Ffilm Cymru Wales’ latest round of Audience Access awards will continue to support Welsh venues and festivals to provide a dynamic and diverse variety of cinematic experiences for people right across Wales.

For the first time, new funding awards were made to Kotatsu Japanese Animation Festival and Bangor’s Pontio Arts Centre. Running at Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff between 28th and 30th September, and at Aberystwyth Arts Centre on the 20th and 21st October, the Kotatsu Japanese Animation Festival will help audiences explore the latest and best in Japanese animation with films to suit all ages, as well as workshops and masterclasses with Japanese animators. The funding award will support Kotatsu in continuing to build new audiences, working alongside local community, youth and refugee groups to widen the festival’s reach.

Pontio Arts Centre’s new funding will support their project encouraging the community in Bangor to make the most of their local independent cinema. Their initiatives include providing more Welsh-language cinema, community interaction through volunteering, creating access for families with children with additional needs, and continuing the venue’s engagement of student and young audiences through film, gaming and interactive content. 

In addition to the new awards, Ffilm Cymru continued to invest in three established film festivals to advance their expansion and reach new audiences.

Read more here.

‘2023’ by Illumine Theatre


Cardiff, 2023 – a law passed in Westminster in 2005 has just come into force. Children told they were born from donated eggs or sperm, upon turning 18, are now entitled to know the identity of their donor parent.

Mary seeks out sperm donor Chris, knocking his world asunder. In this new era, where racial tensions run high, she wants answers. Who are her half-siblings? Could she have inherited her deafness? And is Chris prepared to risk his marriage and own family plans to help her feel she belongs?

2023 has been developed with support from academics and researchers in the fields of gamete donation and D/deafness.

  • By: Lisa Parry
  • Director:  Zoë Waterman


Preview 3 October £10/£8

BSL interpretation: 11 October

Post show talks:

  • 5 October: Science and Ethics in ‘2023’ 
  • 11 October: Talk with cast and creatives (BSL interpreted) 

Every performance will be captioned

Produced by Illumine Theatre, with support from Arts Council Wales, the Unity Theatre Trust and Chapter.

Age: 14+ (contains swearing and sexual references)

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Spread the word @MettaTheatre is looking for highly skilled D/deaf, disabled & neuro-diverse actor-musicians & singers for 6 new British musicals.

Open auditions on Oct 16 & 17

Are you a collaborative, open & exceptionally talented D/deaf or Disabled or neuro-diverse actor-musician? Want to be considered for 6 new British musicals with @MettaTheatre over the next 3 years? More info www.mettatheatre.co.uk/access-auditions/

If the actors could please fill in this Google Form or if email is easier then email a CV and a self tape of them playing their instrument and/or singing a song that shows off their voice, to [email protected] with the subject heading [ACCESSIBLE AUDITIONS]. Please submit your materials by October 1st.

Metta’s Artistic Director Poppy Burton-Morgan will be meeting with successful candidates in London and Salisbury.

  • LONDON TUESDAY OCTOBER 16th – V&A Museum – Cromwell Road, Knightsbridge, London SW7 2RL

  • SALISBURY WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 17th – Wiltshire Creative (Salisbury Playhouse) – Malthouse Lane (off Fisherton Street) Salisbury SP2 7RA

More important information for actors and interested directors:

Please make us aware of any access needs and we will do our best to accommodate them in advance and on the day. An a BSL interpreter / lip-speaker / speech-to-text reporter can be provided for you if you let us know in advance and both spaces are fully accessible for wheelchair users. Parking space can be provided, and there will be a quiet area where you can prepare or rest before/after your audition. Also, please let us know if it would be helpful for us to meet you at the nearest station (London Waterloo or Southwark for the London audition, Salisbury Rail station for Salisbury) and if there’s anything we’ve not mentioned that would be helpful for you and facilitate you giving us your best on the day.

Additionally, if you need support in creating your self tape (an audio file is also fine) please contact [email protected]

If you are invited to meet, you will be given a 30 minute time slot and asked to prepare a song from one of the shows we have in development. You will also be asked to perform another song of your choosing that you feel best shows off your voice and/or instrument(s). There will be a pianist to accompany you, or you may use a backing track or accompany yourself. We are interested in your skills as a collaborator so we will probably work in depth on a short section of song – playing around with it in several different way – rather than hearing a song in full.

We will contact all successful applicants no later than 2 weeks before the audition date with materials to prepare. We will respond to all applicants who apply but we are a very small organisation so we cannot provide feedback for those that we choose not to meet.

We will respond in writing (or phone call) to everyone that we meet with clarifying whether we will offer you a role in a full production or for research and development period for any of the following projects which you may be being considered for:

Upcoming Shows:

  • IN THE WILLOWS by Poppy Burton-Morgan, Pippa Cleary and Keiran Merrick. A hip hop musical based on Kenneth Grahame’s Wind in the Willows. Touring spring 2019

  • LITTLE PRINCE by Poppy Burton-Morgan and Simon Bass. A circus musical based on the novel by Antoine de Saint Exupery. In development for production in 2019

  • COLD FRONT by Jason Carr and Poppy Burton-Morgan. An intimate new chamber musical for 2 voices, piano and cello. In development for production in 2019

  • METAMORPHOSIS by Poppy Burton-Morgan and Keiran Merrick. A hip hop musical based on the Kafka novella. Touring spring 2020.

  • WINTER HOLIDAY by Poppy Burton-Morgan and Candida Caldicot. An actor musician folk musical based on the novel by Arthur Ransome. Running at Theatre By The Lake in Keswick, Christmas 2020

  • GREAT EXPECTATIONS by Poppy Burton-Morgan and Shola Adewusi. A contemporary adaptation of the Charles Dickens novel, with a pop/jazz/soul score. In development for expected touring in spring 2021



Cymru Greadigol – Cymrodoriaeth British School at Rome 2019–20

Cymru Greadigol – Cymrodoriaeth British School at Rome 2019–20

Bydd Cymru Greadigol – Cymrodoriaeth British School at Rome yn gyfle gwerthfawr i artist ar adeg arwyddocâol yn eu gyrfa, sy’n byw yng Nghymru, i ymgymryd â phreswyliad tri mis yn Rhufain. Mae’r Gymrodoriaeth yn agored i unigolion creadigol eithriadol, uchelgeisiol a dychmygus, sydd yn gweithio ym maes y celfyddydau gweledol. Bydd yn rhoi cyfle arbennig i ddatblygu gyrfaoedd yr artistiaid a ddewiswyd, yn cynyddu proffil artistig o Gymru yn rhyngwladol, ac yn gwneud cyfraniad amhrisiadwy i’r celfyddydau gweledol yng Nghymru.

Ceir rhagor o wybodaeth ar y Gymrodoriaeth a manylion ar sut i ymgeisio yma:

Y dyddiad cau ar gyfer derbyn ceisiadau ar gyfer Cymrodoriaeth 2019–20 (i’w rhedeg rhwng Hydref a Rhagfyr 2019) yw Dydd Gwener 19 Hydref 2018.


Creative Wales–British School at Rome Fellowship 2019–20

Creative Wales–British School at Rome Fellowship 2019–20

The Creative Wales–British School at Rome Fellowship will provide a valuable opportunity for an artist at a significant juncture of their career, who lives in Wales, to undertake a three-month residency in Rome. The Fellowship is open to exceptional, ambitious and imaginative creative individuals, working within the visual arts artform. It will provide an exceptional opportunity for career development for the artists selected, increase Wales’s artistic profile internationally, and make an invaluable contribution to creative Wales.

Further information upon the Fellowship and details of how to apply can be found at

The closing date for applications for the 2019–20 Fellowship (tenable October–December 2019) is Friday 19 October 2018.


Arddangosfa Agored DAC 2018 // DAC Open Exhibition 2018 in Conwy

Hoffwn eich gwahodd i ddigwyddiad agoriadol Arddangosfa D.A.C yn yr R.C.A yng Nghonwy. Bydd yn gyfle gwych i ddangos gwaith caled a sgil ein haelodau yn ogystal â chyfle I mi gyfarfod â phobl gan fy mod yn newydd i’r swydd yn D.A.C fel Swyddog Celfyddydau rhanbarthol.

Dymuniadau gorau,


I would like to invite you to the opening event of DACs’ exhibition at the R.C.A in Conwy. It will be a great opportunity to show our members’ hard work and skill as well as a chance for me to meet with people as I am new to the post at D.A.C as regional arts officer

Kind regards


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



Unlimited Connects: Cymru

Cefnogi celfyddydau dan arweiniad artistiaid anabl yng Nghymru: trafodaeth banel a digwyddiad rhwydweithio

Dydd Llun 8 Hydref 2pm – 4pm

Ystafell Preseli, Canolfan Mileniwm Cymru 

Sut y gallai’r sector gefnogi gwaith gan artistiaid anabl yn well? Pa newid sydd wedi digwydd yn y blynyddoedd diwethaf, a beth nesaf? Wrth i raglen Unlimited Funding agor ar gyfer rownd ariannu arall ar gyfer prosiectau newydd gan artistiaid a chwmnïau sy’n creu gwaith dan arweiniad artistiaid anabl, mae’n amser allweddol i gasglu ac asesu’r cwestiynau hyn. Ymunwch â ni ar gyfer trafodaeth banel dan gadeiryddiaeth Uwch-gynhyrchydd Unlimited, Jo Verrent, gyda’r dramodydd Kaite O’Reilly, y curadur Aidan Moesby a Chynhyrchydd Cynorthwyol Canolfan Mileniwm Cymru, Jenny Sturt.

Bydd cymhorthfa un i un ar gyfer artistiaid sydd â diddordeb mewn gwneud cais i Unlimited ar gael mewn slotiau 20 munud, rhwng 12 pm-2pm a 4 pm-6pm. Bwciwch ymlaen llaw drwy e-bostio [email protected]. Rhowch wybod os oes gennych chi unrhyw anghenion o ran mynediad y dylem wybod amdanynt.

Gellir bwcio slot cymhorthfa drwy e-bostio [email protected]

Mae’r digwyddiad yn dathlu gwaith artistiaid anabl, a chefnogir y digwyddiad gan Unlimited, gyda chyllid gan Gyngor Celfyddydau Cymru.

Mae Canolfan Mileniwm Cymru yn hygyrch i gadeiriau olwyn, a bydd darpariaethau Iaith Arwyddion Prydain a thestun i iaith ar gael ar gyfer y drafodaeth banel. Bydd lle tawel ar wahân ar gael. Os oes gennych chi unrhyw ymholiadau ynghylch mynediad, cysylltwch â [email protected].

Cliciwch yma  am docynnau a gwybodaeth


British Sign Language Level 1 Intensive in Cardiff

Taking flight -

2 final spaces have just opened up on our BSL level 1 course which starts on Monday 17th September here in Cardiff.


The course lasts just 2 weeks instead of the 1 year that Level 1 usually takes to achieve. The course has been subsidised by Cyngor Celfyddydau Cymru/Arts Council of Wales so it only costs £250 instead of the usual £450. This fee includes an end of course test and certificate.

The course will have an arts vocab slant but you will still have the regular level 1 qualification.It will take place at Cardiff Deaf Club and be run by the amazing Sarona Training.

For more information or to book email [email protected]