You’re Invited to the Showing of PARADE

ADDO Creative Arts Consultancy

Parade is a multi-media sound and film installation created by John Rea

Maindee Library, 79 Chepstow Road, Newport NP19 8BY


Thursday 14 Feb, 8pm / Friday 15 Feb, 8pm / Saturday 16 Feb, 2pm + 6pm

PARADE is a multi-media installation by John Rea that presents a new and unique view of Maindee, featuring the people themselves. It will involve special performances of the work in Maindee Library, alongside the launch of a specially designed online portal featuring individual portraits, that highlight the personal histories, opinions, and issues that matter to the people of Maindee, in their own words. It is hoped these sound portraits convey something of what it means to live in the area, in a new and revealing way, by giving a platform for the people to speak: the true voices of those who live, study, work, volunteer, and worship here.

This commission has been co-curated by Joanne Sutton (Maindee Unlimited) and Sarah Pace (Addo) and was funded as part of Finding Maindee – a three-year project supported by the Arts Council of Wales’ Ideas: People: Places strategic programme, which aims to test new models of regeneration and collaboration through the arts. Finding Maindee was part-funded by the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, Garfield Weston Charitable Trust and the Landfill Tax Credit Scheme through Newport City Council.

Llyfrgell Maindee Library is run by dedicated volunteers and managed by the trustees of registered charity, Maindee Unlimited. It is built upon a love for books, community solidarity, coffee and the preservation of services for future generations.

Female Expression Exhibition

Queen Street Gallery, Neath

Saturday 2nd – Saturday 23rd February

44, Queen Street, Neath SA11 1DL

01639 631081

Free Admission

An exhibition curated by Jocelyn Prosser. 

An exhibition celebrating the female form. Each artist will give a unique and deeply personal expression of the female condition. Although diverse there is a bond in this exhibition that connects. It reveals the strength and fragility within the female psyche.

Disability Arts Cymru artist, Cerys Knighton, has several pieces of her stunning pointilism work displayed as part of the exhibition and it is well worth a visit. 

For further information please go here


Opening Times:

Wednesday – Saturday 10am – 4pm or by appointment


Shape Open – Submissions are Open!

Shape Open 2019

shapeartsThe Shape Open is our annual exhibition of artwork by disabled and non-disabled artists created in response to a disability-centred theme. This year the Open will be hosted by Nunnery Gallery, at Bow Arts and the theme is ‘In Circles’.

Are we going around in circles? Disability Arts and the mainstream have long run parallel to one another whilst rarely converging. The conversations surrounding this divide have seemingly circled but what has come of it?

Submit your work for consideration before noon, Monday 15 April 2019. Full details can be found here.

Vacancy: Director

Llantarnam Grange Arts Centre

Llantarnam Grange Arts Centre seeks a Director with strong leadership skills,  passion for the visual and applied arts, an understanding of the value of lifelong learning, and a commitment to achieving positive impacts with our communities. 

Our nationally renowned Arts Centre is the regional centre for the applied arts in South East Wales. We welcome over 50,000 visitors each year to our unique venue in the heart of Cwmbran, which includes galleries, a craft shop, learning spaces and a café. Our outreach work reaches across borders and our dynamic and exciting exhibitions tour to venues across the United Kingdom and Europe.

We have worked with the Arts Council of Wales on a programme of Resilience and our programme of work is set out in our new Business Plan 2018-2022, with challenging yet achievable objectives.

The Director will lead Llantarnam Grange Arts Centre in our goal for artistic excellence, community service, inclusive learning, financial stability, fundraising success, and audience engagement.

Salary: £30,000 – £35,000 subject to skills and experience FTE. 30 hours per week (part time). May consider full time.

If you would like to be part of our future please download the Director Recruitment Pack, Business Plan, Application Form and Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form below:

Director Recruitment Pack
Business Plan
Job Application Form – Director LGAC
Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form

Please send your completed application via email with ‘LGAC Director’ as the subject line to

Or posted to:

Private and Confidential
Elaine Cabuts
Chair of the Board of Trustees 
Llantarnam Grange Arts Centre
St David’s Road
Torfaen NP44 1PD

The closing date for applications is: 24:00hrs 24 February 2019.

12 March 2019 – Venue tour, presentations to staff and interviews.

If you wish to have an informal chat about the role, please contact Elaine Cabuts on 07803 707984 or

Power Play Exhibition

Barnabas Arts House

New Ruperra Street

Newport NP20 2BB

5th February – 2nd March

Power Play is the exhibition of poetry and art by Mair De Gare Pitt and Disability Arts Cymru member Jill Powell.

Private View Friday 8th February at 7pm

Gallery opening times: Tuesday – Friday 9.30 -4.30, Saturday 9.30 -1pm


Bay Art – Launch of 6 Artists Exhibition

Bay Art, 54B/C Bute Street Cardiff Bay CF10 5AF

Saturday 2nd February 2019 2-5pm



We would like to invite you to Bay Art for the Launch of the 6 Artists Exhibition on Saturday 2nd February from 2pm
The Exhibition will be opened by artist Rachel Gadsden and there will be a discussion with the artists followed by the private view from 3 – 5pm

We do hope to see you at what will be a fascinating event.

Exhibition continues 5th February 2019- 1st March 2019

For further information

DAC Open Exhibition 2019 – Call for entries

The theme of this year’s open exhibition is ‘Trust’

Open to D/deaf and disabled artists and those with long term physical and/or mental health conditions, residing in Wales, aged 16 and over.
Entry fee – £7.50 per entry
Closing date 14th June 2019




Image by Vivi-Mari Carpelan  – The impossibility of sleeplessness and Damien Hirst doesn’t exactly help

Through our DAC Annual Exhibition we showcase and tour the work of Wales-based disabled and D/deaf artists or those living with long term physical and/or mental health conditions. It is an open exhibition including work from up-and-coming artists and those who have been working as professional artists for many years. Our aim is to raise profiles; increasing the likelihood of sales, enabling the progression of careers in the creative sector; building relationships between peers and exhibiting venues. We show a variety of forms and media; DAC supports artists working across all art forms, therefore giving as many artists as possible the opportunity to include their work.

We welcome entries under the theme of ‘Trust’ – It is intended as a broad theme open to wider interpretation
The full exhibition will take place at: Celf O Gwmpas, Llandrindod Wells.
A smaller touring exhibition will then show at the following venues:
Cyfarthfa Castle Museum & Gallery, Merthyr Tydfil
Theatr Clwyd, Mold

Entry criteria: One entry per person
Visual art mediums accepted: drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, ceramics, collage.
Exhibition ready – All 2D work must be framed – with ‘d rings’ and picture wire/string attached for hanging. Size Limit: 1m x 1m
Work for sale: A commission will be taken for any work sold – commission rates will vary depending on the exhibition venue.
Entries must be submitted by 14th June 2019.
Due to the size of the venues there is a limit to the number of pieces that can be exhibited. Work must adhere to the Exhibiting Policy and DAC will select the work to be exhibited if there is over-submission. DAC reserve the right to accept or reject any work for inclusion in the show. In the event your work is not exhibited in at least one venue your entry fee will be returned.
Chosen work must be delivered to the DAC head office or stated venue by 28th June 2019 .
Work must be available for the duration of the exhibition which will run between July and December 2019.

Please submit a clear image of your work with your application.
Images can be submitted by post (A4 size) or via email as an attachment with a high resolution (300dpi) to or uploaded directly via the following link

All artists must be members of DAC (you may join at the time of submission including your completed membership form alongside your entry form )

For further information please contact or


DAC Open Exhibition – Mostyn, Llandudno

We are very excited to host the DAC annual Exhibition at Mostyn, Llandudno  in the coming weeks.

Venue: MOSTYN, 12 Vaughan Street

Llandudno LL30 1AB

11th Jan – 4th March 2019

Opening times: Tuesday – Sunday 10.30am – 4.00pm





Image ‘On the Edge of Restoration’ – Cerys Knighton

DAC Presents…

On The Edge­_  2018 Open Exhibition

A collection of 21 artworks submitted by DAC members; consisting of D/deaf and disabled artists, or those living with long term physical and/or mental health.

On the Edge is the title for DAC’s 2018 Open Exhibition; DAC members were asked to react to this title and submit work based on their own interpretation. The exhibition includes a wide range of work from artists at varying points in their creative development.

DAC’s aim is to raise the profile of the artists involved; increasing artwork sales; support and develop career progression and to build relationships between peers and with exhibiting venues.


Bay Art

Six Artists 

02 February – 01 March 2019 

Vivi Mari Carpelan, Jo Shapland, Lou Lockwood, Gemma Jayne Paine, Rachel Wellbeing and Jan Williams.


BayArt Gallery

54 Bute Street


CF10 5AF

This exhibition is a partnership project with Disability Arts Cymru. These artists all possess a particular voice and a form of articulation. Some use their art to reflect upon their various disabilities, sometimes through humour, sometimes as critique or as challenge. Some are investigating material itself through their own physical capabilities or are using materiality as metaphor. They are artists who all show serious commitment to developing their own ‘voice’ and furthering their individual practices. There is no overall conceptual criteria or thematic link other than all of the artists being members of DAC, and the exhibition will highlight their particularities and individual strengths. 


The Art of Walking Slowly

Sun 3 February 2019

11:00 am – 4.00 pm


Walking workshop with Jo Shapland

“A body in life is more than a body merely alive” Eugenio Barber.

Jo Shapland will take you to some interesting locations within and near to BayArt where she will share some of her approaches, showing you ways to sensitize to your own body and your surroundings at a deeper level.

This workshop will happen indoors and outdoors, whatever the weather, so please dress appropriately (waterproofs or sun cream…who knows?)! If you play a musical instrument you are welcome to bring it. Drawing materials will also be available. No prior experience necessary, Jo simply asks you to be open to what you might discover!

Here are some of the things you will do:-

In the gallery: Work in pairs. Blindfold walking. Individually/whole group: Try out the Noh walk. Get a feel for jo ha kyuin the rhythm of each step.

…All this is the preparation for going out

Outside in the bay: Walk together silently to specific places. Walk slowly in these places. Can you see the rhythm of the walk in surroundings?

Back at Bay Art: Writing and drawing about the experience. Sound-making too. Various explorations, depending on the group.


Jo Shapland’s 30 year practice has for some years focused on ‘the art of walking slowly’ as a creative sourcing point for her site-sensitive performance/installations and drawings.

The essence of all of her work is dance; it is always about movement whether that be changes in materials and objects, film imagery or the body moving through space. This flows from her fundamental concern with relating to and responding to nature and the desire to witness the environment through the body.

Recent projects include: creating and performing “Told by the Wind”, made in collaboration with the Llanarth Group, touring internationally. Jo’s “Being in Place” Creative Wales Major Award project led to nature-connected Rites of Passage and to build a ritualized practice of nature immersion. To this end, since 2016 Jo has been training with The Helpers Mentoring Society and since 2015 Jo has co-facilitated nature immersion for The Art of Mentoring UK. These celebrate, animate and respond to traditional rite and ceremony from specific indigenous cultures and have a big influence on Jo’s current work.

To book a place please go here


Sat 9 February 2019

11:00 am  – 3.00 pm


Limewash workshop with Jan Williams

The workshop will introduce the history of Lime-wash, its use as an architectural painting medium and the ways it can be used to create paintings. You will look at the traditional colours and materials used to tint Lime-wash, and will be of particular interest to anyone who is interested in the use of traditional environmentally friendly paints.

During the day you will complete one or more paintings using Lime-wash. All equipment – paint and painting boards will be provided as will all safety masks, eye protection and aprons. Please bring source material with you to inspire your painting, for example – photographs or drawings of a favourite landscape or place that is special to you. By the end of this workshop you will have created a painting or paintings that you will be able to take home.


Jan Williams is an artist based in Cardiff, Wales. She was brought up on a farm near Brecon in Mid Wales. She has a studio in the Kings Road Artists Studios, based in the Pontcanna area of the city. Her work focuses on concerns with memory, identity, the temporary, the transient and a sense of place. Marking the passage of time and the ambiguity of transitional states are also interests that she explores through the medium of paint, photography and installation.

The use of lime-wash is significant in her practice as it is a memory from her childhood of the annual lime-washing of the cowsheds and buildings on the family farm.

Jan completed an MFA at Cardiff School of Art and Design Cardiff Metropolitan University in 2012. Recent shows include 2017 October – Penarth Pier Gallery, Disability Arts Cymru, Selected artists from Wales. Selected artists from Wales. Jun – Dec 2017, Disability Arts Cymru, Annual Exhibition, Oriel Ynys Mon.

To book a place please go here

Journey Book

Sat 16 February 2019

11:00 am – 3.00pm


Journey book workshop with Gemma Jayne Paine

This collage workshop will help you to build a journey book of your life or a chapter in your life, in a very tactile form – quite different from the digitised version of your life.

Please bring memory prompts/aide-mémoire for example old photographs and materials that can be pasted or sewn, cut or torn – for example old photographs, postcards, tickets, postage stamps, poetry, short pieces of text and found objects.

During the workshop you will construct a sculptural four page book. All materials will be provided


Gemma Jayne Paine is a textile artist. Recent work includes tributes to women such as Rosie the Riveter, and many famous women in the entertainment industry for example Dolly Parton, Marilyn Monroe.

Represented on Outside In – a platform for artists who face barriers to the art world – Gemma has created a distinctive pathway. Gemmas experience includes using her creative skills in mental health day; care arranging exhibitions with Butetown History and Arts Centre,involvement with the Womens Arts Association. Recent exhibitions include ‘Gemma Jayne Paine. A retrospective’ at Cardiff Bay Pierhead 2018, ‘Made with Love’ The Factory Porth 2016.

To book a place please go here