Shape Open Exhibition

The Shape Open is an annual call-out for disabled and non-disabled artists to submit work in response to a disability focused theme.


Exhibition dates: October 4th until 20th October 2013.

This year's theme 'Disability Re-assessed' generated submissions from an exciting international range of artists. The 2013 Open will showcase a multi-disciplinary selection of works which includes painting, sculpture, textile, digital art and photography.

The work represents a rich diversity of opinions, reactions and responses to this highly political and often deeply personal theme, but is united by a clarity, energy and commitment to re-interpreting and re-assessing disability.

"The Shape Open Exhibition provides a fantastic platform for artists to show their work. Such exhibitions offer great opportunities for artists to be discovered by institutions and large audiences. Similar exhibitions have helped to contribute to the development of my own personal career."

Yinka Shonibare MBE, Shape Open Patron

Address: The Nunnery Gallery, 181-183 Bow Rd, London E3 2SJ
Directions from local transport links:
The Nunnery Gallery is wheelchair accessible. A BSL Interpreter and live audio description will be available at the private view.

There is very limited parking on-site. If you require an accessible parking bay please get in contact and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Oska Bright Film Festival

2013 is the sixth edition of this biennial festival and looks set to be the biggest and most extraordinary yet with more entries than ever before from more countries. In total fifty seven films from the UK, Australia, Belgium, Ireland, Germany and Canada are being shown.


Oska Bright is the world's first and only festival of short films made by people with learning disabilities that is produced, managed and presented by a learning disabled team.

Oska Bright is not just about getting the work of these often overlooked artists into the public eye. It promotes a completely inclusive approach to the arts. There are opportunities for networking, for seeing the latest digital art and for participation. The 'Oskas' are made by Andy Kee, who is a tireless advocate for artists and makers with learning disabilities.

"The festival gives people with learning disabilities a chance to show what is important in their lives - their hopes and their fears."

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.'

For more details of the festival contact Lisa Wolfe or Lizzie Banks at Carousel, Community Base, 113 Queens Road, Brighton BN1 3XG.

Telephone 01273 234 734 or email

Oska Bright runs alongside the Brighton CINECITY film festival:

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.