to mental health.

The play is set in a prison, an environment where many victims of this stigma end up.  ‘Was prison really the end? Or could it be the beginning? Could jail offer the chance to seek the help that, for whatever reason, evaded the characters? Why was this help not offered or taken at an earlier stage in the protagonists’ lives?’

‘Prisons Within’ takes us on a roller coaster ride and at the end, the journey forces one to re-evaluate who really are the victims?

Tickets available at the WMC, please go to: http://bit.ly/2eJSvMZ


Tuesday 22nd November

Double Bill and Question & Answer Session

7pm – 10pm

Tickets £6 / £10

Blackwood Little Theatre – The Ruins of Talgarth

This play is based on a true story, written by Vic Mills. Jean has been committed at the age of 18 to the lunatic asylum in Talgarth ( known as ‘The Bin’) at the insistence of her husband, William.  We try to understand what that experience might have been like for Jean and the reasons that her husband “put her in the bin”.

Blackwood Little Theatre was formed in 1929 and has been serving its patrons with high quality theatre ever since. It has its own premises in the town, which it owns and maintains itself. Blackwood Little Theatre produces at least 5 productions a year, as well as competing in One Act Festivals. Over the past 10 years, the theatre has been the proud recipient of 35 awards, including the Gwent Festival of One Act Plays, The IATA Liverpool (Nova Scotia) International Festival award for best new play (Fancying Sheep) and the 2008 Wales Final for Last Tango in Blackwood and the again in 2012 with Biscuits. BLT has represented Wales at International Festivals in Canada on 3 occasions and is pleased to be taking part in this festival raising awareness of mental health and women’s issues.


Paul Whittaker – Gods and Kings, a shared reading

Paul’s stage play is focussed on the moment he received his diagnosis of Bi Polar Manic Depression as a twenty-three year old Film Student in Newport, Gwent. He entered the room a troubled member of society and after a twenty minute consultation was told he had to take lithium (a side effect of which is coma) or he’d be dead by the time he was 30. To Paul’s surprise, the choice was not as straightforward as it seemed.
This work in progress piece is unapologetically honest, humorous and challenges the perceptions of what it is to live with mental illness. It is a piece that appeals to a wider audience, not just the mental health sector, and explores how people react to a mental health diagnosis and how an individual can be redefined by it in the eyes of the world.

Tickets available at the WMC, please go to: http://bit.ly/2dLKUhr


Wednesday 23rd

Double Bill and Question & Answer Session

7:30pm – 10pm

Tickets £5

Re-Live Coming Home

“You just don’t feel anything. You feel dead inside. You know you’re hurting people, your wife, your kids, your mother. You’re breaking their hearts but you just can’t feel a fucking thing”

Re-Live present a new theatre piece, devised and performed by military veterans and their family members, exploring the impact of military trauma on the mental health of families.

Challenging, truthful and ultimately uplifting, this piece is a testament to the role of forgiveness and hope in healing minds and souls affected by conflict.

Streets Ahead Film – ‘Urgent Assistance Required’

‘Charlie has been feeling increasingly disconnected from and at the same time complacent about people and things around him. His agitation steadily grows, he finds it harder to concentrate. It all comes to a head in an explosion of anguish and loss of control. As his wife, Maria, says “he’s so sturdy. Why did this happen to him?”

‘Urgent Assistance Required’ shows that none of us are completely immune to stress and pressure and no one great traumatic event has to happen in our lives for our world to come crashing in around us.

This tale is about knowing what can happen, understanding what can be done about it and caring for our own and other’s mental health.’

The Q&A at the end of this session will be focused on PTSD.

Tickets available at the WMC, please go to: http://bit.ly/2eJTHjm


Thursday 24th

Double Bill and Question & Answer Session

6pm – 10pm

Tickets £8 / £12

Elaine Paton – Elements of Momentos of Leaving: Dad and I

Following on from the success of Elaine’s project at Whitchurch Hospital, ‘Moments’ is an intimate evening of personal stories, performed by Elaine, weaving together her and her Father’s stories.

Tim Rhys-Evans – Lecture / Recital

Join one of Wales’ favourite Musical Directors Tim Rhys-Evans and stunning soprano Elin Manahan Thomas as they explore the lives of composers through the ages with mental ill health.

Tickets available at the WMC, please go to: http://bit.ly/2fjbNcP

For a complete listing and further information of all the Festival Events please visit mhaf.wales


Tu Fewn PhotoRenga Photography Workshops

Tu-fewn LOGOPhotoRenga – Photography Workshops

At G39 in Cardiff as part of the Tu Fewn festival in conjunction with Disability Arts Cymru and DASH – 19th and 20th August  

The workshop on Friday 19 August will be open to anyone who has had a brain injury.

The workshop on Saturday 20 August will be open to anyone!

The PhotoRenga workshops are open to six people with an adventurous spirit on each day.  Participants will start from g39, split up and take photographs on various themes. After reviewing the images, one image from each person’s camera will be chosen and passed on to another in the group. This image will be used as the source or inspiration to produce a new set of photographs from which one image will be selected and so on… By the end of the day, we will have created a series of collective PhotoRengas.

Participants will just need a digital camera, clothing to cope with whatever the weather throws at us and a willingness to share and create!

Sign up by emailing katemwoodward@gmail.com

PhotoRenga are inspired by an ancient form of Japanese poetry, in which sequences of haiku construct complex and profound poems. The aim of the PhotoRenga project is to produce a series of short, collective visual rengas using photography.

The project began when members of the Cardiff & Vale Brain Injury Group produced PhotoRengas in an ongoing workshop programme started in 2010.

To date the one-day PhotoRenga workshops have been hosted by Ffotogallery in Penarth and the Hanbury Road Gallery in Bargoed. The PhotoRengas will be produced in an eBook and as an exhibition in the future.




DAC Blog


DAC Master logoIf you haven’t already done so please follow our fantastic new blog, atdac.rocks. So far we have a welcome blog from our Patron Kaite O’Reilly, a blog by artist Sue Kent, information on our Welsh Writers Group in North Wales and a blog about our annual art exhibition which is currently on at Celf o Gwmpas in Llandrindod Wells.

We are delighted that writer Tom Wentworth has agreed to be our blog co-ordinator and regular contributor. We welcome Guest Blogs so if you have a disability arts issue you really want to blog about please do get in touch. Email your ideas to either kate@dacymru.com or s.beer@dacymru.com, we look forward to hearing from you.