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 £10 full price and £8 for concessionsTo book tickets call the Arena Theatre Box Office on 01902 321 321 or book online at

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:

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.

Join the Art Express

There's still a few places available on the next two Art Express workshops, in both Whitchurch and Chelmarsh. Book online now and join us!


'Collage Canvas' with Natalie Toplass, between 10am and 3pm on October 14th at Brownlow Community Centre in Whitchurch:

This session will use different materials and techniques in drawing, stamps, stencils, masking tape and gels, salt soap and water effects, painting and collage to create amazing surface patterns and final artwork.

'Shropshire Landscapes' with Zoe Partington, between 10am and 3pm on October 20th at Chelmarsh Village Hall in Bridgnorth:

Create landscapes of towns and villages of Shropshire or significant landmarks using – words, collage, drawing and paint.' Share the words of poets of Shropshire such as Simon Evans'. Use the poets as a catalyst for create images with colour and texture, using words as typography within the image.

Book for both of these workshops via the DASH Eventbrite page:

Creative Enterprise - Free help for artists!

Creative Enterprise are running a free two day workshop in Shrewsbury next week, for creative individuals based in the West Midlands who are planning to set up, or are in the early stages of running, a creative enterprise.


The course covers a range of key topics including business practicalities, identifying a customer base and marketing.

Creative Enterprise is a European Regional Development Fund project offering free business support for existing businesses, and individuals or companies who are looking to start up creative businesses*.

The support is free, subject to recipients living or having a business premises based in the West Midlands.

We deliver creative sector specific workshops, seminars, 1-2-1 business advice, mentoring, networking opportunities and general support, according to individual needs.

For further information, and to view current opportunities, please visit the website:

*existing business are those that are registered with HMRC even if not actively trading, and start ups apply to those who are looking begin trading, prior to registering with HMRC

If you have any queries or would like any further information about what Creative Enterprise can offer, please don't hesitate to contact them.

Carrie Rolfe, Project Assistant
e: t: 024 7615 8304

Visit the website at: - like us on Facebook: or follow us on twitter: @icecubesnet

Book for an event via:

Printing workshop at Weston Park

Experienced printmaking artist Jo McChesney will be returning to Weston Park to host a two-day print making workshop.


Jo has travelled to Kyoto, Japan to study the technique of woodblock printing and has since developed her work, exhibiting widely across the UK, including at Weston Park's own Granary Art Gallery.

Participants will have the opportunity to carve and print their own woodblock and create their own unique design to take home.

Jo will talk about the methods involved in making a relief print and then participants will then create and transfer their own image onto the woodblock.

Other techniques taught will include carving, mark making, creating texture and finally printing. Participants will be encouraged to try various printing elements and colours throughout the workshop.

Places are just £90 per person and include:

  • Full printmaking tuition
  • All materials including paper, woodblocks and use of printing inks (Participants may bring different types of paper to print on if they wish) Access to the Park and Gardens
  • Free tea and coffee making facilities

Each day runs from 10:30am until 4:30pm. Please bring your own images for inspiration!

Lunch is not included. However the Granary Deli & Cafe will be open and serves light bites, freshly made sandwiches and homemade cakes.

Jo's workshops are very popular so please book early to avoid disappointment by calling Christopher Madeley on 01952 852130 or e-mail:

Please visit for further information.