Photography bursary

Details of The Geoff Sims Photography Bursary.


mac is pleased to launch the call-out for applications to our inaugural Geoff Sims Photographic Bursary. Four bursaries will be available, each worth £250, to support emerging regional photographers aged between 16 and 30 years old with professional development or professional practice costs.

Deadline: Monday 27th June 2016 at 5pm.

The application form is attached. For further information, please email Rosy at

The awards will be announced the week commencing 4th July 2016.

Disability Arts Online

Launch of the new Disability Arts Online website!


The new url will be

The leading editorial journal for the UK's disability arts scene, Disability Arts Online, is delighted to announce the launch of its brand-new website as part of its Grants for the Arts project, Viewfinder. The website will feature new branding, functionality and design, with the aim of better supporting disabled artists, sharing their work and providing a platform for critical discussions within the disability arts community.

Disability Arts Online has worked closely with Brighton-based design firm Take Up Space, who specialise in projects for ethical organisations, to tailor the branding and the design of the website to best serve its mission and audience, both of which have disabled artists at their core. Disability Arts Online's long-term web development partners, Surface Impression have implemented the designs, bringing to bear their expertise in producing accessible websites.

Being a platform primarily for and about the arts, the new website places greater emphasis on images and video, making for a richer and more engaging user experience. The work of disabled artists is given prominence throughout the new site using high-quality editorial, an extensive directory of artists and new gallery-equipped showcase features which profile the work itself.

Director Trish Wheatley says: â€œThe new website has been developed following useful feedback from our readers and we can't wait to share it with everyone. We were able to make this happen thanks to funding from Arts Council England and a great deal of hard work from the staff and freelance team. We look forward to hearing what our readers think of the new site and welcome ideas for future blogs, articles and features.”

Editor Colin Hambrook said: "The sheer volume of content on Disability Arts Online has always made navigation tricky. I'm delighted that we will be able to profile our writers much more effectively through a facility within the new site for pulling related content together. It means that our readers will more easily find articles by favourite writers. In addition with a more straightforward system of tagging articles, our readers will also discover areas of specific interest from across different sections within the site."

As part of the launch, the URL of the website will be changing from to Disability Arts Online has always acted as an archive of the Disability Arts movement and of disability culture more generally. For this reason, content predating 2015 will remain on the old website as an archival resource. The old website will no longer be updated with new editorial content as of May 2016. Blogs and listings will stop being updated on the old site from the date of launch of the new site on 9 June.

Later in the year, Disability Arts 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:

Live Art Development Agency News

DIY 13: Applications are now open!


DIY 13 is an opportunity for artists working in Live Art to take part in unusual training and professional development projects conceived and run by artists for artists.

This year there are 20 projects for both emergent and experienced practitioners representing a huge variety of subjects and approaches from across Live Art including durational ritual, self-care, arts education, dogs and animals, sex, memory and forgetting, online interventions, radical actions, Afrofuturism, unprofessionalism, averageness, urban space, localism and David Bowie.

DIY projects will take place across the UK between July and November 2016.

The closing date for most applications is 14 June 2016 and you may apply to as many as you wish. All DIY projects are free to participate in.

See the LADA website for more details on how to apply

Ludlow Open

Information on the Ludlow Open Artist Development workshops...


3 half day workshops designed to support your art practice outside the studio. 

Mon 13th, Mon 20th, Mon 27th June, 10am until 1pm at Yarpole Parish Hall, Leominster, HR6.

LOAD workshops are offered to all artists living/working in The Marches area (Shropshire, Herefordshire and Gloucestershire). If spaces are available then those living further afield are welcome too. 

Ludlow Open Director Jo King will deliver 3 half day workshops in June 2016.

These can be attended individually or as a complete series, depending on your interest and schedule. Workshops are subsidised by funding from Arts Council England, costing just £10 each. Places are limited so please book in advance. Yarpole Parish Hall is fully accessible, with free parking.

07803 251736

Mad studies community course

Taking place in Durham, this summer...


A core group of north-east mad study forum members have been working on a Mad Studies community course which we will deliver July-August this year at Waddington Street in Durham City Centre.

We have 10 places on our course, beginning weekly on Monday 4th July to Monday 8th August (inclusive). It is free to attend but we are unable to provide travel costs. We ask that participants are able to commit to each Monday (10am until 4pm) from 4th July until 8th August (6 Mondays in total), no prior experience is necessary or required, just an inquisitive mind, some experience of madness and distress, and a desire to fight for equality.

Participants will be invited to keep a reflective journal which will remain private to them and perhaps contribute to creative projects and the work of the NEMS forum in the future, but this is entirely optional.

For more information about the NEMS forum please see

We are currently inviting expressions of interest from potential participants and so if you are interested in attending the course please reply to with your name and contact details. We will then get in touch about arranging an informal group introductory meeting so that you can find out more about us and we can find out more about you

 If you would like to express your interest in participating in the course please do so by reply email by Friday 20th May.

On behalf of the core group working on the course, I am happy to answer any questions you may have in the interim. Please feel free to circulate this amongst your networks and others who may be interested. With all best wishes, Victoria (on behalf of NEMS forum).

Random Acts

The NEW Random Acts Midlands website is now live!

read more...   - we have nearly completed production of the first 24 films.  We are now accepting applications for the second year of Random Acts, deadline for the next application is 3rd June 2016. 

Please pass on the website link to young people you are working with, lots more details of the scheme and how to apply are available on the website or ring Julie Colman on 01432 344039 if you would like;

  • More information
  • Printed flyers
  • For some of the Random Acts team to come and talk to group of young people you are working with
  • To set up a creative workshop for young people who would like apply for Random Acts
  • To discuss potential for a week long workshop to produce a film for Random Acts through collaboration and a package of activity...

BBC Arts Show

A new arts series for BBC One is under production...


We are producing a new series for BBC One which will see amateur artists being mentored by some of the leading names in visual art.  School of Art is a primetime series scheduled for later this year and we are looking for anyone with a huge talent and enormous potential to apply.

The programme is open to anyone who over 16 and a resident in the UK and we would be incredibly grateful if you could pass on our details to anyone who this may be of interest to.  It would be fantastic if we can be as inclusive as possible and we want to ensure we encourage people with genuine talent, be they disabled or not.  If DashArts could help us spread the word, either by including us in your next mailout or tweeting / posting our link on your site that would be great.  This is an amazing opportunity for artists, and we do hope that some of your members and contacts you have in the arts world can apply.

Further details can be found at: .

Application forms can be forwarded and retuned to

'Me & You' Project - Summer

The Albrighton Trust are looking for young people aged 15 to 25 with disabilities and special needs to take part in their outdoor activity programme.


Taking place tthroughout the Summer. They currently have spaces on their June Programme commencing on the 9th of June - and their Summer Holiday Programme commencing on the 28th of July.

The “Me & You” project has been funded by the Big Lottery in order to address the lack of opportunities for young disabled people during their transition years and to help them explore their options for the future.

The six week programme is designed to build confidence and self esteem through participation in outdoor practical activities based around horticulture, conservation & wildlife and angling.

Throughout the programme participants have the opportunity to learn new skills, discover new interests and spend time outdoors in the natural environment of the Albrighton Moat and Gardens.

It is hoped that during this initial six week stage the young people taking part will discover a new interest or passion which they can then choose, with the support of the “Me & You” team, to develop further.

For more information please call 01902 372441 or email

Our patron

Did you know that Rachel Gadsden was the patron of DASH?


Here's a little information about Rachel...

Rachel Gadsden is a multi-award winning artist who has a BA and MA in Fine Art; she was artist for Hampton Court Palace 2008 - 2009, and has undertaken 4 major commissions for UK Parliament (2009 – 2015). London 2012 Cultural Olympiad commissions followed - Unlimited Global Alchemy and Starting Line.

In 2013 Gadsden represented the UK, creating “This Breathing World” for Qatar – UK Year of Culture 2013, for British Council and Qatari Government, HRH Prince Charles formally opened the exhibition. Further 2013 commissions included Talking Souls with BC South Africa & Cube of Curiosity with Marc Brew for Liberty Festival.

In 2014 Gadsden created a digital artwork for the Sochi, Winter Paralympic Torch Lighting. Gadsden also embarked on Al Noor ~ Fragile Vision, a multi-cultural collaborative UK and Middle East project and she recently completed 14 Stations of the Cross paintings for St Joseph's Cathedral, Abu Dhabi.

2015 commissions have included The Four Fridas for GDIF, Almanda for Freewheelers Theatre and Media and ILHAM exhibition and conference at MIA, Qatar.

In 2016 Gadsden was awarded an Artist international Development Fund Award and an a-n Travel Bursary to go to Palestine and has been appointed lead artist for the Lighting of the Rio Paralympic Torch Festival at Stoke Mandeville Stadium.

Gadsden was awarded the National Diversity Award 2013: Positive Role Model for Disability was shortlisted for the European Diversity Awards, Hero of the Year 2014 and won Breakthrough UK - National Independent Living Award "Influencing disabled people's participation in society".