2018 Poetry iBook is out now

Disability Arts Cymru’s Poetry Competition 2018 iBook is now available for download

Absolutely free, £0.00 is all it costs to download this colourful iBook, full of the images from 2018’s annual exhibition and poetry competition brought together into one publication. 

The iBook can be read on any iPad or Mac computer. If you do not have access to either of these, you can download the whole thing as a pdf file instead. 

This is the 4th year we have produced this publication, the other 3 are also available on the iBooks store. Why not check them all out and take the inspiration to enter the next poetry competition which will be based on this year’s theme of ‘Trust’ – keep an eye out for the opening of that competition on here, or sign up as a member to get a weekly update on everything we are doing and more. Membership is free to disabled artists living in Wales and at a small cost for non-disabled artists and organisations. 

Have a look at the slides below for screenshot of this year’s book, then use the download links at the bottom of the page to grab your free copy.

Downloads

Can be viewed:

  • On iPad with iBook 2 or later and iOS 5 or later
  • On iPhone with iOS 8.4 or later
  • On a Mac with OS X 10.9 (Mavericks) or later

Download pdf

Can be viewed on just about anything

The Livery Company of Wales

Award Presentation

We were delighted that artist Cerys Knighton and actor Jenna Preece were awarded funding from The Livery Company of Wales to support their work. Keith Shankland has been a long-time supporter of DAC and with the Livery Company has created a new award for young disabled artists to apply for every year. We will be sending out details for this year’s award very soon.

The presentation took place at The Talent Shack in Cardiff where Shelley Norton’s Actors Management is based and who represents Jenna. In the photograph two pieces of Cerys Knighton’s art work can be seen on the wall behind.

I am sure wining the award will greatly assist the career progression of both Cerys and Jenna and we are very grateful to Keith and The Livery Company of Wales for creating this wonderful opportunity.

Disability Arts Cymru Appoints New Director

It is with great delight that Disability Arts Cymru has appointed Ruth Gould (MBE) as its new Director.

Hailing from Liverpool, Ruth has been working in the disability arts sector since the mid 90’s, mostly known for her pioneering work as Director of the award winning DaDaFest.
Ruth is eager to bring her years of experience to the role, but acutely aware of the need to portray unique arts and expressions from Welsh perspectives. Ruth hopes to develop a more national and international platform for new work, emerging and established Welsh Artists and practitioners, as well as foster new connections across the country.
Ruth says,

“I am so looking forward to getting involved with DAC. It is an organisation I have admired from afar. It is one in which I feel my skills can flourish to increase its impact with this next phase to become a leading Disability Arts Organisation within the UK and beyond.
Though it is a challenge to leave my beloved Liverpool, I am excited to be settling in Cardiff and becoming more immersed in Welsh culture and its arts; and familiarising myself with the language”.

Aled Rhys-Jones – Chair of DAC says,

“We are thrilled that Ruth has joined the staff of DAC, bringing with her a vast knowledge and experience of the sector. The time is now for disabled artists and we are looking forward to exciting developments for the organisation and a whole new world of opportunities for disabled artists in Wales”.

For more information contact  [email protected].  01570493356: 02920551040. Text: 07726112784

Ruth Gould MBE

Celfyddydau Anabledd Cymru yn Penodi Cyfarwyddwr Newydd

Mae’n bleser mawr gan Celfyddydau Anabledd Cymru roi gwybod ei fod wedi penodi Ruth Gould (MBE) fel ei Gyfarwyddwr newydd. Mae Ruth, sy’n hanu o Lerpwl, wedi bod yn gweithio yn y sector celfyddydau anabledd ers canol y 90au, ac mae hi fwyaf adnabyddus am ei gwaith arloesol fel Cyfarwyddwr y DaDaFest arobryn.

Mae Ruth yn awyddus i ddod â’i blynyddoedd o brofiad i’r rôl, ond mae hi’n ymwybodol iawn o’r angen i bortreadu celfyddydau a mynegiannau unigryw o bersbectifau Cymreig. Mae Ruth yn gobeithio datblygu llwyfan mwy cenedlaethol a rhyngwladol ar gyfer gwaith newydd ac artistiaid ac ymarferwyr newydd a sefydliedig o Gymru, yn ogystal â meithrin cysylltiadau newydd ar draws y wlad.

Meddai Ruth,

“Rwy’n edrych ymlaen yn fawr at weithio gyda DAC.  Mae’n sefydliad rwyf wedi’i edmygu o bell. Rwy’n teimlo y gall fy sgiliau ffynnu er mwyn cynyddu ei effaith gyda’r cam nesaf hwn i ddod yn sefydliad Celfyddydau Anabledd blaenllaw yn y DU a thu hwnt.
Er ei bod hi’n anodd gadael Lerpwl, rwy’n edrych ymlaen at ymgartrefu yng Nghaerdydd ac at ymgolli yn niwylliant a chelfyddydau Cymru; ac at ymgyfarwyddo â’r iaith.

Meddai Aled Rhys-Jones – Cadeirydd DAC,

“Rydym wrth ein boddau bod Ruth wedi ymuno â staff DAC, gan ddod â gwybodaeth a phrofiad helaeth o’r sector gyda hi. Nawr ydy’r amser ar gyfer artistiaid anabl, ac rydym yn edrych ymlaen at ddatblygiadau cyffrous ar gyfer y sefydliad, ac at fyd newydd sbon o gyfleoedd i artistiaid anabl yng Nghymru. “

I gael rhagor o wybodaeth, anfonwch e-bost at [email protected].  Ffôn 02920551040. Testun: 07726112784

National Eisteddfod Winner

Congratulations to Bev-Bell Hughes

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 –

Mission Gallery, Gloucester Pl, Swansea SA1 1TY

Disability Arts Cymru AGM

Annual General Meeting Event

Monday July 1st 4pm

The Council Chamber, The Temple of Peace,  

King Edward VII Avenue, Cardiff CF10 3AP

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] 

or telephone 029 2055 1040

The Big MaDCaff Project – Volunteers and performers needed

The Big MaDCaff Project has started – now we need YOU

Yes, very excitingly, we have begun work on the project and now all we need is several dozen volunteers, a load of venues, lots of training, a sackful of cake and a jamboree of Musicians, Dancers and performers of any kind.
Click here for more information about this exciting project

Please don’t forget to renew your membership

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.

Thank you for continuing to support DAC.

The Big MaDCaff Project is happening

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.

Interested?

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.

The Big Announcement

Posted by MaDCaff on Wednesday, 3 April 2019

MaDCaff is funded by Volunteering in wales funding from WCVA, and has been supported by Disability Arts Cymru from the beginning