Colour Space at the V&A

Creative opportunities for adults with learning disabilities...


... 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...


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.

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!


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:

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.


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.


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


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 to find out more and apply. 


Step Change

Nationwide professional development program of the National Theatre...


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...


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.

Disability Arts Networking

Come and have your say as part of The Why? Festival Drop in Sessions...


A Disability Arts Performance Network

Is This a Good Idea?

Are you an artist, company, venue or promoter who would like to progress the involvement of Disabled Artists and Disability Arts in all areas of performance art?

Disabled Artists - Would you like to have greater opportunities to access more performance work?

Do you want to reach more Disabled Artists?

Could collaborative working support bigger ideas?

How do we develop larger audiences and share audience intelligence?

Can you offer training and development opportunities to Disabled Artists?

Would you like to be able to discuss and share how Disabled People can be involved in what you do?

Arts organisations and venues have lots of roles and posts that could be fulfilled by Disabled People ­ Do your recruitment processes constructively promote Disabled People as potential candidates, paid or voluntary?

If any of these questions are of interest to you, and any others you may have yourself, then please come along to one of my open sessions to share your thoughts and ask your own questions, and help research into the feasibility of setting up a Disability Arts Performance Network

Come and Have you say as part of The Why? Festival Drop in Sessions.

Room 713/4 Birmingham Central Library on:

19th September betweem 11:30am ­and 6:00pm.

20th September between 2:00pm ­and 6:30pm.

New dance class!

Creative Movers - a regular dance class for people with learning disabilities.


At The Gateway Education and Arts Centre, Chester Street, Shrewsbury.


10am until 12pm.

Booking is essential: The Gateway Centre on 01743 355159/361120.

Course begins on Thursday 29th September for 10 weeks, 10am until 12pm (Pre booking is essential please enrol at The Gateway) 

Cost: £50 for a 10 week course.

For further information about the dance course please contact Rachel Liggitt at Shropshire Inclusive Dance on 01743 36898.

This weekly creative session adopts a person-centered approach to dance, using music and props to assist. Working individually, in small groups or as a whole class, participants have the opportunity to explore dance in a safe and supportive environment. The emphasis is on sharing and having fun!

You will be given the freedom to learn, experience, explore and create movement together. Two of our experienced staff at Shropshire Inclusive Dance (SiD) will guide every individual in developing their creative skill. Open to adults with learning disabilities of all ages who are new to dance and new to Contact Dance Company, carers, support staff and family!