The Workers Gallery



The Workers Gallery was established in 2014 and it supports a vibrant community of professional local, national & international artists in the small village of Ynyshir in South Wales, UK. The gallery is situated in one of the most unique post-industrial landscapes in Europe. It is a multifunctional space operating as a community hub and a commercial gallery. It is the top rated gallery in the welsh valleys on Tripadvisor. It is purposefully NOT publicly funded and operates as an independent artist-led space in the belief that art can agitate to provoke positive social and cultural change.


This year’s programme offers professional visual artists, designers, musicians and writers the opportunity to undertake a short residency utilising the high street gallery space. The gallery is approximately 1 000 square feet. It is open plan with a main gallery, a high street gallery & a studio space. Access to our professional woodworking workshop next door may also be possible. There is a small kitchen area and toilet. The studio space can also be used for performances or temporary exhibitions during the residency (with prior agreement). A member of staff will be available/on site at all times & residents are encouraged to engage with local artists, visitors and members of the local community. There is no WiFi access or living accommodation. Residences can be booked during August 2019 in 1 – 3 day blocks. Other times may be possible.


There is a charge for residencies for artists living 20+ miles from Ynyshir. The Gallery currently has no funds for residency programmes but offers 3 selected ‘local’ artists who live within a 20 miles of Ynyshir a free 1 day residency. Our income is generated through sales & hires & we rely on volunteers to support events and programmes. Although we are considered to be within an area of deprivation we thrive on the support of a diverse range of individuals and organisations & vice versa. We will do our best to help promote & support appropriate fundraising initiatives with selected residents, but we are unable to offer free residencies under this scheme. 

1 day for £65 or 3 days for £180 (1 day free for local artists).

Full payment is required 14 days prior to the first residency date booked.


To apply

Send a residency proposal summary, your CV, an artist statement & your website address, all as a PDF document, no larger than 10MB please. No jpegs/images of work should be submitted at this stage.

Deadline: 30th April 2019. Selection: by 10th May 2019.

If you would like to discuss a proposal contact Gayle Rogers (Gallery Manager) by Email only:



Mothering Sunday Special Opening

10am -2pm

Yes we’re going to open on a Sunday! 

Enjoy a chilled out cultural fix at the gallery – with light refreshments. Browse and buy to your hearts content!


WAM: Words Art Music night

7 – 9pm Thursday 4th April

Free Entry

With MC and resident writer Mike Church. Art by Lucy Jane Purrington and Music by Christian Punter.

For further details please visit



We are now a food donations collection point for the Rhondda Foodbank, who are helping local people in crisis. Please see their website for more information on the important work they do 

Longlife milk, longlife juice, coffee, tinned fruit and packet rice are items currently urgently needed, should you be looking to bring along a donation on your next visit.

The Workers Gallery,

99, Ynyshir Road, Ynyshir, CF39 0EN

Twitter: @wood4tt Instagram: workersgallery

Telephone: 01443 682 024


20 mins walk from Porth Railway Station and on the 132 Bus Route.

ITV Game Show – Contestants Wanted!

Five Gold Rings

ITV are looking for contestants for series 4 and 5 of Five Gold Rings, hosted by Phillip Schofield.

The closing date for applications is: SUNDAY 31st MARCH 2019

We are looking for OUTGOING, COMPETITIVE and KNOWLEDGEABLE teams of two to be part of the new series.  Players stand the chance of WINNING HUGE SUMS OF MONEY. It’s the show where family, friends, colleagues and partners compete to answer challenging questions by placing their 5 GOLD RINGS onto our GIANT interactive floor.  Your general knowledge, strategic thinking, accuracy and judgement will be TESTED TO THE MAX.  ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS PUT A RING ON IT!  DO YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO BEAT THE FLOOR?

Please follow the link for applying to the show:

Auditions are due to be held in Cardiff.


Ffilm Cymru are excited to announce new Foot in the Door training opportunities with major new film production Dream Horse.

Aspiring Welsh creatives and crew will learn valuable skills on the set of a major new film production with Ffilm Cymru’s biggest ever Foot in the Door programme.

The deadline for applications to Foot in the Door is midday on 3rd April. Find out more and apply at

Dream Horse is the true story of one woman’s extraordinary dream to breed and raise a champion racehorse on the allotment of her forgotten Welsh village – and of how she brings her entire community with her. Toni Collette (Hereditary, Velvet Buzzsaw, About A Boy) will take the role of Jan, while Damian Lewis (the upcoming Once Upon A Time in Hollywood, Billions, Homeland) will play Howard Davies, the local accountant she persuades to join her in running the racing syndicate. The film has been written by Neil McKay (The Moorside, Mo, Appropriate Adult) and will be directed by Welsh filmmaker Euros Lyn (Happy Valley, Kiri, The Library Suicides).

Dream Horse will shoot across south Wales this spring, and Ffilm Cymru are working in partnership with Raw Productions to offer up to 25 free training placements and on set shadowing opportunities through their Foot in the Door programme.

For people that are over the age of 18 and not currently in employment, education or training, Foot in the Door offers the opportunity to spend a week learning valuable new skills and applying existing transferable skills to kick-start a career in the creative industries and beyond. Trainees receive guidance, advice and mentorship from industry experts, as well as support for travel, accommodation and childcare where needed thanks to Ymddiried bursaries supported through the Welsh Broadcasting Trust.



BAFTA Cymru Festival


Second one-day festival to offer practical advice on ground-up opportunities to those from all backgrounds and locations.

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts in Wales, BAFTA Cymru, have announced that they are pledging additional support to assist those from all backgrounds and locations across Wales to engage with their flagship one-day festival Guru Live Cardiff on 30 March.

The festival offers practical advice on careers in the film, games and television industry through masterclasses, workshops, round table discussions and a chance for individuals to meet creative professionals and their peers.

The event will build on the events programme BAFTA Cymru offers the public year-round, 38% of which were held outside Cardiff in 2018.

Tickets to the sessions have been subsidised and reduced to £10 for 2 sessions or £6 for 1 session. The event has been planned to start and end at times that allow for travel from around Wales and those who would like to attend and gain information and inspiration but find there is a financial barrier to doing so are invited to apply for bursaries that will offer up to £80 towards travel and 5 sessions for free.

We would like to support individuals who would not otherwise be able to attend Guru Live Cardiff with financial assistance towards travel costs.

*Please note, priority will be offered to those not in education, employment or training; those with dependants; those having protected characteristics and/or those living outside the CF postcode.

  • Up to £80 is available per person towards rail and bus travel, which we will book for you in advance
  • The reimbursement of mileage costs is .35p per mile.
  • You must be available to take part in the Guru Live Cardiff event if selected (from 11:30 – 18:30 on Saturday 30 March 2019)
  • Those receiving a bursary will be able to book a maximum of 5 sessions for free (dependent on availability).
  • Accommodation and food costs are not included.
  • The deadline for final applications is Friday 15 March, 12pm.
  • To apply, register and complete the form at:

Applications are open to those who are:

  • 16+
  • Living in Wales

Hannah Raybould, Director BAFTA Cymru, said:

“BAFTA Cymru is committed to helping those from all backgrounds and parts of Wales to find their place in the creative media industry if this is their goal. 

The recent BFI Workforce Diversity in the UK Screen Sector Evidence Review found that in locations that are economically less prosperous or have fewer creative industries employers, young people are less likely to think of a creative career as a viable option for two reasons.

Firstly, limited local creative industries activity and therefore exposure to this particular type of economic production leads to perceptions of careers in these areas as not providing secure enough employment. Secondly, young people from creative industries cold spots felt they would have a credibility problem trying to establish a creative career elsewhere.

We’re eager to play a small role in the work being done by many industry partners to bridge this gap by offering support for those across Wales to attend the Guru Live event to meet and hear from BAFTA recognised talent and continue to engage with them through our year-round events programme across the country and online.”

The final deadline to apply will be 15 March

Sky Arts – Portrait Artist and Landscape Artist of the Year Competitions.

Call Out for Artists!

Each year we reach out to as many artists, and art students, as possible, hoping it will encourage them to apply. 

Artists enter with a self-portrait or a landscape painting depending in which competition they’re applying for. This year’s Portrait competition will be filmed at the Battersea Arts Centre in London. All the information you need can be found here:


Key information

Deadline to apply for Portrait Artist of the Year 2020 – Monday 25th February 2019 (THIS IS FAST APPROACHING)

Deadline to apply for Landscape Artist of the Year 2019 – Friday 11th May 2019

Prize: a £10,000 commission to paint a portrait/landscape for a major British institution.


The new series of Portrait Artist of the Year began broadcasting weekly from 12th February 2019, on Sky Arts.

Due to the encouraging tone of the series, artists who participate comment without fail, that their experience was not only positive for their career in terms of exposure, but also thoroughly enjoyable, and useful for their evolution as an artist.

Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year 2020

Storyvault Films Ltd | Bridge Studios | 107a Hammersmith Bridge Road | London | W6 9DA

Telephone: 020 8741 3929 


Extend Leadership Programme

The Extend Leadership Programme 2019–20

Deadline for applications: 10am on Monday 8 April 2019

The Extend Leadership Programme is open to applicants working in learning and education roles in the arts and cultural sectors.

The Programme enables mid-career professionals to:
• Acquire and apply leadership skills, working with a cohort of peers from across England, Wales and Scotland. 
• Engage in intensive residentials and to explore aspects of leadership through group projects, mentoring and personal development planning
• Gain opportunities to explore and reflect upon their current practice, to meet with inspiring leaders in the sector, to develop their own projects and to plan for the future.

Extend is informed by a commitment to empowering education and learning professionals so that they are able to influence the sector’s development and help to ensure that learning is embedded in arts and cultural organisations. Now in its ninth year, more than 100 colleagues have graduated from the Programme from across the arts and cultural sectors.

‘This is the first course I have been on where I have really concentrated and listened to everything. Each part has taught me many things about leadership—knowledge that I will be able to take with me throughout my career.’
Extend Alumnus

The 2019–2020 Extend Leadership Programme will support up to 14 colleagues working in learning and education roles in the arts and cultural sectors who consider themselves to be mid-career and aspire to leadership. It is envisaged that places will be allocated as follows:
• 10 places will be for candidates resident and working in England*;
• 3 places will be for candidates resident and working in the creative arts in Scotland;
• 1 place will be for a candidate resident and working in the creative arts in Wales. 

*Applicants working and resident in England may work in the arts, museums, libraries or heritage in either employed or freelance roles – or a combination of both.

Visit for further information about Extend.


Website for Further Info :

BFI Doc Society Local:Wales

BFI Doc Event in Cardiff

In a handful of immersive and informative events exploring UK documentary funding available through BFI Doc Society and current landscape for documentary film, we hear from the filmmakers and decision makers serving the docs community. After inspiring events in Newcastle and Birmingham, the BFI Doc Society team are heading to Wales joining our colleagues at Film Hub Wales and Ffilm Cymru Wales for a day of Doc appreciation in Cardiff at Chapter Arts Centre on Wednesday 6 March 2019.

Date: Wednesday 6th March 2019

Time: 09:30AM – 6:30PM (lunch and refreshments will be provided)

Venue: Chapter, Market Road, Canton, Cardiff, Wales CF5 1QE

Free of charge, attendance is for the full day only

As we get local alongside industry experts, share news on opportunities and support for non-fiction filmmakers in Wales, hear doc case studies, discussion, networking and one-to-one doc ‘surgeries’.

Whether you’re a doc-maker, doc-lover or simply doc-curious, join the community as we embrace a new and diverse vision for documentary film in the UK.  

Please share this with your network. We’re interested in bringing together documentary filmmakers (and hear voices) from all parts of Wales and bordering areas, all walks of life and all communities.

Any questions? Contact:

To register visit:

If you require financial support for it to be possible for you to attend this event, please contact

Facebook event page:

Oska Bright – Submissions Still Open

Oska Bright Film Festival 2019

OSKA-BRIGHT-2016Wednesday 23rd October – Saturday 26th October

Just under two months to go! You’ve still got time to get your submissions into us for the next Oska Bright Film Festival.

Deadline for submissions is the 30th March 2019. 

Since 2004 Oska Bright Film Festival has been at the forefront of learning disability film production, exhibition and distribution.

We’re looking for films for our next festival. At Oska Bright Film Festival we show exciting and bold work, which celebrates the talents of people with learning disabilities, autism or additional needs.

 Over 300 films are entered biennially and just over 60 shown over three days.

 The films are judged by the Oska Bright Festival team, who are learning disabled artists and filmmakers.

For more information, rules and how to apply please go to Oska Bright

 We’re also interested in hearing about feature films. Please drop us a line separately about this:

Community Arts Tutors Wanted

Romani Cultural and Arts Company


The Romani Cultural & Arts Company are seeking applications from interested people with an arts-arts-based skill / trade to become sessional Community Arts Tutors as part of their Children and Young Peoples Arts Workshop Project on local Gypsy & Traveller sites. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the 3 year project.


This project is funded by BBC Children In Need.


The project is designed to engage with children on 4 Gypsy and Traveller sites across South Wales over a three year period. Its purpose is to:

1 To support Gypsy and Irish Traveller children to improve their levels of social interaction between the different ethnic GT (Gypsy, Irish Traveller) groups living on caravan sites. This is because Gypsies and Irish Travellers do not have many opportunities to mix and make friends. 


2 To support Gypsy and Traveller children to have good self-esteem, be more resilient and feel proud of their cultural heritage and background so that their confidence is less affected by prejudice and / or perceived discrimination. 


3 To support Gypsy and Traveller children to feel more confident and resilient in engaging with support agencies and the outside world so that they are encouraged to maintain engagement in purposeful activity and education. 


The four sites we work on are: Cwmcrachen, Blaenau Gwent Council; Roverway, Cardiff County Council; Shepherd’s Hill, Torfaen Council; Shirenewton, Cardiff County Council

Community Arts Tutors collaborate with a wide variety of local groups, encouraging the use of artistic activities to support their development and improve their quality of life. Generally, they work in areas where there are social, cultural or environmental issues to be addressed. They use a whole range of art forms to engage with these different community groups, including visual arts, theatre, dance, music, carnival arts and film.

If you are interested, please see our website ( for a Job Description, Personal Specification. A letter (no more than 2 sides of A4, font 11), a recent CV and proof of Disclosure and Barring Service certificate / number are to be emailed to: