Bay Art

Six Artists 

02 February – 01 March 2019 

Vivi Mari Carpelan, Jo Shapland, Lou Lockwood, Gemma Jayne Paine, Rachel Wellbeing and Jan Williams.


BayArt Gallery

54 Bute Street


CF10 5AF

This exhibition is a partnership project with Disability Arts Cymru. These artists all possess a particular voice and a form of articulation. Some use their art to reflect upon their various disabilities, sometimes through humour, sometimes as critique or as challenge. Some are investigating material itself through their own physical capabilities or are using materiality as metaphor. They are artists who all show serious commitment to developing their own ‘voice’ and furthering their individual practices. There is no overall conceptual criteria or thematic link other than all of the artists being members of DAC, and the exhibition will highlight their particularities and individual strengths. 


The Art of Walking Slowly

Sun 3 February 2019

11:00 am – 4.00 pm


Walking workshop with Jo Shapland

“A body in life is more than a body merely alive” Eugenio Barber.

Jo Shapland will take you to some interesting locations within and near to BayArt where she will share some of her approaches, showing you ways to sensitize to your own body and your surroundings at a deeper level.

This workshop will happen indoors and outdoors, whatever the weather, so please dress appropriately (waterproofs or sun cream…who knows?)! If you play a musical instrument you are welcome to bring it. Drawing materials will also be available. No prior experience necessary, Jo simply asks you to be open to what you might discover!

Here are some of the things you will do:-

In the gallery: Work in pairs. Blindfold walking. Individually/whole group: Try out the Noh walk. Get a feel for jo ha kyuin the rhythm of each step.

…All this is the preparation for going out

Outside in the bay: Walk together silently to specific places. Walk slowly in these places. Can you see the rhythm of the walk in surroundings?

Back at Bay Art: Writing and drawing about the experience. Sound-making too. Various explorations, depending on the group.


Jo Shapland’s 30 year practice has for some years focused on ‘the art of walking slowly’ as a creative sourcing point for her site-sensitive performance/installations and drawings.

The essence of all of her work is dance; it is always about movement whether that be changes in materials and objects, film imagery or the body moving through space. This flows from her fundamental concern with relating to and responding to nature and the desire to witness the environment through the body.

Recent projects include: creating and performing “Told by the Wind”, made in collaboration with the Llanarth Group, touring internationally. Jo’s “Being in Place” Creative Wales Major Award project led to nature-connected Rites of Passage and to build a ritualized practice of nature immersion. To this end, since 2016 Jo has been training with The Helpers Mentoring Society and since 2015 Jo has co-facilitated nature immersion for The Art of Mentoring UK. These celebrate, animate and respond to traditional rite and ceremony from specific indigenous cultures and have a big influence on Jo’s current work.

To book a place please go here


Sat 9 February 2019

11:00 am  – 3.00 pm


Limewash workshop with Jan Williams

The workshop will introduce the history of Lime-wash, its use as an architectural painting medium and the ways it can be used to create paintings. You will look at the traditional colours and materials used to tint Lime-wash, and will be of particular interest to anyone who is interested in the use of traditional environmentally friendly paints.

During the day you will complete one or more paintings using Lime-wash. All equipment – paint and painting boards will be provided as will all safety masks, eye protection and aprons. Please bring source material with you to inspire your painting, for example – photographs or drawings of a favourite landscape or place that is special to you. By the end of this workshop you will have created a painting or paintings that you will be able to take home.


Jan Williams is an artist based in Cardiff, Wales. She was brought up on a farm near Brecon in Mid Wales. She has a studio in the Kings Road Artists Studios, based in the Pontcanna area of the city. Her work focuses on concerns with memory, identity, the temporary, the transient and a sense of place. Marking the passage of time and the ambiguity of transitional states are also interests that she explores through the medium of paint, photography and installation.

The use of lime-wash is significant in her practice as it is a memory from her childhood of the annual lime-washing of the cowsheds and buildings on the family farm.

Jan completed an MFA at Cardiff School of Art and Design Cardiff Metropolitan University in 2012. Recent shows include 2017 October – Penarth Pier Gallery, Disability Arts Cymru, Selected artists from Wales. Selected artists from Wales. Jun – Dec 2017, Disability Arts Cymru, Annual Exhibition, Oriel Ynys Mon.

To book a place please go here

Journey Book

Sat 16 February 2019

11:00 am – 3.00pm


Journey book workshop with Gemma Jayne Paine

This collage workshop will help you to build a journey book of your life or a chapter in your life, in a very tactile form – quite different from the digitised version of your life.

Please bring memory prompts/aide-mémoire for example old photographs and materials that can be pasted or sewn, cut or torn – for example old photographs, postcards, tickets, postage stamps, poetry, short pieces of text and found objects.

During the workshop you will construct a sculptural four page book. All materials will be provided


Gemma Jayne Paine is a textile artist. Recent work includes tributes to women such as Rosie the Riveter, and many famous women in the entertainment industry for example Dolly Parton, Marilyn Monroe.

Represented on Outside In – a platform for artists who face barriers to the art world – Gemma has created a distinctive pathway. Gemmas experience includes using her creative skills in mental health day; care arranging exhibitions with Butetown History and Arts Centre,involvement with the Womens Arts Association. Recent exhibitions include ‘Gemma Jayne Paine. A retrospective’ at Cardiff Bay Pierhead 2018, ‘Made with Love’ The Factory Porth 2016.

To book a place please go here



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


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

Watercolour painting with artist Terri Sweeney

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

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.

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 pastelbirdpainter@yahoo.frfor 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: 

Sara-Jane Harper –
Ceri Wright –

Honor Pedican –

Tara Dean –
Ruth Thomas –
Rebecca Parrin –

JudithSamuel –

Sue Arney –
Val Lewin –
Anne Skinner –

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: or

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
  • 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


(Cheques made payable to Disability Arts Cymru)



                                           I agree to abide by conditions of entry






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

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



 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 

PDF Download


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

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


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.


Opera in Situ presents

‘Street Scenes’

Sept 11th





all welcome, bar & refreshments available.

more info at

‘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

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.