DASH and Wysing Arts Centre

Open Call for Curatorial Commisions Programme

Curator in Residence – Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge

As a partner in the ground-breaking DASH Curatorial Commissions Programme, Wysing Arts Centre is happy to announce an open call for its Curator in-Residence.

DASH has been working with galleries and arts centres in England and Wales since 2009 creating opportunities for Deaf and Disabled artists to exhibit and curate.

These opportunities have significantly advanced the careers of more than 15 Deaf and Disabled artists, and have influenced and changed the thinking of a number of key people in these galleries. However, DASH asserts that further deep-rooted cultural changes must be made within the visual arts sector in order for it to become a more inclusive and accessible artform.
One way of effecting this change is by placing Deaf and Disabled people in positions of influence within the visual arts, to drive change from within – this led to the establishment of the Curatorial Commissions Programme which along with Wysing Arts Centre, runs in partnership with Middlesbrough Museum of Modern Art MIMA and Midlands Arts Centre MAC.

The long-term aim of the programme is to support the development of Deaf and Disabled Curators, so they can become the directors/curators/programmers of the future.

During 2020, Wysing Arts Centre will put broadcasting at the centre of its artistic programme; to connect with remote audiences in a way that enables us to listen, as well as to transmit, ideas using digital and other technologies.

Through exhibitions, events, residencies, retreats and our annual music festival, we will work with a range of artists and contributors across the year to explore how broadcast technologies, in particular radio, can enable the communication of ideas and create dialogue and understanding.

Building on the work of our recent programmes, we will focus on connecting a network of ‘many voices’ made up of those often left out of the conversation, whether due to access requirements, location outside of metropolitan centres, or discrimination due to race, gender and/or sexuality.

We will be looking to both amplify voices and enable supportive networks and connections to be made. Our gallery will become an expanded studio space where ideas are explored, including through exhibitions, commissioned and archival artworks, recorded events with live audiences, new collaborations and through works that are made specifically to be broadcast from Wysing.

As part of the year we are looking to work with a Curator in-Residence who is interested in the context of our 2020 programme and in exploring with us some of the barriers to accessing art. It is within this context that we invite expressions of interest from a Curator who identifies as a Disabled person to be in-Residence at Wysing five days per month from April 2020 to March 2021.

Our initial expectation is that the Curator in-Residence will work from Wysing’s site five days per month.

This can be consecutive days or spread across the period. However, we are also open to exploring this and to alternative arrangements.

The role will be based within Wysing’s programme team. The Curator in-Residence will work alongside two permanent Curators, a Digital Producer, Education Manager and Head of Development, and be based in the programme office.

The team works collaboratively and will work with the Curator in-Residence to support the development of their ideas, leading to a public outcome which could include an exhibition, event, or a talks programme. The residency includes free onsite accommodation if required.

The residency fee is £13,750 (55 days at £250 per day) inclusive of VAT.
There is a budget of up to £1,250 for travel and other expenses.
There is a budget of £10,000 for a residency outcome.

How to Apply

Applications are made as a two-part process. The first asks for an initial expression of interest in response to the context of our 2020 programme, alongside some background information. 

Following this initial phase, we will select approximately ten proposals to be worked up in further detail. Bursaries will be available for additional support for this phase. 

Expressions of interest can be made in writing or recorded to video or audio. We would prefer these to be made online via the website Submittable. Once you have set up a Submittable account, you can return to your expression of interest any time up until the deadline which is midnight on Sunday 15 December 2019. Let us know if you would prefer to send your expression of interest by email. 

You will need to provide: 

  • Your response to our 2020 programme (maximum 500 words or a five-minute recording).  
  • Some information on: your experience your areas of interest (total maximum 500 words or a five-minute recording).
  • Your access requirements.  

We are happy to receive links to websites or already existing online material as a response to any of the areas outlined above, all of which can be added to Submittable. 

If you would like to arrange an informal phone conversation about the role before applying, or have any other questions, please email [email protected] or call 01954 718881. 

We look forward to hearing from you. 


Open Art 2020 At Cyfarthfa Castle March 17 – June 14 2020

Notice for all artists!

We are looking for submissions of artwork for our 2020 Open Art Exhibition at Cyfarthfa Castle

Last year we displayed over 150 pieces of amazing art and are looking to do the same in 2020.

If you are a professional or amateur artist then please get in touch to request an application form .

We have  limited space so please get in touch ASAP to request a form and return it as soon as possible

To request  an application form and further information contact [email protected]  or [email protected]

or call 01685 727371

Unlimited Events

Unlimited Connects Wales

Unlimited has partnered with a range of arts organisations around Wales to host a series of Unlimited Connects events.

These will include half day, all-day and even a 2 day event with a mix of elements – often a discussion panel, structured networking with other artists and organisations, workshops and so on – building on requests from artists and allies in Wales to have such opportunities.

Fuller information can be found through the weblink: https://weareunlimited.org.uk/unlimited-connects-in-wales/  


14 – 15 November 2019 – Di-Ben Draw – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff 

Free, book your ticket online here

Two days of talks, panel discussions, workshops and performances exploring the breadth of disability-led arts.


10 January 2020 – Focus on the local – Torch Theatre, Milford Haven

A conversation discussing how venues can maximise the involvement of local participants across all of their activities. 

11 February 2020 – Taking the lid off programming – Galeri, Caernarfon 

A day to consider where the work of disabled artists sits within venue based programming and curation. 


28 February 2020  – The art of curating disabled artists – Tŷ Pawb, Wrexham

(small event, focused on the visual arts sector, invitation only)

A day of conversations aimed at equipping participants with confidence and knowledge to work with disabled artists


5 March 2020 – Making it mainstream, making it ours – Ffwrnes, Llanelli
A day for artists, audiences and programmers to look at how the Welsh language and bilingualism sit within accessible work.


12 March 2020 – Whose Art Is It Anyway? – Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon 

A day to consider the role of participatory arts practice and its place in the cultural ecology of Wales

2 April 2020 – The Young Ones – Aberystwyth Arts Centre 
A day of activity exploring how 
young disabled people access training and work across all disciplines in the arts.


Fuller details about the later events will be sent out nearer the time.



Candoco – Vacancies

AUDITION NOTICE: Candoco seeks three new Company Dancers

Candoco Dance Company – a world-leading professional dance company for disabled and non-disabled dancers – is looking for three dancers to join the company to tour nationally and internationally from Spring 2020, with a minimum 2-year commitment.

Dancers applying require:

A strong natural performance ability

Demonstrable professional, or comparable, dance experience

High level technical ability

Good improvisation skills

Strong communications skills

An ability to remember or repeat material

A passion for different dance styles and ways of working

A commitment to working collaboratively and being part of a team. Able to participate in the extensive programme of ambassadorial education work worldwide.

We encourage applications from all disabled artists at any point in their career.

Application Deadline: Monday 18th November 2019, 10am

Audition: Friday 13th December (audition workshop), Saturday 14th December (recall), Sunday 15th December (interview) – all by invitation only. You must be available on all 3 days.

Contract Start date: w/c 20th April 2020

Applicants successful in being offered an audition will hear from us by 29th November 2019 or sooner if possible for applications from abroad. Candoco regretfully cannot return any materials sent in by post.

Please refer to the Recruitment Pack for further details on the job and how to apply.

Candoco is an equal opportunities employer. We actively encourage applications from all sectors of the community and are particularly keen to hear from D/deaf and disabled people.

Download the Recruitment Pack here.

Complete the Equal Opportunities form here.

Ty Cerdd

19/20 CoDI Buddies Opportunity

Following the success of its inaugural season, Tŷ Cerdd announces the artists call for 19/20 CoDI Buddies, the initiative that forges links between Welsh composers and performing groups/societies.


This year, three composers and three performing groups from the Tŷ Cerdd Network (sign up for free here) will be partnered through the programme, with each pair being awarded £1000 (shared between composer and society) towards the Buddy activity. From workshops, to outdoor promenade performances; from a new fanfare for a junior band, to a composer working on a society’s recruitment drive: each pairing will decide their own focus. The aim is to help composers forge relationships with community music-makers, and to produce a lasting legacy of partnerships and high-quality new work. And at the end of the process, the pairing judged by our panel to have the most potential to move forward together to create a piece for the concert platform will be awarded an additional commission fee of £1000.


Making Music & Sound and Music

19/20 CoDI Buddies will link up with the current cohort on the Adopt a Composer programme, delivered by Making Music in partnership with Sound and Music: the three selected CoDI Buddy composers, along with the musical directors of their Buddy groups, will be take part in an expenses-paid workshop day in London with their Adopt a Composer counterparts (Sunday 2 February, MDs; date in March, tbc, composers). This day will offer an opportunity to network with composer peers and mentors on the Adopt a Composer programme, and to take part in career development activities.


The broader CoDI programme is generously supported by Arts Council of Wales (National Lottery funds) and the
PRS Foundation (who has awarded Tŷ Cerdd a place in a UK-wide cohort of Talent Development Partners).


Apply now at:  https://www.tycerdd.org/codi-buddies


DEADLINE: Friday 8 November 2019


CONTACT: Matthew Thistlewood 029 2063 5650 [email protected]


Link to last year’s activity

Glamorgan Voluntary Services (GVS)

Mini Volunteering Event on Thursday 17th October

11am – 1:00pm at Penarth Library

There will be a variety of organisations attending to showcase their projects and recruit volunteers; as well as ourselves to provide further information on the hundreds of volunteering opportunities we promote.

This is a fantastic opportunity for people to find out about volunteering and the organisations work and aims.  I am looking to promote this event in many places to encourage the general public to attend. 

Volunteering can offer enormous benefits.  You can build confidence, improve health and well-being,  gain a reference, meet new people, add structure to your day, gain new skills, enhance your CV, gain practical experience. 

There is also a clear link between volunteering and good health, for both volunteers and health service users.  Increase volunteers’ longevity, improve their mental health, keep fitter and enable to cope better with illness when it occurs, provide a sense of wellbeing.

To book a place please email: [email protected]

Website: www.gvs.wales

Opportunities for Artists


Holyhead Road,
Conwy LL24 0AB

We are delighted to announce the launch of a new gallery, ArtWorks2 Betws-y-coed, in Gwynedd, North Wales. We are currently looking for professional and original artists and crafts people to take up the fantastic opportunity of exhibiting their work in our spacious gallery which is opening on Monday 14th October.

Please contact us as soon as possible – email us at [email protected]   www.artworks2.co.uk/


The Ceramic Art:

Grants to Studio Ceramic Artists programme supports studio‐ based ceramic practices and curatorial research in contemporary studio ceramics. Grants of up to £1,000 can cover expenses for research, creation, production of artworks for public exhibitions or development of prototypes and promotional material.

Find out more online: www.craftpottersassoc.co.uk/craft -potters-charitable-trust/ 

Deadline 15 December 2019

Tŷ Cerdd and Sub-Sahara Advisory Panel (SSAP) launch


Tŷ Cerdd (Music Centre Wales) and SSAP are  announcing the launch of Affricerdd: a  cross-cultural participatory project exploring the music and culture of a modern, diverse Wales.    Young adults (aged 18-35) are invited to weekly Wednesday evening sessions from 9 October in  Tŷ Cerdd’s studio at Wales  Millennium Centre.  Affricerdd is all about building connections and  exploring the diversity of music and cultures we have in Wales. Participants can bring an instrument, a voice, or just an open mind, and can make music, talk, listen – and help us plan a  performance project to be part of.    Two lead musicians, Tumi Williams and Helen Woods, will front the sessions – with a guest  performer each week. Tumi (alias Skunkadelic) is a musician, rapper and community leader; Helen is a composer, performer and facilitator.


Deborah Keyser, Tŷ Cerdd’s director, said:  “If you’re engaging with music in Wales, you’re part of our rich Welsh musical culture – and we want to celebrate that. We welcome anyone aged 18-35 who’s interested to join us to explore the music of a modern, diverse Wales. Tumi and Helen are a great double-act, with so much music and so many ideas to share – but the participants will be the real  architects of Affricerdd.”   Fadhili Maghiya, SSAP’s Director, welcomed the partnership. “We’re so pleased to be collaborating with Tŷ Cerdd on Affricerdd – exploring culture,  creativity and diversity with young adults from  Cardiff. You may be into Afrobeat, drill, hip hop, drum & bass or classical – or you may just be  intrigued: come along!”



Affricerdd sessions

 Time:  7-9pm, Wednesdays from 9 October to 27 Nov (resuming in spring & summer)

 Location:  Tŷ Cerdd  (WMC – between Radio Platfform & Ffresh)

 Initial guest artists:

 Weds 9 October:  Petter Rylen: pianist, composer, YouTuber, beatboxer

Weds 16 October:  Mr Woodnote: saxophonist

National Theatre Wales

Director of Audiences

Salary: £50,000
35 hours per week (plus a compulsory break for one hour, taking the working week to 40 hours)

National Theatre Wales is seeking to appoint a highly motivated and energetic individual for the following vacancy.

This is an exciting time to be joining National Theatre Wales (NTW). The company is soon to celebrate its 10th anniversary and to unveil a new Artistic Director to lead the company into its next decade.

A new role and a senior appointment, the Director of Audiences will play a pivotal part in implementing NTW’s newly created Audience Development plan. In addition, they will help to drive an artist-led, audience-focused programme that reflects its new five-year Strategic Plan.

The Director of Audiences will work with the Executive team to shape the future direction of NTW’s reach across Wales and beyond. They will lead on developing a team that can help to position the organisation as an exemplary national company and a household name.

National Theatre Wales is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all backgrounds. Applications can be received in English or Welsh. National theatre Wales is a faith friendly company

For further information, application form, job description and person specification in English or Welsh please click here.

Closing date for applications: 12pm, Monday 30th September 2019
Interviews: W/C 14th October