Artist Call Out

Why? Fest is looking for Midlands based Bands, Acoustic acts and Spoken word artists...


We are looking for artists who describe themselves as from a Diverse or Disability Arts background - to perform at this 1 Day event in Birmingham on 8th July 2017.

Please circulate this information as far as you can and to any specific artists that you feel it may be of interest for!

Artists are asked to contact Robin Surgeoner, Festival Producer in the first instance via email:

To learn more about the background to Why? Fest, please take a look at

We are hoping to finalise the line up by early June so please do not hesitate to get in touch!

INSIDE project update

Daniel and Antonia's exhibition, taking place in March!


Opening in March, is Daniel and Antonia's exhibition/installation as part of FORMAT festival. Find out more information by clicking here.

Visit the INSIDE project page for further updates and more information on other INSIDE activities.

Call for Art Submissions

Professional Development Prizes Up For Grabs!


Submit Your Artwork to Tight Modern 2016:

Tight Modern 2016 is open to submissions from UK based marginalised and disabled artists. You have until 30th October to enter your work. 

If selected, your work will tour across libraries and galleries in the UK. We also have some fantastic cash, art materials and professional development prizes up for grabs.

Don't miss the deadline - enter your work here

Public Prizes:

1st Prize: Â£250, 1:1 surgery, £50 CASS Art materials
2nd Prize: Â£175, 1:1 surgery, £50 CASS Art materials
3rd Prize: Â£50, 1:1 surgery, £40 CASS Art materials
Highly Commended: Â£40 CASS Art materials
Commended: Â£40 CASS Art materials

Judges Prizes:

Platinum: 10 hours mentoring, £250, £50 CASS Art materials
Gold: 5 hours mentoring, £175, £40 CASS Art materials
Silver: Â£100 course voucher, £150, Â£40 CASS Art materials
Bronze: Â£50 course voucher, £50, Â£40 CASS Art materials
Highly Commended: Â£40CASS Art materials
Commended: Â£40 CASS Art materials

For full information on Tight Modern, please see the website:

Call for proposals

Fierce FWD 2016: a Call for Proposals...


Fierce FWD is a development programme for artists working in Live Art and performance from or based in the West Midlands supported by Arts Council England and Jerwood Charitable Foundation. Fierce FWD offers the opportunity for artists to develop an idea for a live performance/experience in the public realm alongside a period of research and field trips.

Fierce will select between eight and ten Fierce FWD artists. Each artist will receive a micro-bursary of £500 to try an artistic experiment, develop a piece of work or conduct some research towards a project.

From the eight Fierce FWD artists two or three will receive additional funding, mentorship and producing /curatorial support to develop a finished site-specific work for Fierce Festival in October 2017.

Full application details.

Deadline: noon, Monday 26th September.


Fierce Festival 2017:

There will be no Fierce Festival in 2016. but look out for announcements regarding Club Fierce and other exciting projects soon. The next Fierce Festival will be back to takeover Birmingham the week of the 16th October 2017, under the helm of new Artistic Director Aaron Wright.

Call for Artists

A call for artists, for Tight Modern 2016!


We are delighted to announce Tight Modern 2016 is now open for submissions from UK based marginalised and disabled artists.

Our brand new website is also being launched alongside the competition; for details about how to submit work, our numerous prizes, upcoming free workshops and more go to:

Tight Modern is tight! Entries must be 13cmx18cm in portrait format, with a maximum depth of 2cm. You can submit original artworks, photography or computer generated images.
The competition is open until 30th October 2016.

Dialogue Beyond Sight Exhibition

Dialogue Beyond Sight Exhibition is a cross disciplinary and multi sensory collaboration...


... featuring the works of visually impaired artists and performers.

This exhibition brings together emerging and mainstream artists and performers in response to the theme “dialogue”. Collaborators examine the links between artist and audience, and practitioner and practice, presenting an eclectic range of artworks that include paintings, illustrations, sculptures and installations, with performances that include recital, storytelling and classical songs.

Dialogue inherently exists within creative practice and can sometimes be misunderstood or at other times completely disregarded. Artists and performers lead the authorship in interpretation of their works so it is objective, and not subjective.

Supporting the idea of objective interpretation, a series of scheduled workshops led by visually impaired artists, performers and other contributors will provide an opportunity to find out a little more about their practice.

For those visitors requiring a quiet tour of the exhibition, please contact us for an individual tour designed for your needs. Booking is essential as places are limited.


Dialogue Beyond Sight: Dialogue is curated by Andrew Mashigo and Rachel Gadsden.

It will be accompanied by a large print and Braille catalogue and includes a programme of workshops at the venue.

For enquiries, please call Andrew Mashigo on 07956 946 571 or Lynn Cox on 07818 437651.

Flora exhibition and audio description

Aberystwyth Arts Centre's latest exhibition, with audio description tours.


Vsit the next exhibition at Aberystwyth Arts Centre, flora. It's an exhibition about flowers - hopefully to bring a bit of summer to Aberystwyth amongst all this rain!

We understand how important it is for blind and partially sighted people to experience visual art, so we have developed audio description using these fantastic DiscoveryPENs. They'll be available at the desk in the gallery.

There will also be live audio description tours of the exhibition every Friday afternoon between 12-1pm.

Click here to watch the audio advert.

Call for entries

For Imaginary Worlds exhibition at Oriel Davies...


Oriel Davies invites illustrators, book artists, printmakers and comic artists and those studying any of the above to submit entries of work for consideration in an exhibition at Oriel Davies from 22nd October 2016 – mid February 2017.

There is a broad theme of 'Imaginary Worlds', and we are keen to appeal to creative professionals and students who work with, but are not limited to, illustration for children's and adult prose and poetry, graphic novels, artists books, media cartoons, posters and magazines. Sketchbooks, AV and 3D works are all valid as entries.

We are keen that works are for sale where possible. Wall mounted works should be framed and glazed.

Selection Panel:

Alex Boyd Jones, Curator and Amanda Farr, Director, Oriel Davies and Chris Glynn, Senior Lecturer Illustration, Cardiff Metropolitan University.


9am on Monday 6th June 2016


For full details and entry form:

Enquiries to or 01686 625041

*There is no geographical restriction and entry is open both to professional artists and to students (17+) currently training. There is no entry fee.


A new concept for the March VAN exhibition: ART BY THE METRE.


1st March until 2nd April 2016.

The exhibition has no themed title; the manner of exhibition is the theme. You can put in as little or as much as you like.

The idea is to create a visually excitng mixed exhibition that will look distinctly different from our more conventional curated exhibitions.

We'd like at least 10 exhibitors to take part, which will give members an opportunity to promote their work; a celebration of variety within our organisation.

Visitors are often drawn to the Gallery in the Market Hall attracted by the eclectic nature of the work on show, which this exhibition is intended to highlight.

Each artist will be allocated a metre of wall space, floor to ceiling, to fill!

For a fee of £5 a week (for 5 weeks duration) for 2D work each artist will be allocated  1 METRE OF WALL SPACE (floor to ceiling) to fill and £3 per cube for 3D work. 

Items hung in walkway spaces and glazed works need to be mirror plated please.

Please email interest as soon as possible with Art By the Metre in subject bar.

We will generate forms and relevant paperwork in Mid Feb.

Olivier Jamin showcase

Deaf Artist to showcase his work with Grand Central and blowUP media...


Birmingham based Deaf Artist Olivier Jamin has announced that he has secured the opportunity to showcase his work at the new Grand Central Shopping Centre Birmingham and on blowUP media's giant digital screen near the Bullring Shopping Centre.

Olivier who is supported by “Grants for the Arts” through Arts Council England, is a Contemporary Artist who has been Deaf since birth and has had a long life passion for the arts.

Olivier specialises in hand drawn multicoloured art and creates Stencil Graffiti. Some of his hand drawn work uses different styles such as pen dotting style or 'tricking the eye' art so people can spend time looking at the artwork rather than a quick 5 second glance.

The aim is to produce work that combines the effect of colours and patterns and raise people's imagination and awareness especially regarding deafness and disabilities.

Olivier is constantly experimenting and finding new ideas and concepts. Much of his work is inspired by influences taken from personal life experiences of being Deaf and from his travels to Europe, Kenya and India.

The installation of Olivier's work starts 1st February 2016.

Jonathan Cheetham, General Manager for Grand Central, said: "Partnering with Olivier Jamin was an easy decision for us. Whilst we are a shopping and dining destination, we're still very much focused on investing in the people of our city. We have thousands of people passing through Grand Central each day, so we are thrilled to be able to provide Olivier with a magnificent platform to help build further awareness of his inspirational artwork."

Simon Russell, Sales Director for blowUP media, said: "We love to see great creative content running on our sites and Olivier's drawings are a great showcase for our medium. We are very pleased to be able to help him share his work with the city of Birmingham and raise awareness for deafness and disabilities."

Olivier Jamin, Deaf Artist, said "I am pleased to have received funding from Arts Council England, and to have been chosen by Grand Central and blowUP media to showcase my work. It's a dream come true to show my art to the public and to think it will be seen by thousands if not, millions of people as they pass through Birmingham is difficult to conceive. A special thanks to all the people who have supported me over the years."