Altered Ego Project

Altered Ego Exhibition 

Here at DAC we have been looking forward to the culmination of this brilliant project for some time, do hope you will be able to join us at the launch event on Thursday 18th April at 2.30pm

To accompany the exhibition opening, there will be a panel discussion which will explore the artworks, the ideas and issues raised by the project.  It will include presentations by the Altered Ego artists and discussions with invited speakers.

We hope you will be able to join us in the beautiful surroundings of Insole Court for an enjoyable and fascinating event.

Preview Showing:

Insole Court Potting Shed Cafe Gallery, Llandaff
13th – 18th April 2019

Main Exhibition:

Insole Court House, Llandaff
18th – 28th April 2019

Opening & Presentation Event:

Insole Court, Llandaff
Thursday 18th April 2019 from 2.30pm to 8pm

Lord Spittleash has grudgingly opened the gates of his stately home at Insole Court to a cast of hopefuls, chancers, celebrities and spies.  Through photography, film, painting, sculpture, sound and live art, Altered Ego explores ideas of who we think we really are and how we present this to the outside world.  It explores our alter egos: our self-presentation in the world, our differing identities for different contexts, and those ‘normal’ parts of human behaviour that are often heightened by disability or circumstance.

The project is predicated on the notion that we all create a sense of self and identity, and that we all constantly recreate and evolve our identities in different situations. These alter egos are often not too far away from your own actual personality; giving confidence to explore parts of yourself that you might otherwise feel unable to. They create a psychological space in which you might embody somebody ‘different’ to your everyday self..

Altered Ego seeks to develop a model for addressing issues that are directly rooted in the experience of disability, yet which apply across wider society: the degrees to which we adapt ourselves to fit preconditioned attitudes and perceptions. Through a series of creative experiments, we examine the ways in which we all present ourselves with varying degrees of veracity, accuracy and even mendacity.

Altered Ego features a group of disabled and non-disabled artists, actors, writers and musicians: Sara Christova, William Craig, Paul Leyland, Zosia Krasnowolska, Rachael Smith, Rosie Swan, Kate Woodward and David Sinden.  We gave them the tools to create new identities, ranging from… Adam lane, a teen idol popstar gone to ground; to Lord Spittleash, a playboy Baron, spy and aristocrat, and his faithful butler Wallace; Lily-May, a haunted transnational singer; Slim Monroe, a washed up cowhand; Cardamon Jones, a mysterious agent hunting rare animal smugglers; Lord Spittleash’s niece, 80s pop sensation Lulu Goodridge; Blair Maddox, troubled teen and trouble itself; and Banks, Lord Spittleash’s head gardener, convinced that the world will come crashing down…  

Altered Ego will be shown as part of the Diffusion 2019 festival programme at Insole Court in Llandaff from 13th to 28th April accompanied by a discussion event organised in conjunction with Disability Arts Cymru, Cardiff School of Art & Design and the Creative Writing Centre at Bath Spa University. It will feature a public exhibition of new image-based and mixed media, standalone and site-specific artworks presenting the Altered Ego identities throughout the Insole Court house and grounds. In the lead up to the exhibition in the main house, an exhibition of works by the Altered Ego artists will also be shown in the The Potting Shed gallery and cafe at Insole Court from 13th to 18th April.  

The Altered Ego opening and presentation evening will explore the issues that the project raises in a discussion event with the exhibiting artists and some invited speakers.  They will explore the identity creation process and its impact on their creative practise, and reflect on wider issues around disability, identity and creativity.

Altered Ego is funded by The Arts Council of Wales and Diffusion.  It is a partnership between Ffotogallery, the Diffusion 2019 international photography festival, MADE gallery, Disability Arts Cymru, Cardiff School of Art & Design, the TRACE Writing Centre at Bath Spa University, Insole Court and the artists.

WOW Film Festival

Crowdfunding Campaign

We are crowdfunding for next year’s festival, would you like to donate?

We connect Welsh communities with global issues through the powerful medium of film.

In recent years public funding for film festivals in Wales has become increasingly limited so we are appealing to our audiences for support.

Many of the films that we show are not in distribution in the UK so your only chance to see them is at WOW Film Festival. However this also means they are more expensive for us to bring to Wales.

The funds raised through this crowd funding campaign will go towards paying the screening fees for next year’s festival. This will allow us to continue to bring you the kind of adventurous, eclectic range of films that you have enjoyed over the last 18 years.

Thanks to the generosity of one of our loyal supporters any donation you make, however small (or indeed large!) will be matched, doubling the value of your gift to the festival.

If you would like to donate, please go to:


Please go here for full details of this year’s festival – Rhaglen 2019 Programme


Theatr Clwyd, Mold

Tuesday 26 March – Tuesday 9 April / Dydd Mawrth 26 Mawrth – Dydd Mawrth 9 Ebrill

Kinokulture, Oswestry

Wednesday 27 March – Thursday 4 April / Dydd Mercher 27 Mawrth – Dydd Iau 4 Ebrill

Theatr Gwaun, Fishguard

Saturday 30 March / Dydd Sadwrn 20 Mawrth

Theatr Mwldan, Cardigan

Sunday 7 April / Dydd Sul 7 Ebrill

Taliesin Arts Centre, Swansea

Monday 8th – Wednesday 10 April / Dydd Llun 8 – Dydd Mercher 10 Ebrill

Queen’s Hall, Narberth

Sunday 14 April / Dydd Sul 14 Ebrill

The Courtyard, Hereford

Monday 29th April – Wednesday 12 June / Dydd Llun 29 Ebrill – Dydd Mercher 12 Mehefin

Learning Disability Wales

Depression, anxiety and people with a learning disability

22 May in Swansea

This training looks at how to support someone with a learning disability to understand these conditions. We will take a detailed look at these common mental health issues and most importantly, the best ways to treat them and stay well.

Course includes:

  • What is depression and anxiety?
  • How does it affect the mind and body?
  • How can depression and anxiety affect someone with a learning disability?
  • How do we recognise depression and anxiety in others
  • How to help someone with a learning disability understand depression and anxiety
  • Ways of treating depression and anxiety and how to stay well.

This course is for anyone wanting a better understanding of depression and anxiety and is particularly relevant to people supporting someone with a learning disability.

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

Click here to see more information

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to email Inacia Rodrigues or phone 02920 681174.


Book a place here

British Paraorchestra


WESTON STUDIO, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff Bay, CF10 5AL

9 – 11 May 2019

Tickets £12 (apart from 9th May – see below)

The Nature of Why merges dance and live music into an epic performance that brims with emotion and physical beauty.

Commissioned by Unlimited, the show features a cinematic live-score from Goldfrapp’s Will Gregory, an ensemble of musicians from The British Paraorchestra and four extraordinary dancers.

Taking inspiration from the unconventional curiosity of Nobel prize-winning theoretical physicist, Richard Feynman, the show explores his search for meaning in the world around us through nine distinct and emotive movements.

Dancers and musicians move as one, erasing the divides between musician and dancer, performer and audience, resulting in an up-close-and-personal theatrical experience like no other.

The Nature of Why is a standing show. We will have a limited number of seats available for those who have difficulty standing for long periods. Patrons who require seats should advise Ticket Office at the time of booking.

Age Guidance: 8+ (the close proximity of the performers may be alarming for younger children)

Audio description is integral, and every performance has sections which are BSL-interpreted.

This performance includes the use of haze effects.

Running time: approximately 1 hour

PAY WHAT YOU FEEL (9 MAY):  Take a chance on this show; you can book for free and pay what you feel the performance is worth on the night. Just don’t forget your cash.

The Nature of Why is composed by Will Gregory, choreographed by Caroline Bowditch, conducted by Charles Hazlewood, and directed by Caroline Bowditch and Charles Hazlewood.

Commissioned and supported by Unlimited, celebrating the work of disabled artists, with funding from Arts Council England. Produced by The Paraorchestra and Friends, and MAYK.

Times vary please check when booking

The Romani Cultural & Arts Company

LGBTIQ Gypsy, Roma & Traveller Conference

An insider’s guide to working with Romani and Traveller communities in the United Kingdom

Date: Thursday 4th of July 2019

Venue: The National Assembly for Wales, Cardiff Bay, Cardiff, CF99 1NA


The Romani Cultural & Arts Company (RCAC) is proud to invite you to the LGBTIQ Gypsy, Roma & Traveller (GRT) Conference. The event, hosted by National Assembly for Wales, will feature Dr Daniel Baker (England) and Christine Lee (Wales) plus guests including Vera Kurtic (Council of Europe/Serbia) and Dezso Mate (Hungary). This varied range of speakers with their diverse areas of expertise will open up debate regarding LGBTIQ issues as they relate to GRT individuals and communities.

This event is one of many that RCAC is currently co-ordinating. We are excited to be giving a ‘minority within a minority’ a platform and a voice. This LGBTIQ GRT conference presents a unique opportunity to participate in discussion with an international panel of inspiring speakers.

Dr Daniel Baker, Romani artist, curator and academic says: “Discussions regarding the significance of intersecting identities are more important than ever. By recognising commonalities across difference through shared experience and knowledge we move closer toward a more caring society.”

Isaac Blake; Director of the Romani Cultural & Arts Company says: “An open, tolerant society cannot pick and choose which groups should merit tolerance and understanding. Every individual living on our beautiful planet deserves to be judged on their own words and actions; not on their race, nationality, religion, sexuality or family background. Let’s stand together and be proud of the amazing diversity that humanity encompasses.”

Christine Lee, Romani Cultural and Arts Company Community Champion says: “Meaningful change for the LGBTQI Gypsy, Roma and Traveller community is not going to come from just knowing more information, but from doing something with it.”

Book at Eventbrite:

 The Romani Cultural and Arts Company, Temple Court , 13a Cathedral Road, Cardiff , CF11 9HA

Tel: 02920 786 439   Email:

The Workers Gallery



The Workers Gallery was established in 2014 and it supports a vibrant community of professional local, national & international artists in the small village of Ynyshir in South Wales, UK. The gallery is situated in one of the most unique post-industrial landscapes in Europe. It is a multifunctional space operating as a community hub and a commercial gallery. It is the top rated gallery in the welsh valleys on Tripadvisor. It is purposefully NOT publicly funded and operates as an independent artist-led space in the belief that art can agitate to provoke positive social and cultural change.


This year’s programme offers professional visual artists, designers, musicians and writers the opportunity to undertake a short residency utilising the high street gallery space. The gallery is approximately 1 000 square feet. It is open plan with a main gallery, a high street gallery & a studio space. Access to our professional woodworking workshop next door may also be possible. There is a small kitchen area and toilet. The studio space can also be used for performances or temporary exhibitions during the residency (with prior agreement). A member of staff will be available/on site at all times & residents are encouraged to engage with local artists, visitors and members of the local community. There is no WiFi access or living accommodation. Residences can be booked during August 2019 in 1 – 3 day blocks. Other times may be possible.


There is a charge for residencies for artists living 20+ miles from Ynyshir. The Gallery currently has no funds for residency programmes but offers 3 selected ‘local’ artists who live within a 20 miles of Ynyshir a free 1 day residency. Our income is generated through sales & hires & we rely on volunteers to support events and programmes. Although we are considered to be within an area of deprivation we thrive on the support of a diverse range of individuals and organisations & vice versa. We will do our best to help promote & support appropriate fundraising initiatives with selected residents, but we are unable to offer free residencies under this scheme. 

1 day for £65 or 3 days for £180 (1 day free for local artists).

Full payment is required 14 days prior to the first residency date booked.


To apply

Send a residency proposal summary, your CV, an artist statement & your website address, all as a PDF document, no larger than 10MB please. No jpegs/images of work should be submitted at this stage.

Deadline: 30th April 2019. Selection: by 10th May 2019.

If you would like to discuss a proposal contact Gayle Rogers (Gallery Manager) by Email only:



Mothering Sunday Special Opening

10am -2pm

Yes we’re going to open on a Sunday! 

Enjoy a chilled out cultural fix at the gallery – with light refreshments. Browse and buy to your hearts content!


WAM: Words Art Music night

7 – 9pm Thursday 4th April

Free Entry

With MC and resident writer Mike Church. Art by Lucy Jane Purrington and Music by Christian Punter.

For further details please visit



We are now a food donations collection point for the Rhondda Foodbank, who are helping local people in crisis. Please see their website for more information on the important work they do 

Longlife milk, longlife juice, coffee, tinned fruit and packet rice are items currently urgently needed, should you be looking to bring along a donation on your next visit.

The Workers Gallery,

99, Ynyshir Road, Ynyshir, CF39 0EN

Twitter: @wood4tt Instagram: workersgallery

Telephone: 01443 682 024


20 mins walk from Porth Railway Station and on the 132 Bus Route.

The International Online Theatre Festival


IOTF is an online theatre festival, showcasing the work of diverse global artists. From April 1- April 30, 2019, IOTF will present the work of 30 international theatre artists and companies, from many countries, including Complicité, Frantic Assembly, National Theatre of Australia, Vakhtangov Theatre and Grand Teatre de Liceu, and such iconic productions like A Disappearing Number, Things I Know To Be True and The Blue Bird  trilogy.

In addition, IOTF will include the Open Fringe programme, presenting the best of contemporary global fringe theatre.  The Open Fringe invites open submissions from artists and companies across the globe who feel that their work can reach a wider audience. 

IOTF will be launched online from April 1, 2019 through April 30, 2019. is a global theatre portal. Since its launch in November 2016, has published over 2,600 articles covering theatre in 85 countries and regions. With 28 thematic sections, more than 150 Regional Managing Editors, over 50 media partners around the world, and 60,000+ followers on social media, we have grown to be the most far-reaching and comprehensive global theatre portal today. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Founded in 2009, Digital Theatre+ is already the world’s leading educational platform for the performing arts. Today, they provide 3 million students in over 1,600 schools, colleges and universities across 65 countries with unlimited access to over 1,000 full-length productions and educational resources:

IOTF: The International Online Theatre Festival is headed by the international team of Co-Artistic Directors: Chris Harris, writer, dramaturg and recent graduate of MA International Dramaturgy at the University of Amsterdam, and Xunnan Li, doctoral candidate at Royal Holloway University of London (RHUL).

Digital Pointillist Art Exhibition

Face to Face by David Winwood

Dare Valley Country Park, Aberdare, CF44 7RG

April 1st – 30th

Face to Face is a digital art show of animals` faces from around the world. David Winwood is a digital pointillist and hyperrealist artist based in Wales, UK. Due to spinal and nerve damage, David is unable to work with a traditional paintbrush. With a computer screen as his canvas and an adapted mouse as his brush, he has developed his own unique style and way of painting, creating stunning pointillist and hyperrealist portraits.

Website for Further Info:

WOW Film Festival begins Thursday 21st March


The 2019 WOW Film Festival opens at Aberystwyth Arts Centre before travelling to The Riverfront Newport, Taliesin Arts Centre Swansea, Theatr Clwyd Mold, Kinokulture Oswestry, Theatr Gwaun Fishguard, Theatr MwldanCardigan, Queen’s Hall Narberth and The Courtyard Hereford.

  • We have Abercon, a special anime themed event at Aberystwyth Arts Centre on Saturday 23rd March.
  • Dr Francesca Fois will give a talk about shamanism in Brazil alongside The Dead and the Others
  • Prof. Michael Woods will give a talk on the “global-rural” on Sunday 24th March, with a director Q&A with Gaetano Crivano and Margherita Pisano.
  • Flore Cosquer from the Scottish Documentary Institute will give a Q&A following Freedom Fields, about the Libyan women’s football team on Tuesday 26th March.

Women are highly visible in this year’s festival, and we believe that women are making some of the most interesting and innovative films in world cinema today! Particular highlights include Cathy Yen’s Dead PigsMouly Surya’s Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts and Alice Rohrwacher’s Happy as Lazzaro.

Click here for details of all the films