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This includes unpublished writers from socio-economically marginalised backgrounds, writers who come from LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer) or BAME (Black, Asian, Minority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 www.write-now.live 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!

August newsletter

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


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!


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':


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!


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.