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.

30k bursary for emerging artists aged 18-30

The creative practitioners in your network might like to know that Sky Arts and IdeasTap are giving away five bursaries of £30,000 each to emerging artists aged 18-30.


The bursaries are designed to help talented individuals from a range of creative disciplines focus on their creative practice for a whole year. In addition to the funding, winners are paired with creative and business mentors to support their development.


The Futures Fund is open to UK and Irish applicants working in the following fields:

  •       Performing arts ­ theatre-makers including directors, producers, puppeteers
  •       Dance ­ including dancers and choreographers
  •       Music ­ including composers, conductors, musicians and songwriters
  •       Visual art ­ including painters, photographers, animators, digital artists
  •       Creative producing - for people who bring together different artists
  •       Creative writing ­ including playwrights, novelists and poets


The deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday 6 December. Find out more and apply at

Oska bright's on the horizon

We recently highlighted the Oska Bright Film Festival and the event is just around the corner, taking place between November 17-19th.


2013 is the sixth edition of this biennial festival and it certainly looks set to be the biggest and most extraordinary yet with more entries than ever before from more countries.

In total 57 films from the UK, Australia, Belgium, Ireland, Germany and Canada are being shown.

One of the featured films is The Sea Reminds Me - made by Ray Jacobs, the film tells the tale of Mark, a learning disabled man who cannot come to terms with his father's death. He is truly all at sea.

The Festival culminates in an awards ceremony with winners announced on the spot by guests from the film industry, parliament and the arts.

Oska Bright celebrates the artistic achievements of people with learning disabilities and proudly demonstrates the independence and creativity of this community. Now, perhaps more than ever, this Festival is of value to society – bringing people in, from 'out there.'

Oska Bright is managed, produced and presented by people with learning disabilities. It is a Carousel project, in partnership with Junk TV.

Carousel is a charity that has pioneered learning-disability arts for over thirty years.

Contact: Lisa Wolfe or Lizzie Banks at Carousel, Community Base, 113 Queens Road, Brighton BN1 3XG or visit:

Telephone 01273 234 734 or email:

Oska Bright runs alongside the Brighton CINECITY film festival:

Digi CommissionsTales From Across Time Zones

Tales From Across Time Zones is an ambitious project aimed at bringing together people from across the world in one big digital event.


Utilising the internet to create a snapshot of humanity at a single moment in time, revealing what brings us together and sets us apart at the same time. Tales of ordinary people doing ordinary things.

Wherever you are in the world and whatever you are doing we invite you to take part in this online social event. Tell us or show us what you are doing. You can contribute from a sentence or two to an entire story - its up to you!

To take part in this massively multi-participant online event all you have to do is record, using whichever method you like (e.g. text, photos, video, audio), your 7pm Greenwich Mean Time on the 10th of October 2013 at 7pm GMT.

Please leave a taster of your tale on the twitter address - 140 characters - and send a full story to the e-mail below.

The stories will be made into an online artwork but your contact details will not be shared.

Follow at @timezonetales

e-mail Aidan Moesby at

Tales Across Time Zones is a project commissioned by Full Cirle Arts as part of Digi Commissions, and kindly supported by Arts Council England, Manchester City Council and AGMA.

Congratulations from all at DASH Noëmi

Some very exiting news to share from Noëmi Lakmaier - The Observer Effect just won the DeptfordX Fringe Award 2013!


Noëmi said "The project has now been running for a year and its just such a wonderful boost to receive the award."

There is another chance to see the piece in Deptford before the festival ends next weekend. Between Friday 4th and Sunday 6th October from 10am until 6pm at Gallop, 198 Deptford High Street, London SE8 3PR.

It would be so great to see you there while I'm performing!

Also if you missed my talk with Nikki Tomlinson at Swiss Cottage Library Gallery the other week or would generally like to know more about The Observer Effect, you can now watch the talk online at

The Observer Effect limited editions are for sale at £100 each. To buy and for more information please contact - half the profit goes straight to Shape, one of the most wonderful charities I've ever known!