News from Celf o Gwmpas

After more than 11 years Kayte Phillips our chief executive is moving on.

Kayte joined Celf in 2006 as finance officer before beingappointed chief executive in 2016.

She has helped to guide Celf o Gwmpas through both positive and challenging times which are faced by a small arts charity. Through Kayte’s hard work Celf is now in a stronger position to face the years ahead

Kayte will be sorely missed by everyone involved with Celf o Gwmpas and we wish her lots of luck with her new venture in Portugal.

Artist in Residence Exhibition Preview

We would like to thank everyone who attended and contributed to our very succesfull pudding prosecco and preview evening.

The evening marked the opening of our Artists in Residence exhibition which runs until 5th April 2018.
Work on display is by Lou Lockwood, Dawn Mcintyre, Jack Mclafferty and Jo Munton who all had month long residencies at Celf o Gwmpas.
We were also treated to performances by Celf o Gwmpas’ own ‘Etcetera’ and Stephanie Finegan, a rap artist from Bangor.

The four residencies in partnership with Disability Arts Cymru are funded by the Arts Council of Wales and provided a unique experience for Disabled Artists living in Wales to develop their artistic practice.

Scott Berry International Digital Residency

We are excited to have started an International cultural exchange between
Celf o Gwmpas, Canadian artist Scott Berry and the Nina Haggerty Centre, in Edmonton, Canada.

We are jointly hosting a unique “digital residency” to share artistic practice among learning disabled artists.

During March and April, Celf o Gwmpas artists Geraint Edwards and Annie Levy will be working with learning disabled artists at Centre Celf, to devise and exhibit new work inspired by artist Scott Berry.

There will also be an exchange of video blogs between the Nina Haggerty Centre and Celf o Gwmpas. These blogs will Introduce and showcase the participatory art work taking place at both centres and share the working practice of Scott Berry and other artists at the Nina Haggerty Centre, with learning disabled artists at Celf o Gwmpas.

Collaboration on works of art will take place via post, between artists in the UK & Canada and exhibitions will be held at both centres, featuring the collaborative works.

We’ll keep you posted with links to the video blogs so you can check the progress!

X marks the spot

This month we have an Art Hunt at Celf o Gwmpas.
One of our artists has donated a beautiful piece of art to help raise funds to support the work we do at Centre Celf.
We are asking people to buy a square (or more!) @ only £2 a square, and whoever gets the right square, chosen by the artist, wins the painting.

So pop in, choose your square and fill in your name and contact details.
The winner will be announced once all the squares are sold.

2018 Evening Classes

The first of our 2018 evening classes will be starting soon

Willow Garden Structures

with Nicola Luxton
11 April – 16 May 2018

This course can only run on a minimum number basis, so
all classes must be booked and paid for in advance.

For further information or to book a place please contact us 01597 822777
or [email protected]

Workshops

Our Creative Space Programme is for people living with Dementia and their carers.

Watercolour painting with artist Terri Sweeney

Wednesday
Dates: 21 March, 4, 18 April, 2018

Time: 10.30 – 12.00 noon
Cost: £3.50

Our Create and Inspire Programme is for learning disabled adults and their carers.

Magic Doors with artist Jane Titley

Tuesday
Dates: 10, 17, 24 April, 1, 8, 15 May 2018

Time: 11.00 – 1.00pm
Cost: £3.50 (carers free)

 

 

 

Clinical Psychology Fringe Festival

On Thursday 18 January 2018 Celf o Gwmpas ‘Etcetera’ conducted by Rosie McConnell went to Cardiff for the Clinical Psychology Fringe Festival.

A performance piece, stemming from experiences of mental ill health ‘Etcetera’ which sits on the edge of a comfort zone provided the audience with a bizzare, unusual and entertaining experience. The performance was very well received.
It was an informative day for everyone from Celf o Gwmpas and we were very happy to be invited to perform.

www.psychologyfringe.com

Helfa Gelf Open Studios 2018/19 programme

We are getting close to the time for opening registration for this year’s Open Studios event, and we have already been planning furiously.

We know we have funding for our Training Programme and you will have seen mailings about forthcoming events. 

However we don’t yet know whether we will get Arts Council Wales funding for the Open Studio event, and may not know until the end of March.   We are intending to go ahead in one form or another whether we get funding or not, and have an exciting programme of exhibitions lined up.  In any case Bronze membership, giving a year’s access to a webpage, exhibitions and reduced cost training benefits, will be going ahead unchanged.

Also we have been updating the website, with an attractive new look to the Home pages and a simplified registration process, which will require you to enter all information for the booklet before you pay – so make sure you have all the information you need to start with!

You may notice we have just advertised for a Project Coordinator, so if you are interested do get in touch via [email protected]for more information, or pass the details on to anyone else you think might like to do it.

If you have any questions please get in touch with your local cluster leader: 

Wrexham
Sara-Jane Harper – [email protected]
Ceri Wright – [email protected]

Flintshire
Honor Pedican – [email protected]

Denbighshire
Tara Dean – [email protected]
Ruth Thomas – [email protected]
Rebecca Parrin – [email protected]

Conwy
JudithSamuel – [email protected]

Gwynedd
Sue Arney – [email protected]
Val Lewin – [email protected]
Anne Skinner – [email protected]
 

DAC Annual Exhibition 2018

Disability Arts Cymru invites you to submit work for the DAC ANNUAL EXHIBITION 2018

Image by Suzie Larke

The theme of this year’s open exhibition is ‘On The Edge’

Through our DAC Annual Exhibition we showcase and tour the work of Wales-based disabled and deaf artists or those living with long term physical and/or mental health conditions.

It is an open exhibition including work from up-and-coming artists and those who have been working as professional artists for many years. Our aim is to raise profiles; increasing the likelihood of sales, enabling the progression of careers in the creative sector; building relationships between peers and exhibiting venues.

We show a variety of forms and media; DAC supports artists working across all art forms, therefore giving as many artists as possible the opportunity to include their work

The exhibition will take place at the following venues – dates and details to be confirmed

  • Celf O Gwmpas, Llandrindod Wells
  • Cyfarthfa Castle Museum & Gallery, Merthyr Tydfil
  • Royal Cambrian Academy, Conwy
  • Theatr Clwyd, Mold

See below for entry criteria or for any enquiries please contact:  [email protected] or [email protected]

Tel: 02920 551 040

Entry criteria:

  • One entry per person
  • We will be selecting the works for the 2018 exhibition based on images submitted with the entry form. Please submit up to 5 images with your application. Images can be submitted by post (A4 size) or via email as an attachment with a high resolution (300dpi) to [email protected]
  • Open to d/Deaf and disabled artists and those with long term physical and/or mental health conditions, residing in Wales, aged 16 and over.
  • Entry fee – £7.50 per entry
  • Visual art mediums accepted: drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, ceramics, collage. Any queries please contact us.
  • We welcome entries under the themes of ‘On The Edge’ – It is intended as a broad theme open to wider interpretation
  • Exhibition ready – All 2D work must be framed – with ‘d rings’ and picture wire/string attached for hanging.
  • Size Limit: 1m x 1m
  • Work for sale: A commission will be taken for any work sold – commission rates will vary depending on the exhibition venue.
  • Entries must be submitted by 14th June 2018

 

Due to the size of the venues there is a limit to the number of pieces that can be exhibited. Work must adhere to the Exhibiting Policy and DAC will select the work to be exhibited if there is over-submission. DAC reserve the right to accept or reject any work for inclusion in the show. In the event your work is not exhibited your entry fee will be returned. Chosen work must be delivered to the DAC head office or stated venue by 28th June 2018

 

Work must be available for the duration of the exhibition which will run between August and December 2018.

The exhibition will take place at the following venues  – dates and details to be confirmed

 

  • Celf O Gwmpas, Llandrindod Wells
  • Cyfarthfa Castle Museum & Gallery, Merthyr Tydfil
  • Royal Cambrian Academy, Conwy
  • Theatr Clwyd, Mold

 

 

Exhibition Entry Form

 

Please return this slip along with a clear photograph of the work by the closing date 14th June 2018 with your £7.50 entry fee to –

 

Disability Arts Cymru, Sbectrwm, Bwlch Road, Fairwater,

Cardiff, CF5 3EF or email [email protected]

 

(Cheques made payable to Disability Arts Cymru)

           

Signature………………………………………………………………..

                                           I agree to abide by conditions of entry

 

 Name……………………………………………….Tel………………………..

 Email……………………………………………………………………………..

 Address………………………………………………………………………….

 ………………………………………………….Postcode…………………….

 Title of Work……………………………………………………………………

 Size: Height …………………cm Width………………………..cm                         .         Depth…………………..cm

 Description…………………………………………………………………….

 …………………………………………………………………………………….

 Medium used………………………………………………………………….

 Sale Price or NFS (Not for Sale) ………………………………

 

All artists must be members of DAC (you may join at the time of submission including your completed membership form alongside your entry form)

 

Through our DAC Annual Exhibition we showcase and tour the work of Wales-based disabled and deaf artists or those living with long term physical and/or mental health conditions.

It is an open exhibition including work from up-and-coming artists and those who have been working as professional artists for many years. Our aim is to raise profiles; increasing the likelihood of sales, enabling the progression of careers in the creative sector; building relationships between peers and exhibiting venues.

We show a variety of forms and media; DAC supports artists working across all art forms, therefore giving as many artists as possible the opportunity to include their work.

 

2018 Exhibition Theme :- ‘ OnThe Edge’

Interpretation of the theme is up to individual artists.

 

 

Copyright: All invited artists will be asked to permit use of images of their exhibited work on the DAC website and for DAC’s general marketing purposes.

 

Disclaimer: You will be liable for your artwork until it is received by DAC, at which point insurance cover will be provided until the end of the project. DAC reserve the right to refuse any artwork they believe to be unsuitable.

 

Poetry Competition iBook 2016

Free iBook

For the second time we have created an iBook from the Poetry Competition inspired by the images in our Annual Exhibition with the theme of Austerity/ Extravagance.

Caroline Gill was the winner with her poem Drop in the Ocean responding to her own artwork called Shoreline Symphonies.

If you would like to read Caroline’s poem as well as the other poems, carry on by clicking the widget below to download it for free to read on your iPad, iPhone or Mac.

If you do not have any of these devices we have a version in PDF format that should work fine with anything you have. If not, get in touch for bespoke formats 

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Shape Open 2016/17: Submissions Open

shape open imageThe Shape Open is an annual exhibition of artwork by disabled and non-disabled artists created in response to a disability-centred theme.

Held in high-profile, artist-led spaces such as Bow Arts’ Nunnery Gallery, Portobello Gallery, Yinka Shonibare’s Guest Projects and our own pop-up galleries, The Open provides a space where disabled and non-disabled artists can discuss views and ideas about issues and topics which are often sidelined within artistic debate.

This year’s theme is ‘Power: The Politics of Disability’. How do we creatively challenge the language of power, politics and disability?  To what extent do we need art to be a form of political protest? Where do art, disability and politics meet?  How powerful are disabled people?

Works submitted to the exhibition should explore, conceptually, abstractly or literally, ideas on the theme ‘Power: The Politics of Disability’ and contribute to a discourse around disability, art and power. Artists are invited to submit work in 2D, 3D, video or sound form. Any artist can apply to our call for submissions and exhibitors will be selected by a panel of arts industry judges, including Shape Open patron Yinka Shonibare MBE.

To apply to show your work in the open, click here. The deadline for submissions is 12 noon, Monday 3 October 2016.

We will soon be announcing the Open’s location. For more information or to discuss the opportunity further, please contact Isabella on 020 7424 7330 (voice) or at [email protected]

does that include us? / yn cynnwys ni? part 2

Sargy Man imageSee more>see different>see better

an exhibition of paintings by Sargy Mann

You are cordially invited to the preview of

yn cynnwys ni/does that include us? Part 2

at g39 on Friday Sept 2nd at 6-9pm

featuring the work of Sargy Mann

including audio notes by the artist

and new work

from

Sara Annwyl, Nick Davies, Ben Ewart Dean, Nic Finch & Peter Mann

Exhibition runs until Sat Sept 24th

and includes documentation from yn cynnwys ni/does that include us? Part 1.

AND FOR OUR FINAL EVENT OF THE SEASON:

Opera in Situ presents

‘Street Scenes’

Sept 11th

G39

7:00pm

A FREE SURTITLED PERFORMANCE BASED ON

KURT WEILL’S STREET SCENE

all welcome, bar & refreshments available.

more info at www.g39.org

‘flora’ Audio Description Talking Pictures

Aberystwyth Arts Centre

Every Friday,12noon-1pm. FREE (From 12 July – 17 September)

Providing deeper engagement for blind and partially sighted people to flora through Audio Description Talking Pictures. Audio Description is putting visual images or events into words to improve access for blind and partially sighted audiences.

 

flora is an ambitious contemporary arts project that brings together work by national and international artists to reveal flowers as powerful commentators in art.

From common weeds to exotic cultivars, flowers have been and are embedded in people’s lives across the globe, not least as inspiration to artists. This visually stunning exhibition both in and outside of the gallery presents new and existing work by eleven key artists; Emma Bennett, Michael Boffey, Caroline Dear, Anya Gallaccio, Ori Gersht, Owen Griffiths, Anne-Mie Melis, Jacques Nimki, Magali Nougarède, Yoshihiro Suda, Clare Twomey. These artists offer ways in which flowers make visible cultural, historical, geographic, social and scientific ideas.
OFFICIAL OPENING: Saturday 23 July, 6-8pm
www.floraorieldavies.org

flora is a National Touring Exhibition curated by Oriel Davies and supported by Arts Council of Wales. Touring schools education programme supported by the Ernest Cook Trust.

DAC Poetry Competition iBook

This is Disability Arts Cymru’s first Poetry Competition.

We gave the poets a brief to write in response to one of the artworks in our Annual Exhibition. Was this a narrow brief or a wide brief? You could see it either way. Many poetry competitions allow any poem, no matter when it was written or what the subject matter. Others ask people to write on a set subject. Our competition ensured that the poems entered would not be something dug out of the archives but would be freshly written. Looking at the exhibition it is clear that the subject choice was actually very diverse as the show featured photography, photorealistic drawing, abstract and figurative paintings, sculpture and a feast of food for the eyes. So it’s no surprise that the entries were also diverse and for a first competition, we are very pleased with the standard and absolutely delighted to have Menna Elfyn judge the competition and provide the foreword.

We have created a small publication out of this competition, featuring the poems and the artwork they are responding to on the same page so that you can read the poem and see the artwork at the same time. Currently we have two formats to offer, if you have a Mac, iPad, iPhone you can download it as a free iBook.

Cover image for DAC poetry competition 2015

iBook version

If you have other technology you can download it as a pdf.

Cover image fr DAC poetry competition 2015

PDF Version

We have also been working on other formats, in an attempt to please all of the people all of the time. Kindle users can read it as a PDF and retain the formatting, but for those that prefer it as a native Kindle app we will have these versions online soon but you will not get the same rich visual experience as the ePub format does not allow for nothing other than inline images. We will also be able to offer a plain text version and if there is a demand for it, an audio format may just be within our scope as well.

If you really, really want it in a different format, ask and we’ll see what we can do.

Art Opportunity

Galeri, Caernarfon,

Galeri - CaernarfonGaleri are inviting students/artists to create a piece of live art in DOC Café Bar area, the work will then be exhibited for the following two months.

Interested in exhibiting your work on THE WALL?

Contact the Community Arts Co-ordinator Menna Thomas on 01286 685 222 or email [email protected] for further details.

https://www.facebook.com/events/166882013493614/permalink/169085913273224/?ref=nf

Web site:  http://www.galericaernarfon.com/eng/index.html