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.

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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 - 

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 -

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:

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!

Field Guide

Support for Artists...


We're really excited to launch our Autumn I Winter season of FIELD GUIDE events!

FIELD GUIDE is a programme of events that support artists to find ways of sustaining and extending their artistic practice.

PORTFOLIO REVIEWS FOR ARTISTS, MAKERS AND DESIGNERS on Wednesday 4th October, between 10:30am and 4pm, £5.

Get your portfolio seen by professionals, discuss your goals and gain expert advice and insight.

Bookable one-to-one 45 minute sessions are available with Shân Edwards, Artistic Director, The Art House, Amanda Peach, Retail Programme and Development Manager, Yorkshire Sculpture Park and guest curator (a replacement for Bryony Bond, Creative Director, The Tetley to be confirmed shortly).

Book a place with your chosen professional and we will contact you to arrange a time for your 45 minute session.


FUNDING FOR ARTISTS, ACE Grants for the Arts on
Wednesday 1st November, between 11am and 4pm, £10.

With David Gilbert, Programme Producer, The Art House.

Find out what funding is available for artists as part of the ACE Grants for the Arts award, gain an insight into the process and what makes a successful application.

One to one advice: Funding for artists, ACE Grants for the Arts
Wednesday 15 November I 10.30am – 4.00pm I £5

Book onto 'Funding for artists, ACE Grants for the Arts' and apply for a follow up 45 minute session for individual feedback on your proposal.