Get Creative Festival 2019

What is Get Creative?

Get Creative Festival shines a light on all the great cultural activity that takes place on a regular basis in local communities and encourages people to try their hand at something new and creative. This huge annual celebration of creativity aims to give everyone the chance to get actively involved in a creative event in their local area.

From Saturday 11th – Sunday 19th May 2019 hundreds of organisations and community groups will be putting on events to help you get creative – and they’re free or have just a small fee to cover costs. We had over 1,400 events during our 2018 festival and we’re excited about growing the numbers in 2019 to celebrate and showcase creativity in every community.

Get Creative Festival is brought to you by arts and creative organisations and individuals across the UK and is supported by 64 Million Artists, Arts Council England, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Arts Council of Wales, the BBC, Crafts Council, Creative People and Places, Creative Scotland, Family Arts Campaign, Libraries Connected, Local Government Association, Scottish Libraries & Information Council, Voluntary Arts, and What Next?

Want to get a head start on planning your event? See our event planning toolkit for 2019 which has lots of useful tips. For more information contact


Small-scale pilot commission for Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) artists 

Apologies for the short notice but this may be of interest to someone.

Artists need to be Welsh or Wales-based.

The deadline is 23rd April at 5pm and artists must be available for The Big Splash weekend (20th – 21st July). Olivia Harris ( is more than happy to answer any queries, as is Lauren Hussein from Articulture, who can be contacted on

Articulture, in collaboration with The Riverfront, Newport invites BAME (Black, Asian and minority ethnic) artists and arts companies based in Wales from any discipline to request support for the creation and delivery of new outdoor work.


Since 2015, Articulture and a group of leading arts organisations and festivals (Wales Outdoor Arts Consortium) have worked together to co-commission and present new Welsh street arts and outdoor performance. We reviewed the process in 2018 and identified that BAME artists were under represented in terms of those we have supported. As a step towards addressing this, Articulture achieved funding and secured partners to pilot a strategic commission for small scale work and initiate a learning process for artists, partners, ourselves and the wider sector. 

Articulture is a creative organisation that aims to bring together practitioners to support the production of innovative, high quality outdoor arts in Wales.

The Riverfront is a lively theatre and arts centre based in the centre of Newport bringing as many people as possible into contact with the arts and creativity. The Big Splash family street theatre festival is hosted by the venue annually and is a free event, with performances, workshops and community projects taking place across the city centre. This year’s event will take place on 20th – 21st July 2019.

Strategic commission aims 

  • Enable more BAME artists to create work for the ‘outdoors’
  • Raise profile of outdoor work made by BAME artists (in Wales & beyond) and support Welsh venues to programme it
  • Enable more individuals from BAME communities to see more diverse outdoor work

 We are looking to invest in work that is INNOVATIVE – ideas that are exciting and leave a lasting impression on the minds of those who encounter it and ENGAGING & CAPTIVATING – work that actively draws in and includes its audience. The Big Splash takes place at sites across the city centre so we are looking for ideas that can work in an urban context. The second performance for Articulture will be at a venue in mid-Wales – date t.b.c

We are open to work along any concept or theme.

 Eligibility and guidance  

  • Articulture exist to support the development of new work by artists in Wales; we can support projects that are developed in association with international artists but the lead partner on the project must be based in Wales.
  • We are looking for outdoor work from all disciplines and genres, including walkabout, circus, digital, street theatre and dance.
  • We are looking for small scale projects that require no more than £3,000 from the partners.
  • The commission will perform at The Big Splash Festival (20th – 21st July 2019) therefore the work must be available for this weekend. A second date will also be arranged with Articulture.
  • Proposals need to give consideration to the work being adaptable to being taken under cover in the event of bad weather or unforeseen programme changes.
  • Proposals must include planning, budget, and resources for a mandatory dress rehearsal for critical review by Articulture and performances at The Big Splash.
  • Applicants must be eligible to work in the UK.
  • Applicants must have the appropriate insurance cover for their proposal (eg: public liability / employee)
  • Artists must be prepared to work within the spirit of collaboration – in a positive and open way allowing space for active sharing and learning throughout the process of developing and touring work, through regular communication and ongoing evaluation.

We are open to supporting the touring of a project that has already raised its core creation costs, provided that the show has not already toured in Wales, and provided it clearly meets our priorities.

Commissioning funds 

The sum of money which has been raised collectively by the partners, is to invest in commissioning and touring of new work.

In summary the financial support available is up to £3,000 towards a total creation and performance budget. Match funding is not essential for this pilot commission but please do let us know if you will be drawing on other funds.

Additional support

In addition to the partnership funds, we can also provide the following support, the details of which will be agreed by the artist/Articulture once selected – 

  • Up to 3 days of mentoring by an appropriate professional
  • Support in the marketing of your work
  • Support where reasonably required with production management advice
  • Support to consider the legacy of the work

How to submit your proposal

For a application form and further details please email

Deadline for commission proposals is Tuesday 23rd April 2019, 5pm. 

All the proposals will be considered by Articulture and The Riverfront the week beginning 22nd April following the deadline. We hope to let you know whether your proposal has been selected by 30th April. 


We may decide to invite applicants in for interviews to discuss ideas further. Applicants will be given sufficient notice and receive travel expenses where appropriate.

Voluntary Arts Wales

Get Creative Festival 

Apply for a micro-grant to help your group run an event during Get Creative Festival in Wales in May 2019

We are delighted that the Arts Council of Wales have provided funds for Voluntary Arts Wales to administer micro-grants of £100 to help groups with the costs of running events during Get Creative Festival.

Events must be:

  • participatory and creative
  • either free or cost-recovery, and
  • take place in Wales between 11-19 May 2019

The micro-grants are intended for voluntary, amateur and community-based groups in Wales, to help out with any additional costs incurred in running events, such as materials, publicity or venue hire. Unfortunately, members of Arts Portfolio Wales are not eligible to apply. 

This is a competitive fund with only a limited amount of awards possible, so we encourage groups to apply as soon as possible.

If you have any questions, please email

GwylGrai /RawFfest – Ticket Offer

Limited Offer – Free Tickets for RawFfest

RawFfest at Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff 25th – 28th April 2019

£20 weekend, £10 day and evening, £5 day

With more than 80 different events over 4 days we think our festival is great value.

But if price is a barrier for you, we can offer FREE tickets, thanks to all the generous crowdfunding supporters


If cost is a barrier for you, or the young people you represent, please apply for a free ticket using this form

The sorts of things that make you eligible:

  • coming from a low-income household
  • having a disability
  • living in a former Communities First area
  • being a young carer

The form is easy to complete and asks for minimal details.

Deadline : The funding pot is limited and we will consider each application as it comes in until the whole pot is finished –  so the sooner you apply, the better.

VERVE – New Dance

VERVE | Mixed Bill – Cardiff

Saturday 11 May, 7:30 PM, £12/£8

Dance House, Cardiff Bay

Adventurous. Athletic. Absorbing. In 2019 VERVE presents an ambitious programme of bold new dance work created by internationally-acclaimed and award-winning choreographers Joan Clevillé (Catalonia), Maxine Doyle (UK) and Ben Wright (UK), alongside a restaging of ‘Shutdown’ by Noa Zuk and Ohad Fishof (Israel).

Experience an evening of physically charged and refreshingly original dance, performed by dance artists on the cusp of their professional careers. See where dance is right now, and where it may go next.

The company comprises thirteen exceptional dancers, trained at some of the world’s leading conservatories. This year, as well as dancers from the UK, VERVE includes dancers from Chile, Italy, Portugal, Singapore, and Uruguay, creating a truly international dance company.

VERVE is the postgraduate company of Northern School of Contemporary Dance (NSCD) and is led by Artistic Director Matthew Robinson.

This year’s programme:

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 “captivating, superbly energetic” The State of the Arts

Celf o Gwmpas

Dawn McIntyre Exhibition

An Inspiring exhibition –“Life not Still” is on show at Centre Celf

11th of April to the 23rd of May 

We are delighted that DAC member Dawn is having her first solo show at Celf o Gwmpas, do get there if you can.

The gallery space is informal and relaxed and perfect for a quiet mooch for those with an artistic eye and those who just like some quiet time in a creative space.

Gallery hours will be variable so please ring for details!

Centre CELF, Tremont Road, Llandrindod Wells LD1 5EB

Telephone: 01597 822777

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.


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.

Art Studio01 Shrewsbury

New Ways Exhibition

April 10th – 27th 

11:00am-5pm Tuesday-Saturday


Wheelchair Accessible

Participate Contemporary Artspace,

32-34 Riverside, Raven Meadows, Shrewsbury, SY1 1PJ

New Ways presents the beginning of a new era for ArtStudio01, co-curated by Director Tanya Raabe-Webber and Producer Jennifer Gilbert. In January 2018 Tanya was awarded an ACE funded R&D looking into Learning Disability art studios and best practice. Through a series of visits Tanya learnt about new ways of working. This exhibition showcases how this research has begun to change the lives and working practices of ArtStudio01and its artists.

Alongside the exhibition, Cameron Morgan from Project Ability in Glasgow will be Artist in Residence with ArtStudio01. This year also saw artists Joshua Henderson and Veronica Watson from Blue Room in Liverpool and Sarah Watson from Figment Arts in Brighton, being mentored by Tanya.

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 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 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: