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




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

National Trust Competition

2020 National Trust Handbook Photography Competition

We’re searching for an image that shows how places can make you feel good. Enter our photography competition and be in with a chance of having your photo featured on the cover of our 2020 Handbook and winning £1,500 worth of credit to spend on National Trust holiday cottages. 

Could you be the person to take the picture that captivates more than five million National Trust members?

The competition is open to both amateurs and professionals, and runs from Wednesday 1 May 2019 to 23:59 on Sunday 1 September 2019. Entries should be submitted by email (below). Our judging panel will choose the winning photo to feature on the cover of the Handbook, which will be published in 2020, as we celebrate our 125th anniversary. 

Read the competition rules and send us your pictures below

The winning photo will need to show how the countryside and landscaped gardens or historic houses we look after can spark adventure, inspire us and change the way we feel. 

What to submit

Your photo must be:

  • taken at a National Trust place in 2019
  • landscape format (not portrait)
  • in full colour (not black and white)
  • 300 dpi and sent as a jpeg file no bigger than 10MB
  • sent as an attachment (not embedded in an email)

You must:

  • only send up to 10 photos
  • reflect the theme of ‘places that make you feel good’
  • get written consent from the people in your photos
  • make sure the focal point of your photo is on the right-hand side
  • read the full competition rules, linked to below.

Please read the rules of the competition before submitting your entries. For further information please go here

National Eisteddfod Winner

Congratulations to Bev-Bell Hughes

Everyone at Disability Arts Cymru were delighted to learn that one of our long-standing Trustees has been awarded the prestigious Gold Medal for Craft at this year’s National Eisteddfod in Llanrwst. Bev makes ceramics that look remarkably like sea shells and is inspired  by both the sea and the mountains of Snowdonia.

Bev also currently has a piece of work in our Annual Exhibition and work displayed at the Mission Gallery in Swansea. 

The DAC exhibition of our members artwork, sculpture and photography is now on at Celf o Gwmpas in Llandrindod Wells before touring to Mostyn in Bev’s home town of Llandudno from  September 2nd -30th. Further dates are as follows –

October 16th – November 15th Cyfarthfa Castle in Merthyr Tydfil

November 11th – 30th Theatr Clwyd in Mold

Bev is Maker In Focus at the Mission Gallery until September 14th –

Mission Gallery, Gloucester Pl, Swansea SA1 1TY




The training initiative for TV drama professionals in Wales.

Do you work in TV drama or have the required skills? Are you looking to ‘Step Up’ in your career?

Our STEPPING UP programme is a rare opportunity for professionals already working in the industry to advance in their career, and also for those highly trained qualified specialists who want to move across to TV. The training scheme will be tailored to the individual according to their needs, and each participant will undertake a placement or course lasting no longer than 10 weeks or receive a training allowance for the entire period.

Whether you’re a Production Secretary wanting to step up to Production Coordinator, an AD wanting to move up a grade, or an electrician wanting to move into television production, we want to hear from you. Tell us what you need for your step up and why.

These are the skill gaps recognised by Wales Screen (Welsh Government) since 2017:

  • Assistant Directors
  • Accounts Crew
  • Camera Crew
  • Lighting Crew
  • Make Up
  • Costume
  • Grips, Grip Assistant
  • Editor to include VFX
  • Production Office Crew
  • Production Accountant
  • Production Manager
  • Art Department Crew to include Carpenters and Set Builders
  • DIT
  • Senior Location Manager
  • Armourer

We are glad to announce that Stepping Up has reopened. If you would like to be a part of the Stepping Up programmes please register your interest by emailing your CV to [email protected] whilst remembering to mention the job you wish to step up to and why.

For more information please visit: http://www.sgilcymru.com/en/stepping-up-2017/

To keep up-to-date with our latest news regarding future Stepping Up programmes please sign up to receive our industry newsletter.

This programme is supported by the ScreenSkills HETV Levy and Welsh Government.

Cirque Bijou / Extraordinary Bodies

Marketing and Communications Manager

We are looking for an experienced marketing and communications manager who can join us as we develop new shows, re-imagine existing shows for new audiences and help raise our profile as the forerunners of inclusive circus.

Salary: £26,000 – £28,000 pro rata, dependent on experience
Hours: 18 – 20 hours per week
Contract: 6 months probation followed by rolling contract
Reports to: Extraordinary Bodies Artistic Directors
Employed by: Cirque Bijou
Location: Based in our Bristol office, with some flexibility for remote working. You will be working closely with our partners Diverse City, which will necessitate occasional travel throughout the south of England.

You will be focused on the Extraordinary Bodies artistic programme, identifying future opportunities and developing partnerships with external organisations. You’ll be at ease liaising with venues, marketing tours, managing assets and marketing distribution, and developing new audiences. Most of all you’ll be comfortable with partnership working and identifying accessible marketing strategies that work for everyone.

This role is employed within Cirque Bijou but you will work very closely with our partners at Diverse City to ensure we are delivering for all our stakeholders.

An exceptional multi-tasker and communicator, you’ll have an eye for opportunity, a flair for strategy and the ability to network, plan and work alongside a wide range of people in a fun and driven environment.


To apply please read the job description (link above) and send your CV (no more than 2 sides of A4) to [email protected] along with a Vimeo link to a 3 minute recording to camera (e.g a smartphone camera), telling us why you think you are suitable for the role.

Deadline for applications: Monday 9th September 2019, 9am

Interviews: TBC, but likely w/c 16th September 2019

For more information about Cirque Bijou please visit – https://www.cirquebijou.co.uk/