Disability Arts Networking

Come and have your say as part of The Why? Festival Drop in Sessions...


A Disability Arts Performance Network

Is This a Good Idea?

Are you an artist, company, venue or promoter who would like to progress the involvement of Disabled Artists and Disability Arts in all areas of performance art?

Disabled Artists - Would you like to have greater opportunities to access more performance work?

Do you want to reach more Disabled Artists?

Could collaborative working support bigger ideas?

How do we develop larger audiences and share audience intelligence?

Can you offer training and development opportunities to Disabled Artists?

Would you like to be able to discuss and share how Disabled People can be involved in what you do?

Arts organisations and venues have lots of roles and posts that could be fulfilled by Disabled People ­ Do your recruitment processes constructively promote Disabled People as potential candidates, paid or voluntary?

If any of these questions are of interest to you, and any others you may have yourself, then please come along to one of my open sessions to share your thoughts and ask your own questions, and help research into the feasibility of setting up a Disability Arts Performance Network

Come and Have you say as part of The Why? Festival Drop in Sessions.

Room 713/4 Birmingham Central Library on:

19th September betweem 11:30am ­and 6:00pm.

20th September between 2:00pm ­and 6:30pm.

New dance class!

Creative Movers - a regular dance class for people with learning disabilities.


At The Gateway Education and Arts Centre, Chester Street, Shrewsbury.


10am until 12pm.

Booking is essential: The Gateway Centre on 01743 355159/361120.

Course begins on Thursday 29th September for 10 weeks, 10am until 12pm (Pre booking is essential please enrol at The Gateway) 

Cost: £50 for a 10 week course.

For further information about the dance course please contact Rachel Liggitt at Shropshire Inclusive Dance on 01743 36898.

This weekly creative session adopts a person-centered approach to dance, using music and props to assist. Working individually, in small groups or as a whole class, participants have the opportunity to explore dance in a safe and supportive environment. The emphasis is on sharing and having fun!

You will be given the freedom to learn, experience, explore and create movement together. Two of our experienced staff at Shropshire Inclusive Dance (SiD) will guide every individual in developing their creative skill. Open to adults with learning disabilities of all ages who are new to dance and new to Contact Dance Company, carers, support staff and family!


A Live Performance at Shoreditch Church - a 48 hour durational living installation...


Cherophobia is a 48-hour durational living installation. It is an attempt to lift the artist's bound and immobilised body off the ground using 20,000 helium party balloons. It is a performance and a gathering, a one-off event that intertwines people in their shared suspense and anticipation.

Cherophobia is a work of contrasts and opposites, of the push and pull between fear and desire, freedom and constraint and about our responsibility to make choices. The cheerful, happy image of a giant cloud of balloons stands in stark contrast to the artist's bound, restricted and immobilised body, while the helium-filled balloons pulling upwards are in turn constrained by the church building. 

For more information visit the Cherophobia website


You can also watch Cherophobia streamed live on your device at:

... or at one of our partner venues:

The Southbank Centre, London                                      
G39, Cardiff                                                                     
Newlyn Art Gallery, Newlyn                                            
FACT, Liverpool                                                              
Echo Park Film Centre, Los Angeles    

Cherophobia is comissioned by Unlimited, a festival celebrating extraordinary new works by disabled and Deaf artists. A press release is attached for your information.

Please feel free to share this event with your contacts.  

Call for proposals

Fierce FWD 2016: a Call for Proposals...


Fierce FWD is a development programme for artists working in Live Art and performance from or based in the West Midlands supported by Arts Council England and Jerwood Charitable Foundation. Fierce FWD offers the opportunity for artists to develop an idea for a live performance/experience in the public realm alongside a period of research and field trips.

Fierce will select between eight and ten Fierce FWD artists. Each artist will receive a micro-bursary of £500 to try an artistic experiment, develop a piece of work or conduct some research towards a project.

From the eight Fierce FWD artists two or three will receive additional funding, mentorship and producing /curatorial support to develop a finished site-specific work for Fierce Festival in October 2017.

Full application details.

Deadline: noon, Monday 26th September.


Fierce Festival 2017:

There will be no Fierce Festival in 2016. but look out for announcements regarding Club Fierce and other exciting projects soon. The next Fierce Festival will be back to takeover Birmingham the week of the 16th October 2017, under the helm of new Artistic Director Aaron Wright.

August newsletter

Lots of news from DASH in this month's newsletter!


Click here to view the latest newsletter from DASH...

Project updates on INSIDE and Tu Fewn, plus the announcement of the Awkward Bastards return next year. Audio Description training sessions across Wales - and a special screening in Bishops Castle of Nicola Lane's IN commission film, In Conversation with the Past.

In Conversation with the Past

A special showing of Nicola Lane's Bill Lock film, which she created for her IN commission.


Clun's 'famous' character Bill Lock remembered by those who knew him and his vanished world.

Screening at Bishops Castle Town Hall on Sunday 25th September, between 2:30pm and 4:30pm.

Tickets are available from Bishops Castle Town Hall.

Audio Description training

Audio Description Training sessions for museum, gallery & heritage staff.


Wednesday 9th November - 9:30am to 5:00pm at Chapter Arts, Cardiff.

Thursday 10th November - 9:30am to 5:00pm at Oriel Davies, New Town.

Friday 11th November - 9:30am to 5:00pm at Mostyn, Llandudno.

Join DASH and DAC for an interactive training day designed to build your knowledge and awareness of disability equality in museums, galleries and cultural centres, specifically in relation to welcoming and supporting blind and partially sighted visitors and artists. We will be focusing on the skills necessary for describing artworks, through practical exercises.

Book online:




The training sessions will be conducted in small groups (max 15 participants) Price: £45 person plus booking fee. Lunch is included.

For further information contact DASH 01743 272939 - info@dasharts.orgwww.dasharts.org


Additional Information:

The training will be led by Zoe Partington and Louise Fryer, both highly experienced Disabled trainers. Zoe is a Disabled artist and trainer who has many years of working with Galleries and Museums across the World, developing the inclusion of Blind and partially sighted people.

Dr. Louise Fryer is a teaching fellow at University College London (UCL) and the author of: "An Introduction to Audio Description: A practical guide."

At the end of the training delegates will be able to:

  • Understand what it means for people to live with sight loss and describe the barriers they face in relation to cultural and artistic venues
  • Demonstrate with confidence the appropriate etiquette and skills to use in guiding blind and partially sighted people
  • Identify methods by which museum, gallery and heritage buildings can be made more inclusive and accessible to blind and partially sighted visitors
  • Use appropriate approaches to describe images and objects to blind and partially sighted people.

Beyond The Frame Symposium

Tickets are due to go on sale tomorrow for this exciting event, taking place on 23rd November 2016.


A practical symposium bringing together Disabled artists and galleries to learn about the Tu Fewn project, network and shape future projects.

Join leading international Disabled artist Rachel Gadsden and CCQ editor Emma Geliot to discuss the importance of  diversity in the arts.

Tu Fewn was the first commissioning project  for Disabled visual artists in mainstream galleries in Wales. Hear from the artists, galleries and partners who shaped the Tu Fewn project.

The symposium takes place at the Wales Millenium Centre, Cardiff. Tickets can be booked online at www.wmc.uk or  by calling 029 2063 6464

20 Travel and ticket bursaries are available for this event.

Successful applicants will receive a free entry ticket plus up to £25 towards their travel to the event. To receive an application form to apply for a bursary please email info@dasharts.org or call DASH on 01743 272939.

Closing date for bursary applications is TBC.

Widening the Lens

Diversity film pitching competition...


Widening the Lens is a pitching competition looking to address the current issue of a lack of diversity within the film industry both in front of and behind the camera.

Encounters Film Festival is offering three emerging filmmakers from under-represented groups the opportunity to win cash prizes, valuable talent development opportunities and promotion on a national and international platform.

Ideas must address the issue of diversity on screen through a creative approach. Films of any genre are accepted. The films should tackle the idea of challenging limitations of character and story development often seen on screen, and be aimed at stimulating discussion and debate around this subject.

The shortlisted applicants will be invited to Encounters Festival 2016 to take part in workshops and mentoring sessions, and will then pitch to a group of international expert judges to be in with a chance of winning cash prizes of up to £1500 and in kind awards. The winner will also get to go on a trip to the Clermont Ferrand Film Festival 2017 with the Encounters Festival Team. 

Deadline: Wednesday 31st August 2016.

More information on Widening the Lens can be found here.