Job opportunities with Disability Wales

Disability Wales/Disability Arts Cymru have two job vacancies currently available - Business Development Manager (Disabled Person) - and Policy and Public Affairs Manager (Disabled Person).


Business Development Manager (Disabled Person):

NJC 35-39, £29,236 - £32,800 - 35 hours per week.

Closing date: 2nd September 2013. Interviews: 13th September 2013.

Policy and Public Affairs Manager (Disabled Person):

To cover Maternity Leave, minimum of 10 months.

NJC 35-39, £29,236 - £32,800 - 35 hours per week.

Closing date: 2nd September 2013.  Interviews: 12th September 2013.

For more information and to apply:

Telephone: 029 2088 7325



Cocktails and clothes

Bring your unwanted, unloved clothing and/or accessories to the Victorian themed cocktail bar, The Alb - and Hey Doll! Art and Craft Collective will assist you to revamp, redesign and upcycle your items - using various techniques, from our box of tricks!


You'll fall in LOVE with your old bespoke pieces.

However you do have the option of swapping (swishing) your items with other participants. 

So a fun and creative night awaits you!

There will be a waiter/waitress taking your drink orders.


Email or call us to book via the details below.

Please note this event is on the 1st floor (restaurant) and there is no wheelchair access.

What's On at the Willow Gallery

The Willow Gallery is excited to welcome you to join us for a wonderful variety of exhibitions, events and workshops over the coming months.



Sheila BensonDunbabin Gallery:

Shelia's new series of unique, vibrant and contemporary paintings are currently on exhibition in the Dunbabin Gallery, adjacent to the main Willow Gallery. Follow the signs!

Natural Selection exhibition - featuring 'The Art Crew':

Saturday 7th September through until Saturday 19th October.

Preview on Friday 6th September from 7pm.

'Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better' - Albert Einstein.

An open exhibition of contemporary, innovative and traditional works of art, in a wide range of media. This fascinating exhibition will explore our relationship with the natural world, address current conservation issues and celebrate the local landscape and heritage.

The Art Crew includes three professional artists working on the Welsh Borders; Ray Perez, Katharine Laird and Jean Briers.

Affordable Art Exhibition: 26th October though until 30th November.


LIVE @ The Willow Monthly Acoustic Music Nights;

Friday 20th of September - Libby Gliksman at 8pm.

Tickets £5. Stunning singer Libby Gliksman will be performing emotional and jazzy music with pianist Dean Ames.  Songs will include carefully selected covers of Etta James, Adele, Norah Jones, Cher, Abba and many more great artists. Libby and Dean have been performing together for just over a year, with Libby's Adele cover nights being exceptionally popular. Find out more information about Libby on her website

The Willow Eatery will be providing a selection of delicious, freshly prepared Italian treats for the evening of Friday 20th September. This will include a special selection of light bites, main meals and, of course, delicious desserts, as well as wines, beers, cider and prosecco. Tables will be limited therefore bookings from 7pm onwards are being taken and pre-orders are required.

Please email for further information and menu options. Please book in advance to reserve a table. 

 Upcoming  Performances:

Friday 20th December at 8pm - The Gregory S. Davies Band – Back by Popular Demand!

Film @ The Willow: Sunday 20th October from 7pm.

Showcasing a selection of contemporary artists films in connection with the natural selection exhibition. A wide variety of unique films will be on display in the main gallery – for this night only!

Craft Fairs: 

Autumn Craft Fair - Saturday 26th October

Winter Craft Fair – Saturday 30th November 

A celebration of local creativity. Around fifteen stalls showcasing a wide range of handcrafted products from local artists and makers will be on display for you to browse and buy. Demonstrations and children's craft activities throughout the day. A perfect excuse to do some early Christmas shopping! 

Artists working in The Willow:

Sue Christian will be weaving in the gallery on Saturday 28th September.

Internationally renowned oil painter Karl Robinson-Bray is currently working daily in a historic studio space adjacent to the Willow Gallery where a wonderful variety of his atmospheric landscapes and scenes of rural and village life are being exhibited.

The Willow Gallery has several bright, spacious and historical studio spaces available to rent and can also offer artists the opportunity to run workshops and courses, have their work promoted within the Willow Gallery and on the website and publications etc...The gallery also runs Artist in Residency and Artist in the Gallery schemes.

The gallery is launching an exciting program of 'Artist in the Gallery' and we are very keen for you to be involved. Every Saturday or Wednesday we are hoping to have an artist being creative in the gallery. This could involve sketching, painting, sewing, knitting, hand throwing pots, card making, silk painting, etc... This will be a great opportunity for artists to be able to share and further promote their work. This will also enable gallery visitors to gain an insight into the creative process and the time and skill involved in hand crafted items. Any artist working in the gallery will be promoted on the what's on and gallery website/blog. If you would like to be involved then please contact the Willow for further information.


Printmaking Taster Session with Ben Partridge.

Saturday 21st September between 10:30am and 4pm. Unlock your printmaking potential in this lively introduction to a variety of printmaking techniques. Get to grips with process and discover the exciting variety of printmaking methods at your fingertips. Suitable for complete beginners or those that haven't pulled a print in a while. £35 including materials.

Introduction to Printmaking: Collagraph and Drypoint with Ben Partridge. 6 Fortnightly Friday Sessions . Starting: Friday 27th September. (5pm until 8pm)

Get to grips with two accessible and versatile printmaking processes through these informal weekly sessions.  Participants will have the opportunity to incorporate collaged materials into rich, textural collagraphs and explore line and tone through the medium of dry point. Materials will be provided and participants will have the opportunity to create a small edition of a print of their choice. Suitable for beginners or those wanting to extend their printmaking repertoire.

£15 per session or £75 for 6 sessions

Stained Glass Decoration Workshop with Jenny Newall: Saturday 28th September - 9:30am to 4:30pm - Age 16+  

Create your own unique piece of stained glass decorative artwork using traditional copper-foiling techniques under expert guidance from professional stained glass artist Jenny Newall.

£45 including all materials

Animals & Wildlife in Pastels with Katherine Laird: Saturday 5th October - 10.30am to 4pm.

This is a fantastic opportunity to explore a wide range of soft pastel techniques with the expert guidance of professional artist Katherine Laird.

£38 per person  including all materials.

 Introduction to Oil Painting with Tereska Shepherd. Tuesday 1st October to Tuesday 3rd December. 5 sessions, 10am to 3pm - £70 for 5 sessions (£60 concessions and early bookings).

Discover the exciting world of oil painting through this inspiring starter course. Ideal for those who wish to learn and develop skills in a variety of oil painting techniques and gain confidence with this medium. The sessions will also cover advice on materials, colour mixing and the exploration of a range of subject matter and painting styles. Throughout the course we will study the work of historical and contemporary painters. Demonstrations, group discussions and individual advice and assistance will be given. Enjoy having time to be creative. 

This course is an Aberystwyth Lifelong Learning Course, and therefore provides the optional opportunity to gain 10 credits towards a certificate in Art and Design, equivalent to studying for the first year of a degree.

For further information and to book a place on this course please contact Lifelong Learning: 01970 621580. Web:

 Painting with Felt: Feltmaking Workshop with Sue Mulcock: Saturday 5th October, 10.30am to 4pm.

Create your own unique felt artwork with expert guidance from professional artist Sue Mulcock. Bring your own photograph or image to inspire your exploration with colour and texture. A variety of felting techniques and British wool types will be explored.

Workshop suitable for beginners and improvers - £38 per person, including materials.

Pinhole Photography Workshop with Ben Partridge - Saturday 19th October. 10:30am to 4pm.

Discover the intriguing world of Pinhole Photography, learn how to make your own cameras and create unique photographs. £35 including all materials.

 Clay Animal Workshop with Willie Carter : Friday 1st November – 10.30 to 4pm.

Experiment with a variety of clay modelling techniques with expert guidance from professional potter, Willie Carter.

 Oil Portrait Painting Course with Internationally Renowned Artist Max Baccanello. Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th November, between 10.30am and 5pm.

Max Studied fine art in Florence, Italy, and has recently had work shortlisted for the Royal Society of Portrait painters exhibition in London. Throughout the course he will be teaching and demonstrating a variety of portrait drawing and painting techniques and participants will have the opportunity to create their own oil portrait painting on canvas.

A selection of materials will be provided however if possible please bring: Oil Paints : White, ivory black, orche, ultramarine blue, raw umber, vermilion red. Canvas approx 40 cm x 30cm. Paint brushes, paint palette, easel.

 £120 for two days. (£50 deposit required on booking).

For all courses and workshops please book in advance as places are limited

Children's Events & Art Workshops. Young Artists Workshops on Tuesdays starting 24th September - 3:30pm until 5pm

For ages 6-12 - £6 per session, including all materials. £30 for 6 sessions.

Have fun exploring a variety of artistic techniques to create your own original artwork with expert guidance from professional artists and educators. Projects will include: book making and decoration, printing, sculpture, sewing and much more. Learn about different artists and techniques with like-minded young artists. 

 Giant Insect Sculptures - Saturday 28th September - 11am to 1pm, 6-12yrs - places £6 (siblings £3).

Weaving with Recycled Materials and Fabric - Saturday 12th September - 11am to 1pm, 6-12yrs - places £6 (siblings £3).

Giant Mask making Workshop - 28th August & 30th August, 6-12yrs, 11am-1pm - places £6 (siblings £3).

Featured Artists:

Sue Mulcock: Atmospheric felt paintings created from a variety of British wools and beautifully embellished these wonderful works of art capture the subtle colours, atmosphere and topography of the British landscape.

Steve Ferguson: Creating vibrant and painterly works of art, Steve channels his inspiration from nature, texture and form. He is particularly influenced by Cornish artists and sculptures. A selection of Steve's paintings of Birds in Acrylic on reclaimed wood, will be exhibited throughout July and August.

Lyn Evans: Lyn Evans captures the essence of local scenes and areas of natural beauty through her bright and eye catching collages.

Boo: Free flowing ephemeral paintings of fish from a underwater viewpoint glimmer, glisten and shine in the sunlight that streams through the surface of the water. Boo's use of metal leaf adds to the reflective quality of the work. 

Gerald Dewsbury: Gerald Dewsbury is known for his intricate and beautiful oil paintings of trees, woodlands and surrounding hills. His paintings combine vivid colours with his distinguished style resulting in a unique representation of nature. 

Llewellyn Cummings: With his timeless style and dynamic use of oil paint he captures the atmosphere and essence of the landscape.

Ostinelli & Priest: Renowned sculptors Ostinelli and Priest are currently exhibiting a selection of their unique animal sculptures, including dogs, bulls and horses. Their distinct techniques and delicate colour pallet enables the artists to embody the character and personality of the animals in a way that is unique to them.

Allanah Piesse:  figurative acrylic paintings reflect aspects of mythology. She creates stories through the juxtaposition of objects and figures. The concept of time, past, present and future become intertwined in these surreal and sometimes eerie paintings.  Colour and texture are also an important aspect of Allanah's work. 

Judith Harrison: Judith Harrison's subtle and detailed Collographs are inspired by landscape and Celtic myths and legends.   

Alison Holt: Skilled combination of freehand machine embroidery and silk painting, by this internationally renowned artist, capture the subtle colours and details of the natural world.  

Willow Gallery Shop:

The gallery shop showcases a wide variety of unique, handcrafted products and cards by local people including decorative stained glass, ceramics, wood turning, woven willow items, jewellery, textiles, woven rugs, clay and wooden sculptures and much, much more!

If you have any handcrafted products you would like us to consider for our gift shop please get in touch.

The Willow Eatery:

Open Monday to Saturday: 9.30am - 5.30pm.

The Willow Eatery is the newly refurbished cafe at the Willow Gallery. Under new management since April 2013, it is run by Lindsay Chaplin from Lindsay's Cakery. Serving a range of fresh, tasty home-baked cakes and lunches including quiches, soup with homemade rolls, paninis, wraps, locally sourced Treflach Farm free-range pies and more. Drinks available include fair trade coffee made with organic milk, loose-leaf speciality teas, milkshakes and soft drinks. Catering for the individual; Gluten-free snacks, decaf tea and coffee and soya milk available. 

Drinks, cakes and a selection of lunch options are now available for Takeaway too!

We are now offering 'Afternoon Tea at Willow Eatery', so please pop in or email us at  to enquire about enjoying a relaxing afternoon full of scrumptious delights within the Willow Gallery. Afternoon Tea vouchers make the perfect gift. (Please book Afternoon Tea at Willow Eatery at least one week in advance. Time restrictions may apply).

Please contact the gallery for further information on anything listed above. 

Birmingham Museums Trust seek Creative Practitioner

Creative practitioner required to facilitate a project in which people with visual / motor impairment will be consulted and develop new resources for the HLF-funded Staffordshire Hoard Gallery at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.


As part of this major new development, Birmingham Museums Trust seeks to employ a creative practitioner or 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.

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 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 or 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 or 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 September 2013 and June 2014, with the bulk of delivery taking place between October and December 2013.

The deadline for receipt of applications is Thursday 12th September. 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:
For any queries regarding this brief, please phone Richard Statham on 0121 303 2782. Interested parties should submit their proposals by email to:

TCAT Photoshop courses with Liz Doody

Here are details of Photoshop courses which Liz Doody will be delivering this autumn term at TCAT Community Education in Telford. Funding for TCAT courses has changed and in most cases learners can do one FREE course per academic year.


Photoshop for Beginners: Wellington Methodist Church, Wednesday afternoons, 2pm - 4pm. Starting 18th September for 10 weeks.

Photoshop for Beginners: Oak Tree Centre, Lightmoor, Thursday evenings, 7pm - 9pm. Starting 19th September for 10 weeks.

Funding for TCAT courses has changed, in most cases learners can do one FREE course per academic year, but for some there is a fee attached.

If you'd like a place, please call TCAT, Student Services to enrol on 01952 642 237. Any queries on course fees, do call Jane Evans in TCAT Community Education on 07825 878088 or Susan Wilkins on 07717 508831.

Places are going fast!

Photoshop courses at The Gateway

Tutor Liz Doody will be delivering Photoshop courses at the Gateway Education & Arts Centre in Shrewsbury, come the autumn term. There will also be digital photography courses as well with tutor Nic Sansom.


Tutor Liz Doody will be delivering Photoshop courses at the Gateway Education & Arts Centre in Shrewsbury, come the autumn term.

Most are now a single one day course - 6 hours each day (including half an hour break for lunch).

More course information is available direct from the Gateway website or interested people can call them at the Gateway for more details and to enrol on 01743 355159.

Please note that the Gateway courses require you to enrol at least 3 days before the course starts as they won't take enrolments on the day!

Photoshop, Get to know: Saturday 12th October, 9.30am - 3.30pm

Photoshop for Artists: Friday 25th October, 9.30am - 3.30pm

Photoshop, Get to know more: Saturday 9th November, 9.30am - 3.30pm

Photoshop for Photographers: Friday/Saturday 22nd/23rd November, 9.30am - 3.30pm - (2 day course)

Also, just in case you might know of anyone who would be interested in a 'beginners to computers' course:

First Steps using a Computer: one day course, Thursday 26th September, 9.30am - 3.30pm

Plus also, 3 digital photography courses at the Gateway, with tutor Nic Sansom.

Using a digital camera - A Beginners Guide: Wednesday 25th September, 9.30am - 3.30pm

Using your compact digital camera - Learn more: Two Wednesdays 9/16th October, 9.30am - 3.30pm

Using your digital SLR camera - Learn more: Two Wednesdays 6/13th November, 9.30am - 3.30pm

Course fees: £33 (single day), £66 (2 day course). To enrol, call 01743 355159 or 01743 361120.

Film @ The Willow - Call for films

The Willow Gallery is looking for artists and film makers whose work considers our changing relationship with the natural world. Selected films will be screened at a special film event FILM @ The Willow in September.


In conjunction with our upcoming Natural Selection exhibition. The Willow Gallery is looking for artists and film makers whose work considers our changing relationship with the natural world. We encourage a diverse and creative interpretation of the theme, tackling ecological, personal and historical issues surrounding our interaction with the environment.

Selected films will be screened at a special film event FILM @ The Willow at the gallery on Monday the 2nd of September from 7pm and throughout the 'Natural Selection' exhibition (9/9/13 - 9/10/13) on a show reel as well as being promoted through the gallery's website.

To enter please send a URL link to the film along with a brief synopsis and artist statement to

For further information or to suggest a film for the screening please get in contact with the gallery. The deadline is August 26th 2013.

Finished animations

Here are the three final animations which were produced during the two-day stop-frame animations workshop, led by artist Neil Webber.


DASH delivered a two-day stop-frame animation workshop in July and below are links to the three individual animations which were created, under the guidance of artist Neil Webber.


Feedback from animation workshop

DASH hosted a two-day animation workshop with artist Neil Webber - and it proved a great success with participants.

Feedback from last week's animation workshops:

'Content was nice and simply explained' ~ 'All just brilliant' ~ 'Fun but very difficult' ~ 'Great atmosphere - but would like to do more sound editing' ~ 'Workshop was too short'...

Two participants heard about the workshop via the DASH website, one from a DASH e-newsletter and finally another participant was given a place on the workshop as a present from their daughter.

All in all, a great two-day workshop was had by all who attended and were involved, thanks to workshop leader Neil Webber!