First Calls for Outdoor Art Commissions 2019 Now Live!

Articulture

Are you a Wales based creative looking to make and tour new outdoor art work this year?

In 2019 Articulture is working with a vibrant network of adventurous partners to offer a selection of outdoor arts commissions, as well as mentoring and platforms to showcase your work.

These include initiatives specifically for creating work in the Welsh language, and for works created by BAME artists or disabled artists.

The first call outs have started! Deadlines for applications vary according to initiative, starting with the first on the 1st March.

Small-scale pilot commission for outdoor arts in the Welsh language

Articulture, in collaboration with the National Eisteddfod & Machynlleth Comedy Festival, invites artists and arts companies based in Wales from any discipline to request support for the creation and delivery of new outdoor work in the Welsh language.

Background

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 although commissions were always bilingual or non-lingual, work in the Welsh language was under represented. Articulture achieved funding and secured partners to offer strategic pilot commissions for small scale work to address this 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. www.articulture-wales.co.uk

The 2019 National Eisteddfod will be held in Llanrwst, Conwy county from 3rd – 10th August. https://eisteddfod.wales/2019-eisteddfod

Machynlleth Comedy Festival runs from 3rd – 5th May. https://machcomedyfest.co.uk/the-festival/

For full information visit here

Follow us for further announcements as more call outs are made on Twitter – @Articulture_ and FB – ArticultureWales.

Freelance Project Manager

Articulture is looking to recruit a freelance Welsh speaking project manager who can support the team in producing the creation of work in the Welsh language this year.

The first strategic commission we are piloting is to create a new work in the Welsh language. To do this we want to recruit a Welsh speaking project manager who can appropriately organise the application process and support the artist selected.

The successful candidate will be responsible for processing applications, leading the selection process, supporting the artist and mentor, attending rehearsals and performance, liaising with project partners and supporting marketing and evaluation with the Articulture team. They will also assist on two seminars hosted to explore the current approach to making work in Welsh for the outdoors and its future.

Our partners on this project are the National Eisteddfod and Machynlleth Comedy Festival.

Key dates for the project are:

– Applications for commission deadline – 1st March – Shortlisting – 4th March – Performances – two days within – 4th – 5th May (Machynlleth) & 3rd – 10th August (Llanwrst)

Download full information here

Deadline 19 February. Interviews 21 February.

Ffwrnes Theatre Welcome Hijinx

Into The Light

Monday 4th March 7.30pm

We all seek interaction, connection and validation. The light before us promises us all this and more. The glow of our mobile phones invites us to be appreciated, cherished and loved. The challenge of stepping out on stage offers us something similar.

As the performers emerge from the darkness and into the light, are they illuminated or are they exposed? Do we dare step into the light? Are we merely moths to its flame?

Directed by Frantic Assembly’s Scott Graham and incorporating an international cast of performers with and without learning disabilities, Hijinx & Teatro la Ribalta’s Into the Light is daring physical theatre about the right to be seen and heard, performed by those we need to see and hear.

Ffwrnes Theatre

Park Street, Llanelli SA15 3YE

For a full listing of tour dates for Into The Light please go here

Upcoming Training from Learning Disability Wales

Resilience and Well-being  Training

Learning Disability Wales27 March 2019  in Cardiff

We all need resilience skills to help manage the stresses of life and this is particularly important to consider for a person with a learning disability.

This half day training will look at how resilience can be developed and consider areas such as confidence, self-esteem, self-efficacy and the roles they play in resilience.

Anybody wanting to learn resilience skills to support others or themselves will find this training hugely inspiring and life-changing.

What we will cover

  • What is resilience and how does it affect good mental health and well-being?
  • Understanding confidence, self-esteem, self-efficacy and how they differ.
  • How do these topics affect a person with a learning disability?
  • Boosting resilience – taking a holistic approach to thinking about resilience and putting it into practice.

This course is aimed at anyone who wants to get a better understanding of how to develop better resilience skills for themselves or others. It will also cover how this can apply to people with a learning disability.

To book your place please click here. 

Introduction to Autism Spectrum Conditions – Children and Young People

3 April 2019 in Cardiff

This workshop is designed for practitioners new to the field of autism.

Participants will be introduced to basic concepts and theories relating to Autism Spectrum Disorders. The notion of autism as a spectrum disorder will be explored along with biological, psychological and behavioural aspects of the condition.

This course is designed for anyone who comes into contact with children who are on the autism spectrum. It will help those who wish to develop their understanding of children on the autism spectrum.

Click here to book your place

If you have any queries about either course please contact Inacia Rodrigues  on 02920681174 or

email: inacia.rodrigues@ldw.org.uk

 

RawFfest/Gwyl Grai Tickets

Festival 2019 – Tickets Now On Sale

25 – 28 April Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Ticket Prices:
Thursday eve, Friday daytime, Saturday daytime, or Sunday daytime:  £5.
Friday day and evening, or Saturday day and evening: £10
Whole festival weekend: limited number of tickets at £20
Tickets available through Wales Millennium Centre. Click here.

What are you getting for your money?
Have a look here at the exciting things on offer over the four days of the festival. We’re still finalising details of more activity; look out for announcements!

We will be launching a crowdfunding campaign on St Valentine’s Day. We hope you’ll share the love!

This will give you the opportunity to help disadvantaged young people get reduced price and free tickets for the festival. Our PlaceMakers are working on some fantastic rewards for your pledges. By supporting our campaign you could get a unique art work or exclusive experience – while showing how much you care about the arts being enjoyed by more young people. 

During the four week crowdfunding campaign we will be sending out up to one email a week to tell you about new rewards and progress. If you would rather not receive these, please email fraser@rawffest.wales with the message ‘pause emails.’  We’ll then put you back on our mailing list in March.

For details of the festival please visit: www.rawffest.wales 

Oska Bright – Submissions Still Open

Oska Bright Film Festival 2019

OSKA-BRIGHT-2016Wednesday 23rd October – Saturday 26th October

Just under two months to go! You’ve still got time to get your submissions into us for the next Oska Bright Film Festival.

Deadline for submissions is the 30th March 2019. 

Since 2004 Oska Bright Film Festival has been at the forefront of learning disability film production, exhibition and distribution.

We’re looking for films for our next festival. At Oska Bright Film Festival we show exciting and bold work, which celebrates the talents of people with learning disabilities, autism or additional needs.

 Over 300 films are entered biennially and just over 60 shown over three days.

 The films are judged by the Oska Bright Festival team, who are learning disabled artists and filmmakers.

For more information, rules and how to apply please go to Oska Bright

 We’re also interested in hearing about feature films. Please drop us a line separately about this: lizzie.banks@carousel.org.uk

peeling by Kaite O’Reilly

Taking Flight Theatre with The Riverfront and Chapter Production

Torch Theatre, Milford Haven

Wednesday March 27th 2019

7.30pm

In shadow, never centre stage, 3 performers await their brief moment in the light. But who would want to explore these bodies? Who will receive their stories? Their words have been buried in dust, through the long corridor of time. We will unearth them here. We will hear them echo in the darkness.

This city will fall.

Alfa, Beattie and Coral wait… wait while once more the action plays out elsewhere. Once more they form the chorus to someone else’s lead.

But… this city will fall.

With interwoven BSL, live audio description and English captions at every show, peeling challenges you to experience theatre afresh.

Telephone: 01646 695267

Email Address for Further Info:  boxoffice@torchtheatre.co.uk

Website for Further Info:  http://torchtheatre.co.uk/

Community Arts Tutors Wanted

Romani Cultural and Arts Company

 

The Romani Cultural & Arts Company are seeking applications from interested people with an arts-arts-based skill / trade to become sessional Community Arts Tutors as part of their Children and Young Peoples Arts Workshop Project on local Gypsy & Traveller sites. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the 3 year project.

 

This project is funded by BBC Children In Need.

 

The project is designed to engage with children on 4 Gypsy and Traveller sites across South Wales over a three year period. Its purpose is to:

1 To support Gypsy and Irish Traveller children to improve their levels of social interaction between the different ethnic GT (Gypsy, Irish Traveller) groups living on caravan sites. This is because Gypsies and Irish Travellers do not have many opportunities to mix and make friends. 

 

2 To support Gypsy and Traveller children to have good self-esteem, be more resilient and feel proud of their cultural heritage and background so that their confidence is less affected by prejudice and / or perceived discrimination. 

 

3 To support Gypsy and Traveller children to feel more confident and resilient in engaging with support agencies and the outside world so that they are encouraged to maintain engagement in purposeful activity and education. 

 

The four sites we work on are: Cwmcrachen, Blaenau Gwent Council; Roverway, Cardiff County Council; Shepherd’s Hill, Torfaen Council; Shirenewton, Cardiff County Council

Community Arts Tutors collaborate with a wide variety of local groups, encouraging the use of artistic activities to support their development and improve their quality of life. Generally, they work in areas where there are social, cultural or environmental issues to be addressed. They use a whole range of art forms to engage with these different community groups, including visual arts, theatre, dance, music, carnival arts and film.

If you are interested, please see our website (www.romaniarts.co.uk) for a Job Description, Personal Specification. A letter (no more than 2 sides of A4, font 11), a recent CV and proof of Disclosure and Barring Service certificate / number are to be emailed to: isaacblake@romaniarts.co.uk

Strictly Cymru Dance Competition

Leonard Cheshire – Dance Like You’ve Never Danced Before

Dancing has no barriers. Strictly Cymru is a dance competition for all abilities and ages throughout Wales.

Working in partnership with nationally renowned Para Dance UK, participants are invited to learn or brush up on new routines and take part in our regional heat in Carmarthen.

  Come for the fun and leave with the moves – each heat has specially trained dancing instructors to help you find your groove.

Starts 18 February 2019

Laser Station, Carmarthen

Inclusive workshop: 11am

Wheelchair workshop: 2pm

This is a free event for everyone to enjoy. Further heats in March will be taking place in Newport, Cardiff and Colwyn Bay.

If you’d like to book a space or find out more about our additional workshops then please visit –

https://leonardcheshire.org/get-involved/events/special-events/strictly-cymru

You’re Invited to the Showing of PARADE

ADDO Creative Arts Consultancy

Parade is a multi-media sound and film installation created by John Rea

Maindee Library, 79 Chepstow Road, Newport NP19 8BY

 

Thursday 14 Feb, 8pm / Friday 15 Feb, 8pm / Saturday 16 Feb, 2pm + 6pm

PARADE is a multi-media installation by John Rea that presents a new and unique view of Maindee, featuring the people themselves. It will involve special performances of the work in Maindee Library, alongside the launch of a specially designed online portal featuring individual portraits, that highlight the personal histories, opinions, and issues that matter to the people of Maindee, in their own words. It is hoped these sound portraits convey something of what it means to live in the area, in a new and revealing way, by giving a platform for the people to speak: the true voices of those who live, study, work, volunteer, and worship here.

This commission has been co-curated by Joanne Sutton (Maindee Unlimited) and Sarah Pace (Addo) and was funded as part of Finding Maindee – a three-year project supported by the Arts Council of Wales’ Ideas: People: Places strategic programme, which aims to test new models of regeneration and collaboration through the arts. Finding Maindee was part-funded by the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, Garfield Weston Charitable Trust and the Landfill Tax Credit Scheme through Newport City Council.

Llyfrgell Maindee Library is run by dedicated volunteers and managed by the trustees of registered charity, Maindee Unlimited. It is built upon a love for books, community solidarity, coffee and the preservation of services for future generations.