Creative Conversations

Creative Conversations launch will be an inspiring afternoon of speakers and presentations of national creative projects for older people including We engAGE, Duckie and Curious Shoes. We invite anyone aged 55+ or who works with older people to come along.


Everyone who is involved and interested professionally or personally in creativity for older people is welcome.

Places are FREE but must be pre booked. We promise tea, cake, inspiration and conversation!

​Places can be booked via Eventbrite:

Marketing Assistant - Live and Local

£16,772 to £18,251 subject to experience (full time/ 35 hrs per week/ flexi-time) with supplementary payments for any additional weekend and unsociable hours worke


Joining a team of ten in Warwick the Marketing Assistant supports the Marketing & Communications Manager in all aspects of marketing and communications, with specific responsibility for print management for the live rural & community touring scheme and the community cinema scheme, communications (delegated elements of PR and media/ press function, including digital media), and will deputise for the Marketing & Communications Manager (MCM) in their absence.

You should have a passion for the arts and be an efficient and enthusiastic person with good organisational, communication and computer skills, a friendly personality, good written English and an eye for design. Previous arts marketing experience essential.

Deadline: Monday 29 October 2018, 5pm

Interviews: w/c Monday 05 November 2018

Starting: w/c Monday 10 December 2018 (latest) or earlier

Application pack: available for download

Application: via online application form only

'Unknown Places’

'Unknown Places’ explores how we can navigate, compose and find comfort within the unknown.


Shropshire Inclusive Dance warmly invites you to a performance by Contact Dance Company, makers of powerful and moving inclusive dance

The performance is at the Arena Theatre in Wolverhampton
on Wednesday 10th October.

'Unknown Places' explores how we can navigate, compose and find comfort within the unknown.

The piece has been choreographed by award winning dance artist Joanna Young and is performed by our talented ensemble of disabled and non-disabled dancers.

Recent performances of this show by Contact Dance Company has received rave reviews

'Focused, reflective, contemplative, infused with the presence not only of each dancer, but also the presence and energies of the natural world'

'At times it felt like the piece was showing to me the ever moving qualities of the whole of humanity'

'Unknown Places' will be shown alongside a new trio by the company & also new work from Dance Unity.

Dance Unity has created this new work through a residency with
Contact Dance Company.

The tickets at £5 each can be booked from the Arena box office on 01902 321321 or online following this link

Arena Theatre, Wulfruna Street, Wolverhampton, WV1 1SE

The Arena Theatre is a wheelchair accessible venue.

Research Student Seeks Participants for Inclusive Arts Practice Study.

MA student Jessica Starns is currently studying Inclusive Arts Practice at Brighton University and is seeking ten neurodiverse participants to take part in her research.


From 15th October- 26th November 2018 Jessica will be delivering the research project, using art as a way to gather data and discussions responding to their research question:

How should we interpret and curate the history of labelling people with learning difficulties (neurodiversity)?

A maximum of 10 participants are being sought to work as a group and be involved in the arts-based research. The research is for participants who define themselves as having a learning difficulty (neurodiversity) for example dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia, ADHD, ASD and autism.

The research will take place over 7 sessions, from 15th October till 25th November 2018 for 7 weeks. The research will take place at the Free Space Project, Kentish Town Health Centre, 2 Bartholomew Road, London NW5 2BX,  apart from the 2nd session on Tuesday 23rd October, which will take place at the Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road, Kings Cross, London NW1 2BE. Each session will last for 2.5 hours from 11am till 1.30pm.

What is the purpose of the study/project?

The purpose and aims of the study are:

  • The research will start conversations through learning about neurodiversity history by exploring archives, newspaper articles and museum objects, reflecting on their own personal experiences, in comparison to, and informed by, archive items at the Wellcome Collection. Learning what is important to the neurodiverse community when telling the history of labelling people with learning difficulties including charitable, medical, educational and personal narratives.
  • Discuss how to tell an unbiased narrative through historical accounts and personal experiences.
  • The terminology to use when talking about neurodiversity, the history of classifying people with learning difficulties, challenge prejudice views, to think about why there is a focus on 'curing', exploring current attitudes and how we portray neurodiversity in the media. 
  • Through the research I would hope to find out for museums and collections what's important to the neurodiverse community when telling the history of labelling people with learning difficulties? Through the charitable, medical, educational and personal narratives.

If you are interested and would like to know more information, or to register your interest, please contact Jessica Starns directly:

AA2A Scheme open to new applicants

The Artists Access to Art Colleges scheme is accepting applications to over 50 colleges for October 2018 to April 2019. DASH is an AA2A Disability Champion.


The AA2A project (Artists Access to Art Colleges) is offering over 50 placements, giving artists and designer-makers the opportunity to undertake a period of research or realise a project using art college facilities e.g. workshops, IT facilities, lending library, lecture programme. AA2A schemes aim to benefit students and institutions through their interaction with practising artists

  • Access is free, for at least 100 hours, between Oct 2018 and April 2019
  • AA2A's Support Fund, primarily for artists on low income provides expenses up to £350
  • Closing dates for applications vary but all are in September 2018
  • Artists on AA2A schemes run from 2016 to 2017 or before can now reapply
  • All applicants must have at least one years professional practice
  • Only MA /PhD students can apply in the same year they graduate
  • Applicants should be able to work with minimal technical support
  • Applicants will be asked to suggest ways that students can benefit from their presence
  • AA2A particularly welcomes applications from artists with disabilities, from culturally diverse backgrounds and non-graduates


For a full list of participating Universities please visit the AA2A website here.

The closing date for applications at most institutions is 21 September, but please check with each individual organisation.

Disabled Artists

AA2A works with 'Disability Champions' (Shape, DASH, the ArtHouse and Accentuate) to promote the project.  If you have any difficulties during the application process which we cannot deal with, or need extra advice or support, you can contact the AA2A national team directly ( or contact them through the 'Disability Champions'

Art Shape Offer Inclusive Arts Leadership Course

Art Shape, based in Gloucestershire, are offering a Level 3 accredited course to gain the relevant skills to promote and deliver inclusive practice in your arts discipline.


Delivered by recognised inclusion specialists, practitioners and inspiring guest speakers.

Is Inclusive Leadership training for me?

This course is for leaders/teachers aged 18+ from any art form wanting to boost confidence in inclusive arts facilitation. 

How can I access the course?

Group training: Sessions are held in an accessible venue.

Online learning: You will need access to a computer with Wi-Fi and email
We will discuss individual access requirements with you in advance.

How is this course structured? 

Training Sessions
Interactive sessions that will enable you to learn as a group.
4 x Full day sessions (weekends) spread over 4 months.
Guest speakers/inclusive practitioners.
Direct links to course content.

Online Learning
Access this course at your own pace, in your own time.
Explore theory that will underpin your practice.
Complete tasks that will be assessed towards your accreditation.
Access a range of online resources.

Personalised support throughout the course.
Professional guidance from experienced mentors with expertise in your arts discipline.

Putting what you learn into practice.
Develop and apply your new skills in your existing practice or we can find you a suitable placement within your discipline.

Contact Art Shape

For more information, to discuss access requirements and/or course fees, please contact Caroline at Art Shape.
01452 863855 (Tuesday-Thursday)
Concessions are available

Application deadline: 31/7/2018

Art Shape was established in 1993 and through work with individuals, groups, communities, organisations and partners, has made significant steps in promoting everyone's right to creative experiences; transforming the arts landscape across Gloucestershire. 

Find out more here.


Administrator Post with Live & Local

Live & Local are seeking a full time administrator.



£19,625 (Full time/ 35hours per week/ flexitime)

Live & Local are seeking a full time Administrator.

The successful candidate will be responsible for carrying out and supervising a range of general administrative and financial duties. The role will also provide you with the opportunity to attend Live & Local events.

You should be an efficient and enthusiastic with excellent organisational, communication and computer skills. Applicants should have strong interpersonal skills as the role also requires you to answer telephone enquiries and support volunteers in the build-up to shows. Previous office administrative experience and a passion for the arts are essential.

Please note that the post is based in Warwickshire, in a 2nd floor office space without lift access.

Deadline: Noon, Thursday 5th July 2018

Interviews: Thursday 12th July 2018

Starting: w/c 20th August 2018

Application: Via online application form only. Application pack available for download on our jobs page:

Blog from Edel Slawson - DASH Processions 2

Participant Edel Slawson updates us on her feelings about Processions following the March in Cardiff on June 10 2018.


I was proud to be part of the suffrage banner procession in Cardiff on June 10 2018.

I travelled with a lovely group of ladies who were all part of the making of the 'Women in Shopshire' banner.

What a wonderful experience to be part of; thousands of women coming together for one cause.

We marched through the streets standing proud to celebrate and thank the suffragettes for their amazing dedication.

Our banner shone above all others in it's design, work(wo)manship and detail.

It was such a memorable day meeting people and making new friends - one I won't forget in a hurry.

Blog from Edel Slawson - DASH Processions

Edel Slawson talks about her involvement with DASH's PROCESSIONS workshops and what the project means to her.


What does #Processions2018 Mean to Edel Slawson?


I became aware of the banner making workshops on facebook some months ago and was immediately excited by the prospect of being involved in such an amazing and important event. Unfortunately due to work commitments I was unable to attend all the workshops.


This year has been a memorable year for me in many ways. I started my nurse training 40 years ago this month (May) and feel very proud to have been a nurse and the fact that I have survived that long with all the stress and political hassle it carries with it. I feel a little of the suffragettes' pain in that the establishments can be very frustrating in moving forward and creating an equal environment and looking after Nurses.


The other reason is that my mum died 10 years ago also in May and it has meant quite an emotional month and I felt that by doing the workshops I could somehow be part of the era that my mum, who was born in 1925 would have been part of. My mum was a very independent woman who was a singer and dancer and at times would have been driving around the country alone as a young entertainer going to different clubs and shows.


I am very excited about being part of something very special as we as women are still fighting on other levels including pay and equality. Although we havent had to go through the suffering and harshness that the suffragettes endured, we are still fighting in some way or another.


The workshop I attended recently was an amazing experience, everyone getting on with what ever jobs were needed to finish a beautiful piece of work which will become part of history. I love sewing and spend many hours sewing for family and friends and am delighted that I can use that skill which my mother taught me as a 7 year old.


I am looking forward to the forthcoming procession in Cardiff and will be very proud to walk in the procession. I plan to wear an appropriate dress and hat to honor the suffragettes.


Find out more about #Processions2018 by following the hashtag on Twitter.


Blog from Mary Lewis - DASH Processions

Mary Lewis has been attending the PROCESSIONS women's workshops organised by DASH. Find out how the sessions have made a real difference to her and her crafting community.


Mary Lewis has keenly participated in a number of the PROCESSIONS workshops, led by artist Anne Marie Lagram and organised by DASH in conjunction with Artichoke.

Inspired by the workshops, she has organised her own sessions with her local craft group at Forge Urban Revival and has shared her experiences in her beautifully illustrated blog post.

Mary says:
'On a personal level I feel very privileged to be involved in this project and to have shared a very positive experience with a group of inspiring women. I have been fascinated for many years in the role of textile arts in protest, particularly feminist protest, and I feel that this project celebrates and remembers the power of creative, collective action.'


There are still opportunities to get involved in the project - join us at:

Sunnycroft - Wellington 13 May 11am - 4pm (Please note this is a National Trust property and admission charges will apply.)

The Hive, Shrewsbury on Monday 21 May 11am - 2pm
and 5 June 11am - 2pm (FREE).

Alternatively find out how you can take part at home and post in your contribution to the banner.