great_pottery_throw_downBBC Two contest The Great Pottery Throw Down is returning in 2016 and the production team are currently looking for the next batch of great amateur to early career potters to take part. Perhaps you aspire to become a full-time professional?  Or, are you looking to take the next step up in your pottery practice? Maybe you simply want to show the nation your work!

Whatever your ambitions, if you live and breathe pottery, are confident and enthusiastic and you fancy your chances then we would love to hear from you!

Just head to  to download an application form.

If you or someone you know thinks they have what it takes, then please do encourage them to visit the website  where they can download the application form and simply email [email protected]

A Fine Beginning

cameraAre you interested in joining a photographers collective?

Wales has only one other (non disabled) photographers collective, so we would be the first of our kind, which could be a huge thing within the arts field.

It will be a question of submitting previous and current work and I, the organizer of the group will handle the media aspects of the project which will involve cross platform media presence. You will be left with entire creative freedom in your work as it’s the method not the message that will give the group cohesion. There are links below for you to view.

Scott Michael

A Fine Beginning – Welsh Photography Collective

Small Minds Magazine – A Magazine which I run

If you are interested please email me at [email protected]

Wales Millennium Centre Cardiff – Accessible Performances

WMC BuildingOnly the Brave – 2 April 2016 at 2.30pm – Captioned

Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty – 30 April 2016 at 2.30pm – Audio-described

WNO: Cavalleria rusticana & Pagliacci – 4 June 2016 at 7.15pm – Audio-described

Billy Elliot – 23 June 2016 at 7.30pm – Captioned

7 July 2016 at 2.30pm – Audio-described

14 July 2016 at 7.30pm – BSL

Chicago – 28 July 2016 at 7.30pm – Captioned

29 July 2016 at 5.30pm – Audio-described

30 July 2016 at 2.30pm – BSL

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang – 12 August 2016 at 7.30pm – BSL

18 August 2016 at 2.30pm  – Audio-described

20 August 2016 at 2.30pm – Captioned

Mamma Mia! – 20 October 2016 at 7.30pm, 10 November 2016 at 2.30pm – Audio-described

21 October 2016 at 7.30pm, 12 November 2016 at 2.30pm – Captioned

22 October 2016 at 2.30pm, 11 November 2016 at 7.30pm – BSL

The Full Monty – 24 November 2016 at 2.30pm – Audio-described

25 November 2016 at 7.30pm – BSL

26 November 2016 at 7.30pm – Captioned

Web site:

Tel:  029 2063 6464



New Theatre Cardiff – Accessible Performances

New Theatre

New Theatre

British Sign Language

Save the Last Dance for me – 30 July 2016 at 2.30pm

Peter Pan – 8 January 2017 at 1.00pm


An Inspector Calls – 16 April 2016 at 2.30pm

RSC: A Midsummer Night’s Dream – 28 May 2016 at 1.30pm

Orbit Theatre: Cinderella – 4 June 2016 at 2.30pm

Guys and Dolls – 8 July 2016 at 7.30pm

Peter Pan – 8 January 2017 at 5.00pm

5 January 2017 at 7.00pm

Captioned Performance

Tell Me on a Sunday – 9 April 2016 at 2.30pm

RSC: A Midsummer Night’s Dream – 27 May 2016 at 7.30pm

Peter Pan – 3 January 2017 at 1.30pm

7 January 2017 at 2.30pm

New Theatre, Park Place, Cardiff

Box Office:  029 2087 8889

Web site:


Opinion Research Services to explore Housing Issues

Opinion Research ServicesA social research company based in Swansea called Opinion Research Services has been commissioned by Citizens Advice Cymru to explore housing issues with a range of private rented tenants. They would like to understand experiences of living in the private rented sector (especially in terms of the quality of their accommodation; repairs and fuel poverty; energy efficiency; security of tenure and tenancy contracts) as well as changes Welsh Government are making to rental contracts in 2017, and how best to communicate these.

As part of the research, they are really interested in talking to tenants who have physical disabilities and who currently rent from a private landlord. They are looking at recruiting a group of around 5 tenants with physical disabilities who live in the private rented sector to take part in a discussion group that would last about 2 hours or alternatively they could undertake interviews over the telephone.

They are interested in finding tenants who would be interested in taking part. They will be providing an incentive to recompense people for their time.

If you are interested please contact:

Claire Thomas (PhD)

Senior Researcher – Qualitative Research Team – Opinion Research Services (ORS)

Opinion Research Services – The Strand,  Swansea  SA1 1AF

Tel: 01792 535337  Email: [email protected]  Website:


Helfa Gelf – Vacancies

Coordinator and volunteers wanted!

Helfa Gelf-2Helfa Gelf Cyfyngedig is an innovative organisation, that has achieved amazing things with the funding we have raised to run our projects.

We manage to do this because we have a truly amazing and very dedicated bunch of volunteers from each county that support us with coordination, distribution, exhibitions, our brochure as well as the admin tasks that come with running a company.
Would you like to get involved? We are always looking for new people to support our work, who want some experience with events management or simply believe in what we do and want to help. Maybe you have ideas about how we can improve what we do or other things you could see us supporting? Maybe you have a particular expertise you think we could benefit from? We would love to hear from you and have you on board!

We currently  only have enough funding to support  a short term part time coordination contract. Dawn Worsely did a fantastic job coordinating the Open Studios event , residencies and exhibitions last year, but unfortunately she has moved away.  The contracts runs from 1st May to 31st December 2016 and you would need to commit roughly 3 days a week. The job comes with a “buy-out” fee, rather than a wage. You would gain experience in managing and coordinating exhibitions, residencies and the Open Studios. You would also be in charge of budgeting and marketing the event. If you think this is a job that might appeal to you, please email [email protected] and yo u will  be sent  the full job descriptions ( Welsh and English) as well as what is required to apply for the post.

Our passionate, dedicated team is what has kept us going and helped us develop over the last 11 years. Please support us to keep Helfa Gelf growing in 2016!

This project received funding through the Arts Council Wales and Local Authority partners.

For more information click here

Mischief and Mayhem in Wrexham

schoolchildren - Roald Dahl workshopAs school children take part in Roald Dahl-inspired workshop


Roald Dahl’s books are loved by millions of people around the world. However not many people know that the world’s number one storyteller was actually Welsh. Literature Wales, the national company for the development of literature is on a mission to change that, and to bring Roald Dahl back to Wales.

2016 marks 100 years since the birth of Roald Dahl and to celebrate this important centenary, Literature Wales has officially launched INVENT YOUR EVENT, a new funding and outreach scheme which will get people all over Wales involved in creative writing and reading. Invent your Event is funded by the Welsh Government and is supported by the Roald Dahl Literary Estate.

Invent your Event was officially launched at Wrexham County Borough Museum on Thursday 25 February, with the Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism, Ken Skates, and children from Brynteg Primary School taking part in a riotous workshop exploring the science behind Roald Dahl’s stories with writers Mark Brake and Mike Church.

Literature Wales has also announced a specific outreach programme which will ensure that people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities have the opportunity to take part in the Roald Dahl 100 Wales celebrations.

To find out more about Invent your Event, contact Literature Wales:
029 2047 2266 / [email protected] or visit:

Follow @LitWales and #RoaldDahl100Wales on Twitter
for further details and announcements.

New Charity Challenge – Mind the Mental Health Charity

mind cymruWe just wanted to share this new charity challenge that’s started this week – Take Off The Tape.

The challenge is: write down the thing that makes you most anxious – on a piece of tape, or sticky note, or even your hand. Take a selfie with it and share it on social media.  Hundreds of people have already shared theirs – lots are really moving and inspiring.

Here’s just one example…

Take a look at hundreds more on – TwitterFacebookInstagram.

It’s all to say we won’t be silenced by anxiety because, shockingly, even younger people think that bottling things up is the right thing to do!

  • Four in five under-35 year olds put on a brave face when they are anxious.
  • A quarter of under-35s feel that showing their emotions is a sign of weakness.

So what do you think? If you don’t normally talk about what worries you, could you Take Off The Tape on something that makes you anxious?

Please only take part if you’re 100% ready to do this – don’t push yourself too hard. But if you’re not feeling up to it, perhaps you could share it with a friend? And if you are ready, thank you! Keeping anxiety inside is a big problem. Together we can help to change that.

We’re Mind, the mental health charity.
We’re here to make sure anyone with a mental health problem has somewhere to turn for advice and support.
0300 123 3393