Disability Arts Cymru AGM

Annual General Meeting Event

Monday July 1st 4pm

The Council Chamber, The Temple of Peace,  

King Edward VII Avenue, Cardiff CF10 3AP

Please do join us at this year’s AGM at the lovely Temple of Peace in Cardiff. We are delighted that artist Cerys Knighton will be talking about her fascinating pointilism art work and her current exhibition, Bipolarity, at The Gate in Cardiff.

Refreshments will be served and this will be a great opportunity to network with DAC staff and other members.

We look forward to seeing you on July 1st. If you have any questions please email:post@dacymru.com 

or telephone 029 2055 1040

National Theatre Wales

Access Forum

National Theatre Wales 2Creating Accessible productions for D/deaf communities & Safeguarding Mental Wellbeing

Thursday 27th June – 6 – 8pm
Gartholwg Learning Centre, Pontypridd


Join us at Gartholwg Learning Centre, Pontypridd, to hear from Angharad Lee (Leeway Productions) and Jamie Berry (Avant Cymru) about their experiences making accessible theatre.

Jamie will talk about how Avant Cyrmu support & safeguard the Mental Wellbeing of both Artists & participants the company works with, and the company members themselves.

Having recently conceived, directed and coproduced the groundbreaking production of The Last 5 Years, Angharad will discuss some of the challenges, discoveries and realisations she had as an artist as she moved from the initial idea to the 1st performance of this accessible musical. She will discuss the disappointments as well as the successes and welcomes questions, observations and a continued dialogue.

There will also be plenty of time for discussion and questions.

BSL Interpretation will be provided by Claire Anderson.

The Access Forum is a free event. Please let us know if you are coming by emailing accessforum@nationaltheatrewales.org.


Pointillism Art and Wellbeing Workshop at The Gate (Free event)

The Pulpit Cafe Bar, the Gate, Cardiff

Wednesday July 17th, 2-3pm



Also known as dotwork, pointillism is a drawing technique which involves delicately layering individual dots to build textures and images. Pointillist artist Cerys Knighton has found this technique to be hugely beneficial in coping with mental ill health. During this workshop, Cerys will provide pens, art paper and drawing outlines, so that you can try out different textures with pointillism, either starting a drawing from scratch or taking an outline and using pointillism as a form of shading/colouring – no drawing ability is required, this is just a space to experiment with pointillism! Your creations will be all yours to take home.

This workshop will take place alongside Cerys’s ‘Bipolarity’ exhibition, so there will also be a chance to have a look around at the artwork of the exhibition.

Please note this is a Free event – but spaces are limited so booking in advance is recommended
Click here for tickets

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.



The Big MaDCaff Project – Volunteers and performers needed

The Big MaDCaff Project has started – now we need YOU

Yes, very excitingly, we have begun work on the project and now all we need is several dozen volunteers, a load of venues, lots of training, a sackful of cake and a jamboree of Musicians, Dancers and performers of any kind.
Click here for more information about this exciting project

Your DAC membership needs to be renewed (please)

We would like to thank all our members for supporting Disability Arts Cymru over the past year.  Our new membership year commenced on 1st April and we have been contacting our members asking them to renew their membership once again

All members have been contacted by email or post by  Sue Pound, our Finance  and Administration Coordinator, giving details of how  to renew membership and reminders have recently been issued . Thanks to all our members who have renewed their membership.  However, if you haven’t done so  yet, please could you respond as soon as possible so that we can continue to keep you on our contact database.  If you would like to renew your membership via our website you can do so by clicking on this  link.

If you have any queries about renewing your membership or need assistance with the form, please ring our Cardiff office on 02920551040 and we will be happy to help – please note that the office is staffed  on Monday-Thursdays only.

Please note that our Annual General Meeting will be on 1st July 2019 at The Temple of Peace,  Cardiff.  We will only be able to send out information about that meeting to those who have renewed their membership.

Thank you for continuing to support DAC.

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.

Fundraising event for Touch Trust


Sunday, 14 July 2019 7:00pm – FFRESH, WMC , Cardiff



Dilys Price OBE, founder of Touch Trust and Guinness World Record holder for skydiving will share her knowledge, her passions and her experiences for a unique evening in the Wales Millennium Centre.

Dilys is an exceptional character who has transformed the experiences of thousands of people with profound multiple disabilities and those living with autism through the development of the Touch Trust method.

Highly entertaining, with a wicked sense of fun, this fantastic octogenarian will share her stories in the intimate setting of Ffresh, within the Wales Millennium Centre.

Based on her Ted Talk, Dilys will also share what drives her and what makes her happy.

Click here for more information and  tickets

Yello Brick

Announcing Summer playARK

We have been a little quiet for the last few months and thought it was time to relaunch and bring people together again for a bit of Play!

We’ve put together a programme of events for the summer that includes a new game, a reboot of one of our classic street games as well as a night of fun mini games.

What is playARK?

For those who have never been to a playARK event, it is a place where people can play, make and test games. We aim to make cities more playful and bring people together through shared playful experiences.

The games you will discover at playARK often take place in public spaces, can be high tech or low tech, sometimes they are serious, sometimes they are silly, often they are both.

We want to build a community of people interested in games, play and making! If you are interested in bringing a game to playARK or have any questions about our upcoming events please get in touch.

Cold Case

2nd June

14:00 – 16:00

Wales Millennium Centre


Our new detective game in a box: Cold Case. The only evidence that remains of this unsolved murder is stored in this box.  Listen to the police interviews, trawl through the evidence and state your case.

 Can you find what police missed?

Get Your FREE Tickets



28th July

14:00 – 16:00

Wales Millennium Centre


We are putting on a micro-festival of mini-games. We will have a selection of some of our favourites for you to play. Games will be taking place inside and outside. Play to win and play for fun!

Be prepared for silliness!

Get Your FREE Tickets


Street Game

25th August

14:00 – 16:00

Wales Millennium Centre


We have been thinking that it’s been a little while since we played a street game across Cardiff. So we are currently turning thinking into making. This will be a reboot of one of our classic street games.

More details soon…

 Buy Your Tickets Now

playARK is created by yellobrick.

We create meaningful experiences that place audiences at the centre of the story.

Our work is bold, challenging, curious and playfully disruptive.

Find out more: www.yellobrick.co.uk

Learning Disability Wales

Effective Communication with People with a Learning Disability

20 June in Cardiff

Our Effective Communication course aims to help those that work with people with a learning disability play a role in helping those they support live their life to the full and be included.

We will be working with delegates on the concepts and techniques which underpin and make possible effective communication with people with a learning disability.

Delegates will have the opportunity to develop their communication skills, and learn about a range of communication concepts and techniques that can be used to facilitate effective communication with people with a learning disability.

For more information and to book your place, please click on the link below.

Click here to book your place

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me on 029 2068 1174.

Inacia Rodrigues

Training  & Events Coordinator