Bastion - an installation

Bastion - an installation, is open for public viewings at Wolverhampton Arena Theatre from October 3rd - 25th.


The installation is open from 10am to 5pm each day and for one hour before theatre performances. Entry is free!

A simple, funny and powerful story of transformation is projected onto three screens. Sounds surround you. A barber's chair sits invitingly in the middle of the space and human hair is beneath your feet.

"An ordinary day, a few of the regulars, old gents with less and less hair to cut each time, I was ready to head home, and then he entered, that harmless fool."

Come and spend ten minutes experiencing the installation, less time than it takes for a No. 3 crop. There's even a comfy chair...

Digital and movement artist Ray Jacobs worked with a team of disabled and non-disabled artists and actors, in Wolverhampton, to explore the story and produce this exciting installation.

The main parts in the projected story are performed by talented young learning-disabled actor James Doolan and West Midlands based actor Denny Hodge.

The installation is based on a story by Simon Armitage.

The installation is being shown during world mental health week and aims to challenge our preconceptions about people around us. This has been supported using public funding, by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Further information  - Ray Jacobs 07817194644

Birmingham Museums Trust seek Freelance Creative Practitioner

Closing date: 26 September 2013


Birmingham Museums Trust

Location: Birmingham

Remuneration:Fee negotiable


Birmingham Museums has embarked upon the development of a major new HLF-funded Gallery to display the Staffordshire Hoard.

As part of this major new development, Birmingham Museums Trust seeks to employ a creative practitioner / organisation to deliver elements of a community-based project for people with visual / motor impairment to develop new interpretative resources. Participants will be consulted about aspects of the new gallery plans before producing a resource designed to improve access to the gallery for people with visual / motor impairment as well as all visitors.

The project will include the following elements:

  • A short programme of consultation workshops for people with visual or motor impairments at which different approaches and resources can be piloted. For example, participants will be invited to handle different types of replica artefacts and asked to describe their responses and ways of conveying these responses to other people.
  • Development of at least one new gallery resource to address the specific access needs of people in these groups in a targeted way. For example, resources could include representations of the Hoard's historical context accessible to people with visual impairment. Resources could also highlight an understanding and appreciation of different sensory ways of accessing the Hoard other than visual means alone. Discussions will also feed into the development of general gallery interpretation.
  • Development of a template for future sessions and services for people with disabilities

Key tasks of the creative practitioner / organisation will include the following:

  • Attendance at initial set up meetings with BMT and partner organisations
  • Development of a clear initial strategy for the delivery of the project in partnership with BMT and partner organisations
  • Planning and delivery of 7 workshops sessions with participants in partnership with BMT and partner organisations, including plenary session and consultation session with project participants
  • Development of workshops and resources which will meet the general guidelines of the brief
  • Development of a template document
  • Participation in the evaluation process as required
  • In addition, the Creative Practitioner will be asked to assist with the following additional tasks:
  • Assistance in the development of the resource brief
  • Scoping, planning and development of the resource, in partnership with BMT and partner organisations
  • Providing relevant assistance and support to BMT in the production of the resource

Programmes will be a mixture of in-reach and outreach delivered in partnership with museum staff.

The creative practitioner / organisation will meet the following specification:

  • Experience of facilitating creative projects with people with disabilities, including visual and motor impairment
  • An understanding of the needs of people with visual and motor impairment
  • An understanding of the barriers to access to museum displays faced by people with visual and motor impairment and of ways of overcoming these
  • Experience of working at a professional level within a relevant field such as exhibition design or the development of interpretation or artwork within an exhibition or display context
  • Used to working organically with groups i.e. intuitively able to respond to individual and group needs
  • Flexibility and adaptability
  • Used to working with diverse groups and an understanding of cultural differences
  • Interest in the Staffordshire Hoard and knowledge and understanding of its history
  • Availability during October 2013 – March 2014
  • Current CRB certificate and Public Liability insurance

Planning and delivery of the project will take place between Sept 2013 and June 2014, with the bulk of delivery taking place October – December 2013.

The deadline for receipt of applications is Thursday, 26th September. A more detailed brief is attached along with a summary of the Hoard Activity Plan as a whole.

Your response should include:

  • Qualifications, experience and track record in the areas described in the person specification and CV
  • Details of how you would approach the project
  • A breakdown of fees, costs and timeline of your proposed working schedule allocation
  • Any commitments you already have for this period of time
  • Contact details (phone and email) of two referees

How to apply:
Interested parties should submit their proposals by email to: For any queries regarding this brief, please phone Richard Statham on 0121 303 2782.


DAC@30 Visual Art Exhibition

A reminder to all those visual artists out there about the new exhibition coming up with Disability Arts Cymru. Please pass on to anyone you think may be interested!


Disability Arts Cymru, invite you to submit work for the:

DAC@30 Visual Art Exhibition

Taking place at the Norwegian Church, Cardiff Bay to celebrate our 30th Birthday and the International Day of Disabled People 2013.

Open to d/Deaf and disabled artists and those with long term health conditions, residing in Wales and aged 16 and over.

The closing date is Monday September 30th - there's a £5 entry fee. Work will be exhibited from December 3rd 2013 through until January 4th 2014.

Emerge Networking: filmmaking, writing & community space

This month we are welcoming two speakers: Matthew Macaulay, Community Champion for the Arena Park Tesco, will be here to talk about opportunities to use the free space for events and classes. And filmmaker and writer, Christopher Bourne.


Christopher is an author who has also been involved in producing several feature films, including Red Lion Square (2006), Timeless (2004), Treading on Water (2003), Fraternity (2002).

Chris will talk about his work as a writer, filmmaker and promotional video producer and there will be plenty of opportunities for Q&A.

Emerge is an informal networking event for creative people which takes place on the 3rd Thursday of each month. It's a chance to make new contacts and keep up to date with news and opportunities in the region. It's managed by the Creative Enterprise team and is part funded by the ERDF, Coventry University and Coventry City Council.

Where: The Institute for Creative Enterprise (ICE), Coventry Technology Park, Parkside, Coventry, CV1 2QR.

Emerge is a free event but please reserve a place by following the link:

Getting Going - Opportunities from Creative Enterprise

These interactive sessions will cover the areas you told us that you needed further support in - Marketing & Media, IPR & Copyright and Figuring Out Your Finances!


Discussion with your peers and the trainers, Percy Emmett and Alison Grade, will be key, as will actively exploring your own business needs whilst at the event – start tackling these problem areas whilst expertise is at hand!

You can book yourself in for one, two or all three of the sessions

This is a one time opportunity so do not miss out!

Topics and dates are as follows:

Wednesday 9th October - Marketing and Media

This half-day training session will help you to gain a greater understanding of marketing and the value that good marketing can add to your business. You will also begin constructing your own step-by-step marketing plan.

(Morning Session)

(Afternoon Session)

Wednesday 16th October - IPR and Copyright

This half-day training session will help you to understand what IPR is and what use it can be to your business. It will discuss what to do if someone breaches your copyright and teach you how to safeguard your work for the future.

(Morning Session)

(Afternoon Session)

Tuesday 19th November - Figuring Out Your Finances

This full day training session will support you in identifying your Tax and VAT needs. It will help explore the different ways you can approach pricing your own goods or services, as well as support you in getting started with doing so.

(Tuesday 19th November session)

(Wednesday 20th November session)

If you have any queries please contact Creative Enterprise by email to or by calling 07872 649057.

Exhibition opportunities at Gallery3, Shrewsbury

The Gallery3 exhibition space is run by the SADAA Art Panel to showcase the visual arts in Shrewsbury. They are now accepting exhibition proposals from artists who wish to exhibit their work during 2014.


If you are interested please send your proposal by email:

Micro-residency at MAC Birmingham

MAC birmingham (in partnership with The New Art Gallery Walsall and Turning Point West Midlands) - is offering an intensive artist-lab development opportunity for four West Midlands-based artists.


The chance to work in collaboration from Tuesday 5th November to Saturday 9th November 2013. The residency will provide the four selected artists with time and space to exchange ideas, materials to prototype work, and a test-bed opportunity to bring outputs to audiences in the public realm.

Deadline: Friday 4th October 2013.

More information available via:

Remembering John Wilson

Over the summer we had some very sad news.


I didn't know John for very long really, but I am very glad that in June 2010 he came to a DASH workshop with his wonderful wife Margaret.  John had been diagnosed with Parkinson's and Margaret was keen to find as many activites as she could to keep his body and mind going for as long as possible. 

John and Margaret attended 20 workshops over three years, making the long journey by bus from Bishop's Castle to Shrewsbury.  They were very dedicated members of the group and loved by all.

John loved art, architecture, music and science and I loved to hear him talk about all of them.  I shed a few tears when I got Margaret's email, but I was also happy that he had left this earth peacefully with his family by his side.

John will be greatly missed.



Mike's memoirs of mentoring

You saw it here first! I finally got Mike to write a blog AND he has promised another. So you better keep checking back. ;)


DASH has been offering mentoring and support to Disabled artists at all stages of their careers for over five years and we have worked with over seventy five artists in this time.

There is no fixed template to our approach to mentoring as the content of the sessions is led by the artist.

The topics most artists want to discuss are:

  • Promotion and getting their work seen more i.e. websites, mailing lists, networks etc
  • Opportunities. Contacts for other organisations
  • Career discussions. Discussing where the artist is and where they would like to be
  • Looking at or compiling portfolios
  • Support with funding applications


The list is pretty endless, but has to be initiated by the artist, even if it is quite a general discussion about themselves and their work

I find mentoring fascinating as a fan of the crime thriller it has similar elements. We often don't know what is blocking our development or what we really want to do, till you have someone who will unconditionally listen to all your moans and groans about how hard it is to be an artist, make a living and all the rest that life in 21st Century capitalism throws at us.


Opportunity: AA2A placements

The AA2A project (Artists Access to Art Colleges) are offering over 100 placements for artists and designer makers!


The opportunity to undertake a period of research or realise a project using art college facilities eg; workshops, IT facilities, lending library, and lecture programme. AA2A schemes aim to benefit students and institutions through their interaction with practicing artists.


~ Access is free, for at least 100 hours - between October 2013 and April 2014.
~ It is hoped that AA2A can provide a grant of up to £220 for artists who need this to undertake the scheme.
~ Closing dates for applications vary but all are in September 2013.
~ Artists on AA2A schemes run from 2011 to 2012 or before can now reapply.  
~ Applicants must have at least one year's professional practice.
~ Applicants should be able to work with minimal technical support.

To see current AA2A artists' work go to

AA2A particularly welcomes applications from applicants with disabilities, from culturally diverse backgrounds and non-graduates.


Northumbria University (Newcastle) - Application deadline - 22nd September 2013   
0191 227 3412
printmaking, papermaking, wood, metal, ceramics, digital media, photography, video, drawing, painting

University of Sunderland  Application deadline - 23rd September 2013    
0191 515 5517
glass, ceramics

Hull School of Art & Design  (Harrogate and Hull)  Application deadline - 22nd September 2013    
0148 248 0970
printmaking, wood, metal, glass, ceramics, textiles, fashion, film, video, sound, music, digital media, photography, graphics, illustration, painting

University of Central Lancashire  (Preston)  Application deadline - 20th September 2013    
0177 289 3959
printmaking, fashion

University Centre at Blackburn College  Application deadline - 10th September 2013    
0125 429 2562
printmaking (intaglio, relief, screen), wood, plaster, clay, textiles (digital printing, sewing machines, looms, screen-printing), laser cutter, film, video, sound, photography (digital and film processes), digital editing facilities, graphics, life drawing, painting

University of Salford  Application deadline - 16th September 2013   
0161 295 4630
printmaking, wood, carving, metal, mould making, textiles, fashion, sound, digital media, moving image, animation, photography, illustration, graphic design, installation, painting, drawing

Manchester Metropolitan University  Application deadline - 23rd September 2013    
0161 247 6678
printmaking, bookmaking, wood, metal, glass, ceramics, textiles, embroidery, weave, fashion, digital process and fabrication, laser cutting, CNC cutter, filmmaking, photography, illustration, drawing

Liverpool Hope University  Application deadline - 22nd September 2013    
0151  291  3516
printmaking, metal, jewellery, plaster, ceramics, textiles (construction and print), digital design, painting

City of Liverpool College  Application deadline - tbc late September 2013      
0151 252 4319
printmaking (screen), ceramics, fashion, printed textiles, digital imaging, multi media, photography, painting, drawing, life drawing

Sheffield Hallam University  Application deadline - 22nd September 2013    
0114 225 6726
printmaking, metal, fashion, jewellery, video, interactive media, digital media, animation, photography, typography, graphics, illustration, painting

Chesterfield College  Application deadline - tbc late September 2013    
0124 650 0500  ex. 1620
printmaking, wood, metal, ceramics, fashion, digital textiles, product design, lazer and auto pattern cutters, performance, film, video, digital media, animation, photography, graphics, illustration, painting

University of Lincoln  Application deadline - 20th September 2013    
0152 283 5239
printmaking, jewellery, video, digital media, photography, painting, illustration, drawing

Staffordshire University  (Stoke-on-Trent)  Application deadline - 1st September 2013    
0178 229 4407
printmaking, wood, metals (incl. fine), ceramics, laser cutting, resin and plastics, 3D design, textile surfaces, surface pattern design, lens-based facilities, painting

University of Derby  Application deadline - 20th September 2013    
0133 259 3113
printmaking, wood, metal, casting, carving, glass, ceramics, textiles, digital media, photography

De Montfort University  (Leicester)  Application deadline - 20th September 2013    
0116 207 8388  /  8571
printmaking, wood, metal, plaster, glass, ceramics, textile printing, laser cutting, CAD labs, photography, video, life drawing studio, painting

Dudley College  Application deadline - 9th September 2013    
0138 436 3633
printmaking, wood, metal, glass, ceramics, textiles, fashion, performance, video, photography, interactive media, graphics, illustration, painting

Coventry University  Application deadline - 6th September 2013    
0247 688 7020  / 8248
printmaking, small scale metal, ceramics, laser cutting, digital media, painting, drawing

Gloucestershire College  Application deadline - 6th September 2013  
(Gloucester and Forest of Dean)    0145 256 3322
printmaking, wood, textiles, fashion, product design, performance, film, video, sound, digital media, animation, photography, graphics, illustration, painting

Anglia Ruskin University  (Cambridge)  Application deadline - 2nd September 2013    
0845 196 2317
printmaking, wood, metal, casting, carving, fashion, film & TV production, digital media, photography, animation, illustration, painting

North Hertfordshire College  (Hitchin)  Application deadline - 9th September 2013    
0146 247 1030
printmaking (screen and lino), wood, glass, ceramics, textiles, knit, fashion, costume, performance, film, video, sound, digital media, animation, graphics, illustration, painting

University of Bedfordshire  (Luton)  Application deadline - 12th September 2013    
0793 197 1322
printmaking, textiles, fashion,  laser-cutter, 3D printer/scanner, video, animation, moving image, photography, darkroom, graphic design, illustration, painting

Chelmsford College  Application deadline - 6th September 2013    
0124 529 3031   
printmaking, wood, ceramics, mould making, textiles, fashion, video, digital media, animation, photography, graphics, illustration, painting, drawing

University of Hertfordshire  (Hatfield)  Application deadline - 16th September 2013    
0170 728 5327
printmaking, wood, metal, glass, ceramics, textiles, fashion, art therapy, digital media, film, video, sound, photography, graphics, painting

Camberwell College of Arts, UAL  (South London)  Application deadline - 15th September 2013    
0207 514 7914
printmaking, wood, metal, ceramics, product design, conservation, digital technologies, sound, animation, photography, graphics, illustration, painting

Wimbledon College of Art, UAL  (South London)  Application deadline - 15th September 2013    
0207 514 7914
printmaking, wood, metal, digital technologies, film, video, photography, painting

Southampton Solent University  Application deadline - 23rd September 2013    
0238 031 9021
printmaking, wood, clay, letterpress, typography, digital media, photography, painting, drawing

Plymouth College of Art  Application deadline - 22nd September 2013    
0175 220 3434
printmaking, metals (incl. fine), glass, ceramics, fashion, textiles, moving image, animation, digital media, games design, photography, graphics, painting

Plymouth University  Application deadline - 27th September 2013    
0777 342 0692
printmaking, wood, metal, ceramics, plaster, textiles, film, video, sound, digital media, photography, animation, typography, graphics, illustration, painting, drawing