Art Shape Offer Inclusive Arts Leadership Course

Art Shape, based in Gloucestershire, are offering a Level 3 accredited course to gain the relevant skills to promote and deliver inclusive practice in your arts discipline.


Delivered by recognised inclusion specialists, practitioners and inspiring guest speakers.

Is Inclusive Leadership training for me?

This course is for leaders/teachers aged 18+ from any art form wanting to boost confidence in inclusive arts facilitation. 

How can I access the course?

Group training: Sessions are held in an accessible venue.

Online learning: You will need access to a computer with Wi-Fi and email
We will discuss individual access requirements with you in advance.

How is this course structured? 

Training Sessions
Interactive sessions that will enable you to learn as a group.
4 x Full day sessions (weekends) spread over 4 months.
Guest speakers/inclusive practitioners.
Direct links to course content.

Online Learning
Access this course at your own pace, in your own time.
Explore theory that will underpin your practice.
Complete tasks that will be assessed towards your accreditation.
Access a range of online resources.

Personalised support throughout the course.
Professional guidance from experienced mentors with expertise in your arts discipline.

Putting what you learn into practice.
Develop and apply your new skills in your existing practice or we can find you a suitable placement within your discipline.

Contact Art Shape

For more information, to discuss access requirements and/or course fees, please contact Caroline at Art Shape.
01452 863855 (Tuesday-Thursday)
Concessions are available

Application deadline: 31/7/2018

Art Shape was established in 1993 and through work with individuals, groups, communities, organisations and partners, has made significant steps in promoting everyone's right to creative experiences; transforming the arts landscape across Gloucestershire. 

Find out more here.


Field Guide

Support for Artists...


We're really excited to launch our Autumn I Winter season of FIELD GUIDE events!

FIELD GUIDE is a programme of events that support artists to find ways of sustaining and extending their artistic practice.

PORTFOLIO REVIEWS FOR ARTISTS, MAKERS AND DESIGNERS on Wednesday 4th October, between 10:30am and 4pm, £5.

Get your portfolio seen by professionals, discuss your goals and gain expert advice and insight.

Bookable one-to-one 45 minute sessions are available with Shân Edwards, Artistic Director, The Art House, Amanda Peach, Retail Programme and Development Manager, Yorkshire Sculpture Park and guest curator (a replacement for Bryony Bond, Creative Director, The Tetley to be confirmed shortly).

Book a place with your chosen professional and we will contact you to arrange a time for your 45 minute session.


FUNDING FOR ARTISTS, ACE Grants for the Arts on
Wednesday 1st November, between 11am and 4pm, £10.

With David Gilbert, Programme Producer, The Art House.

Find out what funding is available for artists as part of the ACE Grants for the Arts award, gain an insight into the process and what makes a successful application.

One to one advice: Funding for artists, ACE Grants for the Arts
Wednesday 15 November I 10.30am – 4.00pm I £5

Book onto 'Funding for artists, ACE Grants for the Arts' and apply for a follow up 45 minute session for individual feedback on your proposal.


On the Verge

A one-day conference on Learning Disability and the Main Stage...


How do we open up our main stages to Learning Disabled performers?

How do we build structures of support that encourage Learning Disabled Artists to flourish?

How do we ensure Learning Disability is central to the diversity debate?

Are we 'on the verge' of a breakthrough?

Confirmed speakers include Lyn Gardner (The Guardian), Erica Whyman (Director, RSC), Charlotte Bevan (Director of Creative Diversity, National Theatre), Henry Normal (Writer and Comedian), Sarah Gordy (Performer), Richard Hayhow and BecauseWeCanCanCan and Ben Pettit-Wade (Hijinx Theatre). 

Who is it for? 

  • Artists with experience of living with Learning Disability
  • Professionals working in those contexts
  • Programmers interested in their diversity reach#
  • Arts workers working in other Special Needs settings
  • Casting Directors
  • Bridge Organisations
  • Heads of Departments and managers from all areas of expertise, e.g. front of house, marketing, administration
  • Arts Policy makers and influencers.  

£75 for first delegate.
£50 for subsequent delegates from the same organisation.
£50 concessions.

(Includes a ticket for the Relaxed Performance of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time on Mon 3 July).

Book now by calling Ticket Sales on 0844 338 5000

Young Disabled Artists Opportunity

The WHY? Festival...


Please find below a link to the fabulous video explaining all about Permission To Perfrom and 'All The Things We Could Have Been' as a development opportunity and part of The Why? Festival:

a-n Coaching Programme

12 funded places on a-n coaching accreditation course!


Applications now open...

a-n are offering 12 fully funded places on the a-n Coaching Programme with RD1st in Lancaster this summer. Plus an a-n travel, accommodation and child care bursary (of up to £400). This is part of a-n's commitment to supporting artists' livelihoods.

Four artists tested the water in 2016 their experiences gave a strong indication of the positive impact coaching can have on artists practice and the benefit within their extended networks. Find out more about their experiences in this article by Pippa Kozerek.

The a-n Coaching Programme with RD1st will be is a highly interactive, practice-based programme covering an eclectic mix of skills, theory and investigation relating to coaching, relational dynamics and leadership. The course is equally suitable for those wishing to explore one-to-one coaching, action learning sets, to enhance leadership, mentoring and facilitation skills and/or utilise coaching skills in the workplace or in day-to-day interactions.

Relational Dynamics 1st is an exceptional organisation that specialises in training people from all professions and backgrounds to be coaches. Coaching is a supportive, challenging and dedicated framework to enable 'extraordinary thinking' with those that are being coached – as individuals or in groups.

"It's very intense indeed, and turns thinking totally inside out, but in a very positive way” - Steve Dutton, 2016 attendee.

For more information and to apply see: a-n Coaching Programme with RD1st.

Deadline for applications: 5pm, Tuesday 28th February, 2017.

Breaking out of the Box 3

Taking Flight Theatre Company, in collaboration with Creu Cymru, present Breaking out of the Box 3...


Hosted by Sherman Theatre

13th February 2017, 10:00am until 5:00pm.

Do you provide Audio Description at your venue but audience take up is low?
Are you interested in exploring creative ways to audio describe your work?
Are you unsure what other tools are available to effectively engage with blind and visually impaired audiences?

Join us for a day of exploration, discussion and debate and discover new ways to make your venue, company or production more accessible and inclusive.

Cost of event:
Organisations £30 and Individuals £10.
PAs for disabled participants, FREE.

Tea and coffee will be provided.
Speech to text will also be provided at this event.

For further information and booking details, please visit:

Four Corners'

Four Corners' - new training schemes, which are free/highly subsidised by Creative Skill set...


DIT Skills Workshop: 
£160 + VAT
These workshops provide two-day, intensive hands-on training courses for Camera assistants and other camera department professionals seeking to upskill in DIT.  This course is funded by Creative Skill set. For more information, please visit: 


Digital Film Skills:


Digital Film Skills offers free, specialist training in digital technologies in camera and post-production, with follow-on support. It is funded by Creative Skillset.  The scheme runs January-February 2017. For more information, please visit: 


ZOOM: Futures In Creative Media is a practical, industry-level training scheme in digital video production.  The next course begins January 2017 offering 6 weeks of film training. For more information, please visit: 

Boxing Shadows

Please Join us, for Boxing Shadows!


Celf O Gwmpas, Llandrindod Wells is hosting a week of events and activities in celebration of arts and mental health as part of WALLS:MURIAU, the Welsh Mental Health Arts Festival 2016.

Artist in residence Stephen Park and Powys artist Blue MacAskill are engaging and working with artists who have knowledge and experience of mental ill health from across the county. Working together, they are developing knowledge, practice, experience and creative aspirations and promoting wider understanding of arts and mental health.

Please join us from 10th-15th November at Celf o Gwmpas. We have a varied and exciting programme planned.

For further information on individual events, please see the Boxing Shadows newsletter.

Invitation to Be Ready

Unlimited commissioning for the visual arts sector on Monday 10th October.



Are you thinking of applying for an Unlimited commission?


Do you know about Unlimited commissions?


Do you want to engage with disability led commissioning?

Join us and invited guests for this unique event where we will open up a dialogue about these commissioning opportunities and how we in the visual arts sector can access them.

Tickets: £6 (£4.50 Art House Members). Refreshments and lunch included.

Book tickets and find out more at:

A number of free places are available, please contact Helen Deevy at: or call 01924 312 000

Monday 10th October, 11am until 2pm.

The Art House, Wakefield.

Beyond The Frame Symposium

Tickets are now on sale, with limited bursaries available!


Tickets are now on sale, via the WMC website. A limited number of travel and ticket bursaries are available for Wales based artists, please see the Project page for the application form.

Contact DASH on or call 01743 272939 for further information. An event leaflet and symposium schedule can be downloaded from the website by clicking here