Annual Poetry Competition


New Closing date – send in  your entries!





We invite you to submit work that is in response to the theme of Stronger Together:  we want to reflect the feelings of our DAC members about this through poetry: consider the theme personally and/or politically, for example:- relationships; partnerships; families; the power of people together; Unity; Solidarity or in response to Brexit and issues around Immigration.

The competition follows the same theme as this year’s DAC annual exhibition. If you would like to use the exhibition for inspiration you can view the work at:

There will be two prizes of £50 awarded and selected poems will be part of an e-publication

THE DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES IS THURSDAY 30 NOVEMBER 2017                                

The Judges are Dominic Williams and Dr Sion Aled  Owen


For full details click on

Of Mice and Men – Chapter, Cardiff 18- 28 October

  August 012 are pleased to announce details about the company’s next production, Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. Award winning company August 012 in collaboration with Hijinx will ex-plore John Steinbeck’s American monolith, performing at Chapter Arts Centre during October. 



Lennie is strong and simple. George is short and sharp. They are migrant farm workers. It’s the Great Depression. It smells of sweat. Dogs get shot. Black people are lynched and women are whores. Lennie and George talk of living off the fat of the land, raising rabbits and auntie Clara’s blueberry pies.

The cast includes Wil Young who plays Lennie. Wil is a company member from Hijinx North Academy, one of 5 Academies in Wales that trains learning disabled and/or autistic adults to be-come professional actors. Neal McWilliams (Volcano Theatre, The Other Room, Sherman Thea-tre) plays George, Tom Mumford (NPT Theatres, August 012, Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru) plays Slim, Anthony Corria (aka Wella; National Theatre Wales) plays Crooks and Sara Lloyd Gregory (Being Human, Torchwood, BBC; Hinterland, BBC/S4C; Theatr Clwyd, National Theatre Wales) who plays Curly and Curly’s Wife. The show is directed by Mathilde Lopez (La Voix Humaine, Aldeburgh Festival 2017 / Festival of Voice 2016 Wales Millennium Centre / Welsh National Opera; Yuri, August 012 / Chapter / Underbelly Edinburgh 2016; City of the Unexpected, associate director National Theatre Wales & Wales Millennium Centre) and the scenographer is Tina Torbey (Design Studio Assistant at National Theatre, London). The Lighting Designer is Ace McCarron (Music Theatre Wales, Scottish Opera, English Touring Opera), Costume Designer is Brighde Penn (recently graduated from RWCMD with a masters in Performance Design) and Composer is Gareth Evans (Tonypandemonium National Theatre Wales; Roberto Zucco August 012). The show opens on the 18th of October at Chapter Arts Centre and will run until the 28th of October.

August 012 is a theatre company that produces vigorous and ambitious international contemporary plays rarely seen in Wales. The company endeavours to bring the writing and ideas of the rest of the world to the Welsh stage, in English, Welsh and other languages.

Director Mathilde Lopez said;
“We are very excited to join forces with Hijinx and wrestle with the seminal piece that is Of Mice and Men. I am also terrified to do it justice and echo the strength, relevance and conciseness of the novel on stage. We will explore documentary realism and the hyperboles of the Bible and find the spaces where Sergio Leone meets The Little House on the Prairie.”

Clare Williams, Chief Executive of Hijinx said;
“Hijinx applauds August 012 for their courage in casting an actor who has a better understanding of Lennie than any neurotypical actor. It has long been Hijinx’s ambition for mainstream theatre companies to recognise the value in casting diversely and this production Of Mice and Men is a perfect vehicle for this.”

The company will also be offering performances for schools during the 10 day run at Chapter Arts Centre.

Helfa gelf – Residencies

Helfa Gelf is hosting a number of residency projects during September as part of this year’s event.




Helfa Gelf @ Galeri, Caernarfon
Doc Victoria Caernarfon Gwynedd, LL55 1SQ

16 – 17 September
11 – 4pm on both days

Working with HG artists group, CARN, the general public will be invited to create a large installation of large newspaper front pages,  to hang in the space above the Bar at Galeri. The piece will be created in connection to INC festival at Galeri at the end of September. The INC festival is a celebration of the newspaper industry history in Caernarfon. Members of CARN, Rita Ann and Anthony Morris will be inviting you to partake in the creation of the installation in a FREE activity.

The work will then be on show from 18 September – 19 November 2017

Launch night: 22 September 2017

Helfa Gelf with Blind Veterans UK, Llandudno
Queens Road, Llandudno, LL30 1UT

25 – 29 September

Artist Luned Rhys Parri will be creating work with some of the residents based on some of the research made on the building, at Blind Veterans UK in a week long residency. 
The work will then be exhibited at Venue Cymru, Llandudno 1st of October – 31st of December.

Helfa Gelf Exhibitions

Helfa Gelf is hosting a number of
exhibitions during September as
part of this year’s event.





Helfa Gelf CYWRAIN @ Galeri, Caernarfon
Doc Victoria Caernarfon Gwynedd, LL55 1SQ

11 September – 03 November

For more information please visit the website:

The Carriageworks, Love Lane, Denbigh
LL16 3LU

For further information contact: 
[email protected] 

Gallery Betws-y-Coed
Holyhead Road, Betws-y-Coed LL24 0BW

1st of September – end of October 2017

Exhibition of Artist from Helfa gelf and other regular artists to the gallery.
Artists – Ann Lewis, Helen Gittins, 
Sonja Besnskin Mesher, SArah hartill,
Sharon Wagstaff, Valerie Lewin,
Catherine Taylor Parry, Christine Garwood,
Su Walls, Judith Samuel, Diane Evans,
Ceri Williams, Simon Collinge and Ruth Vintr.

Paintings, Ceramics, Mixed Media and Jewellery.
Some of the artsists exhibiting will be
opening their studios during the Helfa Gelf

 For further information please see webpage:

Remember that there’s a number of exhibition and other events over the weekend across North Wales, as well as the open studios.
For further information, visit our website:



Gofal – Journeys Project

Gofal’s Journeys project facilitates peer support groups and run courses in Wales for people experiencing depression and anxiety.




The groups offer support where peers support one another with the issues they are facing. People will be able to share experience with other who have similar issues in a friendly, relaxed and confidential setting. We have several groups across Wales. Please see :

 Some of these groups are currently welcoming new members.  Groups in Ammanford, Cardiff, Barry, Llandudno, Colwyn Bay and Caernarfon  are currently open to new members.

For further information contact: [email protected] or Tel: 02920 692891.

 We are also running two Depression Busting courses in the autumn in Newtown, Powys and Rhyl, Denbighshire:

 1)      Gofal’s Journeys  are running a Depression Busting Course in Newtown, Powys in September in partnership with Hafal and Cyfle Cymru  Peer Mentoring service. The course will run Thursday 21st and Friday 22nd September 10.00am to 4.00pm

 2)      Gofal’s Journeys  are running a Depression Busting Course in Rhyl in October  in partnership with Hafal and Cyfle Cymru  Peer Mentoring service. The course will run  Wednesdays,  4th-25th October 2017. 1 – 3pm.

The aim of the course is to enable people to manage depression. It gives the opportunity to develop strategies for self-management as a means of maintaining long term health and wellbeing. Places are available to anyone over 18. Please signpost or refer anyone who may be interested.


The Welsh Autism Show

Cardiff 2017

2500 already registered to attend!

September 28th

9am – 4pm 
Cardiff City Stadium 

The Welsh Autism show Cardiff is just 2 weeks away and has so far received an astonishing 2500 pre registered attendees. It’s set to be a fantastic show including the official opening  by actor Richard Mylan and his son Jaco who both stared in the BBC documentary “My Life With Autism”.

The show will see a line up of seminars including expert talks on topics such as special education needs, Lego based occupational therapy, The Power of play, and employment with autism; as well as TAD Talks on real autism life stories. A panel of experts will also be on hand in the afternoon during the facilitated Q & A Session. See the the full timetable below
Visitors to the show will be provided with an opportunity to explore cutting edge research, resources, products and services, and face to face access to the services, resources and provisions that are there to help individuals and families living with autism, and the professionals that support them.
As well as the seminars, the show will be packed with over 50 specialist companies showcasing their products and services. Visitors will be given the opportunity to meet with other individuals, families and professionals – all to help you get the help you need.

If you are an individual living with autism, a family member, or a professional that supports this community, then these Welsh Autism Shows are for you.  Vising the show as a visitor is entirely free. 

You can book your Free Visitor Tickets and find more information by visiting

Riverfront Theatre


Explosive new show by Liz Clarke exploring grief, coping mechanisms and things we do to get us through.

A fusion of theatre, live art and socially engaged practice, Cannonballista is a warm hearted extravaganza and an invitation to greet your wild side.


Riverfront Theatre, Newport

Thursday 21 September 7.45pm

Tickets £12 / £10

A workshop for women is being held at the Riverfront on Saturday 16 September 10am – 4pm. Tickets are £5, please email [email protected] to book a place by Wednesday 13th.

Full details of the performance, workshop and tour can be found at

MOMA – Machynlleth





In Our Minds There are Many Rooms


23 September 2017 to 18 November 2017
Sculpture Space

Through this exhibition Tim Iliffe wants to open up a dialogue with others regarding mental health. As a result of workshops and mailouts 100s of people have transformed K size medication boxes to reflect their state of mind. These decorated boxes are suspended in columns by Tim to create a fascinating installation.

Opening event Saturday 23rd September 12.00-14.00 for this exhibition and

Origin –                                                       Neil Canning

In the Mind’s Eye                                     Suzie Larke

Llanbrynmair – Soft Mutations            Nicky Arscott

Local Artists Local Scenes                      A fundraising  exhibition  in aid of the Glasfryn Project 

For more details :