Micro-residency opportunity at New Art Gallery Walsall

As part of its Artist Development programme, The New Art Gallery Walsall will host a two week residency from 20th January until 2nd February 2014 for an artist living and working in the West Midlands.


Applications are now invited.

The successful applicant will have exclusive use of the Gallery's Artist Studio for this period as well as access to collections, exhibitions, archives, the Art Library and curatorial and technical support.

The artist will receive a fee of £500 (+ VAT if applicable) and a further £250 towards travel and materials.

Deadline: 5pm on Friday 29th November 2013.

For further information and to download the application form, visit:


Call out to Disabled Artists

My name is Sam Ivin and I'm a documentary photography student from The University of South Wales. I will be undertaking a documentary photography project focusing on disabled artists.


I am very interested in the relationship between disabled artists and their work. In particular the artists background, how this has influenced their practice and the achievements they have made in spite of their disabilities.

The end result of the work will be a series of prints for my University work and portfolio. Disability Cymru and the artists involved will also be welcome to use the images.

I have completed various photography projects covering topics such as visual impairment, homelessness, healthcare and asylum seeking which can all be viewed on my website at www.samivin.co.uk

If you are a disabled artist and would like to be involved please get in contact:

Sam Ivin

Mobile: 07929021638

Email: sivin92@yahoo.co.uk

Please note, that this is not a DAC project, any queries please respond directly to Sam Ivin!

Continuing involvement with DASH

Since May of this year, I've been involved with DASH - working on marketing and administration support.


One day a week of my full-time role at the Hive in Shrewsbury - arts venue and youth arts charity - is spent with DASH.

The majority of time and efforts initially, were centred on adding content to the new website; ordering the timeline, selecting images, providing project details and sourcing blog entries etc.

Other tasks have included producing and sending-out newsletters, creating maps, acquiring details of venues to hire for workshops - and marketing via Twitter and Facebook.

Most recently, I've commenced some design work.

Working with DASH has been a positive experience, complimenting my role at the Hive quite nicely and offering further opportunities for me to further develop my skills. It's interesting and valuable to gain experience of working within the disability arts sector and seeing how this compares with the marketing of the Hive as an organisation.

Habib Malik-Mansell

Art Addict Studios - nearly there!

Art Addict is looking to open artists studios and an art gallery in Shrewsbury town centre. They've been working on a business plan, analysing results from market research and trying to find a building - but the concept is now looking possible!


The next step in moving towards any possible opening, is to now see how many artists would commit to taking a studio when open.

A brochure has been produced which offers lots more information about what the team have been doing, what the studios will be, the proposed location, costs and sizes etc - as well as how interested people can get involved.

The organisers need to get a good number of artists signed up to taking a studio before they can open to ensure that the venture is sustainable.

Therefore if you are interested or want to have a chat about the studios please get in touch! Please also send the brochure on to any other artists or creative individuals that you think may be interested!

Email:  jack@artaddict.org.uk


Oriel Davies Open 2014 - call for submissions

Call for submissions for the Oriel Davies Open 2014. Please do circulate to interested parties!


Oriel Davies Open 2014:

1st Prize - £1000 and a solo exhibition.

Student prize - £500.

Deadline: 13th January 2014.

Exhibition: 26th April until 18th June 2014.


Anthony Shapland, Artist and Co-director of g39

Deirdre Figueiredo, Director of Craftspace

Helen Legg, Directo rof Spike Island

Alex Boyd Jones, Curator, Oriel Davies

For further information and to send applications/submissions, email: open2014@orieldavies.org


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: http://inbetweentime.co.uk/news/what-is-a-beautiful-body 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: http://www.arnolfini.org.uk/whatson/series/live-art-theatre-season

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: http://www.arnolfini.org.uk/whatson/stairways-corridors-corners.

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 visualarts@macarts.co.uk 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 ask@changingourlives.org 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: willowgalleryoswestry@gmail.com

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!"