Beyond The Frame Symposium

Tickets are due to go on sale tomorrow for this exciting event, taking place on 23rd November 2016.


A practical symposium bringing together Disabled artists and galleries to learn about the Tu Fewn project, network and shape future projects.

Join leading international Disabled artist Rachel Gadsden and CCQ editor Emma Geliot to discuss the importance of  diversity in the arts.

Tu Fewn was the first commissioning project  for Disabled visual artists in mainstream galleries in Wales. Hear from the artists, galleries and partners who shaped the Tu Fewn project.

The symposium takes place at the Wales Millenium Centre, Cardiff. Tickets can be booked online at or  by calling 029 2063 6464

20 Travel and ticket bursaries are available for this event.

Successful applicants will receive a free entry ticket plus up to £25 towards their travel to the event. To receive an application form to apply for a bursary please email or call DASH on 01743 272939.

Closing date for bursary applications is TBC.

Save The Date - Beyond The Frame Symposium

Save the date for this practical symposium taking place on November 23rd 2016.


Beyond The Frame: Expanding Horizons for Extraordinary Artists

23rd November 2016
Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Save the date for this practical symposium, bringing together Disabled artists and galleries to learn about the Tu Fewn commisioning project, network and shape future projects.

Join leading international Disabled artist Rachel Gadsden and CCQ editor Emma Geliot to discuss the importance of diversity in the arts.

Tu Fewn was the first commissioning programme for Disabled visual artists in mainstream galleries. Hear from the artists, galleries and partners who shaped the Tu Fewn project.

A limited number of travel and ticket bursaries will be available.

Tickets will be on sale shortly, and information on how to book will be available on the project page of the DASH website and through our social media channels.



Progression (re)Launch

Supporting creative young people, plus emerging and established artists...


We'd like to invite you to our Progression (re)Launch on Saturday 30th July – an event to celebrate the return of our Arts Council funded programme supporting creative young people, as well as emerging and established artists. We hope that you can join us for the event, which will feature a dress rehearsal of A Tale Of Two Cities by Red Shift Theatre, a talk by Jess Thom (Touretteshero), a Devoted & Disgruntled session about artist support, and performances from Nigel & Louise and young performers from the Progression programme.

You can find full details of the event below (or view them on our website here:

Greenwich & Lewisham Young People's Theatre present:
In association with Bathway Theatre Network and University of Greenwich

Saturday 30th July 2016 – 2:00pm until 10:00pm.

A FREE EVENT at Bathway Theatre (University of Greenwich), Woolwich

Featuring: TourettesheroDevoted & Disgruntled, Nigel & Louise and more...

To celebrate the return of the project we are holding a launch event on 30th July 2016. It's a big day – full of performances, conversations, talks, food, drink and music. It'll be a chance to talk to about the project and our plans for the next year; to set out the ways in which we can support artists across the industry (young, emerging, established); and to celebrate the vibrancy of the London and UK arts scene – with some fantastic special guests!

The event will feature a BSL interpreter, with a talk by deaf actor Stephen Collins too.

Paint the Day 2016

Calling all artists; doodlers and scribblers too!


Join Newhampton Arts Centre for Paint the Day 2016. Taking place between July 2nd until July 9th.


  • Take part in our one day challenge on Sat 2nd July
  • All work will be exhibited in the Gallery Hall at NAC
  • You can win up to £300
  • Your work will be offered for sale and auction
  • Open to all - professional, amateur, under 18.


  • Free exhibition
  • Drop in family art workshop
  • Vote for your favourite work
  • Buy or bid for an original art work
  • Exhibition opens Sunday 3rd July 12pm-5pm (Brunch Bar), Saturday 9th July 11am-5pm, and 4th-8th July 12-2pm.

DIY 13 Opportunity

DIY 13 is an exciting opportunity for artists, which is now live!


DIY 13 provides the chance 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 taking place across the UK between July and November 2016, representing a huge variety of subjects and approaches from across Live Art: durational ritual, victimhood, self-care, arts education, dogs and animals, sex, memory and forgetting, online interventions, radical actions, Afrofuturism, unprofessionalism, averageness, urban space, localism, and David Bowie.

Applications to take part are now welcomed and (with some exceptions) the closing date is 14th June 2016. You may apply to as many as you wish. Most DIY projects are free of charge, although some may necessitate a small financial contribution from participants to cover particular expenses.

For more information in individual projects and how to apply, see 

Final RE:Present Masterclass

With Francesca Martinez on Wednesday 8th June.


An invitation to a hugely inspirational and entertaining event. 

RE:Present has been a three month leadership programme for leaders from diverse backgrounds.  A feature of this programme, in addition to training and mentoring has been the formation of a network around the Masterclass events.

Hosted by our partners at Aston University we have heard some brilliant insights, great stories and jaw dropping examples of what it takes to make something great happen. Whether you work in the cultural sector or not, there is enormous value to be gained from attending.

There's a great atmosphere, good networking and much to savour.  The final Masterclass is with actor, comedian, author and inspirational speaker Francesca Martinez.

Further details (including a booking link) are on Aston's page here -  Please book with Aston University directly using that link.

Date is Wednesday 8th June between 6pm and 8pm, at Aston Business School in the City Centre.

Me & You

A Big Lottery Funded Project, aimed at young people aged 15 to 25 with special educational needs and/or disabilities.


The project is designed to build confidence and self esteem through the teaching of practical outdoor activities based around horticulture, conservation & wildlife and angling.

Join us at our "Me & You Open Day" where you will have the opportunity to try a variety of activities typical to the "Me & You" programme along with the chance to meet and talk to project staff, volunteers and past participants.

At: Albrighton Moat & Gardens

On: 9th April

From: 11am to 3pm 


Refreshments available.

British Sign Language classes in Shropshire

Starting in March Signal will host a six-week introduction to British Sign Language (BSL)


Taking place at The Hub in the Riverside Mall Shrewsbury.

The course will be led by Mary Harris, an experienced tutor, who uses BSL as her first language. The course is designed to give people a thorough introduction to the language helping people to have simple conversations, and to talk about their families, likes and dislikes and of course the British weather. It will also help people decide if they'd like to progress to a formal qualification.

BSL is fun and extremely interactive language to learn; hands, mouth and facial expressions all play a part, so there is never a dull moment. Come and join us.

The course will cost £60 per person. (There's a 10% reduction for holders of our Hub Loyalty card – contact me to learn more)

Classes will start at 10:30 a.m. and are 1.5 hours long with a fifteen minute break in the middle.

Course Dates:

15th March

22nd March

29th March

5th April

12th April

19th April


Telephone: 01743 364 644
Mobile/SMS: 07950 782 819

Twitter: @SignalCharity


The Fine Art of Hanging On

An Open Forum event designed for artists at any stage in their careers.


Saturday 27th February 2016, 11am until 4:30pm.

Birmingham School of Art, Birmingham City University, Margaret Street,, Birmingham. B3 3BX.

Free entry.

As part of New Art West Midlands 2016, The New Art Gallery Walsall and Turning Point West Midlands are holding an Open Forum event designed for artists at any stage in their careers.

Through presentations, case studies, discussion, and with a panel to provide practical advice we will, collectively, explore the opportunities and challenges that artists face. The event will be chaired by Wendy Law, Director, Turning Point West Midlands.

Speakers include:

–  Lucy Day, Advisor to a-n and independent curator.
–  Simon Morrissey, Director, WORKS|PROJECTS and Director,
–  Deborah Robinson, Head of Exhibitions,
    The New Art Gallery Walsall.
–  Rachel Bradley, Head of Art Market Project – New Art WM.
–  Juneau Projects, Artists.
–  Jane Morrow, Independent Curator.
–  Aly Grimes, Artist/Curator.

A light lunch will be provided.

The event is free but booking is essential. Places are limited.

Book via Eventbrite now

Is that all there is?

A conference to spark new thinking on work with young people with learning disabilities in the arts.


9th and 10th March 2016 at Birmingham Hippodrome.

Is that all there is? is a timely provocation to reconsider arts provision for young people with learning disabilities (ypwld). Over two days we will wrestle with key issues around work with ypwld and be inspired by some of the leading creative practice in this field.

Is that all there is? is accompanied by a festival of performance work by ypwld.

To book call:

 0844 338 5000

Standard rate - £70 Concessionary rate - £50

(Concessionary rate is for solo practitioners and artists, and small arts and voluntary organisations).

For more information visit:

When and Where?

Wednesday 9th and Thursday 10th March 2016, at Birmingham Hippodrome. Wednesday's session is followed by an evening of performance of cutting-edge work by young people with learning disabilities.

What does the ticket include?

Your ticket includes entry to the two-day conference, refreshments and lunch on both days, and performances on the Wednesday evening.

Who should come? 

Anyone interested in arts and learning disability, from an arts practice, access, programming, audience, leadership, development, advocacy or policy perspective should attend the conference. We particularly welcome Chief Executives, Artistic Directors, Learning specialists, managers, artists, funding bodies and policy makers.

Who's organising it?

Open Theatre Company, in partnership with Arts Council England and in association with Birmingham Hippodrome.

For further information, contact

Bethan Ball – Conference Coordinator

Download the event information in a Word document below.