Two major commissions in one week

DASH Patron Rachel Gadsden, is feeling elated - having announced two major commissions in the same week!


UK Parliament - Parliament in the Making:

UK Parliament has recently announced plans for a major exhibition to commemorate significant historic anniversaries in 2015 and Rachel is absolutely delighted that she is one of the artists who has been selected to be part of this absolutely thrilling commission.

For further information, visit:

Silence  - the Breath is Precious:

Rachel Gadsden's ambition for Silence – the breath is precious is to create a multi-layered narrative film that employs the epic nature of the desert landscape and the Shamal (شمال, north wind) as a metaphor for exploring the complex and often painful emotions that individuals and communities may have to endure when embarking upon a cultural shift.

It also looks at the challenges and real anxieties experienced in embracing unfamiliar ideas and moving towards a different way of seeing and doing. The overriding motivation of this project is a heartfelt belief that complete openness and visibility can be achieved in relation to disability and diversity within families and communities, both in the UK and in the greater Arab world.

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Jerwood Encounters: 3-Phase

Closing date is today! Jerwood Encounters: 3-Phase, is a new commissioning project.


Jerwood Encounters: aims to set up a space of encounter between the developing bodies of work and thinking of two artists and three visual arts organisations.

This exhibition and development opportunity will offer one ESP member and one WARP user the opportunity to make and exhibit new work at Eastside Projects, Jerwood Visual Arts (London) and g39 (Cardiff) during 2015, with curatorial and practical support from all three organisations.

This is a substantial opportunity and we are looking for ambition, compelling ideas and a commitment to developing an outstanding art practice. Each artist will receive a generous fee, budget for production and travel and a publication will be produced with new writing commissioned on the selected artists' work.

Interviews will be the week commencing 29th September 2014.

For details about who this opportunity is for, how to apply and what the selection process will be please download the PDF.

3-Phase is a Jerwood Encounters project in collaboration with Eastside Projects and g39.

Co-commission call out in Birmingham

For Artists based in Birmingham to exhibit at the Fête Des Lumières, Festival of Lights.


An exciting opportunity has arisen for a co-commission between Fête des Lumières de Lyon and WERK, for an Artist or Organisation based in Birmingham to produce one or multiple Monumental Light Object (meaning a light object which will need to reach between approximately 4 to 7 metres high to ensure visibility for the visitors), for a key central location in Lyon e.g. “Place Louis Pradel” or a similar location during the Festival of Lights event from the 5th to 8th December 2014.

There is also the opportunity to exhibit the work within the Longbridge Light Festival in 2015, if considered appropriate by WERK.

WERK and Fête des Lumières de Lyon view this as an exciting opportunity in continuing to develop international partnerships, artistic and knowledge exchanges between sister cities and proactively maintaining the partnerships developed between the two organisations.

This Call Out is open to any individual artist, collective, collaboration, organisation, lighting designer, lighting engineer, cinematographer, set designer, designer, graphic designer, filmmaker, architect, artist and scientist but the individual or group must include a lighting or projected image professional, as well as a management role to produce the installation.

All involved must be highly experienced. The use of new technologies to save energy is also to be considered by the artists. The co-commissioners are seeking proposals for the conception with a maximum budget of £15,000 Euros (including VAT).

To apply or if you have any questions please send to the WERK Project Manager, Sophia Tarr: by Friday 8th August, 12 noon deadline.

Artists Opportunity with The Art House

The Art House would like to commission an artist to create an original image suitable for Screen Print, that responds to their development of the Drury Lane Library.


Work has started on converting the Grade II listed building into 34 artists' studios and public spaces.

The Art House would like artists to respond to the 'Then and Now' aspects of the development with the potential to use and develop ideas from the photographic archive.

Artists can access archival images here:

The image will be used to engage their audiences with the new developments, as well as experience printmaking through demonstrations at events. The first event will be at The Orangery on 6th August as part of BEAM's 'Our Creative City' (

The image will also be used as a limited edition run of prints for The Art House's fundraising campaign, be used on marketing material and potentially be used on hoardings around the Drury Lane site.

They are happy for the artist to work with them to develop and gain their own experience of the Screen Printing process with support from a Print Studio technician.

The image must be:

  • No more than two colours.
  • 600 dpi resolution (for potential scale up for hoardings).
  •  As well as a design file showing the final artwork, the design must be sent to in a suitable format ready to go directly onto silk screen.
  • Finished Art work must be supplied in a layered PSD file (one layer for each colour) and in black, ready for koda-trace and photo exposure. Please make sure photographic images are converted to suitable half tone.

FEE: A flat fee of £200 for design and £50 for materials will be paid to the artist whose design is chosen.

TO MAKE A SUBMISSION: Visit The Art House's Curator Space page here: 


The final IN Project commission

International artist Chris Sun Kim will be commissioned by Arnolfini in Bristol, as the last of the five commissions.


Speaking of the commission, Christine said "I am grateful and pleased to be commissioned by DASH. It will be a great opportunity for me to get to know another art community." She added "It is also a nice reminder that there are organisations out there, working hard to pave roads for artists with disabilities."

Visit the Projects page of the website for further details of the other four IN commissions.

Deadlines are approaching

Over the course of the next week, two of our application deadlines will be passing - so make sure you don't miss out!


Tu Fewn:

Tu Fewn is an exciting development opportunity for all arts organisations in Wales to commission new high quality work by Disabled visual artists from across the UK and Internationally.

Working in partnership with Disability Arts Cymru we will be working across the whole of Wales from 2014. There are three commissions on offer and the deadline is Friday 28th March!

Shrewsbury Commission for IN Project:

In partnership with DASH, Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery is offering an opportunity for a disabled artist-filmmaker to undertake a commission from April 2014 onwards, to be completed by early February 2015.

This opportunity is open to artist-filmmakers working in the realm of Disability Arts with an aim to support professional development by enabling access to Shropshire Museums and Shropshire Archives collections, curatorial staff and associated professional networks.

More information on both of these opportunities - including the application packs and forms, can be found via the Projects page of the website.

DIY 11: 2014 - call for proposals

Professional development projects BY artists FOR artists. The DIY 11: 2014 call for proposals is now open with a deadline of noon, Tuesday April 29th.


DIY is an opportunity for artists working in Live Art to conceive and run unusual training and professional development projects for other artists.
We want to hear from you if have an idea for an exciting, innovative and idiosyncratic Live Art professional development project that offers something new and is geared to the eclectic and often unusual needs of artists whose practices are grounded in challenging and unconventional approaches, forms and concepts.
We are planning to support a minimum of 23 DIY projects that will take place across the UK between July and November 2014. Each project will receive £1000 support.
DIY projects may take any form, and can be loosely or rigorously focused on an idea or theme of your choosing. However, we also welcome proposals that specifically respond to one of the following themes. Eight of the 23 DIY projects will be selected according to these opportunities:

1. Live Art and Feminism
2. Live Art and Sound and Music
3. Live Art and Yorkshire Sculpture Park
4. Live Art and National Theatre Studio
5. Live Art and National Theatre Wales (WalesLab)
6. Live Art and the cultural mix
7. Live Art and KARST
8. Live Art and Bury Museum/Bury Art Gallery
9. Live Art and Platform: Let Go Of The Shore
10. Live Art and Collaboration
Please see the full Call for Proposals for more information on these specific opportunities.
DIY 11 is a Live Art Development Agency initiative developed in collaboration with the following partners:

Artsadmin (national), Arts Pavillion Bournemouth, Bury Art Museum/Bury Sculpture Centre, Cambridge Junction, Chelsea Theatre (London), Colchester Arts Centre, Compass Live Art (Yorkshire), Contact Manchester, Create Ireland, Duckie (London), Folkestone Fringe, Forest Fringe (Scotland), hÅb (Manchester), KARST (Plymouth), Live at LICA (North West), National Theatre Studio (London), National Theatre Wales, Norwich Arts Centre, Platform (national), Sound and Music (national), STUN (Manchester) and Yorkshire Sculpture Park. 
Projects will be specifically based in and/or stimulating and benefiting artists from the regions noted above. Projects may also be developed in collaboration with the DIY partner organisations in those regions.
More information, including online application process. 

GDance call for choreographer

GDance's previous call for a Wales based disabled choreographer has now been extended to include England based artists!


Deadline for applications: is still Friday 28th March.

GDance are offering a Choreographic Fellowship which will give a disabled, emerging choreographer the opportunity to develop his/her practice specifically with large scale, site based, performance events; working with community  companies (and potentially professional dancers).

The Fellow will benefit from the artistic direction and some mentoring from  International Choreographer Marc Brew ( with the support of GDance.

Value of the Fellowship:

GDance will provide a Fellowship fee of £3000, accommodation and per diems.

We would be really grateful if you could spread the word to anyone who you think might be interested!

GDance Choreographic Fellowship 2014:

Bespoke support for a disabled emerging choreographer including:

  • Artistic direction and some mentoring by an internationally recognised disabled choreographer 
  • The opportunity to work on an exciting site specific production with GDance, Ballet Cymru and Welsh Venues
  • Further your choreographic practice in working with large community casts in outdoor locations. Depending on experience, there may also be an opportunity to work with the professional company!

Please visit the website to download all of the relevant information relating to the fellowship; 

(There is no application form - just a more in-depth description of the role and further instructions).

Deadline for applications: Friday 28 March.

Interviews: Tuesday 1st April, exact times TBC.

Induction day and site visit: Friday 4th April.

For further information or assistance with your application contact:  Helen Crocker on 01452 550431 or

GDance is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to a policy of treating all its employees and job applicants equally.

This opportunity is generously supported by Arts Council of Wales, Arts Council England and The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.

Shrewsbury commission for IN project

In partnership with DASH, Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery is offering an opportunity for a disabled artist-filmmaker to undertake a commission from April 2014 onwards.


This opportunity is open to artist-filmmakers working in the realm of Disability Arts with an aim to support professional development by enabling access to Shropshire Museums and Shropshire Archives collections, curatorial staff and associated professional networks.

We are looking for original, engaging and innovative ideas that could be experimental, conceptual, narrative or abstract. We are looking for artist-filmmakers who have a sound knowledge of artists' moving image practices.

The work could originate in any format including video, digital animation, or film but will probably result in a digital presentation format. The intention is to make the finished work widely available, possibly on-line, capable of touring to museums and/or being screened within a cinematic context.

The commission documents can be downloaded in PDF format from the IN page of the Projects area of the website.

Rare chance to become curator

Artists and curators are invited to submit proposals for a residency which is available at mac birmingham, in association with DASH.


Artists and curators are invited to submit proposals for a residency which is available at mac birmingham, in association with DASH.

The chosen curator will benefit from a fee of £7000, working space at mac and an exhibition slot in March 2015. They will also be able to have an input towards the visual arts programme at the centre too.

The position is open to those working in Disability Arts and forms part of the visual arts programme 'IN', Disability Arts in the Mainstream. The aim of 'IN' is to increase the number of Disabled and Deaf artists exhibiting in galleries.

Paula Dower, Operations Director of DASH said:

"This is a great opportunity for a creative individual to develop their professional skills and experience. Applicants are invited to outline their initial ideas around an exhibition which explores Disability Arts and awkwardness."

The closing date for applications is 5pm on Monday 6th January 2014.

For more information contact Craig Ashley on 0121 446 3224 or Mike Layward on 01743 272939.

Applications can be emailed to or posted to Visual Arts at mac birmingham.