DAC Poetry Competition – Closing date 21st January

Please send in your entries – the winning poem will be awarded a voucher to the value of £450 towards a course at Ty Newydd .


Entry criteria

You can enter by post , email or on our website                             

Poems can be in English or Welsh.

Poems should be on the theme of On the Edge They must be typed/clearly written and not longer than 40 lines.

Poems should be unpublished and must be your original work.

All poems are judged anonymously and should not bear your name, or any other form of identification. On a separate sheet of paper /in the body of your email you should give

a) your name and address,

b) title(s) of the poems submitted.

Up to 2 poems may be submitted on payment of the appropriate fee: £5 for one poem or £8 for 2. Cheques should be made payable to DISABILITY ARTS CYMRU.

A selection of poems will be chosen to be part of an e-publication.

Once entered, poems cannot be withdrawn from the competition. It is regretted that no entries can be returned, so keep a copy of your work.

The decision of the adjudicators will be final, and there can be no correspondence concerning the result. Please note this is a competition and there is no guarantee that your poetry will be chosen and the fee is non-refundable

No alterations can be made to a poem once it has been submitted.The winners will be notified by post or email by 1st March 2019.

Staff and board members of DAC are not eligible to enter.

There will be one prize of a voucher to the value of £450 redeemable against a 2019 writing course at Ty Newydd plus reasonable travel costs.

To upload your poem via Airtable click on  https://airtable.com/shrnnUbxMvdO4UXw1

Or send my email to post@dacymru.com

Glynn Vivian Gallery

Request for Swansea Residents

Glynn Vivian Gallery  Have you recently been to Glynn Vivian Art Gallery?

  Do you visit all the time?
  Either way, we want to hear from you!

Glynn Vivian is looking for Swansea residents to take part in a unique public workshop (tea and biscuits provided…) where we’ll discuss:

  • What you value in a good day (or evening) out
  • How you feel about what there is to see, eat and do in Swansea
  • What Glynn Vivian is doing well – and could be doing better
  • What you’d like to see us offer at the evenings and weekends
  • How we can get the word out about what we’re doing

This will help us to improve Glynn Vivian Art Gallery – making a better experience for people like you.

The three hour workshop will be on Thursday 31 January,14:30 – 17:00 at Glynn Vivian.
If you would like to take part and have your say, get in touch with Laura on 01792 516900, email Laura.Gill@swansea.gov.uk or let us know at the Gallery reception desk.

Young Artist Award 2019 – Closing Date 19th January

Sir Leslie Joseph Young Artist Award 2019

Glynn Vivian GalleryThe Award will enable the winner to hold his/her first professional exhibition at the Glynn Vivian.

Closing date: 19 Jan 2019 5pm

Glynn Vivian

Alexandra Road Swansea SA1 5DZ

The biennial Sir Leslie Joseph Young Artist Award has grown in status and prestige since its inception in 1996, and is a joint venture between the Friends of the Glynn Vivian and the Gallery itself. The Award has been made possible by a generous donation received from the late Sir Leslie Joseph.

The Award will enable the winner to hold his/her first professional exhibition at the Glynn Vivian.

Glynn Vivian Art Gallery reopened in October 2016, after a multimillion pound redevelopment which has been funded by the Arts Council of Wales, Swansea Council, the Welsh Government, the Heritage Lottery Fund and Cadw. Funding was also secured through the Building Enhancement Programme grant scheme run by Swansea Council and funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

Entry is free and the basic criteria for eligibility are:

  • AGE: Between 21 and 35 years at the closing date for entries
  • EDUCATION: To have been undertaken in Wales at some stage in career

The award will consist of:

  • An exhibition of the winning artist’s work at the Gallery between September and November 2019
  • An official opening with associated publicity
  • The services of a professional photographer to record the exhibition


For further information please go here

The applications will be judged, the selected artists interviewed and the winner announced at the end of February 2019.

GwylGrai / RawFfest


GwylGrai / RawFfest Youth Arts Festival 2019

Stand by on 24th January for the launch of our website with details of the festival core programme. Tickets will go on sale from WMC at £5 day, £10 day & evening, with a limited number of weekend tickets at £20.

RawFfest will take over WMC from 25th – 28th April 2019. It is for 14 – 25 year olds and is planned by young people for young people. It’s fun, innovative and surprising.

We value the original over the copy, the quirky over the conventional, the daring over the dull. RawFfest showcases the best of youth arts today.

To find out more go to our website

Hijinx – Premier of New Show

Into The Light

A Hijinx (Wales) and Teatro La Ribalta (Bolzano) production in association with Frantic Assembly in partnership with Sherman Theatre (Cardiff) and Danza Mobile (Seville)

Hijinx and Teatro La Ribalta’s Into The Light is a daring physical theatre production about the right to be seen and heard, performed by those we need to see and hear.

Sherman Theatre, Senghennydd Road, Cardiff CF24 4YE

Preview – 14 February 7.30pm  £15
15 & 16 February 7.30pm  £15 – £22 
Concessions £2 off 
Under 25 half price 

Main House 
90m (no interval) 
Light sensitivity, complete darkness and loud music

To book tickets online please visit – https://www.shermantheatre.co.uk/performance/theatre/into-the-light/

For a complete listing of tour dates please go here

Into The light premieres at the Sherman Theatre in Cardiff on the 15 February 2019 prior to touring England, Wales and Italy in March and April 2019.

  • Directed by BAFTA nominated director/co-founder of Frantic Assembly, Scott Graham and Krista Vuori.
  • The international cast includes neurotypical and learning disabled actors from Wales, Italy and Spain.
  • Hijinx are Wales’ leading inclusive theatre company. Their mission is to create provocative, challenging contemporary theatre with brilliant collaborators – always including those who have a learning disability or are neurodivergent.

Into The Light is a powerful piece of Physical Theatre that has been devised by the company over the last three years. It explores the bittersweet attraction of the spotlight, and our constant desire for interaction and connection through social media. What does it mean to be in the light? Why do we strive for a presence and a need to be understood?

Featuring an inclusive cast of nine performers from three European countries, this show seeks to bring exposure to unique capabilities of neurodivergent and Down’s Syndrome performers.

Scott Graham witnessed first-hand the unique capabilities of Hijinx actors having led a residency course for them in 2013. Scott said “This is an emotive, honest and touching show where the performers will confound your expectations. It will blow your socks off.

“The diverse cast may not all share the same spoken language, but they all have a commonality in being able to tell a story and connect with the audience. This unique show reminds us that there’s a risk in stepping out into the limelight but that we all need to be acknowledged. We need to know that we’re alive.”

Into The Light, an exhilarating, beautiful and bold evening of entertainment, is supported by Arts Council Wales, Lottery Funding, Welsh Government, Arts Council England, Frantic Assembly and Sherman Theatre.


Connect with Hijinx Theatre online at: www.hijinx.org.uk on Twitter @hijinxtheatre instagram @hijinxtheatre Facebook at HijinxTheatre and YouTube atHijinxTheatreCompany #HIntoTheLight



Pasccal – Call for Artists

Open Call – Paralympics Exhibition

The exhibition is the final part of a research project which aims to explore the mediatisation of the Paralympics in the public eye and how these views influence our understanding of disability.

We are looking for artists to create responses to themes in the research which will form a public art exhibition in June 2019 at Asia House, London. Asia House is located near Oxford Circus and Regents Street W1G 7LP.

We are open to all forms of art, one piece of art per artist to be submitted. A fee of £2,000 per artist to cover time and materials will be paid to artists chosen to take part in the exhibition.

The exhibition will aim to make an important contribution to public awareness of disability and seek to highlight voices of people with disabilities.

You can find out more about the research project via http://pasccal.com

For further details about the project please email kerrie.oconnell.creative.rock@gmail.com

Artist Submission Process

We ask each artist to submit an idea of how they would interpret one of the themes from the research. Some of the themes include:

Spectacle – of watching the Paralympics – Paralympics as a form of entertainment, reinforced ideas, existing hierarchies of disability.

Political  – correctness, polite, distancing & discomfort when talking about disability from the public.

Attempts –  to ‘make sense’ of disability – media representation of disability and para-sports within the context of other marginalised groups i.e. gender, race and sexuality

Lack  – of public awareness of specific sports e.g. boccia and goalball as well as other sporting competitions for varying disabilities.

Emotional – backstory/narratives to Paralympians – explaining their disability, the acquired disability.

Please produce a short description of what your idea would be and how it is related to the research theme. A short description of the art work should include: size of work, form of art (2d, 3d, film, installation), you may also ask will the art work be interactive? (participatory). If a performance piece, include length of performance, location in space, how & where will the audience watch?

All the ideas from each artist will be submitted to a selection panel at the University of Bath for the beginning of February.  We are looking for eight to twelve artists for the exhibition in total.

Please send your idea and a brief description by January 31st if you would like to be involved. Please email or phone if you struggle to meet this deadline for idea submission.

Feel free to contact Kerrie O’Connell if you have any questions  on 07951603992

Miri Mawr Arts Company are looking for a Lead Musician

Miri Mawr Arts Company are looking for a Lead Musician FOR A PAID project.

Sensory, immersive, Welsh language theatre project aimed at ages 5 and under. Taking place in Denbighshire. Looking for a musician to compose, create sound effects, bring opportunities for our little audience to use instruments and lead your team of 6th form music students

Miri Mawr Arts Company in partnership with Making Sense CIC have been awarded the, Experiencing the Arts-Creative Collaborations fund via the Arts Council of Wales.  We have a very exciting project that will take place across the Prestatyn schools cluster.  We are looking for a Welsh speaking/Welsh learner lead musician from North Wales for the project.

For more information, please contact Lowri-Mair Owen Artistic Director for Miri Mawr Arts Company  –info@mirimawr.wales


New Years Honour

Congratulations to Jane Latham

We were delighted to hear that Jane Latham of UCAN Productions has been awarded the British Empire Medal in this year’s New Years Honours list. UCAN Productions is a performance and creative arts co-operative for blind and partially sighted children, young people and their friends that Jane has co-ordinated tirelessly for many years. Jane’s passion for supporting blind and visually impaired young people to enable them to live fulfilling creative lives can be seen with the success so many members of UCAN have achieved.  Under Jane’s determined, generous and talented hand young people across Wales have flourished. DAC have partnered with UCAN on several projects so have seen first hand the dedication both Jane and her husband Bernie have committed to this brilliant company. It is reassuring that all their wonderful hard work has been recognised and an award has been given to such a deserving person and organisation, congratulations.

Upcycling and Mobility Training

Recycling of Medical Aids

UMT are a non for profit Social Enterprise CIC where they save used community mobility equipment that is destined to be scrapped.  They repair, refurbish and upcycle the equipment helping with the circular economy.

Their aim is to have a warehouse where they will offer volunteer and job opportunities to veterans with PTSD and mental ill health initially and once the structure is in place they will open their offer to disabled and less able bodied people.

The aids will be offered at a greatly reduced cost for individuals who wish to purchase equipment that has not been up cycled or a little more when a item has been refurbished in bespoke colours and materials.

Equipment that is not suitable for its intended use is upcycled into garden boxes, seats, trollies which are all raised to help wheelchair users garden.

For more information about training and upcycling work please visit umtcare.org.uk