Flora exhibition and audio description

Aberystwyth Arts Centre's latest exhibition, with audio description tours.


Vsit the next exhibition at Aberystwyth Arts Centre, flora. It's an exhibition about flowers - hopefully to bring a bit of summer to Aberystwyth amongst all this rain!

We understand how important it is for blind and partially sighted people to experience visual art, so we have developed audio description using these fantastic DiscoveryPENs. They'll be available at the desk in the gallery.

There will also be live audio description tours of the exhibition every Friday afternoon between 12-1pm.

Click here to watch the audio advert.

Paint the Day 2016

Calling all artists; doodlers and scribblers too!


Join Newhampton Arts Centre for Paint the Day 2016. Taking place between July 2nd until July 9th.


  • Take part in our one day challenge on Sat 2nd July
  • All work will be exhibited in the Gallery Hall at NAC
  • You can win up to £300
  • Your work will be offered for sale and auction
  • Open to all - professional, amateur, under 18.


  • Free exhibition
  • Drop in family art workshop
  • Vote for your favourite work
  • Buy or bid for an original art work
  • Exhibition opens Sunday 3rd July 12pm-5pm (Brunch Bar), Saturday 9th July 11am-5pm, and 4th-8th July 12-2pm.

AA2A project

AA2A Artists & Designer maker placements 2016-17.


The AA2A project (Artists Access to Art Colleges) is offering around 80 placements, giving artists and designer makers the opportunity to undertake a period of research or realise a project using art college facilities e.g. workshops, IT facilities, lending library, and lecture programme.  AA2A schemes aim to benefit students and institutions through their interaction with practising artists.

Map and links to application info for 20 AA2A schemes   www.aa2a.org/colleges
Eligibility and details of how to apply   www.aa2a.org/apply

•       Access is free, for at least 100 hours, between Oct 2016 and April 2017
•       AA2A's Hardship Fund, primarily for artists on benefits provides expenses up to £300 
•       Closing dates for applications vary but all are in September 2016
•       Artists on AA2A schemes run from 2014 to 2015 or before can now reapply
•       All applicants must have at least one year's professional practice
•       Only M.A. students can apply in the same year they graduate
•       Applicants should be able to work with minimal technical support

Follow us on  Twitter  and  Facebook  for regular, updated information.
To see current AA2A artists' work go to http://aa2a.biz 
AA2A particularly welcomes applications from artists with disabilities, from culturally diverse backgrounds and non-graduates.


University of Sunderland    Application deadline 22nd September
alex.whelan@sunderland.ac.uk   0191 515 2512
printmaking (screen printing, etching, lithography, relief printing, Riso printing), wood, metal, glass, ceramics, 3-D printing, photography (digital and chemical), painting

Teesside University (Middlesbrough)    Application deadline  4th September k.prow@tees.ac.uk   0164 238 4045 printmaking, wood, metal, glass, plastics, digital media, photography, painting

University of Central Lancashire    Application deadline  21st September jpcrane@uclan.ac.uk   0177 289 3959 printmaking, digital media, fashion / textiles, ceramics

Liverpool Hope University    Application deadline 21st September
mcgees1@hope.ac.uk   0151 291 3516
printmaking, wood, metal, jewellery, plaster, ceramics, textiles (construction and print), digital design and manufacture, painting

University Centre St Helens    Application deadline 1st September
rheyes@sthelens.ac.uk   0174 462 3102
theatre performance, game art, photography, graphic design, painting

University of Chester    Application deadline 21st September
c.dickens@chester.ac.uk   0124 451 5855
printmaking, wood, metal, foundry, laser cutting, 3D printing, video, sound, analogue & digital photography, digital printing, graphics, animation, letterpress typography, bookbinding

Sheffield Hallam University    Application deadline 16th September
art@shu.ac.uk   0114 225 6724
printmaking, metal, fashion, jewellery, video, interactive media, digital media, animation, photography, typography, graphics, illustration, painting

University of Derby    Application deadline 19th September
j.falconer@derby.ac.uk   0133 259 3113
printmaking, wood, metal, casting, carving, glass, ceramics, textiles, digital media, photography

De Montfort University (Leicester)    Application deadline 12th September
drobertson@dmu.ac.uk   0116 207 8387
printmaking, wood, metal, plaster, laser cutting, CAD labs, digital workshops, video, photography, life drawing studio, painting

University of Wolverhampton    Application deadline 5th September
i.rudge@wlv.ac.uk   0190 232 3147
printmaking, wood, metal, foundry, wood / stone carving, hot glass, ceramics, interior textiles, fashion and textiles, digital media, video, photography, illustration, painting

Coventry University    Application deadline 7th September
ac0120@coventry.ac.uk   0247 765 8685
printmaking, small scale metal, ceramics, laser cutting, digital media, painting, drawing, fashion, illustration, graphic design, animation

University of Worcester    Application deadline 21st September
ihca@worc.ac.uk   0190 554 2542
printmaking, film, photography, creative digital imaging, sound

University of Northampton    Application deadline 21st September
gayle.glover@northampton.ac.uk   0160 473 5002
printmaking, (screen-printing, etching) wood, metal, plaster, mould making, photography (darkroom and lighting studios), product design

Anglia Ruskin University (Cambridge)    Application deadline 11th September
aa2a@anglia.ac.uk   0122 369 8720
printmaking, wood and metal working, ceramics, fashion, film & TV production, digital media, photography, animation, illustration

University of Bedfordshire (Luton)     Application deadline 21st September
dolores.basquille@beds.ac.uk   0158 274 3401
printmaking, fashion, laser-cutter, 3D printer/scanner, video, animation, moving image, photography, darkroom, graphic design, illustration, painting

Chelmsford College    Application deadline 21st September
information@chelmsford.ac.uk   0124 529 3031
printmaking, wood, ceramics, mould making, textiles, fashion, video, digital media, animation, photography, graphics, illustration, painting, drawing

University of Hertfordshire (Hatfield)    Application deadline 12th September
ad-shortcourses@herts.ac.uk   0170 728 5327
printmaking, wood, metal, glass, ceramics, textiles, fashion, art therapy, digital media, film, video, sound, photography, graphics, painting

Southampton Solent University    Application deadline 21st September
rebecca.myers@solent.ac.uk   0238 201 6007
printmaking, wood, clay, letterpress, typography, digital media, photography, painting, drawing

City College Brighton and Hove    Application deadline 21st September
aa2a@ccb.ac.uk   0127 366 7749
printmaking, wood, metal, foundry, jewellery, glass, plastics, ceramics, textiles, fashion, product design, performance, film, video, sound, digital media, animation, photography, graphics, illustration, painting

Plymouth University    Application deadline 9th September
sarah.kendall@plymouth.ac.uk   0175 258 5265
printmaking, wood, metal, ceramics, plaster, textiles, film, video, sound, digital media, photography, animation, typography, graphics, illustration, painting, drawing

West Midlands arts jobs

Selected job opportunities available across the West Midlands...


Artistic Director
Pentabus Theatre Company
West Midlands
£30,000 - £30,000 (per annum)
Closing Date: 08 Jul 2016
Pentabus Theatre Company is seeking to appoint a visionary new Artistic Director to lead the company through its next stage of development.

Head of Communications
Birmingham Hippodrome
West Midlands
£40,000 - £40,000 (per annum)
Closing Date: 01 Jul 2016
We are seeking a Head of Communications, who will be at the heart of a new communications strategy across multiple channels, both on- and offline.

Artist residency call

Oriel Davies invites artists and makers with a background in participatory practice...


... to take up residency in The Drawing Room between 22 October and 25 February 2017. We are seeking proposals from, but not limited to visual, installation and digital artists, performance and live artists, filmmakers, creative writers, illustrators and craft specialists (ceramics, textiles, metalwork etc.) to occupy The Drawing Room and produce a mix of artistic engagement activities for visitors, creative interventions in the space and opportunities for documenting and sharing.
We welcome proposals for 1-3 day residencies from artists from Wales or border counties, which involve at least one workshop/activity session or culminate in a sharing event, this could be a performance, intervention, demonstration or talk.
For further information about the opportunity go to: 

To join the conversation on facebook go to:

To find out more about The Drawing Room project head to:

Full Circle Arts

Bursaries for Emerging Disabled Artists.


Location: Manchester
Deadline: Friday 8th July 2016.

Full Circle Arts is offering 10 bursaries of up to £1000 to emerging disabled artists or disabled led arts groups. Submissions should identify a professional development need which would enhance the applicant's career within the creative industries. There is no restrictions on skills or art form – just tell them how you propose to use their help to progress. Full Circle Arts' activities generally favour the North West of England but applications from outside will be considered.

For more information, visit: www.artsjobs.org.uk/arts-job/post/bursaries-for-emerging-disabled-artists or email: kathrynw@fullcirclearts.co.uk or call/ text: 0751 4780 50

Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary

Submissions are now open for the 2016/17 Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary.


The opportunity will consist of a £7,000 bursary and a three-month residency at Turner Contemporary, Margate. To find out more information and how to apply click here.


Shape Arts set up the Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary in memory of the life and work of Sculptor Adam Reynolds. It is designed to support a mid-career disabled artist or artists, looking to develop their practice and build their profile by offering funds and a three month residency at a high-profile arts venue.

Caglar Kimyoncu was the 8th ARMB recipient, with his residency taking place at the beginning of this year at the New Art Gallery, Walsall.

The bursary aims to provide an opportunity for artists to develop their ideas and practice without pressure to deliver a particular outcome such as finished or exhibition-ready work. It operates additionally to provide space, time and financial support within a framework of constructive and creative critical dialogue. 

"Adam was inspirational as an artist and a man - seeing his disability as a strength. This bursary is the most practical and powerful way to continue doing what Adam did to make the possible palpable."

Sir Antony Gormley,  RA

To find out more about Adam, and to read his obituary in The Guardian, written by the Tate's Sir Nicholas Serota, please click here.

Photography bursary

Details of The Geoff Sims Photography Bursary.


mac is pleased to launch the call-out for applications to our inaugural Geoff Sims Photographic Bursary. Four bursaries will be available, each worth £250, to support emerging regional photographers aged between 16 and 30 years old with professional development or professional practice costs.

Deadline: Monday 27th June 2016 at 5pm.

The application form is attached. For further information, please email Rosy at rosy.ross@macbirmingham.co.uk.

The awards will be announced the week commencing 4th July 2016.

Disability Arts Online

Launch of the new Disability Arts Online website!


The new url will be www.disabilityarts.online

The leading editorial journal for the UK's disability arts scene, Disability Arts Online, is delighted to announce the launch of its brand-new website as part of its Grants for the Arts project, Viewfinder. The website will feature new branding, functionality and design, with the aim of better supporting disabled artists, sharing their work and providing a platform for critical discussions within the disability arts community.

Disability Arts Online has worked closely with Brighton-based design firm Take Up Space, who specialise in projects for ethical organisations, to tailor the branding and the design of the website to best serve its mission and audience, both of which have disabled artists at their core. Disability Arts Online's long-term web development partners, Surface Impression have implemented the designs, bringing to bear their expertise in producing accessible websites.

Being a platform primarily for and about the arts, the new website places greater emphasis on images and video, making for a richer and more engaging user experience. The work of disabled artists is given prominence throughout the new site using high-quality editorial, an extensive directory of artists and new gallery-equipped showcase features which profile the work itself.

Director Trish Wheatley says: â€œThe new website has been developed following useful feedback from our readers and we can't wait to share it with everyone. We were able to make this happen thanks to funding from Arts Council England and a great deal of hard work from the staff and freelance team. We look forward to hearing what our readers think of the new site and welcome ideas for future blogs, articles and features.”

Editor Colin Hambrook said: "The sheer volume of content on Disability Arts Online has always made navigation tricky. I'm delighted that we will be able to profile our writers much more effectively through a facility within the new site for pulling related content together. It means that our readers will more easily find articles by favourite writers. In addition with a more straightforward system of tagging articles, our readers will also discover areas of specific interest from across different sections within the site."

As part of the launch, the URL of the website will be changing from www.disabilityartsonline.org.uk to www.disabilityarts.online. Disability Arts Online has always acted as an archive of the Disability Arts movement and of disability culture more generally. For this reason, content predating 2015 will remain on the old website as an archival resource. The old website will no longer be updated with new editorial content as of May 2016. Blogs and listings will stop being updated on the old site from the date of launch of the new site on 9 June.

Later in the year, Disability Arts Online will be launching a new video platform, Viewfinder, which will feature curated video playlists, original commissions, and eventually, live streaming. Both the new Disability Arts Online site and the Viewfinder video platform have been funded through Arts Council England's Grants for the Arts programme, and further supported by core funding from The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.

Alongside the new website, Disability Arts Online will also launch their newly branded newsletter with the most exciting news, opinion pieces, blogs, events and jobs relating to disability arts and culture. You can sign up to the newsletter here: http://disabilityartsonline.us13.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=178bfacb1401aa915f9d55ef2&id=72f6aefe76

DIY 13 Opportunity

DIY 13 is an exciting opportunity for artists, which is now live!


DIY 13 provides the chance for artists working in Live Art to take part in unusual training and professional development projects conceived and run by artists for artists.

This year there are 20 projects for both emergent and experienced practitioners taking place across the UK between July and November 2016, representing a huge variety of subjects and approaches from across Live Art: durational ritual, victimhood, self-care, arts education, dogs and animals, sex, memory and forgetting, online interventions, radical actions, Afrofuturism, unprofessionalism, averageness, urban space, localism, and David Bowie.

Applications to take part are now welcomed and (with some exceptions) the closing date is 14th June 2016. You may apply to as many as you wish. Most DIY projects are free of charge, although some may necessitate a small financial contribution from participants to cover particular expenses.

For more information in individual projects and how to apply, see http://www.thisisliveart.co.uk/opportunities/diy-13-2016-project-list/