Visually Impaired Audience Guide for Welsh Venues and Companies | Canllaw Cynulleidfaoedd â Nam ar y Golwg i Sefydliadau a Chwmnïoedd Celfyddydol Cymru

Invitation to the Discussion

I’m Chloë Clarke, a visually impaired theatre-maker and audio description consultant. Much of my work focuses on improving the theatre experience for visually impaired audiences and helping those producing theatre to understand and implement access.

Arts Council Wales has commissioned me, in collaboration with Disability Arts Cymru, to publish a comprehensive and practical guide for Welsh venues and companies to help develop visually impaired (VI) audiences.

We are very keen to hear your thoughts on what a helpful and practical guide would look like for you. Please join us for an open discussion to share your views. What are the barriers you face? Whose responsibility is it? How much adjustment is reasonable?

Before the session we invite you to join us for a matinee performance of ‘The Importance of Being Described…Earnestly?’, a collaboration between Chloe Clarke, Elbow Room Theatre and Galeri Caernarfon, a 60-minute comedy exploring a new style of audio description. This will give attendees a chance to experience integrated access that considers the needs of VI audiences from the outset.

This session will be held at Galeri, Caernarfon on 2nd November 2018 at 3pm following the matinee at 2pm.

To express your interest please contact [email protected], call or text 07968 139020 or contact Galeri directly to book tickets www.galericaernarfon.com 01286 68522.

A Poster that says “The importance of being described earnestly’ and depicting a garden scene with a table bearing cake and tea, a man in a suit sits at the table, eating cake with one hand and holding a red handbag in the other. A woman stands to one side, wearing headphones, she is throwing a cup of tea towards the man, the camera has captured the tea in mid air

Gwahoddiad i’r drafodaeth.

Fy enw i yw Chloë Clarke, dwi’n ddyfeisiwr theatr gyda nam ar fy ngolwg ac yn ymgynghorydd sain ddisgrifio. Mae rhan helaeth o fy ngwaith yn ffocysu ar wella‘r profiad theatrig i gynulleidfaoedd sydd â nam ar y golwg ac hefyd i helpu’r rheiny sy’n cynhyrchu theatr i ddeall ac i weithredu yr anghenion hygyrchedd.

Mae Cyngor y Celfyddydau Cymru wedi fy nghomisiynu, mewn cydweithrediad gyda Disabilty Arts Cymru, i gyhoeddi canllaw ymarferol a chynhwysfawr i sefydliadau a chwmnïau celfyddydol yng Nghymru i’ch helpu chi dyfu cynulleidfaoedd sydd â nam ar y golwg.

Rydym yn awyddus i glywed eich barn ar sut i chi buasai canllaw defnyddiol ac ymarferol yn edrych. Plis ymunwch gyda ni am drafodaeth agored i rannu eich barn. Pa rwystrau ydych yn eu hwynebu?  Pwy ddylai dderbyn y cyfrifoldeb? Faint o addasu sy’n rhesymol?

Cyn y sesiwn rydym am eich gwahodd i berfformiad o ‘The Importance of Being Described…Earnestly?’, mewn cyd-weithrediad rhwng Chloë Clarke, Elbow Room Theatre a Galeri Caernarfon. Comedi 60-munud o hyd sy’n datblygu arddull newydd o sain ddisgrifio. Bydd hyn yn rhoi cyfle i’r gynulleidfa i brofi hygyrchedd sydd wedi ei integreiddio i’r darn, ac yn ystyried anghenion cynulleidfaoedd sydd â nam ar y golwg o’r cychwyn cyntaf.

Cynhelir y sesiwn yn Galeri, Caernarfon ar yr 2il o Dachwedd 2018am 3yh, yn syth wedi’r matinee sydd am 2yh.

I ddatgan eich diddordeb plis cysylltwch â [email protected], ffoniwch neu anfonwch neges destun at 07968 139020, neu cysylltwch gyda Galeri yn uniongyrchol i arbed tocynnau drwy www.galericaernarfon.com neu 01286 685222.

Tŷ Newydd Courses 2019

Explore your creativity in Wales’ Year of Discover

www.tynewydd.wales

Literature Wales is proud to announce a new programme of creative writing courses at Tŷ Newydd Writing Centre for 2019. Earmarked by Visit Wales as the Year of Discovery, in 2019 we will encourage the writers of Wales and beyond to visit our home between the mountains and sea to discover their creativity and hone their skills as a writer.

The new programme offers an eclectic mix of courses and retreats suitable for a range of writers, from the up-and-coming and unpublished, to the established who wish to join a masterclass. From today, you can register for all courses on the Tŷ Newydd website, and a discount of 10% is available on all courses until the end of October with the code TN2019.

Programme highlights include a course on writing for TV led by Matthew Hall, the creator of record-breaking BBC Drama Keeping Faith; a Crime Writing Course led by bestselling author and ex-detective Clare Mackintosh; and two Poetry Masterclasses tutored by Gillian Clarke, former National Poet of Wales. A number of noteworthy guest readers will join our tutors during the year, including Rachel Joyce, author of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, award-winning literary agent Cathryn Summerhayes, and former Guardian theatre critic Lyn Gardner.

Poetry courses in 2019 will explore a range of themes from the sea, to politics, to finding poetry in our past; and feature a wide-range of tutors including Paul Farley, Patience Agbabi, Raymond Antrobus, Deryn Rees-Jones, clare e potter, Inua Ellams and Pascale Petit. Guest readers in 2019 will include Andrew McMillan, Jay Bernard and the spoken word collective, Tongue Fu.

Prose courses will include short stories, novels, YA fiction, myths and fairytales, editing, life-writing and will feature tutors and guest readers Tom Bullough, Rebecca F John, Mavis Cheek, Catherine Fisher, Holly Müller and many more. Our Emerging Writers Course for writers under 30, run in partnership with Poetry Wales, Wales Arts Review and Parthian books, will return after a successful debut last year, and will feature poetry in addition to prose.

Further courses include: LGBTQ+ Writing; Creative Writing for Welsh Learners; Storytelling; Writing to Heal; Reviewing the Arts; and Nature Writing with Guardian country diarist Mark Cocker and poet Kathleen Jamie.

Leusa Llewelyn, Head of Tŷ Newydd said, “Tŷ Newydd, with its unique Welsh welcome, exists to provide support for writers of all backgrounds, abilities and ages to develop their writing. There’s something to suit everyone, and the range of courses offers an opportunity for participants to discover their own writing potential.”

During every course, home cooked meals and treats will be provided by the resident chef, and you will enjoy the tranquillity that Tŷ Newydd and its beautiful surroundings provide.

For further information about Tŷ Newydd, including testimonials from recent participants, and to read the programme in its entirety, visit www.tynewydd.wales or to request a print programme contact Tŷ Newydd: 01766 522811/ [email protected]

Women of the World


The WOW Women of the World festival, founded in 2010 by Southbank Centre’s Artistic Director, Jude Kelly CBE, is the biggest gathering of women and girls across the globe, reaching over 2 million people in 20 cities across five continents.

Each festival, made up of talks, debates, music, activism, comedy, workshops, mentoring, pop ups and performance, celebrates women and girls, takes a frank look at what prevents them from achieving their potential and raises awareness globally among women, men, girls and boys, of the issues they face as well as creating possible solutions.

The WOW – Women of the World Cardiff festival will include a range of workshops, talks, debates, performances and art open to the public on 24 & 25 November 2018.

Some highlights from the WOW – Women of the World Cardiff programme include: Gwenno Saunders, Charlotte Church, Michael Sheen, Sian Evans, Lula Mehbratu (The Digital Migrant),Sahar Al-Faifi, Sian James former MP, Gemma Price (Boxing Pretty), Anna Hursey, Shahien Taj OBE, Lucy Owen (BBC Wales) and Layfullstop among others.

WOW Passes

Buy a WOW pass to gain access to all the events as you pick and mix your own timetable of talks, debates and performances, be it for one day or the whole weekend. Day pass holders have a choice of activities throughout the festival. If your 1st choice is full due to limited capacity do not worry. We encourage you to try other sessions – sometimes an unexpected second choice will be the best thing you’ll see! 

Day Passes £10 | concession £5

Saturday Day Pass

Sunday Day Pass

Check out the full programme here

Freelancing for Creatives workshop

A practical workshop for creatives on the business skills of freelancing.

Freelancing for Creatives
03.11.18
Hastings House
Fitzalan Place
Cardiff
CF24 0BL

£10 – £20 

Topics include: 
Business & employment models
How to pay your taxes
Claiming expenses
Negotiating your fees
Top tips and online tools
“Many people are becoming self employed. We need all the help we can get from reliable sources. Keep the courses going please.”

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Black History Month Events

 We are writing to invite you and your networks to three key events in our Race Council Cymru calendar.

Race Equality Conference: 50 Years of the Race Relations Act 1968

Please join us for our national Race Equality Conference 2018 hosted by the Leader of the House and Chief Whip Julie James AM on the 25th of October 2018 at 9.30am – 4pm at Pierhead Building Cardiff bay – Free to attend and all welcome. Please register by clicking on the link below. Free lunch will be provided.

Date: Thursday – 25 October at 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Venue: The Pierhead Building, Cardiff Bay – All welcome and free to attend

REGISTER NOW

Remembrance Service for Wales’ Ethnic Servicemen and Women / Gwasanaeth Coffa ar gyfer Cyn-filwyr Duon a Lleiafrifoedd Ethnig Cymru

WW1 and WW2 claimed the lives of many thousands from across Britain’s former Empire, from African, Caribbean, Indian and Asian Nations, who fought in the UK’s name. Rarely visible in Remembrance, at this event the Welsh Government and Royal British legion will formally acknowledge and say ‘Thank You’ for the contribution, and losses, of Wales’ international communities – in Wales’ iconic memorial to WW1, the Temple of Peace. WCIA looks forward to welcoming family descendants of Welsh BAME service people, with a Minister from Welsh Government, to this memorial event led by Race Council Cymru.

Date: Friday 2nd of November at 06:30 pm to 08:30 pm
Venue: Temple of Peace, King Edward VII Avenue, Cardiff – All welcome and free to attend

REGISTER NOW

Black History Month Grand Finale

Come and enjoy a spectacular showcase of talent, music and high energetic dancing from Sun of Africa a group from Guinea Conakry. Also meet the renown Patrick Vernon who has campaigned for justice for our Windrush Generation migrants and designed the Windrush Generations Board games and attend his workshop at the Grand Finale. Poster below shows some of the contributors. Black History Month events are funded by Arts Council Wales.

Date: Sunday, November 4, 2018 at 12 PM – 6 PM
Venue: Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, North Rd, Cardiff CF10 3ER.

Our Black History Month Grand Finale event will be opened by the Hon First Minister of Wales Carwyn Jones AM at 12pm prompt – Free event All welcome – To rent a stall at this event, please email [email protected] or call 07838360979

Volunteering Wales Grant Roadshow

18th October – 1.30PM – Baltic House

Need funding for a volunteering project?

Come and find out more about the Youth Volunteering Grant over tea and coffee and learn the steps to applying!

To register your attendance, please email: [email protected] 

Prosperity for All

Grants will be allocated to projects that can demonstrate that they are able to make a contribution to delivering the Welsh Government’s strategy, Prosperity for All, which describes a long-term aim to build a Wales that is prosperous and secure, healthy and active, ambitious and learning, and united and connected.

The strategy identifies five priority areas which have the potential to make the greatest contribution to long-term prosperity and well-being. These are early years, better mental health, housing, skills and employability and social care. They are areas where it has been shown that earlier intervention and more seamless services can make a real difference to people’s lives.

The Volunteering Wales Grants for 2019/20 will support volunteering projects that contribute towards achieving outcomes in one or more of the priority areas.

Volunteering by young people is encouraged and supported through this grant scheme and a percentage of the funding available has been ring fenced to support projects that exclusively recruit young volunteers aged 14 – 25.

Gypsy, Roma, Traveller, Fairground, Circus-folk, Show-people and Bargees Training day

by The Romani Cultural and Arts Company


The Romani Cultural and Arts Company will be delivering three training workshops in three cities, focussing upon the Romani and Travelling people in Britain and their cultures, histories, languages, as a solid foundation to understanding the present communities. The workshops will deliver critical knowledge to professionals, policy-makers, and practitioners in local government, housing, accommodation, health, justice and education services; how to develop a respectful relationship with communities, approaches to constructing a positive dialogue around accommodation and ‘stopping-places’, to supporting better access for Romani and Travellers to health and wellness provision, to strengthening schooling, to raising attainment and improving elective home education, leading to increasing employment opportunities.

The situation for Romani and Traveller communities looks set to become more and more uncertain, as the protections offered under European legislation, conventions and frameworks will probably be rescinded. Show-people, Fair-gound families, Circus-folk and Bargees are likely to face significant changes in their businesses and operations too, with the post-Brexit legal framework. The overall social, economic and cultural impact of the departure from the EU will be especially deep upon these communities. The Romani Cultural & Arts Company has the best track record in the UK of delivering effective training in working with Romani and Traveller people, having carried out a range of training courses, international conferences, arts exhibitions and cultural symposia, schools workshops and heritage projects with Gypsy, Roma, Traveller, show-people, Circus-folk, Fairground families and Bargees, across Wales and Europe.

The Cardiff workshop will focus upon the current policy initiatives associated with the ‘Well-being of Future Generations Act (Wales, 2015)’ have left behind the Romani and Traveller communities of Wales, particularly in terms of the ‘Well-being Assessments’ carried out by the Public Services Boards established by the Act and the recent review of these by Netherwood, Flynn and Lang (2017) for the Future Generations Commissioner, Sophie Howe. These crucial processes have ignored the needs of Romani and Traveller people in ‘planning today for a better tomorrow’, with inadequate consultation of the present and future needs of Gypsy, Roma, Traveller communities, insufficient sustainable development principles being applied to these needs, resulting in Romani and Traveller people being missed in the most important opportunity for improving the public sector’s delivery of provision rooted in the everyday reality of their lives and ensuring little benefit for the well-being of future Romani and Traveller generations.

Our training in Cardiff, in December 2018, will address these critical lacunae in government policy and practice, providing an opportunity to rectify, for local and national government policy-makers and service-providers, this absence of data and content and how to include the most marginal and excluded groups in Wales today.

Cost

£156.90 – £173.07

DATE AND TIME

Wed, December 5, 2018
9:30 AM – 4:30 PM

LOCATION

First Space
Chapter Arts Centre
Market Rd
Cardiff
CF51QE

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Unlimited Connects: Wales

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 protected]. Let us know if you have any access needs we should know about.

Surgery places can be booked by emailing [email protected]

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 [email protected]

 

Click  here for more information and  free tickets

 

 

All our futures – Doing different things for a better future

Learning Disability Wales Annual Conference

Tuesday 13 – Wednesday 14 November 2018
Newport, South Wales (Accessible venue)

“All our futures” will focus on issues from childhood, through adulthood and into older age reflecting relevant key laws and policies in Wales: Improving Lives Programme, Well-being of Future Generations Act, Social Services and Well-being Act and Prosperity for All.

We will have a lively mix of interactive and informative workshops, speakers and drama including:

  • Huw Iranca-Davies AM, Minister for Children, Older People and Social Care
  • Sally Holland, Children’s Commisioner for Wales
  • Community solutions
  • Using technology
  • Improving lives programme
  • Hijinx Theatre
  • Employment

For further information, prices and booking visit our website

We still have some great sponsorship opportunities and exhibiting opportunities available. If you would like any more information about these please call me on 02920 681161.