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.

Talking Images with Zoe Partington

An introductory workshop to audio description and using sound with images.


Led by artist Zoe Partington as part of her Tu Fewn commission for Ffotogallery in partnership with DASH for Diffusion Cardiff International Photography Festival

Enjoy making portraits with sound, photos and words influenced by 'The American Dream' in these four introductory workshops, available to groups of up to 6 participants. All disabled people are welcome. Each session explores how we see portraits and our identity.

Zoe is creating a series of images that explore The American Dream and identity and is keen to share her ideas in a participatory workshop.

No previous experience is necessary, just a willingness to take photos, develop sounds, use words and have fun!

Please call 01743 272939 or email if you have any access needs and we can work with you to make the workshop accessible.

The workshops take place at The Hive, 5 Belmont Shrewsbury SY1 1TE

The dates and times are:

Tuesday 13th October; 10:00am until 12:30pm and 1:30pm until 4:00pm
Wednesday 14th October; 10:00am until 12:30pm and 1:30pm until 4:00pm

Click the link below to book:…

Joining the Dots...

An exciting series of sessions, facilitated by Elizabeth Hawley...


... Visual Arts Enabler, that are intended to increase the knowledge and understanding of the local, regional and national visual arts ecology through advice giving, signposting, collective problem solving and networking.

The sessions are interactive and designed to offer advice, collective problem solving and to encourage ownership and pro-activity towards career development as an artist.

Friday 9th October - Coventry Artspace:

  • Relationship building
  • Networking, profile raising, relationship building with organisations, curators and other artists.

Friday 16th October - Worcester Arts Workshop:

  • Resourcing your practice
  • Time, space and opportunities; networking and connectivity.

Friday 23rd October – The New Art Gallery Walsall:

  • Communicating your practice
  • Profile raising, marketing and audience engagement; working practices and documenting a practice.

The sessions will also feature a guest artist as a case study speaking about their own experiences.

All sessions are FREE and will run from 11am- 3pm. 

Artists can book for all three sessions. However, priority will be given to ensuring that as many as possible can attend one session. Therefore, if you would like to attend all three, please identify your first choice session.

There are a maximum of 20 places per session, which will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. 

Drinks will be provided. Please bring food to share.

To book, please email Annabel Clarke quoting which session you would like to attend.

Inclusive Art Sessions in Shrewsbury

Artist Tanya Raabe Webber is running Inclusive Art sessions in partnership with ArtyParty and Participate Contemporary Art Space, Shrewsbury.


The first session is this Friday, 11 Sept 10:30am-12:30pm and is suitable for anyone wishing to explore and develop their own drawing and painting skills. Sessions are priced at £10 each. Please do come along and have a look at what's might fancy joining in!

Other sessions are taking place on:

Friday 25 Sept 10:30-12:30
Friday 9 October 10:30-12:30

Inclusive Art Studio sessions are at Participate Contemporary Art Space, Riverside, Shrewsbury (opposite Wilkos). Join Tanya and Artist Alison Picknell in creating your own work.

Find out more on Tanya's website:

Deaf Comedy Night at the Arena Theatre

Dudley Deaf Theatre and Black Country Touring, presents The Comedy Playhouse.


Tuesday 21st July at 7.30pm

ARENA THEATRE, Wolverhampton, WV1 1SE

 All tickets are £5.

A showcase performance marking the end of a six week stand-up comedy course run by Dudley Deaf Theatre and led by Women & Theatre's Artistic Director, Janice Connolly (aka comedy circuit headliner Mrs Barbara Nice).

Over five weekly sessions, Deaf, hard of hearing and BSL participants from Dudley Deaf Theatre have worked with Janice Connolly to develop their skills and confidence in stand-up comedy and produce their own 3-5 minute set.

The showcase is hosted by Mrs Barbara Nice, features a special guest appearance by top deaf comedian Steve Day and is accessible to ALL.

Dudley Deaf Theatre want to break down barriers between the Deaf and hearing communities and make comedy accessible to all.

Suitable for aged 14+

Book Online now

Call the Arena Theatre Box Office on 01902 321 321 or email

Working with young people with learning disabilities

A three day course at Birmingham School of Acting in September 2015.


Working with young people with learning disabilities through interactive drama - three day theatre course at Birmingham School of Acting.

Over the three days of training (September 9th to September 11th) you will explore the theatre methodology developed by Open Theatre Company, designed to help adults and young people with learning disabilities and how this can be applied within special schools.

The three day training course would develop an understanding of and skills in this way of working. The course will consist of two days of practical work; a half-day of discussion and analysis of the theoretical base of the work, and a half-day of working with the client group.

The course is facilitated by Richard Hayhow, Director, Open Theatre Company.

Full details can be found here:

In Conversation With The Past

Join DASH for a screening of Nicola Lane's film exploring the life of Bill Lock.


Bill Lock was born deaf in 1910 into a well-known Romany family who travelled throughout the Borders and Shropshire.

The Lock family settled in Clun in the 1950s and Bill became an important part of the community.

To discover Bill's world, disabled artist Nicola Lane interviewed some of the many people who remember him - including 92 year old Clunton farmer Harry Collins who employed Bill and knew him well. Memories of Bill are still strong; but as Mr Collins says, it will be 'all gone' after his generation have passed.

Nicola's film aims to celebrate Bill's long life and the vanished world in which he lived and worked. Film maker, Nicola Lane, was awarded the commission to create the film, as part of a joint commission in partnership with DASH and Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery, as part of the IN (Disability Arts IN the Mainstream) project, funded by Arts Council England.

Sunday 12th July at Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery.

2pm - 3pm. Admission is free but tickets must be booked through the Visitor Information Centre.