Step Change

Nationwide professional development program of the National Theatre...


Step Change is a national programme for professionals seeking to progress and develop their careers in management of the performing arts.

The programme provides coaching, mentoring, masterclasses and experience-based learning and supports those in need of a change of direction. Step Change focuses predominantly on arts administration roles (such as producing, management, project management, learning, development, marketing, cultural policy etc.) and expands the range of opportunities for those hoping to make a transition into or within the arts, especially those who are overlooked and underrepresented.

The programme's key aim is to develop confident, experienced, daring and aware professionals that will strengthen the heart of the sector.

Here is the link to the Step Change page of the National Theatre website, for more information.

Invitation to Be Ready

Unlimited commissioning for the visual arts sector on Monday 10th October.



Are you thinking of applying for an Unlimited commission?


Do you know about Unlimited commissions?


Do you want to engage with disability led commissioning?

Join us and invited guests for this unique event where we will open up a dialogue about these commissioning opportunities and how we in the visual arts sector can access them.

Tickets: £6 (£4.50 Art House Members). Refreshments and lunch included.

Book tickets and find out more at:

A number of free places are available, please contact Helen Deevy at: or call 01924 312 000

Monday 10th October, 11am until 2pm.

The Art House, Wakefield.

Beyond The Frame Symposium

Tickets are now on sale, with limited bursaries available!


Tickets are now on sale, via the WMC website. A limited number of travel and ticket bursaries are available for Wales based artists, please see the Project page for the application form.

Contact DASH on or call 01743 272939 for further information. An event leaflet and symposium schedule can be downloaded from the website by clicking here

Grants for the Arts workshops

We are running two FREE Grants for the Arts workshops for Cultivate mentees.


Grants for the Arts workshops, available for Cultivate mentees, other Disabled Visual Artists and people who work with/support Disabled Visual Artists.

Session 1:

Monday 31st October, between 11am and 1pm at the Hive, 5 Belmont, Shrewsbury, SY1 1TE.

Session 2:

Monday 28th November, between 11am and 1pm at the Foundry ACEM, 82, Granville Street, Birmingham, B1 2LH.

These sessions will be a great opportunity to understand:

  • What the gfta programme is
  • The application process
  • The criteria
  • The access fund

The experienced presenters (who are Arts Council Midlands staff) are:

  • Kate Pryor-Williams
  • Peta Murphy-Burke
  • Sarah Reed

The workshop will consist of a presentation with questions, followed by breakout groups where the process and any questions can be discussed in more detail. This is also an opportunity for peer support.

Please note: There will not be time at the workshops to discuss individual applications. DASH is offering limited (up to 2hours per applicant) telephone support to discuss individual GFTA applications by priorarrangement.

If you have specific questions that you would like the presenters to answer please send these in with your booking.

Booking your place:

Please email with your:

Name, Which Session Birmingham or Shrewsbury, Any access requirements including parking, Any questions.

There is limited blue badge parking at the Foundry. We are not able to reserve blue badge parking outside the Hive.

INSIDE questionnaire

The questionnaire for the INSIDE commission is still live...


We're looking for more participants to click onto the following link and fill out a questionnaire relating to 'safe spaces':

INSIDE questionnaire.

Artists Daniel Regan and Antonia Attwood are investigating ideas of safe space for their INSIDE commission and residency at QUAD, Derby, to be shown as part of FORMAT Photography Festival 2017. Where does one go to find sanctuary, comfort and security in the modern age? From immersing oneself into nature or to the warmth of a soft bed, we are interested in understanding and representing what a safe place means to different people in today's fast paced society.

In phase one we are researching what constitutes a safe space for a diverse range of people. Please help us gain a wider understanding of what a safe place means to individuals by answering a few questions anonymously for us.

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.