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.

Ynys Mon a Gwynedd Mind

Ynys MonThe Four Quartets Exhibition

 

                                                                                                          Ynys Môn and Gwynedd Mind will be exhibiting work from its art project: The Four Quartets, June-July 2018 (in Holyhead and Llanberis), come and have a look!

Ucheldre Centre, Holyhead

June 7th – July 8th

Electric Mountain, Llanberis

July 11th – 16th

The art project involved four groups creating work for a quartet, exploring themes around mental health.

For more information please contact: Email: [email protected]

Phone: 01286 685 279

Jasmine French, Anti-Stigma Worker

Unit 10, Galeri, Caernarfon LL55 1SQ

www.ynysmonandgwyneddmind.co.uk

 

 

The Pierhead, Cardiff Bay

Gemma J Paine Exhibition

An opportunity to see a fascinating collection of work by DAC artist Gemma Paine.

The exhibition was opened by Jane Hutt AM and runs at the gallery upstairs in the Pierhead until the end of June.

It’s a great opportunity to see the variety of Gemma’s work over the years, focusing on Cardiff and in particular the Bay area. We send her our congratulations and very best wishes for a successful exhibition in this lovely gallery.

 

Grow Wild

Wildflowers and fungi are amazing! That’s why we’re inviting young people aged 14-25 to take part in a summer of activities and flex their creative skills.
This year Grow Wild are offering not one, but two opportunities for young people to receive £500 by making a short video application telling Grow Wild their idea and how they will spend the money.

Option 1 – Creative projects in your community (14-25).

Young people can use their interest in photography, music, drama, dance, film, visual arts or more to celebrate UK native wild flowers and fungi in fun and inventive ways.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eCadko1HS4U

Option 2 – Co-created projects for emerging artists (18-25 only)

Apply to join with others across the UK to plan an autumn exhibition at renowned arts venue, Yorkshire Sculpture Park. This will include an artist masterclass at the venue in July.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DE-qlQJwINc

Want to know more?  Visit – https://www.growwilduk.com/creative

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/.

SWANCOMM FILM FESTIVAL

 Saturday May 26th from 12pm – 3pm at
the National Waterfront Museum Swansea

 

The festival is the culmination of the LOCWS Creative Participation Programme, a collaborative project between Locws InternationalAdult Learning Wales and eight community focused organisations in Swansea:
SNAP Cymru – EYST Wales – Crisis – Gorseinon Social Centre – Toronto Place Community Centre – Bloom Swansea – Communities For Work – The Wallich

Back for the third year running SwanComm Film Festival will premier films made during our recent community film-making workshops. You will be able to meet with the film-makers and hear about their experience of making these eight unique films about Swansea.

The project saw children, young people and adults throughout Swansea gain creative film-making skills and enabled community members to come together to learn the theory and technical skills of making films as diverse as documentary, comic-horror, and animated movies.

Under the engaging instruction of local filmmakers Jamie Panton and David Marchant, the groups gained skills in interview techniques, camera work, directing, animation, filming on location, lighting and audio. Eight film-making courses were held and were attended by participants as young as 7 years and as wise as 58 years, participants over the age of 16 were also given the opportunity to gain accreditations courtesy of Adult Learning Wales.

SwanComm Film Festival aims to bring the City together to hear the voices of the community as they talk about their experiences of living in Swansea.

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Ffilm Cymru Wales

CHILDREN’S STORIES COME TO LIFE WITH HATCH

Ffilm Cymru, the development agency for film in and of Wales, has launched a new programme to support the development of live-action family films.
                                                                                                                                       Ffilm Cymru’s ‘Hatch’ programme will develop up to four live-action family films based on existing IP and will support filmmaker and venue understanding of how to cater for that audience. Targeted training events and activities that bring kids into the development process will provide filmmakers with a unique opportunity to gain feedback from their target audience and to benefit from the advice of experts in the field.

Hatch is a response to the relative scarcity of independent live-action family films currently in the market, which corresponds with a lack of culturally and socially diverse film stories for families and children to enjoy. A partnership with respected children’s publisher Chicken House Books, Ffilm Cymru’s programme is launched on the heels of their new Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan, which identifies age as an area of focus, along with gender, sexuality, disability, race & ethnicity, socio-economic status and the Welsh language.

As with all of Ffilm Cymru’s film funding, feature length projects involving a wales born or based writer, director or producer will be prioritised. Projects with Welsh cultural value will also be considered. Hatch projects will also need to be based on existing IP, whether that be a book, game, stage play or other form of IP.

Writers or writer/producer teams interested in applying to take part in the programme can register to attend a free training event in Cardiff on the 29th May here.

This first Hatch training event will include panel sessions with industry experts covering subjects such as Genre in the Market, Book to Film Adaptations, Engaging Audiences, and Commercialising IP, and includes a free networking lunch. Speakers include Matthew Baker from Hanway, Tim Collins, The Brand Director, The Observer’s Simran Hans, and Sam Missingham, founder of Lounge Books and previously Head of Audience Development at Harper Collins.

The deadline for Hatch applications is the 27th June at 17:30. Full guidelines and the application form for Ffilm Cymru’s Hatch programme can be found on their website.

Individuals interested in having their say about the current film provision for family audiences, can take part in Ffilm Cymru’s survey here.

Ffilm Cymru’s Hatch programme will be followed by Fledgling: a programme orientated around films for the distinct young adult demographic, which they welcome partnership on.

Helfa Gelf Open Studios

Registration Extended!
 
  As we have no booklet deadline this year, registrations have been extended and you can now register up to 11th June!
 
The Open Studios will run across the four weekends of September as usual :
7th – 9th, 14th – 16th, 21st – 23rd and 28th – 30th, with optional late night opening on Fridays (also as usual!)
 

In addition we have a super range of exhibition and residency opportunities for members at galleries across North Wales, including:

collaborations at Tŷ Pawb and UnDegUn, Wrecsam
a new collaboration with Plas Glyn y Weddw
a new residency at Stiwdio Maelor
a repeat of the popular exhibition at the beautiful Oriel Brondanw
a superb opportunity for artists with an interest in using new technology for their creative practice at Arloesi Pontio InnovationCall_out_Edge_2_Pontio .docx

Again there will be:
residencies at Galeri Caernarfon and Ruthin Craft Centre
exhibitions at the café at Oriel Mostyn
and lots more !
 
The first stage of our website makeover is now unveiled and it includes a simplified online registration process – if you are re-registering you will be asked to check and update last year’s information, new members will need to input their details …… so ensure you have all particulars to hand.   Go to www.helfagelf.co.uk to register.
Payment this year will only be possible by credit or debit card. 
 
Having not raised prices significantly for many years, this year we are raising existing price bands slightly, and introducing new price bands:
Silver (for one artist)                                           £70
Gold I (up to 3 artists),                                        £120                                   
Gold II (4 – 9 artists),                                          £185
Gold III (10 + artists)                                         £250
However as part of our shiny new look, group pages will now feature an entry of art image, name and brief contact details for each artist.   Make sure you are included if you want to be considered for an exhibition!
Bronze (webpage only) remains the same at        £35
Finally, as outlined in the last mailing, at the request of our funders, but also in response to feedback from last year, we are not going to produce the big booklet this year – for one thing it has proved almost impossible to produce a booklet with legible print and maps for the money we have available.  Instead we will shortly bring out a leaflet with details of our event and from the money saved by this we can fund better distribution and better promotion via the clusters, plus more emphasis on digital marketing via social media and the website, and online generally. 
This will include year round integrated social media coverage including Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, and linking into ‘featured artist of the week’ on the website, plus an improved website including:
mobile friendly website
cluster maps downloadable as pdf
fully interactive maps on website
improved search facility which shows which studios open each day
personalisable downloadable trail map for visitors.
 
We are very excited by the possibilities this year, and we hope you can join us! 
Please email [email protected] if you have any questions.
 

Aberration on the Red Carpet

17 May 2018 at 7pm – Aberystwyth Arts Centre Studio

 FREE ADVANCE TICKETS FROM ABERYSTWYTH ARTS CENTRE BOX OFFICE BY PHONE OR IN PERSON ONLY. QUOTE THE BOOKING CODE ‘AVOCADO’

A showcase of short films from the Iris Prize and creative writing from the Write It Out community project.

Featuring the premiere of our own Aberration film, “Avocados Are Not the Only Fruit” with Maj Ikle one of DAC’s West Wales members making her directorial debut.

This is a free event to mark IDAHOBIT Day (International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia). Come and celebrate our LGBTQ+ fabulousness through community stories, poems and films.

Made possible by: Iris Prize, Literature Wales, SpringOut, Enfys Aber, Aberystwyth University and Aberystwyth Arts Centre.

Read about it on Aberration’s Blog

See Maj Ikle’s own blog