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@example.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.
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.
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
It might seem like a long time coming, but finally we have put together the best of the poems on the theme of “Stronger Together” with some of the related artworks – some related by the poet, some by what looked good together. Denni Turp was kind enough to provide us with a Foreword.
There’s no charge for the iBook and you can read it on a Mac, an iPad or an iPhone. Just click the link beneath.
If you don’t have an iDevices you can read it in PDF format on practically any device. To access the PDF version, click on the Cover Art below and you’ll be taken a page at box.com where you can either download the pdf to your device or read it online. This download is for a web version at 4.2MB, so images are downsampled. There is a full resolution PDF available on request. It’s 37.9MB.
We are happy to provide it in any alternative format to suit your access requirements, e.g. if you want a plan text version with no pictures, just ask firstname.lastname@example.org
We hope you enjoy the book and are already thinking about you entries for poems based on this year’s exhibition theme ‘On the Edge…’
Hoffwn eich gwahodd i ddigwyddiad agoriadol Arddangosfa D.A.C yn yr R.C.A yng Nghonwy. Bydd yn gyfle gwych i ddangos gwaith caled a sgil ein haelodau yn ogystal â chyfle I mi gyfarfod â phobl gan fy mod yn newydd i’r swydd yn D.A.C fel Swyddog Celfyddydau rhanbarthol.
I would like to invite you to the opening event of DACs’ exhibition at the R.C.A in Conwy. It will be a great opportunity to show our members’ hard work and skill as well as a chance for me to meet with people as I am new to the post at D.A.C as regional arts officer
Supporting disabled-led arts in Wales: panel discussion and networking event
Monday 8th October 2pm – 4pm
Preseli Room, Wales Millennium Centre
How might the sector better support work by disabled artists? What change has happened in recent years, and what’s next? As the Unlimited funding programme is open for another funding round for new projects by artists and companies creating disability-led work, it is a key time to gather and assess these questions. Join us for a panel discussion chaired by Unlimited Senior Producer Jo Verrent, bringing together playwright Kaite O’Reilly, artist curator Aidan Moesby and Wales Millennium Centre Assistant Producer Jenny Sturt.
One to one advice surgery sessions for artists interested in applying to Unlimited will be available in 20 minute slots 12pm-2pm and 4pm-6pm. Book ahead of time by emailing email@example.com. Let us know if you have any access needs we should know about.
Supported by Unlimited, celebrating the work of disabled artists, with funding from Arts Council Wales. Delivered in partnership with Wales Millennium Centre and Disability Arts Cymru.
Wales Millennium Centre is wheelchair accessible and BSL and speech to text will be provided for the panel discussion. A separate quiet space will be available. If you have any queries about access please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Disability Arts Cymru has teamed up with the Wales Millennium Centre and Unlimited to hold a panel discussion about disability and the arts in Wales.
This will take place on 8 October, 2 – 4.30pm in the Preseli Room at Wales Millennium Centre.
Since 2012 a number of Welsh disabled artists have applied for Unlimited Commissions but sadly very few have been successful. The next round for Unlimited funding opens on September 13th with the expression of interest applications. Before the closing date at the end of October we want to attract more disabled artists to apply.
These are the questions that will be discussed on the day:
Do our disabled artists know about Unlimited?
Are venues connecting with disabled artists and supporting their work?
Are our ideas / project creating skills good enough?
The panel will be chaired by Unlimited Producer, Jo Verrant and speakers will include playwright Kaite O’Reilly and WMC Assistant Producer Jenny Sturt.
This will be an excellent opportunity for artists to find out more about Unlimited, to network with other artists and representatives from organisations and to discuss ideas for an Unlimited commission. We do hope you will be able to join us.
Further details of how to book a place will be sent out in due course.
From 11am, and after the discussion, there will be surgery sessions with Unlimited staff to discuss ideas and the application process on a 1-2-1 basis. Surgery places can be booked by emailing Jenny.Sturt@wmc.org