Send a postcard to the world: a creative and innovative disability campaign

United Response has launched the biggest creative campaign in its history. Postcards from the Edges aims to capture the imagination of those affected by disability and mental health issues, by providing an open, creative environment for expression.

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The website (www.postcardsfromtheedges.org.uk) was launched at the beginning of February. Since then people have submitted postcards with artwork, poetry, stories and collages to express what is important to them their lives, hopes, fears and achievements.

For many, it is hard to understand much about the day to day lives of people with disabilities or mental health needs. This project hopes to change that, showcasing the creativity of people across the country and even the world.

The Postcards from the Edges website is where all submitted postcards can be viewed and shared. It is a hub of inspiration with a huge variety of postcards demonstrating a vast spectrum of creativity; from political statements to doodles. The website includes themes to help get people started as well as a library of existing postcards to help as inspiration.

Later this year, exhibitions in London, Bristol and Newcastle will showcase a selection of the postcards.

 

United Response is a top 100 national disability, supporting people to fulfil their dreams and to live as independently as possible. This year marks forty years of providing learning disabilities support and championing the rights of people with disabilities.

 

You can find out more about the project here: http://www.postcardsfromtheedges.org.uk/the-project.

 

You can get involved in this project simply by creating a postcard. Either request a postcard pack by emailing postcards@unitedresponse.org.uk or go to the www.postcardsfromtheedges.org.uk website and click create a card to upload or create a card online.

Social Enterprise and Business Development Officer

For The Project Group, Oswestry, Shropshire. We are looking for someone to start as soon as possible to join this dynamic, creative social business. The job is initially for 15 hours a week flexible over 2-3 days (Tues, Wed, Thurs) with a salary in the region of £27,000 pro rata.

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You would join a small, well-established team working from a fully equipped studio space in the centre of the small market town of Oswestry, Shropshire. The main aim of the post is to take overall responsibility for the running of the Project Group with the Project Coordinator and to develop and implement a sustainable funding and business development strategy to match the future aims of the organisation.


All members of The Project Group are adults in touch with the Mental Health Service and are referred to the group by the Community Mental Health Team. Future plans include strengthening our retail arm ‘Designs in Mind’, and developing our commissions business to provide a sustainable future for the group.


Please see www.theprojectgroup.co.uk for more information about the organisation. Email (ruth@theprojectgroup.co.uk) or phone (01691 655140) for a job description and person specification. Please apply by sending a C.V. and covering letter of no more than 350 words, explaining what you could bring to The Project Group, by email to ruth@theprojectgroup.co.uk.


The closing date for applications is Wednesday 17th April. Interviews to be held on 24th April.

T- Party - 31st August - 1st September 2013

We are holding an exciting two day Arts and Culture Spectacular family event in Telford Town Park. We are aiming to create a Carnival and Street festival atmosphere with plenty to see and do. We are hoping to attract 5000 people.

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We are looking to recruit from a diverse range of creative individuals.

This offer seeks to find a balance between contracting arts professionals, and supporting other creative individuals or projects who are able to deliver something special to our event.

We would like artists, creative teams and projects that are highly motivated and have experience of working in a community setting. We are prioritising artists local to West Midlands but are willing to consider those from further afield.

 
1. Art Installations
 

We are seeking beautiful, intriguing and potentially interactive outdoor art installations which could be featured throughout the town park. These may be new creations that are site specific or existing pieces. It could be that they develop throughout the event with contributions from participants.

We are happy for you to use the event to promote and if appropriate sell your work to others.  We would suggest that the pieces are in situation on the day as the park is an open public space and work erected before this could be liable to vandalism

If you do require a contribution we are willing to discuss this but please make it clear in your proposal.

 

2. Arts, Crafts, Performance and other arts based Workshops

 

We would like to have a variety of artists offering creative and fun activities to the public. 

Please remember this is a large park and outdoors we can not predict the weather! If you will require a marquee, gazebo, tables, chairs, flooring etc please specify this in your proposal.

Depending on your proposal we may be asking the public to pay £1 for your workshop and will split the takings with you 70% to you 30% to us.

Other workshops may require a contribution from us and this would need to be put in your proposal.

 
3. Artists and Makers
 

We are also looking for artists to create spectacular and large scale puppets, sculptures or something purely imaginative that will be able to move around the park and create our carnival like atmosphere.

We are looking in particular for artists to work with schools and other groups but will consider proposals that just bring something magical.

Please also make clear in your proposal the contributions you would be expecting, number or days and requirements from our team.

 
 
 
How to apply
 
  • A written proposal of no more than 2 sides detailing your ideas and additional photos
  • Please let us know of all your requirements
  • Let us know if you intend to do two days or just one
  • Please provide two referees
 
Information
 
  • Closing date Thursday 25th April 2013
  • All proposals will be considered, successful proposals will be notified end of May.
  • Telford town park website www.telfordtownpark.co.uk
  • Further information please email sarah.belcher@telford.gov.uk or ring 01952 382 366.
  • The successful candidates may be subject to a DBS check

Applications to be sent by email sarah.belcher@telford.gov.uk

 
 

Seeking disabled artist from all over the UK, of all art forms to be part of Driving Inspiration 2013

Driving Inspiration brings disabled athletes and artists into schools to deliver projects that celebrate diversity and inspire young people.

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Dear  Disabled Artists across the UK,

"Yesterday was an amazing day. The work Driving Inspiration is achieving with the QEII students is simply stunning…”

Driving Inspiration brings disabled athletes and artists into schools to deliver projects that celebrate diversity and inspire young people.

 

If you are a disabled artist who would like to be part of a Driving Inspiration project please send us an email and your CV by Thursday 21st March

Driving Inspiration

e: vicky.hopewalker@btinternet.com

w: www.mandevillelegacy.org.uk

Worcester Open 2013 - CALL TO ARTISTS

WHO The W0 13 Exhibition is open to all national and international artists over the age of 18.

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WHAT

All work must be original, and completed since 2010. Please note that if your work is selected you will need to make sure you can get it to the gallery on the specified dates.
All 2D & 3D media is eligible for entry including sculpture, painting, print, installation, photography and video. See our web site for specific limitations. There is a limit of six entries per artist.


WHEN
The exhibition will be launched with a private view on Friday 12th July 2013 and will be open to the public from Saturday 12th July 2013 until the Saturday 27th July 2013; Opening times are Monday to Saturday from 10:30am to 4:30pm.

WHERE
The exhibition will be held in the Old Library Space at Worcester City Art Gallery and Museum, Foregate Street, Worcester, WR1 1DT.

AWARDS
The W-CA Contemporary Art Prize will be awarded to a winning artist at the close of the event. The winner will be selected by members of W-CA during the exhibition. The prize fund currently stands at £500 but may increase as we get closer to the exhibition. Donations can be made via our website.

CHARGES
Single Entry Price: £15
Up to 3 entries: £25
Up to 6 entries: £35

SELECTION
Our independent selection panel will shortlist work using our online selection system. Approximately 30 - 50 works (depending on available space) will be selected for inclusion into the exhibition to be shown in The Old Library. Selectors will be announced shortly on our website.

APPLY
Applications can be made using our online registration and submission system on our web site. The Worcester Open 2013
Interactive Technology Limited
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Malvern
Worcestershire
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Registered in England and Wales no. 8307813
Telephone: 01684 567522 (9am - 6pm Monday to Friday.)
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Opening the Treasure Chest

A two-part creative workshop for people with learning disabilities, to explore loss and bereavement.

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The workshop sessions will take place on Thursday March 21st and Thursday April 18th, between 1.30pm and 4pm.

 

The venue is The Hive, 5 Belmont, Shrewsbury SY1 1TE.

 

In a safe and supportive environment, using movement, dance, and voice, we will invite participants to embrace and dance with their memories, and move forward with a heart full of treasure.

 

Both workshop sessions will be led by Ray Jacobs, a movement practitioner with a wealth of experience in leading creative inclusive workshops.

 

The workshop will include a sharing of 'The Sea Reminds Me’, a moving short film about a learning disabled man’s quest to find treasure of the heart.

 

The cost, which includes workshop (both sessions) and refreshments, is £10.

 

Advance booking is essential .For further information please contact Ray Jacobs on 01743 792052 or email jacobsray@hotmail.com

 

To book a place please fill in the form, attached and send to:

 

Ray Jacobs, Associate Artist, Disability Arts in Shropshire, The Hive,
5 Belmont, Shrewsbury SY1 1TE

 

Once we have received your booking form we will contact you to confirm your place.

 

This workshop is managed by Fig Tree Industries Limited and funded by Shropshire County Council Local Joint Committee.

 

Disability Positive - Hereforshire - A whole week of events

A number of Herefordshire organisations and individuals have come together to mark International Day of Disabled People, Disability History Month, and Carers' Rights Day. Rolled into one, we are called Disability Positive.

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The objective of Disability Positive is to improve the lives of disabled people in Herefordshire by:
• Providing an opportunity for disabled people to showcase their skills
• Raising awareness of the inequality still experienced by many disabled
people
• Providing information to disabled and non-disabled people
Our ultimate goal is to improve the participation of disabled people in all
aspects of society.

For more information www.disabilitypositive.org

Audio Description Day 15th September at Enginuity

The Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust and Royal National Institute of Blind People RNIB are working together on a new project funded by Arts Council England. The project aims to make art more accessible for blind and partially sighted visitors, as part of a legacy project from the London 2012 Games and starts with a special Audio Description Day on 15 September at the Ironbridge Gorge Museum's CORE digital generative exhibition.

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CORE is a giant installation at Enginuity, one of the ten Ironbridge Gorge Museums in Shropshire by Kurt Hentschläger. It is a digital generative exhibition that features humanoid bodies floating in a weightless environment, projected onto five giant screens running along a 33m former industrial Engine Shop. The exhibition, that is a part of the London 2012 Festival, also features music and as each body moves, a unique musical note can be heard, meaning that the more animated the bodies become, the louder the 'music’ becomes.

Zoe Partington-Sollinger, Arts Development Officer for RNIB, explains. "We will be using Audio Describers to explain to blind and partially sighted visitors what is happening on the screens and then leave them to enjoy the exhibition on their own. On a recent visit with a blind colleague he said it was the most powerful piece of art he had ever seen. We are piloting audio description on 15th September to learn how we can adapt established techniques of audio description to digital art in order to roll out the ideas to other museums and arts venues.”

The project is part of a larger plan to train up dozens of volunteer Audio Describer across the West Midlands, who can then use their skills to describe any arts event to blind and partially sighted visitors. The training will take place later in the year using the Ironbridge Gorge Museums 10 museums as a training base.

Anyone interested in attending the Audio Description Day on Saturday 15th September 2012 at Enginuity in Ironbridge or becoming an Audio Describer should contact Zoe Partington-Sollinger by email zoe.partington-sollinger@rnib.org.uk or call 01952 433424.

At last an easy way to complain about inaccessible websites - start reporting now!

An ingenious new campaign called Fix the Web has been launched this week to tackle the problem of inaccessible websites on a massive scale. Fix the Web is an initiative of Citizens Online, a national charity that campaigns for internet access for all.

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The internet has been a liberating force in the lives of many disabled people, opening up a wonderful new world of communication, ideas and networks.  In theory, it should have created a level playing field.
Unfortunately, millions of disabled and older people are excluded from easily navigating their way around the web.  To compound the problem, it is often difficult to complain about the offending sites. Fix the Web (http://www.fixtheweb.net ) has been launched to provide a quick and easy way for people to make complaints - as well as to introduce a volunteer-led process for those complaints to be reported back to website owners to get fixed.
The reporting process for a disabled person will take less than a minute and is easily done through a form on the site: http://www.fixtheweb.net , via twitter (#fixtheweb #fail, url and the problem) or by emailing post@fixtheweb.net. There will also be a toolbar for browsers developed by Southampton University, which includes a reporting button.
 
The full press release can be seen on the Fix the Web blog.
 
 

Tanya Raabe on this week's Culture Show

Former Visual Arts Manager at DASH, and one of the UK's leading Disabled Visual Artists, Tanya will be appearing with the inimitable Mat Fraser at 7pm BBC2 18th November 2010.

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Be sure to watch this weeks - The Culture Show, BBC2, 7pm, 18th November.

Featuring an interview with and live portrait made by Tanya Raabe of Mat Fraser posing nude as part of this years DaDa International Festival 10.

NOT TO BE MISSED!


www.tanyaraabe.co.uk