Chaiya Art Awards Now Open!

2nd Chaiya Art Awards – £10K TOP PRIZE!

The biggest biennial art awards in the UK exploring spirituality through art is now open for submissions.  

The Chaiya Art Awards is open to any artist and covers all mediums including painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, glass, textiles, mixed media, photography and video. We have also introduced a new category for Community Groups, who can submit a collaborative piece.  Entrants are invited to be authentic and daring as they respond to the theme.

The winners exhibition will take place at London’s prestigious South Bank gallery@oxo from 10-19 April 2020.

The first Chaiya Art Awards proved hugely popular, with over 450 entries and more than 2,700 exhibition visitors.  New to Chaiya 2020 will be an ‘affordable art fair’ over two days of the exhibition. We will invite artists in the exhibition to be present, to discuss, promote and sell their work.

A respected panel will anonymously judge entries on Originality and Technical excellence, Theme Interpretation and Emotional Impact .

Full details of the awards, theme, criteria, deadlines and how to enter, can be found at: https://chaiyaartawards.co.uk

 

Call for Creative Work

Creative Manifesto, Translating Chronic Pain

Emerging from the Creative Manifesto, I invite submissions of ‘FLASH’ ILLNESS WRITING, short-form creative work 

– which expresses a moment or fragment of experience of persistent pain;
 – which takes either the perspective of a person experiencing the pain or the perspective of a witness (carer or healthcare professional);
 – which captures any dimension of experience – physical, emotional, social, economic, institutional, medical, spiritual, or creative;
 – which communicates in any emotional register, positive or negative;
 – and which can be shared and used by others to try and communicate the vivid, contradictory, and diverse realities of living with chronic pain.

The parameters:
– short-form creative writing, from 5 to 150 words,
 – in any form (e.g. prose or poetry; autobiography, fiction, or a blend);
 – optionally can be accompanied by a single image (photograph or artwork);
 can also take the form of a single comic ‘panel’ or short sequence, to fit on a single screen;
 – the fragments/moments/glimpses to be shared online with attribution, under Creative Commons Licensing (BY-NC) 4.0.
 – authors can choose to be anonymous, pseudonymous or named.

Deadline:  I will be adding submissions to the project throughout 2019,  but the earlier the submission the more likely it is to receive wider exposure, so early submission is encouraged.

Please see the Creative Manifesto and Information for Participants, and you are welcome to submit work here.

MANIFESTO

SINCE people living with persistent pain often suffer invisibility and struggle for legitimacy and credibility;
since long-term pain is often wrongly assumed to be a temporary and unnatural state;
since pain experience is diverse and must be understood intersectionally  (through interweaved categories such as gender, race, sexuality, and class);
since pain’s causes can be cryptic, multiple, personal, social, environmental, transgenerational, and hidden;
since pain science is neither widely understood or well-funded, and requires wider dissemination;
since pain experience exceeds the language of medicalisation;
since pain undercuts illusions of human autonomy and self-sufficiency, showing that all people are vulnerable and interdependent;
since pain may impair the ability to work, in which case those living with it may be wrongly seen as not living a ‘useful’ life;
since witnessing pain makes profound claims on – and poses challenges for – carers, family members, and healthcare practitioners;
and since chronic pain affects every dimension of life …

 … I call for creative work which engages these invisibilities, these lacunae, these intersections – moments in public or in shadows, in loneliness or connection.

YET – pain experience may not lend itself to established forms of either illness narration or survivorship story:
the experience may lack an ending, where resolution is reached;
it may lack a beginning, its causes hidden;
it may break the positivity imperative – to be hopeful, a warrior, a survivor, a meaning-finder;
it may be incommunicable, resisting representation, yet may simultaneously engender language;
it may be a story not (only) of a personal journey, but also of wider social calamities and inequalities, both contemporary and transgenerational;
it may resist plot, instead being a thing of fragments, glimpses, and moments.

The brevity of the works produced by our network and their public availability will also make the resource immediately usable by a range of groups: pain charities can use the material in outreach and patient support, medical educators can use the material to enhance student engagement alongside clinical work, people working in healthcare policy can draw on the resource to give rich, humanising detail, and carers and members of the public can draw on the resource to help in understanding the experience of people living with chronic pain.

Celebrate the 70th Anniversary of Human Rights

Fly the Flag

On 10 December 2018 with Ai Weiwei’s help, lead partner Fuel Theatre unveiled a flag as a symbol for universal human rights. Throughout the week of 24 to 30 June 2019, arts organisations will lead public moments to ‘Fly The Flag’ for human rights. There will be physical flags to fly, but there might also be performative and/or participatory ways you could think of to join in this movement, as well as ways to ‘Fly The Flag’ online. We would love you to join us and be part of this.

 

The project was born out of the realisation that today many people in the UK don’t know what their human rights are, and we risk forgetting them at our peril. So far, more than 100 organisations have signed up to support the project. Just doing what you do as an arts and cultural organisation is an embodiment of Article 27 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, ‘Everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts…’

 

We are now reaching out to colleagues across the UK to ask: will you become an Advocate and Fly The Flag for Human Rights?

 

This means you would:

  • Commit to flying the flag between 24 – 30 June 2019 – in any way that feels right to you and your community.  You are free to interpret this in any way that excites you, although we’d encourage you to Fly The Flag in as publicly-visible a way as possible.  There will be physical flags you can fly, but there might other ways you could Fly The Flag.  Just doing what you do as an arts and cultural organisation is an embodiment of Article 27 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, ‘Everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts…’
  • Share your activity and Fly The Flag online – we’ll provide the social media tools to help you make an impact.  
  • Help us spread the word – as a sector support organisation you can help the project to reach the artists, organisations and individuals you work with, and to invite them to Fly The Flag.  Please extend this invitation to your networks and contact us at flytheflag@fueltheatre.com if you would like any content for newsletters, blogs or other platforms.

 

We have raised the funds to: commission the main artwork; provide free education materials for schools and communities; co-ordinate the week; and provide the PR and marketing support to make it all fly. There isn’t, however, a centralised budget to help you realise your own Fly The Flag contribution. So we invite you to let your imaginations run wild and interpret this idea in any way that suits your organisation, budget and capacity.

 

Sign up your organisation as an Advocate by emailing flytheflag@fueltheatre.com and telling us how you will Fly The Flag. The Advocates list is updated monthly, and you will receive a monthly project update.

 

If you would like to become more involved in the project as a Co-Commissioner please email us with ‘Co-Commissioner enquiry’ in the subject line. Co-commissioners invest in the core project budget, commit to significant Fly The Flag activity and influence the development of the project and its legacy.

For more information please visit: https://fueltheatre.com/projects/fly-the-flag/

The Big MaDCaff Project is happening

MaDCaff is going National, and we want you to get involved

We are very pleased to announce that our MaDCaff project, which has been running successfully in and around Ceredigion for 5 years, is about to go National with the help of funding from the WCVA’s Volunteering in Wales grant. 

MaDCaff is a pop-up café style open mic event showcasing the musical talents of people affected by mental illness. It was set up in response to the difficulty that many very talented musicians, dancers, poets, performers who have personal experience of mental illness face in trying to get an audience for their work. The music business, venues and organisations don’t always respond well when a performer pulls out at the last minute because their anxiety has become overwhelming. We decided on the open mic as a pressure free opportunity, nobody is named in advance publicity so there’s no pressure to attend or play, it’s totally up to how they feel on the day.

This project will see 7 new MaDCaff groups forming, all around Wales, with two new groups in the North West, North East and South and one extra group in West/ Central Wales. Each of the 7 new groups will put on 4 MaDCaff  events between now and 31/03/2020. Volunteers will have some amazing training opportunities available to them and each group will be supported by one of our Regional Officers with the aim of ultimately becoming self-sustaining as we have done in Ceredigion.

Interested?

If you are interested in signing up as a volunteer or are interested in the performance opportunities or have a good, accessible venue in mind please get in touch and we will direct you to your nearest DAC Regional Officer. Email post@dacymru.com or call 02920 551040

Here’s the Big Announcement that went out on Facebook last week, listen to find out more about MaDCaff and the volunteers posts that we will be looking to fill.

The Big Announcement

Posted by MaDCaff on Wednesday, 3 April 2019

MaDCaff is funded by Volunteering in wales funding from WCVA, and has been supported by Disability Arts Cymru from the beginning 

Disability Arts Cymru membership renewal

We would like to thank all our members for supporting Disability Arts Cymru over the past year.  Our new membership year commenced on 1st April and we have been contacting our members asking them to renew their membership once again

Please note that is a requirement of the updated Data Protection rules that we contact our members every year to ensure we have their correct contact details and update their preferences for how we contact them.

You will all receive an email from Sue Pound, our Finance  and Administration Coordinator, in the next few days inviting you to renew your membership. Please could you respond as soon as possible so that we can continue to keep you on our contact database.  If you would like to renew your membership via our website you can do so by clicking on this following link.

Thank you for continuing to support DAC