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 -


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 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 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.

INSIDE commission

An update on the exciting INSIDE commission!


QUAD will be hosting the artists Daniel Regan and Antonia Attwood in residence here in QUAD Artist Studio from the 22nd to 24th August 2016. As part of their residency and subsequent new commission, they will be focussing on 'safe spaces' and mental well-being. We're looking for participants to click onto the following link and fill out a questionnaire relating to 'safe spaces':

Daniel Regan and Antonia Attwood were selected from an open call for a disabled artist commission as part of the INSIDE programme, funded by disabled arts organisation DASH and is a partnership between QUAD and D-Lab, with Level and Junction Arts. The resulting artwork from the project will be exhibited as part of FORMAT International photography Festival in 2017. The main thrust of their commission for QUAD and D-Lab is on 'safe spaces' and mental well-being (linked in particular to the theme of 'Habitat' for next year's FORMAT).

West Midlands arts jobs

Current job opportunities available within the arts, across the West Midlands region...


Birmingham Museums Trust is currently recruiting for the post of Training Coordinator at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery .

This is fixed term appointment of 12 months as maternity cover for the current post holder. The successful candidate will work as part of a small team responding to, and coordinating delivery of  learning and development events. The Training Coordinator is also responsible for liaising with external providers and  monitoring delivery of the BMT Apprenticeship programme. The ideal candidate will be prepared to adopt a flexible work pattern to facilitate internal training courses.

If you feel you have the right skills for the role, please visit our website, complete an application form and submit to 

The closing date for this position is 12th August 2016.


Birmingham Museums Trust is currently recruiting for a Senior Retail Assistant at Thinktank.

The successful candidate will be expected to oversee all areas of the retail function including supervising the team, restocking, stock takes and back office functions. You will be based at Thinktank but have the opportunity to operate across multiple venues within our portfolio of museums and heritage sites. The ideal candidate will have a talent for merchandising and upselling and a passion to grow the business further.

If you feel you have the right skills for the role please fill out an application form via our website and submit it to

Closing date: 14th August 2016.


Can you administrate, coordinate and successfully deliver tours and events? Then apply now for the Touring and Events Coordinator position at Punch Records. For more information on what the role entails and other details you can download the Job Description here



Can you work in a high impact role? Managing financial accounts, overseeing day to day operations, HR administration and leading, supporting and developing the team. Then apply now for the Head of Office and Finance position at Punch Records. For more information on what the role entails and other details you can download the Job Description here


Save The Date - Beyond The Frame Symposium

Save the date for this practical symposium taking place on November 23rd 2016.


Beyond The Frame: Expanding Horizons for Extraordinary Artists

23rd November 2016
Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Save the date for this practical symposium, bringing together Disabled artists and galleries to learn about the Tu Fewn commisioning 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 programme for Disabled visual artists in mainstream galleries. Hear from the artists, galleries and partners who shaped the Tu Fewn project.

A limited number of travel and ticket bursaries will be available.

Tickets will be on sale shortly, and information on how to book will be available on the project page of the DASH website and through our social media channels.



Starting to write

The deadline has been extended for this exciting opportunity - until 5th August!


In the spirit of developing a partnership,  Arvon would like to support a disabled writer to come on The Starting to Write Course tutored by Rebecca Goss and Nii Ayikwei Parkes from October 17th -22nd 2016.

This is a great opportunity for a disabled person who wants to develop their writing skills. 

To apply for the bursary please email or by post to Paula Dower, 5 Belmont, Shrewsbury SY1 1TE and tell me in 200 words or less what the bursary would mean to you as a beginning/emerging writer.

Deadline: 5th August 2016 at 5pm.

For more information on the course: 

More about Arvon and The Hurst:

Arvon is a charity that runs five-day residential creative writing courses and retreats in rural writing houses, offering the time and space to write. 

Recently renovated, The Hurst is a place you can write, far away from daily distractions. The house and gardens were the former home of playwright John Osborne. The grounds boast Redwoods, wild orchids, surrounded by the forest-covered Shropshire Hills, designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The 19th century building has been given a thoroughly 21st century renovation.  All 16 bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms, the main workshop room has a hand crafted table for twenty and a growing library, and a lift gives accessibility to every bedroom. The house sits within 26 acres of woodland, with a spring-fed lake and inspiring walks.

The centre is situated several miles from Craven Arms station, which has rail connections to London, Wales, the North and South-West England. There are local taxi services – we can arrange for a taxi to pick you up for incoming and return journeys.

The Hurst welcomes Disabled people – there is wheelchair access to every room via a lift, with all rooms equipped with ensuite bathrooms, five of which are wetrooms equipped for wheelchair access.