Everyone at Disability Arts Cymru were delighted to learn that one of our long-standing Trustees has been awarded the prestigious Gold Medal for Craft at this year’s National Eisteddfod in Llanrwst. Bev makes ceramics that look remarkably like sea shells and is inspired by both the sea and the mountains of Snowdonia.
Bev also currently has a piece of work in our Annual Exhibition and work displayed at the Mission Gallery in Swansea.
The DAC exhibition of our members artwork, sculpture and photography is now on at Celf o Gwmpas in Llandrindod Wells before touring to Mostyn in Bev’s home town of Llandudno from September 2nd -30th. Further dates are as follows –
October 16th – November 15th Cyfarthfa Castle in Merthyr Tydfil
November 11th – 30th Theatr Clwyd in Mold
Bev is Maker In Focus at the Mission Gallery until September 14th –
Please do join us at this year’s AGM at the lovely Temple of Peace in Cardiff. We are delighted that artist Cerys Knighton will be talking about her fascinating pointilism art work and her current exhibition, Bipolarity, at The Gate in Cardiff.
Refreshments will be served and this will be a great opportunity to network with DAC staff and other members.
We look forward to seeing you on July 1st. If you have any questions please email:[email protected]
We would like to thank all our members for supporting Disability Arts Cymru over the past year. Our new membership year commenced on 1st April and we have been contacting our members asking them to renew their membership once again
Please note that is a requirement of the updated Data Protection rules that we contact our members every year to ensure we have their correct contact details and update their preferences for how we contact them. Unless we hear from members by the end of May 2019 we will have to remove their details form our contact database which will mean that we will not be able to send them our weekly e-bulletins with DAC news. We do not want to lose any members but we potentially face heavy fines if we do not comply with the law.
All members have been contacted by email or post by Sue Pound, our Finance and Administration Coordinator, giving details of how to renew membership and reminders have recently been issued . Thanks to all our members who have renewed their membership. However, if you haven’t done so yet, please could you respond as soon as possible so that we can continue to keep you on our contact database. If you would like to renew your membership via our website you can do so by clicking on this link.
If you have any queries about renewing your membership or need assistance with the form, please ring our Cardiff office on 02920551040 and we will be happy to help.
Please note that our Annual General Meeting will be on 1st July 2019 at The Temple of Peace, Cardiff. We will only be able to send out information abou that meeting to those who have renewed their membership.
MaDCaff is going National, and we want you to get involved
We are very pleased to announce that our MaDCaff project, which has been running successfully in and around Ceredigion for 5 years, is about to go National with the help of funding from the WCVA’s Volunteering in Wales grant.
MaDCaff is a pop-up café style open mic event showcasing the musical talents of people affected by mental illness. It was set up in response to the difficulty that many very talented musicians, dancers, poets, performers who have personal experience of mental illness face in trying to get an audience for their work. The music business, venues and organisations don’t always respond well when a performer pulls out at the last minute because their anxiety has become overwhelming. We decided on the open mic as a pressure free opportunity, nobody is named in advance publicity so there’s no pressure to attend or play, it’s totally up to how they feel on the day.
This project will see 7 new MaDCaff groups forming, all around Wales, with two new groups in the North West, North East and South and one extra group in West/ Central Wales. Each of the 7 new groups will put on 4 MaDCaff events between now and 31/03/2020. Volunteers will have some amazing training opportunities available to them and each group will be supported by one of our Regional Officers with the aim of ultimately becoming self-sustaining as we have done in Ceredigion.
If you are interested in signing up as a volunteer or are interested in the performance opportunities or have a good, accessible venue in mind please get in touch and we will direct you to your nearest DAC Regional Officer. Email [email protected] or call 02920 551040
Here’s the Big Announcement that went out on Facebook last week, listen to find out more about MaDCaff and the volunteers posts that we will be looking to fill.
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.