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".

DASH bids farewell to Trustee

Last week DASH bid a fond farewell to trustee Nicola Lane, after having served three years on the board.


Nicola is an artist-filmmaker, who first became involved with DASH in 2012. She remembers: "I was excited by DASH's 'Unlimited' commissions for the 2012 Cultural Olympiad."

After this it became clear that she wanted to contribute to supporting disabled artists working in the mainstream, because she believes their point of view is creatively innovative. As a disabled artist herself, she benefited in 2001 from an Arts Council funded professional development opportunity, which significantly advanced her artistic practice.

Nicola joined the board of DASH in 2013, and has spent the last three years being involved with the exchange of ideas and creativity.

Nicola believes that DASH makes a difference by providing disabled artists with high profile opportunities and enabling disabled people to access creative practice which will lead to more disabled artists...

Nicola says: 'It is with immense regret that I feel I have to leave my position of trustee at DASH as at this point, as presently I cannot contribute as much as I would like to. I have sincerely loved working with the board and staff to support their work with disabled artists and am immensely proud of our achievements together.'

The board and staff thank Nicola for all her support and encouragement over the last three years and wish her all the best with her future projects.

Office Space Available

Celf o Gwmpas has an exciting opportunity to rent office space...


Office Space Available from April 1st 2016 in part of a lively and vibrant Arts Centre.

We have 2/3 desks in a spacious shared office available from April 1st at Centre Celf, Llandrindod Wells. 

They are in a fully accessible building, close to the town centre.

£100 per desk per calender month inclusive of all bills + WIFI access.

Alongside the desk space, additional conference space and meeting rooms are are available.

For more information, contact Sarah at or call 01597 822777