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.

Helfa Gelf – More training sessions: art workshops, collaboration and curation.

Please see below details of training events which are now available to book on. Please note that booking is essential as sessions have limited numbers.

Only a few days left to register for this years Open Studios event! Enjoy year round benefits of the Helfa Gelf programme of training, exhibitions, residencies and a new emphasis on promoting our artists online!  https://helfagelf.co.uk/

Saturday 16th June
How creatives can succeed in rural areas – with Patricia van den Akker of The Design Trust, Galeri, Caernarfon.https://www.eventbrite.com/e/how-creatives-can-succeed-in-rural-areassut-mae-modd-i-weithwyr-creadigol-lwyddo-mewn-ardaloedd-tickets-45694411214

Saturday 30th June:
Workshop, Wet Plate Photography, Balaclafa, Caernarfon. This day workshop is an introductory to wet plate photography using plastic cameras.https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/workshop-wet-plate-photography-gweithdy-ffotograffiaeth-collodion-gwlyb-tickets-46461636004

Wednesday 4th July:
Workshop, Ceramics, Maen Alaw, Penmaenmawr, Conwy.  In this workshop the tutor will demonstrate a variety of hand building techniques using a red earthenware clay body, coiling, slab building, and press molding using a variety of forming methods.
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ceramic-workshop-gweithdy-serameg-tickets-46708786237
 
Friday 6th July: 
How to Collaborate as an Artist.  A participatory workshop for artists who are developing collaborations or thinking about doing so.  Tabernacle, Llandudno. NB: This is repeated in Corris, South Gwynedd details below.https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/how-to-collaborate-as-an-artist-sut-i-gydweithio-fel-artist-llandudno-tickets-46709559550

Wednesday 11thJuly:  
One Night Only which will look at the curating of exhibitions as a one-off event. This will be followed by a session on theins and outs of hanging/displaying artwork.  Tŷ Pawb, Wrexham.https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/curation-one-night-only-with-tips-and-tricks-of-art-installationcuraduro-un-noson-yn-unig-gyda-tickets-46710760141

Wednesday 29th August:  
How to Collaborate as an Artist.  A participatory workshop for artists who are developing collaborations or thinking about doing so. Stiwdio Maelor, Corris, Gwynedd. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/how-to-collaborate-as-an-artist-sut-i-gydweithio-fel-artist-corris-gwynedd-tickets-46709939687?ref=estw

PS: Sessions do fill up quickly and it is always worth putting your name down on the Eventbrite waiting list as participants can drop out.  It also indicates interest in the topic so we can explore delivering it again.
 

 

Ynys Mon & Gwynedd Mind

Ynys MonAnxiety Management
A course for young people  aged 14-18

Wednesdays 2-3pm  25 July   – 28 August    – Llangefni

A 6 week anxiety management course for young people (14-18)  running in Llangefni through the summer holiday, starting in late July.  The course looks at what anxiety is; how it affects us physically, emotionally and psychologically and how these factors influence our behaviour. We then use CBT methods and practice various mindfulness techniques so that the learners can put an action plan together to help them achieve their goals.

Please pass on this information to any people who may be interested in the course or get in touch if you need more information.

Email: [email protected]

Tel: 01286685279

Text :07531297847

 

Arts and Business Award for DAC’s Treasurer

Congratulations to our Honorary Treasurer Joanne Taylor

Jo was awarded the 2018 Grant Stephens Family Law Adviser Award at the Arts and Business Cymru awards last week for her outstanding contribution as a Board member of DAC. Jo has advised and supported DAC since joining us as a Co-Opted Trustee in September 2013 and becoming our Treasurer in October 2015. Jo has shown her commitment to the organisation through her input to business plans; action plans; structural review; and attendance at away days, meetings and events; working hard to establish a long-term future for DAC. In addition to helping the organisation introduce transparent, streamlined financial processes, Jo has recently led the organisation through registration as a CIO and helped recruit a new Finance Officer and a New Director. Jo is a Charities and Not for Profit Senior Manager for Broomfield Alexander in Newport and we are thrilled that her input has been recognised by the awards panel at Arts and Business Cymru.

May we also take this opportunity to recognise the enormous input that Jo Taylor has made to the future stability of DAC, to congratulate her on her award and to extend a huge thank you to her.

Raise funds for DAC when you shop at Amazon

DAC has now registered with Amazon smile . 

If you shop at Amazon and nominate DAC as your selected charity then we will receive a small % of your purchase.

How does AmazonSmile work?
When first visiting smile.amazon.co.uk, customers are prompted to select a charitable organisation. Amazon will give 0.5% of the net purchase price (excluding VAT and other shipping fees) of eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organisations selected by our customers.

Please consider supporting DAC in this way.  Thank you

Cyrff Ystwyth

 

Cyrff Ystwyth the Ceredigion based inclusive dance company is presenting its annual performance in the Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies at Aberystwyth University on June 7th and 8th.

 

 

This year Arlene James presents her first full length piece of work called Canol Y Byd (The Centre of the World).

Tickets £6.   For more information contact Mags on [email protected] or 01970 628488

Grow Wild

Wildflowers and fungi are amazing! That’s why we’re inviting young people aged 14-25 to take part in a summer of activities and flex their creative skills.
This year Grow Wild are offering not one, but two opportunities for young people to receive £500 by making a short video application telling Grow Wild their idea and how they will spend the money.

Option 1 – Creative projects in your community (14-25).

Young people can use their interest in photography, music, drama, dance, film, visual arts or more to celebrate UK native wild flowers and fungi in fun and inventive ways.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eCadko1HS4U

Option 2 – Co-created projects for emerging artists (18-25 only)

Apply to join with others across the UK to plan an autumn exhibition at renowned arts venue, Yorkshire Sculpture Park. This will include an artist masterclass at the venue in July.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DE-qlQJwINc

Want to know more?  Visit – https://www.growwilduk.com/creative

Carmathen Book Fair

Following our successful debut in 2016 and the Carmarthen Fair last year, we are holding the third Carmarthen Book Fair – 11th August 2018 – St Peter’s Civic Hall, Nott’s Square, Carmarthen 10 am – 4 pm.

 

This is open to local writers and could be of special interest to anyone who has published their books through writing or art. This could be of interest to local independent publishers too.

For further details please contact, [email protected]