Celf o Gwmpas Artist Network Exhibition 5th September – 17th October 2019


Celf o Gwmpas Artist Network


Exhibition Dates: 5th September – 17th October 2019

Preview Thursday 5th September 4 – 6pm

This is the third annual exhibition by Celf o Gwmpas’s Artist Network.  The work in this exhibition portrays the artists discovery of new things about themselves and their practice over the last year. 

Make your mark and add to one of the pieces in this exhibition by attending one of the weekly sessions with the Artist on Wednesdays between 3-7pm for the duration of the exhibition

 For more information contact: 01597 822777

Centre Celf, Tremont Road, Llandrindod Wells, LD1 5EB

  www. celfogwmpas.org

The network was founded in 2016 with funding from Arwain and since then has gone from strength to strength.  Artists have regular monthly meetings where they skill share as well as opportunities for training, being involved with Celf o Gwpmas’s workshop programme and visits to exhibitions and galleries.

Celf -Able – dates for September

Celf-Able is an inclusive art group run by disabled artists in Powys. We are disabled- and artist-led, but open to all ages and abilities, artists and people who just want to have a go at art.

We are meeting at:-

September 4th – Mid-Wales Arts Centre, Caersws, 11-3
September 11th – Warren Room, Care Centre, Machynlleth, 1-4
September 17th – The Institute, Llanfair Caereinion, 11-3
September 18th – Ann Holloway Day Care Centre, Welshpool, 11-3 2D Mosaics with artist Terri Sweeney funded by Tirgwynt Community Foundation
September 25th – Siawns Teg, The Park, Newtown, 11-3
There is a small session fee of £5 for non-members, £3 for members,

annual membership fee £10.

Need more info? – [email protected], Tel: 01938 810058

DAC Open Exhibition – invitation to our public event at Mostyn Llandundo

Join us for our public event:
Saturday 28th September 2019  2pm to 4pm
Venue: Mostyn, Llandudno, LL30 1AB

DAC Presents…

Trust _ 2019 Open Exhibition




The  Window’ Rosemarie O’Leary    




‘Trust above all’ Rachael Wellbeing


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.

Exhibition showing at:

Mostyn, Llandudno 2 Sept – 30 Sept www.mostyn.org

Cyfarthfa Castle, Merthyr Tydfil 17 Oct – 10 Nov www.cyfarthfa.com (Public event 17 Oct 3 – 5pm)

Theatr Clwyd, Mold 13 Nov – 30 Nov www.theatrclwyd.com

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.


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.


Opportunities for writers






Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition This competition is for original, previously unpublished poems in English, on any subject, in any style, up to 50 lines long. 1 st £250, 2nd £100 Entry fee £5 for 1 poem, £8 for 2. See all the details here: www.sentinelquarterly.com/competitions/poetry/index.htm DEADLINE: 31 August 2019

Literature Wales Writers’ Bursaries

Literature Wales Writers’ Bursaries are awarded annually to writers at all stages of their careers, who are resident in Wales. The Writers’ Bursaries Awards enable writers to concentrate on developing a specific work in progress across a twelve-month period. The amounts are fixed sum awards at £3,000. Applicants may apply for a Writer’s Bursary, or a Support Fund Bursary, if eligible. Support Fund Bursaries are available for writers with mobility problems or disabilities in need of specialist equipment and assistance. Applicants for the Support Fund Bursary may apply for up to £1,000 for assistance to develop their work in progress.. www.literaturewales.org/for-writers/services-for-writers/bursaries/ DEADLINE: 10 September 2019

The Galley Beggar Press Short Story Prize The Galley Beggar Press Short Story Prize 2019/20 is now open for submissions of short stories of no longer than 6,000 words.The cost of entry for each short story is £10. The winning author will receive £2,000 and shortlisted authors will each receive £150. Full information can be found on our web https://www.galleybeggar.co.uk/prize


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.


Taking flight -

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

Help raise funds for DAC when you shop on line

Thank you to all our supporters who are raising funds for us when using the Easy Fundraising  site to shop on line.
We have raised £149.86 so far.
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Thank you for supporting DAC

See Around Britain! – accessibility travel app



Our groundbreaking photo travel app, gives visitors an advance look inside public venues, enabling the user to check out if it is suitable for their interests or needs, including families with young children, older citizens, or individuals with a wide range of impairments.  

Please have a look at what we do – 

See Around Britain & See Around Europe form a huge photo gazetteer throughout the UK and Ireland and mainland Europe, designed for everybody, including disabled people, to help decide if a venue will be suitable for visits.

Everything from transport access to washroom facilities can be viewed in a series of photographs of the venue. View the suitability and accessibility before you plan to visit or arrive at the venue.