DASH is a Disability led visual arts organisation. We work with arts and cultural organisations and individuals regionally and nationally. You can see the projects we are currently working on by selecting the 'projects'link above.

DASH is constantly developing new projects and partnerships, if you are interested in working with us please let us know

DASH receives funding from Arts Council England as a National Portfolio Organisation, Shropshire Council, Arts Council Wales and QC Data.


ACE funding announcement

Tuesday 27th June 2017

DASH is delighted to announce Arts Council England funding for 2018 – 2022.

DASH's application for additional investment was supported, which means that we can expand our partnership work commissioning Disabled artists and create a new Disabled children and young people programme. 

How can we do this with just three part time staff? The increased investment means that we will be able to expand our team with an Engagement and Learning Manager and a Marketing & Communications Manager.

The Board and staff would like to say a HUGE thank you to Arts Council England, the organisation and the staff team for all your support over the years. 

And of course a HUGE thank you to all our supporters, from so many arts, cultural and media and third sector organisations, all the individuals, artists, freelancers, participants and funders, who have made it possible to continue our work. 

We have BIG plans over the next four years, so make sure you watch this space for the latest projects and news. Did I mention DASH will be 20 years old in 2021? – Time for a celebration?

Peter Knott, Area Director, Arts Council England said: "Creative talent is everywhere, but opportunities are not, which is why we're thrilled to be increasing our investment in DASH over the next four years. It'll be great to see them continue to support disabled visual artists, as well as using our funding to create a new programme for disabled children and young people to get involved with art and culture."

Inside Commission at QUAD

23 MARCH - 24 APRIL 2017

Artists Daniel Regan and Antonia Attwood explore the soothing qualities of natural spaces in this immersive exhibition that fuses virtual reality, video, photography and sound. The artists — both working in the field of mental health and well-being — have responded to the theme of HABITAT by examining how different landscapes can offer safety and respite in today's fast moving world.

During summer of 2016, the artists began their research into what constitutes a safe space by asking for anonymous contributions from strangers. Overwhelmingly, the responses focused on the power of nature: the sounds of the sea and water; being in forests and open fields; the therapeutic act of walking or curling up by a warm fire.

Regan and Attwood's inquiry into how we feel safe or soothed took them on various journeys — recording sights, sounds and light across England. The resulting exhibition is the culmination of these journeys, physically constructed into individual rooms. Viewers are invited to immerse themselves and switch off from the frenetic pace of modern life.

As part of their commission, Regan and Attwood delivered a series of workshops during the exhibition, around the theme of safe and soothing spaces. These workshops were designed for people that may be experiencing their own set of difficulties, including adults with mental health difficulties, the elderly and adolescent children on the autistic spectrum.

This project was made in conjunction with QUAD, FORMAT, Inside arts, D-LAB, Level Centre, Junction Arts and Arts Council England.  

Images credit: Daniel Regan & Antonia Attwood, images from the exhibition 'Be Here, Now', 2016

Awkward Bastards: Absence

22nd - 23rd March 2017

Awkward Bastards: ABsence took place on 22nd - 23rd March at mac birmingham.

Recordings of the talks and performances are available to view on YouTube

You can also find a round-up of reactions to the event on social media here.

Workshops, keynote speeches, panel debates, open mic - with internationally renowned artists and academics, focussing on underrepresentation, exclusion and invisibility.

Co produced by DASH, mac birmingham and LADA.

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DASH's Awkward Bastards symposium in March 2015 was one of the first to engage with the spectrum of diversity from disability, ethnicity, sexuality, to gender and class. The Awkward Bastards returned with ABsence in 2017 to consider the ways in which diverse artists and practices have been, are, or could be framed, and our collective responsibilities to our pasts and our futures.

Contributors to the 2017 symposium:

Frances Morris (Tate Modern), Tony Heaton (Shape), Mohammed Ali (artist), Rachel Anderson (Idle Women), Julie McNamara (Vital Xposure), Daniel Oliver (artist), Jamila Johnson Small (artist/organiser), Simon Casson (Duckie), Katharine Araniello & Aaron Williamson (Disabled Avant Garde), Sue Austin (artist), Melanie Keen (Iniva), Nick Llewellyn & Cian Binchy (Access All Areas), David A Bailey (International Curators Forum), Aaron Wright (Fierce Festival), sean burn (artist), Tanya Raabe-Webber (artist), Helga Henry (Birmingham Hippodrome), Sarah Watson & Rory Baird (Creative Minds), Rachel Gadsden (artist), Charlotte Gregory (Vamos), Lara Ratnaraja (consultant) and Caroline Parker (actor)

ABsence is a collaboration with the Live Art Development Agency, London and mac birmingham.


The first INSIDE commissions
An 'in' with a stranger
Stop the Shropshire Arts Cuts


Turning it on it's head
Launch of Cultivate
Art Express exhibition
In Conversation With The Past premiere
Almost a Score at Arnolfini
Disrupted at mac birmingham
Firing the can(n)on of disability arts
The Awkward Bastards Symposium
Tu Fewn artists announced


Tu Fewn commissions announced
The Big Draw - From Micro to Macro
DASH secures three year funding
Arnolfini commission for IN project
Nicola Lane commission with Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery
Tu Fewn commissions announced
Curator in Residence at mac birmingham
Sound Canvas at the Hive
Walls with Wounds at The Herbert
Disability Art and Equality Training workshop
Our first crowd-funding experience is a success!


More Photoshop workshops in Shrewsbury
Sound Canvas wins a Jodi-Award
Photoshop workshops at the Hive
Outside In Opportunity in AN magazine
Animation workshop at the Hive
Sound Canvas is unveiled at The Public
Portrait Painting workshop with Tanya Raabe
Disability Art and Equality Training for Artists
DASH Annual report for 2012/13
Shropshire Star Advertisement
New Gallery partners for 'in'


DASH moves to the Hive
DASH Annual report 2011/2012
M21 Live Art Event in Much Wenlock
Visual Art Workshops at DASH November 2011 - May 2012


DASH's Disability Film Festival
Debate A-N magazine - October 2011
Noemi Lakmaier's commission 'Object/Female'
Open Studios Exhibition at DASH
Camp DAG - The Disabled Avant Garde
Just Dali
Back by popular demand... Visual Arts Workshops at DASH
IMP - Improvised Music Project


Raising profile of disabled artists
Sean Burn opens at New Art Gallery Walsall
Day In The Life Of
The First UK Disability Film Festival
Disability arts group offering workshops
DASH @ HOME - a series of Visual Arts Workshops - FREE and open to all
DASH Film Festival and Training Day - FREE event


Film and Disability 2009 at Borderlines Film Festival
DASH Annual report 2008/2009
Arts group moves into new home
Borderlines Film Festival - March 2009
THE SPACE - Launch Party


Artists Development Team (2)
Preparing for speedy expansion
DASH Annual report 2007/2008
Artists Development Team (3)
Film and Disability 2008 at Borderlines Film Festival
Gallery plan for DASH
Artists get online showcase


BBC Shropshire online - 2007
DASH Annual report 2006/2007
Ludlow Carnival 2007
Scene and Heard - Shrewsbury Chronicle
Recruiting disabled artists


Shrewsbury Chronicle - Video shines light
Shrewsbury Chronicle - Lantern changes
DASH Annual report 2005/2006
Ludlow Carnival 2006
Visual Art Slabs in Walsall


Unleashed - mixed media exhibition
DASH Annual report 2004/2005
Ludlow Carnival 2005
Disabled artists gear for Carnival
Borderlines Film Festival - March 2005
DASH opens doors to arts events


Scene and Heard - Shrewsbury Chronicle
ACE West Midlands news - August 7th 2004
DASH Annual report 2003/2004
Digital Now 1 and 2


Drive to bring access to arts
DASH Annual report 2002/2003
Ludlow Carnival 2003
Astoria Project


DASH performers acquire £40,000 for 'King of Fools'
King of Fools


DASH Annual report 2000
International Festival of DA - 2000
Shropshire Millennium Art Commissions


Shire Magazine - summer 1999


Festival of DA - October 1998
Friends of DASH broadsheet


Festival of DA - June and July 1997


DASHMAG - July 1996
Festival of DA - June and July 1996


How DASH started

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