Launch of the Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary

This Bursary is offered in memory of Adam Reynolds who died in 2005. Adam was a Chair of Shape and renowned sculptor and activist for disability equality in the arts.


Shape is a charitable company aiming to achieve access to the arts for disabled and deaf people.

The Bursary provides an opportunity for disabled or deaf artists to develop their ideas and practice without pressure to deliver a particular outcome. The successful applicant receives a grant of £5,000 and a three-month residency at Spike Island - an international centre for the development of contemporary art and design - in Bristol in winter 2013/14.

The artist will also be able to benefit from support and advice from the Artists Professional Development team at Shape.

The Bursary intends to provide time, space and support for artists to work in an open-ended way for a period of three months. The grant may be used to cover any costs associated with this work, for example:

  • Hiring equipment.
  • Purchasing materials.
  • Paying for assistant artists or technicians in order to realise a particular work.
  • Living expenses to free up time to concentrate on the residency (for example, childcare costs, rent or lost income).

Disabled or deaf visual artists based in the UK may apply to this programme. Applicants must demonstrate that they have been making and showing work for over five years.

The 2013 submission deadline is 2 September 2013.

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Mike's Blog - A Visit to The Public

Mike's thoughts about his trip to see Sound Canvas at The Public.


It was great to see some familiar faces at The Public on Saturday (13/07/13).  Mandy Fowler was there with her family, Alison Smith from Pesky People, DASH Trustees Ian Wainwright and Yvette Priestley, and of course the commissioned artist Zoe Partington and Exhibition Manager,  Graham Peet. 

Many people were interacting with Sound Canvas, laughing and smiling at the work and they quickly discovered it was something they could play with, something they could control and direct.  Even the 'cool' guy waved his arm at it!

The art work can be triggered by everyone as it is affected by body movement so you don't need to press a button or do any complicated interaction. The idea is to draw people to play sounds that are familiar like laughter into making their own individual experience by using movement.

The ribbon cutting by Linda Saunders was literally quite a laugh, as the ribbon and Linda were triggering the sensors on Sound Canvas.

Inner Vision Orchestra workshop

You've heard about the Inner Vision Orchestra. Now here is your chance to get involved!

Come along to our Workshop - for anyone with an interest in music.

Led by Lloyd Coleman and Baluji Shrivastav. This is an opportunity to spend the afternoon playing or singing with both an instrumental and vocal element to the workshop, learning to work with Indian vocal patterns.

Feel free to bring along an instrument, although not necessary!

This workshop is for both beginners and experienced musicians. Tickets are only £2.50 and the workshop will be taking place on July 24th between 2pm and 3:30pm

Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Castle Grounds, Cathays Park, Cardiff, CF10 3EF.

To reserve a place email or phone 02920 551 040

Settling into DASH life

It's been a few weeks now since I've joined DASH - as part of my role at the Hive in Shrewsbury; I'm working with DASH to assist them with marketing and administration tasks each week.


It's been a few weeks now since I've joined DASH - as part of my role at the Hive in Shrewsbury, which is where DASH has been based since last year.

My primary role on a daily basis is Marketing and Administration Co-ordinator for the Hive and building on this, I'm working with DASH to assist them with marketing and administration tasks each week.

So far, this has predominantly involved working on the new website to add content in preparation for the launch; along with other things such as press releases, social networking and general admin.

It's lovely to bring my experience to DASH and to have more of an involvement with their organisation, following-on from their move to the Hive in 2012.

It's also providing me with a highly informative and interesting overview of another arts charity, which is extremely beneficial!

I'm certainly looking forward to continual involvement with DASH over the future months and especially, seeing the new website develop in time.

Habib Malik-Mansell.

Bastion presents an opportunity for actors

Offering the chance to work as part of a team, exploring ideas and devising material - both disabled and non-disabled actors are encouraged to apply for the following, which could lead to a part in the film installation piece 'Bastion'.


Bastion will be a powerful and thought provoking installation exploring and exploding myths about the harmless fool.

Offering the chance to work as part of a team, exploring ideas and devising material - both disabled and non-disabled actors are encouraged to apply for the following, which could lead to a part in the film installation piece 'Bastion'.

Actors who are comfortable improvising with their voice and who have a strong physical presence are sought to participate. Disabled actors and actors with a learning disability are particularly welcome.
The six actors selected will be able to take part in a two-day devising lab on August 8th and 9th at Newhampton Arts Centre in Wolverhampton, for which a fee of £200 will be available.
Two actors selected from the lab will then work for a further three days to rehearse and act in the film piece on location in the West Midlands. This will take place on August 13th, 14th and15th with a fee of £300.
Some expenses and support with travel and accommodation may be available. The film is based in a barbershop. Actors may be asked to appear in the film with a skinhead style haircut.
There are two acting roles:

  • Bastion - (disabled or non-disabled male) aged 24 plus, playing the part of a barber.
  • The Customer - (disabled male).

Bastion is funded by Arts Council England. It will be directed by Ray Jacobs, assisted by Richard Hayhow and the piece will be shown in theatres and galleries across the West Midlands.

To apply, please send a current photo with an introductory letter and if possible a CV, before August 1st.
Applications should be sent to:

Ray Jacobs,
Associate Artist at DASH
The Hive, 5 Belmont, Shrewsbury SY1 1TE

Alternatively, please email:
For further enquires please contact Ray Jacobs on 07817194644 or at the email address above.

If you have particular access requirements, please contact Ray first. In most cases special arrangements will not be necessary or can be easily provided.

Kingshurst Arts Space and Northern Star present a SPRING ART EXHIBITION

Wednesday 10th April - Friday 26th April 2013 Open Tuesday and Wednesdays 10.30am-3.00pm, Friday 11.00am - 1.00pm


On display will be Artworks from Stitch and Knit, the Open Art Group, Paper Crafts, the After School Art Club and the Older Adult Art Club, all of which take place at Kingshurst Arts Space

The Hive Community Street Festival - call for volunteers

This year's event is taking place on Monday 6th May 2013, between 2pm and 6pm.


As always, I'm on the lookout for all the help and assistance I can get with this year's event; including people to help 'steward' the ends of the street throughout the event. Some of you have helped us with this before and it has been gratefully appreciated!

Stewards are required to do a 45 minute to 1 hour slot in pairs, at either the Belmont Bank or Town Walls junctions of Belmont. Essentially, you just have to welcome the public and direct occasional vehicles as necessary.

I would be grateful to anyone who can help us this year, to provide this superb day for the community!

This year we already have Taiko drumming, samba drumming, a bag-piper, DJ, craft workshops, face-painting, outdoor games, stalls and lots more... With the Maypole and a few other surprises along the way!

Many thanks for your consideration and time in advance as always.

Habib Malik-Mansell

Contact Habib on or call 01743 234970

Oska Bright Film Festival

Oska Bright want your films!


If you are a Learning Disabled Film Maker send your film to Oska Bright.  For more details:

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.


The website ( 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:


You can get involved in this project simply by creating a postcard. Either request a postcard pack by emailing or go to the 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.


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 for more information about the organisation. Email ( 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

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