Arts Council of Wales

Developing Deaf Audiences Guidance

The Arts Council of Wales realise that many producing companies and venues would welcome additional guidance on making their work more accessible for deaf, deafened and hard of hearing audiences. As such, the Arts Council of Wales commissioned Jonny Cotsen, Rachel Kinchin and Disability Arts Cymru to create a toolkit giving clear and practical advice on how to make work more inclusive for deaf, deafened and hard of hearing visitors and/or participants ranging from welcoming audiences to a space, through to marketing and the work itself.

A link to the guide can be found here: Developing deaf, deafened and hard of hearing audiences in Wales

Arts Council of Wales at Skills Cymru 2017

Venue Cymru, Llandudno, 4 October 2017, 5pm-7pm
Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff, 11 October 2017, 4.00pm-6.30pm


We’re in Llandudno at Skills Cymru this week, if you are too please come over and say hi! We are delighted to have the Young Person’s Laureate for Wales, Sophie McKeand, joining us on the stand and the talented Mr Phormula and Little Light Company over in our Get Skilled area. There will be drop in sessions where you can take part in some punk poetry, experience digital art or even show off your mad skills at beat boxing! 

The following week we are at Skills Cymru Cardiff with another incredible gathering of creative professionals. There will be some dazzling performances and puppetry workshops from Familia De La Noche, and you can even come make a mini movie in our Slo-Mo booth with Storm and Shelter. Our Get Skilled area in Cardiff will be a hive of creative making opportunities, you will have the chance to make a bracelet with award winning jewellery designer Karen Dell’Armi and create a beautiful piece of textile work with the outstanding Laura Thomas.

Ourselves and the creative professionals at these events will be happy to talk to you about careers within in the creative sector, feel free to ask questions with wild abandon and try out a skill or too.

The events are ticketed, free and aimed at 15-18 year olds, their teachers and parents.

We’ll leave you with a little careers advice from the fabulous Sophie McKeand:

“Don’t give up or stand still. Keep striving & evolving & learn to love the weird bits of your creativity: you don’t have to fit in anywhere.”



Arts Council Wales

Wales in Edinburgh 2017

Arts Council of Wales logo portrait (2)ACW Wales in Edinburgh 2017 is open

Deadline for expressions of interest: 8.00am, Monday, 12th Dec 2016

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the world’s largest arts festival. For Wales’ performing arts companies it represents a huge opportunity to present work at an internationally significant platform. The Festival is attended by audiences, programmers, promoters and producers from across the UK and the world. We believe that our performing arts companies should be given the chance to shine in this global context.
Only organisations based in Wales can apply for these awards (this funding priority is not open to applications from individuals/creative professionals). This year will be slightly different from previous years as we will have two levels of grant:

  • Grants from £5,001 to £12,000 will be available. We will expect most of the grants that we award to be at this level.
  • Larger grants of £12,001 up to £20,000 will also be available. Larger grants will only be awarded to productions that have significant potential for international impact beyond the festival, strongly demonstrated in the application. These could be productions that are under consideration for British Council Showcase and/or productions that have genuine potential for future international touring.

To make an application, your Expression of Interest must be submitted to: [email protected] titled Edinburgh – Expression of Interest. Read the guidance document for more information. The deadline for full applications (which must have been agreed following the Expressions of Interest stage) will be 5.00pm on Thursday, 26th January 2017. Read more at: