On The Tracks: Review by Yvette Priestley

Dash trustee Yvette Priestley went to a screening of a new play in Birmingham by Lucy Hayward, directed with visually impaired audiences in mind.

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On the Tracks

23 September 2017

Blue Orange Theatre, Birmingham

Reviewed by Yvette Priestley, DASH Trustee

On the Tracks is a piece of work looking at how people live in country towns. It was created by visually impaired playwright Lucy Hayward, whilst completing her Master of Philosophy in Playwriting Studies at Birmingham University. Lucy finds that while attending the theatre can be an interesting experience, audio description can be useful but does not always allow her to interact with the play. 

She was able to develop her work further with Jemma Kennedy at the National Theatre, and Da Da Fest have provided funding to support this performance in order to obtain feedback.

Lucy was offered support from one of the directors at Birmingham Rep to develop this piece further, and intends to take it on tour in the next year.

On the Tracks is a thirty minute stage play that uncovers the lives of two men who work in a country railway station at night.

 

DASH Trustee Yvette Priestley attended the performance to give her perspective as a visually impaired person.

 â€œOn the Tracks is a 30 minute performance which is currently in its research and development phase. The playwright, Lucy Hayward intends to take the play on tour in 2018. She is visually impaired and is using this opportunity to integrate accessibility into the performance itself rather than have an extra layer of audio description. The main themes of the play provide the base for a powerful emotional performance, so this should not be attended by the faint-hearted.

Access

Prior to the performance an audio programme was provided containing information regarding the cast, props and costumes. This could be refined for the final production with a brief description about the opening five minutes. If a printed  programme is to be produced, then it would also be helpful if an electronic version of the programme is made available.

Directly before the performance a touch tour was given to visually impaired audience members. However, the minimalist nature of the play means this is a nice to have feature rather than entirely necessary, so long as the description of the items is in the programme. Minor modifications to the final production would definitely achieve the aim of integrating access into the performance. It would be important to reassure visually impaired audience members that access is integrated in order to minimise anxiety about attending.

Characters and themes

Ted and Robert  are the two characters in this play who command our attention from start to finish. They are both night shift workers on the railway, but that is where their similarities end. Robert is a young family man who is outgoing and is comfortable with technology. Ted is older and is marginalised.

As the play progresses we are drawn into the issues in Ted's life and it starts to become more apparent that there is something not quite right about his story. The intense emotional performance is stunning. The pace of the production is also managed well by the actors, which is helped along by the urgency of the ringing phone.  

Recommendation

Overall, the play would be appreciated by a mainstream audience or by visually impaired people attending the performance. The interesting exploration of family difficulties means that anyone can engage with the play even if the scenario presented is unique.”

Contact Dance Company

At Wolverhampton Arena on Friday 13th October...

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'A breath taking, beautiful performance that provided food for the soul'...

Contact Dance Company will be performing powerful duets that explore the unique relationships & dynamics that hold us together or pull us apart.

The performances will include duets by Mosaic Disability Theatre, made during the company's residency at Arena Theatre

Friday 13th October at 1:30pm and 7:30pm - tickets priced Â£12 and Â£10 - with local groups discount £5. Matinee all tickets, Â£5

Tickets can be booked from The Arena Theatre Box Office on: 01902 321321

Contact Dance Company are part of Shropshire Inclusive Dance - www.sidance.live

FEDS is live

The exciting Film Exhibition, Distribution and Sales Trainee Scheme (FEDS) is live!

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Our career-making FEDS scheme is now open!

If you want to get into film but can't see a way to do it, this scheme is for you. FEDS is a proven route into the film industry and you will:

- get eight months of London Living Wage paid training at a film festival or cinema in York, Stirling, Glasgow, Cardiff or Sheffield;

- make a creative contribution, become a valued member of the team and learn a range of skills

- get a CV that will put you ahead of the competition

- attend regular industry sessions that inform you about the whole film business.

This scheme has helped dozens of people get their start in film, with over 80% staying in the film industry.

We want to make the film industry more inclusive. People of colour and people who consider themselves to have a disability are underrepresented in cinema and festival jobs. That's why we strongly encourage applications from these groups.

All you need to do to apply is fill in our short application form by 18 October. You don't need past experience, but you do need to have a passion for films and audiences. Read more here.

Artist Call-Out!

Our Biggest Artist Call-Out from Shape Arts...

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Submissions are open for "Collective Influence", the 2018 Shape Open group exhibition!

Disabled and non-disabled artists are invited to submit work for our 2018 Shape Open, “Collective Influence” - the UK's leading disability-led group exhibition - to be held at The Art Pavilion, Mile End, London from Thursday 22nd March until Thursday 5th April 2018.

Held in high-profile, artist-led spaces, the Open provides an exciting opportunity for disabled and non-disabled artists to show disability-led work and discuss views and ideas about issues and topics which are often sidelined within artistic debate. This year's theme is “Collective Influence”: what influences you? How does influence go further than inspiration

Submissions deadline: 12 noon, Monday 16th October.

To submit work for the Open or for more information, please visit: www.shapearts.org.uk/news/open-2018-submissions

Nudging Meteors

Exhibition opening at artwalk wakefield...

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Nudging Meteors: gobscure. 27/09/2017 to 10/11/2017. art house, wakefield.

http://www.the-arthouse.org.uk/event/164/gobscure-nudging-meteors

Exhibition opens: artwalk wakefield on Wednesday 27th September between 5pm and 9pm.

Wakefield is bellybutton this world crawl-climb-limp-slither-wheeled outta. everywhere narratives are wrecked - now we need to remember pasts & rewrite futures. most us silenced way too long so heres a broader story, nudging meteors singing still beating, never beaten.

Artist's performance, 7pm, 27.09 - eagles can paint theyre jes no tellin - are humans pinnacle of evolution - michael gove is minister for yeast, literally! we can learn from other species. so come join with creative remembrances & resistances - thinking literally outside boxes. yu too can make yr mark, gifts will be given

Can you please help us tour this elsewhere? Please spread the word, thank-you!

Field Guide

Support for Artists...

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We're really excited to launch our Autumn I Winter season of FIELD GUIDE events!

FIELD GUIDE is a programme of events that support artists to find ways of sustaining and extending their artistic practice.

PORTFOLIO REVIEWS FOR ARTISTS, MAKERS AND DESIGNERS on Wednesday 4th October, between 10:30am and 4pm, Â£5.

Get your portfolio seen by professionals, discuss your goals and gain expert advice and insight.

Bookable one-to-one 45 minute sessions are available with Shân Edwards, Artistic Director, The Art House, Amanda Peach, Retail Programme and Development Manager, Yorkshire Sculpture Park and guest curator (a replacement for Bryony Bond, Creative Director, The Tetley to be confirmed shortly).

Book a place with your chosen professional and we will contact you to arrange a time for your 45 minute session.

BOOK HERE

FUNDING FOR ARTISTS, ACE Grants for the Arts on
Wednesday 1st November, between 11am and 4pm, Â£10.

With David Gilbert, Programme Producer, The Art House.

Find out what funding is available for artists as part of the ACE Grants for the Arts award, gain an insight into the process and what makes a successful application.

One to one advice: Funding for artists, ACE Grants for the Arts
Wednesday 15 November I 10.30am – 4.00pm I £5

Book onto 'Funding for artists, ACE Grants for the Arts' and apply for a follow up 45 minute session for individual feedback on your proposal.

BOOK HERE

Ways of Seeing Art

Exploring the links between Art and Audio Description...

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Six months ago, Shape took part in Tate Exchange with a programme featuring a series of art workshops, a showcase of work by the artists shortlisted for Shape's 2017 Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary, and a Symposium exploring the links between audio description and art. 

To accompany this programme we created a booklet highlighting the barriers disabled people face in the arts, with an emphasis on blind and visually impaired people, and to encourage arts organisations to experiment with their audio description offer (as well as other forms of access) so that a richer, more creative experience is provided for the public.

You can access a free digital version of the booklet at www.shapearts.org.uk/news/ways-of-seeing-art-booklet 

To purchase a physical copy, please email marketing@shapearts.org.uk

Collective Influence

Submissions are open for the 2018 Shape Open group exhibition!

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Disabled and non-disabled artists are invited to submit work for our 2018 Shape Open, “Collective Influence” - the UK's leading disability-led group exhibition - to be held at The Art Pavilion, Mile End, London from Thursday 22 March until Thursday 5 April 2018.

Held in high-profile, artist-led spaces, the Open provides an exciting opportunity for disabled and non-disabled artists to show disability-led work and discuss views and ideas about issues and topics which are often sidelined within artistic debate. This year's theme is “Collective Influence”: what influences you? How does influence go further than inspiration?

Submissions deadline: 12 noon, Monday 16th October.

To submit work for the Open or for more information, please visit: www.shapearts.org.uk/news/open-2018-submissions

Public call out to artists!

Wanted for exhibition: DOLLS...

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Not just a child's toy, the doll has been part of civilization since as far back as 2000 BC. The Paddle Doll, pictured below, is thought to be one of the oldest type of doll.

Every civilisation has their own evolution and history of doll making. Materials such as corn, bone, clay, cotton, wood and much more have all been used to make dolls. They've acted as fertility charms, company in the afterlife and as important symbols during religious ceremonies. 

Project Ability is looking for artists to explore the idea of the doll for an exhibition in January 2018.

Russian Nesting dolls, (the matryoshkas) have been around since 1890 and have become much loved by all cultures. More recently of course are plastic and rubber dolls like the infamous Barbie and action figurines such as GI Joe and Marvel.

We are looking for artists who are already working with this idea, or artists who would like to try something new. As usual, we are hoping for extremely creative and unusual works of art. We want to celebrate the many charms and eccentricities of the doll. 

Important info & dates: 

Where: Project Ability, Trongate 103, Glasgow

When: 20th January until 24th February 2018

Deadlines: Email submission only: on or before 3rd November 2017.

Please include: title, description of the piece, size, materials and an artist's price. If exhibited, we will add 40% onto your artist's price. You may choose for the work not to be for sale.

Notification of successful artworks: by 17th November.

Delivery of work: on or before 8 December (artist responsible for all carriage costs)

Other info: Artwork must be ready for display with instructions if needed

Artists can submit up to three artworks & up to three images per artwork

Please email questions & submissions to: exhibtions@project-ability.co.uk 

Blast! Festival

Artist and curatorial opportunities...

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Blast! Festival - curatorial and artist commissions. An exciting opportunity for six curators and six artists from the West Midlands.

Multistory is inviting early / mid career curators and artists to apply for one of 12 opportunities to create new work / exhibitions for our Blast! Festival in 2019.

Curators' Opportunity:
Curators are invited to apply for one of six commissions to work within one of the six towns of Sandwell, focusing on communities and re-imaging and re-presenting work from the Multistory photographic collection. We are interested in receiving applications that present creative approaches to animating our collection, engaging with communities and presenting an exhibition / event / performance that sits within the Blast Festival in 2019. This opportunity is open to independent curators, artists or collectives based in the West Midlands.

Artists' Opportunity:
Artists are invited to apply for one of six commissions to develop new work for the Blast! Festival in 2019. Artists will be required to work within one of the six towns of Sandwell, focusing on, and collaborating with, communities identified by Multistory. This opportunity is available to artists working within photography, moving image, digital media and sound. We are open to applications from independent artists or collaborations.

Successful applicants for each opportunity will receive a budget of £5K (inc VAT) for fee, delivery, materials and production of the work (additional budget is available to support the installation of the work); each curator / artist will also be supported by mentoring and professional development, with six master classes / artists talks by professional artists forming part of the programme of support.

Blast! is an ambitious two-year project that will develop, showcase and celebrate exceptional art produced in the borough of Sandwell. Focusing on photography, moving image, digital media and sound, Blast! will see six flagship weekenders of international and breakthrough artist commissions produced with communities and businesses in each of Sandwell's six distinctive towns, culminating in a festival finale on the streets of West Bromwich in June 2019.

The deadline for receipt of applications is 6pm on Friday 22nd September 2017.

Caron Wright
Company Manager

Direct Dial: 0121 569 2883
Mobile: 07875 704973

www.multistory.org.uk