Live Art Theatre Season at Arnolfini

Four weeks, five unmissable shows and three masterclasses! A season acknowledging the increasing crossover between the fields of live art and theatre.


Including Forced Entertainment and Goat Island founders Lin Hixson and Matthew Goulish (returning as Every House Has a Door).

Last weekend Arnolfini hosted Forced Entertainment exploring dystopian and utopian visions of the future in 'Tomorrow's Parties' and we're now looking forward to this week's programme of Doris Uhlich: More than Enough on Friday 1st November and Sedated By A Brick Present Serrated By A Knife Present Sedated By A Brick on Saturday 2nd November.

We also have an artist masterclass with Every House Has a Door on Sunday 3rd November.

Do check out our In Between Time's interview with Doris Uhlich: where she reflects upon the body in dance practice. “Questions about beauty and non-conformism began to arise that continue to have importance in my work” – Doris Uhlich.

Elsewhere we have an amazing lineup still to come and there's an at a glance schedule with more detailed info over on our website:

Doris Uhlich: more than enough: 

Friday 1st November - 7:30pm until 8:25pm, £12/£10 concessions.

Sedated By A Brick Present Serrated By A Knife Present Sedated By A Brick:

Saturday 2nd November - 7:30pm until 8:30pm, £5.

Artist Masterclass: Matthew Goulish & Lin Hixson:

Sunday 3rd November - 2pm until 5pm, £25/£15 concessions.

Every House Has a Door - Testimonium: 

Friday 8th November & Saturday 9th November - 7:30pm until 9:10pm, £12/£8 concessions.

We are also exploring Arnolfini's performance past with artist Clare Thornton through a new book Stairways, Corridors & Corners -  Selected Traces of Performance 1976 - 1998 which is being launched on Saturday 9th November with a twilight tour of the building. More information can be found on our website:

Rare chance to become curator

Artists and curators are invited to submit proposals for a residency which is available at mac birmingham, in association with DASH.


Artists and curators are invited to submit proposals for a residency which is available at mac birmingham, in association with DASH.

The chosen curator will benefit from a fee of £7000, working space at mac and an exhibition slot in March 2015. They will also be able to have an input towards the visual arts programme at the centre too.

The position is open to those working in Disability Arts and forms part of the visual arts programme 'IN', Disability Arts in the Mainstream. The aim of 'IN' is to increase the number of Disabled and Deaf artists exhibiting in galleries.

Paula Dower, Operations Director of DASH said:

"This is a great opportunity for a creative individual to develop their professional skills and experience. Applicants are invited to outline their initial ideas around an exhibition which explores Disability Arts and awkwardness."

The closing date for applications is 5pm on Monday 6th January 2014.

For more information contact Craig Ashley on 0121 446 3224 or Mike Layward on 01743 272939.

Applications can be emailed to or posted to Visual Arts at mac birmingham.

Half term Happenings for Children and Adults

There's lots on over half term for adults and children of all ages with Newhampton Arts Centre. Eye boggling arts for the whole family with art, storytelling, drama and fun for disabled youngsters.



Tuesday 29th October:
Drop in between 11am and 3pm

What does the future look like?
Where will you be and what will you do?
What will you wear, how will you travel, where will you live?

Come along to our FREE family drop-in workshop; and add your ideas to our Futuristic Cityscape. Design students from the University will be there to inspire you. All ages welcome. Pop in any time between 11am and 3pm and stay as long as you like!


Sharing Stories from Africa and the Caribbean:
Wednesday 30th October at 2pm

Our storytellers will weave their magic with tales for all the family. You can also bring your stories to share - with Tonia Campbell from Kuumba Arts and friends.

FREE* but please book your places by ringing 01902 572090.

Part of the Family Arts Festival and Wolverhampton Black History Month


Saturday 26th October:
10am until 3pm

A day full of costumes, make-up, physical theatre and some horrifying theatre led by Fizzog Theatre in collaboration with Danceforce Wolverhampton.

For ages 7-15

£20 (£10 deposit) - tickets from Danceforce or Fizzog.


Thursday 31st October: 10am until 3pm

Do you have a disability and live in Wolverhampton? Would you like to  have a say about the services and support for young people? Come and join the fun, with workshops including Drama and African Drumming

Book a free place: email or phone 0300 302 0770.

Finally for adults, there's a full series of exciting events planned. Visit the Newhampton Arts Centre website for full details of everything taking place!

Celebration of local creativity at The Willow Gallery

This Saturday, 26th of October the Willow Gallery will be launching the 'Affordable Art Exhibition' - featuring an inspiring and diverse selection of artwork, all for under £150.


The gallery will also be filled with 15 high quality craft stalls showcasing beautifully crafted jewellery, textiles, woodwork, ceramics and much more, for our biggest Autumn Craft Fair yet!

The Willow Christmas Art & Craft Shop will be opening, promoting a wonderful selection of original, handcrafted gifts and cards. Artists and crafts people are invited to display their items in the shop. We will also have a craft corner with art and craft materials, buttons, wools, books, children's craft kits etc.
If all this inspires you to get creative, the gallery is running three workshops with visiting professional artists, starting with a rare opportunity to participate in a Pinhole Photography Workshop with Ben Partridge on Saturday 26th October from 10:30am to 4pm.

On Friday 1st of October Professional Potter Willie Carter will be running a Ceramic Animal Workshop from 10am to 4pm.

Internationally Renowned Artist Max Baccanello will be teaching a two day Oil Portrait Painting Course on Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th November from 10.30am to 5pm.

Please contact the gallery for further information.

The Willow Gallery CIC is a not-for-profit organisation run for the community, therefore your support is much appreciated.

The Willow Gallery, 56 Willow Street, Oswestry, SY11 1AE
Tel: 01691 657575. Email:

Trustee's Week

Trustee's Week is running between the 4th and 10th of November this year and there will be a special event in Shrewsbury as part of the national celebrations.


Nickie Edwards, Volunteer Outreach Officer for the Central area at Shropshire RCC says "We are running a 'Drop-in' for groups about Trusteeship at Central in Shrewsbury (The Baptist Church opposite the Nationwide Building Society) from 9am until 2pm.

We will have a stand promoting current vacancies. So if you have any opportunities that you want us to promote please could you send me the details!"

Photoshop for Artists

This three session course aims to provide students with a basic introduction to using Adobe Photoshop (and some other software) to develop an understanding of how digital work could help to develop or enhance their own arts practice.


We will be working in large groups occasionally but mostly you will be working on your own work or with a partner depending on how confident you feel and Phill will be available throughout to help you learn the skills you need for your creative work.

November 7th, 14th and 21st, between 10am and 4pm at the Hive in Shrewsbury.

At the end of the course you will have:

- At least one finished piece of your own artwork which will be ready to take to a printers.

- An understanding of how they achieved the artwork and information you can take away from the course for future reference.

This will include:

- Setting up a new document in Photoshop.

- Choosing the correct resolution for your finished piece.

- The difference between RGB and CMYK and why it matters to artists who want to display their work on screen or on paper.

- What all (well, some) of those tools do and how to make them do what YOU want.

- How not to be afraid of computers and how to use the internet to find out how to learn new skills.

Phill Evans is a Shrewsbury based freelance illustrator.  He has over ten years experience using Adobe Photoshop to make images and artworks for books, posters, logos and many  other types of project large and small.  Photoshop is an unimaginably complex piece of software, he says he is an expert at the 5% he needs to know (and which will be useful to you), is conversant with another 5% he has learned along the way and there is another 90% which is a complete mystery to him...  However, if you need to go into that 90% he will be happy to help to find the information you need!

The course is for artists to create unique illustrations, it may not suit those who want to use Photoshop to edit photographs.

This course is now fully booked - but for further information and to register your interest in future workshops, call or email Paula Dower at DASH on or 01743 272939.

Paula's blog

A busy couple of month's at DASH


I seem to be out of the office a lot recently, to start the month I attended Gallery Camp at the New Art Gallery Walsall Birmingham, where people from galleries, arts organisations, tech geeks, researchers and artists joined forces to discuss the future of galleries.  It was an unconference style event where the delegates suggest topics to discuss in breakout groups.  I'm interested in how cultural organisations are gathering data from social media channels and how they are using it.  Sadly, there were no organisations in my group that seem to be using this.

In late September I headed down to Woking to meet the Permeate Team at their round table event.  It was great to be able to go to a meeting to be a 'fly on the wall'.  The trainees that I met were really happy, they had gained experience, self confidence and felt they had a voice worth listening to. 

I went to visit Permeate as their values and the project are similar to DASH and our IN project.  A few days later Monika Richards was able to come to Birmingham for a meeting to discuss Permeate coming to the West Midlands.  I do hope that this will give many more people the chance to gain experience in cultural organisations here.  Watch this space.

On my way through London to Woking I stopped off at St. Paul's Cathedral, my first ever visit, despite living in London for nearly 5 years!  I went to see the Caravan exhibition!exhibitions/c21kz where artists from the East and West had painted life size donkeys, CARAVAN was started in 2009 as a catalyst to encourage East and West, and their creeds and cultures, to journey together through the Arts.  The donkeys were thought provoking, sad and beautiful. The donkeys were being auctioned off after the exhibition to help support grass roots charities in Egypt.  I wish that I: a. had the room for one and b. had the money to buy one.  I will just have to try and make my own!

In early October I attended an Intelligence Briefing, (sounds grand doesn't it?) at a secret location in central London, otherwise known as the NCVO offices.  It was an Arts Marketing Association event about how social media is changing the way cultural organisations listen and respond to their audiences.

Yesterday 17/10/13 I went to Birmingham and met two more men named Chris to add to the ever growing list of men I know named Chris.  I'll tell you more about them another day.

Next week I'm off to Brighton for a workshop on Digital Project management, which will be a great help if my Nesta application gets the go ahead.  I'm very excited about that one, but I can't tell you too much or I might spontaneously combust. Talking about funding, I have applied to six different trusts for funding for visual arts workshops, so keep 'em crossed for me. 

Bye for now.


Latest from Disability Arts Online

Here's a few key bits of information from the DAO e-bulletin, distributed on October 15th 2013.


DYSPLA! are looking for Creative Partnerships for DYSPLA 2013:

The DYSPLA Festival celebrates, develops and produces the work of dyslexic storymakers.

Monsters, Mavericks and Mothers is happening at Camden's Peoples' Theatre from the 12th until the 16th November 2013.

This years Festival will be an immersive experience of theatre, film, performance poetry, and art work with a narrative focus on containment; both metaphorical and/or physical and will have a strong emphasis on female protagonists.

As always the festival will open with the GALA and invited guest speakers; and there will be an exhibition of hand written letters by dyslexic storymakers.

For more information visit:

DaDaFest seek Disability Arts Touring Network Co-ordinator:

DaDaFest are seeking a Co-ordinator for a new UK-wide strategic touring network.

Working with the DaDaFest Artistic Director, the post-holder will support a group of arts organisations and venues, in developing, monitoring and delivering a touring arts programme funded by Arts Council England.

The programme intends to strengthen disability arts touring across the various locations in the UK.

The postholder will support the network of arts organisations and venues in developing, monitoring and delivering a strategic touring arts programme.

Part Time: 80 days to be agreed from November 2013 to April 2015.

Location: Flexible arrangements. May be based at the DaDaFest Office in Liverpool City Centre or one or more of the network members' sites. Some home working may also be possible!

Ideally suited to an experienced administrator in the arts and/or community events or activities. The role will support event planning, organise meetings and liaise with artists, working within the highest accessibility standards.

Deadline for Applications is 12noon on November 5th 2013.

DaDaFest is committed to safeguarding children and vulnerable adults. DaDaFest is an equal opportunities employer.

For more details, visit:

DAO is a unique journal for discussion of arts and culture - edited by disabled artist, Colin Hambrook. Visit the website for yourself to access a wealth of opportunities, news listings, event details and much more!

Make a Difference Day

On Thursday 24th October the Shropshire Volunteering Team will be in Shrewsbury Square promoting Make A Difference Day!


We will be supporting our local Food Banks for this years campaign.

Come along to drop off any food items between 9am and 2pm.

There will be Shrewsbury Street Pastors, Shrewsbury Ark, Food Banks and Shrewsbury College catering students will be dishing out soup. Please share details amongst your networks!

For more information contact:

Nickie Edwards, Volunteer Outreach Officer at Central, Shropshire RCC.

Emil and the Detectives - Red Earth Theatre and mac, Birmingham

Accessible Performance for Children at the Arena Theatre


Based on the classic children's adventure story set in 1930s Berlin, Red Earth's new show contains creative captions, graphics and visuals to improve access for Deaf and hard of hearing audiences.

The show is most suitable for children 8 years + but will appeal to theatre lovers of all ages.

Arena Theatre, Wulfruna Street, Wolverhampton, WV1 1SE

Wednesday 16th October

11am and 1.30pm

Tickets are £5.