DASH PROCESSIONS - Guest blog by Anne Marie Lagram

Read about the Artists' Suffrage League, the 'Mud March' and


We asked our Artist for DASH PROCESSION Anne Marie Lagram to write a guest blog about her thoughts before we begin.

To sign up for one or all of our workshops, please see our eventbrite page here.


I've already learnt so much about women's suffrage history since agreeing to be part of this project and particularly about the 'original' processions made by tens of thousands of women on the afternoon of Saturday 13 June 1908 who processed through central London to the Albert Hall, where they held a rally. The reason for the procession was to draw the country's attention to women's demand that they should be given the vote on the same terms as it was given to men.

I've found out about  the Artists' Suffrage League founded in January 1907 by Mary Lowndes which was set up to  involve professional women artists in preparations for what became known as the 'Mud March' which was really the first procession tried by women as part of their tactics to raise awareness. The weather was so inclement for this march that the 1908 procession was deliberately moved to summertime.  I have now been introduced to many women artists who I had never heard of thanks to researching for the project. I feel honoured to be treading in the footsteps of these spirited women who used actions and words and images to get their point across.

For the 2018 Procession we want to bring Shropshire women together through this creative project and to give an art platform for their voices heard. We are not fighting for a right to vote, as our predecessors of 100 years ago, but we should use this opportunity to consider and say something about how we see ourselves as women in relation to the original aim of equal status. It's a chance to comment, celebrate, commemorate, remember and look to the future. It's also a chance to identify ourselves as a geographically linked group of women living in a diverse and very spread out county.

My role as lead artist as enabling a design that reflects the women involved with the project. Firstly we need to discuss anything and everything about not only the occasion of the past but how we want to make it about women today. The ideas, words, images that come from these initial discussions will then be developed into a design that will make not only a striking piece of art work but also reflect the people contributing to it. We are keen to enable any woman to take part whether as an individual at home or as part of a group at work or as part of one of the sessions we are running and so in view of this I see the banner being made up of many sections that when bought together forms our combined efforts and opinions.

In regards to making the Banner we hope to combine a variety of textile techniques but please do not think you have to be great at sewing to take part in this – we will develop the best ways to make it so that all skill levels are not only involved but are of equal value to the project. I'm hoping I can show some of you a few new ways of working as part of the project.

But the heart of this is about being involved and so we ask all women in our wonderful county to please take part in some way;  there will be templates on social media/DASH website for individuals to make a piece of the overall design which will be personalised in some way, I want to encourage women to send in words/images/thoughts about being a woman in Shropshire today. We want as many of you as possible to come to some of the group sessions we will be holding and to come with us on June 10th to carry our banner. Be a part of a very special project that has only come about because of the pro-active women – our grandmothers and great grandmothers- who were impassioned enough to do something about the inequality and injustice they experienced.

We will let you  all know more regarding the design and making of the Banner and when and where workshops will be  after the initial meet up at The Hive – Shrewsbury on February 12th 11.00am

Finally we see the art piece as already having begun, this discussion, communication, ideas, thoughts are all a part of it, as are the messages and info put out there and the responses we get. Whilst making a banner is our key objective we think the journey we make to get there is of equal value and importance.

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SICK! Festival

An exciting Artist Commission Opportunity...


SICK! Festival is offering a number of Catalyst Commissions of between £2,000 - £6,000 for early- to mid-career UK-based artists to develop new works of contemporary performance and dance that resonate with the festival's thematic interests for presentation as part of SICK! Festival in March 2019.

For more information, please visit: http://www.sickfestival.com/about-us/jobs/#catalyst-commission

Oriel Davies Open 2018

Call for entries - please share!


We would be most grateful if you are able to share this opportunity via your networks and social media if possible please. 

Oriel Davies' biennial, open submission exhibition, ODO, is currently live with a call for entries. 

ODO has a longstanding reputation for having showcased work by some of the most exciting emerging and established artists from across the UK and beyond.

Professional artists and those studying art are invited to submit entries of recent work in order to be considered for the exhibition taking place between 23rd June and 5th September 2018. 

ODO18 has no theme or geographical restrictions. 

Deadline - 5pm, Monday 12th February 2018. 

You can follow us/share on Twitter - #ODO2018, and Facebook - facebook.com/orieldavies 

Queries most welcome.

DASH job opportunity

Exciting role of Learning and Engagement Manager!


DASH is an established Disability Visual Arts organisation. We have been leading the professional development of Disabled Visual Artists since 2008. In recognition of this work, Arts Council England awarded DASH with a significant increase in funding for 2018-2022.

This has enabled us to grow our staff team, to include a new Learning and Engagement Manager, who will extend the scope of our work to include Disabled Children and Young people – the Disabled artists of tomorrow.

We're looking for someone who has a strong commitment to Disability Art and the Social Model of Disability. You will need a wide knowledge of working in the Visual Arts and experience of working with Disabled Young People. You will be self motivated and a team player. You will have the skills to work strategically with a wide range of partners and people. The post will involve frequent travel to cultural organisations in England.

We are offering a salary of 15,734-GBP for 21 hours a week (full-time equivalent of 26,223-GBP), and 15 days annual leave a year. We also offer a 6% employer contribution to a workplace stakeholder pension.

Further details and an application form are available below. Video and audio applications will also be accepted. The closing date for all applications is 5pm on Monday 11th December 2018. Interviews for shortlisted applicants will take place on 29th & 30th January 2018.

Click here for fiurther information and documentation.

On The Tracks: Review by Yvette Priestley

Dash trustee Yvette Priestley went to a screening of a new play in Birmingham by Lucy Hayward, directed with visually impaired audiences in mind.


On the Tracks

23 September 2017

Blue Orange Theatre, Birmingham

Reviewed by Yvette Priestley, DASH Trustee

On the Tracks is a piece of work looking at how people live in country towns. It was created by visually impaired playwright Lucy Hayward, whilst completing her Master of Philosophy in Playwriting Studies at Birmingham University. Lucy finds that while attending the theatre can be an interesting experience, audio description can be useful but does not always allow her to interact with the play. 

She was able to develop her work further with Jemma Kennedy at the National Theatre, and Da Da Fest have provided funding to support this performance in order to obtain feedback.

Lucy was offered support from one of the directors at Birmingham Rep to develop this piece further, and intends to take it on tour in the next year.

On the Tracks is a thirty minute stage play that uncovers the lives of two men who work in a country railway station at night.


DASH Trustee Yvette Priestley attended the performance to give her perspective as a visually impaired person.

 “On the Tracks is a 30 minute performance which is currently in its research and development phase. The playwright, Lucy Hayward intends to take the play on tour in 2018. She is visually impaired and is using this opportunity to integrate accessibility into the performance itself rather than have an extra layer of audio description. The main themes of the play provide the base for a powerful emotional performance, so this should not be attended by the faint-hearted.


Prior to the performance an audio programme was provided containing information regarding the cast, props and costumes. This could be refined for the final production with a brief description about the opening five minutes. If a printed  programme is to be produced, then it would also be helpful if an electronic version of the programme is made available.

Directly before the performance a touch tour was given to visually impaired audience members. However, the minimalist nature of the play means this is a nice to have feature rather than entirely necessary, so long as the description of the items is in the programme. Minor modifications to the final production would definitely achieve the aim of integrating access into the performance. It would be important to reassure visually impaired audience members that access is integrated in order to minimise anxiety about attending.

Characters and themes

Ted and Robert  are the two characters in this play who command our attention from start to finish. They are both night shift workers on the railway, but that is where their similarities end. Robert is a young family man who is outgoing and is comfortable with technology. Ted is older and is marginalised.

As the play progresses we are drawn into the issues in Ted's life and it starts to become more apparent that there is something not quite right about his story. The intense emotional performance is stunning. The pace of the production is also managed well by the actors, which is helped along by the urgency of the ringing phone.  


Overall, the play would be appreciated by a mainstream audience or by visually impaired people attending the performance. The interesting exploration of family difficulties means that anyone can engage with the play even if the scenario presented is unique.”

Contact Dance Company

At Wolverhampton Arena on Friday 13th October...


'A breath taking, beautiful performance that provided food for the soul'...

Contact Dance Company will be performing powerful duets that explore the unique relationships & dynamics that hold us together or pull us apart.

The performances will include duets by Mosaic Disability Theatre, made during the company's residency at Arena Theatre

Friday 13th October at 1:30pm and 7:30pm - tickets priced £12 and £10 - with local groups discount £5. Matinee all tickets, £5

Tickets can be booked from The Arena Theatre Box Office on: 01902 321321

Contact Dance Company are part of Shropshire Inclusive Dance - www.sidance.live

FEDS is live

The exciting Film Exhibition, Distribution and Sales Trainee Scheme (FEDS) is live!


Our career-making FEDS scheme is now open!

If you want to get into film but can't see a way to do it, this scheme is for you. FEDS is a proven route into the film industry and you will:

- get eight months of London Living Wage paid training at a film festival or cinema in York, Stirling, Glasgow, Cardiff or Sheffield;

- make a creative contribution, become a valued member of the team and learn a range of skills

- get a CV that will put you ahead of the competition

- attend regular industry sessions that inform you about the whole film business.

This scheme has helped dozens of people get their start in film, with over 80% staying in the film industry.

We want to make the film industry more inclusive. People of colour and people who consider themselves to have a disability are underrepresented in cinema and festival jobs. That's why we strongly encourage applications from these groups.

All you need to do to apply is fill in our short application form by 18 October. You don't need past experience, but you do need to have a passion for films and audiences. Read more here.

Artist Call-Out!

Our Biggest Artist Call-Out from Shape Arts...


Submissions are open for "Collective Influence", the 2018 Shape Open group exhibition!

Disabled and non-disabled artists are invited to submit work for our 2018 Shape Open, “Collective Influence” - the UK's leading disability-led group exhibition - to be held at The Art Pavilion, Mile End, London from Thursday 22nd March until Thursday 5th April 2018.

Held in high-profile, artist-led spaces, the Open provides an exciting opportunity for disabled and non-disabled artists to show disability-led work and discuss views and ideas about issues and topics which are often sidelined within artistic debate. This year's theme is “Collective Influence”: what influences you? How does influence go further than inspiration

Submissions deadline: 12 noon, Monday 16th October.

To submit work for the Open or for more information, please visit: www.shapearts.org.uk/news/open-2018-submissions

Nudging Meteors

Exhibition opening at artwalk wakefield...


Nudging Meteors: gobscure. 27/09/2017 to 10/11/2017. art house, wakefield.


Exhibition opens: artwalk wakefield on Wednesday 27th September between 5pm and 9pm.

Wakefield is bellybutton this world crawl-climb-limp-slither-wheeled outta. everywhere narratives are wrecked - now we need to remember pasts & rewrite futures. most us silenced way too long so heres a broader story, nudging meteors singing still beating, never beaten.

Artist's performance, 7pm, 27.09 - eagles can paint theyre jes no tellin - are humans pinnacle of evolution - michael gove is minister for yeast, literally! we can learn from other species. so come join with creative remembrances & resistances - thinking literally outside boxes. yu too can make yr mark, gifts will be given

Can you please help us tour this elsewhere? Please spread the word, thank-you!