Random Acts - an amazing Opportunity

... for Young Artists aged 16 to 24 years - a series of Random Acts Activate workshops.


We are holding a series of 'Random Acts Activate Workshops' across the West Midlands to inspire and encourage young artists with fantastic ideas for short films about their chosen arts form and give them lots more info about how to apply.

A list of  workshop dates are listed and you can attend any of them but you  can also visit our website to find our more or to apply http://www.ruralmedia.co.uk/Random-Acts.aspx 

You can also watch a video here: https://vimeo.com/123938077

Deafinitely Theatre presents Something Else!

Based on the popular children's book written by Kathryn Cave and illustrated by Chris Riddell. Directed by Paula Garfield.


Friday 15th May at 11am and 1.30pm.

ARENA THEATRE, Wolverhampton.

A story about a small creature who lives his life always trying to fit in. But he never does, because he's Something Else. Then one day a stranger turns up on his doorstep and wants to be friends.

Deafinitely Theatre nurture and showcase deaf talent, creating work that is accessible to both deaf and hearing audiences.

Suitable for children aged 3 - 6 years.

All tickets are £5.

For more details or to book tickets call the Arena Theatre Box Office on 01902 321 321 or visit the website to book online arena.wlv.ac.uk

Supported by Outside Centre and Black Country Touring

Part of Young Deaffest in partnership with Deaffest

For more information about Deaffest, the UK's leading Deaf Film and Arts Festival, visit deaffest.co.uk

AB Portrayed

A selection of Tanya Raabe-Webber's images and artwork from the Awkward Bastards Symposium at mac birmingham.


Sketches of speakers, audience and artists - plus ipad drawing of speakers and audience members who came to the Awkward Bastards Symposium at mac birmingham on March 12th 2015.

Awkwardness is good for art

Momentum is building across the region, ahead of the Awkward Bastards Symposium!


"I'm thrilled that, as a contributor to DASH's forthcoming symposium at MAC on 12 March 2015, I'm now officially an Awkward Bastard!

Awkwardness is good for art – it can unsettle us, ask us difficult questions, and make us think again.  

Much Live Art could be characterized as awkward in that it resists definition and doesn't conform to any form, function or mode of presentation. But more significantly in the context of DASH's symposium and the wider politics of cultural diversity, Live Art is, as the writer Mary Paterson recently put it, "a culture that puts old, young, male, female or 'other' bodies on stage to explore the empathic chemistry of simply being present in space together... a culture that invites dissent, listens to it and turns the experience into something beautiful... a culture that celebrates difference at the same time as community, humour at the same time as outrage."

Live Art's radical thinking, practices and approaches have done much to contribute to the creative case for diversity, and I look forward to discussing how they can continue to contribute to, and help shape, our future culture in Awkward Bastards.   

It seems ridiculous that the creative case still needs to be made and that diversity still has to be considered 'a case', but it does. It seems ridiculous that so many black, disabled, queer, women and other 'culturally diverse' artists are still either underrepresented or misrepresented across the artistic landscape of the UK (or, indeed, are still referred to as 'black, disabled, queer, women' artists) but they are. It seems ridiculous that after so many Arts Council policies and initiatives, the (publicly funded) arts in the UK still does not reflect the diversity of our society in its makers, producers, decision makers and audiences, but it doesn't.

The arts in the UK are still dominated by the white, able-bodied, middle classes. There are so many awkward questions still to be asked, and Birmingham on the 12th of March will be a great place to ask them."

Lois Keidan

Live Art Development Agency (LADA)


Oska Bright Film Festival

Gearing up for the next festival in November - there is still time for films to be submitted for selection!




Deadline: Thursday 30th April 2015.

The 7th international festival of short films made by people with learning disabilities invites submissions for the 2015 festival.

The festival is looking for films and digital media that are under 10 minutes long. They can be in any genre, from live action or animation to documentary or dance-film. Films can be made by groups or individuals in the UK or abroad and they must have learning disabled people in control.

The deadline for entries is Thursday 30th April 2015 and the Festival takes place over 3 days in November 2015, in Brighton.

The website www.carousel.org.uk has full information on how to enter and an accessible on-line guide to film-making. Or you can call on 01273 234 734 or email oskabright@carousel.org.uk for an information pack.

Dancing Together at Last

If you have harboured a secret desire to dance with a family member and love dancing now is your opportunity!


You and a family member (or friend you would like to dance with) are warmly invited to our second series of three creative dance workshops in Shrewsbury. 

The workshop will be in the warm and welcoming studio, at The Trinity Centre, in Meole Brace Village near Shrewsbury.

Together we shall explore movement and dance as part of a group and in duets. We shall work creatively and lightly. The workshop tasks ranging from reflective focused work to playful abandon.

The project is led by DASH associate artists, Ray Jacobs and Rachel Liggitt. 

The workshop leaders are all creative and experienced practitioners in the fields of choreography and community dance.

Dates of workshops:

Sunday 15th February - 1:15pm – 4:15pm 

Sunday 8th March - 1:15pm – 4:15pm 

Sunday 29th March - 1:15pm – 4:15pm 

Ideally we would like dancers to attend all 3 sessions to get the most out of the workshops.

Who is it for:

The workshops are for participants aged 8 years – 108 years!

Cost: £7.50 per person per workshop, £15 each pair. If you would love to attend but the cost is a barrier to attending, please contact Rachel directly.

Payment by cheque or cash. Paid on arrival at the first workshop.

Please contact Ray or Rachel to book or if you need additional information.

Ray: jacobsray@hotmail.com  M: 07817194644

Rachel: r_liggitt@yahoo.co.uk  M: 07855931214

Awkward Bastards Symposium - the timetable

Here's the schedule for the Awkward Bastards Symposium at mac birmingham in March. Tickets are available from the mac website!


TIMETABLE for the day:


  • Dorothy Wilson CEO of mac opens Awkward Bastards.
  • Mc for the day Garry Robson.

10:20am – 11:15am - Keynote Speaker;

  • Professor David Turner (Swansea University) 'Exploring Disability in a historical and contemporary context'

11:15am - 11:35am;


11:35am – 1:00pm - Rethinking Diversity - 4 stories introduced by Skinder Hundal;

  • Marlene Smith
  • Tony Heaton
  • Gemma Marmalade
  • Speaker tbc

1:00pm– 1:45pm;


1:45pm – 2:55pm - Institutional behaviours to Interpretation;

  • 'Disabling the Museum' Amanda Cachia USA/AUS
  • 'Queering the Museum' Matt Smith

2:55pm – 3:05pm;


3:05pm – 4:00pm - 'Why is it so difficult to define yourself as Disabled artist?';

  • Christine Sun Kim (film) USA
  • Gill Nicol
  • Sean burn
  • Vacuum Cleaner

4:00pm – 4:20pm;


4:20pm - 4:55pm - 'What comes next' panel made up of;

  • Lois Keidan
  • Amanda Cachia
  • Skinder Hundal
  • Abid Hussain
  • Mike Layward

4:55pm – 5:10pm;

Closing Session

Preview of 'Disrupted'


Happening throughout the day;

'Masters of the Awkward Bastards 2015'

Award winning artist Tanya Raabe will capture, interactions, physicality's and moments of expression in expressive drawings of the faces of the delegates, audience and presenters at the Awkward Bastards Symposium creating an evolving portrait gallery to be bought and sold at the event as 'Masters of the Awkward Bastards 2015'.


Further information on the Symposium, is available from the Projects page of the DASH website.

Feedback on Art Express

Being one of the Art Express workshop leaders at Chelmarsh village hall was inspiring.


The theme we developed was words and landscapes with a real emphasis on how you can create great art work on a limited budget.

The participants came from as far as Oswestry and some closer to Bridgnorth. We spent the morning playing with landscapes and perspectives.

The session let people consider how to use shapes, colours and textures to create depth.

The room looked like a sweatshop full of pots and bowls full if recycled materials, buttons all colours and shapes, coloured matchsticks, text and letters in many sizes, colours and coloured paper. Everyone had to avoid using paint and use collage techniques.

Banning paint made everyone really consider and spend time on arranging the composition before finally gluing the final piece together.

People from Oswestry wanted to leave after 2pm but I think we were surprised by how much they enjoyed the process and stayed much longer.

We were lucky to have such a great venue wuth the surrounding landscape to inspire us!

Zoe Partington.

Collector of Tears by sean burn

Unable to age until she has cried, Sunderland-born Tanya Sealt collects tears from across four hundred years of radical English history.


Learning to understand her own bisexuality and to stand her ground, she fights her oppressors who have followed her down the centuries.

And on the day of Margaret Thatcher's resignation she finally learns how to cry.

'Moving and often amusing, this is a beautifully written and performed piece of work.' British Theatre Guide

Click here to read a review in full...

Friday 7th November at 7.30pm. The Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton.

BSL Interpretation by Jessica Heller.


Disability Arts Touring Network in association with DaDaFest presents:

The Ugly Girl.

This performance has audio description and BSL interpretation.

A wildly comic twist on the stereotype of a queer, disabled, intellectual trouble-maker. This new play is full of slapstick, music and dark humour. A no-holds barred musical about what it means to be the typical Ugly Girl adrift in a comically hostile universe.

Performed by an international cast of disabled actresses including Liz Carr and Julie McNamara.

Saturday 22nd November at 7.30pm. The Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton.


Tickets are Â£10 full price and Â£8 for concessionsTo book tickets call the Arena Theatre Box Office on 01902 321 321 or book online at arena.wlv.ac.uk

And check out the Why? Festival a micro festival of music, performance, comedy and film - promoting disability in the Black Country, Walsall and Stourbridge...

Creative Mondays arrive in Wolverhampton

Creative Monday is a new monthly networking event which showcases local creative businesses; with speakers and opportunities for socialising and developing contacts in the region.


Run in conjunction with Creative Enterprise and led by Moya Lloyd who has been leading professional development initiatives for creative people in the West Midlands for 15 years. The first meeting will include a presentation from Wolverhampton-based artist Sarah Stokes about the Junction Festival and other artist-led initiatives in the city, and a chance to learn more about the support and training available to creative businesses in the region.

It's completely free, but so we can estimate numbers in advance please reserve your place here if you'd like to go: https://creativemonday.eventbrite.co.uk

Creative Monday is part funded by ERDF and Coventry University.

It takes place on the first Monday of the month, between 6:30pm and 8:30pm at Lock Works, The Chubb Buildings, Fryer Street, Wolverhampton WV1 1HT.