Disability Arts Cymru Appoints New Director

It is with great delight that Disability Arts Cymru has appointed Ruth Gould (MBE) as its new Director.

Hailing from Liverpool, Ruth has been working in the disability arts sector since the mid 90’s, mostly known for her pioneering work as Director of the award winning DaDaFest.
Ruth is eager to bring her years of experience to the role, but acutely aware of the need to portray unique arts and expressions from Welsh perspectives. Ruth hopes to develop a more national and international platform for new work, emerging and established Welsh Artists and practitioners, as well as foster new connections across the country.
Ruth says,

“I am so looking forward to getting involved with DAC. It is an organisation I have admired from afar. It is one in which I feel my skills can flourish to increase its impact with this next phase to become a leading Disability Arts Organisation within the UK and beyond.
Though it is a challenge to leave my beloved Liverpool, I am excited to be settling in Cardiff and becoming more immersed in Welsh culture and its arts; and familiarising myself with the language”.

Aled Rhys-Jones – Chair of DAC says,

“We are thrilled that Ruth has joined the staff of DAC, bringing with her a vast knowledge and experience of the sector. The time is now for disabled artists and we are looking forward to exciting developments for the organisation and a whole new world of opportunities for disabled artists in Wales”.

For more information contact  [email protected].  01570493356: 02920551040. Text: 07726112784

Ruth Gould MBE

Celfyddydau Anabledd Cymru yn Penodi Cyfarwyddwr Newydd

Mae’n bleser mawr gan Celfyddydau Anabledd Cymru roi gwybod ei fod wedi penodi Ruth Gould (MBE) fel ei Gyfarwyddwr newydd. Mae Ruth, sy’n hanu o Lerpwl, wedi bod yn gweithio yn y sector celfyddydau anabledd ers canol y 90au, ac mae hi fwyaf adnabyddus am ei gwaith arloesol fel Cyfarwyddwr y DaDaFest arobryn.

Mae Ruth yn awyddus i ddod â’i blynyddoedd o brofiad i’r rôl, ond mae hi’n ymwybodol iawn o’r angen i bortreadu celfyddydau a mynegiannau unigryw o bersbectifau Cymreig. Mae Ruth yn gobeithio datblygu llwyfan mwy cenedlaethol a rhyngwladol ar gyfer gwaith newydd ac artistiaid ac ymarferwyr newydd a sefydliedig o Gymru, yn ogystal â meithrin cysylltiadau newydd ar draws y wlad.

Meddai Ruth,

“Rwy’n edrych ymlaen yn fawr at weithio gyda DAC.  Mae’n sefydliad rwyf wedi’i edmygu o bell. Rwy’n teimlo y gall fy sgiliau ffynnu er mwyn cynyddu ei effaith gyda’r cam nesaf hwn i ddod yn sefydliad Celfyddydau Anabledd blaenllaw yn y DU a thu hwnt.
Er ei bod hi’n anodd gadael Lerpwl, rwy’n edrych ymlaen at ymgartrefu yng Nghaerdydd ac at ymgolli yn niwylliant a chelfyddydau Cymru; ac at ymgyfarwyddo â’r iaith.

Meddai Aled Rhys-Jones – Cadeirydd DAC,

“Rydym wrth ein boddau bod Ruth wedi ymuno â staff DAC, gan ddod â gwybodaeth a phrofiad helaeth o’r sector gyda hi. Nawr ydy’r amser ar gyfer artistiaid anabl, ac rydym yn edrych ymlaen at ddatblygiadau cyffrous ar gyfer y sefydliad, ac at fyd newydd sbon o gyfleoedd i artistiaid anabl yng Nghymru. “

I gael rhagor o wybodaeth, anfonwch e-bost at [email protected].  Ffôn 02920551040. Testun: 07726112784

Pentabus Opportunity

The Legacy Project at Attingham Park

We are looking for two artists to work on a new collaboration we have with the National Trust at Attingham Park Nr Shrewsbury.

Pentabus Theatre and Attingham Park are looking for a socially engaged sound / digital artist and a visual artist/designer to work with them on an arts project in 2020 to explore what Attingham’s ‘legacy’ means for a number of different local communities.

The Project – Context and Vision.
Pentabus Theatre, in partnership with Attingham Park, will develop and deliver a participatory
programme of workshops with communities, NT volunteers, NT staff and artists. The workshop
programme will lead to the co-creation of a response to the following provocation:

If Lord Berwick left the Park and the Mansion specifically ‘for public benefit’, what does this mean
in the 21st Century, and how does the public of today benefit from this generous gift to the National

There are many people who already benefit from using Attingham; through visiting and
volunteering many have discovered their own personal ‘Attingham memory’ or ‘Attingham
moment’. There are also many local people and communities who have never been to Attingham,
who are yet to create an ‘Attingham memory’. We want to explore how we bring people together to
share existing memories and create new ones.

For more information regarding the project and the brief please see the attached Artists’ Briefs or www.pentabus.co.uk



Suzie Larke Exhibition


Suzie was awarded an Unlimited commission earlier this year and her new exhibition of conceptual photography can be seen at

Penarth Pier Pavilion from the 2nd – 22nd September

There is an Opening Night event on Friday 6th September from 7pm which is open to all. There will be a panel discussion at 8pm which will be BSL interpreted.

Do hope you will be able to attend.


Arcade Campfa

A Brief History of Healing

September 4th – October 5th 2019

Arcade Campfa

Queens Arcade, Cardiff

You are cordially invited to the launch event for A Brief History of Healing, a split site exhibition of contemporary artwork made by patients, ex patients, visitors and staff at Llandough Hospital and Hafan y Coed mental health unit. . The exhibition runs until 5 October.

Please join us at ArcadeCampfa on Thursday 5 September, 6-8pm, for a celebration of the project including a live experimental music session hosted by artist and Occupational Therapist, Georgia Twigg.

Georgia will be artist in residence in ArcadeCampfa from 4 – 7 September, midday – 6pm working with the public to consider ways of enhancing wellbeing and quality of life through music, art making and conversation. Alongside this, the BHoH repurposed drugs trolley, formerly of Ward E1A at Whitchurch Hospital, will be in use for the visiting public to make artwork to add to the exhibition; co cart designer and printmaker Alex Goodman will be running drop-in sessions between midday and 6pm on Sept 5 – 7 in the Campfa space and around Queens Arcade.

The cart has been at Llandough and Hafan y Coed hospital since July 2019, facilitated by artist and writer Sarah Featherstone, and visual artist Gail Howard who have been making artwork with patients, staff and visitors to the hospital.

The work created will be exhibited at the Hearth Gallery, Llandough Hospital, 12 – 30 September, with a final, open invitation, sharing event on Friday 27 September between 3-6pm where there will also be an opportunity to make an artwork to add to the exhibition in the Hearth space.

A Brief History of Healing is a collaborative partnership project between ArcadeCampfa, the arts programme at Cardiff and Vale Health Trust and visual artist and mental health service user Gail Howard. Through dialogue and art making the project seeks to highlight the therapeutic value of creative activity and the impact that art and the act of making art can have on our wellbeing.

The project is funded by the Arts Council of Wales, Cardiff and Vale Health Charity via their arts programme, and the Oakdale Trust.

Thank you to all hospital staff who have supported the project, and thank you especially to all the patients who have contributed their time and creativity so generously.


Multi-award winning show ‘Meet Fred’ returns to Cardiff

HijinxA rare chance to see Hijinx’s five star ‘Meet Fred’ in the UK – 26 – 28 Sept 2019, Sherman Theatre, Cardiff


Trailer – http://www.hijinx.org.uk/meet-fred/


Cardiff-based Hijinx is celebrating the homecoming of their critically acclaimed production Meet Fred this September. The show, which features a cast of performers with and without learning disabilities and/or autism, is the most widely toured inclusive show in the world. To date it has been performed in 3 continents, 17 countries, 109 cities to over 20,000 people, and has been translated into 10 languages, including Chinese, Mandarin, Korean and Finnish.  It will return to Cardiff’s Sherman Theatre for three nights this Autumn, before heading back out to tour across the globe.
Hijinx, in association with Blind Summit, first presented Meet Fred at a sell-out run at Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2016. Its razor-sharp script, potty-mouthed puppet and brilliant ensemble made it a winner of Wales Theatre Awards 2017’s Best Ensemble Award, and Hijinx recently won the prestigious The Stage ‘International’ Award 2019 for its work around the world.

The Show
Fred is a two foot tall cloth puppet who just wants to be part of the real world: get a job, meet a girl and settle down. But when threatened with losing his PLA (Puppetry Living Allowance), Fred’s life begins to spiral out of his control.  NB – contains strong language and puppet nudity.
Meet Fred takes a timely look at what it is to be disadvantaged in today’s society. Following an outsider who tries to make his mark in a world in which he needs a lot of help, the show shines a light on how going on a date or finding a job can present a myriad of problems.
Meet Fred’s cast includes two actors with Asperger Syndrome and one with Down’s syndrome. All three train in performance skills at Hijinx Academies, of which there are five across Wales.

 The Team
Ben Pettit-Wade, Artistic Director at Hijinx, said: “Touring Meet Fred across the globe over the past three years has been an incredible step for Hijinx. It’s been a privilege to see audiences all over the world react to Fred and relate to his story, which is utterly comical and totally universal all at once.”
Lindsay Foster, a Hijinx Actor with Asperger’s Syndrome who has been touring with Meet Fred since its inception, said: “Working on Meet Fred has been a ball. When you work long enough you forget that Fred is a puppet. He is an actor who is almost always a pleasure to work with.”
Sherman Theatre’s Executive Director Julia Barry said: “Following the success of Into the Light, for which we were project partners, we are looking forward to welcoming back Cardiff’s brilliant Hijinx back to Sherman Theatre. Hijinx are trailblazers in diversity, inclusion and creating excellent work, which are all of huge importance to the Sherman.”  

The Production
Meet Fred is brought about through the generous support of Arts Council Wales, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and The Rayne Foundation.

Tickets are now on sale from the Sherman Theatre Box Office on 02920 646900 or via https://www.shermantheatre.co.uk.

Meet Fred is enjoyable for audiences aged 14 and over.


Comic Relief Community Fund in Wales

Funding Workshops

Cardiff Third Sector Development Officers will be holding funding workshops for groups and organisation interested in applying – explaining the funding criteria and how to make a successful application – on the following dates:

  • Monday 9th September between 10:30 -12:30 at  Llanrumney Hall, Ball Road, Cardiff, CF3 4JJ
  • Wednesday 11th September between 3.30 pm and 5.30 pm at The Ely Hub, Cowbridge Road West, Cardiff, CF5 5BQ
  • Tuesday 17th September between   14:00am -16 :00pm at  C3SC Office, Third Floor, Baltic House, Mount Stuart Square, Cardiff, CF10 5FH

To book your place please email [email protected]   or ring 029 2048 5722

The Comic Relief Community Fund is a pilot scheme to fund community led action bringing about positive, lasting change throughout Wales.

Deadline for submission Thursday 31st October 2019.

  • Grants between £1,000 – £10,000 or £30,000 – £60,000
  • Groups with an annual income less than £250,000 are eligible 
  • Easy application process
  • Guidance available from your local County Voluntary Council

To find out more visit www.thirdsectorsupport.wales

Learning Disability Wales

Engage To Change Roadshows

Learning Disability WalesEbbw Vale and Carmarthen

Free Events

Engage to Change supports young people aged 16-25 with a learning disability and/or autism into paid work placements lasting 6-12 months.

Engage to Change will be in Ebbw Vale and Carmarthen bringing together people with a learning disability and autism, parents and carers, employers, local businesses, decision-makers and more to let you know how this project can benefit you.

This event is for:

  • People who provide support

Come along to find out how the project could benefit the people you work with through supported employment, from greater financial independence, to increased confidence and an expanded social circle. They can self-refer or you can refer them to us.

  • Employers

Drop in to the Roadshow to meet the team, get a taste of how it all works, and hear from other employers who have taken part and felt the benefits of welcoming Engage to Change participants to their workforce.

  • People with a learning disability and/or autism

Engage to Change may be able to support you to learn new skills and gain experience in the workplace, all with the aim of moving into paid employment. We look forward to having you at the event!

Venue: Ebbw Vale

Date: Tuesday, 24 September

Timings: 10:00 to 12:00

Book your place in Ebbw Vale here now!


Venue: Carmarthen

Date: Wednesday, 25 September

Timings: 10:00 to 12:00

Book your place in Carmarthen here now!

The Engage to Change project is delivered in partnership between Learning Disability Wales, Agoriad Cyf, All Wales People First, Cardiff University, ELITE and in collaboration with Project SEARCH.


Christmas Window Commission

Calling All Creatives!!

We are inviting proposals for our seventh Christmas window display in our shop. Giving artists/designers/makers the opportunity to dress the double fronted art nouveau style windows at here MOSTYN.

Full details can be downloaded from our website: http://www.mostyn.org/xmas 

This is a paid commission – £1000. 

Closing date: 5.30pm September 8th 2019

Also a reminder that DAC’s Annual Exhibition, Trust, will be on display at Mostyn from 2nd to 30th September. Do take this opportunity to view the stunning work created by DAC members.



12 Vaughan Street

Llandudno LL30 1AB

Mostyn Craft Fair

North Wales Contemporary Craft Fair – Winter 2019

Call for Stallholders

Saturday November 2nd 2019 

10.30am – 5.00pm


We are pleased to announce the second North Wales Contemporary Craft Fair to be held at MOSTYN in Llandudno, North Wales on Saturday 2nd November 2019.

Applications are for stallholders are now open to makers, designers, artists, studios, collectives or businesses using traditional or contemporary craft methods [e.g. ceramics, jewellery, metalwork, printmaking, textiles, glass, mixed media, wood etc] 

£75 per table.

Full information and application form can be found on our website: www.mostyn.org/craftfair

Closing date for applications is 20th September 2019 at 5pm.