DAC are looking for a new Director

Director
Salary:£45,000 (commensurate with skills and experience)
Location: Based in Cardiff, with the ability to work across Wales

Disability Arts Cymru (DAC) is the national organisation for D/deaf and disabled artists and audiences in Wales. Our vision is to create a creative and equal Wales where D/deaf and disabled people are central to the arts of our nation.

Nationally there is a growing interest in working with D/deaf and disabled artists and ensuring access for D/deaf and disabled audiences and participants within the wider sector. We believe DAC is well placed to make the most of this timely and positive shift which echoes our own ambitions and values, all of which are supported by the emphasis on diversity and inclusion from the Arts Council of Wales.

The time for change is now, building on our ambition to lead practice, influence policy and support D/deaf and disabled artists and audiences. This is an exciting opportunity for our new Director to take the reins of the organisation, and with forward-thinking leadership drive the process to creating lasting change within the arts sector in Wales.

The new Director will be the strategic lead for DAC and champion D/deaf and disabled artists and audiences, influencing policy and practice across the wider sector. The Director will also lead the organisation and team, and ensure effective governance, enabling DAC to achieve its vision, mission and strategic objectives.

We are seeking a person who brings an energy and enthusiasm for this role, with a drive and vision to create real change. Ideally the new Director will bring a sense of ‘wmff’ and an energy that creates an exciting, inspirational way of leading the organisation and team. A good networker, they will bring their connections and be able to both sustain these and develop more to build the profile of the organisation and its impact. Ideally the new Director will identify as D/deaf or disabled.

For further information about this role, and details on how to apply please contact Dorothy Haines at Richard Newton Consulting recruitment@richard-newton.co.uk

or click on

Deadline for applications is 10 am Monday 1st July 2019

Initial interviews will be held in Cardiff on Tuesday 16th July .

Follow up interviews will be held in Cardiff on Thursday 25 July 2019

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 post@dacymru.com 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 

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.

DAC 2018 Exhibition On The Edge – Theatr Clwyd 13th November – 1st December 2018

We are very excited to host the DAC annual Exhibition at Theatr Clwyd Mold in the coming weeks-  Please join us at the launch event on 14th November 2018 ( 6-8pm)

 

 

 

 

Image ‘On the Edge of Restoration’ – Cerys Knighton

DAC Presents…

On The Edge­_  2018 Open Exhibition

A collection of 27 artworks submitted by DAC members; consisting of D/deaf and disabled artists, or those living with long term physical and/or mental health

Venue: Theatr Clwyd, Mold

13th Nov – 1st Dec

For opening times see www.theatrclwyd.com

Public event Weds 14th Nov 6pm–8pm

 

 

 

 

Raise funds for DAC when you shop online

Please help support Disability Arts Cymru by shopping online.

Use easyfundraising to shop with over 3,300 retailers including Amazon, Argos, John Lewis, ASOS, Booking.com, eBay, Boden, and M&S.

Every time you shop, you’ll raise a free donation for Disability Arts Cymru every time, it’s that easy!

Find out more:

https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/disabilityartscymru/

 

 

DAC are recruiting for a new Director

 

 

Director

Salary – £36,000 per annum (£30,857 pro rata)

30 Hours per week   (Head office in Cardiff)

Disability Arts Cymru seeks a Director to further develop and implement a comprehensive, and dynamic, artistic strategy for disability arts across Wales.  We believe in…. Opening up access and opportunity, celebrating diversity, nurturing embryonic and established high-calibre disabled practitioners, and inspiring change throughout Wales.

Our vision is a simple one: to make the arts in Wales creative and diverse in equal measure, with disabled and D/deaf people at the very core. 

Closing Date for applications 12 noon November 29th 2018

Interviews – 10th December 2018

 To apply please visit www.richard-newton.co.uk/assignments

or call 029 20 397 341 or email recruitment@richard-newton.co.uk