Audio Description Training

forweb-DisabledLostchild-1Audio           – sound, especially when recorded, transmitted, or reproduced

Description – a spoken or written account of a person, object, or event

Training       – the action of teaching a person a skill or type of behaviour

For museum, gallery & heritage staff

Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff

Wednesday 10th May 9.30am – 5pm

There are 15 available places

Price: £45 per person including lunch

Join DASH and DAC for an interactive training day designed to build your knowledge and awareness of disability equality in museums, galleries and cultural centres, specifically in relation to welcoming and supporting blind and partially sighted visitors and artists. We will be focusing on the skills necessary for describing artworks, through practical exercises.

 At the end of the training delegates will be able to:

  • Understand what it means for people to live with sight loss and describe the barriers they face in relation to cultural and artistic venues
  • Demonstrate with confidence the appropriate etiquette and skills to use in guiding blind and partially sighted people
  • Identify methods by which museum, gallery and heritage buildings can be made more inclusive and accessible to blind and partially sighted visitors
  • Use appropriate approaches to describe images and objects to blind and partially sighted people

The training will be led by Zoe Partington and Louise Fryer, both highly experienced Disabled trainers. Zoe is a Disabled artist and trainer who has many years of working with Galleries and Museums across the World, developing the inclusion of Blind and partially sighted people. Dr. Louise Fryer is a teaching fellow at University College London (UCL) and the author of:

“An Introduction to Audio Description: A practical guide.”

To book please go to – http://audiodescriptioncardiff.eventbrite.co.uk

For further information contact DASH 01743 272939 – [email protected]www.dasharts.org



Specialist Employability Support

3scDo you know a person who would benefit from this programme?

3SC and the RNC are now actively seeking referrals for people with disabilities.

Who’s it for?
DWP have recently expanded the criteria for our SES programme, we can now accept individuals with a visual impairment OR other types of disability.

What’s on offer?
The programme is designed to assist customers with a disability who are at risk of exclusion from the job market.  We can individually tailor a combination of guidance, learning in the workplace, work experience and training. This includes helping participants to overcome barriers to enable them to either secure sustainable employment or to become suitable for wider provision following intensive support.

Next steps?
Customers should speak to their Job Centre Adviser and ask to be referred to the SES programme with the RNC.

Have a question?
View the RNC website – SES Page
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Creative Future Literary Awards



The 2017 Creative Future Literary Awards are now OPEN for submissions!

creative futuresFounded in 2013, the Creative Future Literary Awards are the UK’s only national writing competition and high profile awards ceremony for under-represented writers. We showcase talented writers who lack opportunities due to mental health issues, disability, identity or other social circumstance. Prizes are awarded for both poetry and short fiction, including £1000 of cash prizes & professional writing development support. Winners are selected by a panel of industry experts.

Submit poetry and flash fiction for the chance to win one of twelve prizes totaling over £10,000.

Open to: Poetry (200 words) and flash fiction (300 words) on the theme of ‘Important Nothings’ – a Jane Austen quote to celebrate her 200th anniversary this year.

Entry fee: Free

Prizes: Over £10,000 worth of cash and writer development prizes including mentoring via The Literary Consultancy, plus courses from Penguin Random Writers’ Academy and The Poetry School. Winners will also be published in an anthology alongside guest authors Lemn Sissay and Kit de Waal.

Closing date: 26 June 2017

Enter: Online here, in person or by post.


Click here to enter before the closing date of 26 June 2017.

Baluji Shrivastav

New Album – the Best of Baluji Shrivastav

BalujiSitar maestro Baluji Shrivastrav has launched a compilation album celebrating an extraordinary musical career, featuring the Inner Vision Orchestra who Disability Arts Cymru and UCAN brought to Wales a couple of years ago.

Baluji has been campaigning for a long time for blind musicians to be treated as equally as their sighted peers. To raise awareness Baluji and the Inner Vision Orchestra have formed a partnership with Rich Mix Studios in East London. Between 11am and 4pm on fortnightly Mondays starting the 13th March and running for a year, the Inner Vision Orchestra will be at Rich Mix rehearsing and developing new projects and everyone, blind or sighted, is invited to watch proceedings taking place.

Inner Vision Orchestra is playing at various venues this year for more information please visit www.baluji.com


Ramps on the Moon

Disabled Theatre Workshop

Ramps on the moonTheatre Royal Stratford East, London E15 1BN

Wednesday 12th April 7-9pm

Theatre Royal Stratford East is delighted to launch the Disabled Theatre Workshop on 12 April in Gerry’s bar, 7-9pm, supported by Ramps on the Moon.

Disabled Theatre Workshop is a network for D/deaf and disabled theatre makers to come together and meet one another, to share ideas, to offer mutual support, to access skills workshops, networking events, and create discussion forums.

The network is also open to those who are committed to or interested in creating accessible work and employment opportunities for D/deaf and disabled artists within the industry.

There will be a monthly event for members of the Disabled Theatre Workshop to come together, we have ideas about what these could look like, but we want to know what you want so we can plan events that are relevant and useful to you.

The launch event is a chance to come along, have a glass of wine, meet other artists, make connections and inform the future of the Disabled Theatre Workshop.

Membership of the network is free, if you would like to attend the launch event, please email Agent for Change, Kate Lovell on [email protected] by 31st March. If you can’t attend this event, but are interested in future events, please get in touch to be added to the mailing list.

BSL interpreters will be available at all Disabled Theatre Workshop events. Please contact us if there is anything we can do to support your attendance and to allow us to meet your access needs.

We look forward to welcoming you to the theatre on 12 April and hearing your ideas for this exciting new venture.

Poetry Competition iBook 2016

Free iBook

For the second time we have created an iBook from the Poetry Competition inspired by the images in our Annual Exhibition with the theme of Austerity/ Extravagance.

Caroline Gill was the winner with her poem Drop in the Ocean responding to her own artwork called Shoreline Symphonies.

If you would like to read Caroline’s poem as well as the other poems, carry on by clicking the widget below to download it for free to read on your iPad, iPhone or Mac.

If you do not have any of these devices we have a version in PDF format that should work fine with anything you have. If not, get in touch for bespoke formats 

PDF Download


Magma Poetry

Magma 69

magmaIt is with enormous pleasure that Magma is opening submissions for the d/Deaf Issue, Magma 69 supported using public funding by Arts Council England for which we are very grateful. It is a topic close to my heart – or ear – as I am medically deaf in my left ear through childhood mumps. My co-editor, Raymond Antrobus is deaf/Deaf from birth and a former pupil of a deaf school in North London. We are very excited to be dedicating this issue to poetry which explores how we hear and what we choose to hear within a society which is culturally disposed to listening only by hearing with its ears/or more recently in a Trumpian Twittersphere by shutting them. How do we hear? What do we choose to hear? What are we deaf to?
We are looking for poetry that promotes understanding of how people with varying hearing abilities interpret sound and how D/deafness could be channelled into poetry. As well as voices from people experiencing D/deafness and those from D/deaf communities, we want to hear poetry that approaches this topic in ways that make us rethink our relationship with sound and language, poetry that promotes new understandings; that rocks the cultural status quo of the hearing and d/Deaf world. Poems that break down prejudices. If you are a CODA (Child Of Deaf Adult), or have/had a d/Deaf relative, perhaps you have a story too.
If you are a d/Deaf poet who signs poems in British Sign Language or Sign Assisted English, then please submit with a link to your video as we will be posting poems on the Magma website. If you are deaf, hearing or hard of hearing, please submit your best poems on deafness from any angle. We rule nothing out, except cliché, poor jokes and poor-little-me poems. Invoking sympathy / victimhood / fetishising silence is not the aim; stimulating debate, surprise and the exchange of ideas is what will make the d/Deaf Issue amazing and talked about long after the noise has faded.
Feel free to submit up to four poems on theme for ‘The Deaf Issue’.  Off-theme poems can also be submitted.

For further details please go to: http://magmapoetry.com/
The deadline is 30 April 2017.
Lisa Kelly and Raymond Antrobus
Editors, Magma 69

Tape Music and Film

The Sad and Beautiful World of Sparklehorse

SparklehorseOn Saturday 18th of March Tape will be showcasing the  music documentary Sparklehorse with a Q&A session with the filmmakers of Sparklehorse Alex Crowton and Bobby Das.


This is a free event – Booking essential


Here’s the link to the Sparklehorse event:





TAPE Community Arts Centre

Berthes Road, Old Colwyn, Conwy, LL29 9SD


Taking Flight Theatre

You’ve Got Dragons

Taking flight -On Tour from 23rd March – 28th May 2017

An accessible family show featuring live original music. BSL, integrated audio description and creative captioning.

Based on the book by Kathryn Cave in which the original illustrator was Nick Maland

“Dragons come when you least expect them, you turn round… and they’re there”

So what can a young child with a bad case of the dragons do?

An ideal family show and perfect for school or group bookings also. In many venues, there will be accessible craft activity before or after the show. Join us for lots of fun- and a few dragony surprises!

For more details of to speak about access requirements, please contact [email protected] or call Beth on 07785 947823

Abertillery Met 23-24 March
Blackwood Miners Institute 28 March
Y Ffwrnes Llanelli 31 March
Barry Memo 4 April
Torch Theatre Milford Haven 12 April
Chapter Arts Cardiff 13-15 April
Wise Words Festival Canterbury 1 May
Newbridge Memo 20 May booking not yet open
Swansea Deaf Club 21 May TBC – contact Beth 07785 947823 for info
Park and Dare Treorchy 24 May
Theatr Brycheiniog Brecon 27 May
Mission Theatre Bath 28 May booking not yet open