Starting to Write

Exciting opportunity for a Disabled writer.


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 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: 

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.


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
Eligibility and details of how to 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 
AA2A particularly welcomes applications from artists with disabilities, from culturally diverse backgrounds and non-graduates.


University of Sunderland    Application deadline 22nd September   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   0164 238 4045 printmaking, wood, metal, glass, plastics, digital media, photography, painting

University of Central Lancashire    Application deadline  21st September   0177 289 3959 printmaking, digital media, fashion / textiles, ceramics

Liverpool Hope University    Application deadline 21st September   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   0174 462 3102
theatre performance, game art, photography, graphic design, painting

University of Chester    Application deadline 21st September   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   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   0133 259 3113
printmaking, wood, metal, casting, carving, glass, ceramics, textiles, digital media, photography

De Montfort University (Leicester)    Application deadline 12th September   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   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   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   0190 554 2542
printmaking, film, photography, creative digital imaging, sound

University of Northampton    Application deadline 21st September   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   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   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   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   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   0238 201 6007
printmaking, wood, clay, letterpress, typography, digital media, photography, painting, drawing

City College Brighton and Hove    Application deadline 21st September   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   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.


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: or email: or call/ text: 0751 4780 50

Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary

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


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.


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.

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...