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:

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

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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.


Blog from Jean Green - DASH PROCESSIONS project

Jean Green tells us about what the PROCESSIONS project means to her


Joining this group has been the best and the worst for me. I love the research, history, creative process and the company of like-minded people so I'm always open to the subject.

This particular celebration has been very emotional for me. The longer it's gone on, the more I've learned about myself and my own personal history. The vote has always been important to me as it is the one thing no one else controls or can withhold. It's MINE and I can vote for the people I believe will right for me and mine.

I soon realised at the first workshop that everyone of us were eager and committed to the “cause”. We seemed to just gel into a fully working group, and got on with the task in hand. Looking at photos of the original suffragettes creating their banners, it feels like we are recreating the same 100 years on. 

Our first workshop at Quatt introduced us to the second part of the main banner using small squares to frame the larger section. Words and Deeds is a brilliantly apt title for the discussions that followed and identified to us full equality is not just in our right to vote but encompasses so many areas. It opened my eyes to just how much work still has to be done not just in our country but worldwide.

Emily Davison by Rose Foran

This moving poem has been sent in by Rose Foran, along with a beautiful piece of embroidery for the DASH PROCESSIONS project. I hope you enjoy it as much as we have at DASH.


Emily Davison


I can feel. And hear them. Before I

see them. Thunderous, pounding, like a thousand

hearts, throbbing up, upwards, to me. Splitting

earth from its core. Crowds part, as if sensing

destiny. Drawn ever closer - a sacrifice to

sound. There. And there. On the horizon. Small

and delicate of bone like little children,

their satin colours, whispering, rustling upon

skin and yet more satin. Racing, racing

through the elliptical. How they seemed to

fly. So beautiful, so, so beautiful. But eyes

are renowned liars. It is time.


I make a move. Another. Then another. No

hand stays the inevitable. The moment is

mine. Now, I see them, for the first time.

In their true glory: manes flying, nostrils

Flaring, eyes wildly orbiting. And throbbing.

Throbbing, beating, pounding hooves. Sweaty

Flanks, sinews- muscled in express speed.

Towards me. The King's horse – a beauty,

moulded an equine perfection. I see you. See

Your guided grace, glide towards, me. My

colours are with me now. Are part of me.

Violet. White and green. Deeds not words.

Deeds not words. A breath expands all

that I am. Then falling, falling, like slipping

into sleep. Fetlocks, hooves, shadows, ear

to the ground – a deep, throbbing, dying

heart. Violet. White and green. And. And.

Darkness. No stars.


Rose Foran


Artist Tanya Raabe Webber tells us about work at her Shrewsbury based studio supporting Disabled artists.


In 2015 I joined forces with learning disability artist Alison Picknell from Telford to set up a transient studio that we evolved around church halls, community halls and home studios around Telford and Shropshire.


Our aim was to provide a safe creative inclusive space where disabled artists, learning disabled artists and non disabled artists could develop their art work, whilst developing opportunities to develop their creativity, pursue their artistic ambition and contribute to the contemporary visual art sector.


In 2016 we moved into the free project space at Participate Contemporary Space CIC in Shrewsbury, where Alison and I continued to develop our work. Alison began to become an artist in her own right, with her work being profiled on the Outside In website, in their online shop and on their promotional material. Prior to this Alison's work was exhibited in Compton Verney where she sold all her work. This resulted in a much higher profile, giving her confidence in her work to start making her paintings on a large scale.


Alison and I continued to work closely together developing our collaborative arts practice and looking for professional development opportunities to expand our studio group and artists collective.


As a disabled artist and pioneer of so may aspects of the Disability Arts Movement, I found Alison's artistic drive and ambition to succeed and continue the development of her own practice and ArtStudio01 extremely compelling. I felt I understood this need in her to want to paint and to create her work as a fellow artist. So I chose to continue to support her as a voluntary Artistic Director of ArtStudio01 in our shared ambition to make ArtStudio01 into a supported studio space.


Over the next year we both spent time spreading the word about ArtStudio01 in order to build our artists collective so that we could become a more sustainable group with a small income to buy materials with. Alison also needed support to enable her to travel independently from Telford to Shrewsbury, so her friend Krisstel became her travelling support. Then Krisstel enjoyed making art too so in turn joined as learning disabled artist, then Krisstel's husband, who also likes art joined us. And then there were 4!


In the meantime I was supporting and mentoring learning disabled artist Mark Lloyd, whom I was successful in getting an Arts Council England Grants For the Arts (G4A) Award for Reasearch and Development, and mentored him in expanding his arts practice, exploring ways to showcase his 30 year archive of his drawings of motorways and trains, his creative skills set and introducing him to a wider creative cultural view through visits to galleries and museums - local to the West Midlands. Mark's mentoring and skill set development all took place at ArtStudio01, and continues to do so along with Mark's Mum Wendy who decided she wanted to learn to paint landscapes.


In February 2016 we got another ACE G4A to go on a cultural exchange trip #Take6 to Project Ability in Glasgow, to see a co-curated exhibition of the artists of ArtStudio01 whom I'd been mentoring over that last year, through the DASH Cultivate scheme. A pioneering moment, as I developed an inclusive progressive mentoring strand in the DASH Cultivate programme that was tailored to include learning disabled artists in developing their own professional practice.


Since then Mark has exhibited his work in Kaarisilta Bieniel Helsinki, Finland and his work is very popular and continues to sell. Alison has sold several works on Outside In to European buyers. Krisstel has been commissioned to make new work and continues to develop her skills in watercolour techniques in landscapes. Tristan is collaborating with artists in Participate. Sarah Jane has joined us and is enjoying the Health and well-being benefits of creating her menagerie animal drawings. Artist Ross Prince has joined us from Loudwater Studios and is creating a moodscape wall.


Exciting news is that I have been awarded an ACE G4A Lottery Grant to tour 5 supported UK learning disability arts studios and 1 international studio in Finland. I'll be joined by Producer Jennifer Gilbert and evaluator Mandy Fowler to do action research and development into contemporary artist practices and Studio models. This will feed into the development of ArtStudio01 and specialist mentoring in partnership with DASH.


ArtStudio01's future is looking extremely bright and exciting. Follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, or check out the project blog to keep up with our happenings.

Frrelance Administrator at Shropshire Inclusive Dance

SiD is recruiting for this exciting new post.


This is a key role within the organisation – you will be responsible for ensuring effective and efficient administration for Shropshire Inclusive Dance, working alongside the artistic directors.

You will play a key part in supporting a growing and ambitious organisation, putting administrative systems into place at the beginning of our journey and supporting us to develop and grow.

DASH PROCESSIONS Workshop 1 - Guest blog by Anne Marie Lagram

Find out what happened in the first of our PROCESSIONS workshops


I couldn't have wished for a better group of women to get us started who were happy to give their thoughts and opinions relating to not only the project but to the bigger picture of women in Shropshire today. They were also great about being decisive regarding ideas of how the banner should look and be constructed.





It was decided that the banner will be split into three sections in view of the project being taken to three different locations.

Section one-A central panel will be produced at The Hive which will incorporate the Shropshire Hills, a larger circular sun/moon and the words – WE ARE HERE- incorporated into the design. One of the areas of discussion was about the fact Shropshire is still an unknown place to the rest of the country and the women of the county are also unknown. When we looked at historic banners the majority stated where they were from and so a statement firmly placing us was decided as our strong statement. It was also decide that the words Shropshire Women would be put on the outer border. The materials for that central panel will be a base of felt because of its strong colours and ease to use (no fraying) but that we would work into these felt sections with needle felting, stitching and 'podging'. The names of important Shropshire women will be part of the design as a close up detail.


Section Two – will be an outer border to the central panel and will frame the central image. This will be made by the group meeting at Quatt. Some ideas of what this may look like were mooted and the idea that maybe a series of individual pieces of a patchwork might be a good construction method. But it was decided that it was important that the group that shows up at Quatt would be best placed to determine this. I would like to have the same/continued conversations with this group in the same way as I had at the first meet up at The Hive.


Section Three– will be the main border and tabs that hold the banner on to poles and additional pieces. This will be done at a drop in session at participate and as an 'outreach' part of the project. We know some people want to be involved but can't get to the sessions and so we thought this was a good way of enabling everyone to have their voice heard. We are going to invite people to make a strip of fabric that states their geographic location and to also add a word/words that express something about being a woman in Shropshire today.  The completed strips of fabric need to be approximately 10inches/26cms in length and 3 ½ inches/9cms in width. We will then add these strips either as a fringe at the bottom of our banner (we were inspired by our Morris Troop The Shropshire Bedlams costumes) or made into links to form a fabric chain that unifies all the women of Shropshire.








The construction of the components of the banner will take place on Tuesday June 5th at The Hive and we hope as many people as possible will come and join in.

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We also formed a face book group called Shropshire Subversive Stitchers (the subversive stitchers bit came from a comment relating to the banners and procession one hundred years ago) Already we have lots of people being actively involved in researching Shropshire women, posting about the suffrage/suffragettes and putting how they feel being involved in the project as well as saying something about being a woman. Please do join the group an become involved in the conversation.