CBeebies programme – My Story

booksMy Story is looking for contributors to be part of the 2nd series of the hit CBeebies programme My Story [more info on our first series can be found here – http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/mystory ].

My Story pioneers the concept of history to pre-schoolers. It is a unique child-led history brand, taking children on a journey to find out their own family’s history through fun, adventure and play – and to discover that every family has a story!

BBC are really keen to feature a story in their new series “My Story Series 2” and so are looking for someone that could tell it! Ideally they are looking for a charismatic family member that can retell their own life story to a bubbly 4 to 6 year old member in their family – a great grandchild, grandchild, niece/nephew, son/daughter or even a godchild. The storytelling would be filmed in key locations from the story and they would incorporate fun activities that tie into the experience. The older member of the family would be a welsh disabled person who is involved in the arts. They basically want someone with a great story relating their experiences working in the arts and a family member of the right age (4-6 years old) for them to tell it to.

If you would like to discuss this further  please  contact:

Sebastian walls

BBC Scotland

Tel: 0141 42 2796 / Mob: 07594186279 / E-mail: [email protected]



Outside In is an arts agency …

Have a look at the Web Site

Outside In art galleryOutside In is an arts agency providing a platform for artists who find it difficult to access the art world either because of mental health issues, disability, health, social circumstance or because their work does not conform to what is normally considered as art.

Outside In is based within Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, West Sussex. Pallant House Gallery is a unique combination of an historic Queen Anne townhouse and contemporary extension. The Gallery houses one of the best collections of Modern British Art in the country. Widely acclaimed for its innovative temporary exhibitions and exemplary Learning and Community Programme which has inclusion at its heart, the Gallery has won numerous awards since re-opening in 2006.

Outside In has no set creative criteria, boundary in art process or limit on subject for the artists that choose to align themselves with the project. There is no restriction for creating an online gallery or entering Outside In competitions for content, process or size!

What does Outside In offer?

  • A community of like-minded artists
  • Opportunities to have an online presence
  • The chance to take part in National art competitions and exhibitions
  • Information, advice and support to develop as an artist

Please see the ‘Get involved’ section on how to join up to Outside In as an artist, either online (http://www.outsidein.org.uk/about_2012) or through a paper application form.

If you just want to join the mailing list, if you go back to the ‘home’ page then there is a link to follow for this here.

Bristol Hippodrome – assisted performances

Bristol HippodromeSign Language Performances

Priscilla Queen of The Desert – Monday 22nd April 2013 at 7.30pm

Int: Andy Higgins – Stage Right / Auditorium left – Tickets: £30

Hairspray – Thursday 8th August 2013 at 7.30pm

Int: Sean Fitzsimmons – Stage Right / Auditorium left – Tickets: £27.50

Ghost– To be confirmed

Cats – Tuesday 22nd October 2013 at 7.30pm

Int: TBC – Stage Right / Auditorium left – Tickets: £25

Cinderella – Tuesday 17th December 2013 at 7pm

Int: TBC  -Stage Right / Auditorium left  -Tickets: £18

Dirty Dancing – Wednesday 26th March  2014 at 7.30pm

Int: Clare Edwards – Stage Left / Auditorium right – Tickets: TBC

Audio Described Performances

Priscilla Queen of The Desert  – Thursday 25th April 2013 at 7.30pm

Desc: Irene Richards – Tickets: £30

Hairspray – Thursday 15th August 2013 at 7.30pm

Desc: Irene Richards – Tickets: £27.50

Ghost – Thursday 12th September 2013 at 7.30pm

Desc: Irene Richards – Tickets:  £25.50

Cats – Wednesday 23rd October 2013 at 7.30pm

Desc: Irene Richards – Tickets: £25



Dirty Dancing – Thursday 20th March 2014 at 7.30pm

Desc: Irene Richards – Tickets:  TBC

Captioned Performances

Priscilla Queen of The Desert  – Thursday 18th April 2013 at 7.30pm



Cap: Chris Lambert – Tickets: £27.50

Ghost – Thursday 5th September 2013 at 7.30pm

Cap: Chris Lambert – Tickets : £25.50

Cats – Thursday 24th October 2013 at 7.30pm

Cap: Chris Lambert – Tickets : £25

Cinderella – Thursday 2nd January 2014 at 7pm

Cap: Chris Lambert – Tickets : £18

Dirty Dancing – Thursday 27th March 2014 at 7.30pm

Cap: Chris Lambert – Tickets : TBC

Telephone: 0117 302 3222 (Monday to Friday, 10am to 6pm)

Visit us at:



Welsh short film screens at the Middle East’s first ever Arts & Disability Festival

Turning Points

Chris Tally EvansDisabled Welsh filmmaker Chris Tally Evans is about to have his film Turning Points screened at the Middle East’s first ever arts & disability festival in Doha, Qatar in the United Arab Emirates.

The Qatar UK 2013 Arts and Disability Festival features four works from Unlimited, a celebration of art produced by Deaf and disabled artists that was held at the Southbank Centre in London last year, to coincide with the London 2012 Paralympic Games. New works were commissioned to encourage Deaf and disabled artists to push their artistic boundaries, as the Paralympic athletes pushed their sporting boundaries.

One of these commissions was Turning Points, the culmination of a two year long storytelling project where six life-changing stories were woven into a 10 minute film featuring, among others, Hollywood legend Sir Roger Moore and Olympian Jamie Baulch.

Inspired by the Qatar National Vision for 2030, Qatar UK 2013 aims to forge new partnerships between Qatar and the United Kingdom in the fields of art, culture, education, sport and science. Events are taking place throughout the year in Qatar and the UK to celebrate both countries’ cultures and to strengthen and develop mutual understanding and awareness.

A British Council spokesperson said, “We are very pleased to present the first ever Arts & Disability Festival in the Middle East in partnership with the Ministry of Culture, Arts & Heritage in Qatar, taking dance, music, visual arts and film created by leading British Deaf and disabled artists.”

Chris said, “It is remarkable to me that the lush Welsh landscape that also stars in my film will be seen in the deserts of the United Arab Emirates, and that younger players in the film such as schoolboy Daniel Chapman is now subtitled in Arabic to help a brand new audience understand what he has to say.”

Qatar UK 2013 runs from the 15th to the 30th March and Turning Points will be screened throughout the Festival. For more information visit www.christallyevans.com or http://www.qataruk2013.com/cms/en/events-information/turning-points


ArtWorks Platforms: A Seminar Series

Platform 2 with ArtWorks Cymru

SeminarA series of six seminars to examine issues around ArtWorks: Developing Practice in Participatory Settings.

The Quality Question – How do you do it?

Please join us for two hours of provocation, questions and conversation followed by a glass of wine, an opportunity to explore the issues and network.

Panellists: Toby Lowe, Chief Executive of Helix Arts, a participatory arts organisation in the North East of England which specialises in enabling disadvantaged and marginalised people to explore, reflect on and share their personal and collective narratives. See www.helixarts.com

Miranda Ballin, Arts Development Co-ordinator, Valleys Kids, Valleys Kids is a charity based in South Wales with a 34-year track record of working with disadvantaged children and families. See http://valleyskids.org

Date : Wednesday 27 March 6.30-8.30pm

Venue : Sherman Cymru Basement Rehearsal Room, Senghennydd Road, Cardiff CF24 4YE


Email [email protected] to reserve your place.

These seminars are organised by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation with the aspiration of reaching a wider community of practice. Speakers will be working in the field and generating practice. The seminars are taking place around the UK, with ArtWorks Pathfinder and HE/FE partners. Each seminar will standalone but will build into a series which spans where practice has come from and what the future might look like.

The seminars are aimed at an audience of those interested in finding out more about the learning from ArtWorks and the wider debate around developing practice – CPD providers, commissioners, HE/FE educators, trainers and artists.


Cardiff International Poetry Competition 2012 on a Tour of Wales

Literature Wales

poetry imageNew Welsh Review is thrilled to announce that acclaimed Australian poet Mark Tredinnick will be visiting Wales this March in a celebratory tour organised by the literary magazine. His poem ‘Margaret River Sestets’, published in NWR 97, won the 2012 Cardiff International Poetry Competition, with a hefty £5,000 prize attached. Tredinnick has published eleven acclaimed works of poetry and prose, including his first lauded collection, Fire Diary (Puncher & Wattmann, 2010) and is regularly invited to read his work worldwide.

The tour dates are:

Monday 18 March | 19.00 – 21.00 | Free

The Ends of the Earth, The Atrium, Glamorgan University, Adam Street, Cardiff

Reading alongside poet and critic Jeremy Hooker

For more information contact: [email protected]

Tuesday 19 March | 18.30 – 20.00 | Free

Aberystwyth University, Arts Centre Bookshop, Aberystwyth

Chaired by poet and novelist Katherine Stansfield

For more information contact: [email protected]

Monday 25 March | 19.30-22. | £3.00

Poems and Pints, Queen’s Hotel, Carmarthen

Includes an open-mic

For more information contact: [email protected] or (07772) 649316

Thursday 28 March | 19.30-21.30 | £4.00 / Conc.

Poets at the Dylan Thomas Centre, Somerset Place, Swansea

Includes an open-mic

For more information contact: (01792) 463980 or www.dylanthomas.com

Tuesday 26 March | 16.15-18.15 | £2.00 / £1.00

The Writers’ World, The Quad, University of Wales, Trinity Saint David, Carmarthen Campus

For more information contact: [email protected] or [email protected]

Friday 29 March | 19.30 – 00.00 | £3.00

Cellar Bards, Cellar Bar, Cardigan

Includes an open-mic

For more information contact: [email protected] / (07971) 660025 or Cellar Bards Facebook page

For the story in full, click here to visit the Literature Wales website.


Wales Millennium Centre


Wicked - the musical12 Mar – 26 Apr ’14

We couldn’t be happier to announce that Wicked will come to the Wales Millennium Centre as part of its first UK tour in March 2014.

Tickets go on sale to our Promise members on Friday 8 March, ahead of the general public next month.

For more information please go to the web site:  https://www.wmc.org.uk/

Please note that this run for “Wicked” is in 2014.

This Breathing World

Qatar – UK “Year of Culture 2013″

This Breathing WorldRachel Gadsden  has been invited by the British Council to represent UK as part of Qatar – UK “Year of Culture 2013″.


She will be exhibiting a major solo exhibition of 54 artworks & films for “This Breathing World” as part of the first ever Art & Disability Festival in the Middle East at Katara Cultural Village, Doha.



The exhibition opens on the 15th March, and she will be also creating live visual art performances, leading a series of artistic participatory workshops, contributing to talks and developing artistic relationships with Qatari artists.

You maybe aware that Rachel spent the first twenty years of her life living in the Middle East and this formative cultural experience continues to inhabit and enrich all of her work. She is keen to share this wonderful opportunity with you and so she has created a blog so that, if you are interested, you will be able follow her journey as it unfolds.


While in the Middle East she has also been commissioned to undertake an artistic project in Bahrain in partnership with British Council – Bahrain and Alriwaq Art Space


This commission has awakened many memories for Rachel and she is thrilled to be undertaking this artistic adventure, to the land of her childhood.

She hopes to be able to share her experience with you in London on her return at her planned UK exhibition in May 2013. (details to follow in due course)


Chapter Arts Centre

Supported Environment Screenings

Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff

Wreck It Ralph – Wed 27th March 1pm
(Supported Environment)

A video game villain wants to be a hero and sets out to fulfil his dream, but his quest brings havoc to the whole arcade where he lives.

Hyde Park on Hudson – Mon 4th March 8.30pm

In June 1939, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt hosts the King and Queen of England for a weekend at the Roosevelt home at Hyde Park on Hudson. With Britain facing war with Germany, the Royals are desperately looking to FDR for support. But international affairs must be juggled with the complexities of FDR’s domestic establishment, as wife, mother, and mistresses all conspire to make the royal weekend an unforgettable one.

Hitchcock – Tues 12th March 8.30pm

Hitchcock is a love story about one of the most influential filmmakers of the last century, Alfred Hitchcock and his wife and partner Alma Reville. The film takes place during the making of Hitchcock’s seminal movie Psycho, the controversial horror film that subsequently became one of the most acclaimed and influential works in the filmmaker’s career.

Cloud Atlas – Sun 24th March 7.45pm

One of the most ambitious, expensive, critically discussed, dauntingly dense, mash-ups of formal literary ambition and cinematic pulp fiction in years.  Independently produced, this reasonably faithful adaptation of David Mitchell’s sci-fi novel relates six stories taking place between the years 1849 and 2346. With wonderful performances from Tom Hanks, Jim Broadbent and Halle Berry anchoring the visual spectacle, this is an awe-inspiring journey not to be missed.

Les Miserables – Tue 2nd April time TBC

Back by popular demand, Hooper [The King’s Speech, The Damned United] has brought this well-loved musical and novel to the screen with a star-studded ensemble cast.

Chapter Arts  Centre, Market Road, Canton, Cardiff  CF5 1QE

Telephone: 029 2031 1050

For more information go to their web site:  www.chapter.org/