Dementia and the Arts: A Day of Discussion

Dementia and the Arts: A Day of Discussion

10.30 am – 4.30 pm Saturday 16 June 2018
ŷ Newydd Writing Centre, Llanystumdwy, Gwynedd, LL52 0LW
Price (including lunch): £6


Accommodation is also available for a reasonable price: please contact us if interested. 

Simultaneous translation available for all Welsh-language discussions

Join Literature Wales at the Tŷ Newydd Writing Centre for a bilingual day of discussion and presentations by experts in the field of arts for health and wellbeing. It will be an opportunity to listen and learn in the company of guest speakers from many different art disciplines who specialize in working with people living with dementia. There will also be plenty of opportunity to discuss and deliberate over lunch.

Speakers will include John Killick who has been writing poetry with people with dementia for 24 years, with eight books of poetry emerging from this work and six books on communication and creativity in dementia.

Beti George, a BBC Radio Cymru presenter and a tireless campaigner for better care for people living with dementia who will also share her experiences following the broadcasting of her BBC documentary in 2017 exploring her life caring for her partner, Beti and David: Lost for Words.

Poet and dramatist Patrick Jones will join us to share his experiences of unleashing stories, memories and poems for those living with dementia. He is the author of Before I Leave, a National Theatre Wales production about a choir for people living with dementia – based on real stories. The production will soon be adapted to film.

Gwion Hallam will also discuss his work in care homes, and will talk about the creative impact the work has had on his own writing as a poet.

We’ll reserve an hour in the afternoon for an Open Forum, a chance for anyone to speak about the subject. You’re welcome to give a short presentation or a talk, or a 20 minute workshop using your experience of working in the dementia and arts sector. Please contact us to discuss your idea if you’re interested to reserve a slot: [email protected]

The day is suitable for anyone interested in the arts, health and wellbeing, dementia research and more. For more information, contact us by phoning 01766 522811 or by emailing [email protected]



Based: Cardiff        Terms: Full time    Salary: £30,750 subject to experience, plus pension

Ffilm Cymru Wales is looking for a driven and creative individual to manage the BFI Welsh Talent Network, aimed at identifying and supporting talented writers, directors and producers born or based in Wales at the start of their careers. They should be able to provide hands-on as well as structural support for filmmakers, shaping practical talent initiatives and events and forging relevant partnerships if required. They should enjoy working as part of a wider team dedicated to developing a diverse, sustainable and inspiring film sector in Wales.

Read the full job description here.


DAC North East Wales Network Group meeting – an open invitation

Disability Arts Cymru cordially invite Artists, Creative Practitioners & Makers to the next DAC Regional Network Meeting 

Theatre Clwyd – Haydn Reece Suite, 15th May 2018, 12-2pm

We will be welcoming North Wales’s extraordinary talent,  sculptor, Nick Elphick who will give a candid account of his career success to date and, explore the challenges of being an artist  with severe dyslexia as well as his personal journey with mental health. 

This event is free of charge but booking is necessary.  To book your place at this event, please contact Lowri-Mair Owen DAC Regional Officer for North East Wales. 

We strongly recommend you book a space as soon as possible as we anticipate this will be a very popular event.   For more information contact [email protected]


Buzz-AH!’s annual show “Now That’s What We Call Buzz-AH!”

Buzz-AH!’s annual show “Now That’s What We Call Buzz-AH!” 

We will take you on a journey through the West End onto Broadway and leave you  feeling good.  Buzz-AH! promotes Inclusion for people with and without disabilities.   Come and see this award winning charity bringing  fun, laughter and joy to the stage with their amazing Show. 

7.30pm on the 3rd and 4th July 2018 at Theatr Clwyd.

Tickets available online or at Theatr Clwyd’s Box Office on 01352 701521


Youth Arts Cymru Network

Casgliad 2018

28th – 29th April

Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Casgliad 2018 is created by inspiring and leading practitioners from Wales and the UK – 20 Stories HighCardboard CitizensYoung IdentityOperasonicMess up the MessCommon Wealth TheatreValleys KidsWelsh National OperaFioWales Millennium Centre and Jukebox.

Connect with the YANC network, and find out what’s coming up including RawFfest, Wales Youth Arts Festival.

Casgliad 2018 welcomes youth arts practitioners, emerging artists, students and anyone interested in a vibrant future for this essential sector.

Download E-Flyer here

View BSL flyer below

Venue: Wales Millennium Centre, Bute Pl, Cardiff Bay CF10 5AL

Booking: Tickets range from £5 – £60. Discounts for concessions and YANC members. Day and weekend tickets available. Please note this event is for those aged 18 and over.

Access: Casgliad is for everyone. Casgliad will be bilingual, wheelchair-accessible, and captioned for those who are Deaf and Hard of hearing. Contact YANC to book requirements prior to event.

Just booking a day ticket?

Cannot come for exciting ride of two days? The Casgliad programme is spread out over the weekend, so here is a rough guide to who is doing what on each day, to help you buy a one day ticket that feels right for you –

Saturday 28 April – Includes masterclasses, workshops, and discussion with 20 Stories High (Liverpool), Cardboard Citizens (London), and Youth Arts Network Cymru members including FioMess up the Mess, and Valleys Kids, as well as some surprise showcase performances. There is also an additional option of an evening social out in the bright lights of Cardiff!

Sunday 29 April – Includes masterclasses, workshops, and discussion with Young Identity (Manchester), as well as a focus on Welsh practice with a diverse range of Welsh companies and practitioners including Jukebox Collective(Dance), Common Wealth Theatre, Pete Duncan (Circus and Trainer), Operasonic (Music) and Rabab Ghazoul (Visual Arts). Youth Arts Network Cymru members will also be running creativity exchange sessions for artists to share practice and get hands on trying new ideas.

For booking,further details and for the BSL flyer please go here



Opening tomorrow!

Thursday 26th April 2pm and 7.30pm

Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff

Following sell-out performances in 2016, and its storming success at the Wales Theatre Awards (winning Best Actor for Llion Williams and Best Director for Peter Doran), Belonging makes a triumphant return to the stage.

Written by Karin Diamond (nominated for Best Playwright, Wales Theatre Awards), Belonging follows the lives of two families as they discover that love and laughter don’t stop because of dementia.

Don’t miss one of the most powerful and uplifting plays of the year, with performances that will make you laugh and cry in equal measure.

Due to generous support from the Arts Council of Wales, ticket prices for this production are available for just £10. 

Touring nationwide between April and June 2018: Please click on the theatre and follow the link.

Chapter Arts Centre – 26th – 5th May Cardiff

Chapter BSL performances: 1st May 2pm & 3rd May 7.30pm

Torch Theatre – 10th – 12th May Milford Haven

Theatr Clwyd – 15th – 19th May Mold

Theatr Clwyd BSL performance: 17th May 7.45pm

Taliesin Arts Centre – 23rd – 25th May Swansea

Taliesin BSL performances: 24th May 2pm & 7.30pm

Borough Theatre – 6th June Abergavenny

Llantarnam Grange

Eighteen – The Lost Generation

The exhibition ‘Eighteen’ will  take place at Llantarnam Grange Arts Centre from 6th October – 17th November 2018. We are seeking artists/makers aged between 18 and 41 to apply to present work commemorating the centenary of the end of World War I.

‘Eighteen’ aims to explore what it means to contemporary artists of the same age as those conscripted to fight in the “war to end all wars”. Conscription began in January 1916 for most single men from the ages of 18 to 41. After four years of conflict over five million British men had served and worldwide there had been almost 20 million civilian and military deaths. Every country involved in the conflict lost thousands upon thousands of young people including artists, writers, musicians, designers and poets, often referred to as the “Lost Generation”. The end of hostilities not only brought about a redrawing of the map of Europe but also the global cultural map. Its affects were not only political and cultural but also led to sweeping social change, suffrage and a shifting in the balance of world power.

The selected works will be displayed in Llantarnam Grange Art Centre’s second Gallery space and run alongside our Main Gallery Exhibition ‘Suffrage’.


Children’s Art Week

Children’s Art Week 2018

Taking place across the UK from Saturday 9 to Sunday 17 June  

Registration is open for venues of all types and sizes – from museums and galleries to libraries, community halls and schools, to individual artists and makers. 

It’s a fantastic opportunity to encourage families, children and young people to visit local venues and enjoy fun creative activities that they might not have tried before – especially groups who might be new to your venue. Last year more than 16,200 joined in the fun across the UK. 60% of participants attending their activity were first time visitors to venues, and 30% of participants were audiences who were completely new to the arts. 

The first 40 venues / individual artists or makers to register events will receive £50 seed funding to support their event. All registered events will receive resources to help plan and promote their activities, publicity support plus free Children’s Art Week stickers to hand out on the day. 

Visit and sign up by Friday 18 May 2018. 

 For further information please contact – Ailbhe Mac Eoin 020 7729 5858

Email:    [email protected]

Children’s Art Week is run by Engage, the National Association for Gallery Education, and supported in 2018 by the Kirby Laing Foundation.

Helfa Gelf

Arloesi Pontio Innovation

As part of our training and exhibition programme, and as a response to the interest in the Edge exhibition and seminar at Arloesi Pontio Innovation last November, we will be coordinating a mentoring and training programme followed by a curated exhibition in Arloesi Pontio Innovation’s White Box.

Do you have an interest in using new technology within your work?

Exhibition brief:  “Edge 2”

Artists will address questions about the modern world and our human experience within it.  Artists will use new technologies to innovate and push boundaries in their creative practice, helping them develop exciting new ways to better address questions about contemporary life.


The artists involved will use the technologies available in Arloesi Pontio Innovation ‘fabLAB’ from laser cutters, to scanners and 3D printers. Exploration of these new technologies will inform and innovate the creative practice of the artists.


The artists will share their journey and talk about their practice and use of the ‘fabLAB’ to Helfa Gelf/AAF members and the wider creative community. This will involve an exhibition launch event and artists will also be available at times during the exhibition period.

Economic Regeneration

The exhibition will allow local artists, business people and Helfa Gelf/AAF members to understand the potential of using new technologies as a creative tool and the different ways those technologies could contribute to the development of their own creative or commercial practice.


We will be selecting a maximum of 8 visual artists who would like to spend more time in Arloesi Pontio Innovation and be part of a group exhibition at White Box, from Friday 18th Jan to Monday 11th February 2019.  You will be offered on-going mentoring support from the mentor/curator.  The selection panel will include Helfa Gelf representation and the Edge 2 curator. The mentor/curator is Remy Dean, artist, author (including Evolution of Western Art), critic and Creative Agent, who has many years’ experience as an arts tutor, coaching creatives from concept to outcome.

Arloesi Pontio Innovation part of the University of Bangor, is a leading innovation centre and one of the UK’s finest maker spaces.  API is a place where the arts meets science.  Pontio fabLAB is a facility where you can gain access to digital manufacturing and prototyping equipment.  For more information Pontio Innovation fabLAB and follow the “innovation” tab then click on “fabLAB”.

Application process:

If you would like to apply please email: [email protected].

Deadline:  12pm Wednesday 16th May2018

Please note this opportunity is available to Helfa Gelf and AAF members only.