Alastair Duncan – Sound Artist

Project Proposal – Developing Art and Audio Interactivity

Alastair Duncan has set-up a fundraising page for his new project which involves collaborating with disabled artists to produce new audio interactive artworks for an exhibition.

To donate and for more details the link to the project page is:

Even a small amount can go a long way to helping Alastair make this project idea a reality. 

Thank you.

Background to the project:

During the past three years I have been developing the integration of audio to my tapestry weaving. In 2018 I received an Arts Council of Wales Research and Development grant as well as an award from the Theo Moorman Charitable Trust towards the development of my work in this area.

I was invited to exhibit a large interactive woven tapestry with the British Tapestry Group exhibition “Sound and Weave” which toured to Scotland, England and Wales and following this I have been invited to show this tapestry and other new work in group exhibitions in Northern England, Nottingham and London. I have also been invited to give a solo exhibition in Sunbury-on-Thames, London in the Summer of 2020 (26th July – 2nd August).

An important aspect of the inclusion of audio in my work is that the means of activating it should encourage the audience to interact with it and that, to a degree, this should allow an element of creativity. The challenge is to find suitable means of prompting interaction with art work that normally forbids the audience to touch it.

A section of the audience for my exhibition in Sunbury-on-Thames will be people with a wide range of disabilities, including visual impairment. This is not necessarily relevant but it is important to me that the potential techniques, design and structures of my work that uses audio interactivity, make it accessible to everyone. This includes the audio content as well as the practical integration with the work.

Artists registered with Disability Arts Cymru are keen to work with me on this project and a programme of workshops and consultative/collaborative sessions is being arranged.

Hijinx Odyssey


Weston Studio

Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff Bay CF10 5AL

Thursday December 5th – Saturday 7th

Performance times: 7pm and 3pm Matinee on Saturday 7th

All performances will be BSL interpreted

Tickets £9

Tickets on sale NOW: This Christmas join Odyssey, Hijinx’s community theatre group, as they bring to life a dazzling re-imagining of Lewis Carroll’s classic tale written by Hefin Robinson.
Tocynnau / Tickets

Dum has lost Dee, the Queen has lost her tarts, and the Hatter’s lost the plot…

When Alys follows the White Rabbit into Wonderland, a world of silliness and surprises awaits. Followed by her overprotective mam and faithful cat, Alys discovers the magical delights and darkest depths of a Wonderland full of colourful, comical and curious characters.

This Christmas, join Odyssey, Hijinx’s community group, as they bring you a dazzling reimagining of Lewis Carroll’s famous tale, written by Hefin Robinson. It’s Wonderland, but not as you know it!

The Curious Muchness of Stuff and Nonsense features a large cast of disabled and non-disabled performers from Odyssey and Woodlands High School.

Carl Chapple – Dance Exhibition

Painting Dance

Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff – November 31st to Jan 5th

As part of the exhibition there are three audio described/touch tours for people with visual impairments that will be delivered by Alastair Sill of Word of Mouth.

The tours will be free to attend, and will take place on the following dates –

Sunday December 1st at 2.30pm and 7pm

Friday December 6th at 7.45pm. 

Painting Dance presents a selection of recent work made during my ongoing residency with Wales’s international dance company Ballet Cymru, including paintings and drawings created collaboratively with dancers, as well as responses to rehearsals of productions such as Romeo a Juliet, Celtic Concerto, and Divided We Stand. Supported by Arts Council of Wales, the exhibitions also reflect elements of the company’s wider education and training programme, including their intensive work with newly-graduated dancers, and the 2019 Wales International Ballet Summer School.

Ballet Cymru’s artistic directors Darius James and Amy Doughty invited me to sketch at the company’s rehearsal studio in Newport as they were developing their production Roald Dahl’s Little Red Riding Hood and the Three Little Pigs. I’d never been in a rehearsal space before, and was immediately struck by the energy and camaraderie of the dancers and choreographers, and by the discipline – physical and mental – that they brought to the process of creating a piece together. It was inspiring to see.

I consider my dance pictures to be portraits (if sometimes blurring lines between the identities of dancers and roles they may be inhabiting), though informed by my background in figure painting and early studies of Classical and Renaissance sculpture. The interdisciplinary nature of my current work is still very fresh and exciting to me, and is something I hope to develop further.

The exhibition at Wales Millennium Centre will feature audio/touch tours for visitors with visual impairments, and, as part of its December activities programme, the exhibition will be accompanied by a series of free drawing workshops, which I’ll be delivering with Ballet Cymru dancers.

Further information will be available nearer the time, but please see my website for examples of my work and some background about the project.


Disability Arts Online

Access to Work Digital Guide

Arts Council England and Disability Arts Online have published a digital guide to Access to Work – an employment support programme run by the Department for Work and Pensions. Access to Work can provide grants to remove barriers disabled people face in undertaking paid employment, including for equipment, travel and support workers.

The guide, which is available in a variety of different formats including easy read and audio-only, clarifies the Access to Work process and provides specific advice for the arts and cultural sector. Recognising that there are many different types of work in the sector, and that artists and creatives often work in a freelance capacity, there are three sections to the guide: one for self-employed workers, one for employees (or prospective employees) and one for employers.

A growing number of resources complement the guide, including information on how Access to Work relates to Arts Council Funding and case studies from disabled-led theatre company Graeae and a self-employed visual artist.

Each section of the guide has a video version, which includes British Sign Language and optional captions, presented by theatre-maker and comedian Jess Thom (best known for her alter ego Touretteshero) and D/deaf theatre access consultant and BSL performer, Deepa Shastri.

The guide is available in all its formats here.

For further information and to watch a trailer please go here

Taking Flight Theatre

peeling by Kaite O’Reilly

The Welfare in Ystradgynlais

Wednesday 2nd October,  7.30pm

This is the last chance to see this production in Wales before it continues on it’s tour to England.

Following its first performances in 2002, Kaite O’Reilly’s peeling was hailed as a game-changer; a landmark play that unashamedly puts d/Deaf and disabled people centre stage with wit, intelligence and conviction. Fast forward seventeen years and award-winning theatre company Taking Flight are bringing the play back to British stages in a production that received rave reviews during its tour of Wales earlier this year.

With live audio description, interwoven British Sign Language, and captions, access is at the very heart of this play, and is central to all of Taking Flight’s productions.  

Fiercely clever and uncompromising” **** The Guardian


Engaged to play the chorus in an epic production of Greek tragedy The Trojan Women, three performers await their brief moment in the spotlight. Alfa, Beaty and Coral wait… wait while every night the action plays out elsewhere.

peeling features an extraordinary cast of D/deaf and disabled women who are unapologetic in their views and provocations. This production is brought to life on stage by actors Bea Webster, Stephanie Lacey, Ruth Curtis and  actress and interpreter Erin Hutching as Zoe, the stage manager who tries to keep Alfa, Beaty and Coral in line whilst also integrating BSL interpretation into the action. 

Often blisteringly funny, at times almost unbearably painful; peeling takes us backstage into a world of secrets, a world where these fierce, astute and capable women are always the chorus and never the lead.

This play contains adult themes and is not recommended for under 14s.

You can find the audio flyer for peeling here and book your tickets online at the theatre’s website  or from 01639 843163 The show is 90mins long.

BBC NOW Composition:Wales


BBC National Orchestra of Wales is inviting submissions for its highly acclaimed Composition: Wales project for 2020, which will take place in January and March 2020 in BBC Hoddinott Hall and conducted and led by B Tommy Andersson. For the past 18 years, the project has provided aspiring and talented Welsh composers with the opportunity to have their music rehearsed and then performed in front of an audience.


Composition: Wales, has established itself as one of the most important contemporary music events in the orchestral scene in Wales. It showcases works by composers worthy of wider exposure and offers them the opportunity to hear and evaluate their music played by BBC National Orchestra of Wales. The project is organised in collaboration with Composers of Wales, Tŷ Cerdd, Vale of Glamorgan Festival and Welsh Music Guild.


Those who are eligible to submit scores include those born or living in Wales who have completed a music degree at undergraduate level or equivalent qualification, or composers born in Wales studying composition at post-graduate level in Wales. BBC NOW will also consider composers born in Wales or living in Wales who have a proven track record in composition.


The deadline for submission is 10.00am on Wednesday 13th November 2019, with the selected scores announced on Friday 6th December 2019.


In addition to compositions played at BBC Hoddinott Hall as part of Composition: Wales 2020, collaborating partners – Tŷ Cerdd and the Vale of Glamorgan Festival – will also offer additional opportunities for selected composers.

Tŷ Cerdd will be offering the opportunity to write a short piece of music for a chamber ensemble to three composers. These compositions will be performed at the Night Music series of events at St David’s Hall, Cardiff.

The Vale of Glamorgan Festival (VOGF) regularly selects composers featured in Composition Wales to work closely with. Selected composers may have their music featured as part of the Festival in May, and may be commissioned on an orchestral and/or chamber level. VOGF 2020 will feature an orchestral commission and a solo work by composer David Roche, who took part in Composition Wales 2019. 

Scores are invited with the guidance brief of: the perfect concert opener or an encore for a BBC National Orchestra of Wales concert, such as St David’s Day or an international tour. 


Selected scores will be featured in the project at BBC Hoddinott Hall in Cardiff Bay. The initial workshop will take place in on Tuesday 28 January 2020; this day will be followed by two additional workshop days on Tuesday 3 March and Wednesday 4 March 2020, culminating in a free public concert.


Key dates:

  • Deadline for initial score submission: Wednesday 13 November 2019 at 10.00am
  • Selected scores announced: Friday 6th December 2019
  • Deadline for submission of selected final full scores & orchestral parts: Monday 6 January 2019 at 5.00pm
  • Initial workshop day: Tuesday 28 January 2020 at 2.00pm -5.00pm and 6.00pm-9.00pm
  • Open rehearsals: Tuesday 3 March 2020 at 2.00pm-5.00pm and 6.00pm-9.00pm, and Wednesday 4 March 2020 at 2.30-5.30pm
  • Free Culmination Concert: Wednesday 4 March 2020 at 7.00pm


For further Information go to or call 0800 052 1812 or email [email protected].

DAC Open Exhibition: Trust – at Theatr Clwyd


You are invited to join us for our public event

Wednesday 13th November 2019
6pm to 8pm
Theatr Clwyd, Raikes Ln, Mold CH7 1YA

DAC Presents: Trust 2019 Open Exhibition


A collection of  artworks submitted by DAC members; consisting of D/deaf and disabled artists, or those living with long term physical and/or mental health conditions.


The Theme this year is Trust: we asked for artists to consider the theme personally and/or politically, with some surprising results.

The Exhibition is showing at Theatr Clwyd  from 13 November 2019 to 30th November 2019:

Through our DAC Annual Open Exhibition we showcase and tour the work of Wales based disabled and deaf artists, or those living with long term physical and/or mental health conditions.

The artwork being shown is from our Open Exhibition, and includes work from emerging, up-and-coming artists, as well as professional artists of long standing. All are members of Disability Arts Cymru (DAC)

Our aim is to raise the profile of the artists involved; increase artwork sales; support and develop career progression and to build relationships between peers and with exhibiting venues.

Glynn Vivian Swansea

Swansea Stories

27 Sep 2019 – 15 Mar 2020

10.00am. Ends at 17:00


This event is free.


Glynn Vivian

Alexandra Road Swansea SA1 5DZ


To celebrate Swansea’s 50th anniversary as a city, Glynn Vivian presents Swansea Stories in which we are showing the largest selection of our permanent collection ever displayed. The Gallery’s collection includes works from the 18th century to modern times and it presents an eclectic and unique portrait of the city: the changing landscape that has inspired artists for centuries, from the steep hills of the city centre to the surrounding landscapes of Townhill, Mayhill, Mumbles and Dunvant, to our beautiful coastline.

The exhibition is loosely themed into two main sections, Swansea People and Places. Swansea People and Places includes portraits of the rich and famous such as opera singer Adelina Patti, the poet Vernon Watkins, and past Lord Mayors; to its workers such as miners, cockle pickers and dockworkers – and even our very own beloved dog, Swansea Jack. Swansea’s streets, its beautiful coastline and its industry will also feature, from agricultural landscapes to the bombing of the city centre; so much of Swansea is captured here.

The other part of our exhibition, Swansea Favourites, is a collection of works which people ask to see most often either through conversations with our front of house team or through audience surveys and via the website. In this section we celebrate some of our most famous works by internationally renowned artists such as Gwen John and French Impressionists Claude Monet and Lucien Pissarro; and a papier-mâché portrait made by over 100 children from Penlan School in the 1980s.


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Telephone: 01792516900

2018 Poetry iBook is out now

Disability Arts Cymru’s Poetry Competition 2018 iBook is now available for download

Absolutely free, £0.00 is all it costs to download this colourful iBook, full of the images from 2018’s annual exhibition and poetry competition brought together into one publication. 

The iBook can be read on any iPad or Mac computer. If you do not have access to either of these, you can download the whole thing as a pdf file instead. 

This is the 4th year we have produced this publication, the other 3 are also available on the iBooks store. Why not check them all out and take the inspiration to enter the next poetry competition which will be based on this year’s theme of ‘Trust’ – keep an eye out for the opening of that competition on here, or sign up as a member to get a weekly update on everything we are doing and more. Membership is free to disabled artists living in Wales and at a small cost for non-disabled artists and organisations. 

Have a look at the slides below for screenshot of this year’s book, then use the download links at the bottom of the page to grab your free copy.


Can be viewed:

  • On iPad with iBook 2 or later and iOS 5 or later
  • On iPhone with iOS 8.4 or later
  • On a Mac with OS X 10.9 (Mavericks) or later

Download pdf

Can be viewed on just about anything