Disability Arts Online and Graeae Present….

The Disability And…Podcast

Disability Arts Online, the leading publication for disability arts is joining forces with Graeae, one of the world’s most prominent disability-led theatre companies to deliver the Disability And…Podcast. The first episode, Disability And…Representation launched on May 20th on all major podcast platforms.

The Disability And…Podcast promises to get right to the heart of some of the most pressing issues in arts, culture and beyond with a series of bold, provocative and insightful interviews with disabled artists, key industry figures and the odd legend.

The first episode in the series, Disability And…Representation features a conversation between Deputy Artistic Director at Birmingham Rep (and former Associate Director of Graeae), Amit Sharma and Writer, Actor, Campaigner and Graeae Patron, Mat Fraser. They speak candidly about Mat’s remarkable career, his punk background and how he became politicised around disability rights following a particularly difficult audition.

Graeae has been a force for change in theatre and the wider world for nearly 40 years and Disability Arts Online has for some time been the home for critique and debate about disability arts and culture. Together they hope to tackle today’s burning topics, stir debate and have some laughs along the way.

Initially, The Disability And…Podcast will be released on a monthly basis and will be available on the Disability Arts Online and Graeae websites, on Graeae and Disability Arts Online’s dedicated Soundcloud and also via many of the leading podcast services including:

Spotify; TuneIn;  Stitcher;  ACast;  Blubrry;  Apple Podcasts/iTunes

If you know of any other channels that you’d like this podcast to be available on, please email richard@graeae.org

The Disability And…Podcast will be edited by Ian Rattray for Clear Voice Enterprises, experts in accessible audio.

The second episode of The Disability And…Podcast, launching in June, will be ‘Disability And…Psychiatry’ featuring Colin Hambrook and disabled artist gobscure in conversation about the history of the representation of mental health and psychiatry within the arts. They will be looking at the contribution of writers, artists and thinkers from the 18th century to the present; from Mary Wollstonecraft to Jessie Kesson.

Future episodes will include topics such as comedy, activism, television and human rights. Listeners can send comments, questions and suggestions via the hashtag #DisabilityAnd

To listen to the first episode and for more information please go here

Ballet Cymru

Inclusive and Beginners Classes

Ballet Cymru is committed to innovation in dance and classical ballet, and to the highest standard of collaboration with choreographers, designers, composers and musicians.

All Ballet Cymru staff are trained to teach and deliver the company’s education work, are DBS approved and have first aid training. All work is monitored and evaluated and the company employs strict health and safety and child protection policies and best practice.

Our work strives to be inclusive and accessible and we believe that everyone should have the chance to dance.

Ballet Cymru is running classes that are open to all in their state of the art dance studios in Newport. 

 ‘Inclusive Youth Creative Dance Session’ 

  • It takes place at Ballet Cymru studio on Wednesdays 6-7pm in term time. 
  • The class is £3 and suitable for ages 8+.
  • The teacher is Louise Lloyd her contact details are louiselloyd@welshballet.co.uk / 01633 892927
  • It is a session open to youths both with and without disabilities and is a very creative dance session.

Adult Beginners

  • It takes place at Ballet Cymru studio on Mondays 6-7:15pm in term time. 
  • The class is £6 (£5 if booked termly or as a Friend of Ballet Cymru)
  • The teacher is Jemma Beatty who is an ex-company dancer with Ballet Cymru. 
  • The contact for this session is Jenny Isaacs – jennyisaacs@welshballet.co.uk / 01633 892927
  • The class is suitable for all abilities including adults returning to ballet & dance, and parents with older children who want to try out ballet together.

For further information please visit – http://welshballet.co.uk/

Ballet Cymru
Unit 1, Wern Industrial Estate
NP10 9FQ

HOME Manchester

Made at HOME Opportunity

Deadline Fri 7 Jun 2019


Made at HOME is our research and development programme which provides different levels of support for artists making work. The programme offers an opportunity to experiment and explore practice, cross-art form ideas and collaborations without the pressure of public presentation. Open to artists working in theatre, film, visual art and digital, we are looking to support a range of exciting new projects. There is no geographical criteria to apply.

There are two different types of support available as part of Made at HOME:


This opportunity is designed to be the most flexible, light touch way of supporting an idea or project to get off the ground. This can be used for both professional development and research opportunities. This fund provides seed funding (up to £500) with access to development space alongside support from Talent Development producing team.


This opportunity is designed for artists who are ready to experiment further with an idea or project in a deeper way.

Each year we are committed to up to four Develop opportunities which each offer financial support (up to £2,000), dedicated development space and bespoke mentoring from our creative team. At the end of each opportunity there will be a chance to share and discuss the work with our team.

If you are unsure of the right opportunity for you, please book a session with a member of the Talent Development team to discuss your idea, just head here to book a slot.

What we are particularly interested in:

  • Work that is provocative, playful and contemporary, of Manchester and the world.
  • Cross art form projects
  • Work that is socially or politically engaged
  • Innovative ideas that break new ground
  • Ideas that reflect Manchester’s diversity
  • Work from emerging and mid-career artists

To Apply:

For Explore:

Please send us a short summary of your project, when you would ideally like the project to happen and the support you would like from HOME.

Please email to talentdevelopment@homemcr.org with the subject line ‘Your Name, Explore’ and then take 2 minutes to fill this monitoring form. 

For Develop:

Please fill in this brief form. If you have any problems filling in these forms please email sarah.sharp@homemcr.org

Deadline for 2019 applications: Friday 7 June 2019

Yello Brick

Announcing Summer playARK

We have been a little quiet for the last few months and thought it was time to relaunch and bring people together again for a bit of Play!

We’ve put together a programme of events for the summer that includes a new game, a reboot of one of our classic street games as well as a night of fun mini games.

What is playARK?

For those who have never been to a playARK event, it is a place where people can play, make and test games. We aim to make cities more playful and bring people together through shared playful experiences.

The games you will discover at playARK often take place in public spaces, can be high tech or low tech, sometimes they are serious, sometimes they are silly, often they are both.

We want to build a community of people interested in games, play and making! If you are interested in bringing a game to playARK or have any questions about our upcoming events please get in touch.

Cold Case

2nd June

14:00 – 16:00

Wales Millennium Centre


Our new detective game in a box: Cold Case. The only evidence that remains of this unsolved murder is stored in this box.  Listen to the police interviews, trawl through the evidence and state your case.

 Can you find what police missed?

Get Your FREE Tickets



28th July

14:00 – 16:00

Wales Millennium Centre


We are putting on a micro-festival of mini-games. We will have a selection of some of our favourites for you to play. Games will be taking place inside and outside. Play to win and play for fun!

Be prepared for silliness!

Get Your FREE Tickets


Street Game

25th August

14:00 – 16:00

Wales Millennium Centre


We have been thinking that it’s been a little while since we played a street game across Cardiff. So we are currently turning thinking into making. This will be a reboot of one of our classic street games.

More details soon…

 Buy Your Tickets Now

playARK is created by yellobrick.

We create meaningful experiences that place audiences at the centre of the story.

Our work is bold, challenging, curious and playfully disruptive.

Find out more: www.yellobrick.co.uk

Youth Arts Network Cymru

Casgliad 2019

£10.00 – £70.00

**Saturday 15 June 2019**

Working in Tandem: Youth Arts and Youth Work Exploring Best Practice

Youth Arts and Youth workers are invited to come together to re-energise, connect and get creative with a rich programme of speakers, workshops and talks.

This year presented in collaboration with Swansea College of Arts in the beautifully refurbished performing arts space, guests include Dusty Kennedy, member of Youth Board for Welsh Government, youth theatre innovators Company Three, and the Welsh youth arts powerhouse Frân Wen. Plus Radio Platfform broadcasting live, stories of inspirational youth work and research shared by Valleys Kids and Swansea College students, and as always the YANC steering group bringing their love, expertise and games, from Jain Boon to the Wales Millennium Centre.

Casgliad 2019 welcomes youth arts practitioners, youth workers, emerging artists, students and anyone interested in a vibrant future for this essential sector.

Programme: Download full programme here

National Theatre Wales

Production Coordinator

National Theatre Wales 2National Theatre Wales is seeking to appoint a highly motivated and energetic individual for this vacancy.

The Production Co-ordinator is responsible for the effective production administration of all National Theatre Wales’ work.

Salary: £27,061 per annum

Full-time contract

We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all backgrounds. Applications can be received in English or Welsh.

National theatre Wales is a faith friendly company.


Deadline: 9 June, 5pm

Interviews: 19 June, Cardiff

For further information, application form, job description and person specification in English or Welsh please visit the


Learning Disability Wales

Effective Communication with People with a Learning Disability

20 June in Cardiff

Our Effective Communication course aims to help those that work with people with a learning disability play a role in helping those they support live their life to the full and be included.

We will be working with delegates on the concepts and techniques which underpin and make possible effective communication with people with a learning disability.

Delegates will have the opportunity to develop their communication skills, and learn about a range of communication concepts and techniques that can be used to facilitate effective communication with people with a learning disability.

For more information and to book your place, please click on the link below.

Click here to book your place

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me on 029 2068 1174.

Inacia Rodrigues

Training  & Events Coordinator

ADDO Creative Arts Consultancy News

Flint Portraits

A crowd of life-size colour portraits, drawn by artists Simon Grennan and Christopher Sperandio, will appear in Flint Library and Jade Jones Pavilion, Flint during 25th– 31stMay.

The life-size drawings are lively portraits of people that the artists have met or heard about in Flint, during their research for the Flint Town Art Trail, a series of sculptures for Castle Street and Church Street which they will be making later in the year.

Each drawn colour portrait appears on its own pull-up banner, and the group includes Flint people old and young, past and present, residents and visitors, building to show an intriguing snapshot of the town.

“We work all over the world and the welcome we’ve had from people in Flint has been one of the warmest. Drawing portraits is one of the ways in which we get to meet people in the process of making new artworks, and we’ve had an amazing response, from the youth clubs to schools, history and craft buffs, domino and rugby players, Brownies and Guides, knitters and many others.” – Simon Grennan

The commission for the Flint Town Art Trail has been has been developed in a partnership between Addo and Flint County Council, and is part of the Flint Foreshore Regeneration Project.

Pilot Hole

Addo and the Faculty of Arts, Science and Technology, Wrexham Glyndŵr University, are pleased to announce Pilot Hole. A durational public realm project engaging with neglected spaces. Pilot Hole will see seven artworks sited for 24 hours over a period of seven days, from 12 noon each day.

Artists involved:

Sunday 19thMay               Alec Shepley

Monday 20thMay             Sue & Barbara Simpson

Tuesday 21stMay             Ryan Saunders  & Kevin Tanton

Wednesday 22ndMay      Manon Grugwyn & Jasmine Roberts

Thursday 23rdMay          Anne Hill & Sophie Holliday

Friday 24thMay                Paul Heppell

Saturday 25thMay            Paul Jones

The team of undergraduate students from the Fine Art Programme at the Art School in Regent Street will be involved in the curation, assistance at any opening event, documentation, invigilation etc., and staff from the Art School would also provide administrative and technical support. Evaluation using feedback from people interacting with the project, is an important part of the research around located practice and the process for evaluation is key to students’ learning.

Hole in the Wall Gallery and specifically ‘Pilot Hole’ is seen as a part of an enabling discussion around future work – a larger scale project in Wrexham about reimagining its cultural infrastructure through occupying vacant spaces.

Although a very lively place, with large numbers of people present at any given time of day, there is often a sense of decline and failing infrastructure within Wrexham town centre. Located practice in this project explores differences in the infrastructure precipitated by utopian and dystopian templates. Through located art practice or socially engaged art practice, this rather negative impression can be turned on its head.

For many artistic projects a key component is the publication – it is an important vehicle providing dissemination, further engagement and a record of a project. However, it often does not reach as broad an audience as intended due to for example, ‘high end’ publication costs which provide limited numbers, and therefore speak to a narrow audience. So, rather than a ‘traditional’ book, and because the context for the project is the street, the publication for this project will be in the form of a free broadsheet newspaper and will aim at as high a number of the public as possible.

There will also be a blog/FB/Instagram page produced by the students, which will document the process and be a vehicle for evaluation, in the form of comments and hits, and also plays a role in developing and engaging audiences.

The publication can reflect the wider projects aims, document and reference the project artworks and act as an artwork in itself.

The Hole in the Wall Gallery, Wrexham, rather than being a fixed building, exists as a series of impromptu public art happenings occupying void spaces around the town. In this iteration of the project, ‘Pilot Hole ‘ is housed within a void space in the wall at the old Fire Station, Bradley Road in Wrexham, the exact dimensions of which are 17.5cm (w) 11.5cm (h) 18cm (d).

For further information please visit – http://www.addocreative.com/

Community Music Wales

Community Music in Mental Health Settings

Who is it for?

Community musicians with some experience of workshop leading in community settings, who would like to increase their knowledge and skills to work in mental health settings.

Musicians with experience as Mental Health professionals or service users who would like to bring their musical experience into mental health settings.

Course Dates:

Cardiff – June 10th, 11th, 17th, 24th, 25th

Carmarthen – July 10th, 18th, 22nd, 23rd, 24th

Rhyl – September 9th, 10th, 16th, 23rd, 24th

The course will cover:

  • Creating, adapting and leading appropriate musical activities for people with mental health problems
  • Increasing confidence in working with vulnerable or distressed people
  • Understanding the boundaries of the role of a community musician; what is and isn’t your responsibility, when to ask for help.
  • How to include and empower people in groups
  • An introduction to some of the issues faced by mental health service users.
  • Group leadership and development
  • Planning and flexible working
  • Managing expectations in groups
  • Communicating effectively with agencies and institutions
  • Giving and receiving feedback, including reflecting on own practice.


N.B. The course will not cover diagnosing or curing mental health conditions or music therapy training.

As well as tutor-led practical exercises and discussions, there will be a strong element of shared and collaborative learning, with small and large group tasks, teaching practice and research. We will also encourage structured feedback reflective practice as a lifelong tool for best practice.

Alongside the course, trainees will be offered the opportunity to attend a placement in an existing community music workshop in a mental health setting.


Session 1:  Intro to course, ground rules, including confidentiality. Intros to each other and experience, self-assessment. What is mental health?  Statistics on incidence of mental illness and attitudes.

Session 2:  The role of a community musician in mental health settings, boundaries, asking for help, keeping yourselves and others safe. Possible relevant video of experience and what this means for our work.

Session 3:  Adapting and creating musical activities.  What is the same and what is distinctive about working in mental health settings? Sharing experiences, adapting exercises to suit the context.

Session 4: Adapting and creating musical activities part 2. Pair/small group tasks.

Session 5: Planning/flexibility – importance of planning (avoiding disasters). Need for flexibility.

Session 6: Working with agencies – communicating with agencies to ensure effective practice, dealing with problems, assertiveness.

Session 7: Teaching practice

Session 8: Teaching practice

Session 9: Dealing with challenging situations – Case studies e.g. dealing with group member not participating, someone in distress, someone being aggressive and threatening, someone unable to focus (possibly due to drugs or alcohol).

Session 10: What next – putting skills into practice- project planning, self-assessment, peer assessment. Final questions.

For further details and an application form, please contact – 

Johanna Williams
Cynorthwyydd Prosiect a Gweinyddwr 
| Project Assistant and Administrator
Cerdd Gymunedol Cymru | Community Music Wales 
ffon | tel: 029 2083 8060

ebost/ Email: johanna@communitymusicwales.org