The Incorrigibles

Perspectives on Disability Art in the 20th and 21st Centuries.

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At DASH's symposium 'Awkward Bastards' in the Spring of 2015, artist and CEO of Shape Arts, Tony Heaton posed the question “Is the Disability Arts movement a forgotten movement?”

In response to this, DASH created a new 84 page, full-colour book that aims to show that Disability arts is alive, well and demands recognition and a place within art history.

Edited by curator Adrian Plant and artist Tanya Raabe-Webber, the book features essays by Darren Henley, Tony Heaton, Amanda Cachia, Craig Ashley, and interviews with fourteen artists including Sue Austin, Jon Adams, Sean Burn, Rachel Gadsden, Bobby Baker and Christine Sun Kim.

“This book is a significant and fundamental point in the history of Disability art and culture. Recognising the history of Disabled artists, our position in the present and what it will be in the future. It will be the basis of our succession and place in the art world. The stories and artwork by these artists unites them and demonstrates the strong vibrant genre that is progressive and inspirational to an emerging Disability arts landscape.” -  Tanya Raabe Webber.

Copies of 'The Incorrigibles' can be pre-ordered for £10 (+£2.50 p&p) online at: https://pay.gocardless.com/AL0000KMGH3HBK

Join us to celebrate the publication of the book at one of the upcoming launches:

  • Monday 28th November 2016, Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool as part of DADAFest, 6:30pm until 7:30pm
  • Tuesday 6th December 2016, Arts Admin, London, 6:00pm until 7:30pm
  • Thursday 8th December 2016, mac Birmingham, 6:00pm until 7:30pm

These events are free but please RSVP to info@dasharts.org

(The retail price after 14/11/2016 is £12.99, although copies will be available for £10 at the launches.)

Awkward Bastards 2 - call for proposals

A call for proposals - Radical Practices...

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DASH's first Awkward Bastards symposium in March 2015 was one of the first to engage with the spectrum of diversity from disability, ethnicity, and sexuality, to gender and class.

Thanks to generous funding from ACE, Awkward Bastards returns 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.  

The two-day symposium will feature artists' presentations, keynote speeches, panel debates, a live portrait painting by Tanya Raabe-Webber, and a Radical Practices open mic session. Please see below for the call for proposals.

Confirmed contributors include Frances Morris (Tate Modern), Tony Heaton (Shape), Mohammed Ali (artist), Rachel Anderson (Idle Women), Daniel Oliver (artist), Simon Casson (Duckie), Sara Wajid (Royal Museums Greenwich), Sue Austin (artist), Nick Llewellyn & Cian Binchy (Access All Areas), Aaron Wright (Fierce Festival), Helga Henry (Birmingham Hippodrome), Sarah Watson & Thompson Hall (Creative Minds), Rachel Gadsden (artist), Gemma Marmalade (artist). 

Call for Proposals - Radical Practices:

AB2 is inviting proposals from artists, activists, academics and others to present 5 minute provocations for the Radical Practices open mic session at the symposium.  We particularly encourage proposals which speak to and reflect the spectrum of diversity in the UK including issues of race, disability, gender and gender fluidity, the experiences of refugees, Roma and other marginalised and displaced peoples, issues of class and privilege, old age, mental health and chronic illness.

Radical Practices provocations can take any form – a manifesto, a rant, a performance, an illustrated slide show. Ideally provocations will be accompanied by a representative image or series of images. Provocations must be no longer than 5 minutes.

We plan to present 10 provocations on March 23rd, selected by the AB2 organisers from proposals received.

Radical Practices provocateurs will receive a £40 honorarium, a complementary ticket to the symposium, and lunch.

To submit a proposal for Radical Practices please send an email to Mike Layward at DASH by Monday 19th December 2016.

Please put 'Radical Practices' in the subject line and include the following information:

  • your name 
  • your contact details 
  • a title 
  • a brief description of what your provocation will be about and why (maximum 150 words) 
  • how you propose to present your provocation (eg a rant) 
  • a representative low-res image 
  • a short biography

We will let you know if we are able to present your provocation by Monday 9th January at the latest.

Full programme details and booking information will be announced in November 2016.

Colour Space at the V&A

Creative opportunities for adults with learning disabilities...

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... to work with the Gilbert Collection of gold, silver, mosaics, gold boxes and enamel portrait miniatures.

Colour Space is a partnership between the V&A and Lemos&Crane.  Following a very successful photography project for adults with learning disabilities, the second programme will be on 29th November 2016, 6th December 2016, 13th December 2016, 10:30am until 1:30pm.

We will be working with the The Rosalinde & Arthur Gilbert Collection of gold, silver, mosaics, gold boxes and enamel portrait miniatures at the V&A. Participants will be making objects as well as taking iPad photographs.

If you work with adults with learning disabilities and would like to find out more about participating, please click here

Fault Lines

An exciting new opportunity with FutureEverything...

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FutureEverything is an award winning innovation lab and festival based in Manchester. It explores the meeting point of technology, society and culture and makes connections between thinkers, developers, coders, artists, designers, urbanists and policy makers – inspiring them to experiment and to collaborate in new ways.

Fault Lines is a unique talent development and commissioning opportunity for early, mid career and established artists who are interested in crossing the boundaries between art, design, science and innovation.

We are are interested exploring the dialogue between technology, innovation, culture and society and demonstrating how artists can have an impact on the technology sector.

We would be grateful if you could help us get the word out and share the link below... (the deadline for applications is the 9th of November).

Fault Lines is funded through Arts Council England's Ambition for Excellence award.  You can share the link directly through our Facebook page or through twitter @FuturEverything.

http://futureeverything.org/news/fault-lines-open-call/

If you need any further information, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

 

Film Skills Training Opportunity

An exciting opportunity for emerging artists and 16-24 age groups!

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An offer for young aspiring film makers...

We are offering a FREE part time 12 week course, in evenings and weekends (so part time workers can attend too) running from October to January.

The course focuses on practical production skills and is particularly aimed at ensuring young women, young BAME, and young disabled people can access this opportunity. However this opportunity is open to all young people age 16-24.

More information is available via the link below:

http://creativealliance.org.uk/job/film-skills-brum-foot-in-the-door-practical-training-course-opportunity

The deadline to apply is 19th October at noon - so don't hesitate to apply!

4 Solos in the Wild

Digital Exhibition by disabled artists wowing audiences at Theatre Severn.

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A powerful exhibition by four disabled performers from Shropshire featuring short films and photography is wowing audiences at Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury. The exhibition is on show until October 20th.

The four disabled performers, Graham Busby, Mervyn Bradley, Erika Juniper and Andrew Kelly spent two weeks in atmospheric wild woodland in Pembrokeshire, exploring and responding to the landscape. From this experience they made powerful dance solos that were captured on camera and film.

Each performer has a very individual and personal relationship with the wild expressed through the movement, dances and stories they created. 

The performers are members of Arty Party., A Shropshire based charity which gives opportunities for learning disabled people to explore, create and share their art. 

Retreats in the wild landscape acted as an important and inspiring  experience for the disabled performers.

Their performances are shared through the mediums of short film directed by Ray Jacobs and photographed by dance photographer Chris Nash.

The films soundtrack includes music by Deuair. a vocal, harp and fiddle duet who explored tunes from the locality and worked alongside the dancers throughout the project.

Arty Party produced this project through funding from Arts Council England and the Basil Houghton Memorial Trust

The project is directed by movement and film Shropshire artist Ray Jacobs, his most recent work 'Bastion' recently received a grand prix de jury prize at the Entr'e 2 Marches section of the Cannes Festival.

www.solointhewild.com

WriteNow

To find new writers from under-represented communities in Birmingham.

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Are you the next Malcolm Gladwell?

Or Wolverhampton's answer to James Patterson? 

Are you writing the next epic love story, featuring Romeo and Julian?

If so, we'd love to meet you.

WriteNow wants to find, mentor and publish new writers with different stories to tell. Writers from communities under-represented on the nation's bookshelves.

This includes unpublished writers from socio-economically marginalised backgrounds, writers who come from LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer) or BAME (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic) communities, or writers with a disability.

WriteNow will offer 150 writers one-to-one time with editors as well as access to literary agents, booksellers and published authors, including Jonathan Coe, Kit de Waal, and Bali Rai. Ten exceptional writers will go on to benefit from a year of mentoring with the goal of having their book published.

Join us on 26th November in Birmingham.

Visit www.write-now.live to find out more and apply. 

#WriteNowLive

Step Change

Nationwide professional development program of the National Theatre...

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Step Change is a national programme for professionals seeking to progress and develop their careers in management of the performing arts.

The programme provides coaching, mentoring, masterclasses and experience-based learning and supports those in need of a change of direction. Step Change focuses predominantly on arts administration roles (such as producing, management, project management, learning, development, marketing, cultural policy etc.) and expands the range of opportunities for those hoping to make a transition into or within the arts, especially those who are overlooked and underrepresented.

The programme's key aim is to develop confident, experienced, daring and aware professionals that will strengthen the heart of the sector.

Here is the link to the Step Change page of the National Theatre website, for more information.

INSIDE questionnaire

The questionnaire for the INSIDE commission is still live...

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We're looking for more participants to click onto the following link and fill out a questionnaire relating to 'safe spaces':

INSIDE questionnaire.

Artists Daniel Regan and Antonia Attwood are investigating ideas of safe space for their INSIDE commission and residency at QUAD, Derby, to be shown as part of FORMAT Photography Festival 2017. Where does one go to find sanctuary, comfort and security in the modern age? From immersing oneself into nature or to the warmth of a soft bed, we are interested in understanding and representing what a safe place means to different people in today's fast paced society.

In phase one we are researching what constitutes a safe space for a diverse range of people. Please help us gain a wider understanding of what a safe place means to individuals by answering a few questions anonymously for us.