Grants for the Arts workshops

We are running two FREE Grants for the Arts workshops for Cultivate mentees.


Grants for the Arts workshops, available for Cultivate mentees, other Disabled Visual Artists and people who work with/support Disabled Visual Artists.

Session 1:

Monday 31st October, between 11am and 1pm at the Hive, 5 Belmont, Shrewsbury, SY1 1TE.

Session 2:

Monday 28th November, between 11am and 1pm at the Foundry ACEM, 82, Granville Street, Birmingham, B1 2LH.

These sessions will be a great opportunity to understand:

  • What the gfta programme is
  • The application process
  • The criteria
  • The access fund

The experienced presenters (who are Arts Council Midlands staff) are:

  • Kate Pryor-Williams
  • Peta Murphy-Burke
  • Sarah Reed

The workshop will consist of a presentation with questions, followed by breakout groups where the process and any questions can be discussed in more detail. This is also an opportunity for peer support.

Please note: There will not be time at the workshops to discuss individual applications. DASH is offering limited (up to 2hours per applicant) telephone support to discuss individual GFTA applications by priorarrangement.

If you have specific questions that you would like the presenters to answer please send these in with your booking.

Booking your place:

Please email with your:

Name, Which Session Birmingham or Shrewsbury, Any access requirements including parking, Any questions.

There is limited blue badge parking at the Foundry. We are not able to reserve blue badge parking outside the Hive.


A Live Performance at Shoreditch Church - a 48 hour durational living installation...


Cherophobia is a 48-hour durational living installation. It is an attempt to lift the artist's bound and immobilised body off the ground using 20,000 helium party balloons. It is a performance and a gathering, a one-off event that intertwines people in their shared suspense and anticipation.

Cherophobia is a work of contrasts and opposites, of the push and pull between fear and desire, freedom and constraint and about our responsibility to make choices. The cheerful, happy image of a giant cloud of balloons stands in stark contrast to the artist's bound, restricted and immobilised body, while the helium-filled balloons pulling upwards are in turn constrained by the church building. 

For more information visit the Cherophobia website

You can also watch Cherophobia streamed live on your device at:

... or at one of our partner venues:

The Southbank Centre, London                                      
G39, Cardiff                                                                     
Newlyn Art Gallery, Newlyn                                            
FACT, Liverpool                                                              
Echo Park Film Centre, Los Angeles    

Cherophobia is comissioned by Unlimited, a festival celebrating extraordinary new works by disabled and Deaf artists. A press release is attached for your information.

Please feel free to share this event with your contacts.  

In Conversation with the Past

A special showing of Nicola Lane's Bill Lock film, which she created for her IN commission.


Clun's 'famous' character Bill Lock remembered by those who knew him and his vanished world.

Screening at Bishops Castle Town Hall on Sunday 25th September, between 2:30pm and 4:30pm.

Tickets are available from Bishops Castle Town Hall.

Audio Description training

Audio Description Training sessions for museum, gallery & heritage staff.


Wednesday 9th November - 9:30am to 5:00pm at Chapter Arts, Cardiff.

Thursday 10th November - 9:30am to 5:00pm at Oriel Davies, New Town.

Friday 11th November - 9:30am to 5:00pm at Mostyn, Llandudno.

Join DASH and DAC for an interactive training day designed to build your knowledge and awareness of disability equality in museums, galleries and cultural centres, specifically in relation to welcoming and supporting blind and partially sighted visitors and artists. We will be focusing on the skills necessary for describing artworks, through practical exercises.

Book online:

The training sessions will be conducted in small groups (max 15 participants) Price: £45 person plus booking fee. Lunch is included.

For further information contact DASH 01743 272939 -


Additional Information:

The training will be led by Zoe Partington and Louise Fryer, both highly experienced Disabled trainers. Zoe is a Disabled artist and trainer who has many years of working with Galleries and Museums across the World, developing the inclusion of Blind and partially sighted people.

Dr. Louise Fryer is a teaching fellow at University College London (UCL) and the author of: "An Introduction to Audio Description: A practical guide."

At the end of the training delegates will be able to:

  • Understand what it means for people to live with sight loss and describe the barriers they face in relation to cultural and artistic venues
  • Demonstrate with confidence the appropriate etiquette and skills to use in guiding blind and partially sighted people
  • Identify methods by which museum, gallery and heritage buildings can be made more inclusive and accessible to blind and partially sighted visitors
  • Use appropriate approaches to describe images and objects to blind and partially sighted people.

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.