Disability Arts Networking

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

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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.

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

FREE TASTER SESSION ON THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 22nd!

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!

August newsletter

Lots of news from DASH in this month's newsletter!

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Click here to view the latest newsletter from DASH...

Project updates on INSIDE and Tu Fewn, plus the announcement of the Awkward Bastards return next year. Audio Description training sessions across Wales - and a special screening in Bishops Castle of Nicola Lane's IN commission film, In Conversation with the Past.

INSIDE commission

An update on the exciting INSIDE commission!

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QUAD will be hosting the artists Daniel Regan and Antonia Attwood in residence here in QUAD Artist Studio from the 22nd to 24th August 2016. As part of their residency and subsequent new commission, they will be focussing on 'safe spaces' and mental well-being. We're looking for participants to click onto the following link and fill out a questionnaire relating to 'safe spaces':

http://danielregan.com/inside/

Daniel Regan and Antonia Attwood were selected from an open call for a disabled artist commission as part of the INSIDE programme, funded by disabled arts organisation DASH and is a partnership between QUAD and D-Lab, with Level and Junction Arts. The resulting artwork from the project will be exhibited as part of FORMAT International photography Festival in 2017. The main thrust of their commission for QUAD and D-Lab is on 'safe spaces' and mental well-being (linked in particular to the theme of 'Habitat' for next year's FORMAT).

Starting to write

The deadline has been extended for this exciting opportunity - until 5th August!

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In the spirit of developing a partnership,  Arvon would like to support a disabled writer to come on The Starting to Write Course tutored by Rebecca Goss and Nii Ayikwei Parkes from October 17th -22nd 2016.

This is a great opportunity for a disabled person who wants to develop their writing skills. 

To apply for the bursary please email paula@dasharts.org or by post to Paula Dower, 5 Belmont, Shrewsbury SY1 1TE and tell me in 200 words or less what the bursary would mean to you as a beginning/emerging writer.

Deadline: 5th August 2016 at 5pm.

For more information on the course: http://www.arvon.org/course/starting-to-write-4/ 

More about Arvon and The Hurst:

Arvon is a charity that runs five-day residential creative writing courses and retreats in rural writing houses, offering the time and space to write. 

Recently renovated, The Hurst is a place you can write, far away from daily distractions. The house and gardens were the former home of playwright John Osborne. The grounds boast Redwoods, wild orchids, surrounded by the forest-covered Shropshire Hills, designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The 19th century building has been given a thoroughly 21st century renovation.  All 16 bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms, the main workshop room has a hand crafted table for twenty and a growing library, and a lift gives accessibility to every bedroom. The house sits within 26 acres of woodland, with a spring-fed lake and inspiring walks.

The centre is situated several miles from Craven Arms station, which has rail connections to London, Wales, the North and South-West England. There are local taxi services – we can arrange for a taxi to pick you up for incoming and return journeys.

The Hurst welcomes Disabled people – there is wheelchair access to every room via a lift, with all rooms equipped with ensuite bathrooms, five of which are wetrooms equipped for wheelchair access.

Viewfinder Platform

Check out the rather fetching new site from our friends @disabilityarts

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The best place for news, opinion, blogs and listings on the disability arts and culture world just got better! Check out Disability Arts Online's new website: www.disabilityarts.online

Disability Arts Online's new website has just been launched. Reviews, news, interviews and opinion on disability arts, not to mention listings for accessible performances. www.disabilityarts.online

Later in the year, Disability Arts Online www.disabilityarts.online will be launching a new video platform, Viewfinder, which will feature curated video playlists, original commissions, and eventually, live streaming. Both the new Disability Arts Online site and the Viewfinder video platform have been funded through Arts Council England's Grants for the Arts programme, and further supported by core funding from The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.

Alongside the new website, Disability Arts Online will also launch their newly branded newsletter with the most exciting news, opinion pieces, blogs, events and jobs relating to disability arts and culture. You can sign up to the newsletter here: http://disabilityartsonline.us13.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=178bfacb1401aa915f9d55ef2&id=72f6aefe76

Starting to Write

Exciting opportunity for a Disabled writer.

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In the spirit of developing a partnership,  Arvon would like to support a disabled writer to come on The Starting to Write Course tutored by Rebecca Goss and Nii Ayikwei Parkes from October 17th -22nd 2016.

This is a great opportunity for a disabled person who wants to develop their writing skills. 

To apply for the bursary please email paula@dasharts.org or by post to Paula Dower, 5 Belmont, Shrewsbury SY1 1TE and tell me in 200 words or less what the bursary would mean to you as a beginning/emerging writer.

Deadline: 29th July 2016 5pm.

For more information on the course: http://www.arvon.org/course/starting-to-write-4/ 

More about Arvon and The Hurst:

Arvon is a charity that runs five-day residential creative writing courses and retreats in rural writing houses, offering the time and space to write. 

Recently renovated, The Hurst is a place you can write, far away from daily distractions. The house and gardens were the former home of playwright John Osborne. The grounds boast Redwoods, wild orchids, surrounded by the forest-covered Shropshire Hills, designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The 19th century building has been given a thoroughly 21st century renovation.  All 16 bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms, the main workshop room has a hand crafted table for twenty and a growing library, and a lift gives accessibility to every bedroom. The house sits within 26 acres of woodland, with a spring-fed lake and inspiring walks.

The centre is situated several miles from Craven Arms station, which has rail connections to London, Wales, the North and South-West England. There are local taxi services – we can arrange for a taxi to pick you up for incoming and return journeys.

The Hurst welcomes Disabled people – there is wheelchair access to every room via a lift, with all rooms equipped with ensuite bathrooms, five of which are wetrooms equipped for wheelchair access.

AA2A project

AA2A Artists & Designer maker placements 2016-17.

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The AA2A project (Artists Access to Art Colleges) is offering around 80 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, and lecture programme.  AA2A schemes aim to benefit students and institutions through their interaction with practising artists.

Map and links to application info for 20 AA2A schemes   www.aa2a.org/colleges
Eligibility and details of how to apply   www.aa2a.org/apply

•       Access is free, for at least 100 hours, between Oct 2016 and April 2017
•       AA2A's Hardship Fund, primarily for artists on benefits provides expenses up to £300 
•       Closing dates for applications vary but all are in September 2016
•       Artists on AA2A schemes run from 2014 to 2015 or before can now reapply
•       All applicants must have at least one year's professional practice
•       Only M.A. students can apply in the same year they graduate
•       Applicants should be able to work with minimal technical support

Follow us on  Twitter  and  Facebook  for regular, updated information.
To see current AA2A artists' work go to http://aa2a.biz 
AA2A particularly welcomes applications from artists with disabilities, from culturally diverse backgrounds and non-graduates.

APPLICATION PACKS ONLY AVAILABLE DIRECT FROM THE HOST INSTITUTIONS:

University of Sunderland    Application deadline 22nd September
alex.whelan@sunderland.ac.uk   0191 515 2512
printmaking (screen printing, etching, lithography, relief printing, Riso printing), wood, metal, glass, ceramics, 3-D printing, photography (digital and chemical), painting

Teesside University (Middlesbrough)    Application deadline  4th September k.prow@tees.ac.uk   0164 238 4045 printmaking, wood, metal, glass, plastics, digital media, photography, painting

University of Central Lancashire    Application deadline  21st September jpcrane@uclan.ac.uk   0177 289 3959 printmaking, digital media, fashion / textiles, ceramics

Liverpool Hope University    Application deadline 21st September
mcgees1@hope.ac.uk   0151 291 3516
printmaking, wood, metal, jewellery, plaster, ceramics, textiles (construction and print), digital design and manufacture, painting

University Centre St Helens    Application deadline 1st September
rheyes@sthelens.ac.uk   0174 462 3102
theatre performance, game art, photography, graphic design, painting

University of Chester    Application deadline 21st September
c.dickens@chester.ac.uk   0124 451 5855
printmaking, wood, metal, foundry, laser cutting, 3D printing, video, sound, analogue & digital photography, digital printing, graphics, animation, letterpress typography, bookbinding

Sheffield Hallam University    Application deadline 16th September
art@shu.ac.uk   0114 225 6724
printmaking, metal, fashion, jewellery, video, interactive media, digital media, animation, photography, typography, graphics, illustration, painting

University of Derby    Application deadline 19th September
j.falconer@derby.ac.uk   0133 259 3113
printmaking, wood, metal, casting, carving, glass, ceramics, textiles, digital media, photography

De Montfort University (Leicester)    Application deadline 12th September
drobertson@dmu.ac.uk   0116 207 8387
printmaking, wood, metal, plaster, laser cutting, CAD labs, digital workshops, video, photography, life drawing studio, painting

University of Wolverhampton    Application deadline 5th September
i.rudge@wlv.ac.uk   0190 232 3147
printmaking, wood, metal, foundry, wood / stone carving, hot glass, ceramics, interior textiles, fashion and textiles, digital media, video, photography, illustration, painting

Coventry University    Application deadline 7th September
ac0120@coventry.ac.uk   0247 765 8685
printmaking, small scale metal, ceramics, laser cutting, digital media, painting, drawing, fashion, illustration, graphic design, animation

University of Worcester    Application deadline 21st September
ihca@worc.ac.uk   0190 554 2542
printmaking, film, photography, creative digital imaging, sound

University of Northampton    Application deadline 21st September
gayle.glover@northampton.ac.uk   0160 473 5002
printmaking, (screen-printing, etching) wood, metal, plaster, mould making, photography (darkroom and lighting studios), product design

Anglia Ruskin University (Cambridge)    Application deadline 11th September
aa2a@anglia.ac.uk   0122 369 8720
printmaking, wood and metal working, ceramics, fashion, film & TV production, digital media, photography, animation, illustration

University of Bedfordshire (Luton)     Application deadline 21st September
dolores.basquille@beds.ac.uk   0158 274 3401
printmaking, fashion, laser-cutter, 3D printer/scanner, video, animation, moving image, photography, darkroom, graphic design, illustration, painting

Chelmsford College    Application deadline 21st September
information@chelmsford.ac.uk   0124 529 3031
printmaking, wood, ceramics, mould making, textiles, fashion, video, digital media, animation, photography, graphics, illustration, painting, drawing

University of Hertfordshire (Hatfield)    Application deadline 12th September
ad-shortcourses@herts.ac.uk   0170 728 5327
printmaking, wood, metal, glass, ceramics, textiles, fashion, art therapy, digital media, film, video, sound, photography, graphics, painting

Southampton Solent University    Application deadline 21st September
rebecca.myers@solent.ac.uk   0238 201 6007
printmaking, wood, clay, letterpress, typography, digital media, photography, painting, drawing

City College Brighton and Hove    Application deadline 21st September
aa2a@ccb.ac.uk   0127 366 7749
printmaking, wood, metal, foundry, jewellery, glass, plastics, ceramics, textiles, fashion, product design, performance, film, video, sound, digital media, animation, photography, graphics, illustration, painting

Plymouth University    Application deadline 9th September
sarah.kendall@plymouth.ac.uk   0175 258 5265
printmaking, wood, metal, ceramics, plaster, textiles, film, video, sound, digital media, photography, animation, typography, graphics, illustration, painting, drawing

Full Circle Arts

Bursaries for Emerging Disabled Artists.

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Location: Manchester
Deadline: Friday 8th July 2016.

Full Circle Arts is offering 10 bursaries of up to £1000 to emerging disabled artists or disabled led arts groups. Submissions should identify a professional development need which would enhance the applicant's career within the creative industries. There is no restrictions on skills or art form – just tell them how you propose to use their help to progress. Full Circle Arts' activities generally favour the North West of England but applications from outside will be considered.

For more information, visit: www.artsjobs.org.uk/arts-job/post/bursaries-for-emerging-disabled-artists or email: kathrynw@fullcirclearts.co.uk or call/ text: 0751 4780 50

Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary

Submissions are now open for the 2016/17 Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary.

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The opportunity will consist of a £7,000 bursary and a three-month residency at Turner Contemporary, Margate. To find out more information and how to apply click here.

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Shape Arts set up the Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary in memory of the life and work of Sculptor Adam Reynolds. It is designed to support a mid-career disabled artist or artists, looking to develop their practice and build their profile by offering funds and a three month residency at a high-profile arts venue.

Caglar Kimyoncu was the 8th ARMB recipient, with his residency taking place at the beginning of this year at the New Art Gallery, Walsall.

The bursary aims to provide an opportunity for artists to develop their ideas and practice without pressure to deliver a particular outcome such as finished or exhibition-ready work. It operates additionally to provide space, time and financial support within a framework of constructive and creative critical dialogue. 

"Adam was inspirational as an artist and a man - seeing his disability as a strength. This bursary is the most practical and powerful way to continue doing what Adam did to make the possible palpable."

Sir Antony Gormley,  RA

To find out more about Adam, and to read his obituary in The Guardian, written by the Tate's Sir Nicholas Serota, please click here.