Disability Arts Cymru News

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A big thank you to everyone who supported the Mental Health Arts Festival throughout October and November. We are very pleased with all the praise and positive feedback we have received. A huge thank you to all the artists and performers who made the second Wales Mental Health Arts Festival such a success.

Annual Art Exhibition

The theme of this year’s open exhibition is ‘Stronger Together’

For an entry form and further details please contact:   [email protected]  Tel: 02920 551 040

Entry criteria:

  • We will be judging your entry based on a photograph. Please either post a photograph of your work printed clearly on A4 size or email as an attachment with a high resolution (300dpi – A4 sized) 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
  • One entry per person
  • Visual art mediums accepted: drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, ceramics, collage. Any queries please contact us.
  • We welcome entries under the themes of ‘Stronger Together’ – 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 27th January 2017


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 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 Feb 17th 2017

Exhibition dates –

  • Oriel Ynys Mon – Feb 28th to June 28th 2017

Work must be available for the duration of the exhibition.

A panel of judges will pick a selection of work to tour until November 2017 at the following venues:

  • Celf O Gwmpas – Date tbc
  • Penarth Pier – 13th October to the 22nd November

           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 Results

Congratulations to everyone who entered this year’s poetry competition, we were delighted with the high quality of the work and the judging was apparently very difficult. The winning and commended entries are as follows:


A Drop in the Ocean – Caroline Gill (in response to Shoreline Symphony by Eileen Harrisson)

Highly commended:

No Damn Cat – Rosamund McCullain

Cogito ergo sum – Wendy Jones

Kong Karl’s Land – Rosemary Foran


Genetic Imprint – Sue Kent

From Briton Ferry Bridge – Mel Perry (After Monuments by Dawn MacIntyre)

The unfinished Story of a Tree in Two Movements – Giles L. Turnbull (after A Tree in Two Movements by Rosmary Foran)

He Can Wheel Himself Inside – Anne Marie Butler

For publication:

Austerity – Elizabeth Rose Hancock

Concealed – Bríd Wyldearth

A house is not a home – a home is not a castle – Des Mannay

A Fragility of Voices – Eileen Harrisson (In response to Silent Polyphonies)

Hello pain let’s dance! – Wendy Jones

Gladrags – Giles L. Turnbull (after Gemma Paines ‘Dressing up, Dressing Down’)

We will be announcing details of the e-publication of the poems early in the new year.


DAC Xtra

Don’t forget to have a look at our DAC Xtra website; the place you will find information about our mentoring and support programme. Do get in touch if you are interested in trying to be partnered with an arts organisation that may be able to help you. The website address is dacxtra.rocks


In our minds there are many rooms….

Artist Tim Iliffe has been awarded an ACW grant to create 4 art installations across North Wales and he wants DAC members to help him. Tim is sending out boxes asking people to make something that represents the state or contents of their minds, being as creative as possible they can do anything they like with their box, and then return it to Tim to add it to one of the installations.

Very shortly all DAC members will receive an envelope from Tim containing the box, an information leaflet and a pre-paid address label to return the finished box. This is a fun and fascinating project and I do hope lots of our members will take part. The deadline is 19th January 2017.


Changing the Focus Film Project

We have been very pleased with the response to the Changing the Focus film we made with Ben Ewart-Dean, it has already been screened at several venues and will be at events in North Wales in the new year. We are delighted that the film has been chosen to be part of Together 2012 Disability Film Festival in London next week. Further details can be found on our What’s On page on our website.



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