Arts Participation Training Programme

Spring 2013 – Dates

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Support Workers / P.A’s

  • Dates: Friday 15th March
  • Times: 10am – 2.00pm Cost: £55.00
  • Venue: Penpont, Nr Brecon



Support Workers/ P.A’s

  • Dates: Monday 25th March
  • Times: 10am – 2.00pm Cost: £55.00
  • Venue: Powys Dance Centre, Llandrindod Wells

Senior Managers

  • Dates: Friday 12th April 2013
  • Times: 10am – 2.00pm Cost: £85.00
  • Venue: Penpont, Brecon

Support Workers/ P.A’s

  • Dates: Friday 22nd April 2013
  • Times: 10am – 2.00pm Cost: £55.00
  • Venue: Powys Dance Centre, Llandrindod

Arts Participation Training is an exciting new training designed for the Care Sector:

Support Workers, Nurses/Key Workers, Care Managers and Senior Managers of Care Services and Residential Care.
This experiential training aims to help develop a deeper understanding of Arts Participation and the role it can play in improving skills, communication, interaction and social engagement.

Arts Participation Training:- Content:

  • Arts Participation as an aid to mental and physical well-being.
  • The use of art and creativity to improve participation and social integration.
  • Facilitation techniques that help participants to engage with activities.
  • Enabling – looking at methods that promote confidence, skills building and ownership.
  • Creative support and reflective practice.

The Training designed for Support Workers looks at creativity, motivation and an active approach to enabling.
The course designed for Management will also look at how Arts Participation can help to fulfil national strategic aims and directives. The Training provides a useful tool kit; that can both add value to teams and signpost ways to use existing community arts resources to achieve those objectives.
An experienced arts facilitator, Fliss Fleck, who has worked for 12 years in the field of arts and disability, will lead the training.
Based in Wales, the training will take place at venues around the UK in 2013.
To register an expression of interest please email; [email protected]

Sherman Cymru

New Inclusive Youth Theatre Group at Sherman Cymru

theatre imageSherman Cymru will be launching a new inclusive youth theatre group for young people aged 15-18 years old.

INC. Youth Theatre at Sherman Cymru is a new and exciting venture for a professional venue which already runs five reputable Youth Theatre groups. After much consultation with disability arts companies in the city and a successful inclusive drama project in Summer 2012, Sherman Cymru have decided to launch its very first inclusive and integrated Youth Theatre thanks to the generous support of Western Power Distribution and BIG Lottery Fund.

Creative Learning Associate, Alice Nicholas, is excited about starting this new project:
“INC. Youth Theatre will provide a safe and creative environment where enthusiastic and highly committed young people with and without learning disabilities can learn about performance in a professional theatre. Members will be given the opportunity to take part in workshops and public performances, building their confidence and gaining valuable performance and social skills with other like minded young people.”
Young people aged between 15 and 18 years of age with an enthusiasm and passion for theatre are encouraged to apply for the INC. Youth Theatre. Applications are being accepted now. Interested applicants will be invited to attend a taster session in the next few weeks. The INC Youth Theatre will meet every Monday from 22 April as part of the Sherman Youth Theatre timetable. The fee per term will be £30. Each term is normally 10 weeks which varies due to bank holidays.

For more information and an application form please visit Sherman Cymru’s website under the Get Involved section, or contact Alice Nicholas (Creative Learning Associate) on 029 2064 6980 / [email protected]


Creative Fun and Friendship: School Holiday Workshops

Vision 21

WorkshopsVision 21 are offering Creative School Holiday ‘Fun and Friendship’ workshops in Cardiff for 3 weeks in 2013  for 14 – 17 year old’s with learning needs: supported by BBC Children in Need Fun & Friendship Project Funding.

Workshops will offer participants the chance to learn skills in drumming, drama, dance & movement and art & crafts – building practical, social & personal skills: boosting confidence & self esteem – whilst making new friends!

Young people aged between 14 – 17 are eligible for free placements on the workshops.  Fun & Friendship students can sign up to week long placements during specific school holiday periods.  (Transport and additional 1:1 support costs are not provided).

Fund and Friendship workshops will run in Sbectrwm Community Enterprise Centre on the following dates:

  • 25th – 28th March
  • 12th – 16th August
  • 19th – 23rd August

Places are limited, so please contact Vision 21 to register interest:

Telephone:  02920 621194

Email:  [email protected]

Web site:

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 :

Attic is based in Albany Road, Cardiff

Alzheimers Society

Dementia Café for the Black and Minority Ethnic Community

Diverse Cymru

Dementia Cafes have been running within the Alzheimer’s Society for a number of years. Their aim is to provide a safe, comfortable and relaxed environment in which people affected by or concerned about dementia can meet with others in similar circumstances. It gives them an opportunity to discuss their concerns about the progression of the disease but also, very importantly, it gives them a chance to socialise in a space where their challenges are accepted and understood. Staff from the Alzheimer’s Society are always on hand to provide coffee, biscuits, information and support.
With the support of Diverse Cymru, the Alzheimer’s Society are establishing a new Dementia Café in Butetown, Cardiff. This will be a safe place for those in this community who are living with serious memory problems to meet others in a similar position and find out about other sources of support.

The café will particularly focus on the Black and Ethnic Minority Communities where the awareness of dementia and the importance of timely diagnosis may not be as strong as in other communities.

This café will be open to those who have a diagnosis of dementia and to those who may be getting concerned about their own memory or that of someone they know. It will also be open to health and social care professionals who may want to pick up information on dementia.

The Butetown Dementia Café is situated at the:
Butetown History & Arts Centre, 4 Dock Chambers, Bute Street, Cardiff, CF10 5EQ
If you would like more information on the café please contact the Cardiff and The Vale Alzheimer’s Society Helpline on 02920 434960

Spring at Pedal Power

Upcoming Events

Pedal PowerMarch 1st – Welsh Quiz and Cawl Evening @ The Café
Celebrate Saint David’s day with traditional Welsh cawl (veggie option too) and a fun quiz. 7pm start. £10 pp. Teams of 4. Please book.
March 8th and 9th – Pedal Power Open Days
Come and have a good look round, chat to staff and find out how Pedal Power has changed lives, plus delicious offerings from our café and so much more 11am—3pm each day.
March 15th – Quiz and Curry Night @ The Café
Spicy delights from the café to fire up those synapses! 7pm start. £10pp. Teams of 4. Please book.
March 16th – Merthyr to Cardiff Family Ride
Book now for a Family Day with a difference. Feel the wind in your hair as you cycle along the Taff Trail, arriving back at HQ for tasty soup and a roll. £6 per person, £20 family of 4. More details on web site.
March 23rd – Spring Handmade and Vintage Fair
Discover all sorts of delights and treasures from our wide variety of stalls and makers. Situated at the Scout Base, Pontcanna Fields. Pedal Power Café will be popping up with tasty morsels. 11am—4pm

For more details and to book
Fffôn/Tel: (029) 2039 0713

Running Your Group

Voluntary Arts Wales

Focus groupHave you heard about Running Your Group? This online information service was launched last year by Voluntary Arts for people who are responsible for day-to-day running of voluntary arts and crafts groups. Running Your Group is an online information service which contains useful information about starting, funding, marketing and managing your group.

They are organising a focus group to meet people from voluntary arts and crafts organisations to discuss their Running Your Group service. The purpose of the meeting is to introduce the service and hear from you how they can develop and improve the service in Wales so that it meets the needs of voluntary arts and crafts groups. They want to find out from you how useful you find the service, how relevant it is to your work and that of your members, and how accessible the information is, and they would value any suggestions for improvements.

The meeting will be held at the Conwy Business Centre, Llandudno Junction, on Wednesday 6 March 2013 between 1.00 and 3.00pm, with lunch provided at 12.00 pm before the meeting.  If you’re interested, please let them know by Friday 22 February 2013. You can email them at [email protected] if you have any queries about Running Your Group.

For more information please go to their website:

deaf explorer 2013

The Deaf Cultural Centre

deaf explorersThe Deaf Cultural Centre will give deaf artists support to work professionally, and to create new work in the future that can be presented at the DCC and other venues. Their objective is to encourage and support deaf artists to work in the arts more and promote Deaf culture by demonstrating an artistic-led approach to diversity and access. Explorers is a wealth of high quality creativity on offer to arts organisations, and venues. They hope networking, collaborations, commissions and grants follow after their intrepid explorers international travel & research. They also believe the explorers will open doors for deaf audiences; by creating spaces and events where Deaf people, hearing people & hard of hearing people can all mix and socialize together and learn more and explore more about Deaf culture.

They invited deaf creative’s to apply, challenging them to present proposals that would stretch their artistic practice, encouraging them to be inspired by international artists.The response was brilliant with extremely high quality proposals from the West Midlands & across the UK. They think Explorers is a fantastic opportunity and hope you do too. If you are an arts organisation or promotor and wish to meet an explorer to show or develop their work please contact them.

For more information go to their website:

The Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting 2013 is Now Open

Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting 2013

31 January 2013 to 3 June 2013 – FREE to enter – with a total prize fund of £40,000.

The Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting is the UK’s biggest national competition for playwriting. It is the search for great new plays and great writers. From aspiring playwrights to established masters of the art, the Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting 2013 is now OPEN to discover, promote and produce the very best new writing for theatre. And they need your scripts!

This year’s Chair of judges, Dame Jenni Murray, comments: “Plays explore the great ideas of our time. They can be personally provocative, politically insightful and provide audiences with great conversation long afterwards. Plays can make you see the world in an entirely new way, rip your heart out and mend it again. Without discovering and supporting a new generation of playwrights, these stories might never be told.”

Michael Oglesby, Chairman of Bruntwood, adds: “With continued cuts to arts funding, competitions like the Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting are now more important than ever. As we discovered last autumn with the Bruntwood Prize Roadshow, there is a huge appetite for playwriting in this country. New plays are vital for sustaining our theatres and stimulating their audiences. We are proud to be working in partnership with the Royal Exchange for the fourth cycle of the Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting that has launched the careers of some exceptional playwrights.”

Writers: you have until 3 June to submit your scripts which, unlike other competitions, must be entered anonymously. Go to to find out how to enter and how to submit your script.

The winner of the 2013 prize will receive £16,000, and there will also be three Judges’ Awards of £8,000 each. All four award winners will have the chance to develop their play with the Royal Exchange, with a view to production. In addition, leading theatre publishers Nick Hern Books,, will publish all winning plays that receive a production at the Exchange, ensuring that the plays reach an even wider audience and have the opportunity of a vibrant after life in the amateur performance sector. Dame Jenni Murray is joined on the judging panel by the award-winning playwrights David Eldridge and Tanika Gupta MBE; Associate Director of the National Theatre, Marianne Elliott; actress, Suranne Jones; Artistic Director of the Royal Exchange Theatre, Greg Hersov; theatre critic, Benedict Nightingale and Chairman of Bruntwood, Michael Oglesby CBE

How to book:
[email protected]