National Museum Cardiff

Quiet times with Dippy

What are Quiet times with Dippy?

These quiet sessions to visit Dippy the dinosaur have been designed for visitors with autism, learning disabilities or sensory and communication disorders, along with their families and carers. On these dates there will be reduced capacity and a quieter atmosphere. 

When are Quiet times with Dippy happening?

Sunday 3rd November 2019  –  9am – 10am

Sunday 8th December 2019  –  9am  – 10am

Do I need to book?

Places are limited and tickets should be booked in advance.  Siblings are welcome to attend, but all children and adults attending the event will need to book.


 What else do I need to know?

Quiet times with Dippy events are completely free and suitable for families with children aged 4–15.

The museum shop and coffee shop will be open from 9am -10am.

Not all areas of the Museum will be open during Quiet times with Dippy

When the Museum opens to general visitors at 10.00am all areas of the Museum will be open to the general public. At this point you are welcome to stay and explore other galleries.

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Glynn Vivian Gallery

Half Term Activities

Glynn Vivian GalleryPlan your half term fun with our Art Babas Extra for babies and their siblings on Tuesday 29 October, 10:30 – 12:30. Visit us on Wednesday 30 October, from 12:00 for our special Halloween Festival Day and create your own spooky costumes, capes and masks, before our freaky Monster Mash disco at 15:00. Free activities, no booking required.

View the full diary of events online

Glynn Vivian at Night: Friday 25 October, 17:00 – 20:00

As well as access to all our gallery spaces, enjoy a range of art workshops, live music and performance, with food and a licensed bar available from TwoCann cafe. Drop in and join us at any time. Everyone welcome. Free entry, suggested donation £3. Check our website for full details.

Create and Show

Swansea Open is back this December to celebrate art and craft by artists and makers who live and work in Swansea. The exhibition is open to all living and working in SA1-SA9. Submission dates are Saturday 23 or Sunday 24 November 11:00-16:00.

Opening Party is on Saturday 7 December, 14:00-16:00.

All information is now available to download online.


Swansea Stories is our largest Collection display ever, with nearly 300 paintings, drawings, works on paper, film and sculpture throughout the Gallery. There’s so much to see, we’re sure you’ll find your new favourite art work you’ll want to visit again and again. Share your stories with us #SwanseaStories

Sophy Rickett’s Cupid and the Curious Moaning of Kenfig Burrows combines photography and text in this solo exhibition inspired by the life and work of Swansea’s Thereza Dillwyn Llewelyn.

Come and see the fascinating recovered items on display from the famous sunken Tudor warship, in our exhibition The Mary Rose: People and Purpose. Working together in partnership with the Mary Rose Trust and Oriel Science, Swansea University, we have been able to bring these unique objects to Wales for the very first time.

All our exhibitions are free, everyone welcome.

Alastair Duncan – Sound Artist

Project Proposal – Developing Art and Audio Interactivity

Alastair Duncan has set-up a fundraising page for his new project which involves collaborating with disabled artists to produce new audio interactive artworks for an exhibition.

To donate and for more details the link to the project page is:

Even a small amount can go a long way to helping Alastair make this project idea a reality. 

Thank you.

Background to the project:

During the past three years I have been developing the integration of audio to my tapestry weaving. In 2018 I received an Arts Council of Wales Research and Development grant as well as an award from the Theo Moorman Charitable Trust towards the development of my work in this area.

I was invited to exhibit a large interactive woven tapestry with the British Tapestry Group exhibition “Sound and Weave” which toured to Scotland, England and Wales and following this I have been invited to show this tapestry and other new work in group exhibitions in Northern England, Nottingham and London. I have also been invited to give a solo exhibition in Sunbury-on-Thames, London in the Summer of 2020 (26th July – 2nd August).

An important aspect of the inclusion of audio in my work is that the means of activating it should encourage the audience to interact with it and that, to a degree, this should allow an element of creativity. The challenge is to find suitable means of prompting interaction with art work that normally forbids the audience to touch it.

A section of the audience for my exhibition in Sunbury-on-Thames will be people with a wide range of disabilities, including visual impairment. This is not necessarily relevant but it is important to me that the potential techniques, design and structures of my work that uses audio interactivity, make it accessible to everyone. This includes the audio content as well as the practical integration with the work.

Artists registered with Disability Arts Cymru are keen to work with me on this project and a programme of workshops and consultative/collaborative sessions is being arranged.

Carl Chapple – Dance Exhibition

Painting Dance

Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff – November 31st to Jan 5th

As part of the exhibition there are three audio described/touch tours for people with visual impairments that will be delivered by Alastair Sill of Word of Mouth.

The tours will be free to attend, and will take place on the following dates –

Sunday December 1st at 2.30pm and 7pm

Friday December 6th at 7.45pm. 

Painting Dance presents a selection of recent work made during my ongoing residency with Wales’s international dance company Ballet Cymru, including paintings and drawings created collaboratively with dancers, as well as responses to rehearsals of productions such as Romeo a Juliet, Celtic Concerto, and Divided We Stand. Supported by Arts Council of Wales, the exhibitions also reflect elements of the company’s wider education and training programme, including their intensive work with newly-graduated dancers, and the 2019 Wales International Ballet Summer School.

Ballet Cymru’s artistic directors Darius James and Amy Doughty invited me to sketch at the company’s rehearsal studio in Newport as they were developing their production Roald Dahl’s Little Red Riding Hood and the Three Little Pigs. I’d never been in a rehearsal space before, and was immediately struck by the energy and camaraderie of the dancers and choreographers, and by the discipline – physical and mental – that they brought to the process of creating a piece together. It was inspiring to see.

I consider my dance pictures to be portraits (if sometimes blurring lines between the identities of dancers and roles they may be inhabiting), though informed by my background in figure painting and early studies of Classical and Renaissance sculpture. The interdisciplinary nature of my current work is still very fresh and exciting to me, and is something I hope to develop further.

The exhibition at Wales Millennium Centre will feature audio/touch tours for visitors with visual impairments, and, as part of its December activities programme, the exhibition will be accompanied by a series of free drawing workshops, which I’ll be delivering with Ballet Cymru dancers.

Further information will be available nearer the time, but please see my website for examples of my work and some background about the project.


DAC Open Exhibition: Trust – at Theatr Clwyd


You are invited to join us for our public event

Wednesday 13th November 2019
6pm to 8pm
Theatr Clwyd, Raikes Ln, Mold CH7 1YA

DAC Presents: Trust 2019 Open Exhibition


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


The Theme this year is Trust: we asked for artists to consider the theme personally and/or politically, with some surprising results.

The Exhibition is showing at Theatr Clwyd  from 13 November 2019 to 30th November 2019:

Through our DAC Annual Open Exhibition we showcase and tour the work of Wales based disabled and deaf artists, or those living with long term physical and/or mental health conditions.

The artwork being shown is from our Open Exhibition, and includes work from emerging, up-and-coming artists, as well as professional artists of long standing. All are members of Disability Arts Cymru (DAC)

Our aim is to raise the profile of the artists involved; increase artwork sales; support and develop career progression and to build relationships between peers and with exhibiting venues.

Glynn Vivian Swansea

Swansea Stories

27 Sep 2019 – 15 Mar 2020

10.00am. Ends at 17:00


This event is free.


Glynn Vivian

Alexandra Road Swansea SA1 5DZ


To celebrate Swansea’s 50th anniversary as a city, Glynn Vivian presents Swansea Stories in which we are showing the largest selection of our permanent collection ever displayed. The Gallery’s collection includes works from the 18th century to modern times and it presents an eclectic and unique portrait of the city: the changing landscape that has inspired artists for centuries, from the steep hills of the city centre to the surrounding landscapes of Townhill, Mayhill, Mumbles and Dunvant, to our beautiful coastline.

The exhibition is loosely themed into two main sections, Swansea People and Places. Swansea People and Places includes portraits of the rich and famous such as opera singer Adelina Patti, the poet Vernon Watkins, and past Lord Mayors; to its workers such as miners, cockle pickers and dockworkers – and even our very own beloved dog, Swansea Jack. Swansea’s streets, its beautiful coastline and its industry will also feature, from agricultural landscapes to the bombing of the city centre; so much of Swansea is captured here.

The other part of our exhibition, Swansea Favourites, is a collection of works which people ask to see most often either through conversations with our front of house team or through audience surveys and via the website. In this section we celebrate some of our most famous works by internationally renowned artists such as Gwen John and French Impressionists Claude Monet and Lucien Pissarro; and a papier-mâché portrait made by over 100 children from Penlan School in the 1980s.


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Disability Arts Online and Aidan Moseby

Contested Spaces Exhibition

9 September 2019 – 9 January 2020

Open Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm

The Foundry, 17 Oval Way

London, SE11 5RR

In association with Equalities Work and The Foundry, Disability Arts Online is pleased to announce an exhibition and related programme of events, working with DAO’s Associate Artists, Aidan Moesby, Dolly Sen and Richard Downes, running from 9th September until 9th January 2020

We are living in a time of rising extremism. In our everyday, space and structures are increasingly contested. There is a conflict over whose voices get heard and dominate the socio-political agendas of the future. ‘Contested Spaces’ radically explores this from a Social Justice, Human Rights and Disability perspective.

The show has been curated by Aidan Moesby.

Artists exhibiting:

  • Malgorzata Dawidek
  • Juan delGado
  • Colin Hambrook
  • Kin
  • Vince Laws
  • Aidan Moesby
  • Kate Murdoch
  • Elinor Rowlands FRSA
  • Dolly Sen

There is a series of events throughout the exhibition, which runs until 9th January 2020. Please see



Audio Described Exhibition

‘Painting Dance’, a new collection of pictures by Carl Chapple.

The exhibition at Ffin y Parc Gallery, Llanrwst runs from September 15th to October 6th.

Audio described tours will take place on Saturday 28th September at 11am and 3pm.

This is the first of two exhibitions. Wales Millennium Centre will play host later in the year, with further details to be announced shortly.

The audio tours will also feature invaluable insights from the artist himself. The inclusion of objects such as ballet shoes, brushes, oils, and the panels that Carl paints on, will be available to touch, feel and smell, giving a sense of the artistic process. The tours will be relaxed and conversational, lasting one to one and a half hours, and will be free to attend.

Carl has been working with Newport-based, international dance company Ballet Cymru since 2016, though the project leading to the current exhibitions began in December 2018.

As artist in residence, Carl has been given free rein to attend Ballet Cymru rehearsals and public performances,
following dancers and choreographers as they explore and develop new ideas, characters and narratives, and create new productions. This access has allowed the artist a unique opportunity to get to know the company and its partners, to engage with their creativity, and to produce new and original works on paper, panel and canvas.

The exhibitions will present pictures depicting Ballet Cymru dancers and others working with the company, including participants in its Pre-Professionals Programme, involving recent dance school graduates from around the world.
The Ffin y Parc exhibition will feature predominantly small to mid-sized paintings and drawings, in oil and charcoal. Some pictures are responses to passages of dance observed in the rehearsal studio – exploring moments both of stillness and of movement – whilst others reflect more collaborative approaches, as dancers and artist work more closely together, away from rehearsal or performance settings.

Entry to the exhibitions and audio tours is free. However, for the audio tours booking is essential. To book tickets, visit

For more details, you can then click on Painting Dance Audio Tour. For any queries or further information, please contact Carl Chapple on 07585 907 051. Carl’s website is

Ffin y Parc Country House and Gallery in the Snowdonia National Park has quickly grown to become one of the most successful art galleries in Wales. The gallery is based in a lovely old Georgian house with large open rooms and hallways. Excellent home made food is available from the cafe.

The gallery is accessible from the A470 between Llanrwst and Betws y Coed with plenty of parking available on the grounds of the house. The drive to the gallery takes in the beauty of the area passing along the wide flat valley floor with steep wooded hills and occasional cliffs either side.

The gallery’s website address is and the address is Ffin y Parc Gallery, Betws Road, Llanrwst, Conwy, LL26 0PT
The project is supported by Arts Council of Wales, and by partners Ballet Cymru, Ffin y Parc Gallery and Wales Millennium Centre.

We look forward to welcoming you!

Cerys Knighton Exhibition


The Gate, Keppoch Street, Cardiff, CF24 3JW

June 20th to August 2nd

Exhibition launch on Thursday 11th July 6 – 9pm

‘Bipolarity’ is an exhibition exploring manic-depressive illness. Pointillist artist Cerys Knighton draws from her experiences of living with bipolar disorder since childhood, as well as her medical humanities PhD research which examines the conceptualisation of manic-depressive illness as a diagnostic category.

An illness surrounded by stigma, this exhibition tackles misconceptions. Those unfamiliar with bipolar are often surprised to learn about the scope of symptoms, from cognitive dysfunction, to hallucination, to sensory overload. The artworks range from depicting individual symptoms to analysing developments in medical treatment from the nineteenth century onwards, exploring the first two chapters of Cerys’ thesis, ‘Animalistic Representations’ and ‘The Dancing Manic Patient’, as well as using her research to reflect on current social attitudes towards bipolarity.

Cerys’ artwork toys with human and animal anatomy through ink textures, and by contrasting pointillism – a process of delicately layering thousands of individual ink dots – with softer mediums. By using familiar signifiers from the world around us, and exploring the divide between organic and inorganic, Cerys’ work challenges the viewer’s perspective to provoke discussion about social perceptions of mental ill health, uncovering the different realities lurking beneath statements of ‘I’m fine’.

About the Artist:

Cerys Knighton is a Welsh artist and medical humanities PhD student funded by the South West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership. Primarily using a pointillism technique with pen and ink, her artwork examines and communicates the findings from her research. Cerys analyses patient case notes, medical journals and literary texts to investigate the conceptualisation of mood disorders as a category for diagnosis. Her artwork also draws from her own experiences of living with bipolar disorder.

During the exhibition Cerys will be running workshops, more details of which will follow nearer the time. DAC is delighted to be supporting Cerys in this exciting development of her work.