Exciting news from Taking Flight Theatre Company

We’re opening a Youth Theatre for young D/deaf & Hard of Hearing people  Autumn 2019 in Cardiff!

 

 

 

 

                                                                            For 4 years we have been dreaming of a Deaf lead youth theatre specifically for D/deaf and Hard of Hearing young people in Wales. London has one… why not Cardiff? Some of you might remember that we ran a couple of week long summer schools back in 2015 during which we met some wonderfully inspiring young people (one of whom now works for ITV no less!)

2 years ago we began the long process of applying for funding. And now we’re here to announce to the world… to shout- and sign- from the rooftops that we’ve made it. BBC Children in Need have approved our application to run a youth theatre in Cardiff for 3 years.

The Youth Theatre- yet to be named- will run out of The Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff Bay, and we want to say a massive diolch to them for supporting this project.

There will be 3 age groups: 4-7, 8-11 and 12-18 so little ones won’t have to wait long until they can join!
All the groups will be lead by a Deaf facilitator and sessions will run in BSL and English, with interpreters present too.

Throughout the 3 years, there will be bags of opportunities for young people to perform, to share what they’ve learnt, to get involved in the non performing aspects of theatre production, to grow in confidence and to be inspired. At least once a year we’ll be organising trips to see the very best in Deaf lead theatre and performance. We’ll also be bringing in inspiring Deaf creatives and theatre practitioners to work with our young groups on specific skills. We just cannot wait to be doing all these things, and for our Deaf leaders to be inspiring the #DeafTalent of the future.

So what does this mean to you?

Perhaps you know of a D/deaf or Hard of Hearing young person who would like to join. If you do, drop me an email on
[email protected] 
and we can make sure they know when we open in the Autumn. If they’re currently too young, let us know anyway and we can put them on the waiting list.

Perhaps you’re over 18 and would like to volunteer. If this is the case, also drop me a line and we can discuss this in more detail. We’re especially keen to hear from potential volunteers who have some BSL skills.

Keep an eye out on our website and social media too as we’ll be recruiting very soon for a Deaf leader and an assistant facilitator. Could either of these roles be you?

Perhaps you’re a Deaf arts professional who has a skill you’d like to share with our groups.

And look out as we’ll be inviting people to our sharings once the youth theatres start creating.

In the meantime, we’ve applied to be part of the Christmas Big Give to raise further funds to support the Youth Theatre. If you think you could be one of our start off big pledgers (rather than a donor during Big Give Week) let us know and we can send you a pledge form. We need to raise £1250 by the 30th August in pledges to be part of the week.

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Raise the Roof Productions – Opportunities

Kirstie’s Handmade Christmas

We are on the search for crafters to take part in the new series, which will be filming between August and October.  We are filming 15 crafty competitions and also searching for passionate makers who make fantastic festive goodies to feature on the programmes.

This year’s craft competitions are:

 

  1. Gingerbread House building
  2. Tree decorating
  3. Cake decorating
  4. Stocking making
  5. Best Christmas Hamper
  6. Best handmade toy
  7. Best hand knitted Christmas Jumper
  8. Best Christmas paper craft
  9. Best handmade wreath
  10. Best handmade gift
  11. Best handmade Decorations
  12. Best handmade advent calendar
  13. Best handmade table dressing
  14. Best Christmas needlecraft (to include all sewing crafts)
  15. Best Handmade Pet Gift

In addition to those we’re also looking to feature a wide range of other crafts from passionate makers, and would encourage anyone interested to get in touch with us as soon as possible to find out more. Please contact –

Lauren Elliott

Assistant Producer | Kirstie’s Handmade Christmas

Raise The Roof Productions (RTRP Ltd)

Tel: 0141 427 5880

[email protected]

You can see programmes from last year’s series here: https://www.channel4.com/programmes/kirsties-handmade-christmas/episode-guide

g39 Opportunities

g39 Fellowship

A 2 year programme (2020-2021) at g39 for Wales based artists, supported by Freelands Artist Programme.

Deadline: 5th August 2019 11:59pm

This is an opportunity for artists to take part in a programme of artistic development, with curatorial and practical support from g39. Each cohort of five artists will be selected to take part in a structured programme of studio practice and self-directed research at g39 over a period of two years.

http://bit.ly/g39Fellowship_2019

http://bit.ly/cymrodoriaethg39_2019

 

UNITe 2019

UNITe is an artist studio residency programme for creative development, experimentation, research, critical discussions, and more.

18 October – 21 December 2019

We want our organisation to be open and constantly changing. For this year’s UNITe we particularly want to bring in new faces, meet new people and see new practices.

This year we will favour applications from artists who have not previously worked with g39 on a creative project.

The Deadline: 5 August 2019 11:59pm

http://bit.ly/UNITe_2019_Eng

http://bit.ly/UNITe_2019_Cym

 

DAC Open Exhibition 2019 – Trust…..

An open exhibition of works submitted by DAC members.

At Celf o Gwmpas Llandrindod Wells             
from 22nd July 2019- 22nd August 2019

Public event at Celf o Gwmpas on 22nd August 2019 2-5pm

 

Image – ‘The Window’ – Rosemarie O’Leary

Selected works will then be at the following venues

Mostyn Llandudno   –                       2nd September 2019 – 30th September 2019

Cyfarthfa Castle, Merthyr Tydfil    17th October 2019 – 10th November 2019
                                                               (public event 17th October 2019 3-5pm)

Theatr Clwyd, Mold                          13th November 2019-30th November 2019

Keep an eye out for more public events – dates tbc

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image ‘Trust above all’ Rachael Wellbeing

Wales Millennium Centre, Accessible Shows

Kinky Boots

July 22nd – 3rd August

Tickets: £19.50 – £49.50 (Hynt Card Scheme applies)

Age: 10+

Winner of every major Best Musical award, including the 2016 Olivier Award for Best New Musical, ‘London’s hottest musical’ (Smooth Radio) Kinky Boots comes to the Centre in 2019.

With songs by Grammy® and Tony® winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper, direction and choreography by Jerry Mitchell (Legally Blonde, Hairspray) and book by Broadway legend Harvey Fierstein (La Cage Aux Folles), this ‘dazzling, fabulously sassy and uplifting’ (Time Out) musical celebrates a joyous story of Brit grit to high-heeled hit, as it takes you from the factory floor of Northampton to the glamorous catwalks of Milan.

Don’t miss the ‘freshest, most fabulous, feel-good musical of the decade’ (The Hollywood News) as it embarks on its first ever UK tour. It’s the ultimate fun night out for you and your loved ones, so book now and experience the energy, joy and laughter of this dazzling show.

Wednesday 31st July 7.30pm Captioned performance

Thursday 1st August 7.30pm Signed performance

Saturday 3rd August 2.30pm Audio Described performance

To book online please go here

 

Club Tropicana

13th – 17th August

Tickets: £16.50 – £39.50

Age: 8+

The brand-new 80s musical from the producers of the hit UK tour of Hairspray.

This star cast is led by Joe McElderry (X Factor winner and star of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat), Neil McDermott (EastEnders, The Sound of Music), Kate Robbins (Spitting Image, Dinnerladies), Emily Tierney (Wicked, The Wizard of Oz); and former Sugababe star Amelle Berrabah, making her musical theatre debut.

Take a trip back to the electric 80s and embark on a summer of love and smash-hit classics!

Thursday 15th August 7.30pm Signed performance

Friday 16th August 5.30pm Open captioned performance

Saturday 17th August 4pm Audio described performance

To book online please go here

 

On Your Feet!

21st – 26th October 2019

Tickets: £18.50 – £52

Age: 8+

Her voice. His vision. Their story. The Broadway and West End production of Gloria and Emilio Estefan’s smash-hit musical is coming to Cardiff.

On Your Feet! is the inspiring true love story of Emilio and Gloria and charts their journey from its origins in Cuba, onto the streets of Miami and finally to international superstardom.

Featuring 26 of Gloria Estefan’s hits including 1-2-3CongaGet On Your FeetEverlasting LoveDr. BeatMi TierraAnything For YouDon’t Wanna Lose YouRhythm Is Gonna Get YouTurn The Beat Around and more.

Thursday 24th October 7.30pm Signed performance

Friday 25th October 7.30pm Open captioned performance

Saturday 26th October 2.30pm Audio Described performance

To book tickets online please go here

Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff Bay, CF10 5AL

Box Office: 029 2063 6464 (Mon – Sat: 10am – 6pm, Sun: Closed)

www.wmc.org

 

    

Engage

Marsh Awards for Excellence in Gallery Education 2019

Do you know someone doing excellent and inspirational work in gallery or visual art education and learning?

Engage, the National Association for Gallery Education and the Marsh Christian Trust are delighted to announce that nominations are open for the Marsh Awards for Excellence in Gallery Education 2019. The Awards, which recognise and celebrate the achievements of those working in learning and education within gallery or visual arts contexts (freelance, salaried or as volunteers) in the UK and internationally, grant winners £500 to spend on their professional development. 

This year Engage and the Marsh Christian Trust are launching a new annual Award to celebrate the lifetime achievement of a colleague who is working, or who has worked in learning or education in or for galleries or visual arts organisations in the UK. The winner will receive £500 to spend as they would like.

Nominations Deadline: Monday 9 September 2019, 10:00 am

About the Awards

Awards of £500 each will be offered to five individuals in the UK and one international individual, working in learning or education in or for galleries or visual arts organisations, who have shown dedication or innovation in their work. 

The new annual lifetime achievement award will be offered to one individual in the UK who is working, or who has worked in learning or education in or for galleries or visual arts organisations. All the Awards will be announced at the Engage International Conference in Newcastle Gateshead, 5–6 November 2019.

With the exception of the lifetime achievement Award, winners should use the Award to support their Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and each will be asked to complete a short feedback form by March 2020. The winner of the lifetime achievement Award may choose to use the Award for whatever they wish, which could include supporting their CPD if this is relevant.

Since 2011, the Awards have successfully enabled winners to develop their arts education practice through funding attendance of courses and conferences, the joining of professional associations, visiting of good practice in the UK and abroad, funding of research, and by inspiring personal and professional confidence through the recognition of their work. 

Who can be nominated for the Awards?

Nominations are encouraged for colleagues at all stages of their careers, working freelance, in salaried positions or as volunteers. Engage welcomes nominations for those working with organisations of all sizes. Nominations for non-members of Engage are also invited. Nominators should be a colleague or a representative of an organisation who has worked with the nominee.

If you made a nomination in previous years, please feel free to do so again as we would be pleased to consider your nomination in 2019. Engage wishes to thank colleagues for the high standard of applications received in the past eight years. 

Who can be nominated for the lifetime achievement Award?
Nominations are encouraged for colleagues who have worked for a considerable time in learning or education in or for galleries or visual arts organisations in the UK. Engage welcomes nominations for colleagues who are still working and those who have stopped working. Engage welcomes nominations for those who have worked or are working with organisations of all sizes. Nominees may be or have been working freelance, in salaried positions or as volunteers. Nominations for non-members of Engage are also encouraged. Nominators should be a current or ex-colleague or a representative of an organisation who has worked with the nominee.

How to make a nomination

Visit http://engage.org/happenings/marsh-awards-2019/ to download a Nomination Form. There are separate forms for the general Awards and for the lifetime achievement Award. Please complete the relevant form and send it to [email protected] by Monday 9 September 2018, 10:00 am

If you are nominating someone, please let them know you are doing so and consult with them about the application. With the exception of the Award for lifetime achievement, we would like to know how each nominee would like to use the award for their Continuing Professional Development. For the lifetime achievement Award, the question about how the winner would use their Award is optional. 

A nomination should take less than an hour to complete.

Judging criteria and process

Nominations should demonstrate how nominees have exceeded the expectations of their role, or previous role, by showing dedication or innovation in their work.

Judging will take place and winners informed in September. A panel of experts in gallery education along with representatives from the Marsh Christian Trust and Engage will select the winners. The Awards will be presented during the Engage International Conference in Newcastle Gateshead, 5–6 November 2019. The Award ceremony will include a description of the winners’ education work and achievements, and winners will be invited to submit a short video about their work to screen. For the lifetime achievement Award, Engage can offer to help with the film or visual presentation. UK winners will be offered travel expenses (up to £165) to attend the Awards event, dinner and a complimentary day place to attend Conference on the day of the ceremony or the following day. The international winner will be offered travel expenses (up to £425) to attend the Awards event, dinner and a complimentary day place to attend Conference on the day of the ceremony or the following day.

If you have any queries please contact Louise Rutledge, Communications Officer, Engage: [email protected] / 020 7729 5858.

Engage is committed to equality of access. Should you need nomination details in another format please contact Engage on 020 7729 5858 / [email protected]

About the Marsh Awards

The Marsh Christian Trust was founded in 1981 as a grant-making body. The trust runs an Awards scheme of some 80 Awards run in partnership with organisations across the fields of the Arts, Heritage, Social Welfare and Conservation. The trust works in partnership with organisations, such as Engage, to identify the best candidates and deliver these Awards. The Marsh Awards for Excellence in Gallery Education were launched in 2011 as an annual award to recognise those working in Gallery Education who have shown dedication or innovation in their work. 

About Engage

Engage is the lead advocacy and training network for gallery education. We support arts educators, organisations and artists to work together with communities in dynamic, open exchanges that give everyone the opportunity to learn and benefit from the arts.

Engage is an Arts Council England Sector Support Organisation, receives Open Project National Lottery funding through Creative Scotland and project funding from the Arts Council of Wales.

Phone number for further info: 020 7729 5858

Email Address for Further Info:  [email protected]

Website for Further Info: https://engage.org/happenings/marsh-awards-2019/

Audio Described Exhibition

‘Painting Dance’, a new collection of pictures by Carl Chapple.

The exhibition at Ffin y Parc Gallery, Llanrwst runs from September 15th to October 6th.

Audio described tours will take place on Saturday 28th September at 11am and 3pm.

This is the first of two exhibitions. Wales Millennium Centre will play host later in the year, with further details to be announced shortly.

The audio tours will also feature invaluable insights from the artist himself. The inclusion of objects such as ballet shoes, brushes, oils, and the panels that Carl paints on, will be available to touch, feel and smell, giving a sense of the artistic process. The tours will be relaxed and conversational, lasting one to one and a half hours, and will be free to attend.

Carl has been working with Newport-based, international dance company Ballet Cymru since 2016, though the project leading to the current exhibitions began in December 2018.

As artist in residence, Carl has been given free rein to attend Ballet Cymru rehearsals and public performances,
following dancers and choreographers as they explore and develop new ideas, characters and narratives, and create new productions. This access has allowed the artist a unique opportunity to get to know the company and its partners, to engage with their creativity, and to produce new and original works on paper, panel and canvas.

The exhibitions will present pictures depicting Ballet Cymru dancers and others working with the company, including participants in its Pre-Professionals Programme, involving recent dance school graduates from around the world.
The Ffin y Parc exhibition will feature predominantly small to mid-sized paintings and drawings, in oil and charcoal. Some pictures are responses to passages of dance observed in the rehearsal studio – exploring moments both of stillness and of movement – whilst others reflect more collaborative approaches, as dancers and artist work more closely together, away from rehearsal or performance settings.

Entry to the exhibitions and audio tours is free. However, for the audio tours booking is essential. To book tickets, visit www.ticketsource.co.uk/carlchapple.

For more details, you can then click on Painting Dance Audio Tour. For any queries or further information, please contact Carl Chapple on 07585 907 051. Carl’s website is www.carlchapple.com.

Ffin y Parc Country House and Gallery in the Snowdonia National Park has quickly grown to become one of the most successful art galleries in Wales. The gallery is based in a lovely old Georgian house with large open rooms and hallways. Excellent home made food is available from the cafe.

The gallery is accessible from the A470 between Llanrwst and Betws y Coed with plenty of parking available on the grounds of the house. The drive to the gallery takes in the beauty of the area passing along the wide flat valley floor with steep wooded hills and occasional cliffs either side.

The gallery’s website address is welshart.net and the address is Ffin y Parc Gallery, Betws Road, Llanrwst, Conwy, LL26 0PT
The project is supported by Arts Council of Wales, and by partners Ballet Cymru, Ffin y Parc Gallery and Wales Millennium Centre.

We look forward to welcoming you!

DASH – MIMA Callout

Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art- Callout for Disabled Curator!

MIMA are looking to appoint a curator who identifies as disabled to join us for a year-long funded project.

We are a gallery/ museum based in the centre of Middlesbrough in the Tees Valley that has an art collection, an exhibition programme and a busy programme of activities with the community.

We’re looking for someone to work with us from October 2019 to August 2020. Candidates should think of themselves as a curator who identifies as a disabled person. This project is part of a collaboration between MIMA, DASH, a disability-led visual arts organisation, and Midlands Art Centre (MAC) and supported by Arts Council England.

The curator will work with the collection at MIMA to do research and put together a public project. We are open to any interests and specialisms. The project can take any form: it might be a series of public events, an exhibition, a publication, or something else.

While the curator is here at MIMA they will:

  • learn new skills
  • work up ideas with the support of MIMA’s team
  • develop and deliver a curatorial project at MIMA with our collection
  • Deadline: 26 July 2019
  • For application and more information please go to MIMA’s website
  • Accessible video for callout https://youtu.be/KtQWl41uiPk