Helfa Gelf Open Studios 2018/19 programme

We are getting close to the time for opening registration for this year’s Open Studios event, and we have already been planning furiously.

We know we have funding for our Training Programme and you will have seen mailings about forthcoming events. 

However we don’t yet know whether we will get Arts Council Wales funding for the Open Studio event, and may not know until the end of March.   We are intending to go ahead in one form or another whether we get funding or not, and have an exciting programme of exhibitions lined up.  In any case Bronze membership, giving a year’s access to a webpage, exhibitions and reduced cost training benefits, will be going ahead unchanged.

Also we have been updating the website, with an attractive new look to the Home pages and a simplified registration process, which will require you to enter all information for the booklet before you pay – so make sure you have all the information you need to start with!

You may notice we have just advertised for a Project Coordinator, so if you are interested do get in touch via pastelbirdpainter@yahoo.frfor more information, or pass the details on to anyone else you think might like to do it.

If you have any questions please get in touch with your local cluster leader: 

Sara-Jane Harper – sarajane20@btinternet.com
Ceri Wright – ceri_art@hotmail.com

Honor Pedican – honorcreative1@gmail.com

Tara Dean – tara@taradean.co.uk
Ruth Thomas – ruththomas63@btconnect.com
Rebecca Parrin – rjpceramic@gmail.com

JudithSamuel – pastelbirdpainter@yahoo.fr

Sue Arney – susan.arney@tiscali.co.uk
Val Lewin – valerie.lewin@icloud.com
Anne Skinner – annehenry679@gmail.com

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: kate@dacymru.com or post@dacymru.com

Tel: 02920 551 040

Poetry Competition iBook 2016

Free iBook

For the second time we have created an iBook from the Poetry Competition inspired by the images in our Annual Exhibition with the theme of Austerity/ Extravagance.

Caroline Gill was the winner with her poem Drop in the Ocean responding to her own artwork called Shoreline Symphonies.

If you would like to read Caroline’s poem as well as the other poems, carry on by clicking the widget below to download it for free to read on your iPad, iPhone or Mac.

If you do not have any of these devices we have a version in PDF format that should work fine with anything you have. If not, get in touch for bespoke formats 

PDF Download


Shape Open 2016/17: Submissions Open

shape open imageThe Shape Open is an annual exhibition of artwork by disabled and non-disabled artists created in response to a disability-centred theme.

Held in high-profile, artist-led spaces such as Bow Arts’ Nunnery Gallery, Portobello Gallery, Yinka Shonibare’s Guest Projects and our own pop-up galleries, The Open provides a space where disabled and non-disabled artists can discuss views and ideas about issues and topics which are often sidelined within artistic debate.

This year’s theme is ‘Power: The Politics of Disability’. How do we creatively challenge the language of power, politics and disability?  To what extent do we need art to be a form of political protest? Where do art, disability and politics meet?  How powerful are disabled people?

Works submitted to the exhibition should explore, conceptually, abstractly or literally, ideas on the theme ‘Power: The Politics of Disability’ and contribute to a discourse around disability, art and power. Artists are invited to submit work in 2D, 3D, video or sound form. Any artist can apply to our call for submissions and exhibitors will be selected by a panel of arts industry judges, including Shape Open patron Yinka Shonibare MBE.

To apply to show your work in the open, click here. The deadline for submissions is 12 noon, Monday 3 October 2016.

We will soon be announcing the Open’s location. For more information or to discuss the opportunity further, please contact Isabella on 020 7424 7330 (voice) or at exhibitions@shapearts.org.uk

does that include us? / yn cynnwys ni? part 2

Sargy Man imageSee more>see different>see better

an exhibition of paintings by Sargy Mann

You are cordially invited to the preview of

yn cynnwys ni/does that include us? Part 2

at g39 on Friday Sept 2nd at 6-9pm

featuring the work of Sargy Mann

including audio notes by the artist

and new work


Sara Annwyl, Nick Davies, Ben Ewart Dean, Nic Finch & Peter Mann

Exhibition runs until Sat Sept 24th

and includes documentation from yn cynnwys ni/does that include us? Part 1.


Opera in Situ presents

‘Street Scenes’

Sept 11th





all welcome, bar & refreshments available.

more info at www.g39.org

‘flora’ Audio Description Talking Pictures

Aberystwyth Arts Centre

Every Friday,12noon-1pm. FREE (From 12 July – 17 September)

Providing deeper engagement for blind and partially sighted people to flora through Audio Description Talking Pictures. Audio Description is putting visual images or events into words to improve access for blind and partially sighted audiences.


flora is an ambitious contemporary arts project that brings together work by national and international artists to reveal flowers as powerful commentators in art.

From common weeds to exotic cultivars, flowers have been and are embedded in people’s lives across the globe, not least as inspiration to artists. This visually stunning exhibition both in and outside of the gallery presents new and existing work by eleven key artists; Emma Bennett, Michael Boffey, Caroline Dear, Anya Gallaccio, Ori Gersht, Owen Griffiths, Anne-Mie Melis, Jacques Nimki, Magali Nougarède, Yoshihiro Suda, Clare Twomey. These artists offer ways in which flowers make visible cultural, historical, geographic, social and scientific ideas.
OFFICIAL OPENING: Saturday 23 July, 6-8pm

flora is a National Touring Exhibition curated by Oriel Davies and supported by Arts Council of Wales. Touring schools education programme supported by the Ernest Cook Trust.

DAC Poetry Competition iBook

This is Disability Arts Cymru’s first Poetry Competition.

We gave the poets a brief to write in response to one of the artworks in our Annual Exhibition. Was this a narrow brief or a wide brief? You could see it either way. Many poetry competitions allow any poem, no matter when it was written or what the subject matter. Others ask people to write on a set subject. Our competition ensured that the poems entered would not be something dug out of the archives but would be freshly written. Looking at the exhibition it is clear that the subject choice was actually very diverse as the show featured photography, photorealistic drawing, abstract and figurative paintings, sculpture and a feast of food for the eyes. So it’s no surprise that the entries were also diverse and for a first competition, we are very pleased with the standard and absolutely delighted to have Menna Elfyn judge the competition and provide the foreword.

We have created a small publication out of this competition, featuring the poems and the artwork they are responding to on the same page so that you can read the poem and see the artwork at the same time. Currently we have two formats to offer, if you have a Mac, iPad, iPhone you can download it as a free iBook.

Cover image for DAC poetry competition 2015

iBook version

If you have other technology you can download it as a pdf.

Cover image fr DAC poetry competition 2015

PDF Version

We have also been working on other formats, in an attempt to please all of the people all of the time. Kindle users can read it as a PDF and retain the formatting, but for those that prefer it as a native Kindle app we will have these versions online soon but you will not get the same rich visual experience as the ePub format does not allow for nothing other than inline images. We will also be able to offer a plain text version and if there is a demand for it, an audio format may just be within our scope as well.

If you really, really want it in a different format, ask and we’ll see what we can do.

Art Opportunity

Galeri, Caernarfon,

Galeri - CaernarfonGaleri are inviting students/artists to create a piece of live art in DOC Café Bar area, the work will then be exhibited for the following two months.

Interested in exhibiting your work on THE WALL?

Contact the Community Arts Co-ordinator Menna Thomas on 01286 685 222 or email post@galericaernarfon.com for further details.


Web site:  http://www.galericaernarfon.com/eng/index.html

ATTIC – Project Space and Contemporary Art Gallery

ATTIC – new project and exhibition space

image of daffodilATTIC is a new project and exhibition space that marks the start of a collaboration between the artists Sara Annwyl and Julia Thomas. Hosted within the charity Journeys, the top floor has been transformed in anticipation of a creative exploration of the many perspectives of mental illness and mental health.

In addition to the curation of group exhibitions, artists will also be selected to develop new works in response to particular themes such as the problematic relationship between creativity and mental illness, stigma and disclosure, the architecture of psychiatry, and the hope and expectation of neuroscience and psychiatric genetics.

Sara and Julia will be working closely with artists and with organisations such as Journeys, Mind Cymru, Cardiff University, and the Medical Research Council’s Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics in order to develop a series of thematically linked artworks, dialogues and exhibitions.

ATTIC is expected to challenge and be challenged. Its activities will be documented online.

ATTIC is a contemporary art project and gallery exploring our scientific, personal and cultural understandings of the mind. ATTIC is committed to increasing the dialogue surrounding mental illness and to exploring understandings of the wider implications of society’s perception of mental illness and mental health. The next five months is set to be a very exciting at ATTIC gallery as it runs its “Rapid Cycling’ program, where a number of Welsh based artists have been selected to contribute new work based around the organisations mission statement and ethos.

Sara Annwyl is an artist, film-maker and curator with a particular interest in the spiritual and the psychiatric. Her practice revolves around communication and reciprocity.
Julia Thomas is an artist who works at the intersection of art, science and health with a particular interest in creative practice as a process for dialogue and meaning making.

ATTIC is not only looking to involve visual artists but work within the arts in general. Last Monday, for example, saw the launch of the literacy program, where a number of poets and writers will be working creatively together.

Please follow the link to ATTIC’s website : http://atticblogsite.wordpress.com

Attic is based in Albany Road, Cardiff