Ffilm Cymru Wales


Ffilm Cymru Wales is seeking additional Board members to further the work of this entrepreneurial and impactful sector development body. Applicants should share a passion for a Welsh film sector that is inclusive, fit for growth and provides social, cultural and educational value across Wales. We will be staggering appointment start-dates across the year and are particularly interested to hear from candidates with high-level experience in the following areas:

  • Business: offering business experience that can support Ffilm Cymru’s evolution and offer sectoral insights in building resilience and growth potential;
  • Market Insight: offering sales, distribution and/or market development experience;
  • Sector Skills Development: offering significant understanding of the skills, training and education landscape, and routes to improving pathways, sector capacity and social inclusion;
  • Creative Sector Policy Development: offering insights at devolved, UK and international level that can inform on-going policy development and advocacy.

Read the full description here.


Applications should be sent for the attention of our Chair, Professor Ruth McElroy c/o [email protected].


The deadline for applications is 12:00 PM, Friday the 6th of December 2019.


For more information and to find out how to apply, click here:

Taking Flight Theatre

D/deaf Youth Theatre

Supporting the Youth Theatre- how does it work?

You can make a gift to the Youth Theatre which could then be boosted by additional gifts from Aviva staff when the campaign opens to them next week, making your money go even further.

Selected Aviva staff have been given free money by Aviva to spend on the Community Fund projects!

Support us with the money you might otherwise spend on Christmas cards, a gingerbread latte or a new tree bauble!

There are lots of lovely rewards up for grabs too, from your name framed in BSL, to T shirts, to Deaf Awareness training for up to 20 people (useful for companies and charities).

It’s easy- all you have to do it click and support!

The youth theatre is funded in the main part by BBC Children in Need with additional support from The Laura Ashley Foundation. Your support will pay for travel bursaries, one to one support for specific young people and additional activity in the holidays.

If you know a young person aged 4-18 who you think might like to attend the Youth Theatre here in Cardiff, please email [email protected] or contact us via our Facebook page 

The Youth Theatre will meet every Saturday from January 11th 2020 (term time). It will be lead in BSL and English (by Steph and Anna) and there will be plenty of volunteers around to support participants to get the most out of the sessions.

All staff and volunteers will have Child Protection training and will be DBS checked.

If you’d like to volunteer, get in touch in the same way. You won’t need to be available every Saturday, as we’ll be operating a rota system.

Our Aviva campaign is now LIVE!

We’ve had our first pledge of £250 (thanks Pat Dawson!) and today you too can support young D/deaf and Hard of Hearing people in South Wales to grow in confidence, learn new skills, make friends and participate in the artistic life of Wales.

Click here to make a gift

Ffilm Cymru Wales – Mindset

Extension of Deadline for Applications

Mindset – Mental Health Awareness Training for Film & TV producers, managers and Head of Department

4th & 5th December , Tramshed Tech, Cardiff

The deadline for applications for Mindset has been extended to next Monday (25th Nov) @ 5pm. We are asking for a CV and 200 words on why the programme would benefit the applicants practice. We will also accept applications in audio format.

The cost to attend is £60 for freelancers and not-for-profit organisations and £120 for company employees. A hardship fund is available to cover costs such as travel and childcare where required (get in touch for further info) and lunch will be provided for all 3 days. This is a fully inclusive programme so please get in touch to discuss any access requirements.

The project is funded by ScreenSkills UK and supported by BFI Talent Network and BAFTA Crew UK.

Its aimed at Producers, Managers and Heads of Department working in roles (above and below the line) across the screen-based industries in Wales. We are interested in including a mixture of both freelancers and company employees.

The programme includes 4 main elements; an invite to a BAFTA Crew networking day on 30th Nov; Day 1 (Weds 4th Dec) – Mental Health in the Workplace delivered by Mind Cardiff; Day 2 (Thurs 5th Dec) – Delivered by Rebecca Day (Film in Mind); and a follow on peer-2-peer mentor session with Rebecca in Jan/Feb 2020.


Here are the links to the online programme/application information:

Link to FfCW listing: http://www.ffilmcymruwales.com/index.php/en/film-educators/mindset

Link to ScreenSkills listing: https://www.screenskills.com/training-courses/mindset/b5566222-6aea-42df-ab1b-ce20667ef4c6/?instance=0ea56e1a-ab60-4d70-80a0-e879d3b14a61


DASH and Wysing Arts Centre

Open Call for Curatorial Commisions Programme

Curator in Residence – Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge

As a partner in the ground-breaking DASH Curatorial Commissions Programme, Wysing Arts Centre is happy to announce an open call for its Curator in-Residence.

DASH has been working with galleries and arts centres in England and Wales since 2009 creating opportunities for Deaf and Disabled artists to exhibit and curate.

These opportunities have significantly advanced the careers of more than 15 Deaf and Disabled artists, and have influenced and changed the thinking of a number of key people in these galleries. However, DASH asserts that further deep-rooted cultural changes must be made within the visual arts sector in order for it to become a more inclusive and accessible artform.
One way of effecting this change is by placing Deaf and Disabled people in positions of influence within the visual arts, to drive change from within – this led to the establishment of the Curatorial Commissions Programme which along with Wysing Arts Centre, runs in partnership with Middlesbrough Museum of Modern Art MIMA and Midlands Arts Centre MAC.

The long-term aim of the programme is to support the development of Deaf and Disabled Curators, so they can become the directors/curators/programmers of the future.

During 2020, Wysing Arts Centre will put broadcasting at the centre of its artistic programme; to connect with remote audiences in a way that enables us to listen, as well as to transmit, ideas using digital and other technologies.

Through exhibitions, events, residencies, retreats and our annual music festival, we will work with a range of artists and contributors across the year to explore how broadcast technologies, in particular radio, can enable the communication of ideas and create dialogue and understanding.

Building on the work of our recent programmes, we will focus on connecting a network of ‘many voices’ made up of those often left out of the conversation, whether due to access requirements, location outside of metropolitan centres, or discrimination due to race, gender and/or sexuality.

We will be looking to both amplify voices and enable supportive networks and connections to be made. Our gallery will become an expanded studio space where ideas are explored, including through exhibitions, commissioned and archival artworks, recorded events with live audiences, new collaborations and through works that are made specifically to be broadcast from Wysing.

As part of the year we are looking to work with a Curator in-Residence who is interested in the context of our 2020 programme and in exploring with us some of the barriers to accessing art. It is within this context that we invite expressions of interest from a Curator who identifies as a Disabled person to be in-Residence at Wysing five days per month from April 2020 to March 2021.

Our initial expectation is that the Curator in-Residence will work from Wysing’s site five days per month.

This can be consecutive days or spread across the period. However, we are also open to exploring this and to alternative arrangements.

The role will be based within Wysing’s programme team. The Curator in-Residence will work alongside two permanent Curators, a Digital Producer, Education Manager and Head of Development, and be based in the programme office.

The team works collaboratively and will work with the Curator in-Residence to support the development of their ideas, leading to a public outcome which could include an exhibition, event, or a talks programme. The residency includes free onsite accommodation if required.

The residency fee is £13,750 (55 days at £250 per day) inclusive of VAT.
There is a budget of up to £1,250 for travel and other expenses.
There is a budget of £10,000 for a residency outcome.

How to Apply

Applications are made as a two-part process. The first asks for an initial expression of interest in response to the context of our 2020 programme, alongside some background information. 

Following this initial phase, we will select approximately ten proposals to be worked up in further detail. Bursaries will be available for additional support for this phase. 

Expressions of interest can be made in writing or recorded to video or audio. We would prefer these to be made online via the website Submittable. Once you have set up a Submittable account, you can return to your expression of interest any time up until the deadline which is midnight on Sunday 15 December 2019. Let us know if you would prefer to send your expression of interest by email. 

You will need to provide: 

  • Your response to our 2020 programme (maximum 500 words or a five-minute recording).  
  • Some information on: your experience your areas of interest (total maximum 500 words or a five-minute recording).
  • Your access requirements.  

We are happy to receive links to websites or already existing online material as a response to any of the areas outlined above, all of which can be added to Submittable. 

If you would like to arrange an informal phone conversation about the role before applying, or have any other questions, please email [email protected] or call 01954 718881. 

We look forward to hearing from you. 


Unlimited Events

Unlimited Connects Wales

Unlimited has partnered with a range of arts organisations around Wales to host a series of Unlimited Connects events.

These will include half day, all-day and even a 2 day event with a mix of elements – often a discussion panel, structured networking with other artists and organisations, workshops and so on – building on requests from artists and allies in Wales to have such opportunities.

Fuller information can be found through the weblink: https://weareunlimited.org.uk/unlimited-connects-in-wales/  


14 – 15 November 2019 – Di-Ben Draw – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff 

Free, book your ticket online here

Two days of talks, panel discussions, workshops and performances exploring the breadth of disability-led arts.


10 January 2020 – Focus on the local – Torch Theatre, Milford Haven

A conversation discussing how venues can maximise the involvement of local participants across all of their activities. 

11 February 2020 – Taking the lid off programming – Galeri, Caernarfon 

A day to consider where the work of disabled artists sits within venue based programming and curation. 


28 February 2020  – The art of curating disabled artists – Tŷ Pawb, Wrexham

(small event, focused on the visual arts sector, invitation only)

A day of conversations aimed at equipping participants with confidence and knowledge to work with disabled artists


5 March 2020 – Making it mainstream, making it ours – Ffwrnes, Llanelli
A day for artists, audiences and programmers to look at how the Welsh language and bilingualism sit within accessible work.


12 March 2020 – Whose Art Is It Anyway? – Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon 

A day to consider the role of participatory arts practice and its place in the cultural ecology of Wales

2 April 2020 – The Young Ones – Aberystwyth Arts Centre 
A day of activity exploring how 
young disabled people access training and work across all disciplines in the arts.


Fuller details about the later events will be sent out nearer the time.



Learning Disability Wales Course

Making Information Easy to Read & Understand level 1

Learning Disability Wales26 November in Cardiff

This one day course will help you make information easier to read and understand for people with a learning disability.


It will help you to produce:

  • leaflets
  • letters
  • minutes from meetings
  • agendas
  • reports
  • posters

After the course you will be able to use clear words, sentences and grammar, work out the relevant information to be included in an easy read document, use pictures and images to make information clear, structure documents so they are easy to follow get going straightaway making accessible documents.

This course is designed for anyone who writes and produces written information that needs to be clearly understood, especially by people with a learning disability.

If you have any queries, please contact us on 02920 681160.

Inacia Rodrigues, Training & Events Coordinator

Learning Disability Wales

Book your place here


Cult Cymru Courses


Hastings House, Fitzalan Place

Cardiff, CF24 0BL

Saturday 23rd November

9.30am – 4.30pm

Tickets: £15 – £20

To identify the legal and business obligations of working on a freelance basis in a friendly and safe environment along with other creatives.

This interactice workshop will explore the different business models and provide useful tips and practical tools to help you with the practical side of working as a freelancer/sole trader.


By the end of the workshop you should be able to…

  • Identify the different types of business models
  • Compare the key legal obligations of different types of freelancers i.e. between individual responsibility for paying Tax and N.I. and an employers’ responsibility
  • Examine relevant fees and expenses to negotiate with potential employers
  • Demonstrate how to calculate tax and national insurance payments
  • Analyse what expenses you can include in your tax returns
  • Identify practical financial business templates – e.g. invoices, income and expenditure spreadsheets
  • Review top tips and useful resources

Level / Experience

This workshop is aimed at anyone who would like to explore the practicalities of setting up as a freelancer / sole trader and improve their practical business skills. Whether you have been made redundant; are new to the industry; are returning to work; or wish to improve your work situation, this course will help you on your way.

“Many people are becoming self employed. We need all the help we can get from reliable sources. Keep the courses going please.”

Trainer – Siân Gale

Siân manages the CULT Cymru project. She has run her own companies specialising in business support and equalities. She has worked as a freelance Production Manager in TV and film and on a highly successful business start-up programme. (PGCE Qualified Trainer)

For further details and to book a place please go to the Eventbrite page:



Pitching your Ideas

Thursday November 28th

Suite 2 & 3, 1 Cathedral Rd

Cardiff, CF11 9SD

9.30am – 4.30pm

Tickets £25 – £50

Do you work in the creative industries and have an idea or piece of work that you’d like to pitch?

Whatever you want to get across, regardless of what your role is in the creative sector there are key basic principles to a great pitch.

This one-day practical workshop aims to help you to create and practise a pitch that will help you present your idea or work in a coherent and business-like way. (In a supportive environment).

By the end of the workshop you should be able to:

  • Convey your idea / piece of work in an engaging, clear and concise manner
  • Communicate your vision effectively
  • Indicate what resources you’ll need as well as what you can bring to the table
  • Explain why your proposal should be commissioned or taken on board

No previous experience of pitching or presenting is required but it is important to bring a written outline of an idea or piece of work with you so that you can work on it during the course.

You will develop and practise your pitch in the morning and, as there are only 8 places on this workshop, you will be given an opportunity to present your idea / work and receive feedback from the group in the afternoon.

Trainer, Angela Graham:

Producer / director of more than 100 broadcast documentaries in Welsh and English.

Feature film producer and screenwriter; journalist and fiction writer.

Member of the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain

For further details and to book a place please go here


National Museum Cardiff

Quiet times with Dippy

What are Quiet times with Dippy?

These quiet sessions to visit Dippy the dinosaur have been designed for visitors with autism, learning disabilities or sensory and communication disorders, along with their families and carers. On these dates there will be reduced capacity and a quieter atmosphere. 

When are Quiet times with Dippy happening?

Sunday 3rd November 2019  –  9am – 10am

Sunday 8th December 2019  –  9am  – 10am

Do I need to book?

Places are limited and tickets should be booked in advance.  Siblings are welcome to attend, but all children and adults attending the event will need to book.


 What else do I need to know?

Quiet times with Dippy events are completely free and suitable for families with children aged 4–15.

The museum shop and coffee shop will be open from 9am -10am.

Not all areas of the Museum will be open during Quiet times with Dippy

When the Museum opens to general visitors at 10.00am all areas of the Museum will be open to the general public. At this point you are welcome to stay and explore other galleries.

National Museum Cardiff

Cathays Park


CF10 3NP


Learning Disability Wales

2019 – 2020 Training Programme

Learning Disability WalesTake a look at our new training programme. All our courses will be held in North and South Wales.

We have a range of courses for people in the public, voluntary and private sectors. Our courses are designed for people with a learning disability and their parents and carers.

Some of the Topics Covered are:

  • Making Information Easy to Read and Understand Level 1 & Level 2
  • Personal Relationships & Sexuality
  • Improving Communication through touch with children and adults who have additional learning needs
  • Workplace Well-being
  • Introduction to Positive Behavioural Support
  • Depression anxiety and people with a learning disability

To book your place, please click on the link below:

Upcoming training and events

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us on 02920 681160.

Inacia Rodrigues, Training & Events Coordinator

Learning Disability Wales https://www.ldw.org.uk