Merry Christmas

Farewell and Thanks to Sara

It has been a strange day in the office today as we watch Sara Mackay clear her desk for the last time. I’m sure all our members and supporters will want to join me in wishing her all the very best for her future adventures and huge thanks for all she has given Disability Arts Cymru over the past 27 years.

We look forward to welcoming Brychan Tudor in January, I’m sure there are exciting times ahead for DAC.

Thanks to everyone who has supported the organisation during 2017, we look forward to working with as many disabled artists as possible in the coming year.

Very warm seasons greetings to you all.

Nadolig Llawen a Blwyddyn Newydd Dda

 

Outside In and Pallant House Gallery

Art Co-commission Opportunity!

Outside In and Pallant House Gallery are offering an exciting opportunity for Outside In artists to submit proposals for a co-commission responding to the work of artist Scottie Wilson. The successful artist or artists will be commissioned to create artwork that will be exhibited at Pallant House Gallery alongside Scottie Wilson’s work from the Gallery’s permanent collection in May 2018. The successful artist or artists will receive £4,000 for the commission.

About the commission

This commission is open to all Outside In artists based in the UK. The final work should be primarily new work or it can be existing work which can be displayed in a new way. We are also open to proposals from artists wishing to work collaboratively on the commission.
 

We encourage artists to explore whichever aspects of Scottie Wilson’s work are particularly interesting or meaningful to them. This could be the way he creates his work compulsively, his themes of ‘greedies’ or ‘evils’, or the imaginative worlds he has created using different animals, nature and faces (see below for more information on Scottie Wilson). We encourage all art forms for the proposal, including painting, drawing, sculpture, photography and installation.
 

The commission will be exhibited at Pallant House Gallery in Chichester in Room 6, alongside work by Scottie Wilson from Pallant House Gallery’s permanent collection. To view works by Scottie Wilson, you can look at this web page: www.outsidein.org.uk/Scottie-Wilson.
 

The successful artist(s) will receive £4,000 for the commission to cover the cost of their materials, travel, and time. Outside In are able to provide support with managing this budget if needed.
 

There will be 8 weeks available to create the commission. The successful artist(s) will also be appointed a mentor who can provide support during the making time. 

To receive an application form and information pack, book a place on an Artist Support Day, or find out more about the co-commission, please contact Hannah Whitlock, Outside In Artist Development Coordinator, either by emailing [email protected] or by calling 01243 770845.

Deadline: 5pm on Friday 9th February 2018 

Gallery visits for shortlisted artists: week commencing 19th February 2018

Exhibition opening date: 2nd May – 29th July 2018, opening night to be confirmed
 

More information http://outsidein.org.uk/Scottie-Wilson-Commission

Brevis – a journal of short poetry and prose from Wales and beyond.

Brevis – a journal of short poetry and prose from Wales and beyond … seeks submissions of short poetry and prose for the launch of the first issue of our online literary journal which will be published 3 times a year.

Poetry: haiku, senru, tanka, kyoka, cherita, englyn, fibonacci, freestyle, any other poems 10 lines or less.

Prose: haibun, flash fiction, mini memoir, potted wisdom and more. Be creative, surprise me. I have quite eclectic tastes.

There is no particular theme for our first issue and I don’t mind work that has been published before providing you let me know where, so that we can give the original publisher credit and I would be very happy to post bi-lingual work. Please do not send work that shows predudice toward others, glorifies violence or uses bad language.

I am Karen Harvey, founder and Editor of Brevis. My poetry and flash fiction have been published in online and print journals and anthologies and I have been involved with a large number of poets and writers, especially among the haiku community for some time. My dream is that Brevis will showcase the high quality work of international poets, writers and dreamers for the enjoyment of all.

Please send your submissions, up to 10 short poems and/or 4 short prose ‘in the body of you email’ please to [email protected]

For more information see our facebook page

 

The Llanarth Group

richard III redux 

OR Sara Beer [IS/NOT] richard III

Sara Beer is back and ready to rule as she takes on the role of king in The Llanarth Group’s reimagining of Richard III next spring. Written by award-winning playwright Kaite O’Reilly, director Phillip Zarrilli brings his latest production to venues across Wales in March 2018.

 

Richard III: Bogeyman. Villain. Evil incarnate. Or is he? What if he is she? What if the ‘hideous…. deformed, hobbling, hunchbacked cripple’ is portrayed by someone funny, female, feminist, and with the same form of scoliosis?  How might the story change, the body change, the acting change, the character change when explored by a disabled actress with deadly comic timing and a dislike for horses? How would previous star vehicle Richards measure up? Olivier, McKellan, Pacino, Sher – watch out – the mighty richard III redux has you in the frame.

 

Riotously inventive and joyously irreverent, richard III redux is not a production of Shakespeare’s classic, but an interweaving of stories about acting, difference, and a maligned historical figure told by unreliable narrator Sara Beer. She takes on Richard as a solo performer in a number of guises, interspersed with video and live camera sequences. The production will premiere at Cardiff’s Chapter Arts Centre on International Women’s Day, 8 March 2018.

 

Sara Beer said “I am extremely lucky to have worked with Kaite O’Reilly and Phillip Zarrilli on several projects over the years.  Playing Richard III is not an opportunity I ever expected to arise but when Kaite suggested it as a way of exploring the many aspects of this much maligned character and the portrayal throughout history by non-disabled actors I jumped at the chance. It is a hugely enjoyable process as well as a challenge like no other I have experienced. This production will be anything but traditional, but I am sure it will be thought provoking as well as entertaining.”

 

Written by O’Reilly, the production is directed by Phillip ZarrillI, with videography by Cardiff based filmmaker Paul Whittaker.

 

Kaite O’Reilly is a Wales-based playwright and theatre-maker who works internationally, with a specialism in disability arts and culture. Her award-winning plays and performance work are innovative in form, aesthetics, and content.

 

Kaite said “It’s wonderful being able to work in Wales with a director in such demand across the world, and on such a fascinating subject. Despite historical proof to the contrary, for hundreds of Years Richard III has been the embodiment of evil – the bogeyman smothering innocent children, his misshapen exterior reflecting a twisted inner psyche. A long line of distinguished actors have used considerable ingenuity to portray this “twisted-body-twisted-mind” – and so effectively, a fear and distrust of physical difference has become ingrained. Shakespeare has a lot to answer for – he had Richard III stitched up – and I want to unpick some of these stitches, to reconsider the historical impact of a the hellish ‘bottled spider’, and to have some fun with actorly depiction, deconstructing Richard with a female comedic performer, with a disability perspective. We want to raise questions about the representation of difference, as well as raising some laughs.”

 

Phillip Zarrilli, Artistic Director of The Llanarth Group, spent much of 2017 out of Wales, working on projects in Berlin, Greece, and Israel, and directing productions in Norway, Singapore, and Costa Rica for The National Theatre Company.

 

Phillip said “richard III redux is not a performance of Shakespeare’s play. Rather, it is a roughing up, a re-visitation of the problematic set of assumptions and premises on which Shakespeare (falsely) (mis)shaped his Richard as ‘a poisonous bunch-back’d toad’, ‘deform’d, unfinish’d…villain’. The performance will be a mosaic with alternative lenses/voices/roles through which Sara Beer’s ‘richard III’ will be re-mixed. I loved working with Sara Beer on Kaite O’Reilly’s Cosy last year at Wales Millennium Centre, and to work with her again now on this production is an absolute delight.  She lights up the stage.”

 

Kaite, Phillip and Sara have recently returned to Wales following a successful cultural exchange with disabled and Deaf artists in Singapore, commissioned by Unlimited and supported by the British Council and Arts Council Wales.

 

richard III redux OR Sara Beer [IS/NOT] richard III is a Llanarth Group production and is kindly supported by Arts Council Wales. The production will tour to Cardiff, Aberystwyth, Mold, Cardigan and Milford Haven in spring 2018.

 

Cast and Creative Team

Performer: Sara Beer

Playwright: Kaite O’Reilly (Follow Kaite on Twitter: @kaiteoreilly)

Director: Phillip Zarrilli

Videographer: Paul Whittaker

 

2018 Tour Dates

8, 9, 10, 16,17 March: Chapter Theatre, Cardiff  

14, 15 March: Aberystwyth Art Centre Studio

19, 20 March: Theatre Clwyd, Mold

21 March: The Torch Theatre, Milford Haven

23 March – Small World: Theatre, Cardigan

Every performance will be captioned.

Oriel Davies- Celf Able

The Bird Company – “Barriers”

Oriel Davies – 24th January 2018 2.00- 3.30pm

 

 

A short performance by inclusive art group Celf Able exploring disability barriers.

The performance will be followed by a practical craft based workshop, where participants will further explore the themes of the performance.

Find out more

http://www.celf-able.org/

This event is part of The Kitchen, Oriel Davies’ pop-up project and event space that runs until 27 January 2017.

 

 

Voluntary Arts

Epic Awards

Closing date: 11th January 2018

Entries are now open for the 2018 Epic Awards programme. Run by Voluntary Arts, the annual awards programme supports voluntary arts across the UK and Ireland. Epic Awards 2018 is your chance to have your creative group or initiative recognised with a moment in the spotlight at our annual awards celebrating excellence in the voluntary arts sector. You have until Thursday 11 January 2018 to get your entries in, so start thinking of what makes your entry particularly epic and get to work.

For further information please go here

 

 

 

 

Clinical Psychology Fringe

Fringe Festival in Cardiff

The Clinical Psychology Fringe, now in its second year, will take place on the evenings of Wednesday 17th and Thursday 18th January 2018, running alongside the annual conference for the Division of Clinical Psychology of the British Psychological Society. It aims to take big ideas to different public spaces in the city, exploring what mental health and wellbeing mean in the 21st century by way of the arts. It will feature a range of performances and events over two evenings, followed by a conference – Beyond The Therapy Room – on the Friday.

The British Psychological Society’s Division of Clinical Psychology is having its conference in Cardiff in January. The Fringe is running alongside it, aiming to open up psychology to the public as we began to do in Liverpool last year.

This year all seven acts will take perform at ‘The Other Room’ in Cardiff. These include ‘Etcetera’ by Celf o Gwmpas, ‘Stuck in the Middle’ by Cardiff’s Amber Project and readings by poet Gwyneth Lewis.

Details of dates and times of performances will be available soon, for further information please visit: http://www.psychologyfringe.com/about-fringe

E-mail: [email protected]

Celf o Gwmpas

Freelance Project Co-Ordinator

Celf o Gwmpas is seeking to recruit a new member to join their Staff Team

The post will be a freelance position for a period of 11 months, starting early in February 2018.  Celf o Gwmpas wishes to engage an individual with knowledge and experience of Arts, Health and Wellbeing to co-ordinate our current project ‘Reaching Out, Drawing In’ and to develop our ‘Artist Network’.

If you are interested in applying for this opportunity, please visit our website for more information and to download an application pack

www.celfogwmpas.org

Closing date for applications: Monday 15 January 2018 @ 5.00pm

Telephone: 01597 822777

Email: [email protected]

Centre Celf, Tremont Road, Llandrindod Wells, Powys LD1 5EB

Artist in Residence

Centre Celf are delighted to welcome their third artist in residence Jack McClafferty .

McClafferty’s residency entitled Exploring the language of landscape, people and place will seek to develop a series of art works and ideas, in response to the language and landscape of Wales.

Throughout December, McClafferty will make various explorations around the different regions of Wales, engaging with language, landscape, people and places and create art works in response to experiences.

As a multi-disciplinary artist and designer, McClafferty is interested in themes and ideas such as identity, exploration, time and place.

The four residencies in partnership with Disability Arts Cymru are funded by the Arts Council of Wales and provide a unique experience for Disabled Artists living in Wales to develop their artistic practice.

The Romani Cultural and Arts Company


Training

‘Tales from the Trailers’ Accommodation, Health, Education and Mobility

The Romani Cultural & Arts Company are pleased to welcome participants on 27th February 2018, to a training day offering ‘an insider’s guide to effectively working with Romani and Traveller communities’. 
 
The Romani Cultural & Arts Company is unique – a Gypsy, Roma & Traveller led organisation that develops the community it serves the communities from the inside-out. We provide a deeper insights into working with Romani and Traveller communities, in ways that are intended to enhance, improve and support delivery of services by your organisation, in ways no other training can.

Who should attend this training?
 
This course is essential for anyone interested in ensuring that their services are inclusive and accessible for the Romani and Traveller communities. It would be particularly useful for those who work in planning, housing and accommodation, equality, health, education, social services and the early years.
 
Why should you attend this training?
 
It will support you to:

  • Ensure effective engagement with the Romani andTraveller communities in your local area, whilst improving your knowledge of the complex cultural and historical issues that impact upon the relationships you wish to build, to improve service delivery;
  • Be understanding and informed in your interactions with people from the Gypsy, Roma, Traveller communities
  • Be better able to assess the service needs that address the Gypsy, Roma, Traveller communities in Wales

Aims

  • To increase awareness about the cultural, ethnic and historical diversity in Wales; 
  • to address the issues, obstacles faced by and the needs of Romani and Travellers in Wales; 
  • to encourage innovation and improvement in the delivery of services and provision to Romani and Traveller communities, and 
  • to build trust and cooperation between Romani and Traveller communities and local authority and other sector service providers.

Learning Objectives

  • To achieve a broader and more comprehensive understanding of the needs of GRT communities, from a local authority perspective;
  •  To develop a level of knowledge that will enhance and inform local authority officers’ interactions with individuals and groups from the GRT communities in their areas and localities;
  • To introduce knowledge regarding the important differences between Gypsy, Roma, Traveller communities and their cultures, languages and origins, insofar as is useful to participants in the training, with the aim of inspiring best practice and improving service delivery;
  • To introduce to participants examples of community members who are role models and who can challenge the prevailing stereotypes of Gypsies and Travellers or the negative images of Roma, present in media and popular press.

Outcomes
By the end the session participants will have:

  • Increased their knowledge of the culture, traditions and history of the Romani and Traveller communities (this includes a timeline of key historical events and legislation);  
  • Developed an understanding of diversity within the Romani and Traveller communities (including addressing the questions of who are Gypsies, Roma and Travellers?);
  • Increased their awareness regarding the obstacles, prejudice and discrimination faced by Romani and Traveller communities in Wales more widely across the UK and across Europe;
  • Identified obstacles to access and attitudinal issues or barriers in accessing education, health, employment, accommodation, justice and other public services, that inhibit the delivery of quality provision to Romania and Traveller people communities;
  •  Improved participants’ understandings of how to engage effectively with the Romani and Traveller communities and what they can do to prevent exclusion and ensure inclusion in the delivery of their services;
  • Developed an approach that will put their learning into practice, in the workplace;
  • Established a baseline of knowledge and support that can be accessed to assist other staff, officers and co-workers.

 

There will only be 50 places available so please book early to avoid disappointment. The cost for the day (to include light refreshments & lunch) is £145 per participant, if you book before the Wednesday 31st January and £160 per participant if you book between Thursday 1st February and Monday 26th February 2018.

 

Places will only be secured with a confirmed payment.

 

The venue will be in Bangor, North Wales at The Management Centre, Bangor Business School, College Road, Bangor LL57 2DG (Room D0:08) on Tuesday 27th February 2018.
 

The day will start at 09:30 and finish at 16:30, with refreshments included for the workshop participants.

Please email for a booking form to: [email protected]

The Romani Cultural and Arts Company
Temple Court 
13a Cathedral Road 
Cardiff 
CF11 9HA

Tel: 02920 786 439