Glynn Vivian Gallery

Request for Swansea Residents

Glynn Vivian Gallery  Have you recently been to Glynn Vivian Art Gallery?

  Do you visit all the time?
  Either way, we want to hear from you!

Glynn Vivian is looking for Swansea residents to take part in a unique public workshop (tea and biscuits provided…) where we’ll discuss:

  • What you value in a good day (or evening) out
  • How you feel about what there is to see, eat and do in Swansea
  • What Glynn Vivian is doing well – and could be doing better
  • What you’d like to see us offer at the evenings and weekends
  • How we can get the word out about what we’re doing

This will help us to improve Glynn Vivian Art Gallery – making a better experience for people like you.

The three hour workshop will be on Thursday 31 January,14:30 – 17:00 at Glynn Vivian.
If you would like to take part and have your say, get in touch with Laura on 01792 516900, email or let us know at the Gallery reception desk.

Young Artist Award 2019 – Closing Date 19th January

Sir Leslie Joseph Young Artist Award 2019

Glynn Vivian GalleryThe Award will enable the winner to hold his/her first professional exhibition at the Glynn Vivian.

Closing date: 19 Jan 2019 5pm

Glynn Vivian

Alexandra Road Swansea SA1 5DZ

The biennial Sir Leslie Joseph Young Artist Award has grown in status and prestige since its inception in 1996, and is a joint venture between the Friends of the Glynn Vivian and the Gallery itself. The Award has been made possible by a generous donation received from the late Sir Leslie Joseph.

The Award will enable the winner to hold his/her first professional exhibition at the Glynn Vivian.

Glynn Vivian Art Gallery reopened in October 2016, after a multimillion pound redevelopment which has been funded by the Arts Council of Wales, Swansea Council, the Welsh Government, the Heritage Lottery Fund and Cadw. Funding was also secured through the Building Enhancement Programme grant scheme run by Swansea Council and funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

Entry is free and the basic criteria for eligibility are:

  • AGE: Between 21 and 35 years at the closing date for entries
  • EDUCATION: To have been undertaken in Wales at some stage in career

The award will consist of:

  • An exhibition of the winning artist’s work at the Gallery between September and November 2019
  • An official opening with associated publicity
  • The services of a professional photographer to record the exhibition


For further information please go here

The applications will be judged, the selected artists interviewed and the winner announced at the end of February 2019.

GwylGrai / RawFfest


GwylGrai / RawFfest Youth Arts Festival 2019

Stand by on 24th January for the launch of our website with details of the festival core programme. Tickets will go on sale from WMC at £5 day, £10 day & evening, with a limited number of weekend tickets at £20.

RawFfest will take over WMC from 25th – 28th April 2019. It is for 14 – 25 year olds and is planned by young people for young people. It’s fun, innovative and surprising.

We value the original over the copy, the quirky over the conventional, the daring over the dull. RawFfest showcases the best of youth arts today.

To find out more go to our website

Hijinx – Premier of New Show

Into The Light

A Hijinx (Wales) and Teatro La Ribalta (Bolzano) production in association with Frantic Assembly in partnership with Sherman Theatre (Cardiff) and Danza Mobile (Seville)

Hijinx and Teatro La Ribalta’s Into The Light is a daring physical theatre production about the right to be seen and heard, performed by those we need to see and hear.

Sherman Theatre, Senghennydd Road, Cardiff CF24 4YE

Preview – 14 February 7.30pm  £15
15 & 16 February 7.30pm  £15 – £22 
Concessions £2 off 
Under 25 half price 

Main House 
90m (no interval) 
Light sensitivity, complete darkness and loud music

To book tickets online please visit –

For a complete listing of tour dates please go here

Into The light premieres at the Sherman Theatre in Cardiff on the 15 February 2019 prior to touring England, Wales and Italy in March and April 2019.

  • Directed by BAFTA nominated director/co-founder of Frantic Assembly, Scott Graham and Krista Vuori.
  • The international cast includes neurotypical and learning disabled actors from Wales, Italy and Spain.
  • Hijinx are Wales’ leading inclusive theatre company. Their mission is to create provocative, challenging contemporary theatre with brilliant collaborators – always including those who have a learning disability or are neurodivergent.

Into The Light is a powerful piece of Physical Theatre that has been devised by the company over the last three years. It explores the bittersweet attraction of the spotlight, and our constant desire for interaction and connection through social media. What does it mean to be in the light? Why do we strive for a presence and a need to be understood?

Featuring an inclusive cast of nine performers from three European countries, this show seeks to bring exposure to unique capabilities of neurodivergent and Down’s Syndrome performers.

Scott Graham witnessed first-hand the unique capabilities of Hijinx actors having led a residency course for them in 2013. Scott said “This is an emotive, honest and touching show where the performers will confound your expectations. It will blow your socks off.

“The diverse cast may not all share the same spoken language, but they all have a commonality in being able to tell a story and connect with the audience. This unique show reminds us that there’s a risk in stepping out into the limelight but that we all need to be acknowledged. We need to know that we’re alive.”

Into The Light, an exhilarating, beautiful and bold evening of entertainment, is supported by Arts Council Wales, Lottery Funding, Welsh Government, Arts Council England, Frantic Assembly and Sherman Theatre.


Connect with Hijinx Theatre online at: on Twitter @hijinxtheatre instagram @hijinxtheatre Facebook at HijinxTheatre and YouTube atHijinxTheatreCompany #HIntoTheLight



Pasccal – Call for Artists

Open Call – Paralympics Exhibition

The exhibition is the final part of a research project which aims to explore the mediatisation of the Paralympics in the public eye and how these views influence our understanding of disability.

We are looking for artists to create responses to themes in the research which will form a public art exhibition in June 2019 at Asia House, London. Asia House is located near Oxford Circus and Regents Street W1G 7LP.

We are open to all forms of art, one piece of art per artist to be submitted. A fee of £2,000 per artist to cover time and materials will be paid to artists chosen to take part in the exhibition.

The exhibition will aim to make an important contribution to public awareness of disability and seek to highlight voices of people with disabilities.

You can find out more about the research project via

For further details about the project please email

Artist Submission Process

We ask each artist to submit an idea of how they would interpret one of the themes from the research. Some of the themes include:

Spectacle – of watching the Paralympics – Paralympics as a form of entertainment, reinforced ideas, existing hierarchies of disability.

Political  – correctness, polite, distancing & discomfort when talking about disability from the public.

Attempts –  to ‘make sense’ of disability – media representation of disability and para-sports within the context of other marginalised groups i.e. gender, race and sexuality

Lack  – of public awareness of specific sports e.g. boccia and goalball as well as other sporting competitions for varying disabilities.

Emotional – backstory/narratives to Paralympians – explaining their disability, the acquired disability.

Please produce a short description of what your idea would be and how it is related to the research theme. A short description of the art work should include: size of work, form of art (2d, 3d, film, installation), you may also ask will the art work be interactive? (participatory). If a performance piece, include length of performance, location in space, how & where will the audience watch?

All the ideas from each artist will be submitted to a selection panel at the University of Bath for the beginning of February.  We are looking for eight to twelve artists for the exhibition in total.

Please send your idea and a brief description by January 31st if you would like to be involved. Please email or phone if you struggle to meet this deadline for idea submission.

Feel free to contact Kerrie O’Connell if you have any questions  on 07951603992

New Years Honour

Congratulations to Jane Latham

We were delighted to hear that Jane Latham of UCAN Productions has been awarded the British Empire Medal in this year’s New Years Honours list. UCAN Productions is a performance and creative arts co-operative for blind and partially sighted children, young people and their friends that Jane has co-ordinated tirelessly for many years. Jane’s passion for supporting blind and visually impaired young people to enable them to live fulfilling creative lives can be seen with the success so many members of UCAN have achieved.  Under Jane’s determined, generous and talented hand young people across Wales have flourished. DAC have partnered with UCAN on several projects so have seen first hand the dedication both Jane and her husband Bernie have committed to this brilliant company. It is reassuring that all their wonderful hard work has been recognised and an award has been given to such a deserving person and organisation, congratulations.

Upcycling and Mobility Training

Recycling of Medical Aids

UMT are a non for profit Social Enterprise CIC where they save used community mobility equipment that is destined to be scrapped.  They repair, refurbish and upcycle the equipment helping with the circular economy.

Their aim is to have a warehouse where they will offer volunteer and job opportunities to veterans with PTSD and mental ill health initially and once the structure is in place they will open their offer to disabled and less able bodied people.

The aids will be offered at a greatly reduced cost for individuals who wish to purchase equipment that has not been up cycled or a little more when a item has been refurbished in bespoke colours and materials.

Equipment that is not suitable for its intended use is upcycled into garden boxes, seats, trollies which are all raised to help wheelchair users garden.

For more information about training and upcycling work please visit

Learning Disability Wales

Improving Communication through Touch with Children and Adults 

Learning Disability Wales13 February in Swansea

This course addresses the importance and progressiveness of working with Touch as a way of communicating understanding, safety and respite from a foundation of affection and sensitive caring to those who have additional learning needs including autism.

Course aims:
The aims are to give you a good grounding in working with the Sense of Touch as well as a springboard into creative movement techniques for building trust and relationship, for easing anxiety and developing a sense of joy. This grounding can be implemented into your work with both children and adults.

Designed for:
This course is for all helping professionals such as support workers, social workers; teachers, Parents as well as psychologists and therapists. It is for you if you care for someone at home or as a job.

Click here to see more information

If you have a number of people who all want the same training you could save money and time by arranging in-house training from Learning Disability Wales.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to email  or phone 02920 681174.

Bay Art

Six Artists 

02 February – 01 March 2019 

Vivi Mari Carpelan, Jo Shapland, Lou Lockwood, Gemma Jayne Paine, Rachel Wellbeing and Jan Williams.


BayArt Gallery

54 Bute Street


CF10 5AF

This exhibition is a partnership project with Disability Arts Cymru. These artists all possess a particular voice and a form of articulation. Some use their art to reflect upon their various disabilities, sometimes through humour, sometimes as critique or as challenge. Some are investigating material itself through their own physical capabilities or are using materiality as metaphor. They are artists who all show serious commitment to developing their own ‘voice’ and furthering their individual practices. There is no overall conceptual criteria or thematic link other than all of the artists being members of DAC, and the exhibition will highlight their particularities and individual strengths. 


The Art of Walking Slowly

Sun 3 February 2019

11:00 am – 4.00 pm


Walking workshop with Jo Shapland

“A body in life is more than a body merely alive” Eugenio Barber.

Jo Shapland will take you to some interesting locations within and near to BayArt where she will share some of her approaches, showing you ways to sensitize to your own body and your surroundings at a deeper level.

This workshop will happen indoors and outdoors, whatever the weather, so please dress appropriately (waterproofs or sun cream…who knows?)! If you play a musical instrument you are welcome to bring it. Drawing materials will also be available. No prior experience necessary, Jo simply asks you to be open to what you might discover!

Here are some of the things you will do:-

In the gallery: Work in pairs. Blindfold walking. Individually/whole group: Try out the Noh walk. Get a feel for jo ha kyuin the rhythm of each step.

…All this is the preparation for going out

Outside in the bay: Walk together silently to specific places. Walk slowly in these places. Can you see the rhythm of the walk in surroundings?

Back at Bay Art: Writing and drawing about the experience. Sound-making too. Various explorations, depending on the group.


Jo Shapland’s 30 year practice has for some years focused on ‘the art of walking slowly’ as a creative sourcing point for her site-sensitive performance/installations and drawings.

The essence of all of her work is dance; it is always about movement whether that be changes in materials and objects, film imagery or the body moving through space. This flows from her fundamental concern with relating to and responding to nature and the desire to witness the environment through the body.

Recent projects include: creating and performing “Told by the Wind”, made in collaboration with the Llanarth Group, touring internationally. Jo’s “Being in Place” Creative Wales Major Award project led to nature-connected Rites of Passage and to build a ritualized practice of nature immersion. To this end, since 2016 Jo has been training with The Helpers Mentoring Society and since 2015 Jo has co-facilitated nature immersion for The Art of Mentoring UK. These celebrate, animate and respond to traditional rite and ceremony from specific indigenous cultures and have a big influence on Jo’s current work.

To book a place please go here


Sat 9 February 2019

11:00 am  – 3.00 pm


Limewash workshop with Jan Williams

The workshop will introduce the history of Lime-wash, its use as an architectural painting medium and the ways it can be used to create paintings. You will look at the traditional colours and materials used to tint Lime-wash, and will be of particular interest to anyone who is interested in the use of traditional environmentally friendly paints.

During the day you will complete one or more paintings using Lime-wash. All equipment – paint and painting boards will be provided as will all safety masks, eye protection and aprons. Please bring source material with you to inspire your painting, for example – photographs or drawings of a favourite landscape or place that is special to you. By the end of this workshop you will have created a painting or paintings that you will be able to take home.


Jan Williams is an artist based in Cardiff, Wales. She was brought up on a farm near Brecon in Mid Wales. She has a studio in the Kings Road Artists Studios, based in the Pontcanna area of the city. Her work focuses on concerns with memory, identity, the temporary, the transient and a sense of place. Marking the passage of time and the ambiguity of transitional states are also interests that she explores through the medium of paint, photography and installation.

The use of lime-wash is significant in her practice as it is a memory from her childhood of the annual lime-washing of the cowsheds and buildings on the family farm.

Jan completed an MFA at Cardiff School of Art and Design Cardiff Metropolitan University in 2012. Recent shows include 2017 October – Penarth Pier Gallery, Disability Arts Cymru, Selected artists from Wales. Selected artists from Wales. Jun – Dec 2017, Disability Arts Cymru, Annual Exhibition, Oriel Ynys Mon.

To book a place please go here

Journey Book

Sat 16 February 2019

11:00 am – 3.00pm


Journey book workshop with Gemma Jayne Paine

This collage workshop will help you to build a journey book of your life or a chapter in your life, in a very tactile form – quite different from the digitised version of your life.

Please bring memory prompts/aide-mémoire for example old photographs and materials that can be pasted or sewn, cut or torn – for example old photographs, postcards, tickets, postage stamps, poetry, short pieces of text and found objects.

During the workshop you will construct a sculptural four page book. All materials will be provided


Gemma Jayne Paine is a textile artist. Recent work includes tributes to women such as Rosie the Riveter, and many famous women in the entertainment industry for example Dolly Parton, Marilyn Monroe.

Represented on Outside In – a platform for artists who face barriers to the art world – Gemma has created a distinctive pathway. Gemmas experience includes using her creative skills in mental health day; care arranging exhibitions with Butetown History and Arts Centre,involvement with the Womens Arts Association. Recent exhibitions include ‘Gemma Jayne Paine. A retrospective’ at Cardiff Bay Pierhead 2018, ‘Made with Love’ The Factory Porth 2016.

To book a place please go here