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.

CELF surgery day

An opportunity for artists through project Outside In - providing a platform for artists who see themselves as facing barriers...

read more... the art world due to health, disability, social circumstance or isolation.

The goal of the Outside In project is to create a fairer art world which rejects traditional values and institutional judgements about whose work can and should be displayed.

As a national project, we realise that a lot of artists we work with and support do not have the skills or facilities to digitally showcase their work to show it to wider audiences and so we hold Surgery Days to help artists to get involved.

We are holding an upcoming Surgery Day in mid-Wales - where we will help artists photograph five pieces of work, assist them with writing an artist statement and sign them up for an online gallery on our website.

Once an artist has a gallery on our site, they are able to receive comments on their work, submit their work to regional and national exhibitions, as well as adding a piece of work to be for sale in the online shop too if they wish.

Our next national exhibition, which is craft based, is taking place next year, and we are currently looking for submissions.

At the Surgery Day, we will let artists know about this opportunity and can help them to submit work for possible inclusion in the show.

You can find out more about this opportunity here:

As a note, even if the artist's work is not selected for the exhibition, it is still shown within the exhibition space, often on a rolling screen.

You can find out more about the project by visiting

If any artists would like to sign up for a 1 hour one-to-one session at the Surgery Day, please contact Hannah Whitlock, our Artist Coordinator by emailing or calling 01243 770845.

There is also a how-to-guide on how to create an online gallery which can be sent to you as well.

Below is the flyer for the CELF Surgery Day.

National Theatre Wales Big Democracy Project

An invitation, in collaboration with Celf o Gwmpas.


Four artists operating across contemporary visual and performing arts practice will instigate a disability-led participatory event at our Llandrindod Wells venue with support from Celf o Gwmpas Director, Shân Edwards. 

Featured artists:
Chris Tally Evans
Jo Munton 
Ceridwen Powell
Dean Warburton

Our Assembly will create a democratic critical platform, empower disabled artists, collectively advance the debate and establish a position.

The participating disabled artists themselves will propose and vote on any action to take forward. We will use a creative and open-minded process to explore these issues with the people who are directly affected by them.

This is a FREE event and a buffet is also provided. 

Friday 19th June, 7pm.

Centre CELF
Tremont Road
Llandrindod Wells

Please click here to book your place.

Random Acts Activate - workshop schedule

Random Acts Activate - inspirational 1 day workshops to inspire young artists and help them to apply to the Random Acts project!


When & Where? 

Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry – 16th May
Midland Arts Centre, Birmingham –17th May 
Worcester Arts Workshop, Worcester – 23rd May
The Rural Media Company – Hereford – 6th June 
The Lighthouse – Wolverhampton – 21st June 

How to book? 

On these eventbrite links...

Coventry -
Birmingham -
Worcester -
Hereford -
Wolverhampton -

What will you do at the workshop? 

Introduction: A brief discussion about the day ahead.
Workshop: Can you create bold expressions of creativity? We're jumping straight in with a creative exercise to start the day.
What is Random Acts? Our opportunity to explain exactly what is Random Acts, how does it work and more importantly, how could it work for you! Q&A throughout.
CREATIVE MASTERCLASS: 4 Artists will be giving 30 minute talks on their art form; exploring the creative process, the lifeline of anyone's craft.
*Delegates will be able to attend 2 out of the 4 sessions delivered by guest artists. Don't worry if you'd like to see all 4, you'll have a chance to catch the 2 talks you missed after Your next break!
CREATIVE MASTERCLASS: We didn't want you missing out so use this hour wisely- sign up to the 2 talks you missed before the break.
SUMMING UP: As we bring the day to a close, we'll reflect on everything Random! Please treat this session as a chance to quiz the Rural Media team and all of our guest artists.

Dementia Awareness Day

Support Dementia Awareness Week - become a Dementia friend!


20th May 2015, 10am until 2pm.

3 The Parade, Lansdowne Road, Bayston Hill, Shrewsbury, SY3 0HT.

All are welcome to attend!

Tea, cake and biscuits for all... Book a free home safety check with Shropshire Fire and Rescue, sample the delights of Wiltshire Farm Foods and  meet Salop Mobility.

There will be much more on offer too, with the chance to meet staff and view the new training facility. Come along and enjoy the day!