DAC – Inaugural Poetry Competition Winners

Brid Wyldearth - PIP Personal Independance Prayer

Announcement of Disability Arts Cymru Inaugural poetry competition winners:

1st Prize – £100 – Rose Foran – ‘I once had a heart’

2nd Prize – £50 – Des Mannay – ‘Recovery’

3rd Prize – £25 – Gwenllian Jones – ‘Cuddio Mewn Cerdd’

Eileen Harrisson – ‘Stabat Mater’    Highly Commended

Des Mannay – ‘All my own work’    Highly Commended

Meg Kingston – ‘Sap Rises’  Highly Commended

Caroline Gill – ‘In the Wake of Prince Madoc’  Highly Commended

Michele Brenton – ‘Imagine that’

Brid Wyldearth – ‘Down to Earth’

Tracey Watkins – ‘(Be) Longing’

Mark Roderick – ‘Dreams out of Darkness’

Susan Kent – ‘Reservoir Dog’

Mark Smith – ‘In Response to Robin Williams portrait’

Mari Sexton – ‘Return Journey’

Gemma Paine – ‘Anchor Chain’

Marion Fletcher – ‘Marionette’

Ted Gibson – ‘Footprints in the Sand’

Julie Griffiths – ‘Choices’

Leslie Williams – ‘Soldier in the Dark’

Rachael Roberts – ‘Lost by the Sea’

Gwenllian Jones – ‘Machlud’

Eileen Harrison – ‘A Hush of Morning’

Meg Kingston – ‘Sshh’

Wendy Jones – ‘Y darlun o blentyn’

Jenny-Joanna Bartholomew-Biggs – ‘The Sunset disappears into the Aberystwyth Sea’

Congratulations to all our Winners

Thank you to Menna Elfyn for judging our inaugural annual poetry competition and thanks to Write4Word for donating the prize money.

All the selected poems will be in a digital publication, more details coming soon.

The poems are in response to visual art work from our 2014/15 DAC annual exhibition.   www.disabilityartscymru.co.uk/gallery/dac-annual-exhibition-2014

Roald Dahl 100 in Wales

Roald Dahl 100 in WalesWales programme for Roald Dahl’s centenary in 2016 is unveiled

Today, Wales was first in-line to announce a programme of events to celebrate the centenary of Welsh born author and the world’s number one story teller, Roald Dahl in 2016.

The Welsh Government, National Theatre Wales, Wales Millennium Centre and Literature Wales have today announced the Wales programme of events to celebrate the centenary. The announcement was made at the Norwegian Church, where Roald Dahl was baptised and which always remained close to the author’s heart.

The Roald Dahl 100 celebrations coincide with ‘Wales: Year of Adventure’ in 2016 and Roald Dahl himself was no stranger to adventure – whether as a child getting up to well-documented mischief in the local sweetshop or as a young pilot during World War Two. There are even rumours that he was a spy in the mould of James Bond! In his writing for children, Roald Dahl took his characters and readers on a series of unforgettable adventures – including James’ transatlantic flight in a giant peach, Charlie’s journey through Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory and Sophie’s travels with The BFG.

During 2016, the Wales Programme will include City of the Unexpected, a city-wide performance celebrating all things Dahl, produced by National Theatre Wales and Wales Millennium Centre, and a programme of outreach events by Literature Wales taking the wonders of Roald Dahl and his characters far and wide. Roald Dahl’s work will also be celebrated through an exhibition of illustrations by Quentin Blake and World Book Day.

With Welsh Government support, Literature Wales is now inviting ideas for Roald Dahl literary events from all corners of Wales. So if you want to be part of this adventurous year, please let us know, and help us make sure that this centenary truly belongs to all the people of Wales. And let’s claim Roald Dahl back as one of ours! Expressions of interest should be sent to [email protected] with the subject line ‘Roald Dahl 100 Wales’.


Disbanners - Full Circle ArtsThere’s been a lot of protesting going on in reaction to the austerity cuts and the summer budget the last few days and weeks.

If you could get to the protests what would your banner say?
If you went to a protest what did your banner say?

Full Circle Arts are looking for other Disabled People to represent their own views on the austerity measures which affect our lives.  These views will be represented creatively through a series of banners.

Find out more

DAC Annual Exhibition 2015 – Call out for entries


Joolz Cave-Berry ‘Apple – Reliquary’

Disability Arts Cymru
invites you to submit work for the

The theme of this year’s open exhibition is ‘Austerity/Extravagance’

For an entry form and for all enquiries please contact Kate on tel: 02920 551 040 or email: [email protected] or [email protected]

To download and print off an entry form click on the following link DAC Annual Exhibition Entry Form (384 downloads)

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 [email protected]
If the image is not clear enough the entry cannot be considered.
• 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.
• We welcome entries under the themes of ‘Austerity and Extravagance’. Any queries please get in contact.
• 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 30th September 2015

Due to the size of the venues there is a limit to the number of pieces that can be exhibited. A panel of judges will pick the final pieces and their decision will be final. In the event your work is not exhibited your entry fee will be returned. Chosen work will need to be delivered to the DAC head office by Oct 16th 2015

Work must be available for the duration of the exhibition; some work will then be selected to tour across Wales until July 2016 at the following venues:
• Oriel Plas Glyn y Weddw, Pwllheli – Nov 29th to Dec 24th 2015
• Norwegian Church, Cardiff – Jan 6th to 26th 2016
• West Wales and Mid Wales venues tbc

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.