DAC Annual Exhibition – Launch at Plas Glyn-y-Weddw

Dydd Sul 6ed o Ragfyr / Sunday 6th December – 2pm – 5pm
(hyd at 24ain o Ragfyr 2015 / closing 24th December 2015)
Agorir gan: Nêst Thomas – Prif Swyddog Amgueddfeydd a’r Celfyddydau Cyngor Gwynedd
Opened by: Nêst Thomas – Principal Officer for Museums and the Arts Gwynedd Council

DAC Annual Exhibition showcases and tours the work of over 40 disabled and deaf artists or those living with long term physical and/or metal health conditions, who live and work in Wales.
This exhibition includes work from up-and-coming artists and those who have been working as professional artists for many years. We show a variety of forms and media; DAC supports artists working across all art forms.
Theme of Austerity/Extravagance: In the light of recent governmental decisions, which affect many people throughout Wales, we wanted to reflect the feelings about this through our exhibition of work by DAC members, many of whom have been affected by austerity measures. Contrary to this we are also asking for work in response to the theme of ‘Extravagance’.


Mae gwaith dros 40 o artistiaid anabl yn cael ei gyflwyno yn Arddangosfa Flynyddol DAC. Mae’r holl artistiaid yn byw neu’n gweithio yng Nghymru ac yn dioddef o anableddau hir dymor gan gynnwys cyflyrau iechyd corfforol neu feddyliol yn ogystal a phroblemau clyw.
Mae’r arddangosfa yn cynnwys gwaith artistiaid newydd yn ogystal a rhai sydd wedi bod yn gweithio fel artistiaid proffesiynnol am sawl blwyddyn. ‘Rydym yn arddangos gwaith mewn amrywiol ffurf a chyfrwng ac mae DAC yn cefnogi artistiaid sy’n gweithio ar draws pob ffurf celfyddydol.
Llymder/Gormodedd ydi’r thema: Yng ngwyneb penderfyniadau diweddar y Llywodraeth sydd wedi effeithio cymaint o bobl yng Nghymru, ‘roeddem eisiau adlewyrchu ein teimladau trwy arddangosfa o waith gan aelodau DAC, llawer ohonynt wedi eu heffeithio gan y mesurau llymder. I’r gwrthwyneb, ‘rydym hefyd yn gofyn am waith mewn ymateb i’r thema ‘Gormodedd’.

UCAN Create – Creative Masterclasses for young people

UCAN-logo_cmykUCAN Create – An exciting collaborative project between UCAN Productions and yello brick, which aims to inspire and encourage young people to create and produce their own unique artistic work.

The next workshop will be on Friday the 4th of December, 5:30-7:30 at Cardiff University School of Optometry and Vision Sciences on Maindy Road

To apply and book your place or for further information
Call: 02920 870554
Email: [email protected]


UCAN Productions, an arts organisation for blind and visually impaired young people are partnering with yello brick, a company that create unusual events in everyday spaces, to run a series of masterclasses for professional development within the arts. UCAN Create is offering young people between the ages of 16 – 26 the opportunity to create, produce and showcase their own work. Through a series of masterclasses, participants will be able to learn new skills and techniques from a wide variety of arts practitioners who are working at the cutting edge of their profession. From new digital practices to theatre in unusual spaces, the programme will offer new ways of thinking creatively about how to make work. In addition, UCAN Create will provide practical advice on how to progress into making a career within the arts in Wales and the UK.

The project will run until July 2016 and the end of the project will see a celebration of the work created during the programme at the UCAN Productions Festival at the Wales Millennium Centre, on July 26th.
Mared Jarman, a Member of UCAN Productions commented; “We want to give young people the freedom and opportunity to explore their creativity in a safe environment and showcase it to the public.” Some of the themes that will be explored during the master classes will be, game design and story worlds, sound based experiences, scent based experiences, multi sensory performance, multi narrative worlds, digital work and challenging established formats in Wales.

UCAN Create is funded by the Arts Council of Wales
Info on Masterclass One:
Making Games in Our City Scapes with yello brick
The UCAN Create Masterclasses will kick off with partners yello brick running a workshop on how to make physical games in everyday spaces. This practical session will cover everything from the creative conception to practical implementation of making our city’s more playful.

– Background on UCAN Productions
– UCAN Productions is an award winning performance and creative arts co-operative for blind and partially sighted children, young people and their friends between the ages of 7 and 25. Based in Cardiff, UCAN (Unique Creative Arts Network) works across the UK and exists to prove that visual impairment is no barrier to success. Programmes help to develop physical and vocal confidence, raise aspirations and promote individual abilities. The organisation was established in 2005 by professional actor/director Bernie Latham and his wife Jane to enable blind and partially sighted young people in the UK to have access to the arts. The couple were inspired to create the organisation after volunteering for a blind school in Sierra Leone, West Africa. In the beginning, UCAN worked with twelve visually impaired young people in Cardiff and now has a growing membership of over 600 blind and partially sighted young people throughout the UK. UCAN works in partnership with many organisations including RNIB Cymru, Cardiff University School of Optometry and Vision Sciences, Disability Arts Cymru and Action for Blind People. In 2012 Jane Latham was awarded a Winston Churchill Travel Fellowship, which has allowed the organisation to build links with similar organisations in the United States. The organisation is managed by a highly committed and professional board of Directors and UCAN Productions’ Young People’s Steering Committee (YPSC), which has nine members made up from the original first group from 2005.

– Background on yello brick
yello brick is a company that builds engaging and participatory experiences for brands and organisations. Their work is playful, curious, challenging and disruptive. They help brands and organisations connect with audiences on the deepest level. They take inspiration from the stories they have to tell and create tailor made experiences that take their audiences on a journey, placing them at the centre of the story. In the past they have made an epic urban adventure game in the streets of Cardiff, a site specific storytelling app for cycle routes in Wales and an online interactive event for new opera audiences. So far they have worked with Welsh National Opera, Sustrans Cymru, National Library of Wales, Sinfonia Cymru, Cardiff University, TaikaBox, Design Commission for Wales, The Welsh Language Commission and National Theatre Wales. Over the last few years highlights have included winning the BAFTA Games Commended multiplatform game REVERIE and interactive digital experience I Am Tudor for Welsh National Opera.

– UCAN Lead Information
– UCAN Create is the next phase of the workshop leader training course UCAN Lead. UCAN Lead was a yearlong drama workshop leader training programme, which was led by professional expert Dinos Aristidou and came to an end in March 2013. The UCAN Lead Level 1 programme equipped participants with the skills to become workshop leaders and we are delighted to say that a number of the participants have since gone on to be employed as workshop leaders. UCAN Lead was all about becoming a good workshop leader and facilitator. UCAN Create is all about creating, producing and showcasing your own work.
• Interviews, founder members Mared Jarman,21 and Megan John, 23 both are registered blind and have gone through the UCAN Lead process and now work UCAN Productions. Both are fluent in Welsh and English.
[email protected] – 07791399133
[email protected] – 07776326493



ty-llywelyn community centreTy Llywelyn Community Centre  – Community Groups Art Project.

Invitation to local artists for quotes.

Ty Llywelyn Community Centre, Llandudno is looking for local artists to quote for leading on a small community group art project based at the centre.

The brief:

1.   To work with groups residing at the Centre (SCOPE, YOUTH , GATEWAY, PHAB, OVER 60’S etc.) to produce 4’ x4’ pieces of artwork to mount on the walls around the centre.

2.   To work with the youth groups to restore 2 pieces of artwork previously hung externally; these will also be hung internally to complement the above pieces.

3.   To work with the youth groups and volunteers to prepare some design options (including signage) for the Centre’s front entrance (external) for presentation to the landlord for approval.

If you are interested please contact Jay on 01492 873412 / [email protected]

Ty Llywellyn Community Centre, Ffordd yr Orsedd, Llandudno, LL30 1LA

Shared Reading and Writing Group

TanymaenMantell Gwynedd are organising a new ‘shared reading and writing group’ at Tan Y Maen Wellbeing Centre starting from next week, every Monday from 10.30 am to12 pm.

The group will be facilitated by Sarah Edwards and Mari Jones and, as both are fluent Welsh speakers, we hope that we can make this a truly ‘shared’ group using and appreciating readings and writing in both English and Welsh throughout the sessions.  Please feel free to share this email with your contacts and networks.

The group is open to all and refreshments will be provided during the sessions free of charge.

For more information please go to the web site:  http://www.tanymaen.btck.co.uk/

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.

Are you writing/Ydych chi’n ysgrifennu

drws arbennig       a special doorAre you writing:
non-fiction such as a biography, or short stories, poetry, drama or a novel, and do you self-identify as a disabled person/or have a long-term physical or mental health condition?

Would you like to work:
At no cost to you
with other writers in a small and friendly group to develop your work?
How about finding out about one of our groups who get together every month?


If you write in Welsh, we have a group that meets in Caernarfon, or if you write in English, we have a new group that meets in Pwllheli. And both groups have the opportunity to participate in workshops at Tŷ Newydd Writers’ Centre in Llanystumdwy. Earlier this year, we published a pamphlet of work by the Welsh writers’ group (available for free download here: http://bit.ly/1lkkeUe If you are interested in knowing about this Welsh pamphlet, Dyma Ni, but don’t read Welsh, here’s a link to some information in English about it: http://bit.ly/1NMLtSr ), and we hope to be able to publish work by members of both groups in 2016.

For more information please get in touch with us:
[email protected] or [email protected]
Telephone: 029 2055 1040

Ydych chi’n ysgrifennu:
pethau ffeithiol fel bywgraffiad, neu straeon byrion, cerddi, neu drama, ac yn hunan-nodi fel person anabl ac/neu oes gennych gyflwr iechyd corfforol neu feddyliol hirdymor?

Ydych chi’n ffansio gweithio:
Heb unrhyw gost i chi
efo ysgrifennwyr eraill mewn grŵp bach cyfeillgar er datblygu’ch gwaith?
Beth am ffeindio allan am un o’n grwpiau ysgrifennu sy’n dod at eu gilydd bob mis?

Am ysgrifenwyr drwy gyfrwng y Gymraeg, mae’r grŵp yn cael ei gyfarfod yng Nghaernarfon, ac am ysgrifenwyr yn Saesneg, mae gennym un newydd ym Mhllheli. Mae’r dau grŵp hefyd yn cael cyfle mynd i weithdau yng Nghanolfan Ysgrifennu Tŷ Newydd yn Llanystumdwy. Yn 2015, roedd gennym gyfle cyhoeddi pamffled gwaith y grŵp Caernarfon (ar gael yma http://bit.ly/1lkkeUe ), ac rydym yn gobeithio cyhoeddi gwaith gan y dau grŵp yn 2016.

Am fwy o wybodaeth, cysylltwch a ni:
[email protected] neu [email protected]
Ffôn: 029 2055 1040