TAPE Communuty Music and Film

TAPE Community Music and Film present M.E awareness raising drama – M.E, Myself and I.

In the UK alone it is estimated that 250,000 people suffer with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, more commonly known as M.E. Often these people feel let down by society, the health care system, education system and the government, but most of all they feel like they have no voice.

M.E, Myself and I is a new drama series, that seeks to raise awareness of ME and to reduce the stigma felt by those diagnosed. Episode 1 will be released on June 30th 2018. It tells the story of Rachel, a teenager who has been diagnosed with M.E. The show is written and directed by Thomas Ellis, who has suffered with M.E for 17 years. It features creative contributions from young people diagnosed with M.E, including Maliha Jain Vincent Gaspar, who wrote a poem featured in the episode and Ada Davidson who contributed a touching stop motion animation.

“M.E, Myself and I, was incredibly difficult to write as I was having to revisit some dark, lonely times. I feel however it was very much
worth while to do as without people coming out and
discussing M.E, awareness would not continue to
grow. One of the aspects I’m delighted about is having creative contributions from Maliha and Ada within the show. I believe these contributions really hit home that this is not just my story, it is one shared by many all over the world.”
Thomas Ellis – Writer/Director

TAPE Community Music and Film the charity that has supported Tom to realise the series, helped recruit cast and crew for the show with local people gaining experience both in front of and behind camera.

“I got involved with this project after meeting Thomas on a prior TAPE project after which I was asked if I wanted to play Rachel in the production. I enjoyed the process very much; it was great fun to do. I am thankful from the bottom of my heart for having been given the opportunity to do this and I’m really looking forward to filming episode 2.”
Chloe Thomas – Actor

Now in its 10th year, TAPE provides workshops, projects and opportunities to develop new ideas and skills, gain training and find employment all in a safe supported and inclusive environment. TAPE CEO Steve Swindon said of the project ‘We believe that creativity is a route to wellbeing for individuals and communities, something we think is very much present within the M.E, Myself and I project and we are proud to be able to give both Tom and the project our continued support.’

Alongside the release of the show, the debut art exhibition from Angela Nananidou will be on show at TAPE Community Arts Centre all summer. Angela who suffers with M.E has described how her paintings “…express that struggle between hope and despair, brightness and gloominess; structure and looseness; light and darkness; clarity and brain fog; isolation and escapism.’

Isolation and escapism are themes that run through Angela’s work and also episode 1 of the show. They also feature heavily in podcast interviews the cast and crew conducted with M.E sufferers and their care givers. Recorded at Barnardo’s in Rhyl the podcasts offer a deeper insight and range of views on the condition.

We hope that M.E, Myself and I, along side Angela’s exhibition and the Podcast episodes will raise additional awareness of M.E through creative medium and a better understanding of it within the community. We are also delighted that within the project we have been able to continue our philosophy of supporting people of all abilities to be involved in filmmaking.

See the film here: https://vimeo.com/261998520
Listen to the Podcasts here: https://tapemusicandfilm.podbean.com
See the exhibition at TAPE Community Arts Centre, LL29 9SD from June to September.

Arts Connection – Job Vacancy

Project Officer required by Arts Connection – Cyswllt Celf based in Llanfyllin, Powys
Part-time – 22.5 hours per week
£23,866 per annum pro rata

Are you passionate about the arts? Want to be part of a vibrant and exciting organisation? Have you got what it takes?
We are an organisation that creates opportunities to bring people together to learn and have fun through participation in all forms of art.
As Project Officer you will have the opportunity to join our small team and take responsibility for the development and implementation of our programme of activities and events.

We welcome applications from those who work in other sectors, not necessarily the arts, who have an enthusiasm for the role.

Please apply using the online application form where you will be asked for a covering letter, CV and confirmation, that if successful, you can attend the interview date. Fill in your application here – http://artsconnection.org.uk/jobs/

To be considered for the post your covering letter should:
– Refer to each of the essential and desirable points of the person specification
– For the essential points please demonstrate how you meet it by giving us an example
– Please be clear and concise – bullet points are acceptable

Closing Date: Monday 16th July, 12 noon

Shortlisting: Tuesday 17th July

Interviews: Friday 20th July

Any queries: [email protected] – 01691 648 929

Arts Connection is committed to equal opportunities and is a Registered Charity: 1135641 and Company Limited by Guarantee: 2911716

DAC News

Farewell and Thanks to Denni Turp

Our North West Wales Regional Officer is retiring at the end of this week. We are extremely grateful to Denni for all her amazing work for DAC over the past 5 years. She will be missed by the team and all the members, especially those members within NW Wales who have worked closely with her throughout her time at DAC. The North West Region has benefited enormously from Denni’s passion and energy and leaves a wonderful legacy in the publications she has been instrumental in creating.

Many thanks Denni and very best wishes for a long and happy retirement from us all.

Ffilm Cymru Speed Networking at The Eisteddfod

Are you a Welsh-speaking creative wanting to write, produce or direct for film? Then Ffilm Cymru’s speed networking event might be for you!

6th August

4:00 – 5:30pm

Look Out Cafe Bar, Heol Porth Teigr, Porth Teigr, Cardiff Bay CF10 4GA.

Age limit: 18+

Participants will have the chance to meet one-on-one with established Welsh filmmakers in a fun and informal setting and will be guided by Ffilm Cymru representatives.

Please note: there is a fixed capacity for this event and places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. This is a Welsh language event.

Please register here.

This event is part of Sinemaes at the Eisteddfod.

http://www.ffilmcymruwales.com/index.php/en/news-and-events/709-speed-networking-at-the-eisteddfod

 

Ideas:People:Places Project, Maindee Library, Newport

Maindee Unlimited are inviting applications from Sound Artists to produce a new art installation for the newly refurbished Maindee Library building, a volunteer-run community space in Maindee on the eastern side of Newport city centre. 

The commissioned work will be situated and made in response to aspects of the social and cultural ecology of Maindee and will form part of the wider Finding Maindee: Mappa Maindee programme.  The commission will culminate in a launch event at Maindee Library in November 2018.  This will mark the end of the Ideas: People: Places project in Maindee but will also signal the start of a programme of arts & cultural events and activities that Maindee Unlimited plan to continue to host in the newly refurbished library, known as Maindee Library.

Budget: £13,000, inclusive of VAT

Commission is expected to run from August – November 2018

Deadline for Applications is Midnight 25 July 2018

Interviews are scheduled for 07 August 2018

Full brief and details of how to apply may be downloaded here (https://addocreative.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=8b07139d0bec4e6dec13c8db1&id=fc4243b1a7&e=73550b38af) .

This commission is part of Finding Maindee – a three-year project supported by the Arts Council of Wales’ Ideas: People: Places (https://addocreative.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=8b07139d0bec4e6dec13c8db1&id=13e297db2f&e=73550b38af)  strategic programme, which aims to test new models of regeneration and collaboration through the arts.  The project is part-funded by the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, Garfield Weston Charitable Trust, the Landfill Tax Credit Scheme through Newport City Council and others.

The commission is being co-curated by Jo Sutton (Maindee Unlimited (https://addocreative.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=8b07139d0bec4e6dec13c8db1&id=daa6806ba1&e=73550b38af) ) and Sarah Pace (Addo (https://addocreative.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=8b07139d0bec4e6dec13c8db1&id=e4355a4f4a&e=73550b38af) ).

Disability Wales – Driving Forward Disability Rights in Wales – Aberystwyth

Join us at our Regional Event in Aberystwyth!

Thu 28 June 2018     10:30 – 16:00

Medrus 4 , Penbryn Building Penglais Campus, Aberystwyth University, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion SY23 3B

This is a FREE one-day event, a great chance to get an update on disability rights in Wales.

Programme to include:

  • The United Nations review on disabled people in the UK– one-year on….hear from the Equality and Human Rights Commission
  • Brexit implications for disabled people….what we know so far…
  • Panel discussion on disability discrimination in Wales….perhaps you feel you have been discriminated against…opportunity to get advice

Workshops aimed at disabled people and their organisations. There will be plenty of opportunity for discussions, networking and to share knowledge.

Early booking advised!  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/driving-forward-disability-rights-in-wales-aberystwyth-tickets-45713406028

First Fortnight Submission Callout- Europe’s Mental Health Arts Festival

First Fortnight are delighted and proud to be hosting Europe’s Mental Health Arts Festival in January 2019!

From April 30th-June 29th 2018, we will begin accepting submissions from Irish and European based artists working in any medium for the festival which will take place January 2019. These events will take place in several venues across the primary festival hub of Dublin city and throughout the country of Ireland. Artists with an interest in the prejudice, discrimination and stigma connected to mental health are particularly welcome to apply.
The European Festival

First Fortnight is an Irish charity that challenges mental health prejudice through cultural action. First Fortnight also provides creative therapy to marginalised groups.

Since 2009 First Fortnight has produced 7 national mental health arts festivals challenging mental health prejudice and ending stigma.

For decades Ireland has been home to citizens from every corner of Europe who have enriched our society. Our presentation of this festival will provide a platform to embrace the vibrancy of modern Ireland and Europe but also to reflect on the pressures that modern society can place on our mental health, with an emphasis on the European community.  We are challenging artists to submit artistically ambitious mental health themed work with an emphasis on multicultural themes and providing voices for the people of Europe.

Accessibility and inclusiveness are the cornerstones of our programming policy as mental health applies to all of us and transcends European borders. We believe this festival will help strengthen the idea of the Irish seeing themselves as European and be a strong reminder of the many opportunities the European Union offers its citizens.

The festival will be held in January 2019 in Dublin & regional venues with satellite events planned throughout the country. 

The Festival Submission Process

As part of this process we will be inviting proposals for consideration to the festival programme, which will receive bursaries if selected for inclusion. For more information on the submission call-out and how to submit proposals, please click here.

To be a truly representative European festival, we believe it is vital to have representation and invite involvement from as many European nationalities as possible in this forum.

Call out for individuals to join a new Welsh-language writers’ group

This is a unique opportunity for up to 8 new or emerging theatre writers to develop their craft through a series of events, workshops and mentorship over a period of 10 months.

 

As part of Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru’s new initiative – Theatr Gen Creu – a scheme that supports and nurtures talent, the company is inviting applications to join the New Writers’ Group.

  • A mentorship and training scheme – completely free of charge – for new and emerging theatre writers 
  • An emphasis on encouraging applications from those currently under-represented in the arts 
  • An extensive programme of events and workshops to develop and nurture talent 

The aim of the New Writers’ Group is to nurture future talent in Welsh-language theatre writing, and to enable new and diverse voices to flourish. The project will also help those individuals to develop their craft as they create new work for the theatre in Welsh.

The New Writers’ Group is open to writers of every age and from all parts of Wales and beyond – people who are eager to explore, experiment and develop their craft. Maybe some will be experienced writers in other media but fancy venturing into the theatre world. Maybe others already work in the theatre but are keen to try their hand at writing. And maybe others have had some experience in theatre writing but feel they need a helping hand in taking their next steps. We are especially keen to encourage applications from groups that have been under-represented in the arts – disabled people, women, people from BAME backgrounds, and those from economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

The New Writers’ Group is a Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru initiative presented in association with S4CLiterature WalesPontioTheatr ClwydAberystwyth Arts CentreCarmarthenshire TheatresWales Millennium Centre and the Sherman Theatre.

The scheme will run between September 2018 and June 2019 and will include a series of workshops with experienced writers and directors in various locations throughout Wales. Most of the workshops will be held through the medium of Welsh. The writers will also have an opportunity to attend a number of theatre performances in various venues, completely free of charge.

Following the workshops, the writers will have a period of time to write a new play, with feedback from professional people being given on the work as it develops. At the end of the writing period, rehearsed public readings (with professional actors and directors) of these new plays will be given in the venues that are part of the scheme.

As part of the commitment of Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru and all its partners to ensure that this scheme is accessible and open to all who wish to apply, every element is offered at no cost to the successful applicants. The writers will be paid travelling, accomodation and subsistence expenses to enable them to attend the workshops, feedback sessions, rehearsals and readings.

Arwel Gruffydd, Artistic Director of Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru, commented about the scheme:

Opportunities for writers interested in Welsh-language theatre to attend professional workshops are rare. Rarer still are those opportunities for writers to see their work being presented by professional actors. Opportunities to experiment, to have a go at fulfilling an ambition and, yes, even to fail, are all essential elements of a thriving theatre environment in any language. We are extremely pleased that so many key and influential partners have joined us in this venture and are very grateful to them for their support. Together, we’re determined to give encouragement to a new generation of Welsh-language theatre writers, and look forward to receiving applications from writers of all ages who feel they need a little support to move forward with their work and who are ready to take a chance!

Closing date: 17:00 on Monday 18 June 2018.

For full details and how to apply please visit the Theatr Gen Creu page.