First Fortnight Submission Callout- Europe’s Mental Health Arts Festival

First Fortnight are delighted and proud to be hosting Europe’s Mental Health Arts Festival in January 2019!

From April 30th-June 29th 2018, we will begin accepting submissions from Irish and European based artists working in any medium for the festival which will take place January 2019. These events will take place in several venues across the primary festival hub of Dublin city and throughout the country of Ireland. Artists with an interest in the prejudice, discrimination and stigma connected to mental health are particularly welcome to apply.
The European Festival

First Fortnight is an Irish charity that challenges mental health prejudice through cultural action. First Fortnight also provides creative therapy to marginalised groups.

Since 2009 First Fortnight has produced 7 national mental health arts festivals challenging mental health prejudice and ending stigma.

For decades Ireland has been home to citizens from every corner of Europe who have enriched our society. Our presentation of this festival will provide a platform to embrace the vibrancy of modern Ireland and Europe but also to reflect on the pressures that modern society can place on our mental health, with an emphasis on the European community.  We are challenging artists to submit artistically ambitious mental health themed work with an emphasis on multicultural themes and providing voices for the people of Europe.

Accessibility and inclusiveness are the cornerstones of our programming policy as mental health applies to all of us and transcends European borders. We believe this festival will help strengthen the idea of the Irish seeing themselves as European and be a strong reminder of the many opportunities the European Union offers its citizens.

The festival will be held in January 2019 in Dublin & regional venues with satellite events planned throughout the country. 

The Festival Submission Process

As part of this process we will be inviting proposals for consideration to the festival programme, which will receive bursaries if selected for inclusion. For more information on the submission call-out and how to submit proposals, please click here.

To be a truly representative European festival, we believe it is vital to have representation and invite involvement from as many European nationalities as possible in this forum.

Gwyl Y Llais / Festival of Voice 2018

Accessible Performances

Double Vision 

Wales Millennium Centre

7th – 17th June

Tickets £15

Captioned performances: Thurs 14 June 6pm + Sat 16 June 3pm

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Part murder mystery, part gig, and a whole lot of fun; Double Vision is a brand-new thriller from Wales Millennium Centre and award-winning theatre company Gagglebabble. 

A thrilling ride through the darkness of the human psyche, inspired by Alfred Hitchcock and Ernest Lehman’s unfinished script, ‘The Blind Man’. A story about friendship, perception and betrayal. 

Cast includes UCAN’s  Mared Jarman.

 

Lovecraft (Not the sex shop in Cardiff)

Ffresh, Wales Millennium Centre

5th – 16th June

Tickets £15

BSL Interpreted performances: (Interpreter: Sami Thorpe)  Fri 8 June 8pm + Thurs 14 June 10pm  

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A one-woman-science-comedy-music-show.  

Created and performed by Welsh actress and singer Carys Eleri. Lovecraft (Not the Sex Shop in Cardiff) is a brutally honest and witty show about the neuroscience of love and loneliness.  

Drawing from her own experiences, Carys combines smart and ludicrously funny songs with heartfelt tales, taking you on a journey to discover how love works, why it makes us do crazy things and why hugging is the answer. 

 

English 

Dance House, Wales Millennium Centre

14th – 24th June

Tickets £15

Age Guidance 14+

BSL interpreted performances, Saturday  16 June 7pm + Saturday  23 June 2pm (Interpreter: Tony Evans)

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National Theatre Wales’ and Quarantine’s extraordinary new show invites its audience into a conversation about language with performer Jonny Cotsen – a performance built out of a fascination with what happens when we try to talk about how to live together. 

It’s inspired by the theatricality of language lessons, and discussions with migrants who learn English for all kinds of reasons. For business, for pleasure, for survival, to take part, to pass the test…

 

Dr Sally Austen in conversation with Bella Bathurst: Sound

Jacob’s Antique Market

Tickets £6.50

BSL interpreted performance, Sunday 10 June 4pm (Interpreter: Lianne Lusty)

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Sound draws on this extraordinary experience, exploring what it is like to lose your hearing and – as Bella eventually did – to get it back, and what that teaches you about listening and silence, music and noise. She investigates the science behind deafness, hearing loss among musicians, soldiers and factory workers, sign language, and what Deaf people know about these subjects that hearing people do not.

Please let us know if you have any specific needs and we will do our best to help: [email protected]

For full details of the Festival Programme please visit – https://festivalofvoice.wales/festival-of-voice

Festival of Voice – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Festival of Voice will be starting in just a few weeks’ time at Wales Millennium Centre and as part of the programme there is a series of accessible performances .

WMC have  offered DAC members £5 tickets for these shows.Just use the code FOVfriend2018 at point of purchase to take advantage of this!

 

WMC have teamed up with multi-award winning theatre company Gagglebabble to produce Double Vision. Part murder mystery, part gig, Double Vision is an exciting new thriller that is designed to be completely accessible to those with visual impairments, with audio description built into the script. Touch tours are available before every performance led by trained Stage Management staff with captioned performances on Thursday 14th  and Saturday 16th June. Including UCAN member Mared Jarman in the role of Mel, this is a performance not to be missed.

 

Highway One is a co-production between August 012, Katell Keineg and WMC which takes the audience on a trip from Cardiff to Greece in the company of a centaur, a dead Italian film-maker, Medea, granddaughter of the sun god and a young woman from Cardiff. It will have two Audio Described performances by Alistair Sil on Friday 8th and Saturday 9th June, with touch tours available beforehand.

For further information about shows and timings, please visit https://festivalofvoice.wales/.

News from Celf o Gwmpas

After more than 11 years Kayte Phillips our chief executive is moving on.

Kayte joined Celf in 2006 as finance officer before beingappointed chief executive in 2016.

She has helped to guide Celf o Gwmpas through both positive and challenging times which are faced by a small arts charity. Through Kayte’s hard work Celf is now in a stronger position to face the years ahead

Kayte will be sorely missed by everyone involved with Celf o Gwmpas and we wish her lots of luck with her new venture in Portugal.

Artist in Residence Exhibition Preview

We would like to thank everyone who attended and contributed to our very succesfull pudding prosecco and preview evening.

The evening marked the opening of our Artists in Residence exhibition which runs until 5th April 2018.
Work on display is by Lou Lockwood, Dawn Mcintyre, Jack Mclafferty and Jo Munton who all had month long residencies at Celf o Gwmpas.
We were also treated to performances by Celf o Gwmpas’ own ‘Etcetera’ and Stephanie Finegan, a rap artist from Bangor.

The four residencies in partnership with Disability Arts Cymru are funded by the Arts Council of Wales and provided a unique experience for Disabled Artists living in Wales to develop their artistic practice.

Scott Berry International Digital Residency

We are excited to have started an International cultural exchange between
Celf o Gwmpas, Canadian artist Scott Berry and the Nina Haggerty Centre, in Edmonton, Canada.

We are jointly hosting a unique “digital residency” to share artistic practice among learning disabled artists.

During March and April, Celf o Gwmpas artists Geraint Edwards and Annie Levy will be working with learning disabled artists at Centre Celf, to devise and exhibit new work inspired by artist Scott Berry.

There will also be an exchange of video blogs between the Nina Haggerty Centre and Celf o Gwmpas. These blogs will Introduce and showcase the participatory art work taking place at both centres and share the working practice of Scott Berry and other artists at the Nina Haggerty Centre, with learning disabled artists at Celf o Gwmpas.

Collaboration on works of art will take place via post, between artists in the UK & Canada and exhibitions will be held at both centres, featuring the collaborative works.

We’ll keep you posted with links to the video blogs so you can check the progress!

X marks the spot

This month we have an Art Hunt at Celf o Gwmpas.
One of our artists has donated a beautiful piece of art to help raise funds to support the work we do at Centre Celf.
We are asking people to buy a square (or more!) @ only £2 a square, and whoever gets the right square, chosen by the artist, wins the painting.

So pop in, choose your square and fill in your name and contact details.
The winner will be announced once all the squares are sold.

2018 Evening Classes

The first of our 2018 evening classes will be starting soon

Willow Garden Structures

with Nicola Luxton
11 April – 16 May 2018

This course can only run on a minimum number basis, so
all classes must be booked and paid for in advance.

For further information or to book a place please contact us 01597 822777
or [email protected]

Workshops

Our Creative Space Programme is for people living with Dementia and their carers.

Watercolour painting with artist Terri Sweeney

Wednesday
Dates: 21 March, 4, 18 April, 2018

Time: 10.30 – 12.00 noon
Cost: £3.50

Our Create and Inspire Programme is for learning disabled adults and their carers.

Magic Doors with artist Jane Titley

Tuesday
Dates: 10, 17, 24 April, 1, 8, 15 May 2018

Time: 11.00 – 1.00pm
Cost: £3.50 (carers free)

 

 

 

Clinical Psychology Fringe Festival

On Thursday 18 January 2018 Celf o Gwmpas ‘Etcetera’ conducted by Rosie McConnell went to Cardiff for the Clinical Psychology Fringe Festival.

A performance piece, stemming from experiences of mental ill health ‘Etcetera’ which sits on the edge of a comfort zone provided the audience with a bizzare, unusual and entertaining experience. The performance was very well received.
It was an informative day for everyone from Celf o Gwmpas and we were very happy to be invited to perform.

www.psychologyfringe.com

Wales One World Film Festival

As WOW Film Festival enters its final 3 days in Aberystwyth, we look forward to the next stop on our journey around Wales: Cardiff’s Tramshed Cinema.

Have a Nice Day (15)

Thursday 22 March, 6.15pm, Tramshed Cinema
Politically and artistically fresh, this Tarantino-esque animated tale is like no Chinese film you have ever seen.

Sweet Country (15)

Thursday 22 March, 8.15pm, Tramshed Cinema
“Indigenous filmmakers, not only in Australia, now have a voice and the world is listening, because people want to hear a different opinion on the past, the present, and maybe even the future.”
– Warwick Thornton, director of Sweet Country and Samson and Delilah

Heavenly Nomadic (PG)

Friday 23rd March, 6.15pm, Tramshed Cinema
A beautiful tale about a disappearing way of life set high in the mountains of Kyrgyzstan.

The Gulls (15)

Friday 23 March, 8.15pm, Tramshed Cinema
Set among a fascinating mix of people and cultural traditions in the Buddhist European country of Kalmykia.

Mary and the Witch’s Flower

Saturday 24th March, 11am, Tramshed Cinema
A chance to see the magical debut from Japan’s Studio Ponoc.

Magical Animation Workshop

Saturday 24th March, 1pm, Tramshed Cinema
Run by Cardiff Animation Festival, this workshop is for everyone aged 8+

Big Fish & Begonia (PG)

Saturday 24th March, 3pm, Tramshed Cinema
A mind-blowingly beautiful Chinese anime that will sweep you up on a tidal wave of magic, mystery and wonder.

Beauty and the Dogs (15)

Saturday 24th March, 6.15pm, Tramshed Cinema
A film both specific to its Tunisian setting and yet altogether global in experience and reach, this powerful debut from a female voice takes a razorblade to misogyny.

Wajib (15)

Saturday 24th March, 8.15pm, Tramshed Cinema
A charismatic portrait of a father-son relationship and what it means to be a Palestinian abroad versus a Palestinian at home. Directed by Annemarie Jacir.

Festival Dates:

March/Mawrth 15 – 21
Canolfan y Celfyddydau Aberystwyth Arts Centre

March/Mawrth 15 – 29
Kinokulture, Oswestry/Croesoswallt

March/Mawrth 22 – 24
Tramshed Cinema, Cardiff/Caerdydd

April/Ebrill 3 – 12
Theatr Clwyd, Mold/Yr Wyddgrug