If you are under 30 years of age, looking to develop your creative skills and you identify as a disabled* or D/deaf person, we can help you to achieve your goals.
It doesn’t matter if you are a poet or a painter, a musician or a multi-media artist, or anything in between.
We tailor our support to suit your needs and interests and it all takes place in a supportive environment.
We can provide:
- Development Grants
- Showcase opportunities
“The DaDaFest grant allowed me to develop my skills in a range of writing techniques, helping towards my aim of being a multi-media writer and artist. It also improved my confidence as someone who can express herself through creativity.” Sarah
Contact the Artist Development team to register email@example.com
For more information please go here
*A person who is disabled, D/deaf and / or living with a long term condition or illness
Shape Open 2019
The Shape Open is our annual exhibition of artwork by disabled and non-disabled artists created in response to a disability-centred theme. This year the Open will be hosted by Nunnery Gallery, at Bow Arts and the theme is ‘In Circles’.
Are we going around in circles? Disability Arts and the mainstream have long run parallel to one another whilst rarely converging. The conversations surrounding this divide have seemingly circled but what has come of it?
Submit your work for consideration before noon, Monday 15 April 2019. Full details can be found here.
Bay Art, 54B/C Bute Street Cardiff Bay CF10 5AF
Saturday 2nd February 2019 2-5pm
We would like to invite you to Bay Art for the Launch of the 6 Artists Exhibition on Saturday 2nd February from 2pm
The Exhibition will be opened by artist Rachel Gadsden and there will be a discussion with the artists followed by the private view from 3 – 5pm
We do hope to see you at what will be a fascinating event.
Exhibition continues 5th February 2019- 1st March 2019
For further information
peeling by Kaite O’Reilly
Directed by Elise Davidson
A co-production with Chapter Cardiff and The Riverfront, Newport
In shadow, never centre stage, 3 performers await their brief moment in the light, their words buried in dust, through the long corridor of time. We will unearth them here. We will hear them echo in the darkness.
This city will fall.
An opportunity to see Kaite O’Reilly’s award winning play ‘peeling’ across Wales during March and April. With interwoven BSL, live audio description and English captions at every show, peeling challenges you to experience theatre afresh. Whose stories do we tell? And who is there to bear witness?
14+ contains strong language
For information or to discuss access please email firstname.lastname@example.org
8th & 9th @ Riverfront Arts, Newport – https://tickets.newportlive.co.uk/
13th @ Redhouse, Merthyr – http://www.redhousecymru.com/
14th @ Theatr Brycheiniog – https://brycheiniog.co.uk/
19th & 20th @ Theatr Clwyd – https://www.theatrclwyd.com/en/
21st @ Parc & Dare Treorchy – https://rct-theatres.co.uk/
23rd @ Y Galeri, Caernarfon – http://galericaernarfon.com/
26th @ Aberystwyth Arts Centre – https://www.aberystwythartscentre.co.uk/
27th @ The Torch, Milford Haven – https://torchtheatre.co.uk/
28th @ The Borough Theatre, Abergavenny – https://boroughtheatreabergavenny.co.uk/
29th @ Blackwood Miner’s Institute – http://your.caerphilly.gov.uk/bmi/content/welcome
2nd @ Pontardawe Arts Centre – https://npttheatres.co.uk/pontardawe/
10th @ Y Ffwrnes, Llanelli – https://www.theatrausirgar.co.uk/en
30th – 2nd May @ Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff – https://www.chapter.org/
Our Audio Flyer: https://soundcloud.com/taking-flight-theatre/peeling-audio-trailer-v3-04dec18
The theme of this year’s open exhibition is ‘Trust’
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
Closing date 14th June 2019
Image by Vivi-Mari Carpelan – The impossibility of sleeplessness and Damien Hirst doesn’t exactly help
Through our DAC Annual Exhibition we showcase and tour the work of Wales-based disabled and D/deaf artists or those living with long term physical and/or mental health conditions. It is an open exhibition including work from up-and-coming artists and those who have been working as professional artists for many years. Our aim is to raise profiles; increasing the likelihood of sales, enabling the progression of careers in the creative sector; building relationships between peers and exhibiting venues. We show a variety of forms and media; DAC supports artists working across all art forms, therefore giving as many artists as possible the opportunity to include their work.
We welcome entries under the theme of ‘Trust’ – It is intended as a broad theme open to wider interpretation
The full exhibition will take place at: Celf O Gwmpas, Llandrindod Wells.
A smaller touring exhibition will then show at the following venues:
Cyfarthfa Castle Museum & Gallery, Merthyr Tydfil
Theatr Clwyd, Mold
Entry criteria: One entry per person
Visual art mediums accepted: drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, ceramics, collage.
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 14th June 2019.
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 the 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 in at least one venue your entry fee will be returned.
Chosen work must be delivered to the DAC head office or stated venue by 28th June 2019 .
Work must be available for the duration of the exhibition which will run between July and December 2019.
Please submit a clear image of your work with your application.
Images can be submitted by post (A4 size) or via email as an attachment with a high resolution (300dpi) to email@example.com or uploaded directly via the following link https://airtable.com/shrHfdIRrs6lNqUFZ
All artists must be members of DAC (you may join at the time of submission including your completed membership form alongside your entry form )
For further information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Learning Disability Wales
20th February in Cardiff
A free session appropriate for staff and volunteers who would like to develop a better understanding of supporting people to get online.
During the session learners will gain a better understanding of the importance of digital inclusion. The course will also cover online safety tips when supporting people online. A portion of the session will cover appropriate behaviour when volunteering or supporting people to get online.
All participants must have some competency in IT skills.
Training is on 20 February in Cardiff. Please click on the link below to book your place or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org
Click here to see more information
If you have a number of people who all want the same training you could save money and time by arranging in-house training from Learning Disability Wales.
If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to email me or phone 02920 681174.
TICKETS ON SALE FROM 24 JANUARY
GwylGrai / RawFfest Youth Arts Festival 2019
Stand by on 24th January for the launch of our website with details of the festival core programme. Tickets will go on sale from WMC at £5 day, £10 day & evening, with a limited number of weekend tickets at £20.
RawFfest will take over WMC from 25th – 28th April 2019. It is for 14 – 25 year olds and is planned by young people for young people. It’s fun, innovative and surprising.
We value the original over the copy, the quirky over the conventional, the daring over the dull. RawFfest showcases the best of youth arts today.
To find out more go to our website
Congratulations to Jane Latham
We were delighted to hear that Jane Latham of UCAN Productions has been awarded the British Empire Medal in this year’s New Years Honours list. UCAN Productions is a performance and creative arts co-operative for blind and partially sighted children, young people and their friends that Jane has co-ordinated tirelessly for many years. Jane’s passion for supporting blind and visually impaired young people to enable them to live fulfilling creative lives can be seen with the success so many members of UCAN have achieved. Under Jane’s determined, generous and talented hand young people across Wales have flourished. DAC have partnered with UCAN on several projects so have seen first hand the dedication both Jane and her husband Bernie have committed to this brilliant company. It is reassuring that all their wonderful hard work has been recognised and an award has been given to such a deserving person and organisation, congratulations.
Recycling of Medical Aids
UMT are a non for profit Social Enterprise CIC where they save used community mobility equipment that is destined to be scrapped. They repair, refurbish and upcycle the equipment helping with the circular economy.
Their aim is to have a warehouse where they will offer volunteer and job opportunities to veterans with PTSD and mental ill health initially and once the structure is in place they will open their offer to disabled and less able bodied people.
The aids will be offered at a greatly reduced cost for individuals who wish to purchase equipment that has not been up cycled or a little more when a item has been refurbished in bespoke colours and materials.
Equipment that is not suitable for its intended use is upcycled into garden boxes, seats, trollies which are all raised to help wheelchair users garden.
For more information about training and upcycling work please visit umtcare.org.uk