Disability Arts Cymru


DAC new logoThank you to everyone who has supported us and participated in DAC events over the last year.

We wish you all the very best for Christmas and hope you have a happy holiday. May 2017 bring exciting, equal and diverse events for everyone!

Criw Celf Wrexham

Calling All Parents

criw-celfDeadline extended to 31/12/16

Do you have a son or daughter between the ages of 11 and 15 who has a passion or talent for art and design? Have they been identified as More Able and Talented in the arts in their shcool?

If so sign up to Criw Celf Wrexham!

Criw Celf is an exciting programme of art masterclasses, visits and special exhibitions and all MAT students in Wrexham are now invited to apply.

Please email Sarah at [email protected] for costs and further details.


Arts Council Wales

Wales in Edinburgh 2017

Arts Council of Wales logo portrait (2)ACW Wales in Edinburgh 2017 is open

Deadline for expressions of interest: 8.00am, Monday, 12th Dec 2016

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the world’s largest arts festival. For Wales’ performing arts companies it represents a huge opportunity to present work at an internationally significant platform. The Festival is attended by audiences, programmers, promoters and producers from across the UK and the world. We believe that our performing arts companies should be given the chance to shine in this global context.
Only organisations based in Wales can apply for these awards (this funding priority is not open to applications from individuals/creative professionals). This year will be slightly different from previous years as we will have two levels of grant:

  • Grants from £5,001 to £12,000 will be available. We will expect most of the grants that we award to be at this level.
  • Larger grants of £12,001 up to £20,000 will also be available. Larger grants will only be awarded to productions that have significant potential for international impact beyond the festival, strongly demonstrated in the application. These could be productions that are under consideration for British Council Showcase and/or productions that have genuine potential for future international touring.

To make an application, your Expression of Interest must be submitted to: [email protected] titled Edinburgh – Expression of Interest. Read the guidance document for more information. The deadline for full applications (which must have been agreed following the Expressions of Interest stage) will be 5.00pm on Thursday, 26th January 2017. Read more at: http://www.arts.wales/what-we-do/funding/apply/wales-in-edinburgh?diablo.lang=eng

Small World Theatre

Cardigan’s Giant Lantern Parade!

creative-cardiganFriday 9 December, 

7pm – 8pm


Join a magnificent lantern parade on Friday 9 December through the streets of Cardigan from 7pm! Be part of an evening spectacular that ends in a breath taking fireworks display at 8pm.


We hope everyone had the chance to make a lantern at one of Small World Theatre’s Lantern Making Workshop in October and November. If not, don’t worry, come along and join the crowd (there will be spare lanterns to carry). Small World Theatre will lead the parade from Pendre Art to Prince Charles Quay where there will be a breath taking fireworks display at 8pm. Also, Cardigan’s many shops will be open for late night shopping with tempting Christmas wares…


The theme of this parade centres around the first Eisteddfod. It will be an inspirational procession of festive decorations. Imagine harps and stars with bells and bards… amongst the lanterns will be some giant creations. If you’ve made a lantern, you will be able to take yours home after the parade and in time for Christmas.


We’re meeting at Small World Theatre at 6.15pm to collect our lanterns and light our candles. The parade leaves Small World Theatre at 7pm.


This event is part of Festive Fortnight, a Creative Cardigan project. The project has been funded by the Welsh Government through Visit Wales’ Tourism Product Innovation Fund which aims to encourage partnership working and innovative ideas which will have a greater impact and attract more visitors.


Find more events happening during the Festive Fortnight listed on creativecardigan.com

RawFfest 2017

RawFfest Tender opportunities

RawffestRawFfest GŵylGrai is a new, annual festival for young people throughout Wales. Our second festival will take place in North Wales from 17 – 20 August 2017.


We have two tender opportunities:

  1. Festival Administrator. Based in South East Wales, this role is crucial to ensuring all administrative systems run smoothly. Fee: £8,400 for January to September 2017. This is roughly equivalent to 2 days/week at £100/day.
  2. Youth Development Coordinator. Based at Venue Cymru, this person will work directly with young people and develop links with the youth and youth arts sector throughout Wales. Conversational Welsh is highly desirable for this role. Fee: £4,300 for January to September 2017. This is roughly equivalent to 1 day/ week at £100/day.

Closing date: 5pm Wednesday 14 December 2016.

Interviews: Monday 19 December in Cardiff for Administrator role; Tuesday 20 December at Venue Cymru for Youth Development role.

For a tender brief email [email protected] or visit www.rawffest.wales

Ty Llywelyn Centre

Alice Mural for the Rabbit Hole!

rabbit-holeA mural created by children of the Tre Cwm estate will take pride of place at the rabbit hole cafe llandudno from the 16th of December.

Artist Rachael Roberts project managed and facilitated many of the creative sessions at the Ty Llywelyn centre. The Ty Llywelyn youth club enjoyed sessions delivered by 3 local artists; Rachael, Andy Burke and Andrew Jenkins, supported by funds from Conwy Health and wellbeing (Jayne Neal/Claire Lister).

The project was a huge success with 12 murals created in total. 10 murals adorning the walls of Ty Llywelyn, one at the DAWN centre Colwyn Bay and the final mural to be placed at the Rabbithole, Llandudno. 

Rachael said “This project has been a huge success with the majority of the groups accessing Ty Llywelyn participating in atleast one of the sessions including; Gateway, Phab, Lucheaon, Jigsaw and Youth group/s. Working with a wide variety of participants has enabled us to create a diverse range of artworks to adorn the walls of the centre and other relevant locations.” 

Disability Arts Cymru News

For All Our Members!

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A big thank you to everyone who supported the Mental Health Arts Festival throughout October and November. We are very pleased with all the praise and positive feedback we have received. A huge thank you to all the artists and performers who made the second Wales Mental Health Arts Festival such a success.

Annual Art Exhibition

The theme of this year’s open exhibition is ‘Stronger Together’

For an entry form and further details please contact:   [email protected]  Tel: 02920 551 040

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]
  • 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. Any queries please contact us.
  • We welcome entries under the themes of ‘Stronger Together’ – It is intended as a broad theme open to wider interpretation
  • 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 27th January 2017


Due to the size of the venues there is a limit to the number of pieces that can be exhibited. Work must adhere to the Exhibiting Policy and DAC will select work to be exhibited if there is over-submission. DAC reserve the right to accept or reject any work for inclusion in the show. In the event your work is not exhibited your entry fee will be returned. Chosen work must be delivered to the DAC head office or stated venue by Feb 17th 2017

Exhibition dates –

  • Oriel Ynys Mon – Feb 28th to June 28th 2017

Work must be available for the duration of the exhibition.

A panel of judges will pick a selection of work to tour until November 2017 at the following venues:

  • Celf O Gwmpas – Date tbc
  • Penarth Pier – 13th October to the 22nd November

           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.


Poetry Competition Results

Congratulations to everyone who entered this year’s poetry competition, we were delighted with the high quality of the work and the judging was apparently very difficult. The winning and commended entries are as follows:


A Drop in the Ocean – Caroline Gill (in response to Shoreline Symphony by Eileen Harrisson)

Highly commended:

No Damn Cat – Rosamund McCullain

Cogito ergo sum – Wendy Jones

Kong Karl’s Land – Rosemary Foran


Genetic Imprint – Sue Kent

From Briton Ferry Bridge – Mel Perry (After Monuments by Dawn MacIntyre)

The unfinished Story of a Tree in Two Movements – Giles L. Turnbull (after A Tree in Two Movements by Rosmary Foran)

He Can Wheel Himself Inside – Anne Marie Butler

For publication:

Austerity – Elizabeth Rose Hancock

Concealed – Bríd Wyldearth

A house is not a home – a home is not a castle – Des Mannay

A Fragility of Voices – Eileen Harrisson (In response to Silent Polyphonies)

Hello pain let’s dance! – Wendy Jones

Gladrags – Giles L. Turnbull (after Gemma Paines ‘Dressing up, Dressing Down’)

We will be announcing details of the e-publication of the poems early in the new year.


DAC Xtra

Don’t forget to have a look at our DAC Xtra website; the place you will find information about our mentoring and support programme. Do get in touch if you are interested in trying to be partnered with an arts organisation that may be able to help you. The website address is dacxtra.rocks


In our minds there are many rooms….

Artist Tim Iliffe has been awarded an ACW grant to create 4 art installations across North Wales and he wants DAC members to help him. Tim is sending out boxes asking people to make something that represents the state or contents of their minds, being as creative as possible they can do anything they like with their box, and then return it to Tim to add it to one of the installations.

Very shortly all DAC members will receive an envelope from Tim containing the box, an information leaflet and a pre-paid address label to return the finished box. This is a fun and fascinating project and I do hope lots of our members will take part. The deadline is 19th January 2017.


Changing the Focus Film Project

We have been very pleased with the response to the Changing the Focus film we made with Ben Ewart-Dean, it has already been screened at several venues and will be at events in North Wales in the new year. We are delighted that the film has been chosen to be part of Together 2012 Disability Film Festival in London next week. Further details can be found on our What’s On page on our website.



Together 2012 Disability Art, Culture and Human Rights

Together! Disability Film Festival 2016

togetherThe programme has been announced for the free Together! Disability Film Festival, which runs from 6-8pm on Friday 9 and from 12-8pm on Saturday and Sunday 10/11 December at the Old Town Hall Stratford, London.


Beginning with a world premiere and continuing with many UK and London premieres, the Together! 2016 Disability Film Festival brings together films of all budgets, lengths and genres from across the world that are either made by a disabled filmmaker, or feature a significant disabled character(s). The Festival includes films by and about people with learning difficulties, people with mobility or sensory impairments, people with mental health difficulties and people with long-term health conditions, and many of the filmmakers will be present. 

The Festival is intended to be fully accessible, with step-free access, ‘relaxed’ screenings, an induction loop and live audio-description on demand. Many of the films are captioned, have BSL interpretation or contain no language. Each morning, the detailed programme is released on the Festival website with links to the films that are available to watch free online, to extend access still further. However, the Festival is aimed at a mainstream audience rather than just disabled people and their friends and families. 

Together! 2012 CIC Artistic Director Dr Ju Gosling explains: 

“This is the fifth annual Together! Disability Film Festival, and every year we have a feast of films with something to appeal to every taste. While there are still very few images of disabled people within the mainstream, the Together! Disability Film Festival shows the breadth and diversity of disabled people and their experiences, along with the talents of emerging and mid-career disabled filmmakers. All of us, always, learn something new, but principally what we take away from the weekend is a huge amount of enjoyment. Stratford also offers some great Xmas shopping opportunities, both in central Stratford and at Westfield.”



6pm: Rolling Strong. Marianela Vega Oroza. Peru. 2015. WORLD PREMIERE. Our opening night pays tribute to the anniversary of London 2012 and the Rio 2016 Paralympics. ROLLING STRONG is a feature-length documentary film (in Spanish with English subtitles) that tells the story of the first wheelchair rugby team in Peru. They are a group of men and women from different cultural and socio-economic backgrounds who got together three years ago to play a new sport of which they—and their whole country—knew little about. The film follows them for two years, showing their process of coming together as a team, the excitement of their first international tournaments and the goals, dreams and motivations that guide their everyday struggle on and off the court. PLUS We’re the Superhumans. Katherine Araniello. 2016. “An Olympics trailer I can finally relate to.” 


12.30-1.30pm: SCREENING & DEBATE: DOUBLE DISCRIMINATION With BSL Interpretation. A light lunch will be provided. Do disabled actors and filmmakers from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic groups (BAME) face twice the barriers that their peers do? What should we all be doing to acknowledge and tackle discrimination, both within the disability community and the mainstream? All are welcome to discuss this important issue on World Human Rights Day. Includes a screening of Rinkoo Barpaga’s Double Discrimination, investigating Deaf people’s experiences of racism, including leading figures in the Deaf community. 


2pm: FILMS FROM THE EAST Films by locally based filmmakers. Includes films from Richard House children’s hospice and Powerhouse women, and the UK premiere of My Shape, an audio-visual performance piece presenting the poetry of the late, great Barbara Stewart (1956-2016) by Stephen Lee Hodgkins.

3pm: ANIMATION Includes films by Lucy Skuce, Katherine Araniello, Stephen Lee Hodgkins and Steven Cole. 

3.30pm: SHORT DOCS 1 Deaf and Disabled people talk about their love of London; describe how the seasons affect their mood; reflect on how life has changed for people with learning difficulties over the past few decades; and how the Deaf community reacted to a lesbian coming out in the 1960s. Includes films by Matthew Goodsell, Mark Hemsworth, Ben Ewart-Dean and BSL Zone. 

4.45pm: Terminal Device. Ross Turnbull. Canada. 2016. 68:00. UK PREMIERE. Who is Captain Hook? And why is he so scary? Ross Turnbull is a ‘man with a hook’ who explores how prosthetics are pictured in films and popular culture in this autobiographical journey. Screened with English captions and audio-description. 

6pm: Alex Herz. A Normal Life. US. 2016. 72:00. UK PREMIERE. Join us on World Human Rights Day for the UK premiere of a feature film exploring family ties and independent living. Two brothers are due to be parted when the elder leaves for college in Alex Herz’s first feature. But will the younger brother, who has Down Syndrome, be allowed to become independent too? This sensitive and moving film is based on the filmmaker’s lived experience.


12pm: ARTISTS FILMS & VIDEOS Includes films about the British Paraorchestra, Joy of Sound, the Troublemakers youth arts project, conductor James Rose, artists Katherine Araniello and Richard Hunt and writer Russell Highsmith; and films by Sean Burn and Penny Woolcock.

1.15pm: SHORT DOCS 2 Deaf and disabled people talk about the barriers they face in employment; finding their identity as a Deaf person through love; and finding their identity as a Deaf person through moving to the UK. Films are from Creative Opportunities and BSL Zone.

2.45pm:  DANCE Short films from Liberdade, Tae Catford and Danny Smith, plus Flying Monk’s feature-length documentary Heels and Wheels, about competitive wheelchair ballroom dancing.

4pm: SHORT DRAMAS Friends tackle a young man who prefers to play video games than leave the house; a relationship is carried out by post across countries; a wheelchair user challenges onlookers with his ‘normality’; a teacher at a Deaf school is murdered; a town is under siege – just some of the stories in films by CanDo Films, Teresa Garratty, Louis Neethling, The Clonmel Busking and Arts Festival, Louise Lenihan and Simone Tunbridge, Jerome Rehioui, Liberdade and Paul Green.

6pm: What Doesn’t Kill Me: The Life and Music of Vic Chesnutt. Scott Stuckey. US, 2016. UK PREMIERE. In 2006, NPR listed Vic Chesnutt at #5 on its list of Top Living Songwriters. Quadriplegic all of his adult life, Chestnutt, who died in 2009, was widely respected by musicians and music fans for his songs about vulnerability and mortality. Directed by longtime D.C. filmmaker Scott Stuckey, the film tells the bittersweet story of the singer/songwriter’s lifelong search for inner peace, after a drunken driving crash that broke his neck, shortly after high school. Ian MacKaye, influential D.C. punk pioneer and founder of Dischord Records observed, “Maybe America’s not ready for a superstar in a wheelchair.” 


Echoes. Josh Merritt. UK. 2016. LONDON PREMIERE. An ageing, reclusive rock star gives a rare interview with an inexperienced, anxious young journalist. But what connects them?