Chaiya Art Awards Now Open!

2nd Chaiya Art Awards – £10K TOP PRIZE!

The biggest biennial art awards in the UK exploring spirituality through art is now open for submissions.  

The Chaiya Art Awards is open to any artist and covers all mediums including painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, glass, textiles, mixed media, photography and video. We have also introduced a new category for Community Groups, who can submit a collaborative piece.  Entrants are invited to be authentic and daring as they respond to the theme.

The winners exhibition will take place at London’s prestigious South Bank gallery@oxo from 10-19 April 2020.

The first Chaiya Art Awards proved hugely popular, with over 450 entries and more than 2,700 exhibition visitors.  New to Chaiya 2020 will be an ‘affordable art fair’ over two days of the exhibition. We will invite artists in the exhibition to be present, to discuss, promote and sell their work.

A respected panel will anonymously judge entries on Originality and Technical excellence, Theme Interpretation and Emotional Impact .

Full details of the awards, theme, criteria, deadlines and how to enter, can be found at:


Paralym Art World Cup 2019 Japan

What is Paralym ArtWorld Cup 2019?

The Paralym Art World Cup is an international art competition where people with disabilities from all over the world have an opportunity to show their artistic talents. We announce a different theme each year in support of upcoming Tokyo Olympics/Paralympics in 2020.

Approaching deadline – 31st May 2019

Please visit: for full details

Award winners will be invited for the award ceremony and reception party to be held in Tokyo in September 2019! We look forward to receiving your application!

The theme for the Paralym Art World Cup 2019 is “Dance/Performance”. “Dance/Performance” can mean many different things and can be observed all over the world – for example, sacred dance as a prayer, sports performance, dance in a social occasion, dance in a street etc,, “Dance/Performance” can express many emotions and perceptions as well as stories behind. “Dance/Performance” can be based on everyday expressions, such as dancing with joy when you’re happy, plodding along when you’re sad. We look forward to receiving your artwork, which express your emotions!

You can be at any age and from anywhere in the world in order to apply. You must have a disability and able to provide a disability certificate or equivalent. You must read and agree to the application terms and conditions detailed on the website.

The Paralym Art Executive Office will cover the shipping fee.  The winners will be contacted individually via emails or phone calls.

 Size: Between A4 and A0 (841mm x 1189mm)

Art Materials: Any materials can be used as long as the artwork is 2-dimensional such as coloured pencil, oil pastel, watercolour, oil, paper cutting, woodcut, calligraphy, or embroidery.

Artwork must be digitally scanned. We do NOT consider the following applications if the surface of the artwork is rough that prevents from scanning, 3-dimensional artwork, or photography.

Number of Applications: One artwork per applicant (an applicant can be a group or an individual person)

Paralym Art Executive Office:  Email:  If you would like to contact us in non-Japanese language, please send us an email at first. We will email/call you back.

Important Notice: We only accept applications through the Paralym Art World Cup website. Please DO NOT send the original artwork to the Paralym Art as we do not consider applications by post.

Jonny Cotsen returns to the stage with the Louder is Not Always Clearer 2019 UK-wide tour

Mr and Mrs Clark present:  Louder is Not Always Clearer

Meet Jonny; teacher, father, artist. He loves music, festivals and nightclubs. He longs to sing.

Jonny is deaf. He was born deaf to hearing parents who were afraid that disability would stigmatise their son. Jonny underwent speech therapy and learned to lip read. He did not identify as ‘deaf’ until much later in life, always feeling disconnected from his disability but also disconnected from the world around him.

Louder is Not Always Clearer is is a funny story of disconnection, difference and desperation to belong created and performed by a deaf man. Through this moving, passionate multimedia performance Jonny shares his story with you; explaining how he negotiates life as a deaf man in a hearing world.

For a hearing audience it is an illuminating and emotional experience. For deaf audience members, the show is a familiar tale of misunderstanding and isolation. For everyone it is a humorous moving story of one man’s attempt to belong.

Louder is Not Always Clearer begins its UK tour this May.
The show is also part of this years British Council Edinburgh Showcase


The show is accessible to D/deaf, hard of hearing and hearing audiences through the use of spoken English, British Sign Language and creative captions

Dates and venues

3rd May 2019           Galeri, Caernarfon

4th May 2019            small World Theatre, Ceredigion

5th May 2019             Machynlleth Comedy Fest

9th – 11th May 2019  Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff

13th-15th May 2019   Bristol Old Vic

24th May 2019            Pencoed Library

Booking is essential


As a Tiger in the Jungle – Riverfront Newport

May 2nd  & 3rd The Riverfront, Newport

Three performers from Nepal ask questions about life, love, poverty and

Using spoken word, movement, circus and ceremony, they tell the
story of how against all odds they survived their childhood and created
their own destiny. An inspiring, authentic, raw and heart warming
performance about life and circus, entertainment and reflection.

Produced through an International partnership between artistic directors 
from nofitstate ( Wales) and Cirkus Xanti (Norway). As a Tiger in the Jungle 
will be a unique theatrical circus experience!

The performance on Friday 3rd May at 1pm will be a relaxed performance with BSL and audio description


Click here for the link to the audio flyer and programme

Tour dates Wales

May 12th Aberystwyth Arts Centre
June 8th & 9th Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon
June 15th Galeri, Caernarfon
June 20th & 22nd Theatr Mwldan, Cardigan


Call for Creative Work

Creative Manifesto, Translating Chronic Pain

Emerging from the Creative Manifesto, I invite submissions of ‘FLASH’ ILLNESS WRITING, short-form creative work 

– which expresses a moment or fragment of experience of persistent pain;
 – which takes either the perspective of a person experiencing the pain or the perspective of a witness (carer or healthcare professional);
 – which captures any dimension of experience – physical, emotional, social, economic, institutional, medical, spiritual, or creative;
 – which communicates in any emotional register, positive or negative;
 – and which can be shared and used by others to try and communicate the vivid, contradictory, and diverse realities of living with chronic pain.

The parameters:
– short-form creative writing, from 5 to 150 words,
 – in any form (e.g. prose or poetry; autobiography, fiction, or a blend);
 – optionally can be accompanied by a single image (photograph or artwork);
 can also take the form of a single comic ‘panel’ or short sequence, to fit on a single screen;
 – the fragments/moments/glimpses to be shared online with attribution, under Creative Commons Licensing (BY-NC) 4.0.
 – authors can choose to be anonymous, pseudonymous or named.

Deadline:  I will be adding submissions to the project throughout 2019,  but the earlier the submission the more likely it is to receive wider exposure, so early submission is encouraged.

Please see the Creative Manifesto and Information for Participants, and you are welcome to submit work here.


SINCE people living with persistent pain often suffer invisibility and struggle for legitimacy and credibility;
since long-term pain is often wrongly assumed to be a temporary and unnatural state;
since pain experience is diverse and must be understood intersectionally  (through interweaved categories such as gender, race, sexuality, and class);
since pain’s causes can be cryptic, multiple, personal, social, environmental, transgenerational, and hidden;
since pain science is neither widely understood or well-funded, and requires wider dissemination;
since pain experience exceeds the language of medicalisation;
since pain undercuts illusions of human autonomy and self-sufficiency, showing that all people are vulnerable and interdependent;
since pain may impair the ability to work, in which case those living with it may be wrongly seen as not living a ‘useful’ life;
since witnessing pain makes profound claims on – and poses challenges for – carers, family members, and healthcare practitioners;
and since chronic pain affects every dimension of life …

 … I call for creative work which engages these invisibilities, these lacunae, these intersections – moments in public or in shadows, in loneliness or connection.

YET – pain experience may not lend itself to established forms of either illness narration or survivorship story:
the experience may lack an ending, where resolution is reached;
it may lack a beginning, its causes hidden;
it may break the positivity imperative – to be hopeful, a warrior, a survivor, a meaning-finder;
it may be incommunicable, resisting representation, yet may simultaneously engender language;
it may be a story not (only) of a personal journey, but also of wider social calamities and inequalities, both contemporary and transgenerational;
it may resist plot, instead being a thing of fragments, glimpses, and moments.

The brevity of the works produced by our network and their public availability will also make the resource immediately usable by a range of groups: pain charities can use the material in outreach and patient support, medical educators can use the material to enhance student engagement alongside clinical work, people working in healthcare policy can draw on the resource to give rich, humanising detail, and carers and members of the public can draw on the resource to help in understanding the experience of people living with chronic pain.

Celebrate the 70th Anniversary of Human Rights

Fly the Flag

On 10 December 2018 with Ai Weiwei’s help, lead partner Fuel Theatre unveiled a flag as a symbol for universal human rights. Throughout the week of 24 to 30 June 2019, arts organisations will lead public moments to ‘Fly The Flag’ for human rights. There will be physical flags to fly, but there might also be performative and/or participatory ways you could think of to join in this movement, as well as ways to ‘Fly The Flag’ online. We would love you to join us and be part of this.


The project was born out of the realisation that today many people in the UK don’t know what their human rights are, and we risk forgetting them at our peril. So far, more than 100 organisations have signed up to support the project. Just doing what you do as an arts and cultural organisation is an embodiment of Article 27 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, ‘Everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts…’


We are now reaching out to colleagues across the UK to ask: will you become an Advocate and Fly The Flag for Human Rights?


This means you would:

  • Commit to flying the flag between 24 – 30 June 2019 – in any way that feels right to you and your community.  You are free to interpret this in any way that excites you, although we’d encourage you to Fly The Flag in as publicly-visible a way as possible.  There will be physical flags you can fly, but there might other ways you could Fly The Flag.  Just doing what you do as an arts and cultural organisation is an embodiment of Article 27 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, ‘Everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts…’
  • Share your activity and Fly The Flag online – we’ll provide the social media tools to help you make an impact.  
  • Help us spread the word – as a sector support organisation you can help the project to reach the artists, organisations and individuals you work with, and to invite them to Fly The Flag.  Please extend this invitation to your networks and contact us at if you would like any content for newsletters, blogs or other platforms.


We have raised the funds to: commission the main artwork; provide free education materials for schools and communities; co-ordinate the week; and provide the PR and marketing support to make it all fly. There isn’t, however, a centralised budget to help you realise your own Fly The Flag contribution. So we invite you to let your imaginations run wild and interpret this idea in any way that suits your organisation, budget and capacity.


Sign up your organisation as an Advocate by emailing and telling us how you will Fly The Flag. The Advocates list is updated monthly, and you will receive a monthly project update.


If you would like to become more involved in the project as a Co-Commissioner please email us with ‘Co-Commissioner enquiry’ in the subject line. Co-commissioners invest in the core project budget, commit to significant Fly The Flag activity and influence the development of the project and its legacy.

For more information please visit:

The Big MaDCaff Project is happening

MaDCaff is going National, and we want you to get involved

We are very pleased to announce that our MaDCaff project, which has been running successfully in and around Ceredigion for 5 years, is about to go National with the help of funding from the WCVA’s Volunteering in Wales grant. 

MaDCaff is a pop-up café style open mic event showcasing the musical talents of people affected by mental illness. It was set up in response to the difficulty that many very talented musicians, dancers, poets, performers who have personal experience of mental illness face in trying to get an audience for their work. The music business, venues and organisations don’t always respond well when a performer pulls out at the last minute because their anxiety has become overwhelming. We decided on the open mic as a pressure free opportunity, nobody is named in advance publicity so there’s no pressure to attend or play, it’s totally up to how they feel on the day.

This project will see 7 new MaDCaff groups forming, all around Wales, with two new groups in the North West, North East and South and one extra group in West/ Central Wales. Each of the 7 new groups will put on 4 MaDCaff  events between now and 31/03/2020. Volunteers will have some amazing training opportunities available to them and each group will be supported by one of our Regional Officers with the aim of ultimately becoming self-sustaining as we have done in Ceredigion.


If you are interested in signing up as a volunteer or are interested in the performance opportunities or have a good, accessible venue in mind please get in touch and we will direct you to your nearest DAC Regional Officer. Email or call 02920 551040

Here’s the Big Announcement that went out on Facebook last week, listen to find out more about MaDCaff and the volunteers posts that we will be looking to fill.

The Big Announcement

Posted by MaDCaff on Wednesday, 3 April 2019

MaDCaff is funded by Volunteering in wales funding from WCVA, and has been supported by Disability Arts Cymru from the beginning